HBO’s “Silicon Valley” is more than your average breakout series that had audiences praying for a second season even as the credits on the pilot began to roll. The show has clearly hit a cultural nerve, both inside and outside the tech community. I talk with series co-executive producer and writer Clay Tarver on how — and why — the new hit show gets it right. Read More
Why are there so embarrassingly few women in the tech industry? Repeat after me, robotically, defensively: “It’s a pipeline problem!” So says David Cohen of TechStars, echoing many others, e.g. Paul Graham and CNN. But come on, folks. We’re kidding ourselves if we pretend that’s the only obstacle here. The pipeline problem is very real; but so is the trapdoor problem. Read More
You’re acquired! L.A.-based Zao, the social recruitment platform that lets employees and a company’s wider network get rewarded for making job referrals, has been bought by legacy UK e-recruitment company Amris (owned by The Internet Corporation Limited). Read More
German regulators will not pursue a complaint brought against Google by a group of publishers for giving users access to their news articles.
A number of German publishers, including Axel Springer and Burda, brought the action under a group called VG Media to demand Google pay them for making their articles available to the public on the search engine without paying them.
But Andreas Mundt… Read More
Apple has created an iPhone 5 battery replacement program after it released a statement saying that it had discovered a “very small percentage” of units “may suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” This iPhone 5 battery replacement program is the second to arrive. Late last year, Apple had a replacement program for iPhone 5s… Read More
If you’re bored this weekend, go ahead and tear apart your old inkjet printer and grab a few pieces of aluminum. Then head over to Yvo de Haas’ website and get cracking. His new project, called Plan B, is an open source 3D printer that lets you print solid plastic objects by binding a thin layer of plastic powder with an old printer head. How does it work? Well the Plan B is a… Read More
In the latest exchange between Airbnb and the NY Attorney General’s office, the peer-to-peer lodgings marketplace has agreed to hand over “unredacted, personal information” on 124 of its past and present hosts. The news follows a long-running back-and-forth between Airbnb and the Attorney General, which has been seeking to crack down on illegal hotel operations in the state. Read More
Is your payment information safe? It’s hard to know, considering many companies hit by the same cyberattack that hit Target don’t even know it. According to a New York Times report published Friday, more than 1,000 businesses, including Supervalu and United Postal Service (UPS), were caught up in a breach affecting in-store cash register systems. The Department of Homeland… Read More
When looking to the future of gaming, few concepts get people as excited as the mythical “Netflix for gaming.” It’s a concept that we’ve seen in multiple forms, from OnLive’s early efforts to Sony’s new PlayStation Now service. Read More
Announcing The New Convenience Economy Disrupt Panel With Blue Apron’s Matt Salzberg, Good Eggs’ Rob Spiro, And DoorDash’s Tony Xu
Convenience is one of those problems that almost any entrepreneur can tackle, whether you are running an expansive business like WunWun’s on-demand delivery for everything, or running a specifically tailored business like YourMechanic. But some entrepreneurs are looking at the problem of convenience and pairing it with universal needs. With that in mind, I’d like to introduce some… Read More