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Tech and politics clash in Cameroon as government restores internet
(image) The government of Cameroon ended its internet blackout of parts of the country last week, according to news reports and confirmation from the country’s Ambassador to the U.S.The three month outage forced the hand of Africa’s largest telecom, halted operations of its leading e-commerce startup, and created digital refugees. Read More(image)
Giant companies that won’t buy your startup
(image) Huge companies in fast-changing, technology-intensive businesses buy startups. After all, they have the money and need fresh entrepreneurial talent to tap new markets and stay abreast of disruption. That’s the collective wisdom about M&A in venture capital and startup circles. It’s also how the venture business survives. But what if the common wisdom isn’t true? Read More(image)
Military social network wants you to hire a vet for your next tech opening
(image) Veteran-focused social platform Sandboxx wants to pair its community members with experts who can ease their transition back into the workforce — and hopefully even land them a job.Global firm Betts Recruiting will join the self-described “military media and technology company” to empower vets to seek careers in the tech industry and to demonstrate their unique value to… Read More(image)
Jack Dorsey just spent $9.5M buying more Twitter stock
(image) Jack Dorsey is at it again — after purchasing $7 million in Twitter stock back in February, the Twitter CEO bought another $9.5 million today. After making his purchase, Dorsey posted the news on Facebook Twitter, sparking a one percent gain in the company’s after share price in after-hours trading. According to an SEC filing, Dorsey purchased 574,002 shares of Twitter stock… Read More(image)
California orders Rydengo to shut down its website
(image) On April 13, the state of California issued a cease and desist letter to RydenGo, saying that the company had to take its website down. The letter stated that the ride hailing startup was operating without a permit from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The problem with the order, according to RydenGo CEO Michael Pappas, is that the company is not yet operating. It does have… Read More(image)
Tumblr just added a switch in the iOS Settings that lets you turn the porn back on
(image) Here’s an interesting change: Tumblr’s iOS application just received an update which now lets you turn on or off adult-oriented, NSFW search results just by toggling a switch in iOS’s Settings. That’s right: you can now switch on or off the Tumblr porn with ease. Weirder still, Tumblr’s note about the change in the App Store update text says this was… Read More(image)
Climate marches draw hundreds of thousands on Donald Trump’s 100th day in office
(image) Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in cities around the country marking President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office with protests against his environmental policies. In Washington, organizers of the climate march estimated some 200,000 people showed up to march, clogging  the streets and snarling traffic on a sweltering day where temperatures threatened to break records.… Read More(image)
Ballz is my new digital enemy and favorite mobile game
(image) I’ve played my fair share of iPhone games, but few have taken over my mind and life like Ballz.From Ketchapp, Ballz is about as simple as it is infuriating. It’s a mix between old-school Pong and Threes.The player starts with a single ball at the bottom of the screen and a number of blocks, each with a number, floating at the top of the screen. Pulling back with a finger and… Read More(image)
How GE avoided Kodak’s fate
(image) George Eastman founded Kodak in 1888 in Rochester, New York. Four years later and 200 miles down the road, Thomas Edison and some pals founded General Electric. The two industrial giants chugged along for more than 100 years, but GE is still here and Kodak is (mostly) gone, flushed down the disruption pipes of late-20th-century digitization. How did GE manage to avoid the same fate? Read More(image)
City of Portland may subpoena Uber for details on Greyball program
(image) The Rose City isn’t happy with Uber… again. After the company failed to turn over details on its deeply sketchy “Greyball” software by Portland’s deadline, the city may seek to compel Uber to hand it over with a subpoena. Those intentions, reported by the Oregonian, were articulated by Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the city’s Bureau… Read More(image)
Cloudera finishes up 20% in stock market debut
(image) Cloudera, the enterprise big data company, closed the day up over 20% at $18.09, after pricing its IPO at $15 per share.  This is also above the range of $12 to $14 that enterprise big data company was preparing for. While the surging stock price is great for new investors, the outcome is still a significant disappointment for some employees of the company because their equity compensation… Read More(image)
Exploring Virtualities, a Utah VR arcade and theater startup taking over a dying mall
(image) VR theaters and arcades like Virtualities are starting to pop up in warehouses and other empty spaces around the U.S., including Burningham’s startup, located in what used to be a Hot Topic on the second floor of the Gateway Mall on Salt Lake City’s west side. The mall was built specifically to show off the fine dining and retail offerings of Utah as the world came to visit during… Read More(image)
Wikipedia has been blocked in Turkey
(image) Wikipedia, the online user-generated encyclopedia, has been blocked by the Turkish government. News of the blockage was first reported by the website Turkey Blocks, at around 1AM Eastern this morning. Confirmed: All editions of the #Wikipedia online encyclopedia blocked in #Turkey as of 8:00AM local timehttps://t.co/ybFolRmsOs pic.twitter.com/hI9tn4bHe5 — Turkey Blocks… Read More(image)
Middle East startups are growing fast, and that’s even before the flying taxis arrive
(image) The flight from Tehran to Dubai is about two hours, similar to the flight from New York to Chicago. The flight from Cairo to Beirut is one hour and 15 minutes. In more peaceful times, the drive from Beirut to Damascus in Syria would take you less than two hours. The interconnectedness of the Middle East / North Africa (MENA) region is apparent once you start travelling around —… Read More(image)
Hear “Grown-Up” Children’s Story Written by Tom Waits, Nick Cave & Other Artists, Read by Danny Devito, Zach Galifianakis & More

Ten years ago, Jeff Antebi, the founder of the record company Waxploitation, asked musicians and contemporary painters to collaborate on a collection of children’s stories for grown-ups. Today, you can find the fruits of their labor collected in a new, 350-page book project called Stories for Ways & Means. The book features tales by Tom Waits (above), […]

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Former NSA director explains why the spy agency will end a controversial surveillance technique
(image) Earlier today, the NSA announced its intentions to limit a surveillance technique that had a nasty side effect of sweeping up communications to and from Americans. In a rare unprompted press statement, the NSA explained explained that it would halt “any upstream internet communications that are solely ‘about’ a foreign intelligence target,” restricting its… Read More(image)
Tencent to open AI research center in Seattle
(image) Chinese tech conglomerate Tencent will be opening a new AI research center in Seattle, according to The Information. The company has long had a core office in Palo Alto, but this will be its first major machine intelligence R&D effort in the country. Earlier this week Tencent announced that it would open its first data center in Silicon Valley.  Yu Dong, formally of Microsoft Research,… Read More(image)
Apple offers feedback on California’s proposed driverless testing rule changes
(image) Apple has offered feedback to the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) concerning its proposed new rule changes regarding autonomous vehicle testing on state roads. The formal feedback provided by Apple is relatively short and to the point, contained in a letter submitted to the DMV and embedded below, signed by Apple Director of Product Integrity Steve Kenner (who also authored… Read More(image)
Snapchat is stifled by its un-algorithmic feed
(image) Snapchat invented its best products by being the anti-Facebook. Its disappearing chats made visual communication quick and casual compared to Facebook’s email-esque text messages. Stories ditched the likes and permanacy so you could share your raw moments in the now, instead of just the life highlights that define you forever on your Facebook Timeline. Read More(image)
Amazon is shutting down its “Underground Actually Free” program that gives away free Android apps
(image) Late on Friday, Amazon announced it will be shutting down its “Underground Actually Free” program which offers customers free versions of Android apps that would typically cost money, including those that relied on in-app purchases but were otherwise free downloads. Though it promised long-term support when it debuted back in August 2015, Amazon today says the “Actually… Read More(image)
Yik Yak shuts down after Square paid $1 million for its engineers
(image) Yik Yak cofounders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington published a farewell note to users on Friday, announcing they would shut down their once-popular anonymous social network this week. The app allowed people to connect with other users within a certain radius, and was widely marketed in and used on college campuses.According to an SEC filing issued on April 16th, Square, has agreed to… Read More(image)
Microsoft hires former FTC figure for new privacy role
(image) On Friday, Microsoft announced that it will create a new role for former Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill. Brill will take the lead on privacy, data protection and regulatory issues at Microsoft as the corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for its Privacy and Regulatory Affairs group. An Obama nominee, Brill joined the FTC as a commissioner in 2010 and served there for… Read More(image)
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