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62 Tips From Y Combinator’s Startup Instruction Manual

The world’s most prestigious startup accelerator Y Combinator published a guide to founding companies called The Startup Playbook. Here are the top tips from YC’s president Sam Altman, accompanied by illustrations from Gregory Koberger.

YCombinator

Tesla CEO Elon Musk denies hating Apple

Technically Incorrect: Tesla's CEO tries to set the record straight after being quoted as saying that Apple hires the automaker's engineering castoffs and the Apple Watch isn't all that.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>When you're a famous …

Tesla

The stealthy, Eric Schmidt-backed startup that’s working to put Hillary Clinton in the White House

An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.<p>The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is …

Government

Here's everything we're expecting to see at Google's big event this week

The company typically holds an event in the fall to introduce its new Nexus phones and the next version of Android.<p>Although we learned about Android Marshmallow at Google I/O in May, the company usually waits until the fall to show off the final version of the software.<p>But there are a few other …

Android News

Unfriending Facebook friends can be considered bullying in Australia

It's tempting to unfriend people on social networks when you're mad at them, but you may want to think twice about it when coworkers are involved... at least, in Australia. The country's Fair Work Commission has determined that an administrator's decision to unfriend a fellow employee on Facebook …

Zuckerberg and Bono have a new plan to connect the world

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this weekend announced plans to bring the internet to the whole world, as well as promising that Facebook will work with …

Internet

Google and Microsoft have a plan to get all of India onto the internet

This weekend, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with the biggest tech companies in Silicon Valley. Google, Facebook, and Tesla were among those jostling for the Asian premier's attention, and a bevy of new announcements have followed — underscoring the growing importance of the Indian market …

India

Google Launches Street View App

The world in the palm of your hand.<p>Google has launched a handy app version of its groundbreaking Street View service. Through an announcement this weekend by Charles Armstrong, Product Manager at Google Maps, the company revealed that iOS and Android users will now be able to “tour immersive …

Winning a key battle with Amazon may not be working out the way publishers wanted

For Hachette in particular, there was a long, brutal negotiation period as Amazon tried to persuade the publisher to price all its e-books at $9.99.<p>But even though Hachette and the others technically won the battle to set their own prices, it could be hurting them now, according to a report by The …

Wall Street

Apple is building a brand new campus for 7,000 employees in Texas

Everyone’s focused on Apple’s upcoming “spaceship” campus, but Apple is also currently hard at work on its second-largest global campus.<p>Based in Northwest Austin, TX, the 1.1 million square foot space will reportedly house around 7,000 local workers, and be responsible for Apple’s “business …

Apps to download for your car

REUTERS/Desmond Boylan<p>We own cars way longer than we own cell phones, but that means most of our cars are desperately in need of an upgrade.<p>That's where these apps step in. From getting gas on-demand to knowing why your check engine light is on, the way we drive and approach owning a car is …

Apps

Google’s OnHub is the router for people who are scared of routers

I never think about my router until there’s been a terrible mistake. And then it’s all I can think about. Once my internet goes down, I have to shove my television out of the way, sift through a tangle of identical-looking wires, and then hope that everything can be resolved with a quick reset. If …

Uber China raises $1.2B as rival Didi Kuaidi reportedly about to close $3B round

The car-hailing landscape in China is on absolute fire today, with reports coming in that both Uber and its main rival in the country, Didi Kuaidi, have together raised (or are very close to raising, in the latter’s case) a combined $4.2 billion in additional funding to fuel their all-out war.<p>Uber …

Widely Cited Ad Blocking Study Finding $21.8 Billion Loss Is Incorrect

Supply and demand were purposefully overlooked, leading to larger number.<p>In recent weeks, multiple news outlets — including <i>The New York Times</i>, <i>Fortune</i>, and <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> — published stories based on a study that claimed publishers will lose $21.8 billion dollars this year due to ad …

Digital Advertising

Huawei is the new Samsung

Samsung's meteoric rise as a smartphone maker began with the Galaxy S, a 2010 Android handset with some high specs and more than a passing resemblance to the iPhone. That formula of pushing the limits of specs and the boundaries of Apple's intellectual property is now being reprised by Huawei. But …

Phones

Elon Musk’s favorite space game is blasting onto Xbox One

Earlier this year, Elon Musk declared his fondness for the Kerbal Space Program game on Reddit. Now, the popular spaceship construction and flight simulator is coming to Xbox One.<p>The game is about the Kerbals, who are adorable green engineers that have built a fully operational spaceport to …

Apple hires yet another former Tesla engineer to join its Project Titan car team

Apple appears to have hired yet another former Tesla engineer to join its ever growing automated car team. First noticed by Reuters, Apple has hired Jamie Carlson to likely join its car team. Carlson’s LinkedIn profile reflects that he has left Tesla and joined Apple, although his role at Apple is …

Google Hangouts Gets Its Own Site, Just Like Facebook Messenger

Everyone wants to be free and standalone. Remember when Facebook Messenger got its own site that maybe people use but we’re not sure because they don’t talk about it?<p>Google Hangouts wanted some of that action, too. Starting today you can go to http://hangouts.google.com to make a phone call or ping …

Google Hangouts

Meerkat says users are more engaged than ever, but data suggests lackluster growth

Mobile livestreaming startup Meerkat has seen the amount of time its users spend with the service double every month since launch, the company’s CEO Ben Rubin revealed today.<p>Meerkat’s new engagement stat, shared onstage by Rubin at VentureBeat’s GrowthBeat event, offers only a little insight into …

Apps

Food Delivery Is Taking Center Stage In Uber’s App

Uber’s experiment with delivering food (and even ice cream) has been a side project so far, but now it has earned its own button in the ride-hailing …

Transportation

Project Ara has been delayed until 2016

Google is delaying the launch of Project Ara, its modular smartphone concept, until next year.<p>Originally slated to soft-launch as a beta program in Puerto Rico later this year, Google decided it would rather delay Ara while it looks for locations to test it stateside.<p>There’s no word yet on where …

Google will now help you get solar on your roof

Google, which has long funded big solar and wind projects around the world, is stepping into the solar industry in a more web-based and traditionally …

Solar Power

Google is reorganizing and Sundar Pichai will become new CEO

In a blog post today, Google co-founder Larry Page announced a massive restructuring of the company, instituting Sundar Pichai as CEO and shifting himself and co-founder Sergey Brin to a larger holding company called Alphabet. As CEO and President of Alphabet, Page and Brin will oversee Google as …

Android News

Report: More than 198 million people now use an adblocker

No surprise here: adblocking is on the rise in 2015, having gone up by 41 percent since last year.<p>A report published by PageFair and Adobe shows that nearly 200 million people currently use adblocking tools, and it’s estimated that this will cost publishers more than $21.8 billion in lost …

The One Thing Every Great Company Has In Common

Justin Rosenstein Contributor<p>Justin Rosenstein is a co-founder of Asana.<p>Obscured in the valuation dust of the current unicorn stampede is a key question: What actually makes a great company great? What do the future Facebooks, Googles and Apples have in common — not to mention the current …

Bill Gates