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Pinterest And Facebook Take Big Data To Another Level

Big data is a critical cornerstone of most social media businesses and Pinterest is no exception. The underlying algorithms that make Pinterest successful and fun — the ones that suggest new pins you might like based on things you’ve liked before, for example — are an example of big data at its …

21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030

1/<p>90% of the population will have unlimited and free data storage by 2018.<p>Google<p>Deleting files to make room for files is going to become a thing of …

Dropbox Lays Out An Updated Enterprise Playbook

Dropbox CEO Drew Houston and his lieutenants took the stage today to give their big enterprise pitch to customers. Houston, of course, has to answer questions that a lot of critics have for the company. Can it be a force in the enterprise? Is it worth $10 billion? Will it hold that valuation as …

Dropbox

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is a brand-new company coming out of the HP separation. Here’s what it does, and why it matters. - Vox Creative

Hewlett-Packard came to symbolize Silicon Valley, even before the phrase existed. The company was founded by Stanford graduates in a Palo Alto garage, establishing an informal culture that was built for innovation. For more than 75 years, Hewlett-Packard helped define the technology of the times, …

Ehang launches Ghost Drone 2.0 with VR goggles and zero-latency streaming up to 3K feet

Chinese drone maker Ehang just launched the Ghost 2.0, a consumer drone that comes with virtual reality goggles, allowing its user to experience flight through the drone’s 4K camera. While this is still unusual, Ehang is not the first drone company to offer such a feature.<p>Full pricing details don’t …

'​Human' robot Pepper proves popular again and sells out in less than a minute in Japan

Pepper, one of the world’s first personal robots to understand human emotion, has flown off shelves in Japan<p>Japan’s first life-size personal robot with the ability to understand feelings has again sold out within a minute of going on sale.<p>‘Pepper’, which can live autonomously in a person's home, …

Apple says ‘screw you’ to Europe’s largest hacker conference

The Chaos Computer Club, Europe’s largest collective of hackers, claims that Apple rejected the group’s streaming video app — which would allow users to watch talks from its Chaos Communications Congress event.<p>Why? Because members of the conference had previously hacked iOS, and Apple doesn’t want …

The Crunchbase Unicorn Leaderboard

This curated leaderboard of private companies with post-money valuations of $1 billion or more is based on Crunchbase data. New companies are added to the list as they reach the $1 billion valuation mark. Data for companies already on the leaderboard is updated when there is a new funding or …

Venture Capital
China

Why Google & Facebook will closely watch Spokeo’s Supreme Court ruling tomorrow

<i>(By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters) –</i> The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Monday whether to nip in the bud a class action lawsuit against online search service Spokeo Inc in a case closely watched by Silicon Valley companies that face similar claims.<p>If the court rules for Pasadena, California-based …

Oculus Founder: Cables To Be Major Obstacle In VR Industry For A Long Time

It might sound obvious, but if you’re hoping that mom will want to hop into virtual reality while you make her drag around a bunch of ugly ass (and dangerous) wires, it probably won’t happen. That’s why Oculus is doing projects like its partnership with Samsung on the Gear VR. It makes virtual …

Virtual Reality

Snoop Dogg launches online 'marijuana hub' Merry Jane

The rapper announces, 'My name is Snoop Dogg, and I’m a stoner' at a start-ups event in San Francisco<p>Snoop Dogg, the US rapper, has built a new online platform for marijuana smokers, to help increase awareness about the drug.<p>Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco on Monday, …

Cannabis

Microsoft Office 2016 review

Today’s release of Office 2016 marks almost three years since the last major version of Microsoft’s productivity apps. More than 1.2 billion people use Office, for everything from simple word processing and personal finances, to powerful number crunching at large enterprises. It’s as ubiquitous as …

Software

21's $400 computer lets you mine Bitcoin and sell digital goods

If you’ve ever wanted to get into the Bitcoin game for fun and profit, this new $400 gadget could be the best way to do so.<p>21 Inc.’s Bitcoin Computer is a tiny Linux-based box that lets you mine the cryptocurrency and buy and sell digital goods for Bitcoin, either independently or plugged into a PC.<p>…

Snoop Dogg Launches Weed Site to a Roomful of People Who Won't Admit They Like Weed

No, Merry Jane won't deliver weed just yet.<p>“My name is Snoop Dogg and I’m a stoner.”<p>Looking super high onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, the rapper introduced new weed website Merry Jane, the latest in a series of tech investments he has made over the past few years.<p>Merry Jane is a …

Cannabis

Twitter’s Rahul Ganjoo snapped up by India’s Snapdeal as VP of tech

The so-called Twitter exodus continues today with Rahul Ganjoo, who spent nearly two and a half years in a tech role at Twitter, joining Indian ecommerce giant Snapdeal as its new vice president of technology.<p>We’ve written before about how eBay-backed Snapdeal — most recently valued at $5 billion …

Apple’s iOS App Store suffers first major attack

<i>BOSTON (by Jim Finkle, Reuters)</i> — Apple Inc said on Sunday it is cleaning up its iOS App Store to remove malicious iPhone and iPad programs identified in the first large-scale attack on the popular mobile software outlet.<p>The company disclosed the effort after several cyber security firms reported …

Why Slack could be the future of conferences

How a social app broke out at Portland's XOXO Festival<p>We go to conferences to meet people, whether for business or personal reasons, and yet often I meet far fewer than I hope to. Inside a crowded convention space, things can turn cliquish in a hurry. Come lunch time, I’m right back to being the …

Codes of Conduct

A Day After iOS 9’s Launch, Ad Blockers Top The App Store

One of the better features in this week’s newly released version of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 9, is the ability for users to block ads on mobile websites, along with other content that can slow down browsing and eat away at mobile data plans. And while somewhat of a geekier feature to …

Apps

QuickActions Wins The Disrupt SF 2015 Hackathon Grand Prize, PitchPal And Harvest Are Runners Up

It’s been a long night at Pier 70 in San Francisco. Yesterday, hundreds of hackers spent the day in front of their laptops even though it was a beautiful Summer day. That’s because they all took part in my favorite competition — the Disrupt SF Hackathon. Some of them were participating in our event …

Startups

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Amazon’s AWS outage takes down Netflix, Reddit, Medium, and more (Update: Fixed)

Good morning!<p>Did you notice any apps not working on your phone? Perhaps no Netflix?<p>That’s because for the past few hours, Amazon Web Services has been undergoing a widespread outage.<p>This has affected Netflix, Product Hunt, Nest, Reddit, Medium, IMDB, Social Flow, and Amazon’s own Alexa and Instant …

A furniture startup promises four-minute assembly minus the harrowing trip to IKEA

Greycork’s promise sounds almost too good to be true: Well-made furniture that is stylish, comfortable, easy-to-assemble, and cheaper than IKEA.<p>“I thought that the way we’ve been getting furniture is insane,” explains Greycork’s CEO John Humphrey in the startup’s fundraising video. “Driving 40 …

Furniture

Watch A Girl Named Isabella Unpack A New 3-D Printed Arm

At this point in the 3D-printing game it should be obvious why the tech exists and why we should all own 3D printers: because they can change lives. Nowhere is that point hammered home more than in videos featuring the E-nable arms. In this latest video a girl named Isabella gets an amazing purple …

3D Printing

Google X life sciences team spins out and becomes its own company under Alphabet

Google X is spinning out its life sciences group and making it a standalone company within new Google’s new parent company, Alphabet, Google cofounder Sergey Brin wrote in a Google+ post today.<p>Andy Conrad, who has been the head of Google Life Sciences until now, will be the new chief executive, …

Yahoo Weather warns you about rain in time to find an umbrella

Weather apps are quite handy, and now Yahoo's mobile software is even more helpful. The app will send you an alert 15 minutes before rain or snow is expected to start so you have enough time to prepare. The new feature offers warnings similar to Dark Sky's weather info. That app takes readings from …

Amazon is helping to kill off Flash for good

It looks like Adobe Flash is finally on the cusp of its ultimate downfall. Following a string of moves by browser-makers, Amazon will no longer accept Flash ads on Amazon.com or its third party advertising platform.<p>An article on Amazon’s Technical Guidelines page says the change is a reaction to …

Google is doubling down on biotech

The company is turning the team that develops smart contact lenses and other healthcare initiatives into a full-fledged, standalone company rather than a lab project.<p>The life sciences group will "graduate" from the Google X labs and become its own separate company under the new Alphabet corporate …

Emerging Technology

Intel’s upcoming Skylake processors will simultaneously support three 4K monitors at 60Hz

After a pair of leaks revealed most of the details about Intel’s upcoming Skylake processor lineup, the company today itself has teased a few of the features of the upcoming processors. While Intel says launch details will be revealed in a couple of weeks, some information was teased during an …

For $200, Samsung's latest Gear VR headset is a no-brainer

If you're the owner of a new Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, an extra $200 will get you Samsung's Gear VR Innovator Edition, one of the first virtual reality headsets available to the public. Like others following the Oculus Rift story, I assumed that all VR headsets still presented issues like …