StackEngine Emerges From Stealth, Adds Operational Layer To Docker
 StackEngine, a startup out of Austin, TX, emerged from stealth today with $1M in seed funding and a product that gives operations and IT staff a way
Germany Warns Google Over User Profiling Privacy Violations
 Google has been warned it needs to rein in its user profiling activities in Germany because its current practice of joining the dots across multiple services is in violation of
ZenMate Scores $3.2M Series A For Its VPN-Style Private Browsing Service
 As consumers become more tech savvy and privacy conscious, it’s not surprising to see VCs begin to pay more attention to startups who are focusing on privacy in all its various permutations.
Firespotter Labs Becomes Switch, Providing A Cloud-Based Phone System For Google Apps
 Unified communications has long been touted as the future, but being able to provide access to all of one’s calls and messages on multiple devices is an idea that has just barely
Apple Accepting iTunes Donations For ‘City of Hope’ Center During October
 Apple will be accepting donations for the City of Hope charity during the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the company revealed today. The organization is a research and
YC’s Altman Thinks Reddit’s Community Ownership Experiment Could Be A Model
 The thought of using crypto-currencies to back shares of a company first crossed Y Combinator head Sam Altman’s mind about two years ago. “It was an idle thought that popped into my head,”
Here’s How Windows 10 Will Make Your Mouse And Fingers Get Along
Earlier today during its event in San Francisco, Microsoft played a video detailing how its coming Windows 10 operating system will handle a fusion of touch, and more traditional mouse-based input. I filmed a bootleg copy, but Microsoft just published a more
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These 8 Popular Games Totally Kill Your Phone Battery
Its all fun and games until your smartphone battery diesWhether youre passing time or procrastinating, mobile games offer endless hours of entertainment. But with advanced graphics,
Mozilla Fans Are Getting a Firefox OS Streaming Media Stick
After cheaper smartphones, it now appears that the next frontier for the Mozilla community is the television, thanks to an open source device called MatchstickLike Googles
Windows 10 Could Be the Windows We've Been Waiting For
Microsoft unveiled Windows 10, the long-awaited followup to Windows 8 Tuesday.The latest version of Windows walks back some of the more jarring changes of Windows 8,
5 Fashion Brands Actually Eyeing Bigger Pockets for the iPhone 6 Plus
Your pants arent happy about the new iPhone 6 Plus.Along with Samsungs mammoth Galaxy phones, Apples phablet mega-sized phone is starting to look like the future
With Windows 10, Microsoft Finally Gets It
Call me crazy, but I think businesses are going to like Windows 10. By reintroducing the start menu, adding easy-to-access multiple desktops and even giving the
Incredibly Fast Laser Could Speed Up Your Internet
Researchers in Germany and London have made what may now be the worlds fastest laser, and it could be used to make the Internet quicker.The laser
Apple Releases OS X Yosemite GM Candidate to Developers
Apple released the OS X Yosemite GM candidate on Tuesday.GM, or golden master, refers to the final copy of a piece of software that is ready
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14 niche Netflix alternatives
For TV shows and some movies, there’s Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video. For the latest release blockbusters, there’s Google Play Movies & TV, Amazon Instant Video or Blinkbox, depending
Google warned to change the way it pieces together data about users in Germany
The Hamburg Data Protection Authority in Germany has warned Google to curb its profiling activities in the country or risk facing fines or other measures. In a statement yesterday, the organization said Google’s ability to piece together information about users across the
All the tech news you shouldn’t miss from Eastern Europe: September
The fall has started in
WeChat adds looping Vine-style video to iOS upgrade
WeChat, the free messaging and calling app from Tencent, includes all
Lenka black & white camera app is free for one week — starting now
Come and get it! Lenka, the new black & white camera app for iOS — regularly available for $2.99 on
Hands on with the Windows 10 preview build
At the beginning of today’s Microsoft event Joe Belfiore, Vice President of the Operating Systems Group at Microsoft made certain the audience understood that we were seeing an
Top 9 struggles new managers face (but you don’t have to)
Elli Bishop is the community manager for BusinessBee, a place for business owners and executives to discover and compare various business service providers.
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Flying Like Saudi Royalty, Trading Your Kids for Wi-Fi and More #Mustreads
Heres what $23,000 will get you on Singapore Airlines.
Remember JibJab? They’re About to Enliven Your Messages.
Digital media studio JibJab, best known for its political satire, launches a messaging app for sending personalized animated GIFs.
Factorli, an Early Casualty of the Las Vegas Downtown Project
Poof. Just like that, another empty warehouse in Downtown Las Vegas.
Putting a Friendlier Face on Robotics, as Machines Learn to Do Your Job and Mine
The San Jose conference highlights the changing look and language of robotics.
Tony Hsieh Steps Down From Lead Role at Las Vegas Downtown Project
The move comes as the ambitious entrepreneurial project has laid off about 30 percent of its staff.
Attorney General Criticizes Apple, Google Data Encryption
Privacy should be balanced with law enforcements needs, says Holder.
Reddit Raises $50M, Plans to Share Stock With Community Members
These community sites, the community has always generated the value and rarely gotten it for themselves, said lead investor Sam Altman.
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Ericsson buys bankrupt US smart grid firm Ambient
The Swedish firm wants to use Ambients technology for allowing smart grid communication over different kinds of connection -- and at a reported $7.5 million, the company was arguably a steal.
Hamburg threatens Google with €1M fine if it doesn’t give users more control over profiling data
Google says it is studying their order to determine next steps. Based on precedent, those next steps will involve Google sticking up two fingers at the privacy regulators and doing nothing…
Wercker takes in $2.4 million to help developers test their code in the cloud
Wercker’s tool can out a developers code stored in GitHub or other repository and then notify a user whether or not that code can safely be deployed to the cloud.
Comcast launches cloud DVR in San Francisco, lays foundation for a set-top box-free future
Comcast customers in the Bay Area now have two DVRs available to them: One in their living room, one in the cloud. Eventually, the one in the living room will disappear.
This is what your first food 3D printer could look like
Structur3Ds paste extruder is looking more and more polished as the startup approaches the ship date for its Kickstarter backers.
In China, the internet of things is a social phenomenon
China is an ardent adopter of technology trends and its enthusiasm for the internet of things is no exception.
Twitter to developers: Seriously, this time you can totally trust us not to ambush you!
Twitter is said to be looking at reaching out to third-party developers of apps and services to help it grow its business — but some might remember that the last the…
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Dear Barry Bonds: Stop Trying To Make "Glassing" A Thing
Silicon Valley Street Style is a weekly feature that looks at the intersection of fashion, technology and taste.Barry Bonds uploaded a photo on Twitter on Monday in which the former big-league superstar looked over the city of San Francisco—coffee cup in
Reddit Raises $50 Million, Says Community Will Get Some Shares
Reddit, one of the most popular sites on the Internet for sharing news, memes, and stories of inspiration, has raised $50 million in funding, and Redditors might be getting a piece of it.People on Reddit have made
Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10 And The Return Of The Start Menu
Microsoft has finally shown the world its plans for its next major Windows release, the one that will succeed the much-maligned Windows 8. Its not Windows 9 or Windows Threshold—not even Windows One, as Microsoft executive VP of operating systems
Pinterest May Start To Act Like Facebook, If You're Not Careful
Pinterest is unveiling some changes that will make it behave a lot more like Facebook, that is, if users choose to opt in. Beginning on October 19, Pinterest will use information gleaned from your browsing history and from its advertising
Mac OS X Yosemite Takes Another Step Closer To Launch
To Mac desktop fans anticipating the launch of the latest version of OS X, Yosemite: It looks like the new software is approaching the tarmac.Apple has now released its first candidate for the Golden Master build to developers. Golden Master
Pebble: It’s A Real Fitness Tracker Now And Cheaper, At $99
Pebble announced Tuesday that its smartwatch has officially become a bona fide activity tracker—and an affordable one at that.Last year, its PebbleKit software developer kit gave app makers access to the device’s accelerometer. Now that effort has born fruit with
Ello Was Briefly Over—For Almost An Hour
Ello went temporarily dark over the weekend due to a possible distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack by an unknown actor. Total downtime: 45 minutes. See also: What The Ell Is Ello? The Ad-Free Social Network Everyones
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Hamburger Helper
Businessmen like Ray Kroc and Dave Thomas have secured their places in the annals of the fast food industry. But what about Harry Holly? He invented the hamburger patty molding machine in the kitchen of the burger restaurant he opened
QUOTE: Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and…
Clutter is taking a toll on both morale and productivity. Teresa Amabile of Harvard Business School studied the daily routines of more than 230 people who work on projects that require creativity. As might have been expected, she found that
PHOTO: Just took an Uber Black Car to the office…
Just took an Uber Black Car to the office today and noticed that they round down the price and make it clear on the receipt. $21.00 is definitely more luxurious than $21.71. Nice touch.
Hybrid : How we took Basecamp multi-platform with a tiny team
Yesterday we announced the official Basecamp app for iPad. Just like our other apps for iPhone, Android, and Kindle it’s a hybrid—a native wrapper around a mobile web core. We’ve written about this setup before but today I wanted to
Our favorite recent reads on the web
Each week, Know Your Company asks everyone at Basecamp a few questions, including one that helps us learn more about each other. Last week’s prompt was “What’s one great read on the web you’ve come across in the past month?”
Why we don't speak up at work
A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job.He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowballed into a deeper, gnawing frustration for
The Distance goes tiki
I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What’s the story there?” The wonderful thing
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Four short links: 1 October 2014
Robotics Has Too Many Dreamers, Needs More Practical People (IEEE) — Grishin said that while looking for business opportunities, he saw too may entrepreneurs proposing cool new robots and concepts but with no business cases to support them. The robotics
Stop hacking random stuff. It’s getting trivial.
I was gratified to read Dave Aitel’s rant about junk hacking last week :“Yes, we get it. Cars, boats, buses, and those singing fish plaques are all hackable and have no
What Amazon, iTunes, and Uber teach us about Apple Pay
Something’s been nagging at me about Apple Pay, and the hype about it.The Apple-Pay web page gushes: “Gone are the days of searching for your wallet. The wasted moments finding the
Four short links: 30 September 2014
Continuously Testing Infrastructure — “infrastructure as code”. I can’t figure out whether what I feel are thrills or chills.Engineer Sees Big Possibilities in Micro-robots, Including Programmable Bees (National Geographic) — He and fellow researchers devised novel techniques to fabricate, assemble,
Four short links: 29 September 2014
How Community Feedback Shapes Behaviour (PDF) — Not only do authors of negatively-evaluated content contribute more, but also their future posts are of lower quality, and are perceived by the community as such. Moreover, these authors are more likely to
Python 3: threat or menace?
I wish I still had my copy of this: a Harvard Lampoon parody of Life magazine from the sixties, displaying a picture of a flying saucer and the ominous headline: “UFOs:
Four short links: 26 September 2014
15 Lessons from 15 Years of Blogging (Anil Dash) — If your comments are full of assholes, it’s your fault. Good communities don’t just happen by accident.Replicating DeepMind — open source attempt to build deep learning network that can play
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APIcon UK: SimilarWeb Shares Its J-Curve Dev and Revenue Growth Experience
It is rare for an API provider to reveal quants around developers onboarded, API calls or revenue generated from its API. At APIcon UK, SimilarWeb offered a rare inside look, not only sharing
Today in APIs: Pristine Sidesteps the Mirror API for HIPAA
Pristine Aims to Expand Telehealth Through Google Glass. Nordic APIs to host a platform summit. Plus: Looking for the Facebook of Pot and hacking your API security testing.Pristine Raises $5.5M to Expand Telehealth
Citi Launches Citi Mobile Challenge to Drive Innovation
Payment Security, Authentication Key Concern for Apple Watch Users
A few days ago, Apple made several big announcements including the upcoming launch of the companys new contactless payment technology Apple Pay in October, the US release of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6
Why Linked Data Is A Major Theme At APIcon In London
This past May, the subject of linked data made a showing at ProgrammableWebs API conference in San Francisco and with this next iteration of APIcon in London from Sept 24-26 2014, were giving the topic even more coverage. The sessions
APIcon UK Kicks off with Machine Learning & API Description Languages
ProgrammableWeb’s vendor-neutral, developer-focused conference, APIcon, began its second installment this morning in London. After a successful event in May in San Francisco, APIcon UK has taken the format across the pond to European
AlchemyVision Face Detection/Recognition API Identifies Celebrities Using Data From Knowledge Graph
AlchemyAPI, a leading advanced natural language processing and computer vision technology company, has announced the public release of the AlchemyVision Face Detection and Recognition API, which is capable of detecting faces in photos
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