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trumpcare Friedman

https://www.msnbc.com/.../trump-wins-freedom-caucus-loses-modera...<p>Republicans are rapidly shifting positions on the Obamacare repeal bill. The …

Machine Zone (MZ): A $10 Billion Dollar Unicorn In The Making - Cognant, Satori, LIT Token, Game of War, Mobile Strike

(Our suggested “moonshot” for MZ: ending urban traffic congestion via a real-time pricing platform + “connected car”)<p>(Our suggested new tagline for …

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Bank of Japan cuts key interest rate into negative territory

Japan's central bank is stepping up its efforts to kick-start the country's struggling economy by taking a key interest rate into negative territory.<p>The Bank of Japan said Friday that it will cut the rate on current accounts that commercial banks hold with it to minus 0.1%, adding that it will push …

The Unbearable Lightness of Tweeting

At the heart of the media's chattiest technology is a hollow sharing economy. A personal investigation into just how little traffic Twitter's maelstrom actually contributes to websites.<p>In January, I deleted Twitter from my phone. The app was a charming distraction, I decided, and 2015 would be a …

Social Media

How LSD Helped Shape California’s Ecstatic Design Legacy

From drugs to the women’s movement, Californian counterculture has generated some of the most vibrant pieces of American graphic design.<p>From Deborah Sussman’s candy-colored “supergraphics” to R. Crumb’s drug-fueled comics and album art, some of the most vibrant pieces of American graphic design …

Gear of the Year 2014

Top Gear Innovations for Fall and Winter The brisk days of fall and cold nights of winter bring out the best in gear design and technology. When the mercury goes south with the birds, there’s little leeway for lapses in function and lots of room for flexing new ideas. Sometimes this means embracing …

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Exversion Wants To Be The GitHub For Sharing And Collaborating On Data Sets

The massive power of GitHub is in the startup’s ability to not only act as a code-sharing and publishing service, but also as a versioning platform. Exversion is launching today at Disrupt Europe in Berlin with the hope of being the GitHub for large-scale data sets. The platform aims to aggregate …

Priori Data Rakes In $1M To Build A Bloomberg For App Data

Priori Data, an app store data and analytics provider, has secured $1 million in seed financing to build a kind of Bloomberg-style platform for mobile industry professionals and analysts. The cash was raised from unnamed sources but, says the company, includes the Berlin angel investor community, …

Director Gia Coppola Photographs the Young, Hot Cast of her Debut Film, Palo Alto - PAPER

To hear the cast tell it, the set of <i>Palo Alto,</i> Gia Coppola's feature directorial debut, was one big youthquake. "It was a kids' club; all of us were under the age of 30," says Emma Roberts. "We all were really young and so passionate about the project, and we all really just came together." In …

20 Maps of San Francisco They Never Showed You in Your Tech Incubator

Forget Google Maps! These are the maps of SF everyone should really look at.<p>1. A general introduction to the neighborhoods of San Francisco.<p>2. There …

San Francisco

The Ultimate Guide to Solving iPhone Battery Drain

I worked on the Genius Bar for almost two years, and the most difficult issue to solve was short iPhone battery life. It was extremely difficult to …

The Hunt Raises $10M From Khosla For Crowdsourced Shopping

The Hunt, a website designed to help shoppers find specific items to buy online, has raised $10 million from Khosla Ventures and Javelin Ventures. This brings The Hunt’s total funding to $15.5 million. As part of the funding, Khosla’s Ben Ling will join The Hunt’s board.<p>Past celebrity investors …

Mobile app monetization: Freemium is king, but in-app ads are growing fast

Freemium revenue for mobile apps was up 211 percent last year, according to a new report from mobile analytics company App Annie and IDC.<p>Clearly, free is working.<p>While a fairly strong majority — 83 percent of the top thousand apps on each of the iOS app store and Google Play — monetize via …

The Mobile Web Is Dead, It's All About Apps

Everyone is freaking out about this chart from mobile analytics company Flurry on Twitter today. It shows people spend 86% of their time on iOS and Android devices in apps. The mobile browser only accounts for 14% of our time now. A year ago, 80% of time was spent in apps, and 20% was in the mobile …

Android and iOS Users Spend 32% of their App Time Playing Games

Android and iOS users in the US spend an average of 2 hours and 42 minutes every day using apps on smartphones and tablets (up just four minutes compared to last year). Of that, 86 percent (or 2 hours and 19 minutes) is spent inside apps, while the remaining 14 percent (or 22 minutes, down 6 …

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'Candy Crush' Developer King Raises $500 Million at IPO

King, maker of the breakout mobile game <i>Candy Crush</i>, raised just less than $500 million in its IPO, the company announced in a filing released after …

Yes, Flappy Bird Will Return To The App Store

I hope you enjoyed your life over the past month and a half; Flappy Bird is coming back to the App Store after its removal earlier this year, according to the game’s developer Dong Nguyen. Gawker spotted the dev’s tweeted response to a question about whether or not it would ever return, which is an …

Japan used to rule video games, so what happened?

Everyone knows video games are big in Japan, but in recent years the question has been whether Japan’s still big in video games. “Japan is over. We're done. Our game industry is finished,” said <i>Mega Man</i> and <i>Dead Rising</i> creator Keiji Inafune at the Tokyo Game Show in 2009, and five years on there’s no …

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I’m a writer. A designer. A traveler. Some say I have a bad case of wanderlust, but I think that’s what makes life so interesting. Creativity can’t …

Credit Karma Confirms New $85M Financing Round Led By Google Capital

Credit Karma, the online credit score provider and credit marketplace, has raised $85 million in a new round of financing led by Google Capital with participation from Tiger Global Management and existing investors.<p>The company’s announcement confirms our earlier reporting, with $60 million of the …

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MySQL & PostgreSQL Relational Database Service

Fully-Managed PostgreSQL & MySQL<p>Cloud SQL is a <b>fully-managed database</b> service that makes it easy to set up, maintain, manage, and administer your …

The Rise And Future Of The New York Startup Ecosystem

Like many who have been active in the New York startup ecosystem over the past decade, I am optimistic about its future. The last 10 years have seen an increasing number of startup successes in New York.<p>Shutterstock, Tumblr, AppNexus, Gilt Groupe, MongoDB, Etsy, Buddy Media, Warby Parker, …

San Francisco Map 17.5" x 17.5" Screenprint. Beautiful Minimalist Simple Graphic Neighborhood Art Print. Cool Travel Poster Design.

San Francisco is the best.<p>17.5” x 17.5” Screenprint on 100 lb. white paper.<p>Framing:<p>These prints fit in an Ikea frame, but you'll need your own matting (I suggest getting a mat cut from your local framer)<p>http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/20078050/#/20078050<p>We also offer framing through …

Google’s Cloud SQL Hits General Availability, Gets An SLA, Encryption And Support For Larger Databases

After two-and-a-half years in preview, Google’s Cloud SQL, the company’s fully managed MySQL database service, has now hit general availability.<p>As with most Google services that hit this milestone, Cloud SQL now features an SLA, which guarantees 99.95 percent availability for the service. Google …

Ten Rookie Fashion Week Designers Making Waves - PAPER

<i>Although wintery weather has befallen another New York Fashion Week -- remember Nemo? -- there is still plenty to look forward to. Downtown mainstay Alexander Wang will be the first major designer to show in Brooklyn; Australian designer Dion Lee joins MADE Fashion Week, which continues to make</i> …