GrabTaxi Raises $65 million To Increase The Competition With Uber In Southeast Asia
 You’d be forgiven for thinking that the taxi app war is exclusively a US phenomenon, such is the fierce battle between Uber and Lyft, but similar rivalries are actually ongoing across other parts
Mirantis Scores $100M To Continue Quest To Be Enterprise OpenStack Leader
 Mirantis jumped on the OpenStack bandwagon a few years ago when most companies had never heard of it, and it has ridden the wave as the project has grown increasingly popular with each
Sources: Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M
 Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game. The company
And The TechCrunch Disrupt Europe Finalists Are Crate, Disease Diagnostic Group, Oscult And Pho(...)
 Over 1,500 people have walked through door at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe conference in London. We had everyone from Elvis impersonators to people dressed up as chickens participate, as one does
Apple CEO Tim Cook Addresses The iPad’s Continued Lack Of Sales Growth
 During today’s earnings call for Apple’s fiscal Q4 2014, CEO Tim Cook took time to address the iPad’s performance at length. Cook referred to a lot of the general kinds of negative
In Oakland, A Sign of Some Very High Times
 How bad is the commercial real estate crunch in San Francisco and Silicon Valley?Uh, bad?So bad that that prices per square foot are roughly where they were around the first dot-com boom.So bad that
App Store Downloads Top 85 Billion
 Apple CEO Tim Cook announced today during its FY Q4 2014 earnings call that its cumulative App Store downloads have now topped 85 billion up from 60 billion around a year ago.
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Apple Pay: The Real-World Test
Its finally here: Apple Pay arrived on Monday as part of iOS 8.1, which turns the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus into mobile payment machines.
Gmail's New Android App to Support Yahoo, Outlook, Report Says
Gmail may be soon be a lot better at managing your emailThe Android version of the app will be updated in the coming weeks with support
Satya Nadella Unveils New Initiative for Ebola Research
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella seems like an unlikely player in the fight against EbolaBut Microsofts top executive unveiled a new Azure-powered research initiative aimed at furthering
How to Use Apple Pay: What You Need to Know
Apple Pay, Apple’s take on the digital wallet, is finally here. If you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, you can officially start buying
The 'iPod for Dogs' Helps Soothe Pet Anxiety
Dogs suffer various levels of anxiety when traveling or separated from their owners. And just like humans, different noises and sounds can have a positive effect
Death of the Wallet? An Exploration of Mobile Payments
While today’s Apple Pay launch is exciting for iPhone owners, it must be reiterated that Apple is neither the first, nor the only player in the
Report: Microsoft Poised to Launch Smartwatch With 2-Day Battery
Microsofts first attempt at a high-tech watch, back in 2004, was perhaps a little ahead of its timeBut now its 2014, and the tech company is
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Uber and Lyft can both offer rides to San Francisco International Airport now
Today Lyft and Uber both announced that their car services are allowed at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The two companies join
Hands-on with Apple Pay: An easy mobile wallet with poor documentation
Alongside Monday’s release of iOS 8.1, Apple activated its new Apple Pay service for in-app and retail payments. We tried it out to
This Wizard of Oz-inspired wearable lets you click your heels to order a taxi or text your friends
We’ve all found ourselves trapped in an awkward dinner situation where we want nothing more than
You can now pre-order the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player
Google has officially opened up the pre-order forms for the freshly-announced Nexus 9 tablet and Nexus Player streaming device. The Nexus 9, an 8.9-inch tablet running the latest version of Android 5.0 Lollipop, starts at $399 for the 16GB model and is slated
Facebook is suing the lawyers that defended a faked company ownership claim
Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg today sued four law firms which represented Paul Ceglia in a 2010 case where the client claimed
Microsoft offers up Azure’s cloud processing power to help combat Ebola
At its cloud computing event today, Microsoft SEO Satya Nadella announced that the company would be offering up its Azure cloud computing service to assist in Ebola research. Essentially, the company is handing out grants to provide successful applicants with Azure’s
Microsoft announces new Azure G family virtual machines and premium storage feature
At today’s Microsoft cloud event, Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise, Scott Guthrie introduced two new services to Azure. The first
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It’s Not Quite Marty McFly, but the Hoverboard Is Here (Video)
Consumers can now preorder their own hovering box on Kickstarter, but it only works above conductive surfaces.
Look Who Else Is Joining Google to Back Magic Leap, the Secret “Augmented Reality” Startup
The stealthy company is raising a whopping $500 million from Google, along with a chipmaker, a Hollywood studio and the guys who brought you Twitter.
Apple iPhone Sales Drive Record September Profit, Boosts Holiday Estimates
Apple Apple’s iPhone sales edged past most analysts’ expectations in its September quarter, thanks in part to strong initial response to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, while also projecting a happy holiday quarter ahead of Wall Street estimates.
Square Testing New Payroll Product as Ambition Grows
Square Payroll is the latest in a string of new paid products being rolled out by Jack Dorseys company that fall outside of its main payment processing business.
Debunking the Idea that Gamergate Isn’t About Sexism
The treatment of male and female critics of Gamergate speaks volumes about its aims.
Tech Celebs Join Esther Wojcicki as New Media Center Opens at Palo Alto High
Influential Paly High gets a new hub for its seven publications -- and a Woj check.
Code/red: Microsoft’s Wearable, Code Name Khronos
Plus Jony Ive says rival smartphones are ugly, Math 101 by James Cameron and Drunk J. Crew.
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Cluster management startup StackIQ brings in $6M
StackIQ, a startup that specializes in automating and managing big data clusters, has taken in a $6 million series B funding round. Grayhawk Capital, Keshif Ventures, DLA Piper and OurCrowd were…
Meet a water heater with Wi-Fi and a little bit of AI
Connecting your water heater might not be high on your list, but it consumes almost a fifth of the energy in the home, making it a good contender for a connected…
Apple Pay setup step-by-step: It’s unsurprisingly easy and fast
Apple Pay is now available in the U.S. and while the setup process is similar to Google Wallet, its a little bit faster and easier.
Apple Q4 earnings: A very strong quarter boosted by 39 million iPhones sold
Apple on Monday reported another record-breaking quarter, driven in part by iPhone 6 sales.
More cities call for control of their broadband destiny, as FCC looks at states’ power to ove(...)
Should cities have the right to determine their own internet policies? A new coalition from across the country has formed to argue for faster broadband speeds.
Smart remote app maker Peel surpasses 100 million registered users
Wondering why Alibaba recently invested $50 million into Peel, the company that makes TV remote control apps for phones and tablets? Heres a clue: Peel signed up its 100 millionth user…
Microsoft rolls out a private Azure appliance and big freaking cloud servers
Called the Cloud Platform System, the new appliance will run the same Azure APIs, services, hypervisor, and everything as the Azure public cloud and will be able to connect easily to…
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Apple iPad Sales Continue To Tank, Though The iPhone Is Doing Great
Apple needs a serious update to its iPad line more than ever. True, it announced a perfunctory set of upgrades last week (although that included the utterly minimalist refresh of its iPad mini). But in the wake
Developers Are Adopting Java 8 In Droves
Warning: serious programming geekery ahead.With the release of Java 8 back in March 2014, the developer community was primarily excited about two things. One was support for lambda expressions, also known as anonymous functions, which (in Cay Horstmanns
Facebook "Deeply Troubled" By Fake DEA Facebook Account
FacebookFacebook complained that the federal Drug Enforcement Agency committed a “serious breach of Facebook’s terms and policies” when it set up a fake Facebook account and impersonated a criminal suspect in order to communicate with other criminals,
Where You Can Check Out Apple Pay Today
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users that update to the new iOS 8.1 mobile software, released Monday, will be the first to check out Apple’s new Apple Pay mobile payments system.The 27 retailers listed on Apples site
Apple iOS 8.1 Is Here—But Should You Download It?
As promised, Apples latest mobile operating system, iOS 8.1, available for download. Eager iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users can grab the latest software on their devices by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update, or via iTunes on
Google's Gmail App Is Ready To Start Managing Your Other Email Accounts
Googles Gmail 5.0 app will finally provide Android users with one email management application that streamlines all their different accounts. According to a video obtained by Android Police, the Gmail app expected with Googles Android Lollipop mobile operating
What's Apple Going To Do With All Its Loose Ends?
Thank goodness Apple didnt announce more devices. It wouldve ruined everything. To judge by its two most recent public events, Apple has three big priorities right now: Its supersized iPhones, the forthcoming Apple Watch and Apple Pay, its
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iPad Spinners
Last March the iPad team asked me to design some custom loading screen spinners for the Basecamp app. None of these have made it into the app yet, but I thought it would be fun to share some of the
Admire someone? Write them an email, you might be surprised
Last week I attended the Digital PM Summit in Austin (Basecamp was a proud sponsor of the event!). There were a lot of great speakers, but the one I really wanted to see was Mike Monteiro. I’ve admired Mike’s work
How Basecamp helped the Golddiggers get our act together
My relay team goes by the name “Alaska Golddiggers,” because race officials frown on us calling ourselves the more accurate “Team Shitshow.”For a group of otherwise competent women, we’ve managed to screw up a lot during our annual participation in
Finding Apps: a Personal Experience
This morning I needed an app, but I had no idea where to start. I knew what the app should do, but did it exist? Here’s my story.The ProblemWe received this in the mail this morning. It’s a ticket warning
Extra Drawings
For the last ten months at Basecamp I have been the guy that draws stuff. After making occasional contributions at 37signals over the years, they tapped me as the guy to make hand drawn images for
The joy (and a good dose of pain) of my first few months at Basecamp
A few months ago I started at Basecamp. It’s my dream job. I get to work with the people I’ve dreamed of working with, on the product I dreamed of working on. It didn’t come easy though, it took me
PHOTO: Kathy Sierra’s Featuritis Curve helps…
Kathy Sierra’s Featuritis Curve helps focus the mind during feature discussions.
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Open Data for Open Lands
President Obama’s well publicized national open data policy (pdf) makes clear that government data is a valuable public resource for which the government should be making efforts to maximize access and use.  This policy was based on lessons from previous
Four short links: 20 October 2014
Fix Mac OS X — each time you start typing in Spotlight (to open an application or search for a file on your computer), your local search terms and location are sent to Apple and third parties (including Microsoft) under
Four short links: 17 February 2014
Time to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Everything (Gizmodo) — instructions for enabling 2fa on Google, Facebook, and other common consumer Internet services. (via BoingBoing)Project Naptha — automatically applies state-of-the-art computer vision algorithms on every image you see while browsing the
Use data or be data
Trina ChiassonArguments from all sides have surrounded the question of whether or not everyone should learn to code. Trina Chiasson, co-founder and CEO of Infoactive, says learning to code changed her life
Signals from Strata + Hadoop World New York 2014
Experts from across the data world are coming together in New York City this week for Strata + Hadoop World New York 2014. Below you’ll find keynotes, interviews, and insights from the event that we think are notable.Unusual data applications
What happens when fashion meets data: The O’Reilly Radar Podcast
Editor’s note: you can subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast through iTunes, SoundCloud, or directly through our podcast’s RSS feed.In this podcast episode, I talk with Liza Kindred, founder of Third Wave Fashion and author of the new free report
Measure your open source community's age to keep it healthy
To really grasp a free/open source software project, you need to know how the community that develops and supports it is evolving. Attracting lots of new members will be a reason
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The IoT Enters a 20 Year Prototyping Phase
The number of things plugging into the IoT realm are changing rapidly, not only in number but in scale and complexity. The IoT is part of an evolving consumer space determined largely by taste, style, and culture. One needs only
LinguaSys launching GlobalNLP API for natural language processing in the cloud
Human language technology company LinguaSys is this week launching an API offering that allows developers to use its GlobalNLP natural language processing software in the cloud.
Today in APIs: Facebook Doubles Bug Bounty for Advertising
Facebook ponies up even more for developers finding bugs. Apple squeezes out more performance with Metal. Plus: Stitch engineers win $1 million Salesforce hackathon, and tips on creating APIs from Netbeans creator.
Vodafone India Searches for Best API Use via appStar 2014
Vodafone India, Indias leading telecommunications service provider, has launched appStar 2014. appStar 2014 offers brands, e-tailers, app developers, and more the opportunity to show off API skills through app development that utilize Vodafones network
Today in APIs: PowerClerk Interconnect Reduces Solar Install Cost, Integrates Via API
Clean Power Research launches PowerClerk Interconnect to dramatically reduce software costs associated with solar power installs. Google has announced the launch of a new Tag Manager API. Plus: Tech Crunch and Makers Academy
Google Announces Improvements to Google Tag Manager Including New API
Google has just announced improvements to the Google Tag Manager tool which includes a new intuitive interface, more 3rd-party templates, and the new Google Tag Manager API. Google Tag Manager is a free
Google Launches Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK
Google today delivered an updated set of tools to Android app writers. It published the latest preview images of Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 tablets, as well
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