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Virgin Galactic pilot recounts how he survived being ejected at 50,000 feet

When Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed in late October, the company attributed the loss to an unidentified "serious anomaly." Now, thanks to the ongoing investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, we finally have a clearer picture of what happened 9 miles up in the air that day. …

iOS 8 Adoption Stalls At 47% Of Users After Three Weeks

Three weeks after Apple released the latest flavor of its mobile operating system, adoption of iOS 8 has stalled at 47% of users — creeping up only one percentage point since September 21, the last time Cupertino reported the stat on its App Store Distribution page.<p>The latest figures, which measure …

We Got Accepted Into Techstars & Turned Them Down

Yes, we were accepted into one of the nation’s most prestigious accelerator programs and turned them down. So are we crazy?<p>I’m sure there are those …

Entrepreneurship

YC’s Altman Thinks Reddit’s Community Ownership Experiment Could Be A Model

The thought of using crypto-currencies to back shares of a company first crossed Y Combinator head Sam Altman’s mind about two years ago.<p>“It was an idle thought that popped into my head,” he said. “It was not until Reddit reached out to me about fundraising that I thought about it again.”<p>So when he …

Dice cuts the crap to change the way you buy concert tickets

While you might own every single release your favourite band has put out, nothing beats going to see them live. If that's something you do regularly, you know that you'll not only have to fight it out with any number of like-minded fans to get your ticket, but you'll also have to run the gauntlet …

How your brain actually makes decisions while you sleep

The idea that during sleep our minds shut down from the outside world is ancient and one that is still deeply anchored in our view of sleep today, despite some everyday life experiences and recent scientific discoveries that would tend to prove that our brains don’t completely switch off from our …

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iOS 8, thoroughly reviewed | Ars Technica

A big, developer-centric update completes the overhaul started in iOS 7.<p>"Huge for developers. Massive for everyone else."<p>That was Apple's tagline for …

PeerSpace Raises $1.5 Million To Create An Airbnb For Creative Work And Meeting Spaces

Airbnb has built a huge platform that allows users to rent out their rooms and homes to people looking for a place to stay. But what about when businesses want to find interesting spots to hold meetings, brainstorming sessions, or team offsites? For that, they have a new startup called …

Boeing-SpaceX Team Splits $6.8 Billion Space Taxi Award

Boeing Co. and Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. will split as much as $6.8 billion in federal funding to help the U.S. resume manned …

Y Combinator Will Teach A Class On Startups At Stanford This Fall

Startup accelerator Y Combinator is a helpful resource for entrepreneurs looking for mentorship through the tough process of building a company. Unfortunately, it’s a very resource-intense program, in that the accelerator’s partners can only devote time to so many startups without being stretched …

Yo Still Kicking With More Than 100M Yos Sent, Roughly 15 Per Second

The end is nigh for the tech industry?<p>Butler startups?<p>Yo?<p>The funding round that launched a thousand aggravated blog posts about the merits or idiocy of an app that lets you send just a single word over and over via push notification is still supporting a living, breathing and perhaps even, …

Apple Sells 4M iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Pre-Orders In Opening 24 Hours

Apple has sold a record number of iPhones during its initial pre-order weekend sales, topping the charts with 4 million units moved between when it kicked off pre-sales early Friday morning and the end of the same day. The store experienced some technical problems owing to volume, but that didn’t …

Microsoft Has Acquired Minecraft For $2.5 Billion

Microsoft has confirmed that Mojang and Minecraft will join its ranks, but it’ll continue to make the game available across iOS, Android and PlayStation as well as on Xbox and PC, the company announced today. Microsoft says that they started their conversation around bringing the title to the Xbox …

Google Offers Early-Stage Startups $100,000 In Cloud Platform Credits For 1 Year

If you are an early stage startup, Google wants to give you $100,000 in Cloud Platform credits for one year so you can host your applications on its servers (and not on AWS or Azure). This offer is part of Google’s Cloud Platform for Startups initiative, a new program the company’s senior vice …

Sued As A Young Startup? Don’t Surrender

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>David Soofian</i> <i>is an associate at Kaye Scholer LLP, where he regularly defends technology companies against allegations of patent infringement by competitors and trolls.</i><p>Patent trolls are on the offensive, using weak patents to go after young tech startups with the hopes of securing …

Equil's Smartpen 2 can transcribe your notes without your tablet's help

The Equil JOT smartpen was a nice evolution on digitally-enhanced writing implements. Much like Livescribe's digitizing pen, it copied all a writer's scribbles to a companion iPad app -- but the JOT didn't need a special notebook to do it. Rather than requiring writers to buy special …

Emerging markets will shape the smartphone world, new industry figures suggest

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr/kiwanja<p>The mobile industry’s trade body has predicted that there will be six billion smartphone connections by …

Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF

Seriously. Go look. Depending on your iCloud setting, U2’s latest album might be sitting in the Music app, ready to play. Otherwise, the album is most likely still shown, available to download from iCloud from your iPhone, iPad, or iTunes app. Worse yet, it’s rather difficult to rid your phone and …

Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]

"The Water[s]" has been removed<p>Suggested Mixtapes<i>You might like some of these...</i><p>Joyner Lucas Remixes<p>Joyner Lucas<p>Rating:<p>Listens: 424<p>RGB 2 (Presented …

Bike lanes have actually sped up car traffic in New York City

Since 2007, New York City has added 31 miles of protected bike lanes — that is, lanes protected by a physical barrier, such as a row of parked cars or a curb.<p>The main point of building protected lanes was to make biking in the city safer. But when the NYC Department of Transportation recently …

Tinder Is Raising From Benchmark At A Valuation North Of $750 Million

Mobile dating app Tinder is in talks to raise a big round of funding from Benchmark, according to sources. We’ve heard the deal, which could still fall through due to complications around ownership structure of the company, would value the company north of $750 million and could reach up to $1 …

SwiftKey Shows Off Its iOS 8 Keyboard For The First Time

SwiftKey, the predictive keyboard startup that was embedded on more than 100 million Android devices last year, and more than 200 million cumulatively, has demoed its software working on iOS 8 for the first time here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF.<p>SwiftKey’s machine learning software learns its users’ …

Apple event overshadows unflattering news at Snapchat, Tinder

With all eyes on Apple’s product launches on Tuesday, a number of tech companies took the opportunity to get news out that wasn’t so positive. A …

Musk’s SpaceX Vies With Boeing as NASA’s Taxi to Station

Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing Co. are contending for more than $3 billion in funding to resume U.S. manned spaceflight with the first commercial …

Live From Apple’s iPhone Event In Cupertino

Apple is holding an event today in Cupertino that kicks off at 10 AM PT, and we’re already here at the Flint Center holding it down. Next to the theater is the giant cube-like white mystery building that Apple has constructed on the site specifically for this show, whose purpose is yet to be …

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