Now A Father, Hot Or Not Founder Returns With Cakey, A YouTube App For Kids

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Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 10.09.02 AM Hot or Not founder James Hong has come a long way since building a site that helped people rank the attractiveness of others, ultimately paving the path for speed dating apps like Tinder. Today a father of three, Hong now has a different set of priorities. One of those was keeping his kids safe from the unsuitable, adult-oriented content that fills YouTube. To fix the problem for himself and… Read More

IncuBus — The Tech Startup Incubator Based On A Double-Decker London Bus

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IncuBusLDN is literally an incubator and co-working space on wheels, based on a renovated, red ‘double decker’ London bus, parked close to the ‘Tech City’ tech startup cluster in East London. The bus features a ‘Confession Booth’ – a two person meeting booth, for video conferences; the top deck co-working space with a view; and fast broadband. Aiming… Read More

Victoria Ying is helping bring back classic Disney style

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Disney’s animation studio is experiencing a renaissance. Thanks to films like Frozen and Big Hero 6, the company is once again at the forefront of the industry. Much of it has to do with stellar writing and renewed focus on characters, but art is also a big part of it; Disney’s latest movies have a certain style that harkens back to the company’s classics. And it’s artists like Victoria Ying who are helping lead the charge.

Her fascination started young with a love of comics — “mostly anime…

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With Assembly, anyone can contribute to open-source software and actually get paid

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The open-source movement has produced some of the most widely utilized software in the world, a huge economic value driven by a widely dispersed community who believe contributing good work is often its own reward. Outside of the world of computer science, however, these strategies are still relatively niche. A San Francisco startup called Assembly is trying to change all that, by evolving the open-source model to easily incorporate disciplines outside coding and to include a shared profit motive as well. Today the company is announcing a $2.9 million round of funding it will use to help expand its platform.

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Staples’ Black Friday sale starts Sunday, includes $49 Kindle and $79.99 Beats headphones

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Staples will be kicking off its Black Friday sales this Sunday, November 23rd and running the deals through Black Friday itself. The big box office supplier will give shoppers 20 percent off of anything they can fit in a Staples bag on Sunday through Tuesday, and 25 percent off of a single in-store item on Wednesday the 26th.

There are also deals on specific items to be had, like a $49 Kindle e-book reader and $79.99 Beats headphones. Some more highlights are below and you can see all of specials in Staples’ Black Friday ad.

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I drove the Mirai, Toyota’s massive bet on hydrogen power

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The most remarkable thing about driving the Toyota Mirai is how unremarkable it is.

For this car, that’s a compliment. The Mirai represents the spearhead of Toyota’s substantial bet on hydrogen fuel cell technology becoming commercially viable in the coming years, so if it just feels like a regular car, that’s probably for the best. Early on, you’ve got to convince everyday drivers that a weird new drivetrain can look and drive like any other car on the road without compromise.

If this sounds a little familiar, that’s because this isn’t Toyota’s first rodeo: in many ways, the Mirai is hoping to replicate the exact path to success the Prius went down over 15 years ago. What started as a single model, a limited-release novelty, blossomed…

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Pebble updates Android app with full notification support

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This week, Pebble released an update for its Android app that finally provides support to push every notification that hits your phone to your Pebble watch. Prior to this, the native Pebble app only supported a handful of notifications, including SMS, calendar, and Gmail alerts. A third-party helper app was required to get the rest, but this update obviates the need for that.

In addition to full notification support, the Android app has been completely rewritten for faster performance and better stability, bringing it more in line with the experience Pebble offers on iOS. Pebble says the updated app will initially be available to 10 percent of its Android users, with the rest of the rollout happening gradually over the next few weeks.

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Assembly Raises $2.9M From USV For Its Community-Led Software Development Platform

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community-meetup-at-assembly-hq Assembly has created a platform upon which developers, designers, and engineers can come together to work on projects in an open, collaborative setting. As it seeks to grow, the company has raised $2.9 million in funding led by Union Square Ventures with participation from Thrive Capital, Box Group, Collaborative Fund, and a number of angels. Read More

Prizm Plays Music You Like To Transform Your Living Room Into Your Favorite Coffee Shop

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Prizm_In Situ3 Remember the last time you went to the same coffee shop or bar because the staff tends to play music you like and you don’t have to pick the next song? Prizm is a neat little pyramid add-on for your sound system to transform your living room into this coffee shop you like. The French startup is just beginning the last week of its Kickstarter campaign of its $129 smart music player for… Read More

People over Process

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 Here are the slides from my Keynote at Lean Into Agile Conference:
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Agile and Lean are a means to an end. Once we are clear what our goals are and our approach is consistent with what we truly value, then we may hope for success.
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Agile and Lean are a means to an end. Once we are clear what our goals are and our…

Aereo files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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Aereo has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after months of grasping at straws in attempts to stay afloat following its loss to cable giants in the Supreme Court this June. Aereo says that the proceedings will allow it “to maximize the value of its business and assets without the extensive cost and distraction of defending drawn-out litigation in several courts.” Aereo doesn’t state whether it hopes to emerge from the proceedings, but it doesn’t seem like there are many places it can go from here.

Aereo’s primary service, which allowed people to record and stream broadcast TV online, was found to violate the Copyright Act, and because it isn’t a cable provider, it can’t easily switch up its business model and become a properly…

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