Craft Coffee’s Coffee DNA Project Is Designed To Find You The Perfect Cup Of Joe

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coffee beans It’s not easy finding the perfect cup of coffee. There are literally thousands of independent coffee roasters around the United States, and it’s nearly impossible to find one that you’ll love. Even if you do, not many are set up to take online orders. Y Combinator-backed startup Craft Coffee has come up with a way to connect its customers with roasters and beans that… Read More

Uber Back Online In Berlin And Hamburg After Court Suspends Earlier Ban

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derhimmelueberberlin Four days after being banned in Berlin by local taxi regulators on safety grounds, Uber is back on track in both that city and Hamburg. The company just released a statement confirming the news after the presiding judge of the Berlin Administrative Court today suspended the regulator’s ban on Uber “until further notice”. The ruling said Uber can continue its business in… Read More

Coinbase Acquires Blockchain Explore Blockr.io

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blockr A small consolidation wave in the Bitcoin space continues as bigger, better-funded companies scoop up teams of talented designers and engineers. Coinbase, the Andreessen Horowitz-backed Bitcoin wallet and merchant processing company, completed another talent acquisition today with the purchase of Blockr.io. Blockr.io is a popular explorer for the Blockchain, or the distributed public ledger… Read More

Dream thieves: inside America’s ban on sleep

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Tim Stoker remembers perfectly the last time he slept. “I was out for seven hours straight,” he says, shaking his head. “I didn’t even dream, at least not that I can remember. And when I got into rehab, I thought about it for weeks. I was obsessed. Sometimes I wanted to die but… it’s not that I was suicidal, right? I just thought it might be kind of the same.”

When I meet Stoker, the stocky 23-year-old has spent two months in an Amazon work-release program, fulfilling orders in one of the…

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Is Aphex Twin planning a return?

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A neon green blimp was spotted over London on Saturday emblazoned with the Aphex Twin logo inside of “2014,” and stencils have been spotted in New York. There’s been no official confirmation from Warp Records or Aphex Twin’s Richard D. James on what it means. Aside from the release of the long-lost Caustic Window album earlier this year, it’s been over a decade since the last official release of new material from electronic artist Richard D. James.

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Chris Burch’s Office Products E-Tailer Poppin Raises Another $17 Million

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538975_10151192950266648_1176648637_n Attractive, decked-out offices are a good way to attract new talent, which has led many tech companies (and others) to furnish their office spaces via Chris Burch’s workplace products company Poppin, which counts among its clients LinkedIn, Rent the Runway, Squarespace, Warby Parker, and the NFL Network. Today, the company is announcing an additional $17 million in Series C funding.… Read More

NAS Units as VM Hosts: QNAP’s Virtualization Station Explored

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Virtualization has been around since the 1960s, but it has emerged as a hot topic over the last decade or so. Despite the rising popularity, its applications have been mostly restricted to enterprise use. Hardware-assisted virtualization features (AMD-V, VT-x and VT-d, for example) have been slowly making their way into the lower end x86 parts, thereby enabling low-cost virtualization platforms. QNAP is, to our knowledge, the only NAS vendor to offer a virtualization platform (using the Virtualization Station package for QTS) with some of their units. Read on to find out how it works and the impact it has on regular performance.

Welcome to Verge Hack Week

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I’d like to welcome you all to the first annual Verge Hack Week. Please do not adjust your display.

This week we’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. We’ve also invited people from across Vox Media to write us editorials about the future — look for pieces from Vox.com editor-in-chief Ezra Klein, Eater editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt, Racked national editor Leslie Price, senior product manager (and former Editorially CEO) Mandy Brown, Vox Media editorial director Lockhart Steele, and many, many others. It’s…

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Verge Hack Week 2014

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This week we’re totally blowing up our site: we’ve given our reporters and editors the entire week to play with new tools and experiment with new storytelling ideas, while members of our amazing product team have gathered in New York to help build all sorts of interesting new things. We’ve also invited people from across Vox Media to write us editorials about the future — look for pieces from Vox.com editor-in-chief Ezra Klein, Eater editor-in-chief Amanda Kludt, Racked national editor Leslie Price, senior product manager (and former Editorially CEO) Mandy Brown, Vox Media editorial director Lockhart Steele, and many, many others. It’s going to be crazy.

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The anti-Facebook: one in four American neighborhoods are now using this private social network

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It was early in the morning when the flooding hit The Knolls, a neighborhood of about 500 homes in Columbus, Ohio. The sewer overflowed, dumping a foot and half of water into Chuck Totten’s basement, where his wife Deb kept around $25,000 worth of fabric and sewing supplies. A retired financial analyst in poor health, Totten was distraught and unable to climb up and down the stairs carrying all the heavy loads of soaking material himself. So he put out a call for help on Nextdoor, a private social network aimed at connecting neighbors.

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Sharp just launched a hot new phone in Japan that’s coming to America

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Sharp isn’t exactly a household name for smartphones in the US, but the company has been pumping out interesting high-end handsets in Japan for years. Today the company just announced two new phones under the Aquos Crystal brand for Japan, and it says that at least one of them is coming to the US at some point.

The Aquos Crystal is a 5-inch, 720p smartphone with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. The Aquos Crystal X is a larger, 5.5-inch, 1080p phablet-style phone with a higher-end Snapdragon 801 processor. Both phones feature virtually no bezel surrounding their displays, indicating that they will feel smaller in your hands than their screen sizes might lead you to believe. It’s an approach that’s worked well for both LG…

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Purplebricks Gets Another £8M To Disrupt Real Estate Agencies In The UK

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estateagents Purplebricks, the UK-based property startup which hopes to disrupt the agency model by charging a low fixed fee for transactions which normally cost thousands, has secured a further £8 million investment – or a 30% stake – from Neil Woodford, one of Britain’s highest profile fund managers. Current investors have also invested over £1m alongside Woodford in this latest round. Read More

ChangeTip Wants To Kill Clickbait With Social Bitcoin Micropayments

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ChangeTip-Facebook-Cover-Ver01 ChangeTip is hoping to drive mass adoption of micropayments on the web by using Bitcoin plus existing social networks as the medium to deliver feeless micro donations to content creators. Which means part of its mission is “to spell the end of click bait”. And that’s something anyone who spends time online should really be rooting for. Read More

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