Let’s go crazy: Inside the making of Purple Rain

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Purple Rain turned 30 this year. Both the incredible rock-opera movie and its soundtrack are still every bit as amazing in 2014 as they were when first created in 1984. Today, an entire generation of listeners has a shaky relationship with Prince, because Prince has a shaky relationship with the internet.

In an age where fans expect direct relationships with the artists they love, Prince has turned himself into a reclusive legend. But 30 years ago, he was still a young artist on the…

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Security intern uncovers major vulnerability in Yik Yak messaging app

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Yik Yak pitches itself as an easy way to post anonymous messages to users in your area, but a new report suggests the popular app may have a real security flaw on its hands. Written by Sanford Moskowitz, a security research intern at SilverSky Labs, the report details how an attacker on the same Wi-Fi network as his target could take complete control over the target’s Yik Yak account, using only a monitor-friendly network card and a packet analyzer like Wireshark. If Moskowitz’s report holds up, it could present a real problem to the increasingly popular app, which has billed casual anonymity as one of its chief selling points.

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The best science fiction right now is happening in comics

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My favorite comic book from the last few years is an ongoing epic about warring alien planets and star-crossed lovers on the run. Called Saga, it has everything you’d expect from a good space opera, including plenty of sex and lots of violence. But there are also spaceships that grow like trees, aliens with analog televisions for heads, and a talking cat that knows when you’re lying. It’s Star Wars on LSD, and it’s amazing.

Science fiction has seen a resurgence of late thanks in large part to Hollywood. Some of the top-grossing movies from the last two years include a story about an astronaut trapped in space and a mind-bending tale about wormholes, not to mention the best Marvel movie in years. And games are making the shift too, with…

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Delivery Hero Takes Majority Stake In Its Big Rival In Korea, Baedaltong

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korea moped delivery Delivery Hero, the Berlin-based takeout food delivery company, has made no secret of its appetite to scale up its business in Asia and elsewhere on the heels of its most recent $350 million funding round. Today comes the latest development in that strategy: the company has taken a “substantial” investment in Baedaltong, one of Korea’s biggest food ordering companies.… Read More

YouTube App On Apple TV Gets A New Look, Full Content And Better Features

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Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 10.04.22 AM YouTube has updated its experience on the Apple TV, bringing the full video catalog from the web to its software for the Apple media streamer. The app also now offers improved recommendations for signed in users, better search with predictive results, subscribe capabilities for channels and a new look that looks like a much better overall experience for discovery and navigation. The… Read More

TrackMaven Raises $14 Million For Its Marketing Monitoring Service

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8477893426_e4bd8aa5df_b Online, everyone can watch you click… and startup TrackMaven has raised $14 million in equity and debt for its service to help marketers make sense of all that clicking. The Washington-based company raised $8 million in new financing from investors from returning investors New Enterprise Associates and Bowery Capital and $6 million in debt from Silicon Valley Bank. TrackMaven… Read More

Hired Pulls In $15 Million In Series B, Adds A Sales Category And Plans To Expand Globally

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hired-dark-padding Hired, the startup that plays secret matchmaker for engineers and the companies hoping to hire them, has expanded beyond computer science into sales and raised $15 million in Series B funding to help it rapidly expand on a global scale. This round of funding comes from new investors Silicon Valley Bank, Comcast Ventures and Lumia Capital, with additional participation from current Hired… Read More

Tumblr’s New Explore Button Makes It Easy To Discover Content From Its 214M Blogs

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tumblr image Tumblr has more 214 million blogs on its network, and its users are closing in on 100 billion posts published. That’s a hell of a lot of content, and today the Yahoo-owned company added a new discovery feature to help users find what’s interesting to them on the service, which is reportedly the internet’s fastest growing social media platform. Read More

Amazon announces 4K streaming for Instant Video

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Amazon just announced the availability of 4K Ultra HD streaming on its Amazon Instant Video service, starting with a limited selection of content. The company joins Netflix as the only other major streaming service to offer 4K streaming. The high-resolution streams will be available via the Amazon Instant Video app on compatible Ultra HD smart TVs.

Starting today, Amazon Prime customers can stream higher quality versions of its Amazon Studios programs like Transparent and select offerings from other providers like BBC’s Orphan Black. Also immediately available is a selection of movies from Sony Pictures, including American Hustle, Captain Phillips, and Godzilla. Unlike Netflix, there is no additional cost for Prime subscribers who want…

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UpCounsel Adds Another $2.4M In Funding To Expand Its Online Attorney Marketplace

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UpCounsel-HP UpCounsel was founded with the idea of connecting businesses with affordable legal help by creating a marketplace of registered attorneys they can easily search and choose to work with. As it seeks to scale up, the startup has raised an additional $2.4 million in seed funding led by Metamorphic Ventures and Crosslink Capital. Read More

Porch Goes Beyond Data Services, Launches Tools To Connect Homeowners With Pros

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SearchScreen Porch.com, the Seattle-based startup that aggregates home remodeling data, today announced its first mobile app — and with this, the launch of its first service offerings that directly connect home pros with homeowners. In addition, the company is also launching a beta of its booking service with pre-negotiated rates in the Seattle area today. Read More

Nginx Raises $20M Series B1 Round To Drive International Expansion

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image1 Nginx, the company behind the fast-growing open source NGINX web server, today announced that it has raised a $20 million Series B1 round led by NEA, with participation from e.ventures, Runa Capital, Index Ventures and Nginx’s own CEO Gus Robertson. The company says it will use this additional funding to drive its community, marketing and geographic expansion outside of the U.S., as well… Read More

Judge Shuts Down Uber In Spain, Pending Taxi Association Court Action

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Shut_down_0 We might be at the point of losing count of the number of places Uber is being shut down at this point. Now, after a series of protests by taxi associations in Spain, a Madrid judge has ordered ride-sharing app Uber to cease all activities as of today. The judge accepted the ‘cautionary measures’ put forward by the Madrid Taxi Association, pending a future court case the… Read More

Amazon Now Offering 4K Streaming For Movies And TV Shows On Prime Instant Video

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transparent_30247827400_TV_Transparent_S1._V344721477__SL940_ Amazon has upped its streaming game, offering up 4K or Ultra HD resolution for certain movies and TV titles to Prime subscribers via Amazon Instant Video. The content available in Ultra HD includes Amazon original content, with Alpha House and Transparent, and Orphan Black, the Canadian-made BBC sci-fi thriller. Sony Pictures movies, including After Earth, American Hustle, Captain Phillips… Read More

French Uber Competitor SnapCar Grabs $2.5 Million And Pivots To B2B

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8493583277_3360dc45ac_b French Uber competitor SnapCar just raised $2.5 million (€2 million) from business angels, such as former global CEO of American Express Travel Charles Petruccelli and Bertrand Mabille. While the company already has more than 200 corporate clients, it is focusing on B2B for good. SnapCar works more or less the same way as competitiors, such as Chauffeur-Privé, LeCab and Uber, but… Read More

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