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women of color at tech companies are few and far between

 thanks to an analysis of eeo-1 data by reveal news, we have a clear picture of just how many women of color (native american, black, latina, pacific islander or two or more races) work at major tech companies. when tech companies release their diversity reports, they rarely, if ever, report intersectional data such as the percentage of women of color they employ. in early 2016, slack became… read more

slack co-founder cal henderson to talk on slack’s progress at disrupt berlin

 while yammer (launched at techcrunch disrupt, btw) might have pioneered what was, at the time, dubbed “twitter for work”, it wasn’t until slack came along that people started to realise just how powerful this method of communication could be. from open source integration to new kinds of collaborative tools built by developers on its platform, slack has become the gateway drug… read more

adobe’s project sonicscape lets vr film editors see sound

 adobe is hosting its max conference this week — and as usual, it’s using the event to show off some of its latest experiments. indeed, adobe even has a special keynote just to show off its craziest demos, but the company apparently has so much to show, that it decided to demo one prototype early: project sonicscape. the idea here is simple: how can vr/ar editors best edit their… read more

romeo power unveils its first consumer power packs

 romeo power has just released what looks to be the mobile charging device of my dreams. it’s wand shaped “saber”, using the company’s proprietary power management technology, is a compact little charger which seems ideal for keeping my three-year-old, busted up, macbook running when i’m on the go. my computer shuts down within five minutes if it’s separated… read more

google will pay you $1,000 to hack some of android’s most popular apps

 details are light at the moment, but a bit of news out of google’s playtime developer event this morning: the company is launching a google play bug bounty program that’ll encourage researchers to poke around and look for vulnerabilities in some of android’s most popular third-party apps. read more

google play adds android instant apps via a ‘try it now’ button, among other changes

 google today is announcing a number of changes to its google play app store, the most notable being a new way to try apps immediately without having to first install them on your mobile device. the new feature takes advantage of “android instant apps” technology – google’s attempt at bridging the mobile web world with that of native applications. instant apps were… read more

facebook is now testing paywalls and subscriptions for instant articles

 a few months ago we reported that facebook may begin testing paywalls and subscriptions for instant articles beginning in october. well now it’s october, and surprise – facebook has started testing subscription support for instant articles! here’s how it will work: facebook will start with two paywalled options for publishers to choose from: the first option is a metered… read more

facebook messenger lets games monetize with purchases and ads

 facebook is finally giving developers a reason to build games for messenger while also opening a new revenue stream for the chat app. after launching html5 ‘instant games’ inside messenger, like pac-man, space invaders and words with friends frenzy in november 2016, today facebook is allowing developers to add in-app purchases as well as interstitial and rewarded video ads. read more

chinese local services giant meituan-dianping raises $4b led by tencent and priceline

 there’s a huge funding round from one of the top local services companies in china. meituan-dianping, a company formed by a multi-billion dollar merger in 2015, said today that it has raised a $4 billion seres c round from a group of investors led by existing backer tencent. others involved include sequoia, gic, canada pension plan investment board, trustbridge partners, coatue, idg,… read more

two google alums just raised $60m to rethink documents

 when you open a google doc or a spreadsheet, you get a blank spreadsheet and some documentation as to what you can do with it — and that’s pretty much where we’ve been for quite some time. but two mit graduates, coming in from microsoft and google, have built up a team that for the past three years has quietly been trying to rethink how we approach documents. ceo shishir… read more

sendgrid files for marketing email ipo

 denver-based sendgrid has filed for an ipo. the company, which helps marketers send emails to customers, says in its s-1 that it has processed more than “one trillion emails.” read more

the first episode of ‘bubbleproof’ sets the stage of chaos on sand hill road

 bubbleproof is a new mockumentary series following the misadventures of reputation.com founder michael fertik and venture capitalist david cowan as they launch a new fund. watch the first episode of bubbleproof… and if you like it, good news: we’ve already published the next three episodes. read more

data is the name of the game, as intel capital puts $60m in 15 startups, $566m in 2017 overall

intel capital, the investment arm of the processor giant, is today announcing its latest tranche of investments, a total of nearly $60 million going in to 15 startups that are working on solving different problems in the bigger area of big data (with a full rundown below). the investments come on the back of a big year for the group: in 2017 so far, intel says that it’s invested $566… read more

bipartisan bill seeks to regulate political ads on facebook, twitter and google

 a new bipartisan bill known as the honest ads act is the first major attempt to regulate online platforms that sell ads with rules akin to those that apply to more traditional advertising on tv, radio and in print. the bill, introduced today by democratic senators mark warner and amy klobuchar with a bipartisan boost from republican senator john mccain, imposes regulations on social… read more

cisco to buy perspica and fold engineering team into appdynamics

 cisco announced today that it intends to acquire perspica, a machine learning-driven operations analytics firm that has raised $8.5 million. cisco intends to fold perspica’s team into appdynamics, the company it purchased earlier this year for $3.7 billion. cisco did not share the perspica purchase price. all of these machinations have a purpose. cisco is of course at its heart a… read more

owl ventures, which funds edtech exclusively, just raised $185 million for its second fund

 plenty of investors have broken their picks, trying to find gold in education technology. that doesn’t seem to concern the limited partners of owl ventures, a three-year-old venture firm that’s focused only on edtech, and which just closed on $185 million — nearly twice the $100 million it raised for its debut fund in 2014. what’s the appeal? as the firm tells it… read more

flickr exits the photo book business, shuts down wall art orders

 flickr, the once yahoo-owned photo-sharing site that’s now a part of verizon*, is getting out of the photo book printing business, and is shutting down the feature that allowed users to turn photos into professional-quality wall art. in an email sent to users this week, flickr said that it was turning over photo books to publishing service blurb as of october 16, 2017, but the wall… read more

lyft raises $1 billion at $11 billion valuation led by alphabet’s capitalg

 ride-hailing company lyft has raised a new $1 billion funding round, putting its post-money valuation at $11 billion total. the round was led by alphabet’s capitalg, its growth-focused investment fund, and capitalg partner david lawee will join lyft’s board as part of the transaction. lyft shared the news in an official blog post, and noted that it has run over 500 million rides… read more

watch the new trailer for ‘the punisher,’ coming to netflix nov. 17

 netflix’s the punisher finally has a solid release date: november 17. that’s not too far away, but in case you’re still impatient, check out this trailer for it, a brand new one released today that goes into the backstory of frank castle (aka the punisher) in more detail than we’ve seen before, in either previous trailers or in his first appearance in season two of… read more

streaming service vidangel declares bankruptcy after losing legal battles with studios

 vidangel, a streaming service that altered copyrighted works to edit out adult language, nudity and violence, has declared chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced on wednesday. the utah-based service had been sued by major studios, including warner bros., 20th century fox, disney, and others, who said vidangel was operating as an unlicensed streaming service, and was offering films to… read more