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Uber’s epic DB blunder is hardly an exception. GitHub is awash in passwords

Recent revelations that Uber stored a sensitive database key on a publicly accessible GitHub page generated its share of amazement and outrage. Some …


The DJ Revolution Will Be Televised

”Think of Chew as the ‘Twitch.tv for DJs’,” says Chew co-founder Wil Benton. “It’s a platform where DJs can learn from one another, enjoy each other’s music and share it with the world.”

Benton’s reference to Twitch.tv — the hugely popular site where gamers share a video stream of their video game …


Hollywood should be very afraid of Popcorn Time, the “Netflix for piracy”

In January Netflix, the online video streaming site, used its quarterly letter to shareholders (pdf) to take aim at a rival. Not premium pay TV channel HBO, with which it is locked in an increasingly bitter battle for the best shows and movies; nor cable provider Comcast, with which it has …


The Internet of Things Will Be a Giant Persuasion Machine

It’s 2020, and you’ve signed up for a weight-loss program. You’re alone on a Saturday night because your significant other is out of town, none of your friends are available to catch a flick at the theatre, and a pizza is sounding pretty good. You Google the address for your favorite joint and walk …


TiVo Buys Aereo Assets at Auction. Is a Legal Aereo Coming?

Aereo officially died last week. Eight months after losing its legal battle with television networks, the failed watch-TV-on-the-Internet startup held an auction for its assets. One of the notable purchases was its trademarks and customer list, which went to TiVo for $2 Million. What could TiVo do …


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Google just paid $25 million to buy the entire '.app' web domain

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Google just paid $25 million for exclusive rights to the ".app" top-level web domain.

Google decided to apply for new top-level …


Drone Ban? Corporations Skirt Rules

U.S. regulators proposed long-awaited rules this week that would lift a virtual ban on commercial drones likely next year, but some of the world’s biggest companies already have been benefitting from the devices.

Mining giants Rio Tinto PLC and Barrick Gold Corp. have used drones to map their mines …


How One Startup Is Elevating Camping With A Tree House You Carry With You

After a design theft in China and amid a growing market, how the tree-tent company Tentsile is making waves in camping and ecotourism.

Alex Shirley-Smith was a tree house architect. In 2013, fed up with designing custom-made suspended abodes that bordered on the extravagant for his wealthy …


Facebook paid 321 security researchers $1.3M in 2014; adds Oculus and Moves to bug bounty program

Facebook today announced it paid out $1.3 million to 321 security researchers around the world in 2014 as part of its bug bounty program. The company has now given over $3 million in rewards since launching the program back in August 2011.

Yet 2014’s figure is actually lower than the year before: …


Palo Alto search company tarnished in security debacle - San Francisco Business Times

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Patrick HogeReporter- San Francisco Business TimesEmail | Google+ | Twitter | LinkedIn

The reputation of Palo Alto image search technology …


Paris has a drone problem

Police in Paris yesterday detained three Al Jazeera journalists on charges of flying a drone without a license, marking the latest development in what's been a bizarre week for a city still reeling from last month's terrorist attacks. The arrests come amid growing anxiety surrounding unauthorized …


Interview with Jazz Atkin: “Watching in real-time as fans fall in love with a record”

In the run-up to Midem 2015, we’ll be featuring a select crew of up-and-coming label executives, sharing their views on how the industry is changing


How 14-year-old Rachel Zietz built a $1 million company - South Florida Business Journal


Celia AmpelReporter- South Florida Business JournalEmail | Twitter | Facebook

On paper, Rachel Zietz didn't seem out of place among the …


Twelve Of Today's Most Impressive Young Entrepreneurs

Daniel Fine, founder and CEO of Dosed, reflects,“My younger brother and Dosed co-founder, Jake, was diagnosed with diabetes when he was 7 years old (he’s now 18). When I was 11, we co-founded Team Brotherly Love with the motto ‘Saving Lives and Finding a Cure’ for those with Type-1. To date, we’ve …


How’s the Media Industry These Days? Confused.

It’s no secret that the media industry has been high on the list of businesses that have been disrupted by the Internet and is struggling to find a new footing.

For a few years, things appeared to be settling down a bit, as the music, written word, and video businesses seemed to be on promising …


Google's banning sexually explicit content from its blogging platform

Many X-rated Blogger accounts might cease to exist in the near future, as Google will no longer allow anyone to post sexually explicit or nude videos and images starting on March 23rd, 2015. It doesn't end there, though: Mountain View also wants old account owners to delete any content that …


7 Vegetarian Dinners Even Carnivores Will Devour

Whether you are expecting a vegetarian guest or just want to mix up your family's dinner routine, you'll wow everyone with these meatless meals.

1. White Bean Ragout

A quick ragout of white beans, sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs in a robustly flavored broth makes a satisfying vegetarian main …


A Year Later, $19 Billion For WhatsApp Doesn’t Sound So Crazy

Messaging is the center of mobile. Snapchat is raising at around a $20 billion valuation. And no one cares who owns apps. On February 19, 2014, we didn’t know any of these things for sure. So when Facebook announced it would pay $19 billion to acquire WhatsApp — an app most American pundits had …


My Own Life

A MONTH ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a mile a day. But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver. Nine years ago it was discovered that I had a rare tumor of the eye, an ocular melanoma. Although …

Oliver Sacks

These 10 Podcasts May Just Get You to Stop Listening to Music

I used to listen to a lot of music, during my morning commute to work, again on the return home and at other times throughout the day. There is nothing wrong with listening to music, but it wasn’t helping me to become a better business owner. I wasn’t more productive and I wasn’t gaining any …


The Smart Labels That Will Power The Internet Of Things

When people think of IoT technology they usually think of silicon based sensors made by semiconductor companies. These types of sensors can be found tracking data on airplane engines, wind turbines, medical devices, and many more internet connected devices. The problem with silicon based sensors is …


Leaked FAA Document Provides Glimpse Into Drone Regulations

The FAA appears poised to release regulations that will impose a minimal burden on businesses, paving the way for integration of drones into the national airspace. Information about the forthcoming regulations is contained in an inadvertently published document that appears to be an FAA economic …


Google, Facebook, and Yahoo Shun Obama Cybersecurity Summit

Obama wants companies to share cyberthreat data with the federal government and each other, only most industry heavyweights aren't interested.

Today President Obama spoke at Stanford University at the Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. In a wide-ranging conference, which touched on …


Five 'Minecraft' Books To Explain Obsession And Inspire Education

While video-games like Minecraft develop all kinds of skills, parents can sometimes want a distraction from the screens. These five books not only get Minecraft addicts reading, but create a context in which parents and children can discuss the game.

Kids love talking about their favourite hobby but …


Dear Elon Musk: Please Put SpaceX Photos In The Public Domain

I'm excited about the upcoming world of privatized space flight. I think it will enable all sorts of innovations and explorations where NASA has cut …

Public Domain

Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, and Eric Schmidt all just snubbed Obama

On Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook is attending a White House cybersecurity summit, where he's expected to discuss whether Apple's encryption policies are aiding criminals.

But he may be the only major tech CEO to attend. According to a report from Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Marissa Mayer, Larry Page, …

Marissa Mayer

Owner of Orinda Frank Lloyd Wright home seeks $30K tax break

We’ve written before in this blog about high-end homes that get major tax breaks due to their historic nature. Earlier this week, we told you about a nearly $10-million 1904 Pac Heights listing that qualifies for thousands in property tax savings and last month there was a $25 million estate in Los …

Frank Lloyd Wright

On A Trademark Rampage, Taylor Swift Targets Etsy Sellers

Your Etsy shop is cute and all, but Taylor Swift is coming for you.

If you're thinking of DIY'ing up some cute Taylor Swift-themed gift ideas for your Etsy shop, you might want to pump your brakes. The pop star turned intellectual property warrior may still be awaiting approval on her latest list of …

Taylor Swift