137 Ventures Raises $137M Second Fund To Offer Early Liquidity To Startup Execs

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team-justin Secondary investment firm 137 Ventures is announcing that it has raised a $137 million new fund. (That number has to be intentional, right?)
When the firm was founded in 2010, it was pitched as an alternative to selling stock on the secondary markets. Instead, it offered to make loans to founders and early employees, with their stock as collateral. Read More

Original Google Glass Chief Gives Us A Clue About Google’s Prime Motivator In Wearable Design

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glass Google X director and former head of Google Glass Babak Parviz was on stage at the Wearables Technology Conference in San Francisco this week, and he shared some interesting details about the project (via CNET), its original and its progress so far. The Glass maker notably wasn’t wearing Glass at the show, and admitted that it wasn’t “necessarily the definitive answer”… Read More

Xperia Z1 Compact on sale in the US six months after announcement

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One of our favorite phones of this year, the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, has finally gone on sale in the United States half a year after it was initially unveiled. Making its debut at CES in Las Vegas this January, the Z1 Compact lived up to its name by compacting almost everything good and glorious about the Xperia Z1 into a smaller device with a 4.3-inch screen. Even the battery, while physically smaller, lasts almost as long as the Z1’s, and the entire 20-megapixel camera is also transported to the smaller device.

It’s not unusual for Sony to be releasing its smartphones later in the US than in other markets, however this much of a delay for the Z1 Compact represents a real missed opportunity for the Japanese company. No other Android…

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American Museum of Natural History is hosting its first adult sleepover

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For years, grown-ups could only watch jealously as their children gallivanted off to spend a night in the American Museum of Natural History. But, that will change on August 1st with the first adult-only sleepover program, which will see lucky participants camping out beneath a certain blue whale.

The overnight event is billed as a more sophisticated version of the kid-friendly “A Night at the Museum” program, and will cost $375 to attend. Participants will be treated to a live animal demonstration, a midnight viewing of the Dark Universe Space Show, and a special presentation in The Power of Poison exhibition. All visitors will also have the opportunity to roam the empty halls. Additionally, the package includes a champagne reception,…

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RackWare Raises $2.3M For Its Cloud Management Solution

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8533890844_02fa24474d_o As businesses shift their data center solutions to the cloud, there is room for companies that don’t just help them migrate or create hybrid solutions, but also for those that help them utilize their existing solutions and scale them as needed by using private and public clouds. RackWare, which competes with companies like RightScale, offers solutions for enterprise IT to automate much… Read More

LaCie’s 2big Thunderbolt 2 and Rugged Thunderbolt DAS Review

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Consumers dealing with multimedia workflows need to transfer large amounts of data around. Be it collecting data in the field or editing media at a workstation, the necessity for fast and accessible direct attached storage (DAS) units can’t be stressed enough. LaCie and G-Technology are two vendors targeting this space. Back in April, we had covered the launch of some solutions in this space. Today, we are reviewing one of LaCie’s introductions, the 2big Thunderbolt 2. LaCie’s Rugged Thunderbolt bus-powered DAS forms a complementary offering for in-field use. Both units offer Thunderbolt as well as USB 3.0 connectivity. Read on to see how they perform in our evaluation.

View Only Headers with Curl

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When working with curl, it can give lots of excellent and detailed information, but sometimes it is too much! Today I’m fiddling with the caching headers on a client’s application, so I’m only interested in seeing the headers and not the body of the response. Making a HEAD request changes the output I get, so I really do want to GET and then only see the headers.
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BCC Fail By No.10 Downing St. Accidentally Creates Brand New Startup Groups

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image001 Over the last few days there has been a LOT of chatter in the London tech scene about an upcoming event which more or less appeared from nowhere: Pitch10.
This was billed as an event for startups to pitch at the highest level: Number 10. Downing Street, the residence of the Prime Minister of the UK. This is like running a pitch at the Whitehouse. However, things haven’t quite gone to plan. Read More

Watch Christian Bale as Moses in Ridley Scott’s ‘Exodus’ trailer

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The biblical epic of Moses has inspired generations of creatives, but Egypt has never looked as dour as in the first trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings. The movie will star Christian Bale as a mean and muscular Moses, and looks set to follow the events laid out in the book of the same name. Exodus tells the story of Moses attempting to free his people from enslavement in Egypt. Expect to see plagues, burning bushes, Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul as Moses’ sidekick Joshua, and of course the titular exodus, when Gods and Kings hits theaters this December.

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You Say Potato Salad

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Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 7.50.48 PM If this Kickstarter for potato salad has seen far, it’s because it has stood on the shoulders of giants Yo. Both Yo (an app that literally allows you to say “Yo” to your friends with one tap) and the crowdfunded tuberous treat are unnervingly simple products that leverage tech platforms in order to appeal to a broader audience. Though an actual potato salad is the… Read More

Next ‘Star Wars’ film being shot in IMAX

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After saying that Star Wars Episode VII would be shot on regular 35mm film instead of the larger, 70mm IMAX film, a new tweet from the production suggests the jumbo format has not been left out. A new post from Bad Robot’s (director J.J.Abrams’ production company) Twitter account shows an IMAX camera hoisted high above a sea of sand dunes, saying only “#bestformatever.” Slashfilm confirmed with IMAX that the production was using the format, though it remains unclear whether it’s only for certain parts of the film versus the entire feature.

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