Silicon Valley Moguls Push For Campaign Finance Reform

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13301353274_08e4b0592a_o When it comes to big money in politics, a group of tech magnates is fighting fire with fire — or super PAC with super PAC — according to a report from Reuters. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson, PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman have joined forces with the super PAC MayDay, which aims to reduce the influence… Read More

NBA players to ‘crash’ fan-made Google Hangouts after getting drafted

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This Thursday the NBA is holding its annual draft in New York City, and the league is giving some fans a chance to hang out with the top picks — virtually, that is. The NBA is partnering with Google to let some players drop in to Google+ Hangouts created by fans. People just need to mark their Hangout with the hashtag #NBADraftCrash or #TEAMNAMEDraftCrash (with the right team name, obviously), and a player could end up there to answer questions and chat. The NBA says it’s already gotten Aaron Gordon, Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum, Jabari Parker, and Marcus Smart in on the plan, and is promising others.

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Jason Kilar’s New Startup Vessel Comes Out Of Hiding, With Backing By Greylock And Benchmark

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Vessel Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is finally ready to talk about what he’s been up to over the last year or so. Well, kind of. Today Kilar, along with ex-Hulu CTO Richard Tom announced that they are working on a startup called Vessel, “whose mission is to delight consumers and content creators alike.” Outside of that, though, the two didn’t really say much, except that they… Read More

People Are Going To Dress Up Like Star Wars Characters In SF Tomorrow To Protest Google

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f2e664f1b7a4b831a9bbd12f11798c0c No one protests like San Francisco.
The scene: Tomorrow, outside of Google’s I/O conference, an assemblage of protestors will dress up like Star Wars characters to decry Google and the economic impact of the technology industry. The goal, the group told TechCrunch in an email, is to highlight rising income inequality in San Francisco, a city now infamous for its spiraling rents. Read More

The House Of Yo

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house-of-yo Yo. This is not another “Yo” post…at least not an ordinary one. You see, the team of Yo just set up shop at its official headquarters in San Francisco. Is it elaborately decorated with snow tigers, nap rooms and a giant buffalo greeting visitors in the lobby? Does it come complete with a replica of the Oval Office inside? What have the founders done with the cool million… Read More

Google Revises Glass With More RAM The Day Before I/O

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glass Well, the timing is nothing if not interesting: one day before its I/O keynote, Google has just given the Glass hardware a small hardware upgrade. Without much fanfare, Google has quietly bumped the memory in newly shipped Glass up from 682MB to a full 2GB. That gives Google (and Glass developers, for that matter) roughly 3x as much memory to play with. With I/O starting tomorrow, it’s… Read More

Montana health department hack hits more people than live in the entire state

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The state of Montana is sending out notifications to 1.3 million people this week, warning them that a data breach on a state health department server last year may have revealed their personal information to hackers. That makes the population of potential victims greater than the entire population of Montana, which is about 1 million.

The attack occurred last July, according to state officials, but went undetected until May of this year. Information on the server included names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers, medical records, and birth and death certificates.

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US no-fly list process is ruled unconstitutional

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A federal judge has ruled that the current process for managing the federal no-fly list is unconstitutional. In her ruling, Judge Anna Brown called the DHS TRIP system “wholly ineffective,” making it nearly impossible for the plaintiffs in the case to challenge the evidence that had placed them on the no-fly list and effectively barred them from air travel in the US. As a result, Brown concluded that the process did not meet the standard for due process, and was unconstitutional in its current form.

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Watch Jerry Seinfeld answer your burning technology questions

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Twitter and this whole internet thing have been around for a while now, but it seems like everyone is still trying to figure out the appropriate etiquette when it comes to combining the online social and social relationships in real life. Fortunately, Jerry Seinfeld has some answers. They may not be right, they may not be helpful, but they’re certainly among the best pieces of advice you can get. You can watch Seinfeld answer a handful of technology questions (and explain the history of tweeting) for Wired in the video above.

As part of his collaboration with Wired, Seinfeld is also featured on the cover of the magazine wearing Google Glass. Naturally, Seinfeld wearing Glass was an exciting image for some on Twitter to catch sight of —…

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I don’t think that software development word means what you think it means

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There are several terms used inappropriately or incorrectly in software development. In this post, I look at some of these terms and the negative consequences of misuse of these terms.

Agile

The Agile Manifesto started a movement that resonated with many software developers frustrated with inefficiencies and inadequacies of prevalent software development methodologies. Unfortunately, the relatively simple concepts of the Agile Manifesto were interpreted, changed, evangelized, commercialized, and sold in so many different ways that it became difficult to uniquely describe agile. To some, agile became synonymous with “no documentation” and to others agile meant going straight to coding without any process. So many disparate methodologies and practices are now sold as agile that it’s become increasingly difficult to describe what makes something agile or not.

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Social Shopping Site Svpply To Shut Down, Nearly 2 Years After Selling To eBay

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svpply_android_shop Svpply, the curated social shopping site meant to replicate the experience of traditional window shopping online, announced today that it will shut down on August 31.
The shutdown will occur just a week short of the two year anniversary of its acquisition by eBay, which occurred in September 2012. In the months immediately following the eBay deal, Svpply continued to iterate and launch new… Read More

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