Tech’s “give back” moment

 We now exist an interesting interstitial moment, one defined by big corporations producing much of the innovation and some of the world’s richest companies – Apple, Amazon, Uber, Facebook – trying to solve big hairy problems. These are the problems that startups would have once solved but because they are so expensive – I’m talking about commercial VR,… Read More


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Cryptocurrencies have crashed 20% in two days

 The cryptocurrency correction may have started. After months of unprecedented appreciation, almost every digital currency is seeing double digit losses over the last 48 hours. While a quick glance at the chart above or at coinmarketcap.com shows how bad things have been, you can get a sense of where things are by looking at losses in the two largest currencies: Bitcoin is down 16.5% over the… Read More


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Kristoffer Lawson talks about a future where you zoom into work

 Kristoffer Lawson created one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while: Solu, the social computer. His tiny device uses a unique UI and UX to allow you to connect with friends and collaborate using an icon-based OS that lets you zoom in and out of work. Lawson and I spoke about the future of computing and how his ideas – and the ideas of other OS thinkers – will change the… Read More


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Beats brings adaptive noise canceling to its Studio 3 headphones

 Last year’s big Beats announcements revolved around the addition of the W1 chip, the first real collaborative addition to the hardware line since the company was picked up by Apple in 2014. The quick-syncing wireless chip is back for the newly announced Studio 3 over-ear headphones, but active noise canceling is the story the Beats is really looking to tell here. I had the opportunity… Read More


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At Pear demo day, a who’s who of VCs, and plenty of fresh ideas

 Pear, a popular seed-stage venture firm whose early bets include Guardant Health, Memebox, and Branch, hosted its fourth demo day in Woodside, Ca., last Thursday, and though it was a scorchingly hot afternoon at a largely outdoor venue, a veritable who’s who of VCs showed up: Bryan Schreier of Sequoia Capital was there. So was Brian O’Malley of Accel Partners, another frequent guest. Read More


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Jeff Bezos should totally buy a coffee startup

 The benefits of Amazon’s $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods more or less went live this week, with price cuts out the wazoo as well as a bunch of Amazon Echo devices available for sale in stores. With this massive move into grocery chains and the obvious branding play, as well as tangential benefits like suddenly getting access to hundreds of locations with fresh ingredients that… Read More


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Tim Cook says he stands behind the 250 Dreamers currently working for Apple

 Tim Cook was among the top tech leaders who sat down with Trump ahead of inauguration in hopes of helping shape the new president’s tech policy. But like many of those who held a glimmer of hope for some post-election softening of campaign rhetoric, Apple’s CEO has found more than a few reasons to push back. In the wake of the violence in Charlottesville last month that ended in… Read More


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Real news of fake reviews

 Goodhart’s Law, as phrased by Mary Strathern: “When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.” Honored more in the breach than the observance, alas. Our algorithmic world has turned so many measures into targets, and by doing so ruined them. Let’s talk about just one example: let’s talk about books. “#1 Bestseller!” That’s a mark… Read More


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Watch astronaut Peggy Whitson return to Earth after 288 days in space

 Record-setting astronaut Peggy Whitson is coming back from space as the cumulative record holder for longest time spent floating up among the stars and you can watch the live stream of her touching down to Earth tonight. The de-orbiting burn will start around 5 pm Pacific, with the landing taking place at 6:22 pm Pacific time (or Sunday at 7:22 am where she’ll land in Kazakhstan).… Read More


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