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Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

iphone-6-plus-corner-macro Today, Apple’s Tim Cook posted a letter announcing a new security page on the company’s website, publishing some fairly plain-language security talk.
There’s some solid language here that is clearly designed to allay fears about the way that Apple protects user data in the wake of the celebrity nude hacking incidents.
Cook’s words:
We believe in telling you up front… Read More

Hampton Creek In A Management Pickle As It Seeks To Raise $50 Million In Funding

5816198695_f6d474841b_b It hasn’t even been a full two weeks since Ali Partovi switched from an advisor role to chief strategy officer at Hampton Creek. However, the plant-based mayo startup has confirmed that Partovi is out. This leaves the company in a bit of a management pickle. In an odd move, Partovi switched from simply advisor to second in command to CEO and co-founder Josh Tetrick at the beginning of… Read More

Amazon Announces New Fire Tablets, E-Ink Kindles And A Special Fire For Kids

scaled.FireTablet_Family Amazon released six new devices today with an eye on shipping them before the holiday season. The collection, which ranges from a new e-ink tablet called the Voyage to an 8.9-inch tablet that is lighter than the iPad Air and features Fire OS 4.0, an OS based on KitKat, is designed for reading, work and play.
There’s also a new Kindle for kids that includes a $25 case and free parental… Read More

ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

ManServants A 6’2″, sandy blond gentleman wearing a tailored suit and tie gently bows to greet me and seat me. “Hello, I am Fabio and I will be your man servant this afternoon,” he says. His gentle, hypnotic voice wraps around me. I suddenly realize I’ve been seated and proceed to accidentally knock my sunglasses off the table. Fabio quickly picks them up and then takes out… Read More

FCC Chairman Wheeler: Title II Is On The Table

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 4.26.37 PM In the final moments of the FCC’s public comment period on its notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) concerning net neutrality, there was a spike in input regarding precisely how bad regulating ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 would be.
To summarize the corporate response: Oh god, please no. Please. Read More

If You Want An Android Smartwatch, Get The Moto 360

scaled-4633 Like the serfs on the anarcho-syndicalist commune in Monty Python And The Holy Grail, fans of Android Wear and the $249 Moto 360 have been moaning under the oppressive noise regarding the yet-to-be-released Apple Watch. “You’re biased,” they scream as they swipe desperately at their Google Now cards. “You never cover the real winners.” Well here I am, covering… Read More

BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

launchbit LaunchBit, an ad startup focused on helping software-as-a-service businesses find new customers, is announcing that it has been acquired by ad platform BuySellAds.com.
The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. LaunchBit co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Yin told me via email that the LaunchBit ad network will continue to operate, “business as usual,” while it’s… Read More

BeautyCon Raises Seed Funding So Brands Can Say Goodbye To Hollywood… And Hello To YouTube

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 2.51.53 PM Moj Mahdara has seen the future of branding and entertainment, and it’s on YouTube. The chief executive of the burgeoning media business BeautyCon has raised under $5 million in seed financing from entertainment and publishing big shots like Michael Eisner, the former chief executive of Disney Co., the publisher Hearst Corp., Kelly Osbourne, and talent lawyers Ken Hertz and Eric… Read More

BeautyCon Raises Seed Funding So Brands Can Say Goodbye To Hollywood… And Hello To YouTube

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 2.51.53 PM Moj Mahdara has seen the future of branding and entertainment, and it’s on YouTube. The chief executive of the burgeoning media business BeautyCon has raised under $5 million in seed financing from entertainment and publishing big shots like Michael Eisner, the former chief executive of Disney Co., the publisher Hearst Corp., Kelly Osbourne, and talent lawyers Ken Hertz and Eric… Read More

BeautyCon Raises Seed Funding So Brands Can Say Goodbye To Hollywood… And Hello To YouTube

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 2.51.53 PM Moj Mahdara has seen the future of branding and entertainment, and it’s on YouTube. The chief executive of the burgeoning media business BeautyCon has raised under $5 million in seed financing from entertainment and publishing big shots like Michael Eisner, the former chief executive of Disney Co., the publisher Hearst Corp., Kelly Osbourne, and talent lawyers Ken Hertz and Eric… Read More