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Opinion/Analysis

The Full Saga of Patreon’s Failed Payment Policy Change

By | Dec 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The time: December 6, 2017. The place: Internet creators’ inboxes everywhere. That’s when they received an email update from Patreon titled “Creators now take home exactly 95%.” In it, the popular membership platform detailed a payment policy change that would immediately become their worst…

Food

China

China Is Getting $300M of Lab-Grown Meat From Israel

By | Sep 21, 2017 at 10:50 am

In May 2016, we told you the food industry was the next frontier for the startup world. In January 2017, we predicted synthetic food would finally catch on in a big way. Now, news of a deal China has made for lab-grown meat proves that it…

Mobile

Seoul

Samsung Wants to Make a Foldable Phone by 2018

By | Sep 14, 2017 at 11:30 am

Phones have been getting bigger for years: More screen real estate makes for a better visual experience and fewer cramped finger swipes. But phones can only get so bulky before our pockets can’t handle them. Short of cargo pants coming back into style, Samsung’s…

Bitcoin

United Kingdom

A UK Financial Regulator Is Warning Investors Away From ICOs

By | Sep 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The Financial Conduct Authority has warned investors: The “initial coin offering,” or ICO, comes with significant risk. The news is an official acknowledgement of the shaky ground that the ICO — which often functions like an IPO, sans security laws — has always tread. Here’s what…

Social Media

DC

The Gap Between TV News and Online News Shrunk a Ton in Just a Year

By | Sep 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

Americans’ reliance on online news is catching up to their long-time favorite news source, TV. According to a new August 2017 study fresh out of the Pew Research Center, the internet is a scant seven percent of the U.S. population behind TV. Look, the…

Facebook

Facebook Has Taken Another Step Towards Combatting Fake News

By | Aug 23, 2017 at 10:50 am

There’s no denying that fake news has become a problem in today’s society. Whether it’s affecting the election or just generally mucking up your newsfeed, misinformation has begun to spread like wildfire in the digital age. Social media, in all its popular glory, has…

Augmented Reality

Why Local Broadcasters Are Turning to Augmented Reality

By | Aug 16, 2017 at 9:20 am

Augmented reality (AR) is growing in use by broadcast news outlets — even local news studios are exploring AR as a tool to bring their broadcasts up to date and engage their audiences. It’s a sign of the evolving times that a growing tech niche…

Business

Los Angeles

Elon Musk Is Officially Building His Own Hyperloop

By | Aug 8, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Elon’s vision of a speedy long-distance transport system sounds straight out of a sci-fi movie. Now, five years after Elon came up with the Hyperloop, Elon’s own Boring Company is planning to make it reality. It’s Not a Surprise At This Point Wired has…

Incubators

San Francisco

Why The Information Accelerator Was Always the Future of Journalism

By | Jul 31, 2017 at 10:50 am

Last Friday, tech news site The Information made the most stereotypical successful-tech-startup move: it launched its own accelerator. The Information Accelerator will support subscription news startups in a plan designed to “help build the next generation of subscription publications backed by exceptional reporting.” It’s…

Videos

Netflix Has Passed 100M Subscribers

By | Jul 18, 2017 at 1:30 pm

Nobody’s shocked at the dominance Netflix holds over the streaming video market anymore. They’ve risen to success on the back of an all-you-can-watch model that has yet to be properly replicated in other media battlefields like podcasts or books. Because of them, 82 percent…

Startups & Apps

Boston

Fantasy Sports Sites DraftKings and FanDuel Terminated Their Merger

By | Jul 13, 2017 at 3:50 pm

The United States’ two top daily fantasy sports sites, DraftKings and FanDuel, have decided not to merge after all. They announced their merger last November. The reason behind the termination? The opposition from federal antitrust regulators. The Official Statement FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles addressed the termination…

Games

This Company Turned Fake News Into an Arcade Game

By | Jul 12, 2017 at 9:20 am

The term “fake news” has become all too familiar in the last year. Whether it’s social media users pointing out that the article you shared was from a satirical website or the president talking about CNN, fake news has become a staple of our…

Microsoft

Microsoft Is Cutting 3,000 Jobs

By | Jul 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

News from Microsoft today: The software company is initiating a radical reorganization of its sales business. It will lay off as many as 3,000 workers, around 75 percent of which will be from sales positions outside the U.S. The layoffs make up around 10 percent…

Facebook

Berlin

Germany Could Fine Social Media Companies Millions for Hate Speech

By | Jun 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm

Social media companies operating within Germany may face fines of up to $57 million if they don’t remove hate speech from their platforms within 24 hours of its posting, according to a law just passed today. This “unlawful content” includes illegal, prejudiced, and slanderous…

Drones

Non-Military Drone Spending Will Hit $11.8 Billion by 2026

By | Jun 28, 2017 at 10:50 am

Aviation experts say drone spending will soar higher than the drones themselves over the next decade, according to a recent study. 2017 drone spending will pass two and a half billion, but it’s only growing from there, VAO news reports: “The Teal Group says…

Breaking News

San Francisco

Uber’s SVP of Business Emil Michael Just Left the Company

By | Jun 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Emil Michael, Uber’s senior vice president for business and the company’s second in command, is leaving Uber. He delivered the news in an email to the ride-sharing companies employees Monday morning, the New York Times reports. Sources at Recode reported that Michael stepped down…

Ecommerce

Seattle

Amazon Loaned $1B to Third-Party Sellers Within the Last 12 Months

By | Jun 9, 2017 at 10:50 am

Amazon is bumping up its third-party loans, as a company executive confirmed to Reuters on Wednesday: The retail giant has loaned $1 billion to third-party merchants over the last 12 months. For comparison, in the four years between 2011 and 2015, Amazon loaned just…