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  • US Supreme Court

    The Supreme Court will decide the legality of threatening someone on Facebook

    Imagine separating from your spouse and leaving him or her. You take the kids with you and move to a new home. You try to build a new life for yourself. Then, one day, you sign onto Facebook and encounter a post from your former spouse envisioning a particularly grisly murder scenario — and you’re the purported victim. Would you be afraid? The above scenario is exactly what happened to the wife of Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man who has…
  • makerbot

    Chattanooga launches the nation 3D printing accelerator, mixing its manufacturing past with a hi-tech future

    Shut your eyes and make a mental guess of where you’d expect America’s first 3D printing startup accelerator to be based. Now let me venture a related guess – that you’re wrong. Gigtank, a business accelerator that has turned its third incoming class over to helping companies working with 3D printing, isn’t based in Silicon Valley, New York, or any other technology hot bead. It’s based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. How many of you predicted that? None? Yeah, that’s what I thought.…
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    Code.org responds to its recent Newsweek and Politico critics

    In the last month, Code.org attracted its first wave of negative national media attention. Newsweek ran an article criticizing the program for teaching “a dying art.” The writer argued that technological advances would destroy the need for programming skills in another decade or two, because humans will be able to use human languages to tell computers what to do. Then Politico came down hard on Code.org for its privacy policy in an article titled “data…
  • Farm water

    Consumer tech is cool, but agriculture tech could save the world

    I might peg myself as a nerd by saying this — or win some friends? — but I’m a sucker for companies at the intersection of farming and the Internet of Things. It may seem dryer to think about on the surface than speculation about Apple’s smart home plans, but companies using connected sensors and nodes to more efficiently allocate physical resources might help change the world.  Conversely, that connected doohicky you love so much is a consumer convenience. You…
  • anonymous

    Secretive Snapchat investor Coatue opens up on the Southland stage

    With late stage tech companies staying private longer and raising more capital at higher valuations than  at any point in recent memory, it’s little surprise that there’s a new class of investor proving hungry for these deals. Traditional public market investors like hedge funds, mutual funds, and banks have been prolific in snapping up pieces of many of the hottest companies in Silicon Valley. One of the lesser known firms in this set – an obscurity that is most certainly by design – is
  • Screwpulp Braintree PitchHop

    Startups drop rhymes for cash in Braintree PitchHop competition

    In the midst of a Southland conference that was equal parts culture and music festival as it was hard hitting technology summit, perhaps it’s no surprise that Braintree would take an atypical approach to onboarding new users. What was that approach? Asking entrepreneurs to Rap their startup pitch in a makeshift bus turned recording studio. The judges? Braintree CEO (and potential future PayPal president) Bill Ready and developer relations head John Lunn. The Braintree PitchHop competition started slow…
  • Flea Market Memories

    Path’s Dave Morin gives up on lasting memories

    When Path debuted to the world, it was billed by founder Dave Morin as an intimate social network meant for sharing the most personal and meaningful moments of our lives with our closest friends and families. This cozy circle was once limited to 50 connections, then later expanded (controversially) to 150, and may eventually grow to 500 or more. In this way, Path was the anti-Facebook. The big blue social network had long since blossomed into a public sharing…
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    Voxa unveils Siri-like automation for the unsexy old CRM

    When it comes to business software, CRM may be the unsexiest of all categories. Like the “TPS report” of sales teams, spending time entering contact and communication data into a database is the bane of nearly all professionals’ existence. But Voxa, an Atlanta-based startup debuting its product today on stage at Southland, hopes that Siri-like artificial intelligence and automation will may add a bit of sizzle to this otherwise droll category. “We spoke to hundreds of Salesforce users and…
  • Ringly

    Ringly enters pre-sales, aims to prove that wearable technology can be as beautiful as it is functional

    At the risk of gender stereotyping, male and female smartphone users aren’t created equal. One of the biggest differences in their usage patterns is that the fairer sex tends to carry their phone in a purse more often than a pocket. While this may seem a trivial distinction, it has profound impacts on the way notifications are delivered (and received). Ringly is a New York-based hardware startup aimed at addressing this issue with wearable technology. As its name suggests,…
  • pinocchio

    Facebook VP insults our intelligence, argues limiting organic brand reach is not about making money

    Over the last two years, Facebook has slowly begun cutting back on the organic reach of page posts, whittling it down from 16 percent in 2012 to around two percent now for pages with over 500,000 fans. Brands have found themselves paying money lately to get posts out to fans that they’d already paid money to acquire. Needless to say, people have gotten a bit peevish about the whole thing. The short, obvious explanation has always been, Facebook is a…
  • Piggy Bank

    Charles Schwab 2.0: Millennial favorite Wealthfront crosses $1 billion in assets under management

    It’s easy, in the era of Apple’s Jesus stock, Facebook’s IPO, WhatsApp-level acquisitions, and Uber’s helium-filled valuation to become desensitized to the word “billion.” But it wasn’t that long ago when Justin Timberlake’s Sean Parker said, “A million dollars isn’t cool, you know what’s cool? A billion dollars.” Today Wealthfront, an automated investment service,  announced a milestone that demands to be celebrated. After just two-and-a-half years in business, the company has grown to $1 billion in assets under management (AUM),…
  • Chicago Tech week

    Industry leaders attack Chicago Tech Week over ludicrously sexist ads

    As the unofficial capital of the midwest, Chicago considered by many to be a kindler, gentler version of its coastal counterparts, New York and Los Angeles. This overall friendly attitude and fondness for work-life balance attitude is often cited when tech industry observers ask why an ecosystem is not more highly regarded by coastal investors and entrepreneurs, despite producing successes such as Orbitz, Groupon, GrubHub, and Braintree. Well it seems someone forgot to tell the organizers of Tech Week…
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    Urban Remedy grabs $5M, adds former Jamba Juice and Pinkberry CMO as its new Chief Executive

    Months after adding Cindy Crawford as a director and brand partner, organic pressed juice and nutritious snacks company Urban Remedy is continuing its upward momentum with $5 million in Series A funding and a new, industry veteran CEO. The new funding round was led by Venture51, with participation from existing investor, Santa Monica technology studio Science, Inc and brings Urban Remedy’s total haul to $6 million. Taking the seat at the helm of the San Rafael, California-based company is…
  • Balmer Basketball

    Steve Ballmer takes crazy Silicon Valley-style dealmaking to the NBA, stands to win big anyway

    A couple billion here, a couple billion there, and pretty soon we’re talking about real money. This logic applies in the real world, but often different rules apply in the tech sector. As we’ve noted when when Facebook, Google, or Apple makes a multi-billion dollar acquisition, the largest of tech companies use entirely different math to determine what makes a good deal. But with all this wealth being created in the technology sector, it’s not just companies that are able…
  • Filament

    Digital Telepathy brings great Web design to the masses with its Filament app store

    When you design websites and apps for companies like New Relic, Apple, and Google Ventures’ portfolio of startups, it’s fair to say you’re the real deal. Such is the case with Chuck Longanecker and his San Diego design firm Digital Telepathy. But for all his success, Longanecker has remained frustrated at the limited number of clients he can work with and the overall low quality of the average website experience. “We just want to make the Web a better…
  • Meeker on Bitcoin

    Meeker: As money is reimagined, bitcoin is seeing “extraordinary interest”

    The venture capital equivalent of “pics or it didn’t happen” may be the statement, “slide in Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends report or it’s not important.” Sure, it’s quite a mouthful, but that makes it no less true. Amid the 164-slide presentation, which covered key trends around the Web, mobile, advertising, China, and other topics, the former Morgan Stanley technology analyst and current Kleiner Perkins Caufield Buyers partner found room to call out crypto-currencies as a topic of  “extraordinary interest.” Meeker cites…

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