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The founder of a beloved productivity app thinks the startup model is broken — here's how he's trying to keep the tech industry from 'making the same 10,000 mistakes over and over again'

If you ask Phil Libin, the tech industry doesn't do a very good job these days at promoting innovation.<p>They may seem a strange thing to say, given that the industry has a reputation for being the most innovative in the country, if not the world. But Libin's not just some crank.<p>He's been in the …

Startups

Tech’s Titans Tiptoe Toward Monopoly - WSJ

Imagine a not-too-distant future in which trustbusters force Facebook to sell off Instagram and WhatsApp. Imagine a time when Amazon’s cloud and delivery services are so dominant the company is broken up like AT&T. Imagine Google’s search or YouTube becoming regulated monopolies, like electricity …

Enterprise Tech

Why I'm Quitting Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple for a Month

Five companies in Silicon Valley are worth a combined $3 trillion. Most of us use at least one of their services everyday and it has become impossible to imagine life without them.<p>This will be the last story I file to my editors using Google Docs for the next month—or possibly forever.<p>Starting …

Juro grabs $2M to take the hassle out of contracts

UK startup Juro, which is applying a “design centric approach” and machine learning tech to help businesses speed up the authoring and management of sales contracts, has closed $2m in seed funding led by Point Nine Capital.<p>Prior investor Seedcamp also contributed to the round. Juro is announcing …

'Killer robots': AI experts call for boycott over lab at South Korea university

Developing autonomous weapons would make the security situation on the Korean peninsula worse. Toby Walsh, professor at University of New South Wales<p>Artificial intelligence researchers from nearly 30 countries are boycotting a South Korean university over concerns a new lab in partnership with a …

North Korea

The (super enjoyable) Japanese secret to becoming a morning person

In an ideal world, your morning routine would <i>always</i> set you up for a kickass day ahead. But if you’ve got a packed to-do list, it’s all too easy for …

Top gadgets to help you sleep

The construction crew outside your window. A weird buzzing sound down the hall. The flashing lights outside of your New York apartment building, blinking all night long.<p>For some of us, figuring out how to fall asleep at night is a challenge. There might be legitimate reasons, but fortunately a few …

Why we transitioned from Medium back to our own blog

<i>Where</i> to publish something has become a difficult decision for a lot of businesses. You read so many stories about using various channels to …

Marketing

How Square’s CFO exercises financial discipline to grow the $16.5 billion public company by 40% each quarter

Most people going into their annual review can expect a mix of praise and criticism, some new targets to hit and, if they're lucky, a pay rise.<p>Sarah Friar, in her first review as chief financial officer of payments firm Square, was told by her boss: "I have a simple vision for you, which is that I …

Jack Dorsey

YouTube's small creators pay price of policy changes after Logan Paul scandal

YouTube changed Erin Armstrong’s life. The transgender vlogger joined in 2006, posting videos about her transition and connecting with trans people across the globe, building a community that once seemed unimaginable to her.<p>But last year, the Google-owned video platform started flagging some of her …

Internet

The era of the cloud’s total dominance is drawing to a close

CONNECTED devices now regularly double as digital hoovers: equipped with a clutch of sensors, they suck in all kinds of information and send it to …

Internet of Things

Digital media companies are headed for a crash, Hearst Magazines president David Carey says

Carey says advertising-dependent web publishers remind him of Buzz Lightyear in “Toy Story” — and that’s not a compliment.<p>Two-thirds of the profits at Hearst Magazines are still coming from print. And unlike other magazine publishers, David Carey says he’s in no rush to change that.<p>“We reject this …

Want to learn programming? This startup pays you cryptocurrency to study Python

Blockchain-based skills platform BitDegree has unconventional plans for connecting tech talent and recruiters.<p>Lithuania-based startup BitDegree has …

A doctor was asked to test an iPhone gadget and ended up diagnosing his own cancer

Earlier this year a vascular surgeon diagnosed his own cancer while testing out a new ultrasound gadget for his smartphone.<p>Dr. John Martin, who is not an oncologist, was tapped to test out the Butterfly iQ, a tiny ultrasound device designed to replace several bulkier, more expensive machines. When …

Medical Technology

VC doors are wide open for real estate startups

Joanna Glasner Contributor<p>Joanna Glasner is a reporter for Crunchbase.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items<br>• The state of the unicorn<p>Over the last couple of decades, online streaming, shopping and social networking startups have …

Real Estate

A 3D-printed bridge is being built using reinforced concrete

3D printing is a massive category that covers everything from small, DIY, plastic projects to metal meant to be used in Boeing's 787 airplane. Yet another usage has come to light, courtesy of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Researchers there have started manufacturing …

Petnet SmartFeeder: Feed your cat or dog remotely using your smartphone

Feed your four-legged friend right from your iPhone or Android phone.<p>You can control thermostats, air conditioners, garage doors, and surveillance …

You won’t recognize the new world of digital payments without this report

The modern smartphone is a remarkable device. A single device that fits in your pocket can do all the tasks that once required cameras, camcorders, GPS devices, watches, alarm clocks, calculators, and even TVs.<p>But the next change might be the most radical of all—it could eliminate the need to carry …

FinTech

CAT S60 is the first Android phone with built-in thermal camera, can withstand drops of nearly 2 meters

Bullitt Group has partnered with Cat in the UK to create the first Android smartphone with a built in thermal imaging camera. The embedded thermal camera from FLIR can detect heat and measure surface temperatures from distances of up to 100 feet. In the press release published today, the company …

Front-Facing Camera

Scotland is about to become home to the world’s largest floating wind farm

The Scottish government has approved the construction of the UK’s first ever floating wind farm, planned for the country’s northeastern coastline.<p>A 30-megawatt (MW) pilot wind farm will be made up of five 6-MW turbines, which could power up to 20,000 homes. Because they are not attached to the sea …

Renewable Energy

Venturra Capital Is A Big-Hitting $150M Fund For Startups In Southeast Asia

In a further sign of the increasing maturity of Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem, a new fund has arrived to offer yet more financing options for emerging tech companies. Venturra Capital is a big-hitting $150 million fund announced this week that is focused on the region, where mobile internet …

This Towering 3D Printer Builds Clay Homes

Slow-printed adobe, without the flash<p>Clay homes are as old as dirt. Well, as old as humans have been building homes. Older, if you count those made by insects. That doesn’t mean an ancient technique can’t get a thoroughly modern makeover. The World's Advanced Saving Project, or WASP, after the …

The cybersecurity industry’s billion dollar scam

The cybersecurity industry can be romanticized as a crime-fighting cabal of protectors facing off against hackers to keep the Internet safe. In this version of the story, there are good guys and bad guys, and the good guys do everything they can to keep their adversaries at bay.<p>Unfortunately, this …

Cybersecurity

An IBM engineer quit to become an Instagram star — these 29 photos prove it was a good idea

But his biggest passion was always photography, and after he saw his Instagram followers grow past 100,000, he quit his IBM job.<p>Now Roos is one of the most popular Instagram photographers, with more than 433,000 followers. Some of the world's biggest brands, including Samsung and Sony, reach out to …

Mobile Photography

Capital Gains: Airbnb's $1.5 Billion Funding Round and More

Also of note: Shopping for your home using VR.<p>This week in funding news includes home shopping VR, Airbnb swallowing the GDP of a small country, vending machine tech and other fun stuff. Here’s what went down:<p>Airbnb has finalized a $1.5 billion funding round that sets the company’s value at $25.5 …

Venture Capital

Startups can ask investors for cash through Twitter

Your favorite internet startup might not just be using Twitter for business news and sales pitches in the near future -- the US Securities and Exchange Commission has greenlit using the social network to drum up interest in future stocks and debt offerings. This only works for small outfits raising …

SmartUp App Virtually Mentors New Entrepreneurs And Could Lead To Funding

Everyone knows there are entrepreneurs all over the world now, not just in developed countries. Why? Because the internet and technology has empowered so many. Indeed, a 2013 survey put out by Babson and the LSE found that the size of the global market for learning about entrepreneurship and …

Enterprise Software’s Trillion-Dollar Opportunity

Outside of the tech industry, an unmistakable trend is sweeping the business world.<p>Companies in industries as far ranging as transportation, pharmaceuticals and manufacturing are facing the pressures of digital disruption. As we move irreversibly into an economy defined by new competitive …

The Trillion-Dollar Market To Remake Business Applications

At last month’s On Demand Conference in San Francisco which featured many of the hottest names in tech – Uber, Instacart, Sprig, Munchery, Shyp and Postmates, amongst others – one panel stood out. Amid a sea of consumer facing businesses, the CEOs of three small- and medium-sized business or …

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