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Too Much Music: A Failed Experiment In Dedicated Listening

In Charlotte Zwerin's 1988 film <i>Straight, No Chaser</i>, Thelonious Monk road manager Bob Jones tells a story about Monk appearing on a television show sometime in the late '50s. Monk is asked what kind of music he likes, to which he replies "all kinds." The interviewer, hoping for a "gotcha" moment, …

New Albums

Jeff Bezos outlines his methods for “high-velocity decision-making”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos wants his $430 billion publicly traded company to behave with the urgency of the startup it once was.<p>To make sure he acts quickly, he follows a set of guidelines for “high-velocity decision-making” he laid out in his annual letter to shareholders. He urges his employees to …

Management

Vespa's new robot will carry your groceries

Vespa, best known for its stylish scooters, is trying something new.<p>The Italian company is opening a Boston-based division, called Piaggio Fast Forward, to focus on the future of mobility. Its first creation is Gita, a robot designed to carry cargo, such as groceries, and follow around a pedestrian …

Robotics

Lyft partners with Brookdale to bring on-demand rides to senior communities

Lyft has struck a landmark partnership with one of the largest operators of senior living facilities in the U.S., Brookdale Senior Living.<p>Through this partnership, Brookdale residents will be able to book a Lyft ride, on-demand or pre-scheduled via a concierge in their community, no smartphones or …

San Francisco

How to encrypt your Facebook Messages

All 1 billion Facebook Messenger users can now encrypt their messages so that governments, hackers, and even Facebook itself can’t read them. Facebook announced its “Secret” messages feature back in July. Now it’s fully rolled out, but still a bit tricky to use. Messenger threads aren’t Secret by …

Privacy

Your device's battery status can be used to track you online

There are a myriad of ways you can be tracked online – from supercookies, to canvas fingerprinting and malware. Now you can add your device’s battery status to the list, according to research by Steve Engelhard and Arvind Narayanan – two academics from Stanford University.<p>The attack takes advantage …

IBM Platform LSF Suites Makes HPC Easier

IBM has introduced a new way for organizations of all sizes to buy and acquire a full HPC management suite including a community edition for those …

Prompt wants to be the command line for the real world

In a world where apps are getting more feature-rich and complex, Prompt is taking a step backwards and aiming to be ‘a command line for the real world.’<p>Tagline aside, the application (SMS/Slack/Web) lets you text commands to a number of integrations to do things like change the temperature on a …

SiriusXM Fights to Dominate the Dashboard of the Connected Car

On the 36th floor of a Midtown Manhattan skyscraper, the actors Ice Cube and Kevin Hart joshed with fans inside a glass-walled radio studio one afternoon last month. They were in the broadcast headquarters of SiriusXM, and across the lobby, near Howard Stern’s dedicated wing, Brooke Shields posed …

Media Industry

Watson Natural Language Classifier

<b>Get started with Watson</b><p>Access Watson services on the IBM Cloud.<p><b>Developer tools</b><p>Everything you need to start building with Watson.<p><b>Webinars</b><p>Register for …

MillerCoors strengthens its craft beer brand with majority stake in popular San Diego craft brewer

MillerCoors has extended its reach into the craft beer market with a majority stake in popular San Diego craft brewer Saint Archer Brewing Co.<p>The …

San Diego

Medical Office Software Maker Kareo Raises $55M

Kareo, a startup that provides small medical practices the tools they need to run their business, has pulled in $55 million in funding to accelerate expansion in doctors’ offices across the country.<p>Montreux Equity Partners, a late-stage health tech fund, led the round, with participation from …

Medical Technology

Snapchat brings on Buzzfeed and iHeartRadio as partners

Snapchathas replaced Yahoo and Warner Music Group with iHeartRadio and Buzzfeed on the list of about a dozen media organizations that get a big opportunity to generate revenue through the popular entertainment app.<p>Through the 6-month-old Snapchat Discover feature, millions of users have quick …

Doppler Labs just raised $17 million to create earbuds that don't play music but let you customize how the world sounds around you — and we gave them a listen

Doppler Labs isn't interested in blocking out all natural noise and pumping prerecorded sound into your ears. The team wants to <i>change</i> the sounds that are coming in. It wants you to customize your sonic world in exactly the way you want.<p>Imagine being able to turn up the bass at a concert, or reduce …

Music Production

7 shortcuts to making users trust you

Quantcast is a great example of straightforward yet effective case studies.<p>Each of their case studies is divided into three sections: The Challenge, The Solution, and The Result. Their writing is personable and succinct, making them easy to read, and they incorporate testimonials right in the …

Logitech is rebranding its newest products as 'Logi'

Logitech is pulling a Diddy.<p>Logitech announced Wednesday it is undergoing a major rebranding effort with a greater focus on design, with some of its …

Designing Data-Driven Interfaces

Telling the story of your data<p>“Dashboard”, “Big Data”, “Data visualization”, “Analytics” — there’s been an explosion of people and companies looking …

New Company Helps SaaS Applications Work Behind Firewall

Replicated, a company that wants to help SaaS vendors ship an on-premises version of their applications more easily, made a series of announcements today including a $1.5M seed round and several Beta customers.<p>The company is taking advantage of Docker containerization technology to build a solution …

SaaS

Amazon EC2 Container Service becomes available, featuring new scheduler

Amazon’s EC2 Container Service, a managed cloud service for running applications in containers that was first announced in November, is now generally available, the company said today. And not only that — Amazon has tacked on several new features for it.<p>The most significant component is a new …

IBM Launches New Health Unit, Teams Up with Apple, J&J, Medtronic

International Business Machines Corp (IBM), deepening its partnership with Apple Inc (AAPL) to make use of health information gathered by millions of Apple devices, is creating a unit dedicated to providing data analytics to the healthcare sector.<p>Its new Watson Health unit plans to aggregate health …

Why a startup called Nutanix is making VMware absolutely crazy

An ugly, very public, and somewhat entertaining squabble between a hot startup, Nutanix, and the tech incumbent it challenges, VMware, has taken a new twist, Business Insider has learned.<p>At stake is a big up-and-coming $77 billion market that VMware desperately needs.<p>Here’s what we’re hearing:<p><b>1.</b> …

Amazon’s New Dash Button Hardware Offers Instant Orders For Staple Products

Amazon has new hardware called the Dash Button that allows one-press ordering of products you’re likely to want to replace on a regular basis. The Dash Button comes in a number of different branded versions based on what it’s coded to order, and includes an adhesive backing and hook holster to let …

eCommerce

Microsoft Launches New Azure Backup And Recovery Services

Microsoft today announced new features (in preview) for its Azure Backup service. In addition, the company is launching new functionality for its Azure Site Recovery service into preview.<p>The company is clearly gearing both of these services toward enterprises and notes that they will be especially …

Microsoft Azure

Cloud-monitoring startup Finally.io shuts down

Startup Finally.io has shut down its web service for alerting developers to issues with popular cloud infrastructure services.<p>The startup, which early About.me employees Alex Bendig and Luke Gotszling established in San Francisco in 2013, removed its website from the Internet this afternoon. But …

Twitter’s new ‘partner audiences’ will help more advertisers track you outside Twitter

Today Twitter announced the launch of “partner audiences,” a feature that lets advertisers target users based on their activity outside of the social network.<p>Scary, right?<p>Maybe, but this isn’t exactly a new idea. Twitter’s experimented with this sort of tracking for a while. And Facebook? They’ve …

Digital Advertising

LinkedIn’s new profile-driven ad network is a balancing act between users and marketers

LinkedIn is building its newly announced B2B ad network on the quality of its nearly 350 million user profiles.<p>But a key question is whether the interests of B2B advertisers mesh with the interests of professionals on LinkedIn.<p>On Thursday, the professional network announced the launch of its …

The Army Of Ghostwriters Behind King Content

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Aimee Millwood covers e-commerce marketing, growth and engagement for the Yotpo blog.</i><p>Before I quit ghostwriting, I wrote for publications like Forbes, Inc., The Next Web, and even TechCrunch. I worked as a behind-the-scenes magician, penning content that helped CEOs and companies gain …

Writing

Cloud monitoring category gets busier

Image copyright Solarwinds.Server monitoring gets hotSolarWinds, which monitors multi-vendor technologies running in house, last week bought Librato …

Solar Wind

2015 server software

nodeStorage -- a simple Amazon S3 storage system based on Twitter identity implemented in Node.js.<p>pagePark -- a folder-based HTTP server that serves …