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Former NEA partner Jon Sakoda takes the wraps off his new, Cisco-backed venture fund, Decibel

Jon Sakoda needed to decompress, he says. The founder-turned-venture investor had logged a dozen years with the investing heavyweight New Enterprise Associates after selling his last startup to Symantec in 2006, and what he wanted by last summer was more time with his kids, and less time with his phone, which he turned off for []

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Demanding privacy, and establishing trust, in digital health

In the increasingly digitized world of healthcare, how can all involved uphold their responsibilities, follow relevant laws and maintain the trust of patients when it comes to privacy?

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The danger of ‘I already pay for Apple News+‘

Apple doesn‘t care about news, it cares about recurring revenue. That‘s why publishers are crazy to jump into bed with Apple News+. They‘re rendering their own subscription options unnecessary in exchange for a sliver of what Apple pays out from the mere 10 per month it charges for unlimited reading. The unfathomable platform risk here []

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Original Content podcast: ‘Triple Frontier‘ sends famous faces on a grim hike over the Andes

Even by the standards of the often, ah, wide-ranging conversations on the Original Content podcast, this latest episode covers a lot of ground. The initial focus is Triple Frontier, a film directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund as friends who served in the special []

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A new lawsuit involving Stanford and Sequoia Capital highlights fights to come over cell-free DNA testing

This morning, a publicly traded transplant diagnostics company called CareDx, along with Stanford University, sued another publicly traded genetic testing company, Natera, for patent infringement. Much appears to be at stake and it all centers on cell-free DNA testing, a type of technology that has already been at the crux of numerous lawsuits and looks []

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FAA proposal aims to ‘streamline‘ regulations for future space launches

On Tuesday, the FAA and Department of Transportation published a proposal that greases the wheels for the commercial space industry, long bound by outdated regulations that were not created with a modern vision of private spaceflight in mind. Last May, the Trump administration signaled its intention to ease commercial spaceflight regulations with Space Policy Directive []

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Unicorns aren‘t profitable, and Wall Street doesn‘t care

On Wall Street‘s leniency toward unprofitable tech companies and outsized exits.

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Unicorns aren‘t profitable - Wall Street doesn‘t care

On Wall Street‘s leniency toward unprofitable tech companies and outsized exits.

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Apple News+ is a great deal, but what does ‘full access‘ really mean?

Curious whether you should cancel your existing magazine subscription and just subscribe to Apple News+? Apple certainly seems to believe News+ is an outsized bargain for you. The company‘s claim that it would cost users 8000 to get annual access to the publications they are giving readers for 9.99 per month suggests that they see []

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FTC tells ISPs to disclose exactly what information they collect on users and what it‘s for

The FTC, in what could be considered a prelude to new regulatory action, has issued an order to several major internet service providers requiring them to share every detail of their data collection practices. The information could expose patterns of abuse or otherwise troubling data use against which the FTC - or states - may want to take action.

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Dive deep with Q&A Sessions at Disrupt SF 2019

When you hit the ground running at Disrupt San Francisco 2019 - and you will - be sure to save time for a QA session. You‘re going to hear a bevy of world-class speakers discussing a range of thought-provoking topics on the Main Stage. A QA Session is the place where you can continue the []

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Wayfair to open its first brick-and-mortar store this fall

Another major e-commerce brand its expanding its business offline. Wayfair, the Boston-based online furniture retailer whose net revenue topped 2 billion in the fourth quarter, announced this morning it plans to open its first full-service retail store this fall. The store, which will be based in Natick, Mass., will connect the company‘s online business to []

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EU calls for increased security, but doesn‘t ban Huawei 5G products

The European Union‘s current approach to potential cybersecurity threats posed by Huawei 5G products is caution, but not an outright ban. The topic was the subject of new recommendations issued by the EU this week in response to U.S. calls to boycott the electronics giant over fears around its connection to the Chinese government. The []

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Adobe announces deeper data sharing partnership with Microsoft around accounts

Microsoft and Adobe have been building a relationship for some time, and today at Adobe Summit in Las Vegas the two companies announced a deeper integration between the two platforms. It involves sharing Marketo data, the company that Adobe acquired last September for 4.75 billion. Because it‘s marketers, they were duty-bound to give it a []

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Linear Labs‘ next-gen electric motor attracts 4.5 million in funding

Linear Labs, a startup developing an electric motor for cars, scooters, robots, wind turbines and even HVAC systems, has raised 4.5 million in a seed round led by Science Inc. and Kindred Ventures. Investors Chris and Crystal Sacca, Ryan Graves of Saltwater Ventures, Dynamic Signal CEO Russ Fradin, Masergy executive chairman and former-CEO Chris MacFarland, []

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Flipkart ranked highly for ‘fairness‘ of working conditions in India gig platform study

The Oxford Internet Institute has published what it bills as the world‘s first rating system for working conditions on gig economy platforms. The Fairwork academic research project is a collaboration with the International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore, the University of Cape Town, the University of Manchester, and the University of the Western Cape. As []

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Mozilla‘s free password manager, Firefox Lockbox, launches on Android

Mozilla‘s free password manager designed for users of the Firefox web browser is today officially arriving on Android. The standalone app, called Firefox Lockbox, offers a simple if a bit basic way for users to access their logins already stored in their Firefox browser from their mobile device. The app is nowhere near as developed []

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‘This is Your Life in Silicon Valley‘: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf discusses Prop C, Uber, Bay Area Sports and more

Welcome to this week‘s transcribed edition of This is Your Life in Silicon Valley. We‘re running an experiment for Extra Crunch members that puts This is Your Life in Silicon Valley in words - so you can read from wherever you are. This is your Life in Silicon Valley was originally started by Sunil Rajaraman []

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Game streaming‘s multi-industry melee is about to begin

Almost exactly 10 years ago, I was at GDC participating in a demo of a service I didn‘t think could exist: OnLive. The company had promised high-definition, low-latency streaming of games at a time when real broadband was uncommon, mobile gaming was still defined by Bejeweled (though Angry Birds was about to change that), and []

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Adobe announces two new analytics tools to help marketers fill in the customer picture

Today at Adobe Summit in Las Vegas, Adobe announced some enhancements to its Analytics Suite that are supposed to help marketers understand their customers more deeply, including a new tool to track the entire customer journey, and one to help see the relationship between advertising and marketing success, which is surprisingly harder than you would []

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Hello Alfred launches new platform to reach more buildings and improve accessibility

Hello Alfred - the startup that assigns in-home assistants to take care of your recurring chores and tasks - has announced the launch of a new service tier that will provide more properties and residents with access to the company‘s underlying technology. The company, which won the Startup Battlefield competition at our 2014 Disrupt event, []

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Huawei unveils the P30 and P30 Pro

Huawei held a press conference today in Paris. And the company just unveiled its brand new flagship phone - the P30 and the P30 Pro. In many ways, this year‘s update is a continuation of the P20 series - but everything has been upgraded. I played with both devices for a bit of time yesterday, []

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Two years after a first close, 500 Startups wraps its Middle East fund with 33 million

When 500 Startups partner Hasan Haider announced the 15 million first close for the accelerator and investment firm‘s Middle Eastern focused fund, 500 Falcons, Dave McClure was still at the helm of Silicon Valley‘s second most famous accelerator. Within a month, McClure was removed from the accelerator after admitting to sexual misconduct and 500 Startups []

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European parliament votes for controversial copyright reform (yes, again)

The European Parliament has voted to pass a controversial reform of online copyright rules that critics contend will result in big tech platforms pre-filtering user generated content uploads. The results of the final vote in the EU parliament were 348 in favor vs 274 against. An amendment that would have thrown out the most controversial []

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