The difference between good and bad Facebooking

The difference between good and bad Facebooking

 “Social media” is a clumsy term that entangles enriching social interaction with mindless media consumption. It’s a double-edged sword whose sides aren’t properly distinguished. Taken as a whole, we can’t decide if it “brings the world closer together” like Facebook’s new mission statement says, or leaves us depressed and isolated. Read More Read full story

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With just one day left in open enrollment, companies turn to Stride Health for help

With just one day left in open enrollment, companies turn to Stride Health for help

 The compressed timelines of this year’s open enrollment period for government-mandated healthcare have left some companies in the lurch, and as the final hours to enroll tick by, they’ve turned to the startup company Stride Health for help. Stride manages a number of different tax and healthcare-related information for customers. Read More Read full story

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Ex-Zynga execs raise $15 million for their new gaming studio, Manticore Games

Ex-Zynga execs raise $15 million for their new gaming studio, Manticore Games

 In the eight years since Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard launched their last gaming startup, the industry they helped shape now brings in more than $100 billion in revenues globally. There’s been a resurgence in gaming on PCs. User-generated content has produced a string of wildly popular hits. Those trends are exactly what the two are hoping to harness with Manticore Games. Read More Read full story

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What telecoms and tech companies are saying about the FCC’s net neutrality decision

What telecoms and tech companies are saying about the FCC’s net neutrality decision

 The FCC just voted to eliminate the net neutrality rules established by 2015’s Open Internet Order. The blowback has been predictably sudden from many prominent internet companies that are decrying the commission’s decision. Just as pronounced, however, has been the support from prominent telecoms which expressed enthusiasm for the FCC’s vote today’s. Here’s what… Read More Read full story

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Apple launches its podcast analytics service into beta

Apple launches its podcast analytics service into beta

 At WWDC this year, Apple announced it would soon offer its own podcast analytics service for show creators who publish on Apple Podcasts. Today, that service has launched into beta, offering podcasters the ability to track unique devices and playback metrics for their podcasts, including when listeners drop off in the middle of a show. This sort of client-side data is something podcasters… Read More Read full story

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Y Combinator is zeroing in on bigger, breakaway companies with a new growth-stage program

Y Combinator is zeroing in on bigger, breakaway companies with a new growth-stage program

 Y Combinator famously funds a lot of companies, but there’s always more it could be doing, said its president, Sam Altman, in an interview with TechCrunch this fall. “I do think startups are a super important vehicle to make things happen in the world today and I think we are nowhere near the limit of how many we can help.” Altman had added that YC is “always… Read More Read full story

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Uber investor Shervin Pishevar resigns from Sherpa Capital

Uber investor Shervin Pishevar resigns from Sherpa Capital

 Hyperloop One co-founder and early Uber investor Shervin Pishevar has announced his resignation from Sherpa Capital, the venture capital firm he co-founded, following sexual misconduct allegations. “I have decided on my own accord to end my association with Sherpa Capital, effective immediately,” Pishevar tweeted, as part of a lengthy statement. I have only admiration and affection… Read More Read full story

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A timeline of the FCC’s quest to destroy net neutrality

A timeline of the FCC’s quest to destroy net neutrality

 The FCC voted today to roll back the strong net neutrality rules established under the Obama administration in 2015. It’s distressing but at this point no longer surprising — FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and his partisan pals have been working essentially since the election to accomplish this dubious goal. Here’s how it all went down over the last year. Read More Read full story

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Edge Mobile Payments buys what’s left of Plastc in hopes that there’s still life left in smart cards

Edge Mobile Payments buys what’s left of Plastc in hopes that there’s still life left in smart cards

 The death of Plastc back in April looked to many like the final nail in the smart card coffin. After all, the news came only a few months after the space’s other big player, Coin, called it quits. Of course, the loss of Coin wasn’t totally in vain — the company was ultimately purchased by Fitbit. Now Plastc is getting a second lease on life of sorts. Read More Read full story

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