Homejoy’s Adora Cheung Will Discuss Home Cleaning And Global Growth At Disrupt Europe

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homejoy-founders Adora Cheung, co-founder and CEO of home-cleaning startup Homejoy, will be joining us onstage at Disrupt Europe. The company makes it easy to schedule home cleanings online and at a relatively affordable price. In the two years since I first wrote about the service (originally called Pathjoy), Homejoy has raised a big pile of money, expanded across the US and overseas, and just last month… Read More

Watch Elon Musk unveil his Tesla D supercar

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Elon Musk teased his D car last week and finally unveiled it as a new dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version of the Tesla Model S sedan last night. The top of the line D model includes a 0 to 60 time of just 3.2 seconds. That’s faster than a Ferrari 458 Italia and the same as a Porsche 911 Turbo, making the D a supercar that’s capable of laps of terror. If you missed Tesla’s launch you can catch up in less than 15 minutes and hear why Musk thinks the D is “like having your own personal roller coaster.”

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Wahanda Raises Another $26M And Acquires Germany’s Salonmeister

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Hair and beauty marketplace, Wahanda, has been keeping quiet of late, which, in the world of startups, usually means something’s afoot. Thus, we learn today that it’s announcing the acquisition of Salonmeister, its German equivalent. In addition, it’s also raised a further $26 million in growth-funding from RGIP, Fidelity Growth Partners and Lepe Partners this year. So a… Read More

Another Google White Spaces Trial Brings You Live Meerkat Action From London Zoo

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meerkats London Zoo You can say one thing about Google, it sure knows how to push the Internet’s buttons. The company has figured out the perfect way to spice up a dry technology trial: by partnering with London Zoo to use the wireless tech in question — white spaces spectrum — to stream live footage of animals on to YouTube. Specifically meerkats. Otters. And Galapagos Giant Tortoises. Read More

Agile and Predictability

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Over on the AgilePDX mailing list, there’s an interesting conversation on making predictions with Agile. It started off with Michael Kelly asking if Agile can help with predictability. Here’s my response:
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It's entirely possible to make predictions with Agile. They're just as good as predictions made with other methods, and…

Anyone Can Be A Codesmith.

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If you are a Star Wars fan or not most of you will have heard of the Jedi. In the world of Star Wars these were an elite class of warriors, who went around putting wrongs right. There were not that many of them and when one of them went rogue, only one of the Jedi were left standing and then he ceased to be a Jedi anymore and became a Sith Lord.
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R: A first attempt at linear regression

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I’ve been working through the videos that accompany the Introduction to Statistical Learning with Applications in R book and thought it’d be interesting to try out the linear regression algorithm against my meetup data set.

I wanted to see how well a linear regression algorithm could predict how many people were likely to RSVP to a particular event. I started with the following code to build…

Waze Co-Founder Uri Levine Will Tell TechCrunch Disrupt London Why He Ditched Google

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Uri Levine Working at Google after your company was bought for $1 billion seems like a pretty sweet gig, but not to Waze co-founder Uri Levine. So at this year’s TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London, I’ll ask Levine why he left Google to work on his new startup. What was it like being gobbled up by the search giant? How did Waze handle the negotiations, bidding war, and “leaks” to… Read More

The Apple Watch appears on Vogue China’s next cover

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The Apple Watch — particularly the undoubtedly very expensive 18-karat gold edition — sees Apple attempt to move closer into the world of fashion and luxury than it’s ever been before. But that’s a world that might take some convincing, which seems to be why, following a collaboration with Colette during Paris Fashion Week, CEO Tim Cook and design chief Jony Ive have arranged for supermodel Liu Wen to wear the watch on the cover of the next Vogue China.

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Poll Results Are In: The World’s Greatest Programmers

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You may have seen our recent poll about the world’s greatest programmers – maybe you gave an opinion! Well, the results are in, and we’ve created this infographic to help you visualize the rankings as determined by DZone’s audience:
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Amazon may finally put its weight behind UltraViolet digital movies

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Redeeming those UltraViolet codes that come bundled with Blu-rays and downloading digital copies of your movies isn’t the hopelessly confusing mess it once was. Even so, the studio-backed cloud locker service is still failing to catch on with most consumers. At the very least, it’s not posing much of a threat to Apple and the iTunes Store. But that could eventually change thanks to one of Apple’s familiar foes: Amazon. The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon is finally considering throwing its hat in the ring and getting behind UltraViolet for digital movie purchases. The online retailer has held talks with Warner Bros. Pictures, Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures, according to the report.

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Tesla just announced a supercar

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It’s called the Model S P85D. It comfortably seats four, more if you’re willing to squeeze in a kid or two.

If your frame of reference for automobiles ended somewhere around the year 2000, the performance of Elon Musk’s hottest all-electric sedan yet would be outright difficult to comprehend. Even today, the numbers put up by this all-wheel-drive hatchback compare favorably with some of the rarest, most exotic, and most expensive vehicles ever made.

The top speed of the P85D is undoubtedly limited to something that won’t send you violently hurtling into another dimension, but let me say it on no uncertain terms: its quoted 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds is solidly in supercar territory. Acceleration isn’t everything, but it’s something….

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This is Tesla’s D: an all-wheel-drive Model S with eyes on the road

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It’s a typically warm fall night in Los Angeles, and just after sunset Elon Musk is taking the wraps off the D. This isn’t a lewd joke much of the internet imagined. It’s the company’s new dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version of its model S sedan, one that promises faster acceleration, and better performance in inclement weather — one of the S’ biggest weaknesses.

The new models will get a D on the end, and there will be three configurations, the 60D and the 85D, along with a top of the line P85D, reports USA Today in a story that was published ahead of the event, then pulled shortly before it began. The P85D starts going out to buyers in December, with the 60D and lower-end 85D going out in February.

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Jony Ive: companies that copy Apple’s style are stealing

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When Jony Ive sees designs from other companies that closely mimic Apple’s, he isn’t flattered. Apple’s head of design told the audience at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit today that copying makes him angry. In response to a question about Xiaomi’s highly Apple-like designs, Ive said his feelings were “a bit harsh.” “I don’t see it as flattery,” he says, noting that he was speaking about the issue generally and not about Xiaomi specifically. “I actually see it as theft.” Xiaomi, for its part, has denied being an Apple copycat. But the perception has stuck.

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Battery East Group Wants To Help Early Shareholders Cash Out As Startups Put Off IPOs

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The Battery East Group is a small confab in San Francisco that specializes in secondary offerings, the sale of stock from inside shareholders, early employees and the like that want malleability for their equity before a traditional liquidity event. In human terms, it means that the Group helps people sell their startup stock either before their company goes public or is purchased by a… Read More

Microsoft CEO Opens Mouth, Inserts Foot On Gender Pay Gap

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Screen Shot 2014-10-09 at 1.57.43 PM Today at the 2014 Grace Hopper Celebration, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hit the skids after Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd — an institution known for its prominence in STEM fields — asked him how young women should ask for a raise. Nadella replied that not asking for a raise can in fact be “one of the additional superpowers that, quite frankly, women who don’t… Read More

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