WeWork's Wi-Fi Is Woefully Insecure
by Brian Barrett on September 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm
The Saudi oil strike, a license plate privacy disaster, and more of the week's top security news.
'The Dark Crystal' Prequel Is 'Game of Thrones' With Puppets
by Geek's Guide to the Galaxy on September 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Netflix’s 10-episode series is very, very impressive and has at least one Muppet-phobic freaked out.
Extreme-Risk Laws Reduce Gun Violence
by Sarah Burd-Sharps on September 21, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Opinion: Red Flag laws help prevent suicides and mass shootings, and buy time for people in crisis to get help.
A Simple Way to Make It Harder for Mobile Ads to Track You
by Lily Hay Newman on September 21, 2019 at 12:15 pm
Beating back the scourge of online ad tracking entirely is almost impossible. But you can futz with your smartphone's "ad ID" to slow it down.
Garmin 6S Pro Review: A Sports Party for Your Wrist
by Adrienne So on September 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Garmin's latest multisport watch is a bonanza of wrist-based navigation, data-tracking, and battery-saving features.
Hackers Hit Click2Gov Bill-Paying Portals in 8 Cities
by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica on September 21, 2019 at 12:00 pm
The new wave of attacks comes after a previous Click2Gov hack compromised 300,000 payment cards.
Amazon and the All-Electric Future of Fleet Vehicles
by Aarian Marshall on September 21, 2019 at 11:00 am
Fleets, like the 100,000 delivery vans the retailer ordered from startup Rivian, will make electrics seem more commonplace, and easier to charge.
It's a Great Time to Buy a Kindle (and 10 More Tech Deals)
by WIRED Staff on September 21, 2019 at 11:00 am
Amazon is clearing out Kindles, and there are some deep discounts on some iPhone alternatives this weekend.
Apple Arcade Makes You Ask, What Is a Videogame Worth?
by Julie Muncy on September 21, 2019 at 11:00 am
The curated ecosystem can be great for creators, but it alters the perceived value of certain titles.
A Developer Deletes His Code to Protest Its Use by ICE
by Klint Finley on September 20, 2019 at 10:49 pm
Seth Vargo removed a tool used by customers of his former employer, Chef. The company quickly restored it, because the software is open source.
'Inside Bill's Brain' Calls BS on Malcolm Gladwell's 'Outliers' Theory
by Steven Levy on September 20, 2019 at 10:47 pm
The author and pundit claimed he knew the formula for the Microsoft cofounder's genius. Davis Guggenheim's Netflix doc shows a much more logical equation.
Chef CEO says he’ll continue to work with ICE in spite of protests
by Ron Miller on September 20, 2019 at 10:27 pm
Yesterday, software development tool maker Chef found itself in the middle of a firestorm after a Tweet called them out for doing business with DHS/ICE. Eventually it led to an influential open-source developer removing a couple of key pieces of software from the project, bringing down some parts […]
The Area 51 Raid Was the Worst Way to Spot an Alien or UFO
by Sarah Scoles on September 20, 2019 at 10:18 pm
Dozens of revelers gathered near the top-secret base, purportedly hoping to glimpse some extraterrestrial life—but all they got were memes and selfies.
Why It Matters That YouTube Changed Its Verification System
by Emma Grey Ellis on September 20, 2019 at 9:32 pm
For creators, the move is just another example of a giant corporation forcing its whims and experiments on their work.
A Major Legal Battle May Change How Digital Game Sales Work
by Julie Muncy on September 20, 2019 at 7:17 pm
Valve's Steam platform is currently appealing a case in France over consumers' ability to resell games.
Thousands of Tech Workers Join Global Climate Change Strike
by Louise Matsakis on September 20, 2019 at 6:27 pm
Employees in Silicon Valley want their companies to do more to help the planet. Will this activism make a difference?
A Global Climate Strike, a Dangerous Huawei Move, and More News
by Alex Baker-Whitcomb on September 20, 2019 at 6:10 pm
Catch up on the most important news from today in two minutes or less.
The Feds Need to 'Grow a Set and Do Their Jobs'
by Matt Laslo on September 20, 2019 at 5:58 pm
Lawmakers are busy building their case against Silicon Valley's giants, but they're less optimistic about the agencies in charge of antitrust enforcement.
An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids
by Virginia Heffernan on September 20, 2019 at 5:42 pm
How I stopped being polite to the self-styled Great Men of the Edge Organization.
What to Expect From a Pooch on a Paddleboard
by Rhett Allain on September 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm
Sharing your deck with a dog is risky, but knowing about conservation of momentum might help you stay dry.
Vianai emerges with $50M seed and a mission to simplify machine learning tech
by Ron Miller on September 20, 2019 at 1:40 pm
You don’t see a startup get a $50 million seed round all that often, but such was the case with Vianai, an early-stage startup launched by Vishal Sikka, former Infosys managing director and SAP executive. The company launched recently with a big check and a vision to transform machine […]
How to Back Up Your iPhone to iCloud or Mac
by WIRED Staff on September 20, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Save your memories before you grab that new version of iOS. We explain how to back up to iCloud or your Mac (with or without iTunes).
Google is investing $3.3B to build clean data centers in Europe
by Ron Miller on September 20, 2019 at 12:54 pm
Google announced today that it was investing €3 billion (approximately US$3.3 billion) to expand its data center presence in Europe. What’s more, the company pledged the data centers would be environmentally friendly. This new investment is in addition to the $7 billion the company has […]
Quilt Data launches from stealth with free portal to access petabytes of public data
by Ron Miller on September 19, 2019 at 1:51 pm
Quilt Data‘s founders, Kevin Moore and Aneesh Karve, have been hard at work for the last four years building a platform to search for data quickly across vast repositories on AWS S3 storage. The idea is to give data scientists a way to find data in S3 buckets, then package that data in forms […]
New Relic launches platform for developers to build custom apps
by Ron Miller on September 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm
When Salesforce launched Force.com in 2007 as a place for developers to build applications on top of Salesforce, it was a pivotal moment for the concept of SaaS platforms. Since then, it’s been said that every enterprise SaaS company wants to be a platform play. Today, New Relic achieved that […]
Tableau update uses AI to increase speed to insight
by Ron Miller on September 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm
Tableau was acquired by Salesforce earlier this year for $15.7 billion, but long before that, the company had been working on its fall update, and today it announced several new tools, including a new feature called “Explain Data” that uses AI to get to insight quickly. “What […]
Aliro comes out of stealth with $2.7M to ‘democratize’ quantum computing with developer tools
by Ingrid Lunden on September 18, 2019 at 1:35 pm
It’s still early days for quantum computing, but we’re nonetheless seeing an interesting group of startups emerging that are helping the world take advantage of the new technology now. Aliro Technologies, a Harvard startup that has built a platform for developers to code more easily for […]
Salesforce brings AI power to its search tool
by Ron Miller on September 18, 2019 at 1:18 pm
Enterprise search tools have always suffered from the success of Google. Users wanted to find the content they needed internally in the same way they found it on the web. Enterprise search has never been able to meet those lofty expectations, but today Salesforce announced Einstein Search, an […]
Salesforce is building an app to gauge a company’s sustainability progress
by Ron Miller on September 18, 2019 at 12:03 pm
Salesforce has always tried to be a socially responsible company, encouraging employees to work in the community, giving 1% of its profits to different causes and building and productizing the 1-1-1 philanthropic model. The company now wants to help other organizations be more sustainable to reduce […]
Boston-based DataRobot raises $206M Series E to bring AI to enterprise
by Ron Miller on September 17, 2019 at 3:26 pm
Artificial intelligence is playing an increasingly large role in enterprise software, and Boston’s DataRobot has been helping companies build, manage and deploy machine learning models for some time now. Today, the company announced a $206 million Series E investment led by Sapphire Ventures. […]
IEX’s Katsuyama is no flash in the pan
by Gregg Schoenberg on September 17, 2019 at 3:10 pm
When you watch a commercial for one of the major stock exchanges, you are welcomed into a world of fast-moving, slick images full of glistening buildings, lush crops and happy people. They are typically interspersed with shots of intrepid executives veering out over the horizon as if to say, […]
LinkedIn launches skills assessments, tests that let you beef up your credentials for job hunting
by Ingrid Lunden on September 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm
LinkedIn, the social networking service for the working world, is today taking the wraps off its latest effort to provide its users with better tools for presenting their professional selves, and to make the process of recruitment on the platform more effective. It will now offer a new feature […]
GitLab hauls in $268M Series E on 2.75B valuation
by Ron Miller on September 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm
GitLab is a company that doesn’t pull any punches or try to be coy. It actually has had a page on its website for some time stating it intends to go public on November 18, 2020. You don’t see that level of transparency from late-stage startups all that often. Today, the company […]
Data storage company Cloudian launches a new edge analytics subsidiary called Edgematrix
by Catherine Shu on September 17, 2019 at 12:00 pm
Cloudian, a company that enables businesses to store and manage massive amounts of data, announced today the launch of Edgematrix, a new unit focused on edge analytics for large data sets. Edgematrix, a majority-owned subsidiary of Cloudian, will first be available in Japan, where Edgematrix is […]
Daily Crunch: Salesforce launches vertical clouds
by Anthony Ha on September 16, 2019 at 4:19 pm
The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Salesforce doubles down on verticals, launches Manufacturing and Consumer Goods Clouds […]
Ten years after Adobe bought Omniture, the deal comes into clearer focus
by Ron Miller on September 16, 2019 at 4:02 pm
Ten years ago this week, Adobe acquired Omniture for $1.8 billion. At the time, Adobe was a software company selling boxed software like Dreamweaver, Flash and Photoshop to creatives. Many people were baffled by the move, not realizing that purchasing a web analytics company was really the first […]
Walt Disney Studios partners with Microsoft Azure on cloud innovation lab
by Ron Miller on September 16, 2019 at 3:31 pm
Seems like everything is going to the cloud these days, so why should movie making be left out? Today, Walt Disney Studios announced a five-year partnership with Microsoft around an innovation lab to find ways to shift content production to the Azure cloud. The project involves the Walt Disney […]
FOSSA scores $8.5 million Series A to help enterprise manage open-source licenses
by Ron Miller on September 16, 2019 at 1:58 pm
As more enterprise developers make use of open source, it becomes increasingly important for companies to make sure that they are complying with licensing requirements. They also need to ensure the open-source bits are being updated over time for security purposes. That’s where FOSSA comes […]
Salesforce doubles down on verticals, launches Manufacturing and Consumer Goods Clouds
by Ingrid Lunden on September 16, 2019 at 12:39 pm
As legacy industries make the migration to cloud-based digital solutions to run and grow their businesses, Salesforce is hoping that it will get a cut of the action when it comes to their IT investments. The CRM giant has been doubling down on building specialised solutions for individual industry […]
Hear how to build a billion-dollar SaaS company at TechCrunch Disrupt
by Ron Miller on September 14, 2019 at 4:00 pm
There was a time when brick-and-mortar mom and pops framed their first $1 on the wall, but in the SaaS startup, the equivalent milestone is a $1 billion revenue run rate. Salesforce is the SaaS revenue king, reporting $4 billion in revenue for its most recent quarterly report, and there are many […]
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