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How you react when your systems fail may define your business

By |October 31st, 2019|

Just around 9:45 a.m. Pacific Time on February 28, 2017, websites like Slack, Business Insider, Quora and other well-known destinations became inaccessible. For millions of people, the internet itself seemed broken. It turned out that Amazon Web Services was having a massive outage involving S3 storage in its Northern Virginia datacenter, a problem that created --> READ MORE

This tactile display lets visually impaired users feel on-screen 3D shapes

By |October 31st, 2019|

Using a computer and modern software can be a chore to begin with for the visually impaired, but fundamentally visual tasks like 3D design are even harder. This Stanford team is working on a way to display 3D information, like in a CAD or modeling program, using a “2.5D” display made up of pins that --> READ MORE

8th Wall’s new Cloud Editor helps customers quickly build mobile AR experiences

By |October 31st, 2019|

The world of phone-based AR has involved a lot of promises, but the future that’s developed has so far been more iterative and less platform shift-y. For startups exclusively focused on mobile AR, there’s been some soul-searching to find ways to bring more lightweight experiences to life that don’t require as much friction or commitment --> READ MORE

Small satellite startup Kepler opens sign-ups for its IoT developer kits

By |October 31st, 2019|

Kepler Communications, the Toronto-based startup that’s focused on developing and deploying shoebox-sized satellites to provide telecommunications services, is opening up registration for those interested in getting their first developer kits. These developer kits, designed to help potential commercial customers take advantage of its Internet of Things (IoT) narrowband connectivity deploying next year, will then be --> READ MORE

Facebook sues OnlineNIC for domain name fraud associated with malicious activity

By |October 31st, 2019|

Facebook today announced it has filed suit in California against domain registrar OnlineNIC and its proxy service ID Shield for registering domain names that pretend to be associated with Facebook, like www-facebook-login.com or facebook-mails.com, for example. Facebook says these domains are intentionally designed to mislead and confuse end users, who believe they’re interacting with Facebook. --> READ MORE

Supercross’s anticipated EV class not ready for primetime in 2020

By |October 31st, 2019|

Motorcycle racing series Supercross isn’t quite ready to add an EV class. The sport — where riders race high-performance machines on jump-filled stadium tracks — currently fields only gas-powered two-wheelers. Supercross was poised to launch an all-electric class this month, by converting its junior program to a new e-moto manufactured by KTM — Supercross Director --> READ MORE

Sidewalk Labs (Alphabet’s grand experiment in smart cities) will move forward with Toronto project

By |October 31st, 2019|

In the two years since Sidewalk Labs pitched its vision for a grand smart city development — encompassing an entire neighborhood on the Toronto waterfront — the project has been beset by controversy and criticism. On one hand, the 12-acre project in Toronto’s Quayside district promised to be a proving ground for the latest thinking --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Twitter is banning political ads

By |October 31st, 2019|

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Jack Dorsey says Twitter will ban all political ads Arguing that “internet political ads present entirely new challenges to civic discourse,” --> READ MORE

The Utah startup scene gets another boost with Album VC’s new $75 million fund

By |October 31st, 2019|

Album VC, a Lehi, Utah-based early-stage venture firm that’s been known until now as Peak Ventures, just gathered up $75 million in capital commitments for its third early-stage fund. The development shows investor confidence in Album’s young team, which came together in 2014 after the founder of Zinch — a site connecting colleges and students --> READ MORE

Hackers can steal the contents of Horde webmail inboxes with one click

By |October 31st, 2019|

A security researcher has found several vulnerabilities in the popular open-source Horde web email software that allow hackers to near-invisibly steal the contents of a victim’s inbox. Horde is one of the most popular free and open-source web email systems available. It’s built and maintained by a core team of developers, with contributions from the --> READ MORE