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Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision

The startup Aero Glass now claims to be the first company to bring augmented reality to pilots. While military pilots wear augmented reality heads-up …

I Moved To San Francisco — And Now I Have Apps Doing Everything For Me

It's the kind of convenience I've become accustomed to after living in New York for over six years. I can get just about anything I want, whenever I want, all within a few blocks of my home. There's a Starbucks 184 feet away from my front door. There's a classy Italian steakhouse across the street. …

Snapchat is driving marketers crazy — and that might just be okay

What would Aldous Huxley have made of Snapchat?<p>Surely a writer who spent his career satirising the dehumanising effects of technology and mass media would have been horrified at our most extreme iteration yet of communication as mindless, ephemeral churn.<p>If Huxley thought the world needed warning …

How VCs Use Content Marketing to Connect With Communities

Research from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PWC) reveals that in 2013, US venture capitalists committed $29.4 billion to 3,995 deals, with investments in internet-specific companies reaching the highest total since 2001.<p>The idea is simple. Venture capitalists fund projects that demonstrate a high …

Another nightmare Comcast customer service call surfaces

<b>A sign outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. (AP/Matt Rourke)</b><p>And it is painful to listen to<p>Sarah Gray<p>August 11, 2014 6:11pm (UTC)<p><i>Updated with response from Comcast:</i><p>Yet another painful snippet of audio between Comcast and a customer has surfaced on the Internet.<p>Nearly one month ago, audio of …

This $1 Billion Startup Handles 5% Of All Web Traffic And Is Ready To Take On Cisco

Over the last three years, CloudFlare has grown 450% annually, and is currently adding about 5,000 new clients a day, Matthew Prince, its programmer/lawyer-turned-founder, tells us.<p>It is now handling the equivalent of roughly 5% of the entire web's traffic through its servers and, just as we …

FXX's Plans for The Simpsons Include a Marathon of Every Episode Ever and a Huge New App

Simpsons forever.<p>When a hit show makes its way to cable, it’s not often an especially exciting announcement on the news front – even though those …

Former Bit.ly data scientist Hilary Mason starts own research consulting lab

Data science expert Hilary Mason today launched Fast Forward Labs, an independent data technology research lab that is essentially a consulting …

Yahoo Acquires Mobile Ad Company Flurry For Hundreds Of Millions

Flurry is an app analytics and advertising company.<p>News of the acquisition was first reported by Re/code's Kara Swisher.<p>The acquisition is reported to be in the "hundreds of millions," according to Swisher's sources. TechCrunch reports that Yahoo will pay at least $300 million for Flurry.<p>"By …

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Amazon Web Services Had 44 Price Cuts And You Can Expect More To Come

The investment banking firm Jeffries estimates AWS had $5 billion in annual revenue with a 36% EBIDTA margin, according to Fortune's Adam Lashinsky.<p>On Tuesday, AWS SVP Andy Jassy went on stage at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech 2014 to shed some more details of the business.<p>Jassy said AWS currently has …

You can shop for your next yacht on the Craigslist for rich people

The Bloomberg terminal's fast-paced delivery of news and financial data makes it an invaluable tool to many in the finance fields. But there's a curious thing about the terminals' general user: because of their business, they often enough have a lot of disposable income to spare. As <i>BuzzFeed</i> …

Of Course The FCC’s Website Is Crashing, But You Can Still Leave A Comment On Net Neutrality

Today is the final day a person can comment on the FCC’s net neutrality proposal. But it’s currently not possible. That part of the FCC’s website — the part where a person can leave a comment — is dead and has been for most of the day.<p>Clearly this government agency, with its archaic, non-functional …

Airbnb gears up to launch a complete brand redesign this week

<i>Update July 16: Airbnb’s redesign is now live.</i><p>Airbnb will launch a brand redesign this week during an event for top hosts and guests, photographs that VentureBeat obtained reveal.<p>Taking a break from its legislative turmoil, Airbnb last week quietly announced a live-streamed event, which is …

Google's Chrome Web Browser Is Killing Your Laptop Battery

There is a problem with Google Chrome on Microsoft Windows that is potentially very bad news for laptop users. It can drastically affect battery life, and even slow down your computer.<p>So, why is Chrome eating through your battery quicker than other internet browsers? The problem is down to …

Raspberry Pi B+ marks first major upgrade to microcomputer

Gallery: Raspberry Pi B+ marks first major upgrade to microcomputer<p>Gallery: Raspberry Pi B+ marks first major upgrade to microcomputer<p>+ 2<p>+ 1<p>The …

From Pong to Oculus Rift: The Evolution of the Game Controller

Some of the greatest game controllerslike the NES two-button controller or plastic axe of Guitar Heroare just as iconic as the greatest games you use them to play.<p>Some of the greatest game controllers—like the NES two-button controller or plastic axe of <i>Guitar Hero</i>—are just as iconic as the greatest …

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India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce and therefore very expensive. That's why India is copying Japan's (pictured) idea of building floating …

$10,000 Is On Offer For Anyone Who Can Hack A Tesla Car

Security experts will be competing to hack a car for a $10,000 prize next week. It’s no ordinary car, though. It’s a Tesla Model S, the famous electric supercar brought to life by Elon Musk and his whizz-kid mechanics. And this might just be the first ever open competition to hack a car.<p>Anyone who …

Twitter Analytics Could Turn Us Into Engagement Addicts

I’m impressed by the new Twitter analytics dashboard but I’m also a little concerned about what it might do to the way we tweet.<p>Among various charts and graphs, the dashboard – currently available to verified, and some unverified, users – gives a presumably accurate count for how many people have …

Zipcar co-founder: 'Entrepreneurs should build the world they want to see'

Airbnb, Lyft, Uber.<p>In the recent years, startups based on the idea of sharing one’s resources – like a spare bedroom, a comfy couch or a car – have exploded onto the scene. Yet before these peer-to-peer startups and sharing economy were a thing, there was Zipcar.<p>Robin Chase never imagined herself …

Building an oculus rift

This is the one of the main parts of the Rift, the lens.<p>Took out the lens, using box cutters and petroleum.<p>Got one of the goggles used in factories, …

Tinder, A $500 Million Dating App, Used This Pitch Deck When It Was Just A Tiny Startup

Tinder isn't a traditional startup since the majority of it is owned by IAC. But like many young companies, it began as a fledgling idea under another name, Match Box.<p>What was Tinder like when it was first devised in 2012?<p>TechCrunch's Jordan Crook found an early Tinder pitch deck. Here's what the …

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Twitter Releases an Analytics Dashboard for Regular Tweets

Twitter today announced a new tweet activity analytics dashboard for advertisers, Twitter card publishers and verified users that shows them detailed data on how their organic tweets are doing.<p>While Twitter previously offered this level of detail for promoted tweets, the new analytics features …

14 People Who Got Fired For Tweeting

It's not terribly difficult to imagine some people losing their jobs over inappropriate or contentious use of Facebook, but surely Twitter and its 140-character limit don't pose a danger, right?<p>You obviously still need to be mindful in how you use it.<p>The "medium is the message," as we've heard, but …

FCC Approves Controversial $2 Billion School Wi-Fi Plan

Schools will get $2 billion for Wi-Fi networks, which is less than some schools and teachers unions wanted.<p>Schools will soon be able to apply for grants from a $2 billion fund to help pay for Wi-Fi networks in schools under a plan approved Friday by federal regulators.<p>The Federal Communications …

GitHub for Mac Gets Simpler & Faster

Four weeks after GitHub introduced a chunky revamp of its Windows app, the social coding platform’s Mac app has now been given a li’l lovin’ too.<p>The latest GitHub for Mac features a more simplified navigation, with a “renewed focus on your cloned repositories,” the announcement says – a …

Behind the Scenes with LinkedIn's Open Source Chief

On a recent visit to LinkedIn’s Mountain View headquarters, I sat down with three of the company’s engineers to talk through different aspects of its business. For the first article in this behind the scenes series, we’ll hear from VP of Engineering Alex Vauthey, who heads up monetization …

Someone Is Leaving Hidden Bitcoin Wallets All Over San Francisco, Including At Mark Zuckerberg's House

The Hidden Cash treasure hunt phenomenon has gone digital.<p>In May, someone started hiding envelopes of cash all over San Francisco, and now someone is leaving bitcoin wallets around the city, sending people on a digital scavenger hunt.<p>The hunt is appropriately called @SFHiddenBitcoin.<p>The wallets are …

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This self-cleaning car tech could change everything

Rich chocolate syrup on a pure white car would usually be the trigger for a trip to the detailing shop, but this time around there’s something …

The 10 Highest-Funded Kickstarter Projects Of All Time

The crowdfunding platform puts the power in the hands (and the pockets) of the people, essentially democratizing the fundraising process and allowing startups to have a more direct line of communication with their customers. Kickstarter has raised $1,200,690,155 to successfully fund 65,076 projects …