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Yep, Disney is in talks with bankers about possible Twitter acqisition
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 2:50 pm

 Disney has had talks about a potential acquisition of Twitter, we’ve confirmed. They’re working with bankers now to determine whether the deal makes sense, multiple sources have informed us. While some reports have suggested that Twitter could fetch $30 billion, we are hearing that the price tag is much lower. Twitter stock is currently trending upward on the news, and… Read More

Unsexy Flexport scores $65 million as software eats shipping
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 1:52 pm

 Freight forwarding is a multi-trillion industry, but most people don’t even know what those words mean. It’s the business of moving boats trucks, and planes full of stuff across the world that’s recently been neglected by technology. Read More

AppLovin is selling a majority stake to Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4B
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 1:23 pm

 Mobile ad startup AppLovin announced today it has agreed to sell a majority stake of the company to Chinese private equity firm Orient Hontai Capital for $1.4 billion. We first reported that AppLovin was in talks with a Chinese company for a $1.5 billion acquisition back in August. In his blog post announcing the deal, co-founder and CEO Adam Foroughi wrote: While this deal is a tremendous… Read More

Uber is researching flying short-haul urban transportation
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 1:21 pm

 Short-haul flights in airborne taxis: It’s next-level alright, but is it next-level hype, or something city-dwellers can actually look forward to? Uber is betting it’s the latter, according to comments made by the company’s head of products to Recode’s Kara Swisher at a conference this past weekend. Uber’s Jeff Holden said on stage that his company is… Read More

How IoT adopters can make efficient use of their data
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 1:00 pm

 The adoption of IoT technology can provide companies with unprecedented opportunities to reduce operating costs, increase productivity and tap into new markets previously inaccessible. But that won’t happen when IoT data gathers dust in the cloud. Read More

Twitter’s Gareth Paul Jones, Amex’s Tamar Shapiro check-in to new senior roles at Foursquare
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 12:59 pm

 Now that the dust has settled from Foursquare’s big split, the company is pushing forward with a few new executives and a brand new office in Los Angeles. The company has recently brought on Gareth Paul Jones — former head of mobile partner integrations at Twitter, who previously held positions at companies like Apple, TRUSTe, and Google — as Director of Technology Services.… Read More

Senator calls for SEC investigation into Yahoo breach
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 12:48 pm

 Yahoo’s announcement last week that data from 500 million user accounts had been stolen in 2014 by what it called a “state-sponsored actor” certainly alarmed Yahoo’s users and its new bosses at Verizon. But now it seems that eyebrows were raised in the Senate as well. Senator Mark Warner, a co-founder of Nextel and a former startup investor, has called on the Securities… Read More

Science, tech and geek culture site Inverse raises $6M
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 12:00 pm

 Inverse, a new-ish digital media startup founded by Bleacher Report’s Dave Nemetz, is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The Inverse site launched in August 2015 and covers a mix of science, technology and entertainment news — as I write this, the front page features stories on astrobiology, future cities and The Simpsons. Nemetz told me the goal is to… Read More

Tech really wants to fix this election
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 12:00 pm

 With just 42 days left until the election, it’s crunch time for anyone who hasn’t registered to vote. The deadlines to register in most states fall throughout October, with only a few states allowing in-person registration on the day of the election. The process can be confusing, and it’s one that tech companies from Google all the way down to small startups like Sam… Read More

Swiss public back law expanding surveillance powers
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:58 am

 In the wake of the 2014 Snowden revelations about mass surveillance programs some startups with concerns about overreaching government requests for user data settled on Switzerland as a base for their business — owing to what they dubbed favorable privacy laws. However, they might need to have a rethink after the Swiss public approved more invasive state surveillance powers in a… Read More

Fallen VC Ifty Ahmed, under investigation by the SEC, claims former employer Oak Investment Partners owes him tens of millions of dollars
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:52 am

 In May of last year, Ifty Ahmed was accused by federal regulators of conning his former employer — the venture capital firm, Oak Investment Partners — out of $65 million. Now, Ahmed suggests, Oak is doing the conning, and he says the stakes are even higher. You might remember Ahmed’s sensational story. According to his former colleagues, Ahmed — who’d joined Oak… Read More

Google said to debut Android/Chrome OS hybrid on tablet, convertible notebook
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:47 am

 Google is planning hybrid devices that run both Android and Chrome OS, including one convertible laptop, and one Huawei Nexus-branded tablet, according to a new report from 9to5Google. The report backs up another from Android Police today that says a convertible notebook is on the way. The Andromeda project bakes Chrome OS features into Android, giving you the best of both worlds in one… Read More

Drake’s new short film “Please Forgive Me” arrives as an Apple Music exclusive
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:42 am

 Drake’s new short film “Please Forgive Me” launched today ahead of schedule as an Apple Music exclusive. The 23-minute film begins with a plot similar to “Indecent Proposal,” as it involves a wealthy millionaire offering Drake’s girlfriend, played by Belgian model Fanny Neguesha, $1 million to spend the night with him. From there it delves into more of… Read More

Windows 10 hits 400 million machines as growth slows post-free upgrade
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:29 am

 Back in July, Microsoft tempered its Windows 10 expectations a touch, noting that its initial projection of mid-2018 for one billion active devices was probably a bit over-ambitious. That pronouncement came shortly after the company announced that its OS had hit 350 million machines (after hitting 300 million in May) — and roughly a fortnight before ending its free upgrade period.… Read More

How to watch the first presidential debate online and in VR with Al Roker
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:11 am

 Perhaps you’re still among those few, proud and generally indecisive undecided. Or, more than likely, you’re just tuning in for the fireworks show. Whatever the case, tonight’s first head-to-head showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is certain to be a spectacle, whatever shape it takes. In fact, tonight’s 90-minute, commercial-free affair is anticipated to… Read More

Google adds Spanish-language voting guides to Search
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:08 am

 Google is continuing its push to get more Americans registered to vote ahead of the upcoming presidential elections by expanding its voter information guides in Google Search to Spanish. While the company was already providing web searchers with details on how to get registered and how to vote, based on your current location, those guides were only triggered by searches for English phrases… Read More

Square hopes to ease the EMV transition with faster transaction times
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:00 am

 You’ve likely seen the headlines about consumer frustration with the transition to EMV payment cards in the U.S., most of which centers around how long the payments take versus good old-fashioned swiping. Those of us living in countries where EMV has been a fixture for a while might just shrug at this, but not Square: It’s focused on cutting transaction times to alleviate… Read More

This new Bluetooth game controller celebrates classic Macs
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 11:00 am

 If you’re at all interested in retro gaming, you’ve probably come across 8Bitdo, the company that makes throwback Bluetooth controllers inspired by classics like the SNES and NES. Now, it’s paying homage to another classic, the Apple II. The company’s new Kickstarter project seeks funding for a game controller called the AP40, featuring a full load-out of buttons,… Read More

Microsoft teams up with Renault-Nissan on in-car productivity and connectivity
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 10:39 am

 Microsoft has already expressed some interest on bringing Office to the car, and it sounds like it’ll continue to do that work with Renault-Nissan via a new tie-up between the two companies. The newly formed strategic partnership will see Microsoft help the automaker develop more connectivity services, particularly through the use of Azure cloud services. What does the partnership… Read More

Uber launches gift cards in 35K retail locations across the US
Posted: 26 September 2016 | 10:23 am

 Uber is adding its own gift cards to the list of ways you can pay for the service. The ride-hailing startup has debuted physical cards that will go on sale in 35,000 retail locations across the U.S. over the next few weeks, including stores like Walmart, Target and CVS. The company will also be selling them directly from Uber.com, and the gift cards can be redeemed in the Uber mobile app.… Read More

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