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  • Who gets to own your digital identity?

    Even though anonymity is still a hot topic and sought after in the online world, times have changed.

  • Google says China used YouTube to meddle in Hong Kong protests

    Google has disabled 210 YouTube accounts after it said China used the video platform to sow discord among protesters in Hong Kong. The search giant, which owns YouTube, followed in the footsteps of Twitter and Facebook, which earlier this week said China had used their social media sites to spread misinformation and discord among the […]

  • Frontier technologies are moving closer to the center of venture investment

    As the technologies that were once considered science fiction become the purview of science, the venture capital firms that were once investing at the industry’s fringes are now finding themselves at the heart of the technology industry. Investing in the commercialization of technologies like genetic engineering, quantum computing, digital avatars, augmented reality, new human-computer interfaces, […]

  • How Oculus squeezed sophisticated tracking into pipsqueak hardware

    Making the VR experience simple and portable was the main goal of the Oculus Quest, and it definitely accomplishes that. But going from things in the room tracking your headset to your headset tracking things in the room was a complex process. I talked with Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer ("Schrep") about the journey from "outside-in" to "inside-out."

  • Why are revenue-based VCs investing in so many women and underrepresented founders?

    A new wave of revenue-based investors are emerging who are using creative investing structures with some of the upside of traditional VC, but some of the downside protection of debt.

  • Independent report on Facebook bias catalogs mild complaints from conservatives

    An independent investigator has issued a preliminary report on its work determining the existence and/or extent of bias against conservatives on Facebook. It's refreshingly light reading — the complaints are less "Facebook is a den of liberals" and more "we need more transparency on ad policies."

  • The 11 best startups from Y Combinator’s S19 Demo Day 1

    tY Combinator, the genesis for many of the companies that have shaped Silicon Valley including Airbnb, PagerDuty and Stripe, has minted another 200 some graduates. Half of those companies made their pitch to investors today during Day 1 of Y Combinator’s Summer 2019 Demo Day event and we’re here to tell you which startups are […]

  • Facebook unveils new tools to control how websites share your data for ad-targeting

    Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would be creating a “Clear History” feature that deletes the data that third-party websites and apps share with Facebook. Today, the company is actually launching that feature in select geographies. It’s gotten a new name in the meantime: Off-Facebook Activity. David Baser, the director of […]

  • YC’s Earth AI closes funding for its platform to make mining less wasteful

    Discovering and drilling for the important minerals used for industry and the technology sector remains incredibly important as existing mines are becoming depleted. If the mining industry can’t become more efficient at finding these important deposits, then more unnecessary, harmful drilling and exploration takes place. Applying AI to this problem would seem like a no-brainer […]

  • Week in Review: Snapchat beats a dead horse

    Hey. This is Week-in-Review, where I give a heavy amount of analysis and/or rambling thoughts on one story while scouring the rest of the hundreds of stories that emerged on TechCrunch this week to surface my favorites for your reading pleasure. Last week, I talked about how Netflix might have some rough times ahead as […]