US Border Patrol Hasn’t Validated E-Passport Data For Years

February 23, 2018 No Comments

For over a decade, US Customs and Border Protection has been unable to verify the cryptographic signatures on e-Passports, because they never installed the right software.
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WhatsApp Co-Founder Brian Acton Invests $50 Million in Newly Formed Signal Foundation

February 21, 2018 No Comments

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton has taken on the leadership of the non-profit behind that popular encryption app—and given it a serious injection of cash.
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Wikipedia’s free-to-access program for developing countries is being sunset

February 20, 2018 No Comments

 A half-dozen years after launching Wikipedia Zero, The Wikimedia Foundation is sunsetting the program. Announced in 2012, it was the result of partnerships with mobile carriers, designed to waive the cost of accessing the free encyclopedia in developing countries, where data fees presented a barrier to accessing the site’s seemingly bottomless well of information. Read More

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Digital nomads are hiring and firing their governments

February 18, 2018 No Comments

 The nation state has survived wars, plagues, and upheaval, but it won’t survive digital nomads, not if people like Karoli Hindriks have something to say about it. Hindriks is the founder of Jobbatical, a platform that allows digital nomads to find work in other countries and helps with the logistics of getting there. The company also embodies a new world of highly-skilled, global… Read More
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Copycat: How Facebook Tried to Squash Snapchat

February 16, 2018 No Comments

In an excerpt from a new book on Snapchat, Billy Gallagher explains how Facebook fought back against a tiny rival’s challenge.
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SignAll is slowly but surely building a sign language translation platform

February 14, 2018 No Comments

 Translating is difficult work, the more so the further two languages are from one another. French-Spanish? Not a problem. Ancient Greek-Esperanto? Hard. But sign language is uniquely difficult because it is fundamentally different from spoken and written languages. All the same, companies like SignAll are working hard to make accurate, real-time machine translation of ASL a reality. Read More

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Homebrew closed $90 million fund

February 13, 2018 No Comments

 Homebrew is announcing the close of its third fund. This time they’ve raised $ 90 million, an increase from $ 50 million in 2015 and $ 35 million for its debut fund in 2013. Led by Hunter Walk and Satya Patel, the seed-stage venture firm has spent the past five years investing in U.S.-based startups at the onset. Read More
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Script’s app lets parents digitally sign school permission slips, pay for field trips

February 9, 2018 No Comments

 Schools are often late to taking advantage of new technologies, so today still do much of their business over paper forms. One pain point in particular – for school administrators, teachers and parents alike – is handling permission forms for activities and field trips. A young startup called Script aims to help. Schools can use Script’s app to manage the entire trip… Read More

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ClearBrain uses AI to help advertisers target the right users

February 8, 2018 No Comments

clearbrain team ClearBrain has a big goal: “Our mission is to democratize AI for marketers.” That’s how co-founder and CEO Bilal Mahmood put it, though he and his co-founder Eric Pollman aren’t trying to do all that at once. Instead, they’re tackling a more specific challenge — helping companies target ads toward the users most likely to sign up for a subscription, buy… Read More
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