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Skype is killing off its WiFi service March 31 to focus on ‘core’ features

By |February 27th, 2017|

 Skype, the Microsoft-owned service that helped pioneer and popularize the rise of voice and video calls over the internet, is killing off one of the features that it added in later years to try to make the service more ubiquitous, especially among roaming users: on March 31, the company is killing off its WiFi service, --> READ MORE

Yahoo offers new details on breaches to Senate committee

By |February 27th, 2017|

 Since Yahoo disclosed two mega-breaches late last year, its executives have met almost daily with CEO Marissa Mayer for working sessions focused on improving the company’s cybersecurity posture. Employees have also received weekly security presentations from Yahoo CISO Bob Lord at the company’s all-hands meetings. The new working sessions and briefings are part of an --> READ MORE

Dubset raises $4M to legalize remixes for Spotify and Apple Music

By |February 27th, 2017|

 Record labels refuse to allow streaming of remixes and hour-long DJ sets unless copyright owners get paid for every little sample. Dubset just raised $4 million to handle that legal mess so Spotify and Apple Music can offer the type of music that used to live illegally on SoundCloud. Read More Source: News

SpaceX will send 2 people on a trip around the moon next year

By |February 27th, 2017|

 Elon Musk promised some SpaceX news today, and it looks like it just made its way out: The company is going to send two people on a trip around the moon. But don’t go getting fitted for your spacesuit just yet — the two people have already been picked. Read More Source: News

Mozilla pockets Pocket in first acquisition

By |February 27th, 2017|

 Mozilla bought content time-shifting app Pocket for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced simultaneously on their blogs. What started as a handy Firefox plug-in for saving articles you didn’t have time for became more and more closely integrated with the browser, and today they’re making it official. Read More Source: News

Boston Dynamics’ Handle robot dominates parkour on wheels in new footage

By |February 27th, 2017|

 Boston Dynamics’ wheeled Handle robot received much fanfare earlier this month when DFJ partner Steve Jurvetson slipped us an early video from a company Keynote. Today we have more details on Handle in the form of a shiny HD video. We already knew Handle could manage some pretty sick hurdles and spins, but the new --> READ MORE

Hater, an app for finding someone who dislikes the same things as you, to expand beyond dating

By |February 27th, 2017|

 Bonding over the things you hate can be more powerful than bonding over what you like, studies have shown. Now, a new dating app called Hater can help you find better matches by focusing on those things you and others mutually detest. Read More Source: News

Uber’s SVP Amit Singhal leaves company because he didn’t disclose a sexual harassment allegation at Google

By |February 27th, 2017|

 Uber’s SVP of engineering, Amit Singhal, left the company earlier today after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked him to step down, Recode reports. According to Recode, Singhal failed to disclose a sexual harassment allegation made against him at former employer Google during the hiring process. Read More Source: News

Applications for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY are due Tuesday, Feb. 28

By |February 27th, 2017|

 There is now less than 24 hours to register for the next Startup Battlefield event. The application process takes just a few minutes. All you have to do is fill out some fields, upload a video demo and cross your fingers. Startup Battlefield is the premiere startup competition. So far 648 companies have launched on --> READ MORE

2017 crowdfunding guide

By |February 27th, 2017|

 More than two years ago we wrote about what we learned from the 20 campaigns our startups had run. Fast-forward to 2017: The B2C startups HAX has invested in now count more than 75 successful campaigns (our 200-strong portfolio is about half B2C). Here’s what you need to know to succeed in 2017. Read More --> READ MORE