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  • What’s Next

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    Fred Wilson
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    I am always thinking about what is next and I feel like I’m spending even more time this year thinking about this. All of us at USV seem to be pondering this question a lot right now. I came across this nice post by Ben Thompson in which he ponders the question out loud, which is my favorite way to ponder. Here is the money quote: While the introduction of the iPhone seems like it was just yesterday (at least it does to me!), we are quickly approaching seven years – about the midway point of this epoch, if the PC and Internet are any indication.4 I sense, though, that we may be…
  • Q&A With Penelope. About work. Or something approximating that.

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    Penelope Trunk
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    On a good day I would tell you that I have my own startup and a successful blog and I work from home. On a bad day I would tell you that I homeschool and every minute I’m not refereeing brotherly fights, I am cleaning up from one meal or cooking the next. On a bad day you’d ask me when I work and I’d snap back at you, because on bad days I’m snappy, and I’d say that I work in between everything else. I usually don’t do written interviews, but this time it was for the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and I don’t want people where I live to hate me, so I…
  • The curse of compressing reality

    Signal vs. Noise
    Noah
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    When I’m not analyzing data, I like to make things from wood—furniture, cutting boards, etc. Making something physical after sitting at a computer all day is relaxing and rewarding, and I’m never short on gifts for family and friends. My woodworking isn’t totally detached from technology, and I rely heavily on forums, websites, online magazines, and YouTube both for inspiration and to learn how to do things. I’ve learned most of what I know about woodworking from people on the Internet, and I’ve been inspired to tackle things that I never would have thought…
  • Performance As Design

    Matt Mullenweg
    Matt
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Performance As Design, by Brad Frost. Great thoughts and links. Performance is going to be a big focus for me in 2015.
  • Creating a Culture of Content — Empowering Your Employees

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    Charlene Li
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:19 am
    Content marketing is hot, but it is not solely created by, inspired by, or used by marketing.
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  • Q&A With Penelope. About work. Or something approximating that.

    Penelope Trunk
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:52 am
    On a good day I would tell you that I have my own startup and a successful blog and I work from home. On a bad day I would tell you that I homeschool and every minute I’m not refereeing brotherly fights, I am cleaning up from one meal or cooking the next. On a bad day you’d ask me when I work and I’d snap back at you, because on bad days I’m snappy, and I’d say that I work in between everything else. I usually don’t do written interviews, but this time it was for the Wisconsin Humanities Council, and I don’t want people where I live to hate me, so I…
  • 5 Cover letter mistakes that make you look nuts

    Penelope Trunk
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    Melissa and I are in a hotel room in New York City to meet with a guy who has a lot of money and wants to do a makeup line. And of course Melissa and I said we could definitely launch a makeup line. I mean, we shop at Sephora, so we can launch something like that. Of course it will not be something like that at all because we are differentiating our makeup line. We are not sure how, though, which is why we came to New York a day early so we could order room service and walk around in pajamas and read blogs about the resurgence of brick-and-mortar stores, which we will be leading. Of course.
  • You have to fail to move forward

    Penelope Trunk
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Kate and I are getting acclimated to each other. I am used to how when I was coaching Kate she thought everything I said was genius. But now that she lives with me she would like me to not be so bossy. Kate discovers that the best time to talk with me is late at night when the boys are asleep and I’m too tired to work—that’s when I’m the least stressed out. And she is getting used to me having an assistant for everything. Jeanenne and Kate spend the morning on the sofa trying to figure out how to get Kate health insurance. But after all their effort, it becomes…
  • 4-Day webinar with Penelope: Make money selling your ideas

    Penelope Trunk
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
    The course will be Mon. Dec. 15 through Thurs. Dec. 18 at 8pm EST. It’s $195. The course includes four days of live video sessions, live chat and email-based course materials. If  you miss the live sessions you can view them on demand.  Sign up now. You can judge if you are one of my good friends by whether or not I’ve fired you. Melissa, for example, is my really really good friend because I’ve fired her three times. I fired Cassie twice. In fact, I was going to throw out that picture up top because it was from when she was working for me, but before I could even get…
  • 7 Ways to have a good marriage

    Penelope Trunk
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    Staying married is important for your career. If you’re the breadwinner, and you have kids but get divorced, you will need to earn enough money for two households instead of one. Bye-bye career change. If you are not the breadwinner, you’ll start being the breadwinner, and all the career flexibility your marriage provided will be gone. Now you’ll have a much more limited set of possibilities for your career choices. Add to that: you won’t be able to relocate for a job because your kids are not going to relocate with you—that’s almost always by court…
 
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  • The curse of compressing reality

    Noah
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:16 pm
    When I’m not analyzing data, I like to make things from wood—furniture, cutting boards, etc. Making something physical after sitting at a computer all day is relaxing and rewarding, and I’m never short on gifts for family and friends. My woodworking isn’t totally detached from technology, and I rely heavily on forums, websites, online magazines, and YouTube both for inspiration and to learn how to do things. I’ve learned most of what I know about woodworking from people on the Internet, and I’ve been inspired to tackle things that I never would have thought…
  • Stuck again

    Nathan Kontny
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    In 1949, Earl Bakken and his brother-in-law Palmer Hermundslie started a medical device repair shop in Palmer's garage. It was a terrible place to work – freezing in the winter, stifling in the summer. We used a garden hose to spray water on the roof in a not especially successful attempt to cool the place down a few degrees. At least once during those early days, the garage was infested with flying ants. Unlike your typical "successful" startup garage stories, they were in that garage for the next 12 years. In their first month of operation, they earned a whopping $8 of…
  • A Slice of Small Business Life

    Wailin Wong
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    There was a time in America, if you can believe it, when you would order a pizza and it would arrive somewhat cold and soggy. A horrifying prospect! Ingrid Kosar was disenchanted with cold delivery pizza too, and she wanted to do something about it. In 1984, she filed a patent for a “thermally insulated food bag,” which is familiar to pizza eaters the world over. Photo by Michael Berger Kosar has a great entrepreneurial origin story. The next three decades of her career don’t make as tidy a narrative. The bags got commoditized; Kosar lost business to lower-priced competitors…
  • Shipping Basecamp for iOS 2.0

    Nick
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Almost 2 years ago I wrote about our approach to building our first in-house native application. This week, we shipped version 2.0 of Basecamp for iPhone, which now shares a codebase with Basecamp for iPad. I’m proud to say this is our best iOS release yet. Give it a shot! What’s changed? Everything. For starters, we’ve: Rewritten the app in Objective-C Banked on our hybrid architecture Shared a universal codebase between iPhone and iPad Reinforced our testing infrastructure I’m happy to share the details on how we built and shipped the app. Let’s dig in.
  • Basecamp the Infomercial

    Shaun
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
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  • Performance As Design

    Matt
    4 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Performance As Design, by Brad Frost. Great thoughts and links. Performance is going to be a big focus for me in 2015.
  • Email Spell Check

    Matt
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    I kind of want spell check for emails I receive, not just ones I send. Also someone needs to make a Ubiquiti server hosting service.
  • Life Hack

    Matt
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    Life Hack: Put leftovers on top of your Mac Pro to keep them warm.
  • Science of Hits

    Matt
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    “Because the most-popular songs now stay on the charts for months, the relative value of a hit has exploded. The top 1 percent of bands and solo artists now earn 77 percent of all revenue from recorded music, media researchers report. And even though the amount of digital music sold has surged, the 10 best-selling tracks command 82 percent more of the market than they did a decade ago. The advent of do-it-yourself artists in the digital age may have grown music’s long tail, but its fat head keeps getting fatter.” — The Shazam Effect.
  • Peak Beard

    Matt
    17 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    “If, like me, you are a staunch pogonophile and do not believe there is a single man who cannot be improved with a beard, these are happy times indeed.” The Guardian asks Have we reached peak beard?. Also check out their take on the lumbersexual, which a closet full of plaid shirts might indicate I’m trending toward.
 
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  • Predictions for 2015…Sleep (Resmed), Tasers and Vaporizers, Cat Juggling (Buzzfeed over CNN), Uber IPO (Yawn), and The VIX hits 1 (Blame China)

    Howard Lindzon
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Before I get to more predictions for 2015…Here were my predictions for 2014 (they have a link to my 2013 predictions as well and so on…) . Not too shabby. As for the future… People remain underinvested and overdiversfied. Old people are scared because they watch FOX and CNN while young people have too many choices. The only other ‘under’ we suffer is sleep. Otherwise we are overscreened, overcaffienated, overweight, overnewsed and overmedicated. I don’t care about the blame because of the opportunity. I have already blogged about my two favorite trends this…
  • Predictions for 2015 …Continued…Web Video and Financial Web

    Howard Lindzon
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Yesterday I wrote about what I saw happening in Fintech and Web Video. Late in the day, Bill Gurley chimed in on Twitter with this post: There is way more to do in video. Queues, curation, competition. If you have an idea, I am all ears. — Bill Gurley (@bgurley) December 2, 2014 He’s not an average Venture Capitalist. He’s a legend. AOL continued it’s video acquisition spree buying Vidible yesterday for $50 million. Yahoo bought Brightroll for $640 million a few weeks ago. All the media/content platforms are arming up. Today, I watch more HBO and Showtime than any…
  • Predictions for 2015 …FinTastic, Videolicious, Be Eclectic, Tend To Your Networks and Cold Calls Still Matter

    Howard Lindzon
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I am sticking with a few of my 2013 ad 2014 predictions that continue to do well, but also continue to be early in their trends still…the opportunities in web video and the financial web (‘FinTech’). BUT, let’s start with being eclectic and making cold calls. The best investors read like crazy, read the right stuff and follow the right people. They also have an open mind. They get out of the office. They travel. They meet face to face. They go off the grid. I am constantly on the lookout for fresh voices to mix with the people that make me money. But I also have a…
  • Nasdaq 10,000 by 2016

    Howard Lindzon
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:14 am
    I have had a fantastic week of work in London. All of it off the telco grid. I have survived on wifi, paper maps and friends. Last night I got to hang with my good friend Yoni Assia (world travelere based in Israel), founder of Etoro (an amazing and almost global brokerage which I am investor in) who was wildly bullish on Bitcoin in 2009 at 20 cents. He begged me to own some while I was visiting Israel. I did not. Last night he used my Robinhood account to buy 1 share of Apple on my Robinhood iPhone app with the flick of a finger. He shared it into my stream to embarrass me. This classic…
  • Peak America? Peak Internet Freedom? Peak Lindzon?

    Howard Lindzon
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    As confident as I am in the social revolution and boom….I worry about all of the above in the title as I travel for a month talking to Stocktwits customers. Fun facts about global markets at this point in time: 1. The US markets are at all-time highs (software and biotech continue to lead) 2. Oil has dropped below $80/barrel for the first time in years. Restaurant, retail and consumer good stocks are rocketing. 3. Apple has a larger market capitalization than all of Russia’s stock market. 4. Alibaba and Baidu (I am long BIDU in the SL50) are the first two Chinese companies I call…
 
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  • How I fell in love with—and invested $250k in—the BETTER App

    krute
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    I never invest in music or healthcare startups. In music, anything that’s interesting to consumers is quickly slaughtered by the rights holders, and in health, anything interesting is brutally murdered by red tape. At least that was my thinking until I fell in love with a simple little App called BETTER. [Click to tweet (you can edit before sending): http://ctt.ec/BGFyc]   What is BETTER? BETTER is an App that pairs you with a PHA (personal health assistant) in a Facebook-like feed. It costs only $20 per month for individuals and $50 per month for families. Once in the App you can ask…
  • Are you ready to change your life forever?

    krute
    9 Dec 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Are you ready to quit & change your destiny? Here at LAUNCH our mission is “to support founders & inspire innovation,” and today we’re thrilled to announce our “In Residence” program — a chance for you to change your destiny in this life! [Click to tweet (you can edit before posting): http://ctt.ec/yO9tA ] This Thursday we are starting the LAUNCH Incubator, as you may have read. We have seven (perhaps eight if they sign their contract today!) of the most promising startups I’ve ever seen in eight years of hosting the Launch Festival and across 80 investments (Uber…
  • How to Launch your startup in 100 days — at LAUNCH Festival!

    Emily
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    In 109 days we will host the 8th annual LAUNCH Festival… … and you’re launching your startup at it! [ Click to tweet this email (you can edit first): http://ctt.ec/lH0g9 ] Over the eight years, I personally selected and coached startups including: Dropbox ($10B+ valuation), Mint (sold to Intuit for $170M), Yammer (sold to Microsoft for $1.2B), Red Beacon (sold to Home Depot for $70M+), Clicker (sold to CBS for $100m), FitBit ($300M+ valuation), Swype & TrueCar (IPOed this year, $1B valuation) for their six monumental minutes on stage. Those startups combined, and the 390 others…
  • Welcome to The Incubator

    Emily
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Here’s a little surprise: starting Dec 1st and ending at the LAUNCH Festival on March 2nd I will be hosting a six-startup incubator called: “The Incubator.” [ You can refer to it as “The LAUNCH Incubator” if you like. ] Two of the companies have been selected. One is founded by my former partner on Weblogs Inc, Brian Alvey; the other is by former LAUNCH CEO Jason Demant — I like to keep it all in the family! That leaves four more slots, one of which I hope to be a team willing to take on thetruthaboutcars.com (based on this request for prototype: http://goo.gl/sxYoJz ). I’d…
  • Why founders fail to scale (come to SCALE SCHOOL)

    Emily
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Why founders fail to scale (come to SCALE SCHOOL) Jason’s List: 42,220 members http://launch.co/ Words: 2,512 Listening to: David Bowie, Changes TL;DR version: founders ‘fail to scale’ because it’s harder than new features & speaking gigs Next event: SCALE (school): launchscale.net Oct 23 & 24 55 days ago I wrote “Startups are about scale,” [ http://bit.ly/1xvaJVB ] with the basic premise that “Building a great product is table stakes in 2014, leaving scaling a startup as the elite skill.” This isn’t to say that “building a great product” is easy, it’s really…
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  • Human Foie Gras — A Golden Opportunity

    Tim Ferriss
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:28 pm
    To kick things off, what is foie gras? It can be explained with a short missive from our friend Wikipedia: The California foie gras law, California S.B. 1520, is a California State statute that prohibits the “force feed[ing of] a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size”… Former Senator John Burton called foie gras production “an inhumane process that other countries have sensibly banned.” Given this outrage related to mistreating birds, you might be surprised to learn that human foie gras industries are booming.
  • Writing with the Master – The Magic of John McPhee

    Tim Ferriss
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    If I could study non-fiction writing with anyone, it would be John McPhee. He is a staff writer at The New Yorker, a four-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and he won that award in 1999 for Annals of the Former World.  Even more impressive to me, he can turn any subject — truly, any subject — into a page turner. An entire book about oranges? Check. Bark canoes? Done. For as long as I can remember, I’ve raved about his books like a sweaty-palmed fan boy.  Personal favorites include the bite-sized Levels of the Game (about one epic tennis match), Coming into the…
  • Marc Goodman, FBI Futurist, on High-Tech Crime and How to Protect Yourself

    Ian Robinson
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    “The fact of the matter is, back in 2008, terrorists were using search engines, like Google, to determine who shall live and who shall die. I know it’s a black swan event, but when you’re sharing on Facebook, it’s not just the media and marketing companies that you need to be concerned about. When you share openly, everybody has access to it.” (Tweet It) – Marc Goodman [Quick announcement: The Tim Ferriss Show is officially one of iTunes’ “Best of 2014“! Would you or your company like to sponsor the show? Click here for more details.] Marc…
  • Bryan Callen on Eating Corgis (Yes, The Dogs) and Improving Creativity

    Ian Robinson
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:22 pm
    “There are three things you can’t fake: 1. Fighting, 2. Sex, and 3. Comedy.” (Tweet It) - Bryan Callen Alright, this may be the funniest episode yet. Bryan Callen is a world-class comic and prolific actor. He travels the globe performing stand-up comedy for sold-out audiences, and — in his spare time — regularly appears on shows like Frasier, Entourage, Law & Order, CSI, Sex and the City, Oz, The King of Queens, and How I Met Your Mother. Bryan is also INCREDIBLY well read.  Don’t miss the show notes and links below. In this episode, we delve…
  • The Random Show: Hating Tech, Hidden Japanese Gems, Sexual Awkwardness, and More

    Ian Robinson
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This episode of The Random Show is a mind snack… fueled by wine. There are dozens of topics covered in this bromantic session of scatterbrained nonsense. Like what? To start off: hidden gems in Japan, hating tech, Kevin’s new obsessions (and projects), gifts, books we’re reading, excessive sexual awkwardness, and much more. O-tanoshimi dane! For all previous episodes of The Random Show, including the infamous China Scam episode, click here. Can’t see the video above? Click here. Want audio to listen on the go?  Here you go… Listen to it on iTunes. Stream by…
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  • Clear language and respect

    Seth Godin
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:01 am
    Our connection economy thrives when people understand what to expect from one another. We're more likely than ever to engage in interactions that involve an exchange, something that deserves a specific clarification. I'll do this and you'll do that. More and more agreements are being made, because more and more transactions happen outside or between organizations. The question then: What does good drafting look like? If the agreement starts with "whereas" and continues along with, "notwithstanding the foregoing," and when it must be decoded by a lawyer on the other side, something has gone…
  • End of year book and audio roundup

    Seth Godin
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 am
    Just in time for the last-minute frenzy (of reading, listening or giving): My favorite fun novel of the year was Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I listened to it on audio and loved every moment. On Immunity was another audio favorite. An even-handed meditation on why people believe what they believe, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, this book is almost literary at times. Eastern Standard Tribe is a great introdution to the books of Cory Doctorow. The later stuff is even better, but all of it is thought provoking. The Diamond Age was so far ahead of its time that most of you haven't read it.
  • Where to start

    Seth Godin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    Start your first business this way: Begin with the smallest possible project in which someone will pay you money to solve a problem they know they have. Charge less than it's worth and more than it costs you. Repeat. You don't have to wait for perfect or large or revered or amazing. You can start.        
  • Retribution

    Seth Godin
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    "He deserved it," is usually the explanation we hear for behavior that strikes us as unproductive, inhumane or counter-productive. The bully is always happy to point a finger at the person he hurt, to cast blame for his inexcusable actions. Retribution is a habit, usually a learned one. It's tit for tat, the instinct to punish. That's a very different posture than the one the productive professional takes. She says, "I choose to take actions that are effective." She chooses a response designed to produce the outcome she seeks, actions that work. We can react or respond, as my friend Zig used…
  • The annual plan construction set

    Seth Godin
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    It's that time of year, when big companies race to put together their annual plan for the coming year. These documents, even though they're now digital, involve thousands of hours of analog meetings and discussion and compromise. To save you time, here's a simple list you can use. Just pick one or more phrases, string them together using words like, "using," and a bit of reconjugation and you're on your way. Act in collaboration Break existing paradigms Commit to quality Define new aspirational goals Deliver on opportunities Develop and align talent Develop the optimal portfolio of…
 
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  • The Interview Mess

    Fred Wilson
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:06 am
    So Sony has decided to pull the plug on The Interview after the major theater chains decided against showing the film. This is a fascinating story on so many levels. It is not clear  to me who was behind the hacking attack on Sony, but there are some obvious candidates. We are witnessing cyber warfare in real time. And there are real costs involved. Who knows how much Sony has lost or will lose as a result of the hacking incident and all the repercussions. But we do know that The Interview cost $42mm to make and there were “tens of millions” of marketing and distribution costs…
  • What’s Next

    Fred Wilson
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:58 am
    I am always thinking about what is next and I feel like I’m spending even more time this year thinking about this. All of us at USV seem to be pondering this question a lot right now. I came across this nice post by Ben Thompson in which he ponders the question out loud, which is my favorite way to ponder. Here is the money quote: While the introduction of the iPhone seems like it was just yesterday (at least it does to me!), we are quickly approaching seven years – about the midway point of this epoch, if the PC and Internet are any indication.4 I sense, though, that we may be…
  • Hashtags As Social Networks

    Fred Wilson
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    Our portfolio company Kik launched hashtags yesterday. Kik is a mobile messenger so in Kik’s model hashtags are private or public group chats. If I send a hashtag to a friend in Kik that says let’s chat about tonight’s knicks game at #knickskik, then that becomes a private group between me and that friend (and any others who we invite). I’ve done that so the #knickskik hashtag is now private on Kik. But hashtags can also be public. If you have the latest version of Kik on your phone (came out yesterday), type #avckikgroup into a chat and then click on that link. Up to…
  • Holiday Giving

    Fred Wilson
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:40 am
    Every year at this time of the year, my office piles up with gifts that people send me. I don’t drive back and forth to work so it’s not easy for me to bring them home. So a big pile builds up and sometime in January or February, I get a big bag, come in on the weekend, and pick everything up and bring it home. As you can imagine reading this, I get annoyed by this. I know the gifts are sent with the best intentions. But sadly they are not received that way. What I would massively prefer is a donation be made instead. – Back a Kickstarter. – Or participate in the…
  • The Perfect Board

    Fred Wilson
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:48 am
    Last month Sam Altman wrote a post about board members and why you should want them. I read it and then tweeted it out: This is a great post by @sama about board members and why you should want them http://t.co/09Har9cfpb — Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) November 11, 2014 In Sam’s post, he says: Personally, I think the ideal board structure for most early-stage companies is a 5-member board with 2 founders, 2 investors, and one outsider.  I think a 4-member board with 2 founders, 1 investor and 1 outsider is also good (in practice, the even number is almost never a problem). I’ve…
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  • Four short links: 18 December 2014

    Nat Torkington
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Popular Chinese Android Smartphone Backdoored By Manufacturer — Coolpad is the third largest smartphone builder in China, and ranks sixth worldwide with 3.7 percent global market share. It trails only Lenovo and Xiaomi in China and is the leader of China’s 4G market with 16 percent market share. Coolpad outsells Samsung and Apple in China, and has said it plans to expand globally with a goal of 60 million phones worldwide. For now, its high-end Halo Dazen phones are the only ones containing the backdoor, Palo Alto said. Backdoor enabled installation of other apps, dial numbers, send…
  • Business at web speed

    Courtney Nash
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Seven years ago, Steve Souders and Jesse Robbins came to the realization that they both worked within “tribes” that, while ostensibly quite different, were talking about many of the same things. Front-end developers and engineers were figuring out how to make web pages faster and more reliable, and web operations folks were making deployments faster and more resilient. And so goes the tale of how Velocity came to be — a conference that brought those tribes together and openly shared how to make the web faster and stronger. In those seven years, quite a lot has changed, and many…
  • 21st century communication with WebRTC

    Ally MacDonald
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    As the web platform continues to evolve, tools have emerged for connecting people and computers in new and interesting ways. Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) stands out as one of the most significant and disruptive of these emerging technologies, allowing developers to embed peer-to-peer real-time communication in the browser without proprietary plugins, while breaking away from the traditional client-server paradigm. Since Google released and open-sourced the WebRTC project in early 2011, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have been working…
  • An ecosystem of connected devices

    Mary Treseler
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from our recent book Designing Multi-Device Experiences, by Michal Levin. This excerpt is included in our curated collection of chapters from the O’Reilly Design library. Download a free copy of the Experience Design ebook here. Download a free copy of the Experience Design ebook here.We have entered a world of multi-device experiences. Our lives have become a series of interactions with multiple digital devices, enabling each of us to learn, buy, compare, search, navigate, connect, and manage every aspect of modern life. Consider the hours we spend with…
  • Four short links: 17 December 2014

    Nat Torkington
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    USB Armory — another Linux-on-a-stick, but this one has some nifty dimensions and security applications in mind. Who’s the Boss? — The Elf on the Shelf essentially teaches the child to accept an external form of non-familial surveillance in the home when the elf becomes the source of power and judgment, based on a set of rules attributable to Santa Claus. Excellent deconstruction of ludic malware. (via Washington Post) Bezos on Time (Business Insider) — Where you are going to spend your time and your energy is one of the most important decisions you get to make in…
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  • Expect Labs Raises $13M To Give Apps Better Voice Controls

    Kyle Russell
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
     TechCrunch Startup Battlefield alum Expect Labs has raised a $13 million in a Series A round led by IDG Ventures, USAA that also included Samsung, Intel, Telefonica, and others. Read More
  • Open Garden Raises $10.8M Series A Round To Double Down On Its Off-Grid FireChat Messenger

    Frederic Lardinois
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
     Open Garden, the company behind the popular FireChat messaging app, today announced its $10.8 million Series A funding round led by August Capital. Other investors include  Firebolt Ventures, Future Perfect Ventures, Kima Ventures, Tseung Kwan Ventures and Sherpalo. Including this round, Open Garden has now raised $12.8 million. The company recently found its footing with the launch of… Read More
  • First Opinion Raises $6 Million In Series A From Polaris Partners To Help You Text Your Doctor

    Sarah Buhr
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
     Mobile doctor visits startup First Opinion has gained $6 million in Series A funding, led by early stage health investors Polaris Partners. Previous investors contributing to this round include True Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Scrum Ventures and Monashees Capital. A seed round of $2.6 million brings the total investment amount to date to $8.6 million. The app works by letting patients… Read More
  • BTXDeals Is An Online Marketplace For Blowing Bitcoin

    Natasha Lomas
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
     Got some Bitcoin burning a hole in your virtual wallet? There’s an online marketplace for that… U.K.-based BTXDeals.com has just launched an e-tail website where sellers are offering goods and services to buy with Bitcoin. Read More
  • SparkLabs Global Ventures Invests in the UK’s Code Kingdoms and Seoul’s MangoPlate

    Catherine Shu
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
     SparkLabs Global Ventures, which makes seed-stage investments in startups around the world, announced today that it has provided funding for two startups, Code Kingdoms and MangoPlate. Read More
 
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  • What if the RIAA had embraced Napster?

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    Back in 2000 when Napster was raging, I kept writing blog posts asking this basic question. Isn't there some way the music industry can make billions of dollars off the new excitement in music? Turns out there was. Ask all the streaming music services that have been born since the huge war that the music industry had with the Internet. Was it necessary? Would they have done better if they had embraced the inevitable change instead of trying to hold it back? The answer is always, yes, it seems. Well, now it seems Sony is doing it again, on behalf of the movie industry. Going to war with the…
  • Heroku deploy puzzle

    13 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Note: This problem has been solved. Something about a tarball and the current node.js installation or distribution or. Something shifted in the plate tectonics and it broke my water pump. This is all voodoo, I tell you! Upfront disclaimer I have a cold. I'm trying to do some development work anyway. I have a project I'm itching to see run, and I'm bored. Because of the cold, my mind is a little foggy, and it's likely the problem I'm having with Heroku is something I'm doing wrong that's completely obvious. Hence this blog post. The problem I've been trying to create a new app on Heroku. I…
  • How "dislike" might work

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    Facebook should have a Dislike button, but it would work differently from Like. Where likes are public, a dislike would just be between you and the algorithm. It's a way of signalling that "this is something I do not want to see more of." It's very much like Checkbox News, an idea I proposed for cable news as it makes the transition to the net. Suppose I'm watching MSNBC, as I did in April 2007, and I have heard enough about the massacre at Virginia Tech. The reports are getting too meta. I get the sense that they're mostly just filling space until the next outrage breaks. So I want to say…
  • I know Ben

    11 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    A wish I wish there were some way to tell Facebook that: I know Ben Edelman. He's a good guy. No more "news" about him writing emails to restaurants in the Boston area. Please! That was an actual post I posted that on Facebook, and there were a couple of replies that were interesting enough for me to want to turn this into a post on Scripting News. Bill Heyman "Unfortunately, some within the media love to throw out red meat to the famished, raging, and self-righteous mobs of social media to build up those page views. Add in some anti-elitism and other stereotypes to fuel the rage, boston.com…
  • Project Maelstrom

    10 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Project Maelstrom sounds hot. But it all depends on the execution. It has to be a very smooth reliable web browser. And it'll need to have applications that can only work this way, in other words, a compelling reason for people to use it. It doesn't have to be a large number of people, just enough to draw interest.
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  • Why We Need More Women In Tech

    Craig Newmark
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    Women and girls still face a lot of obstacles in shaping technologies. The digital gender divide might be getting worse. Women and girls everywhere are missing, underrepresented, and dropping out from technology fields. As a result,  today's tech – and increasingly today's world – does not reflect the diversity of women's experiences or ingenuity. This isn't fair, it's not treating people like you want to be treated. Beyond that, I've observed that technology is improved when women and girls have equal access. That's pretty much common sense,…
  • Big News: $2M+ Raised for Nonprofits in CrowdRise Holiday Challenge

    Craig Newmark
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    Folks, I just got an update from Ed Norton, one of the co-founders of CrowdRise, about the #GivingTower Holiday Challenge I'm sponsoring with MacAndrews & Forbes, Fred & Joanne Wilson, and Isaac S. Gindi. This year I'm giving $50k to support nonprofits. A total of $250k is being given away in prize money, but an impressive $2 million+ has already been raised by the nonprofits participating. Last year, at this point in the Challenge, the total raised was: $609,835. That's $1,561,954 more raised right now than was raised at this same time last year. This is the real…
  • How the Internet Creates Possibility

    Craig Newmark
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Folks, I support the Ekialo Kiona Center (EK Center) and the Organic Health Response, and they're creating real change. I get updates every so often, and I like to share the good work they're doing. They seek to activate information technology, social solidarity, and environmental sustainability to turn the tide against HIV/AIDS across Lake Victoria (in Kenya). The EK Center's seen, first hand, how tech can turn a community into a global village, how a lizard in the security shed can shut everything down, and just how important local-global youth development is. This…
  • How #GivingTuesday Raised Over $45million

    Craig Newmark
    5 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    Folks, I support #GivingTuesday each year because it's the real deal. I got an update from Henry Timms… More data and stories are still coming in, but here are the highlights as they stand right now (more soon!): Indiana University is estimating an overall 63% increase this year in online donations. Early results from Blackbaud show a 159% increase in online donations from the first #GivingTuesday in 2012. Network for Good processed more than double the donation total from last year. 20,000 partners participated in all US states – partners included nonprofits, local business…
  • Developing Trust in 5 Minutes

    Craig Newmark
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    Richard Gingras elaborates on Trust Project ideas about signals that may build credibility. Here's his 5-minute talk on trust, maybe indulge me and watch it: Like Richard says, we're trying to keep the focus on the community of editors, reporters, and publishers that is developing ideas to win trust. What do you think the best ways to develop trust are?
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