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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Techcrunch

The Probable, The Possible, The Delusional

2 hours 32 minutes ago
 In 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed before a joint session of Congress that before the end of the decade America would put a man on the moon. This was not an empty political promise to get elected, but a commitment of a sitting President boldly exposing himself to political ridicule in the face of failure. If we can take ourselves back to that moment, it would be fascinating to… Read More by Eric Paley

Seeing Beyond The Hubris Of Facebook’s Free Basics Fiasco

3 hours 32 minutes ago
 What Zuckerberg and his U.S. team didn’t understand was that in India you can buy computer tablets and smartphones for as little as $50, and that 100MB of data—which is more than a Free Basics user will consume in a month—costs much less than a dollar. Read More by Vivek Wadhwa

What New Mobile Hardware To Expect At MWC 2016

5 hours 32 minutes ago
 Mobile World Congress, the biggest tradeshow specifically focused on mobile, kicks off in just over a week’s time in Barcelona so here’s a quick rundown of some of the big hardware-focused announcements we’re expecting to land during the best part of a week of fully mobile-focused news… Read More by Natasha Lomas

It’s True, Black Female Founders Receive Basically Zero Venture Capital

6 hours 16 minutes ago
 In “The Real Unicorns of Tech: Black Founders Women,” a recent report by #ProjectDiane, you’ll come across several startling statistics like, for example, of all venture deals from 2012 to 2014, only 0.2% (24 of 10,238 deals) went to went to black female founders. In researching the state of black women in tech, #ProjectDiane examined over 60,000 startups and identified just… Read More by Megan Rose Dickey

How To Expand Your Marketplace To LA

7 hours 32 minutes ago
 “The theme of LA is diversity.” That is what DoorDash’s Kevin Huang told me in our conversation about how expanding on-demand marketplaces into LA differs from other markets. As an LA-based enterprise and marketplace investor, one of the most common questions I get from entrepreneurs is how to expand marketplaces into LA. While this includes all the usual difficulties of… Read More by Arteen Arabshahi

When Data Goes Bad

9 hours 32 minutes ago
 So I know this guy Sulemaan from my Toronto days. Really good guy, despite being a Spurs fan. Sulemaan has a son, Syed, who is flagged as a security risk, a suspected terrorist, every time he flies. Syed is six years old. This is, of course, completely insane. But the data has been parsed; the algorithm has spoken; and so others must suffer from the idiocy of those who built the system. Read More by Jon Evans

Unscaling Energy

9 hours 32 minutes ago
 Solving climate change is the biggest opportunity for entrepreneurs in our generation. In fact, the planet’s best hope lies in unleashing startups to unbundle and “unscale” the global energy industry. So far, almost all the conversation and policy-making around climate change has focused on austerity — some mix of sacrifice and grudging duty. That came together in the… Read More by Hemant Taneja

10 Amazing Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Mobile Phones

12 hours 32 minutes ago
 Over the past few years, mobile phones have become a kind of addiction. Indeed, it’s almost impossible to imagine life without them. But how well do you really know that best friend (fiend?) in your pocket? Here’re a few surprising facts about that thing you whip out roughly 85 times a day.   Read More by Gaurav Sharma

Earnings Review: Groupon Spikes, Pandora Mixed and Twitter’s Flat User Growth

Yesterday
 It’s over! (Nearly.) This week was the last set of big earnings reports, barring a few happening early March — Square and Box, to be exact. It was a wild week, to be sure. Groupon (surprise!) beat expectations, sending the stock soaring. Pandora was reportedly in buyout talks, and had a mixed quarter, giving the company a bouncy ride during the day. And then there’s Twitter.… Read More by Matthew Lynley

How Tech Can Shut Down Patent Trolls

2 days ago
 Patent trolls, more formally known as Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs), pose a major threat to American businesses. A study published by the Boston University School of Law revealed that more than six times as many patent lawsuits are filed today as in 1980. More than 10,000 companies have been sued at least once by a PAE, and litigation by PAEs using acquired patents is increasing at an… Read More by Ken Seddon

Apple Music Tops 11 Million Subscribers; iCloud Reaches 782 Million

Yesterday
 At the beginning of this year, Apple Music had surpassed 10 million subscribers, according to a report from the Financial Times. Now, Apple SVP Eddy Cue has confirmed this figure. In fact, he gave a more precise number – the company has just passed over 11 million subscribers, he says. This tidbit and more were revealed on John Gruber’s “The Talk Show” podcast where… Read More by Sarah Perez

Soylent, The Easiest Thing To Tear Open Since CDs

Yesterday
 I’m a Soylent believer. If you know me personally, this may be hard for you to understand, given that my favorite foods are bread and cheese and that I feel Seamless should always win Best Overall Startup at the Crunchies every year until eternity. My love for Soylent — credited to both the taste and to the overall affect it has on my mental and physical energy — should be… Read More by Jordan Crook

Survios’ First-Person Shooter Shows How Addictive VR Will Be

Yesterday
 I want to play again. My arms are sore from shooting a virtual bow-and-arrow and slashing robots with a lightsaber. My heart is racing from dodging drone missiles and defending my teammate. And my mind is spinning from the possibilities. I want to play again. And I won’t be the only one. The game is called Raw Data by virtual reality startup Survios. It’s perhaps the most… Read More by Josh Constine

Apple Will Update The iPhone’s Remote App To Do Everything Apple TV’s Own Remote Can

Yesterday
 Back in October of 2015, Apple released a long awaited hardware update to the Apple TV — and with it, a shiny new Apple TV remote. You could speak to the remote to issue voice commands (“Siri, play Pitch Perfect 2. Yes, again. Don’t judge me, Siri. You don’t know me.”) and flick around a built-in trackpad for quick navigation. But long-time Apple TV users… Read More by Greg Kumparak

Apple’s First Original TV Series Could Star Dr. Dre

Yesterday
 According to both The Hollywood Reporter, Beats co-founder and Apple executive Dr. Dre will be starring in and producing his own six-show original series called Vital Signs. The semi-autobiographical storyline is rumored to be distributed via Apple Music, includes other celebrities like Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae, and contains “an orgy scene”. Read More by Jay Donovan

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