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Thoughts on building a bootstrapped business
Sunday 28th of May 2017 11:30:45 PM
 Chief executive officer Yaron Ben Shaul originally launched Hometalk as an engagement platform for customers of Networx, his lead generation business for home contractors. That engagement platform, with offices in New York and a research and development center in Israel, has since grown into a social network for the “do-it-yourself” community. “Technology has caused… Read More

How not to launch a company in the U.S. — lessons learned from LeEco
Sunday 28th of May 2017 02:59:55 PM
 After a months’ long parade of endless red flags, LeEco’s Stateside woes finally came to a head this week. The company announced that it would be laying off 325 employees in the U.S. alone. And judging from a number of address forwarding emails I received, the company moved swiftly and without much warning. It’s always easier to Monday morning quarterback all of this after… Read More

The difference between smartphone gimmick and game changer
Sunday 28th of May 2017 12:29:10 PM
 It’s hard to find a legitimately bad flagship phone these days. Sure, one peeks its head out from time to time, but on a whole most phones are pretty good. The screens, the cameras, the internals. There are always a few bits that could use improving (see: battery and durability), but the gulf between good and bad isn’t any near where it once was. And for the past several… Read More

Judah Vs. The Machines: In which a robot services a hotel room
Sunday 28th of May 2017 11:00:47 AM
 Robots remain a rare sight outside of labs in most of the world, but in Silicon Valley, they have already started taking on service jobs. In this episode of Judah Vs. The Machines, Judah visits the Crowne Plaza hotel in San Jose to check out Relay, a hotel service robot that can autonomously bring guests food and other necessities. After poking Relay’s creator, Steve Cousins about equal… Read More

Blockchains are the new Linux, not the new Internet
Sunday 28th of May 2017 07:00:18 AM
 Cryptocurrencies are booming beyond belief. Bitcoin is up sevenfold, to $2,500, in the last year. Three weeks ago the redoubtable Vinay Gupta, who led Ethereum’s initial release, published an essay entitled “What Does Ether At $100 Mean?” Since then it has doubled. Too many altcoins to name have skyrocketed in value along with the Big Two. ICOs are raking in money hand over… Read More

After beating the world’s elite Go players, Google’s AlphaGo AI is retiring
Saturday 27th of May 2017 08:51:17 PM
 Google’s AlphaGo — the AI developed to tackle the world’s most demanding strategy game — is stepping down from competitive matches after defeating the world’s best talent. The latest to succumb is Go’s top-ranked player, Ke Jie, who lost 3-0 in a series hosted in China this week. The AI, developed by London-based DeepMind, which was acquired by Google… Read More

Spotify settles lawsuits, adds board members as it gets ready to go public
Saturday 27th of May 2017 05:11:59 PM
 Spotify made a few moves this week that could put them in a better position to join the stock market. On Thursday, it was revealed that the company added four people to its board of directors. The music streaming startup has brought on former Disney COO Tom Staggs; Padmasree Warrior, a Cisco vet who runs an electric car business; Shishir Mehrotra, YouTube’s former head… Read More

Tragedy strikes as Uber CEO Kalanick loses mother in boating accident, father in serious condition
Saturday 27th of May 2017 03:07:20 PM
 We’ve received word from Uber that the Kalanick family suffered a tragic event this weekend. CEO Travis Kalanick’s parents were in a boating accident in Fresno yesterday and his mother Bonnie Horowitz Kalanick has passed away. His father Donald Kalanick was also injured. The company provided the following statement. “Last night Travis and his family suffered an… Read More

Chasing dreams may be the next sleeper hit for venture capitalists
Saturday 27th of May 2017 01:00:53 PM
 After decades spent funding technologies tailored to deprive us of sleep (see: streaming video, gaming, social networks and 24/7 online shopping), the venture capital industry has decided to direct its considerable capital reserves at helping us get more shut-eye. Read More

British Airways extends London flight cancellations through Saturday amid IT failure
Saturday 27th of May 2017 12:56:05 PM
 British Airways has yet to fix the IT outage that caused them to cancel all flights at London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports earlier Saturday. They originally thought they would be back online by about 6pm GMT, but they’ve now acknowledged that operations will remain suspended through the rest of the day. Following a major IT system failure this morning, we've cancelled… Read More

Judah Vs. The Machines: The race for prowess against a toy car
Saturday 27th of May 2017 11:00:23 AM
 In the latest installment of Judah vs The Machines, Judah ventures down to Anki, a company combining augmented reality and artificial intelligence to entertain fans of racing games. Anki utilizes smartphone cameras and a dedicated app to recreate the imagery of racing battles happening on a real physical track in front of you. Judah challenges three autonomous Anki cars to a death match… Read More

Silicon Valley law firm Gunderson Dettmer’s legal advice for Pied Piper
Saturday 27th of May 2017 10:25:33 AM
 Gunderson Dettmer is the law firm a good majority of tech startups turn to in the Valley for fundings, mergers, licensing and other deals and it’s been in the business of offering tech companies everyday legal advice to everyone from Oracle to DoorDash since the dot-com boom. It was ranked the “most active law firm globally” in PitchBook’s recently-released… Read More

Could the UK be about to break end-to-end encryption?
Saturday 27th of May 2017 10:00:41 AM
 Once again there are indications the UK government intends to use the law to lean on encryption. A report in The Sun this week quoted a Conservative minister saying that should the government be re-elected, which polls suggest it will, it will move quickly to compel social media firms to hand over decrypted data. Read More

Drones aren’t having their mainstream moment yet
Saturday 27th of May 2017 09:07:21 AM
 Write about technology for any amount of time, you’ll get run through the hype wringer. It’s impossible to avoid. After all, it’s the excitement of new technologies that drew so many of us to this field in the first place. And when DJI debuts a product like the Spark, the word “game changer” gets tossed around a lot, just like it did with last year’s… Read More

Chaos as global IT failure takes out all British Airways flights out of London
Saturday 27th of May 2017 08:31:38 AM
 British Airways has a problem. Its new IT system has completely crashed five times inside a year, and today it added a sixth global crash to the roster. All flights from Heathrow and Gatwick have been cancelled until at least 6pm in London tonight, affecting all BA flights globally. The airline is asking passengers not to come to the airports. The system failure also took out the BA website… Read More

Crunch Report | Sprig Is Shutting Down
Friday 26th of May 2017 09:00:35 PM
Sprig is shutting down, Sergey Brin is building a giant airship, Nielsen’s latest data show a ton of people still watch content on TV and bitcoin experiences an outage from all the bitcoin ups and downs. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Sam Altman invest $30 million in Change.org
Friday 26th of May 2017 07:34:16 PM
 LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman announced today that he’s making a big bet on Change.org, the site for social justice petitions. Hoffman is leading a $30 million round, with other investors including big names like Bill Gates and Y Combinator president Sam Altman. “Change.org, the global hub for collective action, is a crucial democratizing force in this era of growing… Read More

Google has reportedly launched a new AI-focused venture capital program
Friday 26th of May 2017 04:31:38 PM
a young sundar pichai Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence, Axios is reporting. Google declined to comment on the report, which states that the initiative will be led by longtime Google VP of engineering Anna Patterson and involve a rotating cast of engineers instead of the venture investors who work for Alphabet Inc.’s corporate venture unit, GV. It… Read More

The 18 most memorable quotes of Disrupt New York 2017
Friday 26th of May 2017 03:51:18 PM
 TechCrunch Disrupt NY was one of the best yet, and we had a lineup of fascinating speakers discussing everything from CRISPR to online media. Here are a few of the highlights. Read More

Weekly Roundup: DJI’s Spark drone, Mark Zuckerberg addresses Harvard
Friday 26th of May 2017 02:36:36 PM
 This week, DJI announced a brand new drone, Mark Zuckerberg delivered the Harvard commencement speech and Airbnb’s internal data science program was announced. These are the top stories of the week. This post is also a newsletter, so you can sign up to have it delivered to your inbox on Saturday mornings. Read More