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Russia’s game of Telegram whack-a-mole grows to 19M blocked IPs, hitting Twitch, Spotify and more

By | 2018-04-19T15:52:12+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

As the messaging app Telegram continues to try to evade Russian authorities by switching up its IP addresses, Russia’s regulator Roskomnadzor (RKN) has continued its game of whack-a-mole to try to lock it down by knocking out complete swathes of IP address. The resulting chase how now ballooned to nearly 19 million IP addresses at the [...]

MoviePass’s parent company is getting crushed after offering new stock

By | 2018-04-19T12:03:17+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Helios and Matheson Analytics is looking to push additional capital into its prime and wildly popular asset, MoviePass, by raising money in a new stock sale that appears to be giving Wall Street fits. Looking to raise additional capital, Helios and Matheson said it would sell up to $150 million in a stock sale that essentially [...]

eBay’s mobile app can now fill out your listings for you

By | 2018-04-19T14:30:08+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Ebay is rolling out an app update designed to make it easier to list items for sale on its online marketplace. Instead of filling out detailed forms on your mobile phone’s small screen, you can now scan the barcode on the item in question or type a description, choose the item’s condition, then click “list your [...]

mParticle hires Adobe’s John Sedlak as chief revenue officer

By | 2018-04-19T10:52:29+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

mParticle, which helps companies like Airbnb and Spotify manage their customer data, has hired four new executives — including John Sedlak, most recently a vice president at Adobe, who’s joining the company as chief revenue officer. In addition, Kiran Hebbar (formerly CFO of Social Tables) is joining as chief financial officer, Will Rogers (previously an engineer at [...]

Motorola introduces four new phones

By | 2018-04-19T10:52:28+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Motorola’s phones aren’t always the flashiest, but there sure are a lot of them. And today, there are even more. The Lenovo-owned brand is launching not one, but four new handsets for your budget-phone-buying pleasure. The new handsets were launched at an event in São Paulo, Brazil. We, sadly, were not there. Instead, we played around [...]

Facebook has a new job posting calling for chip designers

By | 2018-04-19T02:00:44+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Facebook has posted a job opening looking for an expert in ASIC and FPGA, two custom silicon designs that companies can gear toward specific use cases — particularly in machine learning and artificial intelligence. There’s been a lot of speculation in the valley as to what Facebook’s interpretation of custom silicon might be, especially as it [...]

Grasshopper, a learn-to-code app from Google’s Area 120 incubator, goes live

By | 2018-04-18T14:00:46+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Google’s internal incubator, Area 120, is today releasing its next creation: a learn-to-code mobile app for beginners called Grasshopper. At launch, the app teaches would-be coders how to write JavaScript, via short lessons on their iPhone or Android device. The goal is to get coders proficient in the basics and core concepts, so they can take [...]

Snapchat now lets advertisers sell products directly through Lenses

By | 2018-04-18T14:00:45+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

This week Snapchat is rolling out Shoppable AR, a new feature that makes it even easier for advertisers to sell goods through sponsored lenses. The new offering builds on top of the Sponsored Lenses the service rolled out in late-2015, which let advertisers create branded filters, bringing product placements to selfies. Now companies can essentially close [...]

Here’s the 23rd batch of 500 Startups companies

By | 2018-04-18T08:56:05+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

500 Startups may soon be coming up on the one-year mark for the end of a tumultuous saga involving its founder, but its accelerator classes still continue to plug along — and its next batch is now getting ready to roll. The firm’s 23rd batch of startups this year consists of the usual mix of business [...]

A flaw-by-flaw guide to Facebook’s new GDPR privacy changes

By | 2018-04-18T02:09:39+00:00 April 18th, 2018|Categories: Tech News|

Facebook is about to start pushing European users to speed through giving consent for its new GDPR privacy law compliance changes. They ask users review how Facebook uses data around the web to target you with ads, sensitive profile info they share, and facial recognition But with a design the encourages rapidly hitting the “Agree” button, [...]