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The Apple Store's biggest fan, Gary Allen, passed away at age 67

You may not recognize the name Gary Allen. For a time, though, Allen traveled the world to be among the first in line when a new Apple Store opened. He wrote about Cupertino's retail efforts on his blog, <i>ifo Apple Store</i>, including details of the over 140 store openings that he visited. He even drove …

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Y Combinator raises $700M to keep funding YC startups as they mature

Y Combinator has raised $700 million for a later-stage fund that will be run by now full-time partner Ali Rowghani. Originally reported by <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>, this new investment vehicle will be used to fund select companies well after they’ve graduated from Y Combinator’s accelerator program. …

Device neutralizes drones without destroying them (Tomorrow Daily 259)

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New jailbreak tweak brings Apple News to unsupported countries

Apple News, a news reading app introduced in iOS 9 that replaces Newsstand, is only available in the United States for now, and even explicitly blocked in some areas, though the UK may be getting access very soon. However, a new jailbreak tweak enables readers to use the app from anywhere in the …

How IMDb Can Be Older Than the First Web Browser

Here’s a riddle: the Internet Movie Database, the now-ubiquitous website that tracks pretty much every speck of info about movies and TV, will …

Vines loop forever, but the founders are now all gone from Twitter

The ax fell at Twitter this week, and the last remaining founder of Vine—the six-second video-sharing service Twitter acquired in 2012—was among the 336 employees who were laid off.<p>The departure of Rus Yusopov, Vine’s creative director, comes after his cofounders, Dom Hofmann and Colin Kroll, left …

Make and share lists with The List App

B.J. Novak: actor, comedian, author, screenwriter, list maker, list app maker.<p>Novak has starred in the American version of "The Office," written a few episodes of the show in addition to a couple books and, now, launched an iOS app. Developed with a friend, Novak is out today with The List App.<p>The …

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Review: Beam thinks it can make dental health less painful via an app (and it may be right)

Proper dental care is important, but costly. A startup by the name of Beam thinks it can help provide preventative care for more people with an app and colorful brushes, and it might be onto something.<p>What’s Beam?<p>Beam is a service that helps connect its users with a network of dentists, and provide …

One of Silicon Valley's top investors just eviscerated the 'subprime unicorn' boom in tech

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times published late on Friday, Moritz, a partner at Sequoia Capital, says that many startups recently valued at $1 billion (£650 million) or above "seem the flimsiest of edifices."<p>When Moritz talks, people sit up and listen. The "Welsh wizard" is one of the …

The creator of the in-app ad blocker booted from the App Store tells us its launch presented Apple with a huge 'conundrum' over ad blocking

At the time, Been Choice cofounder Dave Yoon said his team was working with Apple to resubmit the app.<p>But now he tells us he thinks it's unlikely his in-app blocking tool will be welcome back in the App Store. And for that reason he is resubmitting the app but removing the in-app blocking …

Theranos Continues Damage Control Messaging

Silicon Valley blood-test technology startup Theranos has once again responded to allegations made by the Wall Street Journal over questionable test results. Unfortunately, little of that response has to do with the allegations.<p>Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been on a selective media tour to …

Just Press Record could be your perfect voice recording app

Just Press Record is an unassuming app, doing little more than recording noise and saving it to iCloud. It’s available for OS X and iOS, though — and that makes it oddly unique.<p>The app’s design isn’t even particularly great. It lacks clever functionality like slide-to-delete, which is pretty …

A $1.5 billion startup that’s been hiring a bunch of ex-Salesforce execs is growing like crazy

The company's been making a lot of headlines for its growth and predictive technology, but it's also known for its recent hiring spree — particularly for bringing in a bunch of executives who were once a major part of Salesforce, the $50 billion cloud software maker.<p>In the past year alone, …

Scoot launches electric car rentals and plans second city expansion

Scoot is moving beyond its namesake. Today the company announced the availability of the Scoot Quad, a four-wheeled electric car from Nissan called the New Mobility Concept (worst name ever) based on the Renault Twizy. The company's fleet of scooters will be joined by 10 Quads as the company …

Some tech investors sure seem to be getting defensive lately ...

But lately, some of Silicon Valley's big tech investors seem to be particularly upset that journalists are questioning some of the valley's hottest startups.<p>There's a fundamental difference in point of view here. The funders see first-hand how hard it is to build something and sympathize with the …

Google bought a startup to help it make Street View even better

The nearly five-year-old company, which has created experiences like a virtual tour of London or an interactive, stitched-together panorama of the FIFA World Cup, announced the news on its website.<p>"We're excited to join the Street View team at Google to continue building great experiences using …

Audials Radio - a radio app done right

[ooyala code=”03eHA5eDo27oZcFbqmUwYcObphsHFdoe” player_id=”456099a54cc04bafb07a186890fa7e7e” width=”1920″ height=”1080″ auto=”true”]<p>Internet radio is a huge deal. We have a swath of amazing content to choose from including Pandora, iHeartRadio, and even Google Play Music and Spotify have radio …

Google overhauls Waze with first major update since the app was acquired

Waze has released a new iOS app update that features a more modern look for its traffic and navigation service. The update is geared toward helping users better navigate, report accidents and road issues, and share tips. In short, there’s more of a focus on the driver and on what Waze calls the …

Look inside Amazon's giant warehouses ahead of the coming Christmas rush

To handle it all, Amazon has nearly 90 massive distribution centres, which, put together, comprise more square footage than 700 Madison Square Gardens and could hold more water than 10,000 Olympic swimming pools.<p>The following pictures show what it's like inside five of Amazon's factories, in the …