Is Your Startup Ready for Equity Crowdfunding? 7 Questions to Ask 

If all you know of crowdfunding for startups is the world of Kickstarter, you’re missing out on a booming opportunity to raise money online. Equity crowdfunding (aka crowdinvesting) is not right for every startup, but for some entrepreneurs, it can be a terrific way to raise capital and get great investor expertise for your small business. How is equity crowdfunding different from Kickstarter-style, rewards-based crowdfunding? One important difference: Rewards-based crowdfunding is usually for a...
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A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

TechCrunch: Hey Portal, dial Mark Portal: Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Yes Portal: Dialling Mark… TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? — oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, Mark! MZ: Sure — anytime. But you don’t mind if I tape over the camera do you? You see I’m a bit concerned about my privacy here at, like, home TC: We feel you, go ahead. As you can see, we already took the precaution of wearing this lar...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Tech, Washington Dc, Bob, Skype, Facetime, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Priscilla Chan, Max, Mark, Aren

Floater Chair

Modern long reclining chair made of single monolithic shell allows the user to gently rock back and forth while relaxing on smooth durable surface. Floater chaise longue designed by Manuel Kretzer and Mathias Bernhard. Also check out: Spiral Lounge Chai
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Home-security startup Ring is now in Amazon’s constellation, but moving in its own orbit

Home-security startup Ring, which Amazon bought in April, is benefiting from the online-retail giant's preference for decentralized teams and its habit of giving relatively free reign to companies it's acquired.
Tags: Amazon, Business, Technology, News

Apple Watch Series 4 now available for pre-order in India starting at Rs. 40900

Last month Apple announced that the Apple Watch Series 4 in 40mm and 44mm sizes with new display with an edge-to-edge curved display, digital crown with haptic feedback, 50% louder speakers, S4 chip with a custom 64-bit dual-core processor, new health capabilities, including a new accelerometer and gyroscope, which can detect hard falls.  Now the Apple Watch Series 4 is available for pre-order on Flipkart as well as authorized Apple re-sellers starting from Rs. 40,900 and will ship from Octob...
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Apple Inks $600 Million Deal To Acquire Assets and Talent From Dialog Semiconductor

In an effort to build faster, more efficient chips, Apple is paying a total of $600 million to Dialog Semiconductor, a chipmaker based out of Europe that it's been working with since the first iPhone. According to TechCrunch, Apple is paying $300 million in cash to buy a portion of the company, including licensing power-management technologies, assets, and more than 300 employees, as well as "committing a further $300 million to make purchases from the remaining part of Dialog's business." From ...
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5 quick tricks to improve your Amazon listing’s ranking on Google

It’s over. Amazon won. For now, the massive online retail giant stands atop every other ecommerce platform, leaving everyone else to fight over the scraps left in its shadow. If you’re doing ecommerce, you’re probably selling on Amazon (or you’re in one of the few niches that hasn’t been absorbed into its market-distorting gravitational field). Amazon is the biggest ecommerce platform out there, and if you’re not using it, you’re missing out. But there’s more to Amazon than just trying to own th...
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Trump threatens Saudis with 'punishment' over journalist disappearance

US President Donald Trump threatened Riyadh on Saturday with "severe punishment" if a journalist was killed inside its Istanbul consulate, as Saudi officials were to hold talks in Turkey about his fate. With the mystery over Jamal Khashoggi unresolved 11 days after he walked into the consulate and failed to reappear, a pro-government Turkish daily said the Saudi national had recorded his own interrogation inside the mission on an Apple Watch. Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi ...
Tags: Apple, News, US, Turkey, Donald Trump, Istanbul, Trump, Riyadh, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi

An ex-Googler who was part of a Noble Peace Prize-nominated project wants to reinvent the photography market

Patrick Ip, an ex-Googler who was involved in a Nobel Peace Prize nominated project, has a new startup called Catalog. Ip and his co-founder Jacobo Lumberas hope Catalog can create steady work and full-time jobs for independent photographers around the country.  Ip's project at Google — One Billion Acts of Peace — didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize, but has documented 53 million so-called acts of peace thus far.  When Patrick Ip joined Google in 2014, he was quickly introduced to a man named Me...
Tags: Google, Trends, IP, Desmond Tutu, Chade Meng Tan, Adwords Google, Watch Apple, Meng, Meng Meng, Patrick Ip, Jacobo Lumberas, Moonshot Capital

Here's how Google's new $800 Pixel 3 compares to the $750 iPhone XR (GOOG, GOOGL, AAPL)

If you're in the market for a new phone right now, you have a tough choice to make: Apple's iPhone XR, or the Google Pixel 3? The two phones have a lot in common. They both come in fun colors, have standout cameras, pack a ton of impressive features in a somewhat affordable package (or, at least, more affordable than some other options), and start shipping this month.  In fact, the devices are so similar, the biggest question for most people will be not about the hardware, but about the operati...
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Facebook Says Russian Firms 'Scraped' Data, Some for Facial Recognition

An anonymous reader quotes the New York Times: On the same day Facebook announced that it had carried out its biggest purge yet of American accounts peddling disinformation, the company quietly made another revelation: It had removed 66 accounts, pages and apps linked to Russian firms that build facial recognition software for the Russian government. Facebook said Thursday that it had removed any accounts associated with SocialDataHub and its sister firm, Fubutech, because the companies violated...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, New York Times, Times, Defense Ministry, SocialDataHub, Fubutech, The New York Times As Facebook, Artur Khachuyan

It looks like China just laid out how it wants Google to help it persecute its Muslim minority

Chinese regional authorities recently laid out the kind of speech suppression that Google will likely have to facilitate for the country's persecuted Muslim ethnic minority to launch its new product in China. Regional authorities in China passed new laws on how to crack down on its Uighur ethnic minority, which includes heavy surveillance, policing, and censorship from tech companies. Google has received a lot of backlash from rights activists and even the Trump administration for its China pl...
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The Magic Leap Con

Reader merbs shares a report about Magic Leap, a US-based startup valued at north of $6 billion and which counts Google, Alibaba, Warner Bros, AT&T, and several top Silicon Valley venture capital firms as its investors. The company, which held its first developer conference this week, announced that it is making its $2,295 AR headset available in more states in the United States. Journalist Brian Merchant attended the conference and shares the other part of the story. From a story: After spendin...
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It Was Flat Sales That Helped Microsoft Become America's #5 PC Maker

An anonymous reader quotes Ars Technica: Microsoft was the fifth-biggest PC maker in the U.S. in the third quarter of this year, according to industry advisory firm Gartner. The top spot in the U.S. belongs to HP, with about 4.5 million machines sold, ahead of Dell at 3.8 million, Lenovo at 2.3 million, and Apple at 2 million. The gap between fourth and fifth is pretty big -- Microsoft sold only 0.6 million Surface devices last quarter -- but it suggests that Microsoft's PC division is heading...
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Here's how Google's new $150 Home Hub compares to the Amazon Echo Show (AMZN, GOOGL, GOOG)

A year after Amazon introduced its first smart display, the Echo Show, Google has responded with its own version: the Google Home Hub.  It's good timing, since the 2018 version of the Echo Show ships out to customers on Thursday.  These smart displays are still relatively new, but what they can do goes way beyond the first iterations of virtual voice-assistants, which more than 60 million people already have in their homes. So whether you're one of those people and are considering an upgrade, o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Trends, Skype, Home Hub, Alexa, Amazon Echo Show, Echo Show Google, Google Home Hub, Google Home Hub Google

Patent Filings Reveal New Details About Microsoft's Vision For a Foldable, Dual-Screen Surface Device

A patent application published this week by Microsoft adds more fuel to the fire about the possibility of a new hybrid dual-screen Microsoft Surface device that blurs the lines between phone and tablet. From a report: The patent filing is for a "hinged device" with a "first and second portion" that includes a "flexible display." It would sport a hinge in the middle, similar in appearance to the one on the Surface Book, as well as familiar smartphone components like a bezel and camera. The invent...
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Hey Google, you don't really want to replace me, right?

Google introduced tools to make calls for us and take photos when it sees smiling. Is this technology enhancing our lives or getting a little creepy?            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Twitter is Being Investigated Over Data Collection In Its Link-Shortening System

New submitter DavidDoherty writes: The Ireland Data Protection Commission is investigating Twitter because the company refused to provide their (URL shortening service owned and used by Twitter) web link tracking data to UK professor, Michael Veale. "Their refusal to comply with the request is potentially a violation of the EU's allowance for requests under GDPR. The privacy expert said that Twitter refused to cite an exception to GDPR for requests that required 'disproportionate effort.'" ...
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Google said to be in talks with Flipkart, Paytm to launch its shopping tab in India

Google is said to be launching its shopping tab in India allowing users to search and buy products and direct them to merchant websites or e-commerce platforms for product listings, according to sources. The feature said to be testing for several months and will be piloted soon, prior to a full-fledged launch before the end of the year. When asked for a comment, a Google spokesperson in an emailed response said, “We are always exploring options to help consumers find the products they want to...
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, India, Blogging

Silicon Valley's Saudi Arabia Problem

An anonymous reader shares a report: Somewhere in the United States, someone is getting into an Uber en route to a WeWork co-working space. Their dog is with a walker whom they hired through the app Wag. They will eat a lunch delivered by DoorDash, while participating in several chat conversations on Slack. And, for all of it, they have an unlikely benefactor to thank: the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Long before the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished, the kingdom has sought influen...
Tags: Isis, Washington, Saudi Arabia, Wall Street, Softbank, Tech, Bloomberg, West, United States, Silicon Valley, Doordash, Alwaleed Bin Talal, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Public Investment Fund, Silicon Valley Saudi Arabia

Pixel Slate hands-on: Google’s gorgeous Chrome OS tablet features odd choices

The Pixel 3 may have been the star of the show at Google’s event this week, but the Pixel Slate tablet offers a compelling new product category for the search giant. Well, not totally new. A few years ago, Google had the Pixel C, a beautiful Android tablet that was somewhat ahead of its time, given the OS couldn’t even run two apps side-by-side back then. The Pixel Slate instead offers a new vision for Google’s tablets, slotting in somewhere between the Pixel C and last year’s Pixelbook. It star...
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Salesforce Unveils Quip Slides for Small Business Collaboration

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) announces a new presentation tool to challenge PowerPoint and Google Slides. But the approach the company  has taken with its competing product is very much different than the other two services and critically important for the way teams work today. Salesforce Quip Slides Quip Slides is a presentation tool with all the bells and whistles built mobile-first. On top of that, it will help your team collaborate, interact, communicate and drive decisions in real time, the co...
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These 12 apps and services can help you ditch Google completely (GOOGL, GOOG)

Got beef with Google?  After news of the Google+ fiasco, we know at least some of you do. But it's hard to leave Google — for most, Google powers much of our daily, digital lives. Its tremendous array of useful apps and services makes it really easy to stay with Google forever.  Luckily, a list recently appeared on ProductHunt — called "No More Google" — that provides "privacy-friendly alternatives to Google products." It's solid advice on how to break free from Google's grip without being any ...
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Android Pie cloud backups are now encrypted with user’s lock screen passwords

Google Android 9.0 Pie changes the way backups are stored in a way that even Google can't read the data. It is known that Google automatically backs up data like SMS, messages on Pixel phones to the cloud so if you wipe your device you can restore them back again. Now, in the company's security blog, Google revealed that "devices can take advantage of a new capability where backed-up application data can only be decrypted by a key that is randomly generated at the client." This key is based o...
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Elevate Your 2019 SCI Convention Experience Discovering the Changes in Reno, Nevada

Elevate Your 2019 SCI Convention Experience Discovering the Changes in Reno, Nevada USA – -( The Reno Tahoe area has experienced an inspiring array of change since SCI’s last convention six years ago. The local economy is booming and tourism is responding to that growth. Your 2019 SCI Convention experience will be elevated as you discover or rediscover this great destination.Fly in to the Reno-Tahoe International Airport on one of the added flights; many are nonstop. Stay at any ...
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Investigators Told Not to Look at iPhones With Face ID to Avoid Lock-Out: Report

It’s no secret that law enforcement often resorts to workarounds for Apple’s security features, but the Face ID technology of the iPhone X makes things tricky. According to a report from Motherboard, forensics company Elcomsoft is advising law enforcement to not even look at phones with Face ID. This is because with…Read more...
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Google Translate's Camera Mode Now Works For a Lot More Languages

Whenever I travel abroad I always do my best to act like a local, including speaking the local language whenever I can. In some countries that works great, in others, I can’t really avoid being a bumbling mess.Read more...
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Are Universal Basic Incomes 'A Tool For Our Further Enslavement'?

Douglas Rushkoff, long-time open source advocate (and currently a professor of Digital Economics at the City University of New York, Queens College), is calling Universal Basic Incomes "no gift to the masses, but a tool for our further enslavement." Uber's business plan, like that of so many other digital unicorns, is based on extracting all the value from the markets it enters. This ultimately means squeezing employees, customers, and suppliers alike in the name of continued growth. When people...
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How to Get Fortnite on Any Android Phone Now

When Epic Games initially released Fortnite for Android earlier this year it made it exclusively available on Samsung devices. If you’re rocking a Galaxy S9 or Note 9, then that was great news. If you had any other Android phone on the planet, it was kind of a bummer.Read more...
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Many Pay High Investment Company Fees For Services They Don't Use, Survey Shows

Penelope Wang, writing for Consumer Reports: If you are investing in stocks, bonds, or mutual funds, you have a wide range of options to help manage your portfolio -- everything from traditional brokerages to mutual fund companies to online financial firms. But as consumers search for an investment company, many pay little attention to the fees they're being charged, according to a just-released Consumer Reports survey of more than 46,000 CR members. Four out of 10 surveyed said they weren't sur...
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