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Pirate Bay founder creating surveillance-free messaging app

In the wake of people learning about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, it's become clear that phone records and text messages are not entirely private.<p>The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde and a couple of app developers have decided to do something about it. They are …

Why Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom Is Hot For Snapchat

What companies are getting it right in mobile? Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom praises Facebook, Google, and…Snapchat?<p>When asked what companies are getting it right in mobile, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom ticks off the usual suspects. Though an iPhone user, Systrom praises Google for the “edgy” work …

The Easy Profit Game Ends In Smartphones, So Apple Plays A New One

It seems Samsung and Apple at last have something in common. As the Korean giant forecast its profits would be massive, but slightly below expectations, its stock price took a tumble. It appears the industry has crossed through a level some call “peak smartphone” — the point of maximum profit. This …

Who will stop Google?

<b>Google co-founder Sergey Brin (AP/Eric Risberg/Salon)</b><p>Snowden revealed what many of us already suspected: Google completely controls the web<p>Rebecca Solnit<p>June 25, 2013 6:45pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Finally, journalists have started criticizing in earnest the leviathans of …

How I Survived A Week Without Food

I consumed nothing but Soylent, a food-replacing beverage, for a week. Here's what happened to me (and my poop).<p><i>Click here for a step-by-step guide to making homemade Soylent</i><p>My best friend's graduation ceremony starts in 10 minutes and I'm trying to suppress vomit at a Speedway.<p>It's my third day on …

The Enterprise App Economy

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Aaron Levie is CEO and co-founder of Box. Follow him on Twitter @levie.</i><p>Next week, thousands of developers will converge on WWDC, the vast majority representing companies and products that didn’t exist before the creation of Apple’s iPhone and App Store.<p>They’ll talk about the future of …

Android’s Design Principles And The Calculus Of The Human Pleasure Response

Android UX and interaction design leads Helena Roeber and Rachel Garb gave a talk at Google I/O this year about the Android Design Principles (ADP) they helped create and introduced back in 2012 with the launch of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The ADP foll three simple principles, essentially …

Meet the Dudes Behind Dots, the iPhone Game of the Moment

By now you may have heard about Dots, the free mobile game that is singlehandedly responsible for at least a 27 percent decline in U.S. workplace …

In-App Purchases

Google CEO Larry Page: Do as I say, not as I do

Following Larry Page’s impromptu speech and Q&A session at Google I/O (s goog), long time Apple (s aapl) observer/writer John Gruber wrote a post …

Bill Gates on Steve Jobs on “60 Minutes”

This week, CBS news program “60 Minutes” had an interview with Microsoft co-founder and now major philanthropist Bill Gates, called “Bill Gates …

Bill Gates

Why Is Facebook Blue? The Science Behind Colors In Marketing

Turns out, something as simple as tweaking the color of a button changes user behavior or endears people to your product. Buffer’s Leo Widrich explains the importance of color in website and brand design.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the</i> …

Social Media

Big VC Says Bitcoin Is 'Gold 2.0. It's a Huge, Huge, Huge Deal'

Think the recent collapse in Bitcoin’s value was the end of the experimental currency’s, um, currency? Not even close, says Chamath Palihapitiya, the longtime Facebook executive who now runs The Social + Capital Partnership.<p>Likening Bitcoin to the “red pill” from the movie “The Matrix,” which …

Startup CEO: We Had The Perfect Product Launch Planned, And Then It All Went Splat

Norby and his team had already gone through Silicon Valley's top accelerator Y Combinator, had raised a $1.5 million seed round, had collected 25,000 email addresses from people wanting to be notified of the launch, and had prepared coverage of the launch on tech blogs like TechCrunch and …

Startups

Cognitive Overhead, Or Why Your Product Isn’t As Simple As You Think

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>David Lieb is co-founder and CEO of</i> <i>Bump</i><i>, creators of the popular app that lets people share contact information, photos, and other content by bumping their phones together.</i> <i>Bump has been downloaded more than 130 million times.</i><p>It’s been hard to ignore the massive shift in the last …

Beyond IQ: What Makes The Difference Between Success And Failure In Life

“IQ is a pretty miserable predictor of life achievement,” writes Robert Steinberg in <i>How Practical and Creative Intelligence Determine Success in Life</i>. I couldn’t agree more, especially when it comes to a successful career that begins at school.<p>As a long time educator, I have seen far too many …

Things for Mac, iPad, and iPhone gets a speed boost, improved time zone support

The Things to-do management app for Mac OS X, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch has been updated today with speed improvements for both the actual application and for downloading and syncing with the Things Cloud service.<p>We’ve identified the resource hogs and improved performance in key areas that were …

Snapchat Now Boasts More Than 150 Million Photos Taken Daily

Asa Mathat / AllThingsD.com<p>Snapchat, the wildly popular messaging service that lets users send self-deleting photos to one another, has exploded in …

Social Media

Facebook beefs up its entertainment pages

Facebook is beefing up its interest pages, giving the social network a better way to surface recommendations and offering advertisers a better way to target users.<p>The company today announced its partnership with Rovi Corp., a metadata company that will fill out the social network's already existing …

Tech Is Letting Go Of The Follower Count

The Internet's popularity metric of choice is growing increasingly irrelevant. But what comes next?<p>In the early days, Facebook and Twitter felt a bit like games. Search and find old friends! Follow people indiscriminately with the hope of guilting strangers into following you! Use hashtags, jump on …

Foursquare to sell check-in data for ad targeting, says report

Foursquare may be looking to monetize its business and settle up outstanding debts with an aggressive new game plan: selling the data buried behind 3.5 billion check-ins to help advertisers target their advertisements.<p>The company, which has shifted from check-ins to local search to compete with …

Entrepreneurial Excellence: Can 10,000 Hours Of Practice Make Perfect?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jon Auerbach is a partner at Charles River Ventures, a 42-year-old, early-stage venture firm based in Menlo Park and Cambridge, Mass., where he focuses on mobile technologies. Follow him on Twitter @jgauerbach.</i><p>Research over the past two decades has identified a strong link between …

Does your Company Culture Attract Rockstar Talent? Here Are 9 Tips

Hubspot is a great example of the culture we’re trying to build at Lendio. As a CEO that cares tremendously about company culture, I was fascinated by HubSpot founder and CEO Brian Halligan’s strategic approach to building a positive work environment that fosters creativity and enables people to …

Nextdoor and Hyperlocality

Some time ago I wrote about a social network called Nextdoor that really impressed me. What makes Nextdoor stand out is that it’s hyperlocal and based on real, physical communities; a Nextdoor “neighborhood” is defined by a group of houses that form a contiguous block and only people who live in …

Marissa Mayer explains what it took to become Yahoo’s CEO while 28 weeks pregnant

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has become a bit of a punching bag for the women’s movement: She didn’t take a maternity leave, she banned Yahoo employees from telecommuting, and she said she doesn’t consider herself a feminist.<p>But in a just-released piece written for the Lean In Foundation, Mayer strikes …

Marissa Mayer

Foursquare’s API Is A Pillar Of The Mobile App Ecosystem

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Jonathan Barouch is the founder and CEO of location-based startup Roamz, developer of social media business product Local Measure. Follow him on Twitter @jbarouch.</i><p>Foursquare has become entrenched in the fabric of the local web, providing an API that delivers common good for …

Social App MeetMe Introduces In-Feed Advertising With Flurry Partnership

Social discovery service MeetMe is ramping up the advertising in its smartphone app.<p>CEO Geoff Cook told me via email that the app was already running ads, for example at the top of the screen, but its mobile monetization efforts have been more focused on payments. The new ads, which are being …

FBI Wants To Spy On Your Online Chats As They Happen

Technology has moved on, and the FBI wants to be right there, snooping on the latest tech.<p>"Is this conversation unencrypted?" is going to be the new "Are you wearing a wire?"<p>Noting that communication technology has changed faster than the law, FBI general counsel Andrew Weissman said recently that …

Y-Combinator Demo Day 2013: Still looking for the next Airbnb or Dropbox

Y<b>-</b>Combinator has made changes since the first of its 15 batches of graduates earned their degrees in startupology – or whatever they get when they …