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  • YouTube is reportedly introducing your kids to conspiracy theories, too
    by Connie Loizos on March 17, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    In a recent appearance by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki at the South by Southwest Festival, she suggested that YouTube is countering the conspiracy-related videos that have been spreading like wildfire on the platform — including videos telling viewers that high school senior and Parkland, Fl. survivor David Hogg is an actor. Specifically, Wojcicki outlined YouTube’s plans

  • The Cambridge Analytica Debacle is not a Facebook “Data Breach.” Maybe It Should Be.
    by Jonathan Shieber on March 17, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Ido Kilovaty Contributor Ido Kilovaty is a Cyber Fellow at the Center for Global Legal Challenges and Resident Fellow at the Information Society Project, Yale Law School. More posts by this contributor If it talks like a government and acts like a government, it must be a tech giant On March 16, we learned that

  • Qualcomm’s war may be over, but the casualties are just starting to be calculated
    by Danny Crichton on March 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    The epic battle between Qualcomm and Broadcom seems to have reached its armistice, with President Trump using the power of CFIUS to block the transaction this past week, ending what would have been the largest tech M&A transaction of all time. It may be all quiet on the semiconductor front, but Qualcomm and Broadcom will

  • The rise of experiential commerce
    by Jonathan Shieber on March 17, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Sunny Dhillon Contributor Sunny Dhillon is a partner at Signia Venture Partners. More posts by this contributor Approaching e-commerce investments in the age of Amazon Mixed reality arcades are the next big market opportunity — but not for VCs “$43 million and the only thing you can buy in it is a coffee.” So said

  • VR, presence and the case of the missing killer app
    by David Riggs on March 17, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Compelling virtual reality shipped to developers and consumers nearly two years ago. The first flagship headsets arrived from Oculus and HTC back in the spring of 2016, offering enough resolution, frame rate, field of view, latency mitigation and position-tracking to produce believable visual immersion. But no one seems to know what to do with it.

  • Amid the greatest NCAA basketball upset ever, a Twitter hero emerges
    by Matthew Lynley on March 17, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Happy Saturday, everyone! While many things in the world are very bad today, if you were on the Internet last night, you probably caught wind of a pretty cool historic moment in college basketball: UMBC — University of Maryland, Baltimore County — knocked off the overall number one seed in the annual NCAA men’s basketball

  • Late-blooming startups can still thrive
    by Joanna Glasner on March 17, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Joanna Glasner Contributor More posts by this contributor Corporate bio VCs are backing more rounds and making bigger bets Front-door tech is hot, and it’s not just Amazon who wants in It seems like startup news is full of overnight success stories and sudden failures, like the scooter rental company that went from zero to

  • Trump campaign-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica reportedly collected info on 50M Facebook...
    by Matthew Lynley on March 17, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Facebook said on Thursday it had suspended a data analytics firm associated with the Trump campaign, but may have indeed greatly downplayed the scale of the data that firm actually had access to, according to a new report in The New York Times. Cambridge Analytica had worked with University of Cambridge psychology professor named Dr. Aleksandr Kogan,

  • Aerones makes really big drones for cleaning turbines and saving lives
    by Brian Heater on March 17, 2018 at 4:25 pm

    Enthusiasts will talk your ear off about the potential for drones to take over many of our dirtiest, dullest and most dangerous tasks. But most of the jobs we’ve actually seen drones perform are focused on the camera — from wildlife surveying to monitoring cracks on power plant smokestack. Aerones is working on something much

  • Tinder owner Match is suing Bumble over patents
    by Katie Roof on March 17, 2018 at 2:47 am

    Drama is heating up between the dating apps. Tinder, which is owned by Match Group, is suing rival Bumble, alleging patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. The suit alleges that Bumble “copied Tinder’s world-changing, card-swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise.” The lawsuit also accuses Tinder-turned-Bumble employees Chris Gulczynski and Sarah Mick of copying elements of the design.

  • Facebook suspends Cambridge Analytica, the data analysis firm that worked on the Trump campaign
    by Jonathan Shieber on March 17, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Facebook announced late Friday that it had suspended the account of Strategic Communication Laboratories, and its political data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica — which used Facebook data to target voters for President Donald Trump’s campaign in the 2016 election. In a statement released by Paul Grewal, the company’s vice president and deputy general counsel, Facebook

  • VR startup Upload shuts down its offices as funding from Palmer Luckey runs out
    by Lucas Matney on March 17, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Upload, the VR startup which was rocked by a sexual harassment suit exactly one year ago, is shutting down both its San Francisco office and its 20,000 sq. foot Los Angeles co-working space as it struggles to secure new funding, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. All of the company’s LA employees were laid off yesterday. The

  • Qualcomm’s former exec chair will exit after exploring an acquisition bid
    by Matthew Lynley on March 16, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    There’s a new twist in the BroadQualm saga this afternoon as Qualcomm has said it won’t renominate Paul Jacobs, the former executive chairman of the company, after he notified the board that he decided to explore the possibility of making a proposal to acquire Qualcomm. The last time we saw such a huge exploration to

  • Education quiz app Kahoot raises another $17M at a $100M valuation
    by Ingrid Lunden on March 16, 2018 at 10:29 pm

    When we wrote about gaming startup Kahoot passing significant milestones of 70 million users on 51 million educational quizzes in January, we mentioned that the Oslo, Norway-based startup was closing another round of funding. Now, that has come to pass: Kahoot has announced that it has raised $17 million, at a valuation that sources close to

  • Suspicious likes lead to researcher lighting up a 22,000-strong botnet on Twitter
    by Devin Coldewey on March 16, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Botnets are fascinating to me. Who creates them? What are they for? And why doesn't someone delete them? The answers are probably less interesting than I hope, but in the meantime I like to cheer when large populations of bots are exposed. That's what security outfit F-Secure's Andy Patel did this week after having his curiosity piqued by a handful of strange likes on Twitter.

  • Enterprise subscription services provider Zuora has filed for an IPO
    by Matthew Lynley on March 16, 2018 at 9:07 pm

    Zuora, which helps businesses handle subscription billing and forecasting, filed for an initial public offering this afternoon following on the heels of Dropbox’s filing earlier this month. Zuora’s IPO may signal that Dropbox going public, and seeing a price range that while under its previous valuation seems relatively reasonable, may open the door for coming

  • Zscaler soars 106% on first day of trading
    by Katie Roof on March 16, 2018 at 8:08 pm

    It was a big debut for enterprise cloud security company Zscaler, which saw its shares skyrocket 106% on its first day of trading. After pricing at $16, shares opened at $27.50, and closed at $34. This was also well above the original expected price range for its IPO of $10 to $12. The company ultimately raised

  • Tingles is an app devoted to ASMR videos
    by Brian Heater on March 16, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    The Tingles team has not done much in the way of promotion, but the app has already built a fairly sizable following in its community. That’s one of the nice things about a targeted product — it spreads fast. In the year since Slovenian co-founders Gasper Kolenc and Miha Mlakar launched, the service has focused

  • The Third Age of credit
    by David Riggs on March 16, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Society is beginning to wake up to a tremendous shift in one of the most fundamental underpinnings to how we live our lives: the credit system. Even though it’s not commonly known, credit infrastructure has existed about as long as civilization itself. In one way or another, credit systems have always formalized the one essential basis for relationships between people: trust.

  • FTC shuts down crypto Ponzi schemers
    by John Biggs on March 16, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    The FTC has announced that they’ve issued temporary restraining orders and frozen the assets of a team of three defendants who pitched investment advice as the Bitcoin Funding Team and My7Network. The FTC claims that the defendants “promised big rewards for a small payment of bitcoin or Litecoin.” From the report: According to the FTC,