Chris Berry

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Coursera Raises $49.5M Series C Funding Led By NEA, Expects Second Closing Will Bring Total To $60M

The fast-growing online education service Coursera today announced that it has raised a $49.5 million Series C funding round led by New Enterprise Associates. Other investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and International Finance Corporation. Times Internet Limited (TIL), which owns the …

Blackphone 2 available for pre-order, launching in September

It has been over a year since Silent Circle released its Blackphone handset, in June 2014. The phone was among the first security-focused devices to become relatively successful, and we now find ourselves waiting for the second iteration, which was announced at MWC 2015. Almost everything about the …

Lenovo quietly installed software on laptops, even if you wiped it

A recently uncovered feature – which had been swept under the rug – allowed new Lenovo laptops to use new Windows features to install the company’s software and tools even if the computer was wiped.<p>The oddity was first noted by Ars Technica forum user ‘ge814‘ and corroborated by Hacker News user …

EU crackdown on organised crime results in 1,000 arrests

Law enforcement agencies across the European Union have arrested more than 1,000 people in a closely coordinated nine-day sweep, in what a police chief has called the biggest organised crime crackdown in Europe.<p>Operation Archimedes targeted crimes ranging from drug trafficking to illegal …

Japanese company plans space elevator by 2050

Researchers heading into space in the not-too-distant future could be travelling by elevator rather than rocket if Japanese construction giant Obayashi Corporation has its way. The company announced two years ago that it has the capacity to build a space elevator -- and have it up and running by …

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Rocket IPO will reportedly value German e-commerce giant at $8B

Rocket Internet’s upcoming IPO looks to be a barnstormer. As reported by Reuters on Wednesday, the flotation on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange next …

US regulators seek shutdown of bitcoin PC specialist Butterfly Labs

US regulators are seeking to shut down Butterfly Labs, a Missouri-based company they allege deceptively marketed specialised computers designed to produce the virtual currency bitcoins.<p>According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the company charged thousands of consumers a total of between …

Comcast Accuses Rivals of 'Extortion' as Merger Bid Turns Ugly

The gloves are starting to come off.<p>Comcast has boldly accused competitors of attempting to extort business deals in return for silence concerning …

The Black Entrepreneur Trying to End Startup Racism Is Almost Out of Cash

<b>Bill Cunningham is wearing the requisite hipster uniform</b> of thick black-framed glasses, a spring-tone plaid shirt and blue jeans. He’s sitting in a …

Xbox is an essential piece of the new Microsoft pie, says departing CEO Steve Ballmer

In his final speech as CEO at a Microsoft shareholder meeting, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer fired a shot across the bow of those who are rumored to be thinking of splitting the company into component parts and selling some of them.<p>Like possible new CEO Steven Elop, for example.<p>One of the candidates …

Ross Ulbricht's Family And Friends Offer To Pledge Over $1 Million In Bail For Alleged Silk Road Creator

Just a few months ago, the FBI claims, Ross Ulbricht held 144,000 bitcoins allegedly collected from his Web-based black market for drugs known as the Silk Road–nearly $100 million at today’s exchange rates. Today, his family and friends are promising to offer up their life savings and even the …

JPMorgan reaches historic $13-billion settlement with Justice, states

JPMorgan Chase & Co. will pay a record $13 billion to resolve allegations that it sold faulty mortgage investments that fueled the 2008 financial crisis, Justice Department and state officials said.<p>New York Atty. Gen. Eric T. Schneiderman said the settlement was the largest ever paid by a U.S. …

Apple Patents Home Automation Technology That Adjusts Settings Based On Device Location

Apple has just been granted a new patent (via AppleInsider) which describes a very comprehensive system for controlling connected home devices. The elaborate setup would make it possible for Apple to use location data fed from things like your iPhone and iPad, as well as use of credit cards or RFID …