Convergence Accel Launches $25M Fund Focused On Indonesian Startups
 Despite a very promising market opportunity, Indonesian startups still have to deal with many drawbacks, including lack of venture capital funding and mentorship. Convergence Accel,
Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs
 Snapchat took its first shot at monetizing its Our Stories collaborative Livestream feature tonight with a Samsung-branded look at The American Music Awards. We were tipped off to the AMA
Crowdfunding Aint The Bank
 We in the games trade like the crowdfunding avenue in so far as the money that it brings, but we still struggle to not hold our communities at one remove
Jumpy Is An Open-Platform Smartwatch Just For Kids
 A Taipei-based hardware startup called JoyRay wants to create a smartwatch for kids that won’t end up abandoned like the Velveteen Rabbit. Founder and CEO Jerry Chang, who was division head of
Whitney Wolfe, Other Former Tinder Employees To Launch Direct Competitor Called Bumble
 Whitney Wolfe, an early employee at Tinder who sued the company for sexual harassment and workplace discrimination, has joined up with two other early Tinder employees, Chris Gulczynski and his
Digital Privacy Is “The New Frontier Of Human Rights”
 The impact of mass, digitally-enabled state surveillance upon individuals’ privacy has been described as “the new frontier of human rights” by Member of the European Parliament, Claude Moraes, who was giving
Dislike That Computer Engineer Barbie Book? This Tool Lets You Rewrite It
 Unless you unplugged your Internet and shut off your phone this week, you’ve probably heard the tale of Computer Engineer Barbie. I won’t spend too much time recapping it, but we cover
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5 email myths you can stop believing now
Everyone has a different email ritualMaybe you send emails early in the morning, or late at night. Maybe you create insanely long subject lines or militaristically
Google to launch Time Square's largest interactive billboard ever
There is only one Times Square, New York, the place where the world rings in the new year, and now Google is set to take over
The 3 fitness trackers to look out for on Black Friday
It was a huge year for fitness trackers: not only did we see sleeker, smarter wristband wearables surface from the major players in the space like
9 fantastic gifts that aren't just clutter
By your 10th pair of socks or day planner No. 4, you may realize what the holidays are actually about: clutter.This year, practice the art of
5 can't-miss apps: Carousel, Cheezburger, Next Glass and more
With Uber enraging users and sparking a Senate investigation into its privacy polices, you may have overlooked some of this weeks best new appsLuckily, each weekend,
Whatever happens to Google Glass, it's been a boon to smart glasses
Wearable technology took a hit this past week after many began proclaiming the apparent demise of Google Glass. Once the hot new thing, Glass has had
These are the tablets to put on your Black Friday hit list
The retail sales battle lines have been drawn: Black Friday is upon us. Some deals will be genuinely rare and valuable, while others will simply be
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Google adds detailed info to shopping search results on mobile devices
With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday season just around the corner, Google is helping out shoppers on the move, with enhanced search results for products on smartphones and tablets. Starting this week, mobile users searching for products on
Symantec has a found a spying tool active on computers around the world
Computer security experts Symantec say their researchers have uncovered a sophisticated malware tool on Windows PCs across the globe, that appears
Facebook’s social network for businesses reportedly launching January 2015
Facebook is slated to launch its collaboration and social networking tool for workplaces early next year, reports WSJ. Dubbed ‘Facebook at Work’, the tool will
Apple partners with (RED) to fight AIDS with special app and retail promos
To show its support for the fight against the disease on World AIDS Day, Apple is teaming up with
It’s time to treat push notifications as sacred
This post was originally published on my Medium blog. Once, many years ago, when you purchased your first smartphone, you joined the always-online revolution. Gone were
The physics of productivity: Newton’s laws for getting stuff done
James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more
How data scientists are changing the face of business intelligence
Humans are walking data centers and our interactions and behaviors, no matter how minuscule, are building a near infinite pool of aggregate
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Apple and App Developers to Raise Funds for Global Fund to Fight AIDS
Apple has donated $75 million over the past eight years.
Capital Gains: Bigcommerce Gets Bigger, Kik Messenger’s New Round and More
Big commerce gets $50 million, Kik gets $38 million and more funding news.
Investors: Damn Ubergate and Full Speed Ahead With Mega-Funding
Did last weeks online outrage hinder the ongoing Uber funding round? Apparently not.
Re/wind: Uber Exec Says Really Dumb Thing, Snapchatting Money and More
Plus the latest Apple news and Barbies latest bungle.
Re/code on TV: The Return of the Mac, Uber’s Toes and Snapcash
Plus, a discussion of connected women, and Mozilla swaps Google search for Yahoo
The Difference Between Uber and Airbnb
Theyre sort of like the Goofus and Gallant of the sharing economy.
Fab Is Close to a Fire Sale but CEO Goldberg Gets Yet Another Chance
Somehow, some way, Fab CEO Jason Goldberg still has tens of millions in the bank and investor support to attempt another giant strategy shift.
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“Groundbreaking” state spyware targeted airlines and energy firms
The malware, known as Regin, is highly sophisticated and must have been the product of a nation state, researchers at Symantec have concluded. It has targeted many kinds of individuals and…
The mis-measure of Netflix
In Netflixs subscription-based on-demand world, viewership is cumulative. Measuring it at any given point in time might give you a number, but that number has little correlation with the contents value…
Top tips for new app developers: Here’s what you need to know
Without a rational mobile product lifecycle plan in place, you are wasting time and money.
How I use iOS apps to manage my calendar and daily tasks
Last week, I looked at how I use my iPad to manage my notes. This week. I’m going to look at how I use iOS to manage my schedule and task items…
IBM is moving fast in cloud but is it fast enough to matter?
IBMs putting on a charm offensive to win startups over to its cloud portfolio and SoftLayers bare metal options continue to appeal. But it still has a long, hard slog to…
Microsoft plays nice with Docker while Azure takes a hit
While many tech enthusiasts may still be reeling from last week’s wave of Amazon-related cloud announcements, this week showed that Amazon isn’t the only company making big cloud news.
How one Chrome setting alters the Android 5.0 user experience
Most settings for Android 5.0 are in the.... Settings. But not this one. Overview mode, which shows you all of your running apps and open tabs, can actually be altered by…
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Pebble Goes Full Android! (For Notifications, That Is)
Thanks to Pebble’s new app update, users with Galaxy, Nexus and other Android devices can have all their phone notifications channeled to their arms.Previously, Pebble only displayed a select group of Android alerts, like built-in services (think
Why The Hortonworks IPO Could Jeopardize Other Big Data Companies
Were finally going to get a Big Data IPO, with Hortonworks filing its S-1 this month. Yet Im not hearing much cheering from the people who have the most to gain in the short term: venture capitalists.
Would-Be TV Disrupter Aereo Files For Chapter 11 Reorganization
Broadcast TV streamer Aereo filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 Friday. The Boston-based startup has been slowly shuttering for months since its Supreme Court loss in June. The court that Aereos service, which intercepted airborne television signals for its
You Can Now Send Tweets—And Other Links—In Twitter Direct Messages
Twitter announced Thursday that users can now share public tweets inside direct messages.If that announcement struck you as a headscratcher—couldnt you do that before?—youre not wrong. Youve long been able to include links to a tweets detail
Sweden's Sexism Test For Games Is A Great Idea
Editors Note: This was originally published by our partners at Kill Screen. Those social justice warriors known as the Swedes are at it again! Last year, four Swedish cinemas started indicating whether the films they screened passed the
What's The Point Of Wearables?
ReadWriteBody is an ongoing series where ReadWrite covers networked fitness and the quantified self.One of the interesting things about writing ReadWriteBody, where Ive chosen to focus on digital fitness, is the constant conflation of health and fitness.As
Netflix Is Still Trouncing The Streaming Competition
Netflix continues to reign as the king of streaming TV and movies, although a plucky upstart company named Amazon has made significant inroads in the market. A new report from Sandvine, a Canadian company that offers services to
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Writing-first Design
A quick way to measure a designer’s maturity is to watch what they do at the beginning of a project. Inexperienced designers are often smitten by the allure of new tools and quick results, so they’ll jump in to Photoshop
A Glimpse of Artificial Intelligence
At 8:15 AM I called Safelite Auto Glass for a quote to fix a chip in my car’s windshield. I wasn’t expecting to get the work done today, but the customer service rep gave me a great deal. We scheduled
Art and Craft
Priceless cultural artifacts and works of art belong in a museum, as Indiana Jones taught us. But if the museum doesn’t have the space for that painting or Cross of Coronado, these pieces go to companies like The Icon Group.
PHOTO: A quick lesson on branding—via @gewqk.
A quick lesson on branding—via @gewqk.
PHOTO: Less works.
Less works.
Monsters and Thieves
Good artists copy; great artists steal.-Picasso A famous quote about creativity often attributed to Picasso. But what can we actually learn about creativity from studying thieves? And did Picasso even say it? Halloween is tomorrow. I
The Distance: Fantasy Costumes
Walk into any Halloween pop-up store right now and you’re likely to find the same assortment of merchandise: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costumes and “Frozen” princess dresses, plus old stand-bys like witch hats and vampire capes.You’ll find those items at
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Today’s designers are solving business problems
It’s no secret that design is playing a more prominent role within many organizations. Designers are becoming fundamentally linked to the development and success of products and services versus their more historical role polishing the appearance of those products and
Four short links: 21 November 2014
Wearable Power Assist Device Goes on Sale in Japan (WSJ, Paywall) — The Muscle Suit, which weighs 5.5 kilograms (12 pounds), can be worn knapsack-style and uses a mouthpiece as its control. Unlike other similar suits that rely on motors,
Signals from Strata + Hadoop World in Barcelona 2014
Experts from across the big data world are coming together this week for Strata + Hadoop World in Barcelona 2014. We’ve gathered insights from the event below.#IoTH: The Internet of Things and Humans“If we could start over with these capabilities
The science of moving dots: the O’Reilly Data Show Podcast
Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Data Show Podcast through SoundCloud.Many data scientists are comfortable working with structured operational data and unstructured text. Newer techniques like deep learning have opened up data types like images, video, and audio.Other
Uber is breaking bad
Tim O’Reilly has said that Uber is an example of designing for how the world ought to be. Their app works well, their cars are clean, their drivers are pleasant, and
Four short links: 20 November 2014
The Infinite Hows (John Allspaw) — when finding ways to improve systems to prevent errors, the process of diagnosis should be focused on the systems and less on the people. (aka “human error” is the result of a preceding systems
Safari for Schools: Free O’Reilly material for K-12
This past February, Tim O’Reilly brought me into an email thread with the White House with a straightforward but urgent request — could Safari provide the delivery mechanism to make all of O’Reilly Media’s titles available to every K–12 student
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AMD Plans To Release Mantle SDK Later This Year
Richard Huddy, Gaming Scientist for AMD, announced at a presentation last week at PDXLAN that plans are still in motion for releasing a public Mantle SDK this year. Intel and Nvidia have been
APIs Could Unlock Much Needed Banking Industry Transformation
Banks will need to open up their transactional data via API in order to maintain their foothold in a financial services ecosystem that is halfway through a decade-long industry-wide disruption, PayX CEO Adrian
WeChat API Adds Payment Functionality
WeChat, the instant messaging service owned by Tencent, is popular in its home base of China but faces stiff competition from WhatsApp and others as it tries to expand globally. To compete successfully,
Twitter Simplifies Vine Embedding Via New oEmbed API
With the addition of the Vine oEmbed API Twitter has Simplified Vine Embedding. Img Credit: Marisa Allegra Williams (@marisa) for Twitter, Inc.
Microsoft Announces OneNote Search API Beta Release
Microsoft has announced the beta release of its OneNote Search API. Bing search technology powers the full text search features of the latest OneNote API.
Distant.ly Provides Predictive Travel Suggestions Via Traitfy API
Web developer Tom Rutka has released an app named Distant.ly that utilizes the Tratify personality API. Powered by Traitfys big data and psychology, the mashup implements similar predictive methods used by Amazon or
Akamai Exposes Content Delivery Network APIs
Akamai Technologies extended the reach of its content delivery service in the cloud with the introduction of a set of open APIs that are made available via a SaaS Provider Option that it introduced.
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