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HTC 'Uh-Oh Program' Will Replace Your Busted One M9, M8 Phone for Free

HTC hopes to sway customers to its products with a new phone replacement program.<p>At Mobile World Congress, HTC Americas President Jason Mackenzie hinted that the company was going to offer something different with its new HTC One M9 smartphone to help set it apart from the competition. Today, the …

Former Facebook Employee Sues for Sex Discrimination, Harassment

Chia Hong has retained the same lawyers representing Ellen Pao.<p>A former Facebook employee is suing the company for a number of claims, including sex discrimination, harassment and race/national origin discrimination, according to a lawsuit filed with the San Mateo County Superior Court Monday.<p>Chia …

Advice to young entrepreneurs: 5 things I wish I’d known before taking on the CEO role

From Jobs and Gates to Mark Zuckerberg and Drew Houston, we’ve become enamored with the story of the young CEO rocketing to fame and success at increasingly younger ages (just think of Summly’s Nick D’Aloisio).<p>And this phenomenon is only likely to continue as kids become more deeply ensconced in …

Entrepreneurship

Y Combinator Talks Numbers: 842 Companies Funded To Date, 22% With Women Founders In Current Batch

Y Combinator, the startup accelerator known for being the birthplace of Dropbox, Reddit, Airbnb, Stripe, and a number of other companies, released some updated stats this morning showing just how big it’s gotten — and how diverse its current class of companies is.<p>Y Combinator says it has now funded …

Startups

The best interface is no interface: why we don't always need An App for That

<i>Author and designer Golden Krishna believes that we’re quickly becoming a society that’s obsessed with our screens, and that the companies making and marketing apps aren’t doing us any favors. “Our love for the digital interface is out of control,” he said at SXSW two years ago; it’s a notion that</i> …

Micro Bit: hands-on with BBC's coding kit

Following this morning's announcement of the BBC's Micro Bit programmable computer, WIRED.co.uk takes a closer look at the new piece of technology, …

Dear Packaging, I Hate You

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Ben Einstein is a founder and general partner at Bolt, a seed-stage fund that invests capital, staff, prototyping facilities and expertise in startups at the intersection of hardware and software.</i><p>Few people hate packaging more than I do. There are the obvious reasons: environmental …

What I’ve Learned About Deal Sourcing

<i>Editor’s Note: Danielle Morrill is CEO of Mattermark, a company that provides research tools for startup investors.</i><p>I’ve spent the past two years selling to, building for, and raising from VCs. In this time, I have met with thousands of people who play various roles in the deal sourcing and …

Here’s what entrepreneurship 3.0 looks like

[Full disclosure: A startup profiled in this story, SignupSumo, was built on my company’s platform, Assembly.]<p>In 1945, at age 21, my grandmother started a photography company.<p>She’d just graduated from Northwestern University, and in order to pursue this dream she had to put off getting a job. She …

Startups

Startup Building Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Plans To Launch A Working One In 2016

You know when you have a good idea for a game or blog and you tell a friend who might actually make it, since you don’t have time? That’s kind of like what Elon Musk did with his ambitious Hyperloop, a next-level transportation system that uses near friction-free tubes to zip capsules containing …

LeadDesk , A SaaS Call Center Startup, Raises €5.5M In Series A Funding

LeadDesk, the Finland-based cloud call center software company, has announced its first funding led by Dawn Capital with participation from public fund, Finnish Industry Investment. This investment round is designed to drive LeadDesk’s growth in European markets with particular focus on UK/Ireland, …

Marc Benioff's Salesforce Soars as Quarterly Sales Rise 26 Percent

A hundred more deals worth $1 million or more than the same period last year.<p>Shares of cloud sales and marketing software company Salesforce.com rose by more than 10 percent in after-hours trading as the company’s fourth-quarter earnings beat Wall Street’s expectations.<p>Revenue was up 26 percent to …

Digg launches Digg TV, an endless stream of viral videos

Just a year after launching Digg Video, the company is widening its offering to include a full-screen mode called Digg TV.<p>The new feature allows you to line up a playlist of Digg videos and then cozy up to the screen and watch them back-to-back. That means no more “popcorn butter all over your …

Smart TV

The man who brought us the lithium-ion battery at the age of 57 has an idea for a new one at 92

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The chances are you have never heard of—nor, until looking at this page, ever seen—John Bannister Goodenough. But you know his work. In fact, you almost certainly own some.<p>Consider the last six or seven decades of technological and scientific leaps: the polio vaccine, space rocketry, …

Clean Energy

The Future of Retail is the End of Wholesale

E-commerce will rapidly reshape the entire economic model of retail, spelling the end of wholesale, argues Doug Stephens, founder of Retail</b> …

The New Rules Of Going Public

According to a recent report, Twilio wants to go public. Twilio, a company that provides software-based communications tools for developers, closed out 2014 on a $100 million annual run rate. Or, put another way, Twilio brought in just over $8 million in top line last December.<p>Box, New Relic and …

5 waves of technology disruption that are just getting started

Changes in technology are happening at a scale which was unimaginable before and will cause disruption in industry after industry. This has really begun to worry me, because we are not ready for this change and most of our leading companies won’t exist 15–20 years from now. Here are five sectors to …

The Untapped $140 Trillion Innovation For Jobs Market

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>David Nordfors is the co-chair and co-founder of the i4j Innovation for Jobs Summit together with Vint Cerf.</i><p>It’s a popular sport nowadays, discussing if tech is going to kill or create jobs. The answer is simple if you ask me. If we care more about tasks than about people, then tech …

Getting to simple: How to create products with the least amount of complexity

Apple’s market cap is currently around $700 billion, a number that’s higher than the gross domestic product of nearly any country on the planet. Apple is the largest publicly traded company by a wide margin. And the secret to its success can be summed up in a single word: simplicity.<p>Building simple …

Product Management