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This startup wants to be the Amazon of Wi-Fi access for the Internet of things

If you want to connect your device to the cloud you have to build in some way to access the Internet, and that’s actually not an easy task when …

OpEd: The Failing of Modern Photography Education

At some early point in my 4-year stint as a film student at the University of Miami, in Florida, an advisor explained I’d have to dual-major in a …

Crowdfunding Startups Are Looking To Refashion The Business Of Fashion

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dennis Mitzner lives in Tel Aviv and is the Chief Editor of Inside3DP. He writes about startups, technology trends and politics.</i><p>Crowdfunding is enabling new fashion startups to fight against the industry norm of manufacturing in Asia, bringing production closer to home thanks to lower …

Blocks: A customisable, modular smartwatch

The beautiful thing about a PC is that it can be customised for your needs. You need better graphics capabilities? You can upgrade your video card. Running out of memory? You can install some more. Heck, you could gut the entire case and fill it with entirely new components if you wanted.<p>With the …

Kevin Rose Steps Into Part-Time Role At Google Ventures To Build A New Startup Called North

Serial entrepreneur, investor, and overall Internet good guy Kevin Rose is stepping down from his role of general partner at Google Ventures. The Digg and Revision3 founder will be moving into a part-time role at the firm, and will be using all his spare time to embark on a whole new adventure …

Big Fixes Are Coming To Windows As Soon As Next Month

Citing several sources, Foley says a "technology preview" will be available at the end of September or early October.<p>Previous rumors have suggested a release preview of Windows 9 will come in mid-2015. A release preview is exactly what it sounds like — a near-final version of the software that's …

The Crisis in Ferguson and Why a “Free” Press Needs Social Media

Watching live streams of what’s been happening in Ferguson, Missouri, this week might make you question the worth of pretty much everything — not …

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Ferguson Is Mostly Black. Why Is Its Government So White?

Ferguson, Missouri, is a majority-black city governed mostly by whites. The mayor is white. The police chief is white. The police force is 94 percent …

Why are police using military gear in Ferguson and how did they get it?

It’s been five days since the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and tensions have only increased between demonstrators and police officers — sometimes causing violent clashes.<p>On Wednesday, the deployment of armored vehicles and scores of police …

This Is the Sound Cannon Used Against Protesters in Ferguson

On Wednesday afternoon, a peaceful demonstration in Ferguson, Missouri, about Michael Brown’s killing turned into a standoff between protesters and …

Anger Is Boiling Over in Ferguson as Governor Brings in Highway Patrol | VICE News

Governor Jay Nixon announced today that the Missouri Highway Patrol will be taking over control of policing in the town of Ferguson from St. Louis County police. Nixon also promised to "step back a little bit," "allowing more movement," and he would "bring in a different tone."<p>The governor said …

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Red Lobster Aims For An Elusive Catch: The Upscale Diner

Er, date night?<p>If “Endless Shrimp” doesn’t get you in the door at Red Lobster, maybe gourmet-style “vertical” plating will do the trick?<p>The struggling seafood chain, recently sold by Darden Restaurants to Golden Gate Capital for a paltry $2.1 billion, is hoping to lure in new customers with a more …

WordPress.com gets a Fixed Toolbar in the Post Editor

If you run a blog directly through WordPress.com, rather than a self-hosted site using the free software from WordPress.org, you’ll soon have access to an upgraded dashboard and set of editing tools.<p>The most notable addition is a fixed toolbar for the Post Editor. Now, instead of scrolling to the …

Google faces data watchdogs over 'right to be forgotten'

<b>Google has met data regulators from across the European Union to discuss the implications of the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling.</b><p>An EU court ruled in May that links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased from searches on request, leading to censorship concerns.<p>The decision and …

How To Be The Next Great Designer-Founder

These six questions could help predict your startup’s success.<p>Ideo. Pinterest. Airbnb. Kickstarter. It’s an all-star list of the companies changing the way we live. It’s also a list of companies created and led by designer founders. The hallmark of a designer-founder is the ability to focus …

Best-Selling Author Frans Johannsson: ‘Why Hard Work Alone Doesn’t Guarantee Success’

Page: 1 2 3<p>It’s hard to believe that before the launch of the iPhone, telecom leaders predicted that Apple would never be able to compete in the …

Why Eric Vishria is leaving Yahoo for Benchmark

When Benchmark raised $425 million for its eighth venture capital fund late last year, we reported that the Bay Area firm was in search of at least …

Microsoft Strives For One OS To Rule Them All

Microsoft enjoyed thirty years of dominance in the operating system arena. Most of those three decades, however, desktop and laptop PCs were really the only devices to worry about, and Microsoft had a virtual monopoly in that department. The tech landscape has shifted dramatically in the last few …

The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute

Given Google’s recent purchase of a building on the Embarcadero and the city’s move to effectively block Pinterest from relocating its headquarters into a specially-zoned building in the design district, I wanted to point out a few things.<p>San Francisco is now at record employment levels after …

Realm: a Refreshing Mobile Database for iOS Developers

If you’re a mobile developer you’ve probably, at one point, had to work with databases to store your app data on a device. Surprisingly, your choice in databases is limited, with SQLite being the most commonly used. It’s surprising because despite the many new databases that have been created over …

How Monsieur Shook Up Disrupt SF With Its Bartending Robot

And we’re back with episode two of our Road To Disrupt video series, which shows the good, the bad, and the ugly moments startups go through when competing in the Disrupt Battlefield competition.<p>After enduring a few too many run-ins with the slow service at Applebee’s, the founders of Monsieur set …

New York To Bitcoin Startups: Get Permission Or Get Out

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Elizabeth Stark taught technology policy at Stanford and Yale and was a key organizer of the movement against SOPA. She is the founder of Threshold, a company building new ways to fund open innovation.</i> <i>Ryan Singer is an active entrepreneur in the bitcoin ecosystem. Ryan co-founded</i> …

Amazon Fire Phone review: It’s not for me, but Amazon Prime or Kindle Fire users will like it

This Thursday, Amazon(s amzn) enters the crowded but still growing smartphone market: Pre-orders for the Amazon Fire Phone will arrive on July 24 and …

The Future Of Design, Imagined Honestly

Invisible losers, VR police states: “A History of the Future in 100 Objects” gets right what most futurist concepts get wrong.<p>If talk is cheap, then futurists are the cheapest talkers out there. Except not really, because they can get paid a lot of money for their glib, biased prognostications. …

Google may win the contract to turn NYC pay phones into free Wi-Fi hotspots

New York City has over 9,000 public pay phones that are slowly decaying. So it’s little wonder that the city wants to find a new purpose for these ubiquitous devices.<p>The plan so far, is to get a private company to step in and turn the entire fleet of pay phones into free Wi-Fi hotspots.<p>Free? Yup, …

Feds: 75 Percent Of Newark Police Pedestrian Stops Unconstitutional

WASHINGTON -- A three-year federal investigation into the conduct of the Newark Police Department found that the vast majority of pedestrian stops conducted by police were unconstitutional, that many officers used unreasonable force and that some officers even stole from prisoners, the Justice …