Not A Hobby — Disrupt London Lets Loose The Drones Of Awe

Commercial Drones We don’t just plan to talk about the Cloud at TechCrunch Disrupt London in two weeks time on December 7th-8th (Agenda, Tickets). The conference will also cover the booming world of Drones that are literally in the clouds. Here are our panelists for the discussion.

Chris Blackford
Chris is driving the strategic development of Sky-Futures operational and technology frameworks and the… Read More

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Happy Thanksgiving!

gadgets151125 Though we’re in the midst of the holiday season, we’ve still made time to talk about the latest in gadgets news. The Samsung Gear VR went on sale last week, which is a relatively big deal in the world of VR. Sony, meanwhile, announced that it sold more than 30 million units of the PS4 since launch. Plus, we talked about some more cool gift guides. This week’s episode of the… Read More

Belfast Maskers to present ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ live classic radio show

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Unitarian Universalist Church, Belfast, 37 Miller Street, Belfast, Maine For more information: BELFAST, Maine — The Belfast Maskers will perform a live radio …

Wondering what Black Friday sales say about the economy? Get in line

PORTLAND, Maine — For economic insights, Black Friday’s something of a black hole. The frenzied day of deals and discounts marks the official start of the holiday shopping season, but not much else. Observing the spectacle of late-night campers waiting for deals is an annual tradition for news outlets. But …

Black Friday protests include #JusticeForLaquan and pleas for higher wages



With plenty of Americans ready to flock to stores in search of Black Friday deals, protest groups prepared to meet them with messages about unfair wages and police brutality

Protesters in Chicago were preparing to “>demonstrate along the “Magnificent Mile,” a popular stretch of shops that is a popular destination on Black Friday

Residents have been protesting the shooting of Laquan McDonald by a police officer. Just days ago, video from the dashboard camera of an officer at the scene showed McDonald being gunned down while walking away from officers

The protest began around 12 P.M. EST, with a sizable police presence also in the area, according to social media posts. Read more…

More about Walmart, Chicago, Black Friday, Business, and Laquan Mcdonald

Tuesday Book Club

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Location: Camden Public Library, 55 Main St., Camden, ME For more information: 207-470-7473; The book choice for this month’s meeting is “The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted” by Elizabeth Berg, a collection of her short stories. Call Nina at …

Plymouth man struck, killed by vehicle on Route 9

AURORA, Maine — A Plymouth man was killed Thursday night when he was struck by a vehicle on Route 9, state police said. Anthony Barnes, 34, who had been traveling east, had stopped in the driving lane and shut off his vehicle and its lights, Maine State Police Lt. Roderick …

Active shooter reported at Colorado Planned Parenthood



Police in Colorado Springs are responding to an active shooter at a Planned Parenthood

CSPD PIO responding to call if active shooter in Centennial Bl. The area is NOT secure. Media do not stage in area!

— Springs Police (@CSPDPIO) November 27, 2015

Local police have not released any additional details, though there were unconfirmed reports from police networks that at least one officer had been shot. The Colorado fraternal order of police, one of the first to tweet about the situation, said there were reports the shooter had “barricaded in” the Planned Parenthood and that there were “multiple victims.” Read more…

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Founders Fund on Its Processes, Deal Flow, and Newest Big Bets

Founders Fund, founded 10 years ago, wasted little time in establishing itself as a venture firm that’s willing to make unusual and often outsize bets.
Recently, we sat down with the firm’s chief scientist, Aaron VanDevender, and partner Scott Nolan, to talk about some of those investments, how the highly iterative firm operates today, and which of its portfolio companies best… Read More

VTech Hack Exposes Data On 4.8 Million Adults, 200,000 Kids

New submitter lorenzofb writes: A hacker broke into the site of the popular toy company VTech and was able to easily get 4.8 million credentials, and 227k kids’ identities using SQL injection. The company didn’t find out about the breach until Motherboard told them. According to Have I Been Pwned, this is the fourth largest consumer data breach ever. “[Security specialist Troy Hunt] said that VTech doesn’t use SSL web encryption anywhere, and transmits data such as passwords completely unprotected. … Hunt also found that the company’s websites “leak extensive data” from their databases and APIs—so much that an attacker could get a lot of data about the parents or kids just by taking advantage of these flaws.”

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