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Startups, take note: Rapper and businessman Shawn “Jay Z” Carter is launching his own venture capital fund. He’s starting the fund with business partner Jay Brown, president of Jay Z’s entertainment company Roc Nation. They are currently looking for a third partner. Both Jays are allegedly partnering with startup foundry Sherpa, though Sherpa staff might not be heavily involved. No one knows the target fund size, but Axios reports that the focus is on seed-stage tech. Jay Z is no stranger to angel investing. He was one of the early backers of Uber, as well as cosmetics company Julep, luggage brand… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last year, news broke that US telecommunications giant Verizon had its eyes on Yahoo, and planned on snapping it up in a deal valued at $4.8 billion. Everything was going well. And then it wasn’t, as hackers broke into Yahoo’s systems. Not just once, but twice. The first attack allowed hackers to illegally access the records of hundreds of millions of users. The second compromised over one billion acounts, making it easily one of the most significant hacking episodes ever. These episodes took much of the shine from Yahoo’s valuation, and there were reports that Verizon wanted a discount of… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Yahoo

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As the iPhone 8 rumor mill continues to swing in full speed, the latest report suggests Apple might be gearing up to introduce a ‘revolutionary’ front camera that has the capacity to register 3D space and enable facial recognition. The new components will allow combining depth information with 2D images from the front camera for applications such as face and iris recognition as well as 3D selfies, according to a note from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo obtained by 9to5Mac. Kuo speculates the bleeding-edge camera tech will be especially useful for rendering a user’s face inside innovative games and apps. The… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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It’s hard being a criminal. Surveillance techniques and forensic science are constantly being improved and people are working full-time to destroy your livelihood. That’s why many criminals around the world probably celebrated when the cryptocurrency bitcoin was launched back in 2009. With untraceable internet currency, crooks could finally enjoy the anonymity of cash without risking being caught red-handed out in the physical world. This beautifully idyllic criminal vision could have been the future, if it wasn’t for the damn meddling Danes. It seems unlikely that bitcoin is the future of crime after Berlingske reported that the Danish police brought down drug… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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Hackers are getting more impish by the day. Security researchers have discovered a new hacking vector for Chrome that prompts users to download a ‘missing font’ and then tricks them into installing malware on their systems. The infection was first spotted by Mahmoud Al-Qudsi from cybersecurity firm NeoSmart Technologies, which has since detailed the attack in a blog post. The researcher initially noticed the trap while browsing an unnamed WordPress website that was allegedly already compromised. Unlike other worn-out attacks, this one was particularly well-disguised. The hackers fundamentally use JavaScript to tamper with the text rendering, causing it to resemble mis-encoded text… This story continues at The Next Web

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There’s been a lot of talk about fintech lately. We talk about the billions of dollars being invested in fintech; the wave of unicorns and start-ups in this space; the challenge they bring to banks and incumbents; the way in which they are reaching new spaces and places; but what is fintech? It is no longer this big bucket of finance and technology. In fact, saying ‘fintech’ is like saying ‘retailer.’ But what exactly are they retailing and, in the fintech sense, what areas of finance are these companies automating? This question gets interesting as we now have a market that is… This story continues at The Next Web

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The media wants to know exactly how much the FBI spent to unlock the notorious iPhone from the San Bernardino case. BBC reports Associated Press, Vice Media and USA Today-owner Gannett have submitted court filings to force the government to reveal precisely how much it cost to circumvent the defenses of the iPhone handset used by serial killer Syed Rizwan Farook. Stressing they seek no information that could put national security at risk, the publications claim there is “no adequate justification” to continue to withhold the information. The FBI has so far refrained from disclosing the security firm(s) and individuals that assisted… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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Comedian George Carlin was right: Our homes and offices are an accumulation of stuff. Wherever you look, there’s stuff. There’s stuff piled on stuff. And stuff stuffed into our closets and attics. Our floorboards groan under the weight of so much stuff. Thank god for eBay. Since 1995, this site has made it easy to make your stuff someone else’s in exchange for cold, hard cash. But you have to admit, it can be a bit of a chore. For some people, listing items on eBay is an actual full-time job. But now, it’s about to get a little bit easier, thanks… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: eBay

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This week we’ve decided to curate some of the coolest design newsletters with unique concepts. People in the design industry tend to be hungry to learn more and develop their skills, so the personal digests below are a great way to do that while staying updated on the latest news in the vast world of design, UX, products and other beautiful things. If you happen to be a designer, developer or just interested in the field, read on! 1. UX DESIGN WEEKLY  This is one of the biggest and most popular digests about UX out there! It has more than 17,000 subscribers for… This story continues at The Next Web

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The Galaxy Note 7 saga continues as Samsung is purportedly considering putting its now-discontinued flagship handset back on the market. The electronics behemoth could begin selling refurbished units with smaller, less volatile batteries, according to South Korean outlet Hankyung. While it remains highly unlikely the device would make a comeback to US and European markets following ban regulations, it could retail in India and Vietnam. Earlier in January, the phone-maker released the findings from its detailed internal Note 7 investigation, blaming the series of explosions on two separate battery-related issues. Engadget remarks the South Korean heavyweight has approximately 2.5 million Note 7 handsets in… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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Teaching a machine to think for itself feels like creating new life. Now, you can feel the same rush engineers and software developers are feeling as they push the boundaries of technology with the Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence Introductory course package. Get intimate with the science that’s taking AI from science fiction to science fact for only $39 from TNW Deals. Over four courses with 12 hours of instruction, you’ll go inside the creation of artificial neural networks. That’s the means through which a digital system processes incoming data to change its behaviors based on that new information. It’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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The town of Oji in Japan’s Nara prefecture may not have as many major tourist attractions as Tokyo, or even remotely compare in size at just over four square miles – but it does have what might be the world’s first mascot drone. Yukimaru is a cute little quadcopter disguised as a dog, and is named after the pet of Prince Shotoku, who was a 7th century politician and is believed to have encountered the first Chinese patriarch of Chan Buddhism. The adorable mascot is featured in a promotional video for the town of Oji, which is home to the… This story continues at The Next Web

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If you constantly find yourself overwhelmed by your daily schedule, maybe it’s time to seek help. Who ya gonna call? Try teenagers Shaan Singh, 17 and Erik Vanderplas, 15, whose cleverly designed productivity app, Time, is ready to assist you in crushing your tasks. Available for iPhone, the app urges you to set a timer for each task that you add to your to-do list. Tap an item to start the clock and it’ll begin counting down the minutes, along with a colored liquid background that lets you know at a glance how much of your slot remains to complete… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone

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With its new Switch console just days away from its launch on March 3, Nintendo has introduced yet another ID system to add to its already-confounding system. The new User ID is separate from your Nintendo Account, but you’ll need one of those to claim your unique name that will likely serve to identify you in the company’s online universe, or something connected to Switch games. It’s also not the same as the Nintendo Network ID you used for Wii U and 3DS online services, as well as the Miiverse and Nintendo eShop. There’s also an account nickname, for some… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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Amazon has always lagged behind when it comes to bringing its devices to the UK. It took almost two years for the Amazon Echo to make its way across the Atlantic. And now, storming the White Cliffs of Dover, is the new, redesigned Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa. Although American consumers have had it for a while, Brits have been lumbered with the relatively unsophisticated previous version, which lacked voice control entirely. Therefore, the decision to launch the Alexa-powered Fire TV Stick in the UK is welcome indeed. The updated streaming device also includes several welcome performance and visual enhancements,… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Amazon

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After racking up nearly $300,000 on Kickstarter, Vava’s newest product, Dash, is ready to hit the road. Well, sorta. I like reviewing cool new products, but a dashcam wouldn’t typically move the needle. After all, it’s a device that’s not-at-all sexy, and one we’re typically hoping we don’t have to use. Vava was different. Some smart features and a video of a dude in a bear suit backing into an SUV convinced me to give it a look. What is it? Vava is a 1080p dashcam with some interesting twists [I haven’t decided if this is a pun yet]. Of these,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Tropical Skittles are my jam. Well, except the yellow ones; fuck you Banana Berry. Willem Pennings, a Dutch inventor, feels my pain. After seeing a color-sorting machine years back, Pennings decided to create his own and use it for the ultimate good: to sort shitty Skittles flavors so we don’t have to eat them. Pro tip: it also works for M&M’s. But Mars has already confirmed that color doesn’t impact taste (it’s literally just food coloring) so maybe you should get over yourself. Over a five month period, the mechanical engineering student dropped nearly €500 ($537) to create 2017’s version of the… This story continues at The Next Web

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NASA is teasing “new findings” about planets outside the solar system. NASA today announced it is holding a press conference on Wednesday to present findings concerning “planets that orbit stars other than our sun, known as exoplanets.” Five speakers will participate in the briefing, including astronomers, MIT’s professor of planetary science, and an associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. NASA is encouraging viewers to interact with the scientists with the hashtag #askNASA on Twitter. It’s also holding a Reddit AMA immediately after the briefing in English and Spanish. The journal Nature will also publish the currently-embargoed findings at the same… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: NASA

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Samsung will almost certainly be announcing a new tablet at Mobile World Congress next week – the Tab S3 – and now we have our first good look at it. The tablet just obtained federal certification in Taiwan, which has yielded a couple of of official (yet nostalgically blurrycam) images of the device. Surprise – it looks like a Samsung tablet. That includes the familiar Samsung trio of buttons – it’s not removing the home button like the Galaxy S8 – and similar dimensions to the previous iteration. The metal frame is less noticeable this time around; it might be painted… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung

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That online game might be leading your child into the seedy underground world of hackers — or so one list would have you believe. The list, published in the Liverpool Echo, gives parents some warning signs that their child might be involved in cyber crime. It’s commendable to encourage parents to be aware of their kids’ online activities. But the list is so broad, and encompasses such innocuous behavior, that almost anyone could qualify as a hacker. Warning signs include gems like: They spend most of their free time alone with their computer — I play and work on my computer. They have few real… This story continues at The Next Web

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According to a CNNMoney investigation, Führer Cheeto President Trump owns at least 3,643 domain names. Some are fairly typical: TrumpEmpire.com TrumpOrganization.com TrumpBuilding.com Others, not so much: TrumpNetworkSucks.com TrumpNetworkMarketingFraud.com TrumpScam.com Trump may have had a crystal ball in some cases. After launching the Trump Network in 2009 — a “recession proof” multi-level marketing business hawking vitamin supplements — he was quick to scoop up domains like TrumpNetworkFraud.com, TrumpPyramidScheme.com, and TrumpNetworkPonziScheme.com. He sold the business in 2012 amid allegations of — surprise — fraud. He acquired similar domains — 157 of them — to protect Trump University. The “University” closed in 2011, but fraud lawsuits persisted. Two days before taking office,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Apple may have already sent out invites for WWDC in June, but chances are it’s hosting another event much earlier than that. According to Japanese website Mac Otakara (and as spotted by MacRumors), Apple is aiming to expand the iPad Pro lineup with four new models: updated versions of the existing 9.7 and 12.3-inch Pros, a new 7.9-inch model, and a premium 10.5-inch device. Now, 9.7 and 10.5 inches seem awfully close, but the latter will reportedly be the more expensive model and include an edge-to-edge screen and omit the home button. The devices are otherwise rumored to have the same size body .… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPad,Apple

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Researchers have created a way for you to charge your phone wirelessly just by standing in a room. In a paper published to scientific journal PLOS ONE titled “Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer,” three authors detail their process. Disney Research, who funded the project, also made a video showing the room and describing the research in layman’s terms. The electromagnetic signal charges compatible devices by radiating from a copper pole at the center of the room. Aluminum walls keep the (up to) 1900 watts of energy safely inside. Researchers then measured how much energy they could pump… This story continues at The Next Web

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Last September, we saw a Snapchat-like beta feature in WhatsApp’s Android app that let you share photos, videos and GIFs as your ‘Status’. It’s finally ready for prime-time, and it’s rolling out to iOS, Android and Windows Phone starting today. As we noted back then, it is an awful lot like Snapchat and Instagram Stories – you can add emoji, text and drawings to your images and video, and all your contacts will be able to view your multimedia Status – well, all the ones you allow, anyway. The update expires after 24 hours, and people can reply to your… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WhatsApp,Snapchat

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Leading up to last year’s presidential election, Bernie Sanders frequently spoke about how the United States were lagging behind in many fields, compared to the socialist’s wet dream Scandinavia. Sanders was especially fond of Denmark, and pointed out that the small Scandinavian country out-performed the US when it came to work benefits. Considering the abysmal first month of the president that Americans ended up with, things are not likely to change for the better. However, although American employees will not receive improved benefits it doesn’t have to stop American companies from improving their work culture. TNW reached out to Philip… This story continues at The Next Web

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