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SurveyMonkey CEO Zander Lurie: IPO, yes; 2017, not likely
Posted: 1 October 2016 | 11:23 am

 On Thursday night, at a StrictlyVC event at SurveyMonkey in Palo Alto, we sat down with CEO Zander Lurie to learn more about the direction of the 17-year-old company, known for the roughly 90 million surveys that the company and its customers create for the constituents each month, and whose average order volume is $300. (Those customers include universities, nonprofits, and “99… Read More

You might be surprised to learn who’s collecting your data
Posted: 1 October 2016 | 11:00 am

 Most people understand that in order for digital services to work properly or stay free they may need to allow the services to track some of their data. It’s time to demand that all third parties hold themselves to a higher standard and disclose what they do with consumers’ data. Those that resist the urge to collect, share and sell data not vital to their service will ultimately… Read More

Learned helplessness and the languages of DAO
Posted: 1 October 2016 | 9:00 am

 Everything is terrible. Most software, even critical system software, is insecure Swiss cheese held together with duct tape, bubble wrap, and bobby pins. See eg this week’s darkly funny post “How to Crash Systemd in One Tweet.” But it’s not just systemd, not just Linux, not just software; the whole industry is at fault. We have taught ourselves, wrongly, that there is… Read More

Argentina’s startup scene is primed, but not yet firing on all cylinders
Posted: 1 October 2016 | 7:30 am

 Over the last decade, Argentina’s public profile has been far from flattering. With a steady feed of headlines that have included, “Inflation”, “Corruption”, and “Political Instability”, the country has been shut off from most international tech investment since the “dot com” bubble. Since then, Argentina has had to overcome severe… Read More

Crunch Report | Facebook Snapchat Clone in Poland
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 11:35 pm

Facebook is testing a Snapchat clone in Poland, PewDiePie’s Tuber Simulator hits the top of the charts, Marc Andreessen talks about quitting Twitter, Yahoo open sources porn-detecting software, Nutanix is up 131% on its first day of trading on the Nasdaq. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

The Cancer Moonshot needs a heavy dose of computational infrastructure
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 9:00 pm

 Top cancer researchers recently reported their findings and recommendations to President Obama and Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot task force. All 10 recommendations in the report heavily concentrate on enabling computational infrastructure, and included these key words: sharing data, engaging patients, precision medicine, genetic understanding, interdisciplinary, ecosystem and… Read More

Honest Co. is reformulating its soaps after ingredients controversy
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 7:54 pm

 The consumer products startup founded by Jessica Alba, The Honest Co., on Friday told The Wall Street Journal that it plans to reformulate its dish soap, laundry detergent and other cleaners after an earlier controversy over their ingredients. The Honest Co. markets its products as gentler, healthier and more environmentally sustainable than those of mainstream brands in the U.S. However… Read More

Meerkat, star app of 2015, is officially dead
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 6:57 pm

 Remember Meerkat? It came out of nowhere in early 2015 — a star of SXSW, in particular — and was on everyone’s tongue for weeks. Then came Periscope, a strikingly similar competitor built mostly in stealth mode, and word that Twitter had acquired it for nearly $100 million dollars before much of the world even knew it existed. Suddenly, interest in Meerkat fizzled. A year and… Read More

Here’s how you can stop jumping back and forth between Google’s calendar and map apps
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 6:10 pm

 Logistics are difficult, especially when every day you’re trying to keep track of 9 meetings, 13 phone calls, a dinner, a post-dinner, and a post-post-dinner. In a recent update, Google has decided to do its part to make daily logistics easier by more fully integrating its Maps and Calendar offerings for Android users worldwide. Now when you open Google Maps, you’ll be able to… Read More

Twitch announces Twitch Prime, Loyalty Badges and video uploads
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 5:44 pm

 Twitch, the video game live-streaming service acquired by Amazon for nearly a billion dollars back in 2014, kicked off its annual TwitchCon conference this afternoon with a keynote. With keynotes generally come a bit of news… and sure enough, here’s what’s new: Twitch Prime: As we scooped right before the Keynote, Twitch officially confirmed Twitch Prime. Included for free… Read More

Rosetta goes out in a blaze of glory — and science
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 5:31 pm

 Let’s all take a moment and pour one out metaphorically for Rosetta, the pioneering spacecraft that gave our newly spacefaring race its first comet landing. The orbiter performed its final task early this morning, making a controlled crash into the comet’s surface, destroying itself in the process but gathering valuable data down to the last minute. Read More

Weekly Roundup: Snapchat’s new Specs, Beyoncé is a tech investor and SpaceX’s plans to colonize Mars
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 5:14 pm

 This week, Elon Musk revealed SpaceX’s plan for humans to inhabit Mars, Google rebranded its cloud services and rumors swirled about a Twitter bid. These are the top stories of the week, and you can also receive them in your inbox. Read More

Apple is screwing up HomeKit; here’s how they can fix it
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 5:00 pm

 The real magic of the Internet of Things happens when devices work together. It will be magic when Siri, on your iPhone, can adjust your thermostat or confirm you locked the back door; when your door lock can tell your sound system you’re home and start the music. That’s not the reality we live in, because most devices can’t talk to each other. Without a common language,… Read More

Nutanix up 131% on first day of trading
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 4:08 pm

 Nutanix made its stock market debut with a bang. After pricing shares at $16, the enterprise data storage company saw 131 percent gains on its first day of trading. With clients like Toyota and Best Buy, Nutanix aims to make it easier for businesses to manage their data centers. Its cloud offerings are making infrastructure “invisible, so the businesses can focus on applications and… Read More

Twitch appears to be getting its own version of Amazon Prime, called “Twitch Prime”
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 3:25 pm

 It appears that Twitch-integrated games are not the only thing Amazon has been working on with the live-streaming site it owns. A small number of Twitch users are now reporting seeing a new section called “Twitch Prime” pop up in their profiles. According to a banner ad spotted by one user, Twitch Prime will include perks like “free loot every month,” as well as… Read More

Nintendo shows off some highly nerdy features of the NES Mini
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 3:17 pm

 Nintendo has further taken the wraps off the must-have gaming gadget of the holidays — which is to say, the one we’re all buying ourselves as soon as it’s available. An aggressively retro-themed video released today visually demonstrates three of the the NES Mini’s features. Brace yourself, it’s about to get real nerdy in here. Read More

Apply now for Include Office Hours with First Round Capital!
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 2:38 pm

 TechCrunch Include Office Hours are happening this October 10th! Phin Barnes and Bill Trenchard from First Round Capital in San Francisco will join TechCrunch to provide valuable advice and feedback to startups. Launched in 2014, Include is TechCrunch’s diversity program, aimed at facilitating opportunities for underrepresented groups in tech to take their startups to the next level.… Read More

PewDiePie’s new game “Tuber Simulator” hits the top of the App Store, crashes
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 2:25 pm

 What happens when the world’s biggest YouTube star Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg tells his 48 million YouTube subscribers to download and play his new mobile game? The game promptly shoots up to the top of the App Store, and the servers crash under the load. That’s what happened, at least, following the iOS and Android launch of “PewDiePie’s Tuber… Read More

Yahoo open sources its porn-detecting neural network
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 2:08 pm

 Ever wonder how things get marked NSFW on the internet? It’s Yahoo. Yahoo does it — with their special-made, smut-trained, porn-detecting neural network. And now you can, too, because the team behind the system has made it open source. I guess you could say they’re down to fork. Read More

Atomic is like Google Docs for interface prototyping
Posted: 30 September 2016 | 2:00 pm

 Meet Atomic, a prototyping service for your next mobile app or website. It works in your browser, but it’s a lot more powerful than you’d expect. Atomic handles animations and lets you make interactive designs. And you can collaborate on your designs with your team in real time. The startup launched the version 2 this week adding a bunch of new features that make your design… Read More

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