5 can’t-miss apps: ‘Disney Crossy Road,’ Hippo Pics, Microsoft Translator and more

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With WhatsApp stepping up its encryption and new developments in Apple's fight with the FBI, you may have missed some of this week's best new apps See also: Congress could force Apple to build an iPhone backdoor with this bill Each weekend, we round up a few of our favorite new and updated apps. This week's list includes Reddit's new app, an app that crowd sources edits for your photos and Microsoft's translator app. Check out the gallery below to see our top picks. If you're looking for more, take a look at our last roundup of can't-miss apps. Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more.. Read more »

Why some Great Depression photos were punched full of holes

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Image: Library of Congress The photos look just like the most famous FSA images of Depression-era America. Laborers with weathered faces stare into the distance, sharecropping families stand on splintered porches and rag-clad children play in the dust But each picture is haunted by a strange black void. It hangs in the sky like an inverted sun, it eclipses a child’s face, it hovers menacingly in the corner of a room. The black hole is the handiwork of Roy Stryker, the director of the FSA’s documentary photography program. He was responsible for hiring photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Arthur Rothstein and Gordon Parks and dispatching them across the country to document the struggles of the rural poor. Read more... Read more »

New law changes the liquidity game for tech company founders, workers and investors

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 Late last year, Congress passed legislation that substantially improved the legal landscape for startups, early-stage companies and the stakeholders in the ecosystem. You might have read about, for example, Congress making permanent the 100 percent tax exclusion for sales of qualified small business stock held for more than five years (up to $10 million). This is great news for company… Read More Read more »

A New, Standardized Way For Employees To Keep Their Vested Stock Options Longer

 Amid headlines about billion-dollars valuations are many employees who remain trapped unless their employers eventually go public or else sell to an acquirer in a cash deal. The problem centers on the option plan structure that startups use. Owing to a decades-old tax provision, employees have to exercise their options within 90 days of leaving or else lose them to the company. It’s… Read More Read more »

Gillmor Gang: Poorly Educated

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 The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, February 26, 2016. The Gang finds it hard to concentrate purely on technology as we wake up to the increasing likelihood of more Trump in our diet. + G3 with Halley Suitt Tucker, Rebecca Woodcock, Francine Hardaway, Mary Hodder, and Tina Chase Gillmor @stevegillmor, @scobleizer,… Read More Read more »

What Does A Downturn Mean For Tech Regulation?

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 All it takes is a quick look at the market to see that we are in for a bumpy ride — and a longer-term downturn may be imminent. Tech is not immune to that, which means we’ll see a hit to valuations, VC funding and fundraising. Lots of experts have talked about what that might mean for activity in the tech sector broadly. But what does it mean for the intersection of regulation… Read More Read more »

Adobe Expands Its Mobile Portfolio With Experience Manager Mobile, New Marketing Cloud Core Services

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 Adobe announced a number of new products at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today that will expand the company’s set of mobile core services in its Marketing Cloud and make it easier for enterprises to manage content for their mobile apps. Adobe’s Experience Manager, its enterprise tool for building content-rich sites, is getting the biggest update today. The company is… Read More Read more »

We Now Return You To Your Regularly Scheduled Cyberpunk Dystopia

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 Apple will lose this battle with the US government. Maybe not this year, or next, but soon enough, and for the rest of our lives. It is folly to pretend otherwise. Most ordinary people, and most powerful people, don’t care about abstruse theoretical arguments against back doors and weakened security. They care about—or want to exploit—the raw visceral fear of terrorist violence. Read more »

These Are Almost Certainly Samsung’s Next Galaxy Phones: Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Leak All Over

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 We’re about a week out from Mobile World Congress, the big trade show where just about everyone-but-Apple traditionally shows off their new flagship phones for the next year. More often than not, the biggest MWC announcements leak out a bit earlier than intended… and sure enough, it looks like Samsung’s stuff has leaked pretty exhaustively. Read More Read more »

The Probable, The Possible, The Delusional

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 In 1961, President John F. Kennedy committed before a joint session of Congress that before the end of the decade America would put a man on the moon. This was not an empty political promise to get elected, but a commitment of a sitting President boldly exposing himself to political ridicule in the face of failure. If we can take ourselves back to that moment, it would be fascinating to… Read More Read more »