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Last Build Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2018 03:42:33 +0000


Snap reportedly bought its very own 3D game engine

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 02:51:25 +0000

Snapchat’s parent company bought a web-based 3D game engine startup out of the UK this past May, Business Insider (paywalled) reports. PlayCanvas is a development tool focused on letting people easily design rich 3D environments. Unlike products from companies like Unity and Epic Games, PlayCanvas’s game engine was entirely browser-based and was optimized to run […]

The web will soon be a little safer with the approval of this new security standard

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 00:27:14 +0000

Hear that? It's almost as if thousands of spooks and hackers suddenly cried out at once... The Internet Engineers Task Force has just unanimously approved a security framework that will make encrypted connections on the web faster and more resistant to snooping.

Watch Alexa rap with Too Many T’s in this interactive music video

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:31:50 +0000

Alexa can already sing and rap, but now she’s the star of a new music video by the English rap duo Too Many T’s. The London-based rappers this week released an interactive video that lets Alexa sing along by triggering with voice commands, then pausing while she answers. The result is essentially a duet between […]

IPOs are back, but for how long?

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:16:41 +0000

The first quarter is almost over, and despite Dropbox’s splashy debut on the public market earlier today, it was preceded by just two other U.S. tech companies to IPO in 2018: Cardlytics and Zscaler.  Will Dropbox turn things around? Will the fact that Spotify is readying its debut get the momentum going at long last? It […]

This MIDI-powered robotic music box is the good news I needed this week

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:13:56 +0000

It's been a bit of a tumultuous week, to put it lightly, but one must always remember that no matter how dire things look on the global stage, there are always makers working obsessively to create something beautiful and useless — like this MIDI-driven, robotic music box.

House and Senate put Zuckerberg on notice: ‘You are the right person to testify before Congress’

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:19:02 +0000

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been rather scarce lately, despite a host of woes besetting his company — but Wednesday he emerged from his cocoon to offer a limp apology, admit they had no control over data like that used by Cambridge Analytica, and that he "will happily" testify before Congress if he's the right person to do so.

Kids Court, the grand prize winner from Amazon’s developer contest, disappears from the Alexa Skills Store

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:40:01 +0000

What does winning the Alexa Skills Challenge earn you from Amazon? Apparently, in addition to the $20,000 Grand Prize, you might also have your skill yanked from the Amazon Skill Store without warning. At least, that’s what seems to have happened to the grand prize winner from the recent Alexa’s kids competition, Pretzel Labs. Its […]

Pivotal Software files for IPO

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:35:31 +0000

While everyone was looking at Dropbox’s debut, Pivotal Software dropped its IPO filing.  The enterprise cloud computing company is majority-owned by Dell, which came about after its merger with EMC in 2016. It was spun off from Dell, EMC and VMware in April 2013. Since then, it raised $1.7 billion in funding from Microsoft, Ford and […]

Storytelling for B2B startups: Avoiding ‘buzzword bingo’ to make your wonky enterprise company worth talking about

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:11:23 +0000

If there's one thing I learned from my time as both a journalist at The Wall Street Journal and Forbes and, now, advising a global venture capital firm on communications, it's that storytelling can make or break a company.

Lawyaw uses AI to help lawyers draft documents faster

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:58:45 +0000

It’s no secret that much of the legal industry is build on reusable content. Most law firms have their own customized set of standard documents (like NDAs or Wills), but lawyers or associates still have to customize these documents by hand each time a client needs them drafted. Lawyaw, part of YC’s Winter ’18 class, is building […]

Apple proposes new emojis to represent people with disabilities

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:40:51 +0000

Apple has proposed a number of emojis to the Unicode Consortium, the emoji gatekeeper of sorts, to better represent people with disabilities and depict accessibility-related tools like hearing aids, guide dogs and prosthetic limbs. That’s because Apple is unable to include these emojis in iOS and Mac OS until the Consortium adopts them. The proposed […]