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Life with the Moto 360: has Motorola's smartwatch turned a corner?

When the Moto 360 first hit the scene, its reception was... mixed. That round display was eye-catching, but it couldn't make up for the smartwatch's all-too-short battery life and undercooked software. Times have changed, though. Motorola trotted out updates that addressed the 360's early problems, …


How Microsoft should woo Android and iOS developers to build Windows 10 apps

It’s common knowledge that Microsoft has an app problem, both with Windows and Windows Phone. The state of both has been improving steadily for a while now, developers still largely don’t care anywhere nearly as much as they do about Android or iOS.

Internally, Microsoft has explored various ways of …

Microsoft Windows

Arkansas Passes Privacy Bill That Could Kill Street Photography

Prominent photography groups are sounding the alarm about a new bill that was just passed by the Arkansas Senate. SB-79, the “Personal Rights …

Street Photography

Silicon Valley, please don’t forget the rest of America

As entrepreneurs, you, the builders of Silicon Valley, are our heroes and role models. You have forged a place where billion-dollar companies that didn’t exist a decade ago dominate the landscape. A place where “entrepreneur” is actually a respected career path as opposed to a cue for confused …

Silicon Valley

21 startups in Asia that caught our eye

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us. …


How the 22-year-old founder of Oculus spent the year after Facebook bought his company for $2 billion

It's been exactly one year since Facebook announced it was acquiring virtual reality startup Oculus VR for $2 billion.

Oculus founder Palmer Luckey is just 22 years old. He created his first virtual reality headsets in his garage as a teen, eventually turning Oculus into a full-fledged startup at 19.


Startup Rubrik Receives $10M Capital Infusion

NEWS BRIEFS: In addition to the Rubrik news, this week's briefs cover the CompTIA Network+ Exam, WestconGroup's deal with QTS Realty Trust, and more.


A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from Startup L. Jackson About Venture Capital Investing and Startups

There has been a lot of speculation about the identity of Startup L. Jackson. One theory is that “he” is actually composed of machine learning …

Angie's List freezes $40 million Indiana expansion, citing anti-gay law

Angie's List, the website that publishes reviews of local businesses and service workers, announced on Saturday it had suspended plans to expand its Indianapolis headquarters following the passage of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The new law makes it legal for businesses in …


Startup Marketing: How to find and track customer acquisition channels that work for you

This post is by Alice Default, Head of Marketing and Growth at Front – a shared inbox for companies and teams. You can get in touch with Alice on …

Internet Marketing

A New Startup Incubator For Chicago's Music Ecosystem

A new startup incubator aimed at helping to create an all-in-one creative ecosystem for the music industry: That’s the mission of a space called 2112 in Chicago, slated to launch in June. It’s also set up as an L3C.

The 20,000-square foot incubator will be housed in a super-sized 160,000-square foot …

Entertainment Industry

Why Mercedes's Self-Driving Car Is So Much More Tempting Than Google's

Mercedes-Benz just dreamed up the first tempting self-driving car. And in the process, they show us all what Google was missing.

A man pulls his cellphone out of his pocket and hits a button. A glowing vehicle pulls up that looks like it was carved from a single block of silver. The door opens …


Watch out! All that Meerkating and Periscoping could slam your mobile data limits

Josh Miller, who works on Facebook’s product team, thinks red-hot mobile live-streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat are “cool art projects,” but that we’re a couple years too early for the technology.

And why? For one thing, Miller told VentureBeat on Twitter recently, connection speeds aren’t …


Artificial Intelligence Could Have Prevented The Germanwings Crash

No level of security screening short of mind-reading could have prevented the crash of Germanwings flight 9525. But what can be done? The New York Times editorial today calls for the American standard that requires two crew members be in the cockpit at all times to be adopted by “all airlines.” This …


ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

A new 3D-printed drone called the ELF VR Nano is available for pre-order on Indiegogo and for download on Thingiverse. That’s right: you can either buy the product and receive pre-printed parts or you can simply print it yourself. It’s one of the purest open source hardware plays I’ve seen in a …


How One Entrepreneur Raised $3 Million in Venture Capital Funding by Selling Hair Extensions

Image: FileThe idea of mixing the black hair market with the ecosystems of Silicon Valley may seem like a foreign concept to many, but for …

Venture Capital

The Sharing Economy Is On The Brink Of Disrupting Business Travel

Editor’s note: Dan Ruch is the founder and CEO of Rocketrip.

The foundations of the business-travel ecosystem are under more strain than ever before. U.S. companies are projected to spend $310 billion on business travel in 2015 (up 6.2 percent from last year), but how they spend that money has become …

Sharing Economy

Mobile Payment Startup MyCheck Raises $5M From Santander’s Innoventures Fund

MyCheck, another startup that wants to make it easy to pay your restaurant bill using your mobile phone, has closed a $5 million Series B. However, perhaps more noteworthy is the company’s new backer: the Spanish bank Santander via its recently launched Santander Innoventures Fund.

The $100 million …


The Instrument That's the Key to Electronic Music's Future

Why does the music in Blade Runner resonate so deeply? Because Vangelis, the mad genius Greek who wrote and performed the score, relied primarily on …

Electronic Music

Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?

Matt Burns wrote about a situation at his son’s school last week that could have happened almost anywhere in the United States. The school had organized a career day, and his son, who is seven years old, told his teachers he wanted to be a video game designer one day. His teacher’s response was not …

The Big Bang Theory

Why these 9 companies choose transparency

As Neil Patel recently said, “transparency is the new marketing.”

For several years now, internet and affiliate marketers like Pat Flynn and Matthew Woodward, have shared their “income reports”. This works well for marketers as proof that they know what they are doing. When they launch a product, or …


New Marijuana Start-Up Accelerator CanopyBoulder Raises $1.2 Million

CanopyBoulder has successfully raised $1.2 million to invest in 20 early-stage startups providing ancillary products and services to the legal …


Cloudera's Jeff Hammerbacher on the ugly underbelly of Silicon Valley's startup culture

Jeff Hammerbacher actually had to fly to San Francisco for his PandoMonthly last month. The former Facebook mafia “data god” and Cloudera co-founder …

Silicon Valley

Introducing ComponentKit: Functional and declarative UI on iOS

We're open-sourcing ComponentKit, a native iOS library for functional and declarative UI. It is inspired by React and is used in News Feed in the …

How Amazon Web Services Uses Formal Methods

Engineers use TLA+ to prevent serious but subtle bugs from reaching production.

Product Hunt CEO: Livestreaming apps aren’t just a fad

Snapchat and YouTube have paved the way for our latest craze: self-broadcasting.

Thousands of people have flocked to a mobile app called Periscope to broadcast their lives and watch others as they record themselves live in front of a captive audience. While it shouldn’t be shocking that people would …

Product Hunt

GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty

The New Yorker has a great overview as Richard Stallman’s GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty.

Richard Stallman

The Facebook Federation

Reading over the coverage of F8 this week, one thing is clear: Facebook the social network isn’t very interesting anymore…Continue reading on Medium »


Slack Says It Was Hacked, Enables Two-Factor Authentication

The buzzy collaboration platform Slack has blown up over the last year, with half a million daily users and a $2.8 billion valuation. Now it’s just …