Sony launches crowdfunding platform for its own new products

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Sony has launched a new crowdfunding platform designed to find and finance projects developed by Sony employees. The platform, called First Flight, is part of an effort by the Japanese company to promote new business ideas as it tries to drive itself back to profitability. In addition to crowdfunding new projects, First Flight will also let backers directly buy and pre-order new devices developed by Sony workers.

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Planting The Seed: Silicon Valley, Mind Control And Finding Order In Chaos

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dandelionseed “The seed that we planted in this man’s mind may change everything.” – Dom Cobb (Inception). While this quote reads to most with only a Leonardo DiCaprio-style swagger, it is rapidly becoming the prophecy of many innovators. From Silicon Alley to Silicon Valley, investors are captivated by startups leveraging research in cognitive science to affect user behavior. Read More

Apple Music Hits The Right Note On International Availability And Pricing

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42 Apple Music It’s still early days for Apple Music, the newly launched streaming service, as the world chews over its user interface, initial service issues, that Beats 1 radio station and other unexpected factors. But two areas where the U.S. company has hit the right notes are international availability and pricing. Read More

Mark Zuckerberg says we’ll be able to send emotions to each other soon

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Mark Zuckerberg believes that one day we’ll be able to directly share emotions, thoughts, and sensory feedback with each other, just as we currently share text, photos, and videos through social networks. “You’ll be able to think of something and your friends will immediately be able to experience it too,” the Facebook CEO said, his comments coming as part of a lengthy question-and-answer session hosted on the wall of his own Facebook profile.

In addition to telepathy, Zuckerberg addressed a wide range of topics during the session, including Facebook’s AI research efforts, the social network’s real name policy, and the inspiration for poking. The Q&A drew questions from famous faces too, with questions on scientific study and the…

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Beats 1 radio goes down on launch day

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Just over eight hours after launching — and less than a minute after Jaden Smith called into the live request show to request the Buffy the Vampire Slayer theme song (and it was played, multiple times) — Beats 1 radio seems to have gone down. Trying to access Apple Music’s flagship live radio show right now is instead giving various messages of “unknown error occurred” when trying to access it through the Apple Music app (the Beats 1 stream via iTunes isn’t responding, either).

Up until this point, Beats 1 radio has been running fairly smoothly (user experience oddities notwithstanding), with shows from big-name DJs (and now Apple employees) Zane Lowe, Julie Adenoma, and Ebro Darden — along with some hour blocks of semi-hosted shows…

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Sign Up To Volunteer At Disrupt SF

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15010458609_16cc7c6e70_k Do you like to get your hands dirty and want to be a part of the best startup show in tech? If so, you should sign up to be a TechCrunch Work Exchange Volunteer at Disrupt San Francisco 2015. We’re happy to announce that we have now started accepting applications to the Work Exchange, and welcome all those who want to be a part of the show. Read More

Unikrn Picks Up $7M To Bring Betting To Esports

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screen-shot-2014-02-03-at-8-41-12-am Unikrn, a startup focused on esports betting, has raised a fresh $7 million, bringing its total capital acquired to $10 million. Binary Capital led the infusion. Previously, Mark Cuban invested in the company. The startup, whose name is pronounced ‘unicorn,’ helps people place bets on upcoming video game matches. Competitive gaming, commonly known as ‘esports,’ is a… Read More

Zuck Details How Artificial Intelligence Will Show You The Perfect Facebook Posts

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Facebook AI What’s Facebook working on its three AI labs? A way to understand exactly what you share so it can serve that content to people with matching interests. Today in a public Q&A on his Facebook Page, CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a closer look at why Facebook is investing in AI, as well as detailing his philosophy on happiness, exercise, and the future of the company At the end of 2013,… Read More

Apple Music Now Available On The Mac Via iTunes

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Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 6.19.37 PM Apple Music arrived earlier today on iOS, with the iOS 8.4 update, and now it’s coming to the desktop via a nw version of iTunes. The launch has been going pretty well so far, with only a few hiccups including some early mic testing by Zane Lowe prior to the official launch of the 24-hour Beats 1 radio station. The update went out quickly and consistently, however, and streaming seems… Read More

You can listen to Beats 1 radio with iTunes right now

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Apple seems to be running a bit behind schedule with the release of iTunes 12.2 (and Apple Music) for PC and Mac. The company’s download page promises it’s “coming soon,” so for all we know it could still arrive later tonight or tomorrow sometime. But if you’re without an iPhone or iPad and are interesting in checking out Beats 1 right now, there’s a workaround that lets anyone listen using the current version of iTunes — as long as iTunes Radio is available in your country.

First spotted by Federico Viticci, the trick is really simple: you just add Beats 1 to your current list of iTunes Radio stations. Head to the Radio section of iTunes, and click the plus symbol next to “My Stations.” From there, all you’ve got to do is…

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Watch Kendrick Lamar’s bold, cinematic video for ‘Alright’

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Kendrick Lamar’s magnum opus To Pimp a Butterfly didn’t have many obvious single candidates, but the smooth, soulful Pharrell production “Alright” was one of them. It now has an ambitious music video to match that candidacy, one directed by Colin Tilley and The Little Homies. (Tilley is a veteran music video director, one who has done fine work for Nicki Minaj and Kelly Rowland.) It’s consistent with the righteous anger and fear that defined its parent album.

There’s no shortage of striking imagery throughout “Alright”: graphic police brutality, the Los Angeles skyline cast in soft, smoggy light, and Kendrick floating through the city’s streets with fire in his eyes. There’s a piece of new music, too, which you can hear from 2:03…

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Listen to everything Zane Lowe said during the first hour of Beats 1

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IS THERE AN ARTIST OUT THERE THAT MORE PERFECTLY EMBODIES THE FREEWHEELING NATURE OF CREATIVITY THAN BECK?

This question, followed by an endless list of cities and countries, and the sound of Zane Lowe’s voice yelling the words ALWAYS ON during the quiet parts of songs, is really everything you need to know about the first hour of Apple’s new Beats 1 radio station. Shoutout to Wisconsin. Kentucky, Manchester, Ottawa, BROOKLYN. Shoutout to New Zealand. The finance people, the lawyers, the BOSSES. This is BREAKING. Let’s make this human. Let’s make this REAL.

This is the 18 minutes of Pure Zane we have condensed for you from the first hour of Beats 1. Always on. Worldwide.

Be careful with stimulants.

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Court Rules NSA Bulk Data Collection Can Resume

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nsa-red The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled late Monday that the NSA may temporarily resume its bulk data collection of Americans’ phone records. The ruling revives the NSA program that was halted earlier this month when a certain provision of the Patriot Act expired June 1. The government had sought to reinstate the section by passing the USA Freedom Act on June 2, which curtailed… Read More

VMware Agrees To Pay $75.5M To Settle Illegal Pricing Allegations

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gavel, law books and scales of justice In a significant settlement that could embolden American employees who witness company misconduct, VMware and government contractor Carahsoft Technology Corporation agreed to pay the $75.5 million today to settle illegal pricing allegations. The Department of Justice accused the companies of violating the Fair Claims Act and overcharging the government, in a case brought in conjunction with… Read More

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