Lifeline, The Early-Stage Finnish VC Firm That Backed Supercell, Closes Another Fund
 Lifeline Ventures has never ceased to surprise me. There’s their annual benchpress and dead-lifting contest every November to find the world’s strongest investor and founder. Or, I mean, just look at their portfolio: Trash-sorting
David Einhorn Just Cried Bubble And Let Slip The Shorts Of War
 David Einhorn, a hedge fund manager worth north of a billion dollars, isnt bullish on technology stocks. In a letter to his investors sent today, Einhorn called
Hipster’s Ludlow And eBay’s Mengerink Are Working On A Startup Called The Happy Home Company
 Doug Ludlow, formerly CEO of startup Hipster, is working on something new called The Happy Home Company, and he has convinced former eBay executive Matthew Mengerink to co-found it
New Details On Tactus’ Funding
 On the heels of its announcement with Wistron last week, Tactus chief executive Craig Ciesla stopped by TechCrunch to talk about its future plans. Ciesla said that the company raised $13.5 million
Meet The New CrunchBase
 Since it was first launched in 2007, CrunchBase has been an invaluable source of information about major companies, startups, investors, and executives in the tech ecosystem. Today were proud to introduce CrunchBase
Star Trek And The Politics Of Silicon Valley
 Let’s get outside of the San Francisco bubble for a little while (trust me, there is oxygen here). I realize in a world saturated with protesters who have all the sophistication and
New Policy All But Bans The Intelligence Community From Speaking To The Press
 A new policy put in place this March effectively bans members of the U.S. intelligence community from speaking to the media, even when discussing unclassified matters.The new
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Rocki Transforms Old Speakers Into Smartphone-Ready Audio Devices
It looks like a rock and it turns any normal speaker into a wireless speaker, but the Rocki is more practical tool than cute gimmick.The Rocki
Withings Pulse O2 Fitness Tracker Monitors Your Blood Oxygen
As competition in the fitness wearables category continues to heat up, Withings is adding a blood oxygen monitor to its latest-generation fitness tracker as a part
Now You Too Can Get Apple OS X Betas
Apple rolled out its new OS X Beta Seed Program to all Mac customers Tuesday — meaning users get to see future operating systems early.Historically, only
One Man's Quest for the Perfect Hand: 39 Years and a 3D Printer
Jose Delgado, Jr., likes the reaction he’s getting to his new 3D-printed hand. “Wow,” his bosses at the warehouse say. Where did you get that?” It’s
Google Extends Glass Initiative for Nonprofits
Google extended the eligibility period for Giving Through Glass, an initiative the company launched in October to put its wearable computing device, Google Glass, in the
Mailbox 2.0 for iOS Predicts What You Want to Do With Emails
The iOS version of the popular email app Mailbox rolled out new features on Monday, supposedly making it an even more powerful tool for achieving that
How Unbreakable Is Batman's Armor?
Bruce Wayne by day and vigilante by night, Batman may not have superhuman abilities, but his use of high-tech weapons, gadgets and armors make him a
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Google is testing a feature that lets Chrome users save, share and organize their favorite Web (...)
Google is testing a new favoriting service for its Chrome browser. Called Google Stars
Now you can test beta versions of Apple’s OS X for free, without a developer account
Apple has today opened up the OS X Beta Seed Program, which allows you to test pre-release versions of the Mac operating system. Until now you needed a $99 per year developer account to access beta versions of OS X.
Twitter’s new Facebook-like profile pages are now available to all users
Twitter launched a new and very Facebook-like look for profile pages earlier this month. Initially the design was rolled out to a limited number of users, but today Twitter has announced that it is now available for all users. The design includes a lot
Why crowdfunding doesn’t work for content
Len Kendall is the founder of CentUp. Prior to starting a company he worked in PR where he helped put out fires and manage digital communications. Crowdfunding
WhatsApp passes 500 million active users, says over 700 million photos and 100 million videos a(...)
WhatsApp today announced it has passed the 500 million active user milestone. The company also revealed its users are now sharing more than 700 million photos and 100 million videos every single day. WhatsApp says its service has grown fastest
Google is bringing mobile app install ads to YouTube and Search
Google today announced plans to bring mobile app install ads to YouTube and Search. Through the Google Play store,
Automattic makes it easier for photobloggers to schedule posts in WordPress
If you’re a WordPress-using photo-blogger looking to save yourself some spadework, you might like this little tool developed by Automattic. Rather than manually scheduling posts for individual photos one at a time, Postbot lets you drag-and-drop your snaps to upload and
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Another Longtime Windows Exec Heads for the Exit as 2013 Draws to a Close
Grant George, the former head of testing for Windows, was one of several executives left on the outside looking in following a September reorganization of the Windows unit.
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Tech and media bigs on the red-hot seat
Startups Scrape Your Financial Data for Good (No, Really!)
Two personal finance apps, SaveUp and Mogl, offer rewards as a byproduct. Their CEOs describe them as a bit of gummy on the financial vitamin and Toms shoes for food, respectively.
HP Affirms Higher-End Layoffs Figure
Hewlett-Packard Co. confirmed it has increased by 5,000 the number of layoffs it plans to implement under the restructuring plan it adopted in May 2012, bringing the expected number of job cuts to 34,000.
Apple Says It Is Unaware of NSA's iPhone Backdoor
The company says it will try to defend against attacks on its products by anyone.
Apple Feud Deepens With Court-Appointed Monitor
A feud between Apple Inc. and a lawyer appointed by a federal court judge to monitor the companys e-book pricing reform became even more acrimonious Monday.
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Today’s social-media object lesson: The NYPD tries for outreach and gets backlash
The New York Police Department got more than it bargained for when it tried to drum up social-media engagement by asking followers to post photos with members of the police force.
Are we nearing the Dropbox moment for the internet of things?
Connecting devices into a truly interoperable system isnt as easy as some of the hype masters touting the internet of things would have you believe. But Peter Semmelhack has a few ideas.
AT&T banks on Next upgrades to draw in customers and wean it off subsidies
AT&Ts Next isnt just proving popular with customers. Its proving popular with its accountants. The move away from subsidized phones gives it a new equipment revenue stream while keeping its newly contract-free customers loyal.
BaseHealth launches a wellness platform that melds genomics and devices
A startup called BaseHealth launched on Tuesday with a mission to deliver personalized wellness plans while keeping doctors very much in the picture. The companys platform combines genetic data, lifestyle data and medical records to determine patients risks and how
YouTube channel launches on all recent Roku boxes
Good news for Roku users: The YouTube channel, which first launched on the Roku 3 in December, is now available on all “current-generation devices,” according to a post on the Roku blog, which also lists an exact list of all
Bug Labs launches Freeboard as part of a technology toolset for the internet of things
Getting devices online and sharing their data is the raison detre of a variety of new startups. Now Bug Labs is offering its own modular tool set for the internet of things.
AT&T’s $500M online video pact with the Chernin Group: it’s all about the niche
AT&T and the Chernin Group want to spend $500 million on online video services. How will these services look like? Look no further than to Crunchyroll.
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How Yahoo Could Get Back In The Search Game
Google is the clear winner in Web search, but Yahoo still thinks it can make a dent in the market—even though Yahoo Web search technically doesnt exist since the company handed over its search technologies to Microsoft in 2009. As Kara Swisher
Google, Too, Has New Targeted Ads That Encourage You To Download Apps
You’ll soon be seeing ads that take you directly from a mobile Web ad to an app on Google’s mobile search, YouTube, and third-party websites that use Google’s ad network.Today the company announced it will offer ads that display a
Tough Realities Persist In Mobile Payments
The Platform is a regular column by mobile editor Dan Rowinski. Ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive networks are changing the way humans interact with everything.Welcome to The Platform, a new column by
ReadWrite At 11: Mapping The Future
Past and present members of Team ReadWrite at SXSW. Not pictured: Fruzsina EördöghEleven years ago, on April 20, 2003, ReadWrite founder
Are Tech-Savvy Countries Happier?
Guest author Kim Gaskins is the director of content development and lead writer for Latitude, an international research consultancy.In the developed world, even the most passionate technology proponents sometimes find themselves wondering if being constantly plugged in means leading a
AT&T Takes On Google, Eyeing 21 Cities For Ultrafast Internet
AT&T plans to expand its high-speed fiber-optic Internet service to as many as 21 new US metro areas. Its claiming speeds of up to one gigabyte per second with its U-Verse with GigaPower system, which is only available in Austin,
What Tom Preston-Werner's Departure Means For GitHub
GitHub cofounder Tom Preston-Werner has resigned from the popular storehouse of open-source code after an internal investigation found he had made “errors of judgment” in an ongoing dispute that resulted in the departure of an influential woman developer.The investigation, announced
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Looking into The Distance
Let’s take a break from the business news cycle. I love the news and I’ve covered it for a decade: what new startup is launching, why a stock price just moved, who’s being hired or fired. But there’s a whole
Basecamp at C2E2 This Weekend!
The annual Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo is this weekend and We’re really excited to announce that Basecamp will be sponsoring designer toy maker, Shawnimals at the show!Shawnimals uses Basecamp to make some really awesome stuff from plush ninjas to
Dragons on the far side of the histogram
Performance tuning is a fun sport, but how you’re keeping score matters more than you think, if winning is to have real impact. When it comes to web applications, the first mistake is start with what’s the easiest to measure:
Marketing around situations
Before he made The Simpsons, Matt Groening’s famous comics and illustrations graced the covers of Apple brochures. The writing inside—from 1989, mind you—still does a great job selling the Mac. Instead of blanket marketing a one-size-fits-all message, Apple
Another Chapter
So, a few years ago Dana Brunetti at Trigger Street Productions (Social Network and Captain Philips) got in touch with us after reading our book, REWORK. He loved the themes and the overall story of how our company came to
Basecamp goes back to basics
If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that computers and user interfaces peaked in the 1980s. Everything was clear and simple, without all of our modern annoyances like portability, color, touchscreens, and the Internet.With that in mind, we
Basecamp network attack postmortem
As we detailed in Basecamp was under network attack, criminals assaulted our network with a DDoS attack on March 24. This is the technical postmortem that we promised.The main attack lasted a total of an hour and 40 minutes starting
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The crowdfunding conundrum
There is widespread consensus that crowdfunding is a boon, an egalitarian means for bringing products and services to market without relying on banks, venture capitalists, or established financial angels. Myriad platforms now allow entrepreneurs and folks with a little (or a
Four short links: 22 April 2014
PourOver — NYT open source Javascript for very fast in-browser filtering and sorting of large collections.LibreSSL — OpenBSD take on OpenSSL. Unclear how sustainable this effort is, or how well adopted it will be. Competing with OpenSSL is obviously an
Ask Tim O’Reilly about the Internet of Things on Reddit
Our new Solid conference covers a lot of ground: hardware, design, manufacturing, and, of course, software. At 10 a.m. Pacific Time / 1 p.m. Eastern Time tomorrow (Tuesday, April 22), Tim O’Reilly will take questions on these areas and how he
Toward an open Internet of Things
In a couple of posts and articles, we’ve nibbled around the notion of standards, interoperability, and the Internet of Things (or the Internet of Everything, or the Industrial Internet, or whatever you want to call it). It’s time to say
M2M, IoT, and the invisibility of ubiquity
I started writing this post to respond to the question: “What is the difference between machine-to-machine (M2M) and the Internet of Things (IoT)?” It turns out, a post answering that question isn’t really necessary. There is already a pretty good
Four short links: 18 April 2014
16 Interviewing Tips for User Studies — these apply to many situations beyond user interviews, too.The Backlash Against Big Data contd. (Mike Loukides) — Learn to be a data skeptic. That doesn’t mean becoming skeptical about the value of data;
Biomimicry in the real world
Festo’s Robotic Bird. Photo by Mike Loukides.A couple of years ago, I visited the World Science Festival in New York and saw Festo’s robotic bird. It
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Today in APIs: Mapbox adds Smart Directions, and 3 New APIs
Mapbox adds a new navigation service for apps. Cloudwords releases APIs and new machine translation capability. Plus: Convergence Innovation competition winners, CA Technologies simplifies enterprise cloud and mobile delivery, and 3 new APIs.
Two Breakout API Categories (And Two Slumpers) of 2014
So far more than 650 APIs have been added to the ProgrammableWeb directory in 2014 and some new trends are starting to emerge. Some recent popular categories remain near the top of the
NIST’s AppVet Tests Apps for Government Use
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Dell Adds Analytics Capability to Boomi Integration Service
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ReliefWeb API Provides Access to Historical and Real-Time Humanitarian Data
ReliefWeb, a specialized digital service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), has announced the release of ReliefWeb API, which provides access to disaster-related data and humanitarian
Today in APIs: DPLA Expands Offerings, and 12 New APIs
Digital Public Library of America adds millions of items that can be accessed through its API. Appy Pie releases API for Kindle Fire. Plus: How Apple dodged the Heartbleed virus with
Developers Emerge as Kingmakers of IT in the Cloud Era
While there’s no doubt that the influence of developers has never been greater, a debate is starting to emerge concerning how much power developers now wield across the enterprise. At the Red Hat
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