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App Annie predicts Android app spending will be higher than iOS in 2017

The mobile app market will continue to expand in 2017 and beyond, according to a new report from the research firm App Annie. In fact, the firm has predicted that total worldwide annual revenue from Android apps will surpass those from iOS apps for the first time in 2017.<p>There’s a big “but…” in App …

Apps

The controversial app for avoiding crime in your area is back in the App Store, and it's now called 'Citizen'

Last October, a new app appeared on the App Store aimed at preventing crime.<p>Called Vigilante, the app showed users where crime was happening in real time — and seemingly encouraged them to help stop it.<p>Vigilante went viral in less than two days, spreading quickly due to a controversial video that …

Apps

LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman joins Microsoft's board of directors

Microsoft bought LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in June 2016.<p>In his blog entry, Hoffman says his focus on the Microsoft board will be continuing to guide the development of LinkedIn, but also that he will "contribute more broadly as Microsoft deepens its presence in Silicon Valley and continues to …

Silicon Valley

California high school makes $24 million from Snapchat IPO

A California high school’s $15,000 investment in Snap five years ago is now worth $24 million following the company’s IPO this week, with many millions more to come.<p>If every school in America had a kid who had a parent like Barry Eggers, our nation’s education problems would all be solved. On …

Venture Capital

YouTubeTV Aims For Cord Cutters But Faces Stiff Competition

Google’s YouTube announced on Tuesday that it will launch a new live Internet television service called YouTube TV. YouTube TV will cost $35 per month and feature a lineup of 44 channels. YouTube hasn’t announced the exact launch date, other than that it will be “available soon in the largest U.S. …

Televisions

Uber drivers tell us Travis Kalanick is wrong: Uber *has* paid them less over time

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick received a ton of criticism for the way he treated an Uber driver on Super Bowl Sunday, in an exchange caught on video.<p>Most of the negative publicity has focused on Kalanick's high-handed attitude with the driver. Kalanick has published an apology and promised to …

Autonomous Vehicle

Answers Corp files for bankruptcy to cut $471 million in debt

Caribbean

Chinese official calls for easing of internet censorship

‘Great Firewall’ that blocks western websites is too restrictive and hinders economic progress while discouraging foreign investors, says Luo Fuhe<p>China’s sprawling internet censorship regime is harming the country’s economic and scientific progress, a senior official has said in a rare public …

Facebook has quietly rolled out its long-awaited solution to fake news

Since people first started complaining about "fake news" on Facebook, the phrase has evolved—from a useful way to identify …

Forget Facebook and Google: The ad world thinks this tech giant is 'terrifying'

The mad men and women of the ad industry have plenty of reasons to toss and turn at night.<p>Money is increasingly trickling from television commercials …

Snapchat passes 500 million installs on Android

Snapchat should need no introduction, as it is currently one of the most popular sexting messaging services worldwide. Although the Android app has …

Snap Inc.

Oppo topped China’s smartphone market in 2016, as Apple recorded first annual decline

Oppo is not a name that is anything like as familiar as Apple, Xiaomi or Huawei worldwide, but there’s further proof that it is most definitely one to watch, according the findings of a new report.<p>That’s because the little-known phone-maker scooped the top spot for smartphone sales in China last …

Unlike Microsoft, Google Must Give FBI Access To Overseas Email Servers: US Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter

Google will have to comply with FBI search warrants seeking access to customer emails stored on servers located outside the United States, judge …

Uber's latest option is a personal chauffeur

If you're traveling, or flitting about from one business meeting to another, it can be annoying to arrange a ride for every stop on the journey. Uber is looking to remedy the issue by launching UberHire, a service that lets you rent a car (and driver) for a day. The service is launching in a …

Investing Notes From The Upfront Summit (2017)

How many years now — three? I had to check my back catalog, and lo and behold, I just wrapped up my third Upfront Summit. Every year, it’s an …

Venture Capital

EquipmentShare, the Airbnb of construction, raises $26 million

It hasn’t even been a year since EquipmentShare raised a Series A round of funding, but the “Airbnb of construction rentals,” has closed a $26 million Series B round. The Columbia, Missouri-based startup helps contractors rent out their under-utilized equipment, or rent safety tested equipment that …

Germany’s Goodgame Studios sheds 200 employees and focuses on core business

Goodgame Studios said today that it is reorganizing itself to focus on its core online and mobile games such as Goodgame Empire and Big Farm. In doing so, the Hamburg, Germany-based company is laying off 200 employees.<p>The free-to-play game maker said it is speeding up the process it began last …

Employee Engagement

Airbnb is eyeing an international payment app

Airbnb is taking its all-inclusive aspirations one step further. Now, the short-term rental service is close to buying mobile payment app Tilt for $10 to $20 million, according to <i>The Information</i>. For the uninitiated, Tilt's wrinkle is that it can process cross-currency payments -- which should help …

Postmates is planning a big push into alcohol delivery

Starting in San Francisco and Los Angeles.<p>Among young city dwellers with disposable income, the Postmates app has become synonymous with food delivery. The startup wants it to be more.<p>Starting on Wednesday, Postmates is rolling out an expanded selection of alcohol available for delivery in San …

Alcohol

Amazon’s New Subscription Box Sends Educational Toys Every Month

Amazon has announced a new subscription box, but it’s not geared toward fashion or beauty fans—it’s for kids.<p>Meet STEM Club: a new monthly program …

Doctolib raises another $28 million for its booking platform for doctors

Being able to book a restaurant table online or on your phone is pretty nice, but what about your next doctor appointment? While it doesn’t sound as sexy, I’d rather call a restaurant than a doctor’s office. That’s why French startup Doctolib is trying to make it easier to book appointments. The …

Google Home's killer feature reminds you where you left your keys

Keep losing or misplacing important documents and items? Just tell Google Home to remember where you put them.<p>Naturally, you only ever misplace the most important things in your life -- and usually when you need them the most.<p>If you're prone to losing important items or documents, worry no more. …

Ch-ch-ch-changes at Oracle's Cloud Group

Peter Magnusson, the engineering exec who joined Oracle with considerable hoopla in 2014 to direct that company’s push into public cloud services, is …

Robots and drones take over classrooms

<b>Classrooms are noticeably more hi-tech these days - interactive boards, laptops and online learning plans proliferate, but has the curriculum actually changed or are children simply learning the same thing on different devices?</b><p>Some argue that the education this generation of children is receiving …

Education

There’s Something Very Weird Happening Inside Russia’s Cybersecurity World

The arrest of several of Russia’s top cybersecurity figures has led to speculation that there’s a shake-up inside the country’s national security service related to hacks surrounding the US election.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — A series of surprising arrests of some of Russia’s top cybersecurity figures has …

​Airbnb makes it rain, turning a profit for the first time

The home-rental company became profitable in the second half of 2016 and is expected to stay that way through the next year.<p>Airbnb has turned a profit.<p>The home-rental company became profitable for the first time in the second half of 2016, a source close to the company told CNET. Airbnb's revenue …

More trouble for Uber in India's Silicon Valley

As ride-hailing companies Uber and its local giant Ola expand their operations in India, antique regulations continue to emerge as roadblocks.<p>The …

After months of silence, Sheryl Sandberg took a stand against Trump

The Facebook COO published a post on her Facebook page that chronicles her time working in India, the healthcare issues she witnessed there, and why she believes Trump's move on Monday to reinstate the global gag rule— which bans US-funded groups around the world from discussing abortion as an …

Sheryl Sandberg

Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted eating dinner with Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted on Thursday having a Washington, DC-style power dinner with Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump.<p>Cook was joined by Apple's head of policy and environment, Lisa Jackson, Politico reported. Jackson was the …

Donald Trump

How a bot could automate 80% of startup investment screening

I have a 100-step checklist that I use to screen new investments. I’ve backed about 70 companies, but I’ve evaluated 40x that many — a dizzying amount of research. The fact is, a bot could do 80 percent of that work for me. After all, I have a series of questions, and I need to fill in answers. …

Venture Capital