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 The technology industry has a problem with retaining qualified female employees. According to a study by the Center for Work-Life Policy, 56 percent of women in computing jobs will leave their positions at the “mid-level” point, right when it is most costly to the companies that employ them. This is due to a number of factors that can be alleviated by corporations adopting… Read More

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 Gillmor Gang – Frank Radice, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, John Taschek and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pmPT/4pmET. Gillmor Gang LIVE chatroom during live show recording Gillmor Gang on Facebook HERE Other Gillmor Gang Studios shows: G3 : Complete catalog of show archives on Ustream G3 : on Facebook HERE The Enterprise Show : Archives on Ustream Read More

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 Home Chef, one of several startups delivering recipes and ingredients to take some of the hassle out of home cooking, is announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding. Founder and CEO Pat Vihtelic told me that Home Chef stands out from similar-sounding companies in a couple of ways. The big one is flexibility — customers get to choose their meals from 10 overall choices… Read More

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 This week was completely loaded with earnings reports from some of the biggest tech companies in the world — and it was a crazy week of swings for most of the companies that reported. There’s a running theme here: growth is being heavily rewarded — and lack of growth, punished — by Wall Street. And that’s especially true when it comes to more mature companies.… Read More

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 Chalk one up in Fitbit’s column. An International Trade Commission judge ruled in Fitbit’s favor on a series of patent disputes brought forth by Jawbone. This ruling seems to make it less likely that Fitbit would face an import ban of its wearable fitness trackers. In this case ITC Judge Dee Lord invalidated the last of Jawbone’s patents the two companies are fighting over.… Read More

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 Samsung worries about your child. Are they sleeping well? Do they miss you when you’re away on business? Can they put on a VR headset without their parents’ help? That last one is pretty important. Because Samsung wants your kids to experience the joy of VR just before bed instead of a regular bedtime story even though why would you do that. Read More

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 It’s not exactly a Netflix or YouTube rival, but AT&T-backed Fullscreen is hoping to carve out its own niche in the now-crowded subscription video market with its new service, launched this week. The $5 per month offering includes a mix of shorter, original content alongside full-length Hollywood movies and TV shows, like “Hitch,” “Dawson’s Creek,”… Read More

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 As Twitter tries out bigger things to spur growth activity — like changing the order and length of Tweets — it is turning away from others. Twitter has quietly retired Magic Recs, a strikingly effective bot account that used to send you DMs recommending viral accounts or Tweets to follow, run by algorithm that measured how many others you knew were following an account… Read More

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 Chris Sacca, the angel investor in companies like Twitter, Uber and Instagram, gets it. He understands that diversity is simply good for business. “There is a greed case for diversity,” Sacca told CNN’s Laurie Segall at the Collision Conference yesterday. “Diverse perspectives bring us into markets we didn’t know existed.” It’s true. There’s a… Read More

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 Here’s what it sounds like when artificial intelligence learns to play “Ode To Joy” in the style of EDM, Brazilian guitar, and The Beatles’ “Penny Lane”: The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris was challenged to re-orchestrate the theme song of the European Union. Using  the max entropy approach of machine learning, they taught a computer how to… Read More

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 There’s an epidemic in Canada. That epidemic is a mentality that leaves top talent with no option but to leave the nation’s borders and with them, everything they learned. It undervalues breakthroughs developed and paid for by Canadian taxpayers. It’s a mindset that resents the success of others. It’s a bad case of tall poppy syndrome. Read More

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 Here’s what it sounds like when artificial intelligence learns to play “Ode To Joy” in the style of EDM, Brazilian guitar, and The Beatles’ “Penny Lane”. The Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris was challenged to reorchestrate the theme song of the European Union. Using  the max entropy approach of machine learning, they taught a computer how to… Read More

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 Microsoft PowerApps allows anybody to build basic business apps without having to touch any code. These apps can run on the web and on mobile (through the PowerApps apps for iOS and Android). Microsoft first announced a private preview of this project last November but starting today, it’s open for anybody who wants to give it a try. Building apps in PowerApps is mostly a… Read More

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 A quick scan of LinkedIn for former employees underscores the point. Of Uber’s roughly 6,700 employees, only a tiny fraction have left, and in most cases, those hires weren’t around long enough to be worrying about vested options. Employees of privately held companies have long wrestled with this issue. (We wrote about it here last summer.) With valuations of many privately held… Read More

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 CloudMagic, an email application that today has grown to 4 million users, has just added a useful feature that can aid those who receive a lot of inbound email from unknown persons: Sender Profile. Similar to services like LinkedIn’s Rapportive or newly launched Connect from Clearbit for desktop email, Sender Profile lets you quickly view a summary of information about the person who… Read More

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 Razer has released a new ultrabook as it continues to stamp its name on more categories of gaming gear. Read More

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 This week, earnings reports continued, Elon Musk announced plans for SpaceX’s first Mars mission, we spoke with the Reverend Jesse Jackson about diversity in the tech industry and more. These are the stories everyone in tech is talking about. Read More

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 Amazon shares opened at $665.55 this morning, up 10.6 percent compared to yesterday’s closing price of $602. In other words, Amazon’s market capitalization just grew by nearly $30 billion. Yesterday, Amazon announced some blockbuster earnings. This was the company’s most impressive quarter. In particular, Amazon Web Services is growing like crazy and could generate well over… Read More

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 News that Google would soon begin testing a new mobile travel application leaked out last week, and now we have more details, including screenshots, of what that app will look like. The app, called Trips, is being trialed with a small group of testers, and will allow users to keep track of past and upcoming trips, while also making recommendations about tourist destinations, restaurants,… Read More

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 Look what I found on Craigslist. This is the best deal ever. If you browse the “antiques” category, you’ll find an offer you can’t refuse. For a mere $8 billion, you could buy Yahoo! Read More

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 Mayfield, the 46-year-old Sand Hill Road firm, has raised $525 million across two new funds, including a $400 million early-stage firm and a $125 million fund that will be used to support those of its portfolio companies that gain traction and need later-stage funding. Mayfield has raised 14 early-stage funds previously. It closed its last fund with $365 million in 2012 and used that capital… Read More

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 Bitcoin may still be the most famous application of blockchain technology, but the distributed database architecture is now being applied to a range of other services, from different kinds of (non Bitcoin) financial transactions to anything else that requires secure tracking. And today, IBM laid out its claim for some of that new business: the IT giant announced a new set of blockchain… Read More

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 French startup Sqreen wants you to rethink how you deal with security for your web-based apps. With little effort, Sqreen can inspect, track and fix security holes, acting like a shield. You won’t have to change your workflow as Sqreen plugs to your existing app. Read More

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 You might not know Rovi, but the company is apparently quite big as it is acquiring TiVo for $1.1 billion in a cash-and-stock deal. Rovi holds a bunch of patents related to the entertainment industry and does a lot of software licensing to set-top box makers and TV service providers. It also manages metadata for TV content and sells this data to cable companies. Read More

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 Reports in the Russian press that Google tried to acquire the Telegram messaging app last year for $1 billion have been firmly rebutted by Telegram founder Pavel Durov. The rumors had been widely reported in the tech press today. Read More

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