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Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs…

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 18:01
Oh, hey, there TIDWRTWHUFOO fans. Thinking about going for a little dip this summer? How about you go for a swim with a one-ton crab that will smash you under its massive legs? Sounds fun? Definitely! Read More
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Meet Astro Teller, Head Of Moonshots At Google’s Project X Lab

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:45
Astro Teller has your dream job, currently serving as the Captain of Moonshots at the Google[x] lab. There, he dreams and creates things like Google Glass, smart contact lenses, balloons that bring the Internet to the most remote regions, and many other seemingly impossible projects he and his team hope will one day become reality. Read More
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Keen On… Scale: How To Spread Excellence From The Few To The Many

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:39
Bob Sutton is one of Silicon Valley's most influential business gurus. Read More
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Tesla Strikes Deal To Keep Dealerships In New York

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:29
Tesla can keep its dealerships in the state of New York. An agreement was made between the auto maker and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo that will allow Tesla to keep its five direct-to-consumer retail stores as long as it doesn’t open any more. Tesla took the deal and ran to the bank. As the WSJ reports, any new dealerships Tesla wishes to open would have to abide by a “strengthened… Read More
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TechCrunch Is Looking For An Executive Assistant

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:11
Working at TechCrunch the past three years has been a privilege for me, but it’s time for me to move on. And this is an opportunity for you to move in. Really, being the Executive Assistant to Matthew Panzarino and Alexia Tsotsis is a dream job. You get to work alongside great co-workers and for a company that’s truly passionate about startups. We all work very hard here at… Read More
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The Shifting IPO Market

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 17:06
Once the Facebook hangover had lifted, Marketo and Tableau had big openings, and Twitter smashed the world on its opening day, the door for IPOs appeared to be wide open. King Digital and Aerohive both pulled the trigger, and Box is on deck. The market reaction to Aerohive and King has been flat to negative. Even more, Aerohive mentioned that it saw a "deterioration" in the market during its… Read More
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Gillmor Gang Live 03.28.14

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 16:10
Gillmor Gang - Danny Sullivan, Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today has concluded. Read More
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Zuck Nerds Out On Drones Vs. Satellites For Delivering Internet

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:26
Free Space Optic lasers? Low earth orbit satellites? Solar-powered drones? Mark Zuckerberg has just penned a deep dive on how Facebook's newly revealed methods for delivering Internet to the developing world actually work. Here's are the highlights from his 3000 word progress report on Internet.org, including digs at Google's Project Loon, and how it all fits into Facebook's long-term plan. Read More
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BeHere Lets Teachers Take Attendance Using iBeacon Technology

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:11
While Apple’s iBeacon technology is already being adopted by both large and small retailers, we’ve started to see other use cases pop up for this new indoor positioning technology, which involves Bluetooth LE-enabled transmitters that can communicate with nearby iOS 7 devices in order to push alerts, or even interact with other devices in your home. Now a small team of developers… Read More
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Confirmed: Dropbox Aqcui-Hires Social Reading App Readmill

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:04
As TechCrunch’s Steve O’Hear predicted yesterday, Readmill just confirmed that Dropbox acquired the company and that the service will shut down. It is a pure acqui-hire as the team will join Dropbox’s team and work on its core service. “As of today, it is no longer possible to create a new account, and on July 1, 2014, the Readmill app will no longer be available,”… Read More
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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Facebook Oculus, HTC One, And Microsoft’s Glass Clone

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 15:00
Are you ready for the future? Facebook certainly is, considering the social giant just bought Oculus VR, which makes virtual reality gaming headsets, for a cool $2 billion. And Microsoft is joining in on the fun, with reports indicating that the company has purchased wearable computing technology similar to Google's Glass. Read More
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Microsoft Will Stop Inspecting Customer Content, Will Instead Refer Cases To Law Enforcement

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:37
Microsoft has released a blog post from General Counsel and EVP – Legal & Corporate Affairs Brad Smith detailing changes to its practices stemming from a recent report detailing how it read a blogger’s email without their permission to track down a source code leak. Microsoft will not be doing that ever again, the post says, and instead they’ll refer any and all potential… Read More
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SRCH2 Brings Its Fast, Google-Like Search Technology To Android Developers And Consumers

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 14:27
SRCH2, an enterprise software company founded by ex-Googlers and Stanford PhD's and focused on building faster, more efficient search technology, is expanding its reach to mobile consumers and mobile developers. The company is now launching a new Java SDK for Android app developers, which will allow third-parties to integrate the SRCH2 technology into their own applications. In addition, a… Read More
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Softcover Is A New Self-Publishing Platform Aimed At Technical Authors

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:38
Softcover is a startup offering what it calls a "frictionless" platform for self-publishing e-books. Co-founder Michael Hartl is an author himself, having written the Ruby on Rails Tutorial. (He's also a repeat entrepreneur, having founded Y Combinator-backed social networking startup Insoshi.) Hartl told me via email that between a publishing deal with Addison-Wesley and direct sales from the… Read More
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Valve’s VR Expert Michael Abrash Joins Oculus As Chief Scientist

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 13:18
After Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus, many were worried that Oculus’ top talent — many of whom are industry/VR pioneers — would leave out of spite. Seems quite the opposite is happening. Michael Abrash — the man largely responsible for leading Valve’s recent charge into Virtual Reality — has just joined Oculus as its Chief Scientist.   Abrash… Read More
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Sigfox Raises $20.6 Million To Create A Global Cellular Network For Connected Objects

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:35
French startup Sigfox raised a Series B round of $20.6 million (€15 million) from IDInvest and BPIFrance. Existing investors (Elaia Partners, Partech Ventures, Ixo and Intel Capital) also participated. As a reminder, Sigfox wants to create an alternative cellular network specifically dedicated to connected objects. Compared to traditional cellular networks, this network can cover a larger area… Read More
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CloudGOO’s New App Turns All Your Cloud Storage Accounts Into One Big, Combined Drive

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:26
CloudGOO, a newly launched Android application with something of a silly name, offers a way for you to smush together all your cloud-based file storage accounts to form one big cloud drive in the sky. That is, the app aggregates your cloud drive accounts into one mobile interface, then uses that space as if it were one drive for things like automatic uploads of photos, videos, music, and… Read More
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New Android Handsets Will Need “Powered By Android” Logo To Get Google Play, Gmail, Etc.

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:20
For better or worse, Samsung, HTC, and the rest of the Android manufacturing lot just looove to mess with the way Google’s OS looks and feels. So much so, in fact, that the OS sometimes stops looking like Android at all. Seemingly annoyed by the lack of credit where credit is due, Google has started asking manufacturers to show a “Powered By Android” logo at startup. According to… Read More
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Hands On With The Ubi, A Voice-Activated “Ubiquitous Computer”

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:14
Have you ever wanted to stand on the bridge of your very own spacecraft and, in a stentorian voice, proudly declaim “Computer? What is the weather in Brooklyn tomorrow?” The Ubi, announced a few years ago and successfully funded to the tune of $229,000, was supposed to offer us this Picardian Utopia of always-on computing and, to a degree, they’ve succeeded. What does the Ubi do?… Read More
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Mobile App Developer Movile Doubles Down On Kids Content

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 11:22
Movile, the Brazilian mobile shopping and entertainment company is doubling down on its investment in kids programming and entertainment with a new $5 million investment. The move, which occurred earlier this month, is the latest in a series of investments meant to bulk up the company’s mobile platform as it expands internationally. Movile is funneling the money into its PlayKids a, an iOS… Read More
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