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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Techcrunch

The Meta Watch M1 Is A Next-Gen Smart Watch That Isn’t Ugly

Yesterday
 While I could go on and on about the features, the battery life, and the fancy software, the Meta Watch M1, the latest from former Fossil engineer Bill Geiser and designer Frank Nuovo, stands out because it’s not ugly. Designed to look more like a regular watch than any smart watch I’ve seen so far, all of the functionality including call pick-up and control, music management, and… Read More by John Biggs

Why Apple Should Be More Transparent About Security

Yesterday
 It seems that Apple is gotten embroiled in a security scandal of one sort or another every few months. It dodged Heartbleed but was hit by the very embarrassing ‘goto fail’ bug. It was called out for not adequately documenting the uses of diagnostic tools that could have been used to collect data from user devices. Late last year researchers showed off a method for siphoning… Read More by Matthew Panzarino

Apple’s Two Factor Authentication Doesn’t Protect iCloud Backups Or Photo Streams

Yesterday
 One of the common bits of advice you’ll see people giving you around this celebrity picture hack is to enable two-factor authentication on your accounts — including Apple’s. That’s good advice, but it wouldn’t have protected any of these celebrities and it doesn’t protect the other accounts that are compromised by hackers that are able to obtain an Apple… Read More by Matthew Panzarino

TechCrunch Disrupt Starts With Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Yesterday
 TechCrunch Disrupt, a thrice-yearly event where they drag me, the founder of TechCrunch, out like Lenin’s embalmed body to show I’m still around, is but a week away. And if anything will shock me back to life, it’ll be Travis Kalanick, the controversial CEO of the controversial startup (if a company can still be called a startup after raising $1.5 billion in venture… Read More by Michael Arrington

Associated Content Founder Luke Beatty Is Now In Charge Of AOL’s Tech Blogs (Including This One)

Yesterday
 So I guess TechCrunch has a new boss. As first reported by Re/code’s Kara Swisher, and confirmed by AOL, Susan Lyne is stepping down from her role as CEO of AOL’s brand group, which includes sites like Engadget, Joystiq, and, yes, TechCrunch. Read More by Anthony Ha

Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality

Yesterday
 A newly released study executed by the Sunlight Foundation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC by the public found that the vast majority spoke in favor of net neutrality. The group estimates that “less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.” There is wiggle room in the data, given that some people are not clear writers, and could… Read More by Alex Wilhelm

The Road To Disrupt: Bitcovery And Hammer & Chisel

Yesterday
On this week’s Road To Disrupt, we’re back with Bitcovery and Hammer & Chisel and revisit their on-stage Startup Battlefield presentation at Disrupt SF 2013. Read More by Sam O'Keefe

3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing Global

Yesterday
3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million Series A to help bring their local 3D printing system to the world. The service, which allows you to find and order 3D prints from printers in your area, is similar to other services like MakeXYZ and 3DLt but is already available overseas. Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of… Read More by John Biggs

Google Partners With UCSB To Build Quantum Processors For Artificial Intelligence

Yesterday
 Google today announced that it is expanding its research around quantum computing and that it has hired UC Santa Barbara’s (UCSB) John Martinis and his team – one of the most prolific research groups in this area — to work on new quantum processors based on superconducting electronics. Researchers in Martinis’ lab were among the first to use this technique back in… Read More by Frederic Lardinois

Announcing The Disrupt SF Hackathon Judges And API Workshops

Yesterday
We’re less than a week away from this year’s Disrupt Hackathon, and are delighted to announce the judges & API workshops. I, along with TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Editor, Sam O’Keefe, will be your Hackmaster and host for the weekend. Judges In years past, our judges have served as combination of part-bloodhound, part-iron curtain, separating the wheat from the… Read More by Jeffery Bennett

Microsoft Partners Said To Test Windows 9 Ahead Of Public Release

Yesterday
 Microsoft is expected to release a technical preview of Windows 9 on September 30th. So if you were looking forward to getting your paws on the code, you have only four weeks left to wait. That is, if you are not a key Microsoft partner. According to NeoWin’s Brad Sams, Microsoft is currently providing some partners with access to the operating system ahead of the public. That’s… Read More by Alex Wilhelm

Home Depot Investigating Potentially Massive Credit Card Breach

Yesterday
 Did you just get your credit card replaced after the Great Target Fiasco of 2013? Don’t get too used to that new card. It’s starting to look like it’s that time again. Home Depot has confirmed that it’s investigating some “unusual activity” with regards to its customer data, and the consistently spot-on Brian Krebs is saying that it’s a credit card breach. Read More by Greg Kumparak

Apple Denies Any Breach Of Its Systems In Celebrity Photo Hacking

Yesterday
 Apple has released an official statement in response to accusations that its iCloud storage system might be somehow behind the recent leak of a large number of nude or otherwise private celebrity photos. In the statement Apple denies any breach within its systems themselves, but does concede that celebrity accounts were compromised, by attackers using standard phishing techniques to guess… Read More by Darrell Etherington

Go To TechCrunch Disrupt For Free #TCDisrupt

Yesterday
 Every day this week we are giving away a ticket to Disrupt San Francisco. We’ll announce the giveaways in various locations, so make sure you follow our social accounts for tips. You can earn extra entries to the contest by sharing the giveaway link with friends and following our social accounts. Today’s contest ends on 9/3 at noon PST (24 hours from now), but we’ll… Read More by Travis Bernard

The Case For Intelligent Failure To Invent The Future

Yesterday
 The world is changing at an increasingly rapid pace. In the past, experts with spreadsheets and econometric models or social scientists with subscale studies and linear models may have been useful. These so-called experts extrapolated from what came before, but as the rate of change has increased, looking to the past is often no longer meaningful — especially in a world driven by new… Read More by Vinod Khosla

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