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The FAA’s First Drone Test Site Is Live

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:06
 This morning the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reported that its first drone testing site is operational. There will eventually be six such sites. The first is located in North Dakota. The agency is more than two months ahead of schedule. Tests on the Draganflyer X4ES drone will commence on May 5. Read More
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Loch Ness Monster Not Found In Apple Maps

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 14:05
 Seriously, people. The Internet is officially freaking out about an odd image spotted on Apple Maps, which some are claiming is “proof” of the Loch Ness monster’s existence. By “some,” of course, I mean amateur Loch Ness Monster enthusiasts, whose Fan Club founder Gary Campbell has been talking to press about the now-viral image, which his organization has been… Read More
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Google Glass Adds Limited SMS Support For iPhone, Gets Calendar App

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:45
 Fresh off its update to Android KitKat, Google Glass is getting a couple of new features later this week. Until now, iPhone users with Glass weren't able to receive text messages on their devices. Starting later this week, Google will roll out an update that will finally allow them to see text messages right in front of their right eyes. It will not, however, allow them to send text messages.… Read More
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Bitcoin.com Is Now An Educational Page For BTC Noobs

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:40
 In an interesting move, the owner of Bitcoin.com has moved the domain to point to a special bitcoin landing page that features access to some very basic Bitcoin tools and informational sources powered by Blockchain.info. Bitcoin.com previously pointed to a landing page run by Coinbase. Read More
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Microsoft To Complete Purchase Of Nokia’s Hardware Business This Friday

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:26
 Even a long road has an end. Today Microsoft announced that it will complete its purchase of the preponderance of Nokia’s hardware assets on Friday. The deal has undergone minor adjustment since its initial formulation. Initially, the Microsoft-Nokia arrangement was expected to conclude in the first quarter of 2014. International hangups pushed that date into the current quarter. The… Read More
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ChineseCubes Are Cubes That Teach You Chinese

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:22
 Everyone and their dog has a language training app but does everyone and their dog have an augmented reality solution that aims to teach you Chinese using clever little blocks and a webcam? No, they don't. That's why there are ChineseCubes. ChineseCubes are the brainchild of Rex How, the head of a major Taiwanese publishing company, Locus Publishing, and the US President is Jesse Poe. The $149… Read More
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Avaz Raises $550K In Seed To Help Autistic Children Communicate Using Visual Tools

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:11
 Over half a million children with autism in the next decade will become adults, underscoring a growing challenge that needs to be dealt in the future. But with 1 in 68 children now affected with autism, it's already the most prevalent neurological disorder in the world that needs more innovations to help people cope with the disorder. Read More
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Bing Starts Using Search Data To Predict TV Talent Show Votes

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:37
 Google's attempts to model flu trends based on people's search behavior has come under fire lately, but our search behavior can undoubtedly be used to predict lots of other things. Starting today, Bing will use its search data to add predictions about who will win shows like The Voice, American Idol (that's still on?) and D-list dance show Dancing With The Stars. Read More
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Motorola Solutions Latest To Sign Microsoft Licensing Agreement For Chrome, Android Devices

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:31
 Microsoft continues its quest to fleece companies over use of its intellectual property in devices running platforms made by competitors. Motorola Solutions, the enterprise counterpart to the consumer-focused Motorola Mobility, has signed an agreement with Microsoft to use its IP in Chrome and Android devices. Read More
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A Week With Panasonic’s BTD10 Bluetooth Headphones

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:08
 In the heyday of consumer electronics, the words “premium audio” and “Panasonic” wouldn’t have seemed so incongruous. However, with the rise of boutique audio hardware and the contraction of the CE market as a whole, the world we live in is a world where it’s surprising that Panasonic can actually make good headphones. And, thankfully, they’ve done just… Read More
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Fred Wilson Leads $23M Funding In CrowdRise, A ‘Charity Water’ For Everyone

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:05
 How do charities and non-profits raise enough money for their causes? Well, the normal route, that which needs to be "disrupted" if you will, means a lot of thousand dollar per-plate dinners, a lot of individual reaching out and maybe some marathon running. Edward Norton (yes, that Edward Norton) and his co-founders Robert Wolfe, Shauna Robertson and Jeffery Wolfe conceived of the idea for… Read More
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For This Mother’s Day, Crowdfund Medical Care For Moms In Developing World Through Samahope

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:01
 For this Mother’s Day, San Francisco-based Samahope is suggesting that you do things a bit differently. They’re putting on an #HonorYourMom campaign to crowdfund medical treatments for mothers in developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. You make a contribution in your mother’s name to Samahope. It can be as little or as much as you want, although $50 is enough… Read More
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Tech-Savvy Communes Could Be The Answer To SF’s Housing Issues

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:00
 The communal spirit of the 60’s has returned to SF, but with a modern twist. Software engineers, founders and tech workers alike are now flocking to giant, Victorian mansions that promise peace, love and open source API integration to help you live more collaboratively. Read More
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Artificial Intelligence Gets A Boost With Hardware-Centric Nervana’s $600K Round From The Partovis, Sam Altman

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:00
 Nervana Systems, a San Diego-based startup that is focusing on hardware — not software — to boost the performance of artificial intelligence algorithms, just raised $600,000 from investors including Ali and Hadi Partovi, Y Combinator’s Sam Altman and Geoff Ralston, Scott Banister and Allen & Co. Other investors included Owen Van Natta, Eric Baker, Google veteran Farzad… Read More
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Mailbird Brings Speed Reading Technology To Email

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:58
 Mailbird, a PC email client bearing resemblance to popular Mac app (and Google acquisition) Sparrow, is introducing an interesting feature in the hopes of helping users save time when reading long emails. The company has now added a "speed reader" option, which, when clicked, lets you read emails in a similar way to reading other text in other speed reading apps, like those powered by… Read More
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Tim Cook Highlights Apple’s Use Of Clean Energy, Sustainable Materials In New Video

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:41
 Apple has been one of the top performers in the most recent Greenpeace rankings of Internet companies thanks the clean energy sources they use to power their data centers. The company is keen to emphasize its green side, especially leading up to April 22 (Earth Day) this year, and now a new video narrated by CEO Tim Cook highlights some of its key environmental initiatives. The video centers… Read More
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Big Data Startup Frrole Raises $245K Angel Round, As Crowdfunding Platforms Seek Growth In India

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:39
 Frrole, a big data startup that specializes in Twitter-based analytics, has raised $245K in Angel funding from investors including Sharad Sharma (former head of Yahoo! R&D centre in india), Google’s India MD Rajan Anandan and Eka Software founder Manav Garg. Based in Bangalore, the startup raised this capital on LetsVenture, a crowd funding platform launched last year to help Indian… Read More
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Birchbox Raises $60 Million

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:06
 The company that led to dozens of startups describing themselves as a “Birchbox for X,” beauty sample box provider Birchbox, has raised $60 million in Series B funding, valuing the company at $485 million. News of the deal was first reported by Fortune. The new funding was led by Viking Global Investors, and saw participation from First Round Capital, Accel Partners, Aspect… Read More
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Silicon Valley Is The Stingiest Place For Equity Grants, But Remote Work Pays Off If You Can Find It

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:00
 Sam Altman’s article this weekend exploring the topic of equity grants got me thinking about what startups offer new employees. While there are general notions in the industry about what equity to offer to folks at various stages of a startup’s lifecycle, there is little data available that shows how equity grants and compensation more generally compare across innovation regions. I was also… Read More
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SAY Media-Owned Blogging Platform Typepad Enters Day 5 Of On-And-Off DDoS Attacks

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:23
 You can now add Typepad, the blogging service owned by SAY Media, to the growing list of technology companies that have undergone DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks, which crash websites and other online services for what are now days a time. In Typepad's case, the company is entering its fifth day under attack, after a series of on and off again hits began on Thursday night, just ahead… Read More
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