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 GamerGate has not bottomed out quite yet. The pent up rage of a group of disenfranchised misogynists has found a new digital outlet for harassing one of their targets, games developer Zoe Quinn, in the form of Amazon Kindle e-books. Read More

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 Sony Pictures might be spared further embarrassment resulting from future data dumps, according to emails received by Sony executives today. CNN reports that Sony execs got a new email that matches the pattern, language and email list of previous threats and demands, but this one apparently praises Sony for its “very wise” choice in cancelling the release of The Interview. While… Read More

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 “2015 will be the year of Virtual Reality” says investor Mike Rothenberg. But fragmentation in the nascent industry means VR hardware, software, and content startups need to team up for demos. So Rothenberg Ventures today launched a VR accelerator called River to provide a shared office and $100,000 investments to 10 startups. The two-year-old fund that’s ranked amongst the… Read More

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 As American lawmakers legalize cannabis in a handful of states and decriminalize it in others, “potrepreneurs” are emerging from the shadows to bring tech to the cannabis community. Not surprisingly, venture capitalists had taken a (puff puff) pass on investments in cannabis startups – until now. Recently, all signs point to a revolution budding in the cannabis tech industry. Read More

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 Polling startup Wedgies.com (yes, that’s really its name) is announcing that it has raised $700,000 in seed funding led by Greycroft Partners. Co-founder and CEO Porter Haney told me the company’s goal is to “legitimize web voting,” and its approach is to bring those polls to social media: “Think about what Gallup or SurveyMonkey would look like if they were… Read More

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 Editor’s Note: Stephanie Ratté is a project coordinator and research analyst with the Governance of Forests Initiatives; Carole Excell is the project director of The Access Initiative at the World Resources Institute and Lauren Williams is an associate with the Governance of Forests Initiative, leading engagement in the Congo Basin.  A growing suite of digital tools is emerging to… Read More

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 Off the back of a $8.5 million in new funding, Belgium and San Francisco-based startup Showpad, which provides mobile-first software to help support sales teams, has acquired some of the assets of New York-based Storydesk. Read More

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 Bitcoin fell to $307 overnight and is now hovering at about $311, a move that analysts are attributing to panic selling. At the same time, BTC-to-ruble transactions rose to 230%, from 230 trades in the last 30 day period to 819 trades. This rise in transactions, though minor, mirrors the efforts by account holders in Cyprus in 2013 to move cash out of that haven country after banks there… Read More

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 Citigroup raised the valuation of Instagram this morning from $19 billion to $35 billion. The photo-sharing network recently announced it had surpassed 300 million active users, and has taken steps toward cleaning up spam accounts, as well as adding new filters and features. Read More

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 Last month, Flickr expanded its Wall Art print service to include images from the photo-sharing site’s professional artists as well as images licensed for commercial use through Creative Commons. The project was originally intended to allow photographers profit from the sale of images made into prints, but it generated controversy when users realized that Yahoo (Flickr’s owner)… Read More

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 Just days after Dutch digital commerce provider Adyen announced a $250 million round of funding, another heavily capitalised player in the space has made an acquisition to up its game. Mozido, a mobile commerce specialist that raised $185 million in October 2014 after raising $103 million in May, has taken a majority stake in CorFire, another mobile commerce startup that focuses on… Read More

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 U.K. startup Neurence, which has previously released two proof-of-concept apps showcasing its augmented reality tech, called Taggar and Tag Me, has now launched its long term platform play: a machine learning cloud platform for object recognition which it’s hoping will underpin the next wave of search queries as computing becomes increasingly immersed in the physical world — thanks… Read More

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 The lack of affordable, safe, and supportive housing is a scourge on society. It costs $90K to maintain a human being on the streets for a year, compared to $18K to provide supportive housing to a previously homeless person. Over the last 10 years, an influx of 75,000 people have moved to San Francisco, while only 17,000 new housing units have been built. We can end chronic homelessness by 2020… Read More

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Corruption in the American Hollywood style is something to behold. Today, Google published a short blog post alleging that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), alongside a number of film studios, funded what was essentially opposition research about the company. The resulting material was later fed to state attorneys general. Read More

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 Depending on whom you ask, companies that sell their products on a subscription basis are either companies that are veritable giants of growth, or firms that hide their business models’ inherent weakness in the form of short-term losses that are dismissed under the guise of investment. Read More

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 Whether you are looking for your girlfriend, your gal pal or that special lady in your life, or a gift for yourself, these items promise to charge, inform and add some chic style for the new year. Tory Burch for Fitbit Whether you go with the pendant or bracelet, this Tory Burch styled Fitbit is a great gift for close girlfriends such as your mom, sister or bestie. Both come in gold, silver… Read More

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 Google thinks that next year will be a big moment for surveillance reform. So much so that the company set up a special page on its ‘Take Action’ hub, asking individuals to sign something akin to a petition of sorts to “help make the Internet more secure for everyone.” Why does Google think that 2015 will be big? The company notes that “[i]n June of 2015, we have… Read More

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 Zomato, the restaurant search and discovery service backed by Vy Capital, Info Edge, and Sequoia Capital, continues to be on an acquisition spree as a means to accelerate its international expansion. Read More

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 Have you somehow still not gotten a chance to try Inbox, despite Google opening up the service to anyone who asked on multiple occasions? It’s okay. I understand. You can’t be sitting on Twitter looking for these sorts of things to pop up all the time. You have stuff to do. Important things, like “Work”, or “Feeding the dog”, or “literally anything… Read More

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 Does your photo management solution recognize your cat? Your mom? Your dog? No, it does not. That’s why there’s ZZ Photo. The app, built by a Ukrainian team, is essentially a shoebox for all of your photos but with a few smarts built in. It is Windows-only right now but the team is working on mobile and Mac versions of the app. The app won our weekly TC Radio Pitch-Off thanks to… Read More

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 Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead? These questions come to mind today as one of the leading companies in the “anonymous social” category, Secret, revamped its application, borrowing ideas from popular apps like Yik Yak and… Read More

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 RebelMouse first launched as way for people to combine their social network updates into a “social front page,” but more recently, it’s been working to give publishers social tools for their own websites and apps, through a platform called Rebel Roar. Now it’s rolling out the latest piece of Rebel Roar — The River. If you’re on Facebook or pretty much any… Read More

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 iPad-as-secondary-display apps have been around almost as long as the iPad, but most who used them once have seldom used them since. These things mostly work over Wi-Fi, and work poorly over Wi-Fi at that, with unwatchable video performance, choppy animation and tons of lag, even in the best of circumstances. Duet, a new app from a team that includes ex-Apple display engineering talent,… Read More

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 Quick! The bad guy/super villain has left the room! Plug in a mysterious device that’ll hack up their computer while an on-screen progress bar ticks forward to convey to the audience that things are working! It’s a classic scene from basically every spy movie in history. In this case, however, that mystery device is real. Read More

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