The Honeywell Bubble Count Revisited

count-zero I am a tall straight white cisgendered Canadian man in excellent health, i.e. I won pretty much every available lottery on the day I was born. People expect me to excel at things, or at least they don’t expect me not to. Concierges at five-star hotels are eager to help me, and rarely even ask me whether or not I am a guest. Read More

Designing New Mobile Experiences For The Music-Loving Generation

Apple-music As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other. Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the throngs of eager event-goers,… Read More

The Math Behind SaaS Startup Valuation

mathematics One of the most critical metrics for software companies — but also one of the most difficult to measure — is the lifetime value of their customers (LTV). The lifetime value dictates how a company should spend its marketing and sales dollars. Unfortunately, many early stage startups struggle to measure LTV, because they haven’t been around very long and, consequently… Read More

CrunchWeek: Tech Stocks Fumble, Facebook Announces ‘M,’ And YouTube Takes On Twitch

crunchweek-4-3 Welcome back to another episode of CrunchWeek. We’re very glad that you are here. This time ’round, our fearless Matthew Lynley headed the ship, while our own Josh Constine and your humble servant were on hand to help out along the way. We dug into the very turbulent global markets, and what that means for technology shares, along with a dive into the latest from Facebook, and,… Read More

Judge’s Order To Shut Down NSA Phone Surveillance Reversed By Federal Appeals Court

nsa headquarters A federal appeals court has just ruled against a 2013 decision ordering the NSA to stop its bulk metadata collection program. The three-judge panel issued its ruling Friday, contending that conservative privacy activist Larry Klayman had not adequately argued the likeliness that his own data had been collected as a part of the metadata collection program. Judge Stephen Williams wrote… Read More

SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

socialbattles Andre and Sandro De Moraes must really like to see people compete.
The brothers previously created GoldMic, a now-defunct social network for hip hop battles. Now they’ve launched a new iOS app called SocialBattles, where users compete to post the most popular photos. Read More

Google’s App Search Results Now Look More Like An App Store

Screen Shot 2015-08-28 at 4.30.31 PM Google has been working for some time to improve how it highlights mobile apps, and the data they contain, in its search results. And now, Android users performing Google searches for apps outside the Play Store will notice a big change in how apps are being presented in search results.
Where before, apps were listed one-by-one with each app on its own line followed by a link to see… Read More

Uber Hires Security Researchers Behind That Crazy Jeep Hack

uber Uber has hired the duo behind a spectacular hack earlier this year that involved taking remote control of a Jeep Cherokee.
Wired writer Andy Greenberg experienced this firsthand — he wrote that he was driving on a St. Louis highway when Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek used a laptop 10 miles away to make the radio, air conditioning and windshield wipers go haywire. Then they cut the… Read More

Gillmor Gang LIVE 08.28.15

Gillmor Gang Artcard Gillmor Gang – Dan Farber, Robert Scoble, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. LIVE recording session today at 1pmPT/4pmET.
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Mobile Gaming Livestreaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 9.57.54 AM We’ve heard from sources that Mobcrush, which streams mobile games much in the same way Twitch is known for streaming popular eSports desktop games, has raised around $10 million in new financing, though the number could have gone beyond that. Mobcrush’s bet is that mobile game streaming will be as big — if not bigger — than some of the competitive game streaming… Read More