Monthly Archives: December 2016

A strange tale of Central European startups, angry investors, and secret NDAs — TechCrunch

Last month a strange story appeared in the Polish press. It was about an American consultant living in Denver who had been “preying” on Polish startups, promising them investor contacts and customers in America. The story started breathlessly enough. Here it is in translation: The “American Dream” is something that grips the imagination of almost…

via A strange tale of Central European startups, angry investors, and secret NDAs — TechCrunch

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The U.S. Navy is using drone boat swarms to keep harbors safe — TechCrunch

The U.S. Navy is testing a team of drone boats to protect harbors here and abroad. The boats, which are basically autonomous versions of the Rigid Hull Inflatable, are connected to a AI routing system called CARACaS. In original 2014 tests the boats worked separately to protect ships in a harbor and the new routing…

via The U.S. Navy is using drone boat swarms to keep harbors safe — TechCrunch

When Celebrity Deaths are More Important than our own Darth Vader, America Needs the Force — Fieldwork in Stilettos

Okay Facebook, let’s calm down for a moment and take stock: yes, Carrie Fisher died this week. As did George Michael, bringing the tally of this year’s celebrity deaths to seemingly epic proportions. But seriously, is this the reason to decry 2016? I liked Carrie Fischer as much as the next person—maybe even a bit […]

via When Celebrity Deaths are More Important than our own Darth Vader, America Needs the Force — Fieldwork in Stilettos

Game developer Brianna Wu plans to run for Congress in 2018 — VentureBeat

Brianna Wu, a game developer who stood up for women facing harassment in the game industry, has decided to run for the U.S. House of Representatives. She hasn’t officially announced she will run yet, but she posted the picture below on her Facebook page earlier today. And she confirmed via email that she is serious. Wu,…

via Game developer Brianna Wu plans to run for Congress in 2018 — VentureBeat

EU court rejects data retention law, throwing cold water on UK’s ‘Snooper’s Charter’ — TechCrunch

The highest court in Europe today ruled that “general and indiscriminate” data retention directives contravene European Union law — dealing a significant blow to governments and organizations who have been pushing for stronger surveillance and data collection, and giving a boost to privacy advocates in the process. More specifically, European Court of Justice threw… Read More

via EU court rejects data retention law, throwing cold water on UK’s ‘Snooper’s Charter’ — TechCrunch

Backtrace, a debugging startup led by former AppNexus engineers, raises $5M — TechCrunch

Debugging startup Backtrace I/O was launched to solve a real problem that its founders faced when they were engineers at adtech company AppNexus — at least according to Backtrace CEO and co-founder Abel Mathew. Mathew told me Backtrace aims to “solve the process of debugging,” something that most companies tackle by “cobbling together very old,…

via Backtrace, a debugging startup led by former AppNexus engineers, raises $5M — TechCrunch

Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy — VentureBeat

(Reuters) — Yahoo Inc’s secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings. The order on Yahoo from the secret Foreign Intelligence…

via Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy — VentureBeat

Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy — VentureBeat

(Reuters) — Yahoo Inc’s secret scanning of customer emails at the behest of a U.S. spy agency is part of a growing push by officials to loosen constitutional protections Americans have against arbitrary governmental searches, according to legal documents and people briefed on closed court hearings. The order on Yahoo from the secret Foreign Intelligence…

via Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy — VentureBeat

Why we should expect more ransomware attacks in 2017 — VentureBeat

Making cybersecurity predictions about the year ahead is generally an exercise in pessimism. Intrusions will continue, yes. Hacks ain’t going anywhere, for sure. More secrets will leak, no doubt. Just ask the Democratic National Committee, the National Security Agency, Yahoo, or any of the other unnamed organizations that quietly handled their own security “incidents” this…

via Why we should expect more ransomware attacks in 2017 — VentureBeat

U.S. asks foreign travelers to voluntarily disclose social media profiles — VentureBeat

Starting this week, the federal government began asking some travelers to the U.S. to supply details about their social media accounts. As you can see below, Uncle Sam now wants visitors to disclose their presence on popular services like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in what appears to be a long shot attempt to screen for…

via U.S. asks foreign travelers to voluntarily disclose social media profiles — VentureBeat

Singaporean blogger detained by U.S. immigration officials — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – A Singaporean blogger who has stirred controversy in his home country is being detained by U.S. immigration officials, the Department of Homeland Security said on Friday. Amos Yee, 18, who was jailed earlier this year in the Southeast Asian city-state, was stopped by customs agents at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Dec. 16…

via Singaporean blogger detained by U.S. immigration officials — VentureBeat

Stanford students are using lean startup principles to help fight ISIS — VentureBeat

The ISIS beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The radicalization of San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. The Orlando nightclub massacre. Social media, encrypted messages, or online propaganda from ISIS played a role in these horrific events and countless others like them. Yet Silicon Valley’s approach to combatting ISIS might be compared to a game…

via Stanford students are using lean startup principles to help fight ISIS — VentureBeat

Stanford students are using lean startup principles to help fight ISIS — VentureBeat

The ISIS beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. The radicalization of San Bernardino shooters Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik. The Orlando nightclub massacre. Social media, encrypted messages, or online propaganda from ISIS played a role in these horrific events and countless others like them. Yet Silicon Valley’s approach to combatting ISIS might be compared to a game…

via Stanford students are using lean startup principles to help fight ISIS — VentureBeat

Another Native-led pipeline battle bubbles up in New Jersey. — Grist

The Ramapough Lunaape Nation has spurred the charge against the proposed 178-mile Pilgrim pipeline, which would transport Bakken crude oil from Albany, New York, to New Jersey’s Linden Harbor. The pipeline would cut through forests and a critical drinking water reservoir. Last week, the town of Mahwah, New Jersey, issued summonses against the Ramapough Lunaape for establishing a…

via Another Native-led pipeline battle bubbles up in New Jersey. — Grist

CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – The CIA has concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 election to help President-elect Donald Trump win the White House, and not just to undermine confidence in the U.S. electoral system, the Washington Post reported on Friday. Citing U.S. officials briefed on the matter, the Post said intelligence agencies had identified individuals with…

via CIA says Russia intervened to help Trump win White House — VentureBeat

Before you invest in a blockchain startup, read this — VentureBeat

GUEST: Blockchain startups are disrupting the VC and fundraising landscape with initial coin offerings (ICOs), a new form of investment that allows blockchain-based projects to raise funds by selling cryptocoins to early investors. As VentureBeat recently covered, this type of fundraise is booming at the moment. ICOs are considered easy money — they’ve raised hundreds…

via Before you invest in a blockchain startup, read this — VentureBeat

Chatbots are the next big cybercrime target — VentureBeat

GUEST: Chatbots are all the rage these days. And it’s no surprise, as they offer a method of frictionless, natural conversation between a brand and its customers, as well as the ability to improve the customer service experience without the need to augment expensive department staff. At this point in time, while the “chat” part…

via Chatbots are the next big cybercrime target — VentureBeat

Here’s how cyber attacks get worse in 2017 — VentureBeat

GUEST: It was speculated 2016 would see even more cybersecurity activity than 2015, and it did not disappoint. Consider the $81 million stolen from Bangladesh Bank, the 500 million accounts swiped from Yahoo, or the 19,000 emails leaked from Democratic Party officials in the run-up to the election. Not to mention the IoT-powered botnets launching…

via Here’s how cyber attacks get worse in 2017 — VentureBeat

U.K. tech leaders propose post-Brexit plan to attract entrepreneurs, workers, and investors — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – London’s standing as Europe’s leading destination for tech start-ups is at risk if the British government does not clarify how it plans to keep the best technical talent, entrepreneurs and investors have warned. In an open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May, nine leading UK-based technology entrepreneurs and investors, including Skype co-founder Niklas…

via U.K. tech leaders propose post-Brexit plan to attract entrepreneurs, workers, and investors — VentureBeat

Case revived over Zynga leaders allegedly using inside information to dump stock in 2012 — VentureBeat

(Reuters) – The Delaware Supreme Court revived a lawsuit against Zynga’s controlling shareholder, Mark Pincus, and fellow board members for allegedly allowing leaders of the social gaming company to act on inside information and dump stock before it crashed in 2012. Delaware’s high court ruled that the Court of Chancery erred when it dismissed the lawsuit…

via Case revived over Zynga leaders allegedly using inside information to dump stock in 2012 — VentureBeat