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“Desksourcing” Is A New Labor Market Concept In The Mobile-First World

desktop I’ve always been fascinated by how labor markets work. People are the foundation for how things get done. How we organize across and within companies impacts both creativity and efficiency. The first big labor market shift in my lifetime that I can remember was outsourcing. Fueled first by globalization and ignited further by Internet connectivity, arbitrage opportunities in labor… Read More

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Founders Fund Leads $33.5M Round For Modumetal, Maker of Nanolaminated Metals For The Oil And Gas Industry

christinalomasney Founders Fund, the venture firm co-created by Peter Thiel, is entering yet another surprising area that you don’t commonly see with Silicon Valley VCs. They’re backing a materials sciences company called Modumetal, which is making nanolaminated metals for use in the oil and gas industry. With currently used metals, pipes and equipment can corrode pretty easily, leading to $2.2… Read More

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Gmail To Auto-Populate Google Calendar With Things Like Flights, Hotel Bookings And Ticket Details

5374200948_539b10fb1c_b For a while, Gmail data like flight information has been surfaced in Google’s search product. One could imagine that that data would make sense in other places…like Google Calendar. Ding ding!
Google announced today that it’s starting to roll out features that will place ticket, flight, hotel and restaurant info onto Google Calendar. Automatically. Read More

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Tech Support Startup HelloTech Is Closing $10M In Funding

HelloTech Los Angeles startup HelloTech is in the final stages of raising $10 million in Series A funding, according to sources with knowledge of the deal. Madrona Venture Group is leading the round. Following a period of private beta testing, HelloTech went live about three months ago. You either call for an appointment or schedule one from the HelloTech website, then one of the company’s techs… Read More

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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Testing. Testing. Is This Thing On?

Not going to lie: I have no idea what this is. My attempted explanation is that we were told that we should do video podcasts, and instead of turning on a webcam like normal people, we decided to record ourselves within the world of Minecraft. Why did we choose to do it that way? I don’t know. Is it compelling in any way? Again, I don’t know. I do know, however, that we talk… Read More

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Programmer Drives His Tesla Model S A Record-Breaking 452.8 Miles On A Single Charge

teslamodels Tesla’s Model S, a “premium performance” sedan with dual-motor, all-wheel drive, is advertised as having a 265-mile range, according to the company. But Bjørn Nyland, a programmer at the University of Oslo who lovingly calls his two-year-old Tesla “The Millennium Falcon” (he also has a YouTube channel dedicated primarily to his Tesla and their travels together),… Read More

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Cash In On The Gift That Is Grit

climber I’ve watched from the sidelines for years as the debate has played out about race and gender in Silicon Valley, and tech at large. Recently, I read an article shaming Facebook, Google and others about their “diversity numbers,” and felt compelled to weigh in; if it were early in my career and I saw those numbers it would make me run the other way. And fast. My goal here is… Read More

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YouTube Gaming, Its Twitch Competitor, Set To Launch Tomorrow

3 Live Chat Back in June, YouTube announced that it would be getting into the gaming game and launch its own Twitch competitor called YouTube Gaming. Tomorrow will be that day (in the US and UK), we’ve learned. The site sits at https://gaming.youtube.com. Twitch is a site, acquired by Amazon, that lets you watch others play video games…or stream your games and broadcast your own show. The… Read More

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Michael Bay’s 451 Media Group Announces Publishing Arm For Interactive Graphic Novels

Bad Moon Rising cover 451 Media Group , the digital media company co-founded by Transformers director Michael Bay, is launching a new publishing division for graphic novels. The company was first announced this spring with a large investment from China’s Guangdong Alpha Animation. In addition to Bay, the company’s founding partners include John and Anthony Gentile (who were involved in creating… Read More

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Houzz Acquires Home And Gardening Community Site GardenWeb From NBCUniversal

houzz_homepage After a number of big fundraising rounds over the last few years, Houzz has now made its first acquisition. The company today announced that it has acquired GardenWeb, a garden and home community site, from NBCUniversal for an undisclosed amount. Read More

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