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  • Voodoo Games thrives by upending conventional product design
    Will Robbins Contributor Share on Twitter Will Robbins is an early-stage investor at Contrary. More posts by this contributor Venture investing in elder tech Voodoo Games is one of the most interesting startups alive today. In mid-2018, it had 150 million MAUs and raised $200 million from Goldman Sachs, yet… Read more »
  • Facebook asks for a moat of regulations it already meets
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    It’s suspiciously convenient that Facebook already fulfills most of the regulatory requirements it’s asking governments to lay on the rest of the tech industry. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Brussels lobbying the European Union’s regulators as they form new laws to govern artificial intelligence, content moderation and more. But… Read more »
  • GGV Capital says mom-and-pop shops can boost e-commerce in emerging markets
    Despite the rapid growth of e-commerce in India, Southeast Asia and other emerging markets, the vast majority of retail transactions there still happen offline in small stores that also serve as neighborhood hubs. The central role these stores play in their communities led GGV Capital to develop what the firm… Read more »
  • The Station: Lucid Motors spy shot and the birth of an AV startup
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    The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every Saturday in your inbox. Hello again — or perhaps for the first time. This is Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch and your host here… Read more »
  • So much for pessimism
    After WeWork exploded there was — at least supposedly — a change in sentiment among investors and founders alike. Gone were the days of easy nine-figure rounds, expensive growth, negative unit economics and the rest of the excess that Startupland has enjoyed over the past half-decade. Inside this purported sentiment… Read more »
  • Apple will miss revenue forecast as coronavirus impacts its manufacturing and sales
    Today Apple announced that its prior financial forecast, provided during its January earnings cycle, is no longer valid. In a letter to investors today, the technology giant said that it “do[es] not expect to meet the revenue guidance we provided for the March quarter” due to impacts stemming from the… Read more »
  • Rippling starts billboard battle with Gusto
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    Remember when Zenefits imploded, and kicked out CEO Parker Conrad. Well, Conrad launched a new employee onboarding startup called Rippling, and now he’s going after another HR company called Gusto with a new billboard, “Outgrowing Gusto? Presto change-o.” The problem is, Gusto got it taken down by issuing a cease… Read more »
  • How TikTok decides who to make famous
    Hannah Donovan Contributor Share on Twitter Hannah Donovan is the founder and CEO of TRASH. More posts by this contributor Leveraging TikTok for growth Geneviève Patterson Contributor Share on Twitter Dr. Geneviève Patterson is co-founder and CSTO of TRASH. More posts by this contributor Leveraging TikTok for growth Part 2:… Read more »
  • Leveraging TikTok for growth
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    Geneviève Patterson Contributor Share on Twitter Dr. Geneviève Patterson is co-founder and CSTO of TRASH. More posts by this contributor Leveraging TikTok for growth Hannah Donovan Contributor Share on Twitter Hannah Donovan is the founder and CEO of TRASH. More posts by this contributor Leveraging TikTok for growth Once you… Read more »
  • Max Q: SpaceX gets ready for first human flight
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    Max Q is a new weekly newsletter all about space. Sign up here to receive it weekly on Sundays in your inbox. This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news — kicked off by the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to… Read more »
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  • New Email-Based Extortion Scheme Targets Website Owners Serving Ads Via Google AdSense
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    Brian Krebs sheds light upon a new email-based extortion scheme targeting website owners serving banner ads through Google's AdSense program. "In this scam, the fraudsters demand bitcoin in exchange for a promise not to flood the publisher's ads with so much bot and junk traffic that Google's automated anti-fraud systems… Read more »
  • The Countdown To Bitcoin Halving 2020 Begins
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    Ali Raza from InsideBitcoins discusses the expected Bitcoin Halving in May 2020, and the impact it will have on the market valuation. From the report: The next Bitcoin Halving will take place on May 20th 2020. It will be the third time, that the block reward of the most known… Read more »
  • Samsung's 'Ultra Thin Glass' On Galaxy Z Flip Is Basically Just Plastic
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    An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: YouTuber JerryRigEverything regularly does destructive durability tests on phones, partly by attacking a device with a set of Mohs picks. These pointy metal tools that are calibrated to the Mohs scale of mineral hardness allow a user to determine the hardness… Read more »
  • Google Confirms It Again Removed Alleged Spying Tool ToTok From Google Play
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    Google has confirmed that the popular messaging app ToTok, which is actually a spying tool used by the United Arab Emirates to track the activities of those who download it, has again been removed from the Play Store. But this time they declined to comment as to why. TechCrunch reports:… Read more »
  • FDA Clears 'World's First' Portable, Low-Cost MRI Following Positive Clinical Research
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    Magnetic resonance imaging is no longer confined to radiology departments. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced this month that it has provided clearance to the "world's first" bedside MRI system, according to an announcement. From a report: Hyperfine said it will begin shipping its portable, low-field modalities this summer.… Read more »
  • Bug In WordPress Plugin Can Let Hackers Wipe Up To 200,000 Sites
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    An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: WordPress site owners who use commercial themes provided by ThemeGrill are advised to update one of the plugins that come installed with these themes in order to patch a critical bug that can let attackers wipe their sites. The vulnerability resides in… Read more »
  • Apple Says It Does Not Expect To Meet the Revenue Guidance For the March Quarter Because of the Coronavirus Outbreak
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    Apple said on Monday that it does not expect to meet the revenue guidance for the March quarter. In a press release, the company added: As the public health response to COVID-19 continues, our thoughts remain with the communities and individuals most deeply affected by the disease, and with those… Read more »
  • Twitter Locks WikiLeaks Official Account With 5.4 Million Followers, Days Before Julian Assange's Extradition Hearing
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    Days before Julian Assange's extradition hearings are set to continue, WikiLeaks' journalist Kristin Hrafnsson reports that the official WikiLeaks twitter account has been locked. "All attempts to get it reopened via regular channels have been unsuccessful," writes Hrafnsson in a tweet. "It has been impossible to reach a human at… Read more »
  • Did the Early Internet Activists Blow It?
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    Mike Godwin, the first staff counsel of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, writes in a column: Another thing we clearly got wrong is how large platforms would rise to dominate their markets -- even though they never received the kind of bespoke regulated-monopoly partnership with governments that, generations before, the telephone… Read more »
  • Microsoft Shares Roadmap For New Microsoft Edge
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    Microsoft has published a roadmap for the new Microsoft Edge. The roadmap includes features that are currently planned, in discussion, under review, and not planned. It gives an insight into the new Microsoft Edge's development because you can see where Microsoft is trying to take the browser. From a report:… Read more »
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  • New Cryptography Method Promising Perfect Secrecy Is Met With Skepticism
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    In the ongoing race to make and break digital codes, the idea of perfect secrecy has long hovered on the horizon like a mirage. A recent research paper has attracted both interest and skepticism for describing how to achieve perfect secrecy in communications by using specially-patterned silicon chips to generate one-time keys that… Read more »
  • Personal Virtual Networks Could Give Everyone More Control Over Their Data
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    To keep us connected, our smartphones constantly switch between networks. They jump from cellular networks to public Wi-Fi networks in cafes, to corporate or university Wi-Fi networks at work, and to our own Wi-Fi networks at home. But we rarely have any input into the security and privacy settings of the… Read more »
  • Boeing Sponsors $1 Million GoFly Prize for Best Personal Flying Machines
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    What would it take to be as free as a bird—flying above the treetops with the wind in your face and the world far beneath your feet? For Mariah Cain and Jeff Elkins, the team behind DragonAir Aviation of Panama City Beach, Fla., the answer is a personal flying machine… Read more »
  • What North Korea Really Wants From Its Blockchain Conference
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    A blockchain conference slated to take place next week in Pyongyang, North Korea, now seems unlikely to go forward as law enforcement agencies in the United States and regulators at the United Nations send a clear message that the transfer of cryptocurrency and blockchain expertise to the DPRK will not go unpunished. The… Read more »
  • Low-Power AI Startup Eta Compute Delivers First Commercial Chips
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    When Eta Compute began, it was among the few adherents of spiking neural networks (SNNs) as the low-power path to AI for small and battery-power-constrained sensors and gadgets. But even as the startup was showing off its successes at this, it was realizing SNNs were not ready for prime time.… Read more »
  • Algorithm Groups People More Fairly to Reduce AI Bias
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    Say you work at a big company and you’re hiring for a new position. You receive thousands of resumes. To make a first pass, you may turn to artificial intelligence. A common AI task is called clustering, in which an algorithm sorts through a set of items (or people) and… Read more »
  • Toshiba’s Optimization Algorithm Sets Speed Record for Solving Combinatorial Problems
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    Toshiba has come up with a new way of solving combinatorial optimization problems. A classic example of such problems is the traveling salesman dilemma, in which a salesman must find the shortest route between many cities. Such problems are found aplenty in science, engineering, and business. For instance, how should a utility select the optimal route… Read more »
  • A Radio Frequency Exposure Test Finds an iPhone 11 Pro Exceeds the FCC's Limit
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    A test by Penumbra Brands to measure how much radiofrequency energy an iPhone 11 Pro gives off found that the phone emits more than twice the amount allowable by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. The FCC measures exposure to RF energy as the amount of wireless power a person absorbs for each kilogram… Read more »
  • Here's How This Metasurface Lens Could Improve Imaging
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    Processing images to allow self-driving cars to see where they’re going could get easier thanks to a specially sculpted lens that does the work of a computer. Dutch and American researchers say they can use a metasurface to passively detect the edges of objects in video. Computers can perform such edge… Read more »
  • Large-Area MicroLED Display Startup Makes Gallium-Nitride Transistors Too
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    MicroLEDs appear to be, forgive the pun, the bright future of displays. Made of micrometer-scale gallium-nitride LEDs, the technology offers an unmatchable ratio of brightness to power consumption. The problem is that the most easily manufacturable ones are so small they’re suitable only for augmented reality and similar applications. Making… Read more »
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