Menlo, Benioff And More Pour $35M Into Flash Virtualization Startup PernixData

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shutterstock_139471973 Another big funding round for the world of enterprise storage — a business that has seen a lot of disruption in the move towards cloud services and virtualization. PernixData, a one-year old company that has built a platform for flash virtualization, which helps speed up the computing performance of machines, has raised another $35 million in funding. The Series C round was led by… Read More

Wells Fargo Launches Accelerator To Promote Innovation In Financial Services

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Wells Fargo Wells Fargo on Wednesday announced the launch of its first accelerator program, which will provide funding and mentorship to young companies aiming to pioneer new financial services technology. The bank will guide three startups in its inaugural class, offering them mentorship in an attempt to prepare them to one day serve as vendors. Each company receives between $50,000 and $500,000… Read More

On foxholes and corporate silos

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The existence of silos in large companies is fairly common. Employees frequently bemoan the misalignment that exists across functional teams and organizational entities whose primary connection seems limited to the logo under which they exist. The larger the company, the looser the coupling of different silos. That said, large companies certainly do not have a monopoly on silos or their ill…

Learn from NO

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Dear Reader,

Most companies have some variation of this process for interviewing developers.

Email discussion
Phone Screen
In-person interview
Job Offer
Successful hire

Between each bullet point is a decision point on the part of both your company and the candidate whether to move to the next step. Don’t assume that just because you have a job, the candidate will be willing to move…

Hadoop 101: An Explanation of the Hadoop Ecosystem

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Big data is taking off in 2014. More companies than ever are finding uses for it, both for managing everyday business routines and for finding solutions to complex business problems. It’s quickly moving away from it’s position as a hype word and establishing itself as a viable technology for businesses and entities both big and small.
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New York man wins $125,000 settlement after being arrested for photographing police

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A man who claims to have been arrested and strip-searched after photographing New York City police has reached a $125,000 settlement with the New York Police Department (NYPD).

As the New York Daily News reports, 45-year-old Dick George told a Brooklyn federal court that in 2012, he witnessed NYPD officers conduct a stop-and-frisk operation on three young African-Americans. George photographed the encounter on his cellphone while sitting in his car, and later advised the youths to note the officers’ badge numbers next time. Two officers overheard his advice and allegedly pulled him from his car, with one warning George that he was going to get what he deserves “for meddling in our business,” according to court papers.

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Sony seems to be making a selfie camera shaped like a perfume bottle

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If leaks are to be believed, Sony’s experiments in pushing the boundaries of camera design are taking an unexpected turn. Engadget notes that “several Chinese female influencers and models” have been showing off a camera shaped like a bottle of perfume with a large flippable lens on top, using it to take selfies. An announcement should be coming on August 22nd, according to a teaser on Sony’s Chinese website.

While there aren’t any technical details mentioned, the answer could lie in a report earlier this week from Digicame Info. The Japanese site said that a compact camera called the KW1 is on the way, featuring a small 1/2.3-inch 19-megapixel sensor and a 23mm-equivalent f/2 wide angle prime lens. That’s an unusual list of specs…

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New At Y Combinator: Startups Solving Huge Problems!

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sam-altman6 During today’s YC Demo Day, there was a notable block among the startups presenting that didn’t give off the vibe we’re used to seeing at this kind of event in Silicon Valley: companies that are addressing real issues with big, bold solutions. We’re not talking about minor problems we all have — like burritos being too hard to get quickly — but issues that… Read More

Make Your Own Lonely Electric Zoo Of One Using Wavepot

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Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 4.07.01 PM Knob-twiddlers take note: Wavepot is a cool new way to program some hot EDM beats in the privacy of your bedroom/techno cave. Designed to be a live, programmable digital audio workstation (at this point it’s more of a digital signal processor), the website lets you program music and sound the way you’d program a web page or simple app. You set up the parameters, add various… Read More

AT&T is getting HTC’s new One M8 with Windows Phone too

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It appears HTC’s new One M8 phone running Windows Phone instead of Google’s Android is not so exclusive to Verizon Wireless. Today, AT&T said it too will carry the phone, though the company did not specify when or for how much. The phone made its debut earlier today at a Verizon event and is identical to its Android brethren, except for the fact that it runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 operating system. HTC said it decided to make it after getting numerous requests from people who wanted it to run Windows Phone on the M8 One hardware. Just like the Android model, the M8 for Windows has a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution. Verizon has said that its version will cost…

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Time Warner Cable is the latest ISP Netflix is paying for faster streams

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Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable in hopes of delivering better movie and TV streams to customers of both companies. The latest interconnection deal, first reported by Gigaom, means that Netflix has signed peering arrangements with the top four US broadband providers: Comcast, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, and Verizon. Netflix and Time Warner Cable initially reached their pact in June, and the cable operator — which is hoping to combine with Comcast pending regulatory approval — officially began putting the interconnection deal in place this month. Don’t expect flawless streams immediately; as the other deals have shown, it takes time for ISPs to start providing Netflix the resources it says are necessary to avoid congestion and ensure…

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Twitter’s going to show you popular tweets whether you like it or not

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Seeing tweets from people you don’t follow, and that aren’t retweets? That’s no longer an experiment, but a feature, Twitter says. A new change to the service is surfacing tweets from users people aren’t following, something Twitter suggests will make things “more relevant and interesting.” The company explains it like this on its support page (emphasis mine):

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Blogging History: GCHQ performs laptop exorcism at Guardian; Graphic novel for Afghan voters; Docs helped Gitmo torturers

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One year

UK intel officials enter Guardian offices, destroy hard drives with Snowden docs: The Guardian’s editor-in-chief, Alan Rusbridger, explains that he is now forced to work on stories about the US National Security Administration from New York City, because UK intelligence officials went into the Guardian’s headquarters and destroyed hard drives that had copies of some of documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

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Ferguson will ‘explore’ putting cameras on its cops

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As a suburb of St. Louis is still in turmoil after the August 9th killing of Michael Brown, and more than a week of an aggressive police presence that has been blamed for escalating tension. The community, and many in the country, have demanded transparency — and they may get some in the future. In a statement obtained by The Wire, the city of Ferguson said it will seek funding for dash and vest cameras for its officers.

As The Verge previously reported, there’s been a call by some observers for cops to wear cameras in the wake of Brown’s killing. The idea is that on-body camera systems could have either caught something like Brown’s killing, alleviating the kind of uncertainty that has stoked unrest, or prevent such tragedies in the…

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Biohacking meets ‘The O.C.’ in this trailer for BitTorrent’s sci-fi ‘Children of the Machine’

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Last month we heard about BitTorrent’s first foray into paid original content with the sci-fi series Children of the Machine, and now we’ve got our first glimpse of… something related to it. The nearly-six-minute clip, posted to CotM’s Facebook page, tells the story of 14-year old Winona from September 2025. Winona’s got a chip that lets you be cool in school and talk to people. It also supposedly tracks your whereabouts, but there’s an app for that. Oh, and it also gets you high, which the kids those days are calling “jolting.” What any of this has to do with her climbing trees and hanging out under a dock by the beach isn’t clear. The pilot for Children of the Machine will be available for free this December, followed by seven more…

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Apple’s Valuation Nears Record Highs

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apple-earnings-green Apple’s shares closed today at $100.53, a record high, provided that you adjust the company’s former heights for its recent split. The technology firm had a previous, adjusted closing high of $100.30. However, its record intraday high — again taking into account its split — was a skyscraping $100.72. So, Apple has traded for more than it closed at today, but its final… Read More

Liam Casey AKA Mr. China Will Join Us At Disrupt SF

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517158924_c_853_480 I am personally pleased to announce that Mr. China himself, Liam Casey, will appear on our TechCrunch Disrupt stage to talk about the rising tide for hardware startups. Casey has spent the last two decades in Shenzhen, China where he has become the go-to supplier for almost every major hardware manufacturer on the Fortune 100. He will talk to me about gear, gadgets, and his new accelerator… Read More

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