Hampton Creek In A Management Pickle As It Seeks To Raise $50 Million In Funding

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5816198695_f6d474841b_b It hasn’t even been a full two weeks since Ali Partovi switched from an advisor role to chief strategy officer at Hampton Creek. However, the plant-based mayo startup has confirmed that Partovi is out. This leaves the company in a bit of a management pickle. In an odd move, Partovi switched from simply advisor to second in command to CEO and co-founder Josh Tetrick at the beginning of… Read More

Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

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iphone-6-plus-corner-macro Today, Apple’s Tim Cook posted a letter announcing a new security page on the company’s website, publishing some fairly plain-language security talk.
There’s some solid language here that is clearly designed to allay fears about the way that Apple protects user data in the wake of the celebrity nude hacking incidents.
Cook’s words:
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4,000 more DRM-free comics now available on Comixology

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Following on the Amazon division’s July announcement that publishers could sell their work without DRM on its platform, a huge collection of publishers have signed up to participate: IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media.
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Amazon upgrades the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 with more speed and better sound

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Last year, Amazon completely overhauled its Kindle Fire line of tablets with thinner, lighter designs, high-resolution displays, and high-end processors. This year it’s sticking with a tried and true formula: the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, available for preorder today, looks exactly like its predecessor. But Amazon isn’t completely resting on its laurels: the new model has an even faster processor, better Dolby sound, and a new version of Amazon’s Fire OS. Its $379 price (Wi-Fi with Special…

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The new Kindle Voyage e-reader is shockingly good

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It’s hard not to fall immediately in love with Amazon’s new top-of-the-line e-reader. It’s called the Kindle Voyage and it ticks off virtually every single hardware complaint I’ve had about the Kindle Paperwhite. Available for preorder now and shipping in October, it’s selling for $199 and will sit alongside the Paperwhite and a new low-end Kindle — which gives Amazon a full lineup of three touchscreen e-readers (a GSM 3G version will be available for $60 more).

The Voyage is thinner, lighter,…

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 aim to redefine cheap tablets

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Amazon is laying out a huge number of updates today, including a spec-bumped Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet and an all-new e-reader that’s frankly amazing. But the most important update might be the one that technology enthusiasts are the most likely to dismiss: the lowly Kindle Fire HD. Amazon is releasing two versions (or more than a dozen, if you count the color, size, and kid-friendly variants), and they aim to redefine how consumers think of cheap Android tablets.

The Fire HD comes in two…

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Amazon’s new Kindle lineup: cheap tablets, tablets for kids, and its best e-reader yet

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Amazon just announced a huge revamp to its Kindle lineup: the company’s flagship Kindle Fire HDX is faster and has better sound, but keeps last year’s design and price point. There’s also a pair of entry-level tablets that start at $99 and $139, respectively, that could set a new standard for the price point.

Amazon is also continuing to focus on kids with a new pair of cheap, child-friendly tablets, and the entry-level Kindle e-reader finally has a touchscreen. And lastly is the Kindle Voyage, the biggest change to Amazon’s e-reader lineup since the Paperwhite. All of our first impressions and hands-on videos can be found right here.

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Amazon’s new Family Library feature lets you share purchases as a household

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Amazon just removed one of the biggest roadblocks for sharing things you’ve bought with someone else in your family — at least for some of the things you buy off Amazon. Alongside its new line of Kindle announcements, it’s introducing a new feature called Family Library that lets people in the same household share books, audiobooks, Prime Instant videos, and any apps or games that were bought off Amazon’s Appstore. Not included on that list are things like purchased music, movies, or TV shows.

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Tim Cook talks up Apple’s security standards in wake of recent scrutiny

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After taking to Charlie Rose’s program to say that Apple was among the best of its peers at protecting user privacy, the company’s chief executive personally launched a new section of Apple’s website today that breaks down its various privacy programs and policies. Detailed are things like user privacy, Apple’s security tools, and requests from various governments about user information.

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7 keyboards for iOS 8 you can try right now

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By Josh Lowensohn and Casey Newton

When it comes to typing on your smartphones and tablets, iOS users are about to see how the other half lives. With the launch of iOS 8 this morning, you can now install a third-party keyboard on your iPhone or iPad. The system keyboard still works just fine, and is getting a nice upgrade for iOS 8: for the first time, it’s offering predictive text. But other developers makers have been in the game much longer, refining their predictions through years of…

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BuySellAds Acquires Ad Startup LaunchBit

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launchbit LaunchBit, an ad startup focused on helping software-as-a-service businesses find new customers, is announcing that it has been acquired by ad platform BuySellAds.com.
The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed. LaunchBit co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Yin told me via email that the LaunchBit ad network will continue to operate, “business as usual,” while it’s… Read More

If You Want An Android Smartwatch, Get The Moto 360

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scaled-4633 Like the serfs on the anarcho-syndicalist commune in Monty Python And The Holy Grail, fans of Android Wear and the $249 Moto 360 have been moaning under the oppressive noise regarding the as-yet-unreleased Apple Watch. “You’re biased,” they scream as they swipe desperately at their Google Now cards. “You never cover the real winners.” Well here I am, covering the… Read More

Nintendo is determined to beat ‘Space Jam’ for oldest looking website on the internet

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Nintendo makes some amazing games, but it also often feels like a company stuck in the past. Its approach to online gaming is archaic by modern standards — ask anyone who’s ever tried to exchange a Friend Code — and, unlike Sony and Microsoft, the company has little interest in courting smaller, independent developers. Few things exemplify this side of Nintendo like warioworld.com, a charming little “software development support group” that looks ripped straight out of 1996.

It may look like it was made by a fan, but it’s a real functioning site operated by Nintendo of America. Wario World is a place where developers and publishers can learn more about working with the company, and it’s just about the most Nintendo thing ever, complete…

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BeautyCon Raises Seed Funding So Brands Can Say Goodbye To Hollywood… And Hello To YouTube

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Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 2.51.53 PM Moj Mahdara has seen the future of branding and entertainment, and it’s on YouTube. The chief executive of the burgeoning media business BeautyCon has raised under $5 million in seed financing from entertainment and publishing big shots like Michael Eisner, the former chief executive of Disney Co., the publisher Hearst Corp., Kelly Osbourne, and talent lawyers Ken Hertz and Eric… Read More

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