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Leaked presentation details plans for $100M hardware startup fund Formation 8 is raising (William Alden/BuzzFeed)

4 hours 13 min ago

William Alden / BuzzFeed:
Leaked presentation details plans for $100M hardware startup fund Formation 8 is raising  —  Inside Formation 8's Secret Strategy To Invest In Hardware  —  The venture capital firm Formation 8 wants to raise $100 million to invest in hardware makers.  BuzzFeed News obtained a confidential slide presentation about the new fund.

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Google releases Polymer 1.0, a core library used to build and style Web components (Steven Max Patterson/CIO.com)

5 hours 23 min ago

Steven Max Patterson / CIO.com:
Google releases Polymer 1.0, a core library used to build and style Web components  —  Google's Polymer 1.0 brings reuse and better branding to Web development  —  Signaling Polymer's production readiness, Google announced release 1.0 at its annual I/O developer conference.

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AT&T wants to choose which online video services count against data caps (Jon Brodkin/Ars Technica)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 11:40pm

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
AT&T wants to choose which online video services count against data caps  —  AT&T fights proposed ban on data cap exemptions in DirecTV merger.  —  AT&T doesn't want any rules preventing it from choosing which online video services count against its customers' data caps.

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Google Sells 17 Million Chromecast Devices, Clocks 1.5 Billion Casts (Janko Roettgers/Variety)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:35pm

Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google Sells 17 Million Chromecast Devices, Clocks 1.5 Billion Casts  —  Google has finally announced actual sales figures for its Chromecast streaming stick: Consumers have bought 17 million Chromecasts ever since the device got first introduced two years ago, announced Google's senior VP …

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Snapchat has raised $537M in sale of common stock, at a valuation of $16B according to sources (Douglas MacMillan/Wall Street Journal)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:25pm

Douglas MacMillan / Wall Street Journal:
Snapchat has raised $537M in sale of common stock, at a valuation of $16B according to sources  —  Snapchat Raises Another $500 Million From Investors  —  Investment from Alibaba, others values popular messaging service at $16 billion  —  The demand to own private shares in Snapchat Inc …

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Google partially automates launches of Project Loon balloons, expands their range by passing Internet signals between them (Brad Stone/Bloomberg Business)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 9:10pm

Brad Stone / Bloomberg Business:
Google partially automates launches of Project Loon balloons, expands their range by passing Internet signals between them  —  Google Details New Project Loon Tech to Keep Its Internet Balloons Afloat  —  Google's Mike Cassidy describes two advancements that could help Project Loon become commercial as soon as next year

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In protest of NSA surveillance laws, more than 10K websites redirect visitors from congressional IP addresses to blackoutcongress.org (Alan Yuhas/Guardian)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 8:15pm

Alan Yuhas / Guardian:
In protest of NSA surveillance laws, more than 10K websites redirect visitors from congressional IP addresses to blackoutcongress.org  —  More than 10,000 websites ‘blackout’ Congress in protest of NSA surveillance laws  —  Fight for the Future provides code to block access …

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Google partners with Qualcomm on Project Tango reference phone, no longer requires preapproval to purchase Project Tango tablet (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 7:35pm

Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google partners with Qualcomm on Project Tango reference phone, no longer requires preapproval to purchase Project Tango tablet  —  Slamdance: inside the weird virtual reality of Google's Project Tango  —  I'm standing in a strange, spartan space.  There's a floor, but no walls.

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Google acquires mobile app performance startup Pulse.io (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 6:55pm

Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Google acquires mobile app performance startup Pulse.io  —  Twisted Agile: We're taking elements Agile dev and shaking it up with savvy best practices for better, faster outcomes.  Sign up for our free webinar on June 11 at 10 a.m. PST/11 p.m. EST.  —  Google announced a lot during …

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Apple's HomeKit platform will see first accessories launch next week (Jordan Kahn/9to5Mac)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 6:10pm

Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Apple's HomeKit platform will see first accessories launch next week  —  The first home automation products using Apple's new Siri-controlled HomeKit platform will arrive next week, according to sources briefed on Apple's plans.  —  The company first introduced HomeKit last year alongside iOS 8 …

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Salesforce acquires smart calendar app Tempo AI, will shut it down on June 30 (Jordan Novet/VentureBeat)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 5:15pm

Jordan Novet / VentureBeat:
Salesforce acquires smart calendar app Tempo AI, will shut it down on June 30  —  Salesforce has bought Tempo AI, a startup with a smart calendar app.  —  Tempo AI announced the news today in a post on its homepage.  —  The app is no longer accepting new users and will be shut down on June 30, according to the statement.

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Google moves forward with the Charleston East development in Mountain View, a 595K-square-foot glass canopied building (Nathan Donato-Weinstein/Silicon Valley ...)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 5:00pm

Nathan Donato-Weinstein / Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Google moves forward with the Charleston East development in Mountain View, a 595K-square-foot glass canopied building  —  Silicon Valley Business Journal  —  Google Inc. is going to get to build at least one futuristic, glass-domed office project in Mountain View.

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Sources: US tried deploying Stuxnet-style virus against North Korea five years ago to destroy equipment, but the campaign failed (Joseph Menn/Reuters)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:40pm

Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Sources: US tried deploying Stuxnet-style virus against North Korea five years ago to destroy equipment, but the campaign failed  —  Exclusive: U.S. tried Stuxnet-style campaign against North Korea but failed - sources  —  The United States tried to deploy a version of the Stuxnet computer virus …

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Founder of Silk Road drug marketplace Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison, to forfeit $184M (Business Insider)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 4:11pm

Business Insider:
Founder of Silk Road drug marketplace Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison, to forfeit $184M  —  The founder of the Silk Road drug marketplace has been sentenced to life in prison without parole  —  The convicted mastermind behind the world's largest online narcotics emporium …

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Google Partners With Udacity To Launch Android Development Nanodegree (Frederic Lardinois/TechCrunch)

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 3:55pm

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google Partners With Udacity To Launch Android Development Nanodegree  —  At its I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google today announced that it has partnered with Udacity to launch a six-course Android development nanodegree.  —  The idea here is to help developers learn …

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