1. Adtech veteran-led Promolytics quietly grabs $9.7M from Emergence Capital

    If you’ve never heard of Precipio, you’re not alone. Same goes for Promolytics. The former is the parent company of the latter, which itself is a one-year-old promotions and discounts optimization company based in Palo Alto. It seems that Promolytics founders don’t want much publicity either. The company doesn't have an AngelList or CrunchBase profile and has never received any coverage in the tech press.

    By Michael Carney , written on

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  2. Metals in your smartphone have no substitutes

    A few centuries ago, there were just a few widely used materials: wood, brick, iron, copper, gold and silver. Today’s material diversity is astounding. A chip in your smartphone, for instance, contains 60 different elements. Our lives are so dependent on these materials that a scarcity of a handful of elements could send us back in time by decades.

    By Akshat Rathi , written on

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  3. Snapchat's "meh" hack

    Snapchat, the popular messaging and photo app, was hacked, and it appears all the hackers got was access to a database with 2 million Snapchat names and their corresponding phone numbers. It likely didn't cause lasting damage, other than to Snapchat's reputation, although it's possible we'll see an uptick in phishes and spam purporting to come from the company.

    By Adam L. Penenberg , written on

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  4. Between a bus and a broken window: One woman's fight to unite tech and social justice

    Founder and YC alum Peter Shih wrote an ill-advised blog post in August of this year, called "10 Things I Hate About You: San Francisco Edition." In it he made various classist and sexist remarks about San Francisco and inspired the ire of the Internet for "[c]onfirming nearly every negative stereotype about the tech community." (Shih has since offered a heartfelt apology for -- in his own words -- his idiotic comments).

    By Carmel DeAmicis , written on

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  5. Inspecting gadgets: A tech wish list for 2014

    In 2014, we will see more intelligent, less expensive versions of autonomous vacuum cleaners, pool cleaners, lawnmowers and gutter cleaners.

    By Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh , written on

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  6. Coffee and Kickstarter: A retrospective

    Coffee entrepreneurship always fascinate me. This is exhibited by the fact that whenever there's a new gadget being built to aid the brewing process, I'm always quick to write about it. Why? For one, I love coffee, as well as enjoy the act of making it. But just as much, I think there's a very unique entrepreneurship angle to it. Those who succeed in the coffee business need not only be good designers and businesspeople, but also grasp the weird contingencies of making a good cup of coffee. It takes a certain breed of weirdo.

    By Cale Guthrie Weissman , written on

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  7. Get your life together with Agent, the utilities app for Android that just became free

    Since Agent launched ten weeks ago in the Google Play store, tens of thousands of users have downloaded it to organize their digital lives. Eighty percent of downloads use the app every day to manage their phone's modes related to battery life, sleeping, parking, meeting and driving.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

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  8. The results are in! Pando's 2013 Reader's Poll

    Last week, we asked you some questions about the year in tech. Many of our readers work at various levels of the startup ecosystem, and the rest closely observe it. Therefore a Pando Reader's Poll isn't just about checking off a box in the user engagement column. We know from your comments that you have unique insight into startup culture and we're very thankful you share that with us.

    By David Holmes , written on

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