Startup Job Offers And How To Interview Founders

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interviewees Let’s set the stage: You’ve always wanted to work at an early stage startup that is growing exponentially. So you’ve done your research and figured out a startup/product that you’d be passionate about. You have already interviewed with them, and they like you so much that they have made you a job offer. (Note: When I refer to a company in this article as a startup, they… Read More

Periscope Is Broadcasting 10 Years Of Content Per Day, 380 Years Since Launch

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slack_for_ios_upload Get ready for a new live streaming metric: Content years. Periscope CEO Kayvon Beykpour took the stage today at the Code conference in Southern California and announced that Periscope has broadcasted 380 years of content since it launched 8 weeks ago, at 10 years of content per day. But the big question with livestreaming is how good, how “watch worthy” is that content? And how… Read More

Gmail Now Has 900M Active Users, 75% On Mobile

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6133587103_05e7981a2c_o Google’s senior vice president of products Sundar Pichai today announced that Gmail now has a total of 900 million users at the company’s annual I/O developers conference. That’s up from 425 million in 2012, the last time the company updated its official Gmail users stats. Pichai also noted that 75 percent of these Gmail users now access their accounts on mobile devices.… Read More

Google Opens Inbox To All, Adds Smart Reminders, Trip Bundles, Undo Send And More

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inbox_devices Google today announced that Inbox, the Gmail-based mobile email client the company launched late last year, is now open to all. Until today, you still needed an invitation to use the service, though invites have long been pretty easy to come by. In addition, Google said that it will start opening up Inbox to all Google for Works customers (whose admins enable this feature for them) through… Read More

Costolo Says Twitter’s Future Is More Curation, Relevance And Media

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IMG_3480 “The board and I are totally in sync,” said Costolo in response to a question about whether he’d have his job by the end of the year. “You have to focus on the long term and continue to execute on that strategy,” he added. He also talked about what Twitter would need to do to ensure its future on the product front. “It’s all about migrating a company… Read More

Gaming the system: Halt and Catch Fire’s fun, slightly unfocused second season

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Warning: substantial season one spoilers ahead, as well as mild spoilers for the upcoming season two.

My hope for AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire — the ‘80s period drama that begins its second season this Sunday — is that it will live long enough to work its way through one of the most pivotal periods in modern computing, from the rise of the PC to the explosion of the internet. The show won me over by lovingly exploring the world of IBM clones, and if the first four episodes of season two are any indication, its characters are doing their best to catch the technological zeitgeist again. But as they do, the series risks losing the focus that’s made it great so far.

The first season of Halt and Catch Fire was built around the Cardiff Giant, a…

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HBO is developing a space alien talk show starring TJ Miller

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With Real Time with Bill Maher and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver going strong, it looks like HBO is making way for a new breed of late-night show. According to The Wrap, the network just ordered a Funny or Die pilot for The Gorburger Show, which will star Silicon Valley‘s TJ Miller as animatronic space monster Gorburger interviewing celebrities as a way of understanding humanity.

The Gorburger Show originated on YouTube in 2012, wherein Gorburger invades a Japanese morning talk show, kills the guest and hosts, and decides, hey, he might as well learn something about people after all that murder. The bizarre digital series ran for two seasons, and showed off a slight Space Ghost: Coast to Coast-esque sensibility as Gorburger…

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Apple can’t get rid of its court-appointed antitrust monitor, judge rules

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Apple has been on anything but friendly terms with Michael Bromwich, the corporate monitor appointed to oversee the company after it lost its price-fixing ebooks case against the United States government. But for the time being, he’ll be sticking around: an appeals court has ruled that Bromwich can’t be ousted from the position.

Bromwich was assigned to monitor Apple after the company lost the case in 2013, and heated arguments over Bromwich’s fees — which Apple is responsible for paying — and the scope of his work have been playing out in court ever since. But as noted by The Wall Street Journal, the federal appeals court ruled that Bromwich’s role is “appropriately constrained” and that he can’t be disqualified from the position.

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The Vergecast will be live today at 4:30PM ET!

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If we were to make a reasonable guess at today’s Vergecast topics — if we were to hypothesize on the content filling the upcoming installment of our soon-to-be-155-episode show — it’d likely be Google, Google, Google, Google, our new Entertainment and Science podcast Verge ESP, Google, Google, Google, and Google. Give or take a Google.

Yes, there was other big news this week — Jony Ive’s new job at AppleTime Warner Cable shacking up with Charter, and Jason Segel playing David Foster Wallace — but this Vergecast is (almost) entirely about Google’s I/O conference and everything we learn during its day one keynote today.

We’ll be live at 4:30PM ET / 1:30PM PT / 8:30PM GMT via the Livestream embed above. And if you miss the live show,…

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Confirmed: Google Will Launch Google Photos, A Standalone Photo Host With “Unlimited Storage”

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google-io-20150001 Its been rumored for weeks, but consider it mostly official: Google is launching a photo service separate of Google+.
We just heard it straight from the horses mouth while walking the halls of Google I/O, though I don’t think we were supposed to hear it just yet. It’ll be announced during Google’s I/O keynote, scheduled to start in an hour.

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Stephen Colbert’s hilarious commencement speeches show his style evolve over the years

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When Stephen Colbert the Human said goodbye to Stephen Colbert the Character last year, fans were curious what the comedian would be like without the fictional personality that, for a decade on and off The Colbert Report, had been the more outspoken of the two.

We’d already seen hints of the real Colbert at commencement speeches, where the character and the person blurred together. This year, for the first time, Colbert gave a commencement speech totally free of Stephen Colbert the personality. The change in tone is slight, but it’s there. At least I think it is. Now I’m questioning myself. Why must you do this to me, fair reader?

How about you compare them yourself? At the very worst, you’ll watch a comedian at the top of his game…

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YC-Backed Eden Launches To Offer On-Demand Electronics Repair And Installation

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eden There is no doubt that the technology of today, from smartphones to connected devices to WiFi everywhere, is making our world a more convenient and navigable place. But in many ways we’ve grown dependent on this type of lifestyle, which makes a busted device or a malfunction a debilitating experience. YC-backed Eden is launching to solve this. The company offers on-demand tech pros… Read More

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