A conversation with Sam Altman about politics, startups and tech

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:00:26 +0000
bullish-tech-resist-final-thumb Since the election of 45, the worlds of tech and politics have collided. Between tech leaders at Google, Facebook and other tech companies speaking out against 45’s executive order on immigration and, more recently, those same companies speaking out against the 45 administration rescinding guidance for transgender students in public schools, it’s clear that the tech… Read More
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Oculus co-founder talks new Rift pricing, Touch adoption and possible Mac support

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:56:02 +0000
2016-09-14_oculus_134750-1-0022 While so many virtual reality hardware companies have been tasked only with selling their own product, Oculus has had the intense challenge of building the entire industry’s ecosystem for the last several years. That growth has come with some hiccups by way of lawsuits, product launch delays and executive shakeups, but Oculus is still very much alive-and-well under its parent company… Read More
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Scorp is a fast-growing social video app you’ve probably never heard of

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:27:54 +0000
5635e92e0f254465746c6272 Scorp, a startup out of Turkey, offers another take on the social video theme. The app lets you upload 15-second videos on any topic, such as your view on Trump’s immigration controls. In fact, its young makers call Scorp the video answer to Reddit or Quora. Read More
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Udacity buys CloudLabs in its first-ever acquisition to enable collaborative programming

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:25:38 +0000
Full Frame Shot Of Program Codes On Screen In the market for online education, Udacity remains focused on teaching its students about software development, data science and machine learning. To this avail, Udacity brought out its M&A team for the first time to strategically acquire CloudLabs, a small shop building interactive coding environments that let groups collaboratively code from within their browsers. You… Read More
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Microsoft starts shipping Windows 10 mixed reality developer kits this month

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:03:44 +0000
acer-windows-mixed-reality-development-edition-headset-2 Microsoft previously let us know that a range of its OEM partners with familiar names from the PC world would be building headsets that offer mixed reality experiences on Windows 10 hardware. The first of those, from Acer, will begin shipping out to developers this month, with a phased rollout that will see developer edition headsets continue to arrive at partner doorsteps throughout the next… Read More
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Email privacy could be a quick win for Trump and Congress

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 19:00:28 +0000
Business woman sending email marketing Congress could chalk up a quick, easy bipartisan victory for taxpayers if both the House and Senate determined to pass the Email Privacy Act as early as possible, and send it to President Trump for signature. Read More
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Five burning questions that Snap’s IPO is about to answer

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:55:28 +0000
American flags fly above a Snapchat sign displayed outside of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) stands in New York, U.S., on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. U.S. stocks trimmed losses as deal activity boosted consumer stocks and Microsoft Corp. rose toward a record, offsetting losses spurred by concerns a stronger dollar will damp corporate earnings. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg via Getty Images Snap will begin publicly trading tomorrow, which means that it will officially give a price for its shares in its initial public offering this evening. Originally setting a range between $14 and $16, the company set its own valuation lower than what tech observers might have expected, given the hype of the first big tech IPO of 2017. Read More
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Clark, an app aiming to “turn every educator into an entrepreneur,” launches with $1 million in funding

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:45:20 +0000
clark-team-photo-1 It’s hard to be a tutor. For one thing, many educators don’t have time for extracurricular teaching, even while they might need to bolster their paychecks. Most schools prohibit teachers from tutoring children in the school systems in which they work, too, making it difficult to connect with families needing help. There are some solutions, like WyzAnt, a 12-year-old, privately… Read More
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Craigslist founder donates $1M to investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:42:43 +0000
Craig Newmark The Craig Newmark Foundation just annoucned that it has donated $1 million to ProPublica. The foundation says that Newmark (either personally or through the foundation) made multiple millions of dollars worth of donations to media-related organizations last year, including giving $1 million to The Poynter Institute to fund a faculty chair in journalism ethics. Newmark recently told… Read More
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Oculus slashes price of Rift headset + Touch controllers to $598

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:23:43 +0000
1 Oculus Touch Facebook and Oculus are looking to make their brand of high-end virtual reality considerably more affordable with a price slash coming to its Rift headset and Touch motion controllers. Read More
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Intel hopes 5G will breathe new life into its smartphone business

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:16:30 +0000
img_1476 Intel lost the last battle for smartphones. In May, the company quietly announced that it was canceling plans for its Broxton mobile processor, effectively acknowledging that it couldn’t compete with Qualcomm and in-house chips from powerhouses like Apple and Samsung. But the war is far from over. Read More
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The promise of 5G is still years away

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:02:03 +0000
img_1358 Tech companies are terrible at tempering expectations. Really, really bad. Take last month, when Qualcomm CEO Stephen Mollenkopf told the audience at his CES keynote, “5G will have an impact similar to the introduction of electricity or the automobile, affecting entire economies and benefiting entire societies.” That’s a pretty damn high bar. Read More
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