Monthly Archives: September 2016

Fiction, Cultural Appropriation and the Lionel Shriver Fracas — Flavorwire

Lionel Shriver has made quite a splash in the literary world by donning a sombrero (to protest the perception of white people wearing sombreros as controversial) at an Australian literary festival and railing about cultural appropriation: “a larger climate of super-sensitivity, giving rise to proliferating prohibitions supposedly in the interest of social justice that constrain fiction writers and […]

via Fiction, Cultural Appropriation and the Lionel Shriver Fracas — Flavorwire

Are drones actually a sector or just another layer in the enterprise SaaS stack? — TechCrunch

The past few years have been exciting for drones; they’ve gained the attention of consumers, enterprises and governments. Their ability to shoot photography and capture data, and potentially violate privacy, has led to many opinions, regulations and oversight. As a result, we are increasingly asking ourselves if drones are actually a “sector” or are yet another layer in the Enterprise SaaS stack?

via Are drones actually a sector or just another layer in the enterprise SaaS stack? — TechCrunch

How virtual reality is transforming the sports industry — TechCrunch

After a failed stint in the 1990s, virtual reality made its reappearance last year with headsets such as Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift. But this time, it’s here to stay and, in less than a year, it’s already drawn attention and investment from venture capitalists and tech giants such as Facebook, and has made huge impact across a great many industries, including sports.

via How virtual reality is transforming the sports industry — TechCrunch

Don’t break regulation — get a policy strategy now, startups told — TechCrunch

The days of startups being able to hit the ignition and, Uber-like, accelerate away from the law are done. The regulation disruption party is over. That was the loud-and-clear message coming out of a panel discussion grappling with the intersection of red tape and entrepreneurship here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF.

via Don’t break regulation — get a policy strategy now, startups told — TechCrunch

Quick Take: EU Takes A Swipe At YouTube’s Safe Harbour — Music Industry Blog

The EU today announced a raft of reform proposals for copyright, encompassing news, video and of course music. Among the proposals is the recommendation that sites like YouTube that currently operate under safe harbour proposals would have to proactively scan their services for copyright infringing material. This is music to the ears of labels who […]

via Quick Take: EU Takes A Swipe At YouTube’s Safe Harbour — Music Industry Blog

Activists launch campaign asking President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden — TechCrunch

Activists and lawyers from a host of human rights organizations launched a campaign today asking President Obama to issue a pardon to whistleblower Edward Snowden before Obama leaves office in January. The coalition includes the American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and other groups. Snowden is charged with espionage for leaking internal National […]

via Activists launch campaign asking President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden — TechCrunch

Houzz now uses deep learning to help you find and buy products in its photos — TechCrunch

Thanks to its vast repository of beautiful photos, home remodeling platform Houzz can easily give you a major case of home envy. But if you want to bring your home up to the standard of those homes, Houzz has long allowed you to buy products you see in those photos. Now the company is making […]

via Houzz now uses deep learning to help you find and buy products in its photos — TechCrunch

Giftbit lets retailers create their own e-commerce currency — TechCrunch

Giftbit, a company that operates a digital gift card marketplace for online retailers, is launching a new product today at TechCrunch Disrupt SF that will enable merchants to easily create their own custom currency — meaning gift cards, promo codes and refund credits — without having to build their own, internal systems. Available as an […]

via Giftbit lets retailers create their own e-commerce currency — TechCrunch

Sqreen’s security shield automagically blocks attacks on your web app — TechCrunch

French startup Sqreen protects your web apps and services with little effort from your side. If you don’t want to deal with security yourself, Sqreen is a software-as-a-service product that automatically watches for attacks and protects your server in real time. The company is participating in the Battlefield at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. If you already have […]

via Sqreen’s security shield automagically blocks attacks on your web app — TechCrunch

Reuters is the latest large news agency to embrace content automation — TechCrunch

Reuters is the latest major news agency to embrace content automation. Reuters isn’t replacing human reporters and editors with software and self-flying cameras quite yet. But the news organization has struck partnerships with Graphiq Inc. and Wibbitz Ltd., to automate the creation of simple graphics and video clips, respectively, to run alongside relevant, human-reported Reuters […]

via Reuters is the latest large news agency to embrace content automation — TechCrunch

Evernote is moving all its data, machine learning tech to Google Cloud Platform — TechCrunch

Evernote — the popular note taking and productivity startup with 200 million users — has built its reputation around an app that lets you record and track all your life’s details hold them there, for life. Today, the company is shifting gears on the question of how it will keep hold of and track that information: Evernote is migrating all of […]

via Evernote is moving all its data, machine learning tech to Google Cloud Platform — TechCrunch

Rex Animal Health is using genomics to keep livestock healthy — TechCrunch

A startup called Rex Animal Health wants to protect livestock from illnesses that can quickly turn into epidemics, and help farmers breed animals with the healthiest and most attractive traits. Today at Disrupt SF, Rex unveiled technology to help veterinarians provide clinical support at the point on the farm, and predict the genetic causes of […]

via Rex Animal Health is using genomics to keep livestock healthy — TechCrunch

Breinify tells online retailers what customers want to buy at a specific point in time — TechCrunch

Think of the last time you shopped online. You probably navigated to a home page that featured a dozen or so items, only one or two of which you may have actually been interested in. And while retailers try to use things like purchase history to predict what you want to buy, we all know […]

via Breinify tells online retailers what customers want to buy at a specific point in time — TechCrunch

UnifyID wants to bury the password once and for all — TechCrunch

The old-fashioned password gets little respect from hackers these days. In fact, it’s barely a speed bump for them to get past. The hacker can find your password or even the answers to your “security” questions for sale on the internet black market. UnifyID, a participant in this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield competition, sees a system that’s hopelessly broken — and they think they have a way to fix it.

via UnifyID wants to bury the password once and for all — TechCrunch

Facebook employees say deleting ‘napalm girl’ photo was a mistake — TechCrunch

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said today that the company faced “difficult decisions” when it deleted a post by a Norwegian journalist containing an iconic photograph of a girl fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam War. Sandberg expressed regret at her company’s decision to repeatedly delete the photograph and said Facebook would do better at […]

via Facebook employees say deleting ‘napalm girl’ photo was a mistake — TechCrunch

Solange Knowles Writes About Being Black in White Spaces After Harassment at Kraftwerk Concert — Flavorwire

Solange Knowles took her family to a Kraftwek concert last Friday and experienced some harassment and unpleasantness from white women sitting behind them, so she wrote about it — first on Twitter, then in an essay/letter on Saint Heron. In the piece, (written in second person) she connects this story to so many other micro and […]

via Solange Knowles Writes About Being Black in White Spaces After Harassment at Kraftwerk Concert — Flavorwire

Redpoint VC Tom Tunguz on what makes the most data-driven companies so effective? — TechCrunch

[tc_contributor_byline slug=”harry-stebbings”] Over the next 10 years, startups ability to operationalize their data will be the key determinant to their ultimate success. So what are the most data driven companies doing today to operationalise their data. In our latest interview with Tom Tunguz, Partner at Redpoint, we discuss how the likes of Uber and AirBnB, […]

via Redpoint VC Tom Tunguz on what makes the most data-driven companies so effective? — TechCrunch

US buyers gorge on startups while Europeans nibble — TechCrunch

[tc_contributor_byline slug=”joanna-glasner”] [tc_contributor_byline slug=”alberto-onetti”] U.S. companies have a massively greater appetite for startups than their European counterparts. Over the past five years, U.S. companies have purchased about four times as many startups as European acquirers, according to a new report from CrunchBase and entrepreneurship foundation Mind the Bridge. The study looked at about 6,000 acquisitions by […]

via US buyers gorge on startups while Europeans nibble — TechCrunch

‘For the Love of Spock’ pays tribute to Star Trek’s logical heart — TechCrunch

No one person can take sole credit for Star Trek’s success, not even creator Gene Roddenberry. But Leonard Nimoy could make a pretty strong claim to being the franchise’s heart, or at least its face to the outside world, having portrayed Trek’s most iconic character on the original show, plus the animated series and six feature films. […]

via ‘For the Love of Spock’ pays tribute to Star Trek’s logical heart — TechCrunch

Mapsquito is a game built by teenagers to fight malaria — TechCrunch

Malaria is treatable and preventable. And yet, the World Health Organization reports that almost half the world’s population — 3.2 billion people — are still at risk of contracting the life-threatening disease. At the Disrupt SF Hackathon, a group of teenage girls is gamifying malaria prevention to help halt the spread of the disease. They’re Aruna Prasad, 16, […]

via Mapsquito is a game built by teenagers to fight malaria — TechCrunch

Oracle launches a chatbot development platform — VentureBeat

At the Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco today, Larry Ellison, Oracle’s former chief executive and current chief technology officer, showed off a new platform for building and running chatbots. Not surprisingly, Oracle is positioning its chatbot platform as a simple interface for enterprise applications. But the chatbots made with it can work in modern…

via Oracle launches a chatbot development platform — VentureBeat

How virtual reality can change the future of user-generated content — VentureBeat

Virtual reality and user-generated content aren’t just buzzwords. They could be the future of the gaming industry, and they could compliment each other. At our GamesBeat 2016 conference, we talked with Dave Baszucki, the chief executive officer of Roblox, and Todd Hooper, the chief executive officer and founder of Vreal. Roblox is a user-generated content…

via How virtual reality can change the future of user-generated content — VentureBeat

U.S. tech firms urge Congress to cede internet domain control to global community — VentureBeat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Major technology companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter are urging Congress to support a plan for the U.S. government to cede control of the internet’s technical management to the global community, they said in a joint letter dated on Tuesday. The U.S. Commerce Department has primary oversight of the internet’s management, largely…

via U.S. tech firms urge Congress to cede internet domain control to global community — VentureBeat

People Power uses your old smartphones for 360-degree security cameras — VentureBeat

People Power is announcing today a security camera robot, dubbed Presence 360, that uses your unused smartphones for 360-degree surveillance. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company wants to make use of your spare iOS or Android smartphones to reveal blinds spots in home security and care applications. It puts your old smartphone in a security camera…

via People Power uses your old smartphones for 360-degree security cameras — VentureBeat

Cato Networks raises $30 million for its network security as a service platform — VentureBeat

Cato Networks, a cybersecurity startup that offers organizations a cloud-based network security platform, has raised $30 million in a Series B round led by Greylock Partners, with participation from Singtel Innov8, U.S. Venture Partners (USVP), Aspect Ventures, and the company’s own founders, Shlomo Kramer and Gur Shatz. Founded out of Tel Aviv in 2015, Cato…

via Cato Networks raises $30 million for its network security as a service platform — VentureBeat

Optimove raises $20 million for mobile marketing retention campaigns — VentureBeat

Mobile marketing retention company Optimove has raised $20 million to help businesses keep the customers they already have by targeting them with special messages. The company raised the money from Israel Growth Partners, a private equity investment firm that focuses on late-stage investments. It is the first funding round for the eight-year-old Optimove, after three years…

via Optimove raises $20 million for mobile marketing retention campaigns — VentureBeat

NY attorney general: Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro, and more violated online children’s protection act — VentureBeat

My Little Pony’s motto is “friendship is magic.” In the real world, however, that motto translates to something like “private user data is money.” Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro, and JumpStart — all companies that specialize in children’s toys and entertainment — have agreed to pay penalties relating to their violation of the privacy rights of minors,…

via NY attorney general: Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro, and more violated online children’s protection act — VentureBeat

3 tips for marketers on building your first chatbot — VentureBeat

GUEST: Chatbots have received a lot of hype recently, which is well deserved. There are numerous examples that begin to demonstrate the exciting potential of this technology. Already we’ve seen Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton chatbots capable of informing voters on the presidential candidates’ stances on various issues in a creative way. Another personal favorite…

via 3 tips for marketers on building your first chatbot — VentureBeat

The power of social: How Playboy uses social to fuel its omnichannel presence (VB Live) — VentureBeat

VB LIVE: While social media is table stakes today, measuring its success, especially its impact on other channels, is another thing entirely. Join Playboy’s Chief Digital Officer and CRO to understand how they’ve reinvented the iconic men’s magazine for the social age — and are crushing it to propel digital, mobile, advertising, and licensing. Register for…

via The power of social: How Playboy uses social to fuel its omnichannel presence (VB Live) — VentureBeat

Bill Gates joins $14 million round for Renmatix’s sugar-based alternative fuel — VentureBeat

Alternative energy startup Renmatix has raised $14 million from Bill Gates and global energy firm Total to make fuel from non-food organic sugars. Total has agreed to use Renmatix’s Plantrose process to create biorefineries that can make up to 1 million tons of cellulosic sugar for alternatives to fossil fuel. “We’ve worked eight years to…

via Bill Gates joins $14 million round for Renmatix’s sugar-based alternative fuel — VentureBeat

PayPal’s One Touch platform used by 36 million consumers and 5 million merchants — VentureBeat

Seventeen years ago, PayPal was founded as a way for people to transact on the internet. Since then, the payment processing company has expanded its thinking to explore how it can expand its impact, not only on the web, but also on mobile. And with numerous options for people to pay, PayPal wants to be perceived as…

via PayPal’s One Touch platform used by 36 million consumers and 5 million merchants — VentureBeat

Mode Media, once a $1 billion valued company, shuts down abruptly — VentureBeat

Mode Media, a Silicon Valley-based company that raised at least $186 million to build a new age media giant, has abruptly shut down, according to a source close to the matter. The WSJ first published a piece about the closure this evening. We’ve confirmed that the U.S team met at 11 a.m. this morning and has decided…

via Mode Media, once a $1 billion valued company, shuts down abruptly — VentureBeat

How Razer’s startup fund will serve its mission to reach all gamers — VentureBeat

Razer is for gamers, by gamers. The maker of gaming hardware is all about providing products for hardcore gamers, and it believes that the larger mainstream public will like those products as well. It’s just like Apple targeted creative professionals in its early years, and then grew into serving everyone, said Min-Liang Tan, CEO of…

via How Razer’s startup fund will serve its mission to reach all gamers — VentureBeat

5 ways bots will change commerce for the better — VentureBeat

GUEST: There’s been a lot of talk about chatbots in the past year. These mini-apps live within messaging services, mimicking human conversation and letting customers order a pizza or book a hotel effortlessly. They have the potential to improve the way we browse, buy, and communicate with brands. However, the technology is in its infancy, and companies…

via 5 ways bots will change commerce for the better — VentureBeat

Growth stage funding picks up in Europe — VentureBeat

GUEST: Growth stage or growth equity tech investing is on the rise in Europe. According to Invest Europe, growth investments rose 11% year-on-year in 2015 to reach €6.5 billion ($7.3 billion), reflecting the increasing number of European companies leaving their startup years behind them to embark on the next stage of their life cycle. But…

via Growth stage funding picks up in Europe — VentureBeat

VR/AR’s biggest obstacle: Lack of content — VentureBeat

What was once nothing more than a pipe dream for science fiction enthusiasts is now a commercially released product, as virtual reality devices are readily available on the shelves of your local Best Buy. But it’s facing a new set of challenges as it strives for greater success in this highly competitive marketplace. A new survey,…

via VR/AR’s biggest obstacle: Lack of content — VentureBeat

Time for tech to start busting America’s two-party system — VentureBeat

GUEST: How is it that the big, bad Valley – 48 miles worth of growling, industry-eviscerating talent, ambition, and money – has become a compliant lap dog for the anti-competitive overlords of the most astonishingly broken consumer market in American society today: politics? In announcing his $20 million donation to Democratic party organizations last week,…

via Time for tech to start busting America’s two-party system — VentureBeat

How data automation is driving lucrative partnerships with traditional financial institutions (VB Live) — VentureBeat

VB LIVE: Traditional banks have left a huge gap for fintech innovation. But innovations in data aggregation have actually transformed the landscape for everyone. Our latest VB Live event uncovers the secret to leveraging the opportunities data is unlocking for both sides of the field. Register here for free. When it comes to the latest…

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