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JIRA is an antipattern

Atlassian‘s JIRA began life as a bug-tracking tool. Today, though, it has become an agile planning suite, to plan, track, and release great software. In many organizations it has become the primary map of software projects, the hub of all development, the infamous source of truth. It is a truism that the map is not []

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Why you need a supercomputer to build a house

When the hell did building a house become so complicated? Don‘t let the folks on HGTV fool you. The process of building a home nowadays is incredibly painful. Just applying for the necessary permits can be a soul-crushing undertaking that‘ll have you running around the city, filling out useless forms, and waiting in motionless lines []

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Awaken offers meditations focused on healing from systems of oppression

A mindful, contemplative approach to internalized racism and sexism is a necessary piece of the puzzle of dismantling systems of oppression, Awaken founder and CEO Ravi Mishra says. That‘s the entire point of Awaken, a mindfulness and meditation app specifically geared toward helping people cope with the harsh realities of today‘s society. Awaken got its []

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SoftBank‘s Vision Fund inches closer to 100B

Much has been said about theSoftBank Vision Fund, mostlyin awe of the sizeof the investment vehicle. Today, however, the Vision Fund inched yet closer to that twelve-figure goal.

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Dallas-based TXV Partners targets 50M for its debut fund

These first-time VCs want to raise 50M for a Dallas-based, millennial-focused venture firm.

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Apple Watch‘s ECG feature is already proving its worth

When Apple announced its latest Series 4 Watchwith electrocardiogram features, my mom took a sigh of relief, and then proceeded to set a reminder to order one for my dad. That‘s because we found out last year, by chance, that he has atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heartbeat, often times rapid heart rate []

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The nation-state of the internet

The internet is a community, but can it be a nation-state? It‘s a question that I have been pondering on and off this year, what with the rise of digital nomads and the deeply libertarian ethos baked into parts of the blockchain community. It‘s clearly on a lot of other people‘s minds as well: when []

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Coinbase abandons its cautious approach with plan to list up to 30 new cryptocurrencies

Coinbase is the most conservative exchange in cryptoland, largely because it operates in the U.S. under the watchful eye of the SEC. The 8 billion-valued company trades fewer than ten cryptocurrencies to consumers but on Fridayannouncedit announced a major expansion that could see it list up to 30 new tokens. The company said it is []

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Uber files confidentially for IPO

The ride-hailing giant is expected to go public in early 2019.

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Report: Slack is prepping an IPO for next year, with Goldman Sachs as its lead underwriter

Slack Technologies, the workplace messaging company, has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to lead its IPO next year, according to a Reuters report. Reuters‘ sources say the company is hoping to nab a valuation of well over 10 billion. Slack, which is based in San Francisco and Vancouver, last revealed its number of daily active []

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Qualcomm lays off 269 employees in North Carolina and California

Qualcomm‘s struggling data center business was hit another massive blow as the company laid off hundreds. The news, first revealed by the Information, has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. The chipmaker laid off 269 employees in all, including 144 in its Raleigh, North Carolina, where its data center business is located, and an additional 125 []

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Listen to the soothing sounds of Martian wind collected by NASA‘s InSight lander

The InSight Mars lander accomplished a perfect landing last week on the Elysium Planitia region of the planet, where it is hard at work preparing to drill into the surface (and taking selfies, of course). But one "unplanned treat" is a recording of the wind rolling across the Martian plains - which you can listen to right here.

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Huawei CFO, accused of fraud, faces up to 30 years in prison

New details have emerged surrounding Huawei CFO MengWanzhou‘s arrest in Vancouver.

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AI desperately needs regulation and public accountability, experts say

Artificial intelligence systems and creators are in dire need of direct intervention by governments and human rights watchdogs, according to a new report from researchers at Google, Microsoft, and others at AI Now. Surprisingly, it looks like the tech industry just isn‘t that good at regulating itself.

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Gift Guide: So your [friend, partner, kid, parent] wants to be a Twitch streamer

Though many people still scratch their head at the idea of watching people play video games, Twitch and its content creators have proven that the platform is attractive (even beloved) to tens of millions of people. Got a friend or loved one who believes they have the skill, personality and wide open schedule to be []

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Leica releases the CL Street Kit for all of your decisive moments

Leica‘s pricey - but sexy - CL camera is the closest thing you can get to an original portable luxury shooter without spending more than a used Toyota Corolla. The CL, which launched last year, is essentially a pared down M series camera that has gotten rave reviews over the past year. Now, in time []

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Here‘s what caused yesterday‘s O2 and SoftBank outages

It appears that most mobile carriers, including O2 and SoftBank, have recovered from yesterday‘s cell phone network outage that was triggered by a shutdown of Ericsson equipment running on their networks. That shutdown appears to have been triggered by expired software certificates on the equipment itself. While Ericsson acknowledged in their press releaseyesterday that expired []

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Ex-Facebook exec Kirthiga Reddy becomes first female investing partner at SoftBank‘s Vision Fund

Following speculation that SoftBank is hiring a China-based team, the Japanese investment giant has brought on its first venture partner for its 100 billion Vision Fund. Kirthiga Reddy, a former executive with Facebook, has taken the role and, in doing so, she becomes the first female investing partner with SoftBank‘s Vision Fund team. She will []

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Google Translate gets rid of some gender biases

Google is by no means perfect when it comes to issues relating to gender, but it‘s clear the company is trying. Google recently made some important changes to its Translate tool reducing gender bias by providing both masculine and feminine translations for gender-neutral words. Previously, Google would default gender-neutral words to the masculine form. []

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Netflix just had a record-breaking November on mobile

Netflix just broke new records on consumer spending in its mobile apps, according to new data app intelligence firm Sensor Tower has shared with TechCrunch. In November, Netflix pulled in an estimated 86.6 million in worldwide consumer spending across its iOS and Android apps combined - a figure that‘s 77 percent higher than the 49 []

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Pivotal announces new serverless framework

Pivotal has always been about making open source tools for enterprise developers, but surprisingly up until now the arsenal has lacked a serverless component. That changed today with the alpha launch of Pivotal Function Service. Pivotal Function Service is a Kubernetes-based, multi-cloud function service. It‘s part of the broader Pivotal vision of offering you a []

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Essential acquires email startup CloudMagic

Andy Rubin‘s Essential has acquired CloudMagic, makers of the Newton email app, for an undisclosed sum. The news, first reported this morning, has since been confirmed by TechCrunch. An Essential spokesperson offered the following admittedly open ended statement, ‘We are always on the lookout for companies with great technology and talent to help accelerate our []

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Google warns app developers of three malicious SDKs being used for ad fraud

A few days ago, Google removed popularCheetah Mobile and Kika Tech apps from its Play Store following a BuzzFeed investigation, which discovered the apps were engaging in ad fraud. Today, as a result of Google‘s ongoing investigation into the situation, it has discovered three malicious ad network SDKs that were being used to conduct of []

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Audi e-tron first drive: Quick, comfortable and familiar

Even after a few minutes behind the wheel, it‘s easy to forget the Audi e-tron is electric. The SUV is not outrageous or radical, but rather pedestrian and effortless. Audi didn‘t invent something new with the e-tron. The German car company stuck a competent electric powertrain in an SUV, and in the process, created a []

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