Yahoo Shares Spike 7% On Report That It Might Sell Off Its Core Business
 The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the board of Yahoo is considering selling off its core business in a series of upcoming meetings. So, naturally, shares of the company spiked
Kobe Bryant’s Retirement Post Had 1 Million Clicks In First Two Hours
 When Kobe Bryant decided to share his intentions to retire after this season, his 20th, the way he did it was…different. Even though he did a press conference later that evening,
Sequoia Capital’s Alfred Lin On Why Uber’s Valuation Is Twice That Of Airbnb’s
 Today, at the Post-Seed conference in San Francisco, Alfred Lin, the former COO and CFO of Zappos and now a Sequoia Capital partner, was asked a variety of on-stage questions about the
Google’s November Self-Driving Car Report Details Learnings, A Pull-Over, And A Rear-End Collision
 Google’s monthly self-driving car reports are fun to read through, and gives transparent accounts of what the team is up to, how the cars are performing,
9 Gifts For The Smartest Smart Home
Choose from 16 million shades of color, make grandpa feel more secure by showing him who’s at the door when he’s not even there and get the house turnt with a rendition of Alvin and the Chipmunk’s “All I want for
Only One Week To Submit Your Application For 1st And Future
 There is exactly one week until applications close for 1st and Future, the startup competition that TechCrunch is staging with the NFL and Stanford University on February 6 at Stanford’s CEMEX
Why Israel Will Probably Never Have A Tech Giant And Why That’s Not Something To Regret
 For many years, Israelis used to lament that the local tech scene, while considered second only to Silicon Valley and generating many successful startups, has never been able to grow a
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Team behind Lady Gaga's flying dress to bring wearable tech to a store near you
VFILES, the downtown New York City-based web portal for all things digital fashion, is expanding into wearable technology in a major wayThe business told Mashable that
Hoverboard on fire: Man's scooter combusts on sidewalk
Gulf Shores resident Timothy Cade claims that his hoverboard scooter caught fire just three days after buying it from a seller on Amazon. Cade told WKRG
VTech says hack put more than 6 million kids' accounts at risk
The VTech data breach story just continues to get worse.The toymaker on Tuesday confirmed that more than 10 million user accounts — including 6.3 million accounts
Apple stores turn logos red in honor of World AIDS Day
If you walk past one of a few key Apple stores on Tuesday, you might notice a change in its minimal white logo.The company continued its
WhatsApp for Android blocks links to competing messenger Telegram
After Facebook began blocking links to an allegedly spammy website last month, WhatsApp appears to be doing the same to another competitor.First spotted by Reddit users
A man's hoverboard exploded in flames while he was riding it, he says
An Alabama man is claiming that his hoverboard spontaneously combusted while he was riding the two-wheeled scooter, a situation that is unfortunately not an isolated incidentTimothy
3 unique ways you can give back this Giving Tuesday
Now that all the turkey leftovers are gone and your holiday shopping is underway, its time to think about giving back.Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012
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Publishers can now link to their Snapchat channels and content on Facebook and Twitter
Snapchat’s now allowing publishers to link their Discover channel’s content directly on Facebook and Twitter. Check out our
‘The Correspondent’ is winning crowdfunded journalism with 40,000 paid subscribers
Today, Dutch journalism platform The Correspondent announced it just reached 40,000 paying members. The feat is nothing short of amazing considering it started without a website
Sketch ditches the Mac App Store for — ahem — greener pastures
In a somewhat surprising move, Bohemian Coding has removed it’s fan-favorite app wireframing tool Sketch from the Mac App Store. Via
The gender gap in technology can byte me
It’s hardly news that there is a gender gap in the tech industry. It’s one of the age-old topics of women’s equalities and how far
New Samsung patent details rollable, foldable phones and tablets
Samsung has toyed with the idea of non-rigid screens in the past. A semi-famous demonstration of the flexible YOUM display showed us that a future
Shyp’s partnership with eBay takes care of logistics for sellers
Earlier this year, Shyp made it possible for its users to send to anyone without the hassle of knowing the address. Turns out, this
Lending startups analyze smartphone usage to assess creditworthiness in developing countries
A number of Silicon Valley-backed startups are thinking outside the box in terms of gauging risk and creditworthiness of would-be borrowers in
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Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Have Their Baby, Promise to Give Away Their Facebook Fortune
Thats billions and billion and billions.
First Came Nerve. Then Came Babble. Rufus Griscom’s Third Act: A Buzzfeed for Brains.
Rufus Griscom, the man behind Nerve.com and Babble.com, launches his newest company: A platform for big ideas and the people behind them.
Apple CEO Tim Cook to Receive Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award
The Ripple of Change Award recognizes work on behalf of social justice.
Target.com Throttles Traffic So It Doesn’t Crash Amid Big Cyber Monday Sale
A virtual line.
Adele Owned Last Week, but a Guy You’ve Never Heard Of Owns Pop Music. Here’s How He Did It:
You dont know Max Martin, but he knows what you like to listen to. John Seabrook, the author the The Song Machine, explains.
Holiday Shopping Is Chilly for ‘Buy’ Buttons at Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest
One Pinterest retailer launch partner is selling fewer than 10 items a day via Buyable Pins.
‘Re/code Decode’: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Talks Paris Terror Attacks, San Francisco Politics
We saw the worst in humanity through these senseless acts, but we also saw the very best in humanity.
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Human, machine, or both: The era of Facebook blur is upon us
Someone might think that Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday would be enough pseudo-holidays for the week following Thanksgiving. That person would be wrong. Another not-quite-holiday, Giving Tuesday, must be observed before we can stop marking the arrival of
Zuckerberg and Chan plan to give away Facebook shares
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan plan to give away 99 percent of their shares in the social networking company — which are collectively worth somewhere around $45 billion — throughout their lives. Zuckerberg revealed the news in a letter
How PenPal Schools could change what we expect from education
There was a time, back in the early 90’s, in the days of AOL, You’ve Got Mail, and dial-up modems, when something of a utopian future and/or shared delusion existed around the Internet. We’d envisioned it as the realization of the EPCOT
Amazon’s celebration of ‘record’ holiday weekend sales is short on details
Amazon is touting a record holiday shopping weekend thanks to the increasing popularity of its tablets, e-readers, streaming devices, and other hardware. Yet, the company still refuses to offer basic information about how many units it has sold, making it difficult
Social networks face obstacles in road to e-commerce domination
Social networking companies have made no secret of their desire to convince people to purchase things discovered in ads, photos, and other content shared to their services. But the big social players are finding that more difficult than expected, even with
Facing threat of extinction: How pro services can compete in the age of AI
Alastair is president at Huddle. The professional service industry — any third-party consultancy or support service that helps businesses operate better — is massive. In the United States the professional service industry is comprised of almost 20 million people, which
IoT Hardware Opportunities
The proliferation of connected devices that is the heart of the Internet of Things, both at a consumer and an industrial level, represents a significant opportunity for hardware makers. The overall connected device market will spur growth from the data
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Dropbox's Developer Strategy: It's (Still) All About Dropbox
As Dropbox CEO Drew Houston left the stage at his companys Dropbox Open event Wednesday morning in San Francisco, Rumble And Sway by Jamie N Commons started playing.Dont you tell me no truths, I want all of your lies.So give me
Why Local Voters Will Likely Crush This Anti-Airbnb Proposition
This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Very early election results suggest that San Franciscans have likely voted to reject a law
How To Save Money When You're Shopping Online
This post is sponsored by ChameleonJohn, a provider of online coupons, promo codes, and daily deals. It reflects the views of the sponsor, not ReadWrites editors.When the Internet was introduced to the general public, it brought changes of all sorts.
Lyft Is Getting Ready For Developers To Hop On Board
With three recent announcements, Lyft, a ride-hailing and -sharing service, is making moves that suggest it will soon become more open to third-party developers.On Tuesday, Lyft announced a new way to hail a ride through an integration with Slack, the
How One Startup Aims To Solve The Wired VR Issue
A growing number of hardware makers are searching for the best way of bringing virtual reality (VR) to the masses: Current contraptions cover every price point and style from Google Cardboard to the Oculus Rift (consumer version due 2016). The
How To Grow A Partnership From A Single Trial Into A Major Booster
Guest author Ramgopal Vidyanand (Anand) is vice president of corporate marketing and business development at Celltick. Partnership deals are never really closed—even if your initial deals don’t cover additional opportunities. Entrepreneurs often start small, on an experimental basis, with the expectation
Games Are Key To New Apple TV's Success, Early Data Shows
The Apple TV has only been out for a weekend, but already theres some unofficial data about the apps that are proving popular with early adopters—and games are leading the charge. The charts in question have been compiled using real
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Basecamp HQ Mural
When I painted a mural on the wall of the first 37signals office back in ‘98 or ‘99, I didn’t have a camera phone in my pocket. That’s why I took pictures of the wall with a
Chocoholic Anonymous
Athena Uslander is the Cyrano de Bergerac of brownies. The company she co-founded in 1983, Silverland Bakery, makes sweet treats that are sold under the names of grocery stores and restaurants across the U.S. and even internationally. Silverland Bakery may
Building Basecamp 3: Mobile Prototypes
Interactive prototyping was essential to designing Basecamp 3 for iOS and Android. In this article we’ll look at how we chose a prototyping tool and take a peek at a few of our prototypes.At Basecamp design happens through iteration. We
I don’t want to be a winner
Is there anything our society exalts more than The Winner? That fiery someone who crushes all competition to stand alone and victorious at the end. A genetic predisposition, I’m sure.The paradigm of competition is so ingrained as the basic business
Natasha “The Robot” Murashev joins Basecamp
We’re excited to announce that Natasha Murashev has joined us here at Basecamp as a programmer on our iOS team.Despite receiving over 100 applications for this position, it was by far the highest quality group of candidates we’ve seen. Not
A new episode and a big milestone
When Abdul Qaiyum, a young Pakistani immigrant and recent pharmacy school graduate, discovered Merz Apothecary in 1972, the Swiss German drugstore was on the verge of closing permanently after nearly a century in business. Qaiyum bought the store from the
VIDEO: I discussed the origin of Basecamp, the myths…
I discussed the origin of Basecamp, the myths of entrepreneurship, and the difference between finding and keeping a golden egg on the Being Boss podcast.
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Four short links: 1 December 2015
Radical Candour: The Surprising Secret to Being a Good Boss -- this, every word, this. “Caring personally makes it much easier to do the next thing you have to do as a good boss, which is being willing to piss
Four short links: 30 November 2015
Behind the Hoverboard Craze (BoingBoing) -- Bernstein is interested in this phenomenon as memeufacturing -- a couple of social-media stars (or garden-variety celebs) post viral videos of themselves using an obscure gadget, and halfway around the world, factories shut down
Four short links: 27 November 2015
87% of Android Devices Insecure -- researchers find theyre vulnerable to malicious apps because manufacturers have not provided regular security updates. (via Bruce Schneier)A Computational Approach for Obstruction-Free Photography (Google Research) -- take multiple photos from different angles through occlusions
Four short links: 26 November 2015
Firefox Leaves Googles Money Behind (CNET) -- regional deals with other search engine companies, notably Yahoo in the United States, Baidu in China and Yandex in Russia.Managing Performance of Third-Party Scripts -- in the words of Tammy Everts, A typical
Kristian Hammond on truly democratizing data and the value of AI in the enterprise
Subscribe to the OReilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come.In this weeks episode, OReillys Mac Slocum chats with Kristian
Four short links: 25 November 2015
magspoof -- a portable device that can spoof/emulate any magnetic stripe or credit card wirelessly, even on standard magstripe readers.LittleD -- open source relational database for embedded devices and sensors nodes.iondb -- open source a key-value datastore for resource constrained
Vanessa Cho on GoPro’s design approach
Subscribe to the OReilly Design Podcast, our podcast exploring how experience design — and experience designers — are shaping business, the Internet of Things, and other domains.In this weeks Design Podcast
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Why Developers Should Pivot to the Industrial Internet
It’s only natural that developers have been focused on the consumer space: apps that transform the way we communicate, get around town, and shop. After all, we’re all consumers, right? But the Industrial Internet is magnitudes larger than the Consumer
Daily API RoundUp: Twilio, UserBob, Hyperwallet, cuteRadio, LeadFinch, Amitad
Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.
Google Cloud Platform Updates Include Custom Machine Types
Google Cloud Platform has seen a busy November with regular feature updates, services going GA and a focus on ensuring that the platform delivers flexibility, scale and ease of operation.
Daily API RoundUp: Payfirma, BlockCypher, EveryBlock, Edamam, POPCheck
Every day, the ProgrammableWeb team is busy, updating its three primary directories for APIs, clients (language-specific libraries or SDKs for consuming or providing APIs), and source code samples.
Skype's Big Challenger is In-App Communications
Skype is a great communications tool--if you’re living like it’s still the 2000s. In 2015? Not so much. On the one hand, Skype is being threatened by other, more modern OTT players--WhatsApp, Line and WeChat, to name a few.
Why API Developers Love To Use GitHub
GitHub is one of the most popular forms of source control for API development, boasting a community of over 11 million users and 27 million projects. In a recent post on the Nordic APIs
How Epoxy Uses the Twitter Video API to Increase Reach and Engagement
Online video distribution platform Epoxy nurtures the relationship between content creators and fans by allowing the sharing of videos across social media platforms.
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