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Friday
Jul222016

Download the Chffr app for free to help self-driving cars learn

[Link] : This is the currently the cheapest way to get invested in the autonomous driving movement.<p>Self-driving cars are undoubtedly part of the future of owning an automobile, and George Hotz's company Comma.ai is making it easier than ever to get involved.<p>Hotz's Chffr app (available only to Android users …
Friday
Jul222016

Facebook's solar-powered drone makes first full test flight

[Link] : Mark Zuckerberg is having his Wright Brothers moment.<p>Facebook's solar-powered, internet-beaming plane Aquila is finally ready for takeoff after two years of engineering and scale model flights. As the company reports today, a full-scale version of Aquila made its first official flight on June 28th, …
Friday
Jul222016

F.C.C. Backs Swedish Company to Run American Phone Routing System

[NyTimes] : "WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission has decided to make a European-owned company the clearinghouse for routing billions of cellphone calls and text messages across the United States, despite claims by critics that the plan poses national security risks, officials said on Thursday.<p>The …"

Thursday
Jul212016

Master Plan, Part Deux

[Link] : The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion. It wasn't all that complicated and basically consisted …
Wednesday
Jul202016

North Korea's Naenara Web Browser: It's Weirder Than We Thought

[Link] : They use the same tracking system Google uses to create unique keys, except they built their own. That means the microtime of installation is sent to …
Wednesday
Jul202016

Dollar Shave Club and The Disruption of Everything

[Link] : Probably the most important fact when it comes to analyzing Unilever’s purchase of Dollar Shave Club is the $1 billion price: in the world of …
Wednesday
Jul202016

Leslie Jones, Star of ‘Ghostbusters,’ Becomes a Target of Online Trolls

[NyTimes] : "Leslie Jones, one of the most visible and accessible stars in the all-female remake of the “Ghostbusters” movie, said that she would leave Twitter after becoming the target of online trolls who sent her a stream of pornography, racist speech and hateful memes.<p>Ms. Jones, who is black, and her white …"

Monday
Jul182016

SoftBank Group Nears Deal to Buy ARM Holdings

[NyTimes] : "SoftBank Group Corporation is nearing a deal to acquire ARM Holdings, the British semiconductor company, two people briefed on the matter said.<p>While the negotiations are not yet final, said the people, who asked not to be named because they were discussing private information, the deal could be the …"

Monday
Jul182016

Daniel S. Glaser: The Challenge of Keeping It Simple

[NyTimes] : "<i>This interview with Daniel S. Glaser, C.E.O. of the Marsh & McLennan Companies, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.</i><p><b>Q. Tell me about your early years.</b><p><b>A.</b> I grew up on Long Island, one of four children. My parents divorced when I was about 10, and they had very different approaches with us.<p>My …"

Monday
Jul182016

Artificial Intelligence Swarms Silicon Valley on Wings and Wheels

[NyTimes] : "SUNNYVALE, Calif. — For more than a decade, Silicon Valley's technology investors and entrepreneurs obsessed over social media and mobile apps that helped people do things like find new friends, fetch a ride home or crowdsource a review of a product or a movie.<p>Now Silicon Valley has found its next …"

Saturday
Jul162016

Pokémon Go, Millennials’ First Nostalgia Blast

[NyTimes] : "Yes, Pokémon Go is a big deal. But not just for the reasons you think.<p>The mobile game officially made its debut last week, and it has been a great success, with millions of downloads, avid fans and one of the first great applications of so-called augmented reality, in which digital objects are …"

Saturday
Jul162016

When Yahoo Ruled the Valley: Stories of the Original ‘Surfers’

[NyTimes] : "SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Back in the mid-1990s, before Google even existed, the world's best guides to the internet sat in Silicon Valley cubicles, visiting websites and carefully categorizing them by hand.<p>They were called surfers, and they were a collection of mostly 20-somethings — including a yoga …"

Friday
Jul152016

White House pledges $400 million for 5G research

[Link] : The Advanced Wireless Research Initiative follows the FCC's new rules on next-gen connectivity.<p>Following yesterday's FCC vote to adopt new rules to guide the development of 5G technology, the Obama Administration is pledging support for research. More specifically, the White House announced a $400 …
Thursday
Jul142016

How Private Equity Found Power and Profit in State Capitols

[NyTimes] : "PHOENIX — Inside a cramped committee room on the cactus-dotted campus of Arizona's Capitol, Kelsey Lundy stepped to the podium to detail new legislation and the higher costs it would impose on struggling borrowers.<p>But Ms. Lundy is not a lawmaker, a government employee or even a statehouse …"

Wednesday
Jul132016

After 300 Years of Collecting, Nearly 12,000 Amazon Tree Species Found

[NyTimes] : "If Pokémon Go players think catching 151 different pocket monsters on their smartphones is tough, imagine trying to collect more than 15,000.<p>That's what botanists studying the trees of the Amazon rain forest have been attempting for more than 300 years. So far, intrepid explorers have found a total …"

Wednesday
Jul132016

Europe Approves New Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Deal

[NyTimes] : "European officials approved a new agreement on Tuesday that will allow some of the world's largest companies, including Google and General Electric, to move digital information freely between the European Union and the United States.<p>The pact, known as the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield, comes after …"

Wednesday
Jul132016

Unity Technologies, Maker of Pokémon Go Engine, Swells in Value

[NyTimes] : "Most game players have never heard of Unity Technologies, but its software was used in the creation of a large number of the world's top mobile games, including the current hit Pokémon Go.<p>Now Unity has a much bigger war chest to strengthen its position as new categories of games, like augmented …"

Wednesday
Jul132016

Live Streaming Breaks Through, and Cable News Has Much to Fear

[NyTimes] : "Cable news has functioned as the harrowing background soundtrack to much of 2015 and 2016. In covering terrorist attacks, protests against the police and a presidential election whose daily antics seem tailor-made for the overheated ethos of cable, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have all won huge …"

Wednesday
Jul132016

Apps That Make Saving as Effortless as Spending

[NyTimes] : "A new crop of electronic financial tools is trying to help Americans save.<p>The fledgling apps are appealing to consumers like Brittney Gould, a 28-year-old retirement plan consultant in Rockville, Md. Ms. Gould dutifully maximizes automatic paycheck deductions to fund her own workplace 401(k) …"

Monday
Jul112016

Confessions of a $20K bootcamp graduate. (Hack Reactor) — Hacker Daily

[Link] : A quick reminder: Hack Reactor was created in late 2012 by DevBootcamp grads.<p>In this article I’ll review the curriculum of the bootcamp and the …