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Energy is the new new internet

If you’re not paying attention to what’s going on in energy, you should. We’ve seen this movie before. Spoiler alert: There’s massive economic opportunity ahead. How massive? Imagine standing in 1992, knowing that Google, Akamai, Netflix, Facebook, Amazon, eBay, BuzzFeed and Uber lay ahead.<p>This …

Innovation

Let’s make Series A terms more logical by moving to object-oriented capital

Seed terms have gotten much better, but I still find Series A (and beyond) term sheets frustrating. I think we can change the “norm” by offering entrepreneurs a better alternative. So if you have terms you don’t like, it’s time to try object-oriented capital (OOC).<p>Venture capital term sheets are …

Venture Capital

Ethics — the next frontier for artificial intelligence

AI’s next frontier requires ethics built through policy. Will Donald Trump deliver?<p>With one foot in its science fiction past and the other in the new frontier of science and tech innovations, AI occupies a unique place in our cultural imagination. Will we live into a future where machines are as …

Artificial Intelligence

Gillmor Gang: Because Why

The Gillmor Gang — Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 13, 2017. Finally, the reality is upon us, and the Gang had it pretty right from the start. What a difference a week doesn’t make. Plus the latest G3 (below) with Halley Suitt Tucker, Elisa …

Entertainment

Elon Musk says to expect “major” Tesla hardware revisions almost annually

Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk has advice for prospective buyers hoping their vehicles will be future-proof: Shop elsewhere.<p>Musk made the comment when responding to a Twitter question about the possibility of a paid upgrade path for existing vehicle owners who want the new sensors, computer and …

Elon Musk

Sorry Elon, driverless passenger drones will be the vehicular disruption of the future

Henry Ford famously said that if you asked people what they wanted, they wouldn’t have said “ a car.” They would have said – “a faster horse.”<p>I believe driverless cars are today’s equivalent of faster horses. A continuation of what exists – not a true category break. Predictable but not …

Gear & Gadgets

WhatsApp, Signal, and dangerously ignorant journalism

There is something about encryption that brings out the worst in journalists. Because to most of them it is magic, they are always searching desperately for the proverbial man behind the curtain, without knowing what to look for. Which may explain The Guardian’s recent bizarre attack on WhatsApp, …

Encryption

Quixey alums launch Sigma, a platform to bring merits and certifications online

A new company named Sigma, founded by alumni of mobile app search engine Quixey, aims to take records and certifications currently trapped in the analog world and bring them online. To do so, the company has raised $4.35 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and other investors.<p>The idea …

Andreessen Horowitz

Whitehouse.gov petition seeking Trump tax returns flies past 100,000 signature goal

A Whitehouse.gov petition calling for President Donald Trump to immediately release his tax returns has surpassed the 100,000-signature threshold in under a day, garnering a Whitehouse response.<p>It’s not clear that the current administration intends to follow the practice established under Former …

Government

Qualcomm fires back against Apple over lawsuit and FTC action

Never a dull moment in the smartphone wars. This week, Qualcomm started getting serious regulatory heat when the Federal Trade Commission filed charges against the chipmaker, accusing it of anticompetitive tactics designed to shut competitors out from supplying components to handset companies.<p>Apple …

Lawsuits

For dramatic VR to succeed, music must become the director

We’ve all experienced music’s power to change our mood or drum up feelings of nostalgia, fear or excitement. And beyond entertainment, numerous studies have proven that music can inspire action and actually impact change.<p>Retailers have used music to drive shoppers to higher price points and casinos …

Virtual Reality

Jack Dorsey apologizes for Twitter glitch forcing some users to follow Trump’s @POTUS

Twitter chief Jack Dorsey today apologized for what he says were technical problems causing some Twitter users to involuntarily follow the @POTUS account as it was handed over to Donald Trump. As Sarah Perez reported here yesterday, Twitter users were bewildered as to why they were forced to follow …

Jack Dorsey

The genomics intelligence revolution

We’ve entered a new phase in the history of whole genome sequencing (WGS). Consider that researchers at University of Toronto just launched a massive project to sequence the whole genomes of 10,000 people per year. This is truly astounding when you recall that it took 13 years and $3 billion to …

Genetics

Maker Bre Pettis talks about the way forward for tech in this new century

On this week’s episode of Technotopia I talked to Bre Pettis, former CEO of Makerbot and the founder of Bre&Co. Pettis has been thinking about new manufacturing chains, the rise of the local maker, what what happens when a country falls into disrepair.<p>Pettis is an optimistic realist. He’s been …

Startups

What You Need to Know About the Tech Pay Gap and Job Posts

We know there are more men than women in tech careers, and we know there’s a wage gap. But a recent report conducted by Comparably found something interesting — as professionals age, the gender gap decreases.<p>While there is a 29 percent difference in salaries between men and women entering the tech …

Employment

Casual dating app Down acquired by Paktor

Remember “Bang With Friends?” The controversial app, which later rebranded as Down, was acquired by Singapore-based dating startup Paktor (they’re um…hooking up).<p>The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but we’re told it was several million. After raising just $1 million, it was a “positive …

Startups

Defense and Homeland Security Secretaries confirmed controlling $86.7 billion in tech spending

As the nation’s capital prepared to celebrate the inauguration of the nation’s 45th President, Senators confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominees for Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.<p>Retired Generals James (“Mad Dog”) Mattis and John F. Kelly were …

Cybersecurity

Apple Suing Qualcomm for $1 Billion

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>WHITEHOUSE.GOV REMOVES CLIMATE CHANGE AND LGBT RIGHTS PAGES<br>• Kristen Stewart co-authored a paper on style transfer and the AI community lost its mind<br>• The cost of hot selfie app Meitu? A healthy dose of your personal info<br>• Apple files a billion-dollar royalty suit against</b> …

Qualcomm

A Twitter glitch autofollowed some users to Trump’s @POTUS by mistake

A number of Twitter users tonight are claiming their accounts have somehow automatically followed the Twitter accounts, @POTUS, @FLOTUS and @VP – now in the hands of the Trump administration – even though they had unfollowed these accounts before the transition, or had the accounts blocked.<p>This …

Social Media

Sundance merges VR with real life through props, AR, and vibrating suits

You can’t try this at home, even if you wanted to. Today’s premier of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier exhibit proved there are vivid opportunities for a third kind of virtual reality beyond tethered and mobile: VR installations. Outside the headset, custom art and physical effects …

Virtual Reality

Apple Suing Qualcomm for $1 Billion | Crunch Report

Wearables have got some work to do this year

It’s a wait and see moment for wrist-worn devices. After a few years of betting heavily on the space, this most recent CES didn’t offer much; save for two or three smartwatch announcements, some partnerships and a couple of middling bands, the industry seems to have largely shifted its focus toward …

Gear & Gadgets

Lobster nets £1M to scale its user-generated content licensing marketplace

UK startup Lobster is gearing up to scale its user generated content licensing marketplace, as it closes a £1 million Series A. It’s expecting to have closed out the round next week, with 85 per cent of the funding committed at this point and only its decision on the last few investors …

Lobster

FLYR raised $8 million to change the way we buy plane tickets

Travel tech startup FLYR raised $8 million in Series A funding for technology that predicts the price of airfares by applying artificial intelligence to a database of both open industry data and a proprietary collection of year’s of past prices and fluctuations.<p>The funding round was led by a Peter …

Startups

How to fail at Kickstarter — even if you get funded

The golden age of irrational exuberance on Kickstarter has ended — Pebble is shutting down, marking the fall of crowdfunding’s white knight after a string of other high-profile closures and failures.<p>Originally positioned as a medium for (especially arts-related) projects to garner modest seed …

Kickstarter

Look, a nice round candy-colored mechanical keyboard

Who likes gadgets? You do! Here’s a nice one. It’s a cute wireless keyboard with round, friendly buttons and a shiny, happy look to it. It has no agenda but to be pretty and useful. Everything is fine.<p>It’s called the Lofree (although they use a lowercase “l”) and it’s both mechanical and inspired …

Gear & Gadgets

Recommendations on cyber security for the 45th President… Use more hackers

2016 was an extraordinary year. A record number of security breaches affected billions of people worldwide, including cyber attacks that dramatically impacted the course of businesses and governments.<p>The Unites States, the world’s most connected nation, and the rest of the world will face a deficit …

Cybersecurity

Obama returns to his original Twitter handle and launches Obama.org

Former (😢) President Obama is heading off for a well-earned vacation, but before going to his undisclosed but hopefully sunny and isolated location, he took to his old personal Twitter handle, @BarackObama, to promote the launch of his new website, Obama.org.<p>The old handle has been run by the …

Michelle Obama

Twitter just can’t let go of Vine, launches an online archive

Twitter just can’t seem to let go of Vine. The company announced last fall it would close the video-sharing community site and its accompanying mobile applications, which it then did just days ago. But it has also taken several steps to ensure that the content created in Vine would not be lost, by …

Twitter

Amazon’s latest Dash button will send you a randomly assorted box of candy

Amazon’s latest (physical) Dash button is like a “I’m Feeling Lucky” for candy.<p>When pressed, the button will send you a box with a random assortment of small-batch candy made by “artisans from across the nation”. The box will cost $18 (with two-day free Prime shipping of course) and can be ordered …

Amazon