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 Kobo, the e-reading service owned by Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten, has notched up one more key brand among those that turning to the company to build out their e-books business in a collective bid to compete against the might of Amazon and its Kindle empire. Waterstones today announced that has partnered with the Canadian company to handle all of its e-book business. As part of… Read More

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 Meet Ziro, a robotics kit that lets you build all sorts of vehicles using a few motors, a smartphone, a glove and your imagination. Ziro’s default kit comes with four wireless motors and enough pieces to build a small car. You can now back this project on Indiegogo. I’ve talked with ZeroUI, the company behind Ziro a few weeks ago. Their prototype was already working Read More

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 Picture a professional sports photographer. What do you see? Someone in a beige vest hidden behind a giant, telescopic camera stationed in the back of an end zone? How about someone standing in a throng of spectators with only an iPhone 6s Plus in their hands and a battery pack in their pocket? No? Well meet Brad Mangin. Brad has been a professional sports photographer for over two… Read More

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 Spotify is catching up with the competition when it comes to family plans. Like Apple Music and Google Play Music, families can now subscribe to Spotify Premium for $14.99 per month and get six different Spotify accounts and profiles. Read More

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 There’s no question the iBOT was ahead of its time. In fact, it’s a jarring to see photos from more than a decade and half ago with inventor Dean Kamen seated in the motorized wheelchair next to Bill Clinton in the Oval Office. All these years later, the mobility device’s capabilities are still impressive, including power wheels that can walk up and down stairs, its ability… Read More

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 A funny thing happens when the Federal Communications Commission moves to introduce competition into a consumer market. The industry, once so accustomed to acting the monopoly or duopoly in its sector, must suddenly “deal with” thousands if not millions of unhappy customers and a heated public debate. In the case of cable companies fighting the FCC’s set-top box proposal… Read More

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 China’s Internet giant Tencent has been expanding its international reach in areas like games and advertising, and as part of that, the company is picking up its dealmaking in Europe. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the owner of the popular WeChat messaging platform is in early talks to buy a majority stake in Supercell — the mobile gaming phenomenon based out of… Read More

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 To get an accurate view of how VCs spend their time, we surveyed 100 investors from The Twenty Minute VC to determine the most efficient time allocation. Read More

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 If swiping left and right for your next adventure is starting to feel a bit last year, the team behind 3nder has a trick up its proverbial wizard’s sleeve. The app — arriving for Android imminently — assists its users in establishing less conventional relationships of the triangular persuasion, helping them find one or two additional participants for boudoir gymnastics. Read More

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 Hackajob, the Techstars London alumni, claims to have built a platform to make hiring technical talent more “intelligent and data-driven”. Read More

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 London-based hairdresser booking app Rock Pamper Scissors has picked up £1.2 million in backing from U.S.-based 500 Startups and European pre-seed and seed investor Seedcamp, alongside various angel investors. The latter includes Tom Singh (the founder of New Look, and Just Eat’s former CMO Mat Braddy who is also a co-founder of Rock Pamper Scissors. Read More

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 At a glance Wireless Four-hour battery life New EQ app $200 Pros Compact design Comfortable fit Good sound Cons Mediocre battery Some connectivity issues The search for the perfect pair of Bluetooth earbuds has been a long and largely unfruitful one. After all, an awful lot can go wrong for such a small little device — and pretty much everything has: bulky builds, poor battery… Read More

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 TinyOwl, a India-based restaurant delivery service that has raised more than $27 million from investors including Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners, has reportedly stopped service in all cities except for Mumbai. Read More

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 A friend who recently started his own business couldn’t obtain a mortgage from three banks. I suggested he try marketplace lending platforms like SoFi to take advantage of the ongoing innovation in fintech. However, SoFi turned him down, as well, because it abides by the same underwriting rules as traditional banks. Like the banks, SoFi sells their mortgage loans to Fannie Mae. Read More

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 For years, the media industry has speculated, somewhat worriedly, that big tech companies wanted to branch out, to take on the TV companies – to acquire rights to premium content. By and large, Silicon Valley firms’ coy response has typically been a demure: “We are a platform company, not a content company.” Now that the dust has settled around the deal it’s… Read More

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 Companies that focus on diversity will succeed, because hiring women and minorities makes business sense. But it’s not easy. Scientific research is showing that our brains are hardwired to be biased. Read More

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 Have you ever tracked all the ways you use data in a single day? How many of your calories, activities, tasks, messages, projects, correspondences, records and more are saved and accessed through data storage every day? I bet you won’t be able to stop once you start counting. Many of us never pause to consider what that means, but data is growing exponentially — with no end in sight. Read More

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 The meteoric rise of e-lending platforms attracted a lot of interest among investors and entrepreneurs. Lending Club and OnDeck have already become public companies, and their competitors, such as Funding Circle, SoFi, Prosper, RateSetter, Zopa, Avant, Kabbage and others continue to develop and increase their loan portfolios. Read More

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 UPS recently entered into a partnership with Zipline, a medical drone delivery startup, to begin aerial transport of healthcare supplies in Rwanda. Read More

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 As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value. It would be silly for anyone to claim they could have predicted how these two businesses would compare today, but we can still learn something from examining what sent their fortunes… Read More

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 The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, May 20, 2016. Google provides notifications catnip via Firebase, I spend the weekend struggling with 4:3, and oh, thanks a lot for bricking my iPad Pro, 9.3.2. Back to the Mac, my asp. @stevegillmor, @kevinmarks, @scobleizer, @kteare Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read More

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 In the beginning the Prophet Satoshi brought us Bitcoin. And the cryptogeeks and libertarians looked upon it, and said lo, we smile upon this, for it is good, and decentralized, and solves the Byzantine Generals Problem. For a time all was well. But then came wailing and gnashing of teeth and wearing of sackcloth. And then came the Prophet Vitalik, bearing Ethereum; and lo, it was even… Read More

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 Over the past few weeks, Twilio has had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their staff who have taken on the difficult task of balancing security and privacy. We were struck by the sincere desire to understand how actions proposed by those in Washington impact smaller technology businesses. It’s been clear to us for some time that in order to get the full picture,… Read More

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 It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the… Read More

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 In the world of kitchen appliances, everyone wants to be the next Keurig, it seems. First, there were single-cup coffee brewers that followed and claimed to be better than Keurig, from Nespresso, Mr. Coffee and Lavazza to name a few. Later came cold drink machines like the Bartesian for cocktails, or PicoBrew for craft beer. And most recently, the Juicero cold press juice machine promised to… Read More

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