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 Look out phone scammers. Alphabet, Apple, AT&T, Comcast, Samsung and Microsoft are coming for you. The big names are among 30 tech companies that have joined up to form the Robocall! Strike! Force! (our exclamation points). Others notable names on the list include BlackBerry, LG, Qualcomm, Sirius XM, Verizon (the company than owns the company that owns this site), Nokia, T-Mobile and… Read More

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 What does the future of Cadillac look like? The Escala, the company’s new concept car, holds the answers. The Escala is on show publicly for the first time at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend, and reveals a car that takes its name (Spanish for ‘scale’) to heart, as a larger sedan that previews the future lines of Cadillac’s body design, and the… Read More

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 Many of today’s fashion applications are targeted toward women, but a new app from Looklive wants to help men look great, too, without needing to be a fashion expert. Instead, the company – which is now also available as an iOS application – lets men shop the looks from their favorite celebrities and other style influencers. They can then buy exactly what those celebs… Read More

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 Soon cars, drones, phones, and almost anything with a battery are about to get a boost from a new MIT spin-out, SolidEnergy Systems. The company promises to double the battery life of basic lithium ion batteries and will also offer smaller batteries with the power of bigger cells. Why is this technology important? Because it is better than current battery tech and can maintain a energy density… Read More

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 When it comes to open-source licenses, developers have their fair share of choices (GPL, BSD, MIT, Apache, etc.), all of them with their own pros and cons. The same goes for commercial licenses. MySQL founder Michael “Monty” Widenius and his co-founder David Axmark, however, came up with a different model a few years ago: the Business Source License (BSL). This new license offers… Read More

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 It’s no secret, I love Markdown. But when it comes to collaborating with someone, Google Docs, Quip, Pages on iCloud.com and Word on Office.com are all rich-text editors. Meet Canvas, a real-time Mardown editor on the web and now on iOS. With this editor, I can see myself collaborating on stories with my coworkers and seamlessly put the result in our CMS. Markdown is a markup language… Read More

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 AOL CEO Tim Armstrong is no stranger to the stage at Disrupt, but his job’s gotten a lot bigger in recent months with the acquisition of Yahoo. So Armstrong will be with us again at Disrupt SF. He’ll be joined by his boss Marni Walden, Verizon’s executive vice president and president of product innovation and new business. The two of them led Verizon’s effort to buy… Read More

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 The old-fashioned structur of traditional healthcare has led to poor quality, low availability and efficiency, especially in primary healthcare. The answer may be to sweep that away and build products directly for consumers, not the healthcare industry. That’s why so many startups are creating video-based healthcare startups to get around the industry. KRY, the Swedish health startup… Read More

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 This week, Uber revealed imminent plans to get passengers into self-driving cars, Gawker died, Snapchat made a big acquisition and an early stage SF venture firm may be imploding. Get the Weekly Roundup in your inbox, if that’s your thing. Read More

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Accelerators have been all the rage for the last 10 years in tech, but VC funds tend not to launch them in addition to their normal investment strategy. London-based Octopus Ventures is however taking a different tack. It’s new Octopus Labs will concentrate on FinTech startups specifically, with move coming just as the UK government has been pressing the financial sector to provide… Read More

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 What did you do this summer? A few outdoor concerts, maybe some grilling. But did you complete a room-sized 40,000 transistor CPU made entirely by hand? Didn’t think so. James Newman wanted to create a CPU that students could use to learn about computing. He realized he needed to use transistors but instead of embedding thousands of them into a chunk of silicon he hand-wired… Read More

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 In-vehicle infotainment systems on newer cars increasingly offer access to your favorite media and navigation apps, thanks to systems like CarPlay and Android Auto, but older cars from even just a few years ago can still feel stuck in a connected tech first gear. Hudly, which debuted on Kickstarter today, wants to change that with an easy to install aftermarket heads-up display (HUD) add-on… Read More

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 Much has been written about Brazil during the Rio Olympics. But one facet of the country that’s relatively unknown to foreigners is how nine percent the population – or the roughly 17 million Brazilians between the ages of 15 through 19 – can get a decent, affordable college education. If U.S. investors were to take an interest, says Quero Education, they might be… Read More

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 It’s finally here. After four years without a new album and a few weeks of cryptic teasing, Frank Ocean has finally released… well, something. In the same vein as Beyonce’s Lemonade, Ocean released a visual album called Endless exclusively on Apple Music. It’s about 45 minutes long, and is an interesting (and long-awaited) prequel to the Boys Don’t Cry album.… Read More

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 Okay, you’ve procrastinated long enough, startup fans. If you somehow haven’t yet gotten your tickets to the hottest startup show in the Bay Area, today is the day to do it. It’s the final day to get Disrupt SF 2016 tickets at our early-bird price point of $1,995 apiece, a full $1,000 cheaper than those same tickets will be tomorrow. Read More

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 India continues to be one of the rare growth markets in the global smartphone industry after lodging a 17 percent year-on-year increase in shipments in the second quarter of 2016, according to a new report from IDC. Read More

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 Dyson’s 360 Eye robot vacuum has been a long time coming to U.S. carpets. The squat little cylinder of a bot first broke cover in September 2014, with a splashy product announcement and a consumer launch in Japan in 2015. North American homes are only just getting their first taste of Dyson’s inaugural foray into robotics, however, and my own has been playing host to one for the… Read More

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 Amazon is rolling out a new way for businesses to use its cloud-based virtual desktop service, Amazon WorkSpaces: instead of paying monthly for access to an always-on WorkSpace you can connect to at any time, companies can now choose to pay and use WorkSpaces on an hourly basis. The new billing system is designed to appeal to those businesses with part-time employees, traveling employees who… Read More

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 There’s more than one way to monetize your online video content. Sure, you can go the old fashioned route, making ads and clicks and such — but just wait until your preferred platform opens a one-off store front where you can pedal your wares for the real money to roll in. Following the recent unveiling of a space in the UK that provides YouTube stars with a place to record and… Read More

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 London-based GuestReady officially opened its doors this week, launching its service in six cities: London, Paris, Amsterdam, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong. The idea is simple, provide all manner of services that an Airbnb host could need, be that cleaning, laundry, or check-in and out services. Read More

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 Technology is quickly redefining what it means to be human. There is no denying that we are considerably different from the people who came before us, not only in that we successfully wield technology to overcome a range of challenges, but we also utilize it to enhance our current condition. Transhumanism will very likely be the next stage of human development. Read More

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 After years of resistance, it looks like Pandora is about ready to jump on the on-demand streaming wagon. According to a report from the WSJ, Pandora is in the process of signing deals with record companies in order to launch a $10/month on-demand streaming tier, giving users unlimited access to any song on the platform. Pandora also plans to tweak it’s existing $5/month Pandora One… Read More

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 And if you’ve been eyeing one, go ahead and pull the trigger. It’s a really great phone. Assuming, of course, that you’ve got, you know, $800+ burning a hole in your pocket. The 5.7-inch phablet is available now from a whole slew of retailers, including, naturally, Samsung’s stores, plus Best Buy, Target, Sam’s Club, some Walmart stores (maybe call ahead on that… Read More

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 NASA astronauts are venturing out into space to install a component key to the future of commercial crew mission. The International Space Station is getting a new dock, which will be used in 2017 by Boeing and SpaceX to start ferrying crew to and from the station, marking the first time private companies have been able to do so, and ending the current Russian monopoly on ISS astronaut transit.… Read More

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 Foodpanda, the food delivery startup backed by Rocket Internet, is selling its operations in Indonesia and evaluating its presence in the rest of Southeast Asia as part of a push towards profitability. Read More

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