Crunch Report | Skip to Good Parts in Facebook Live

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Today’s Stories  Spotify family plan is now cheaper, $14.99 for up to 6 people Facebook Live lets you skip to the good part Comparably launches Glassdoor competitor that filters employee reviews by race and gender Kleiner is raising two new funds totaling upwards of $1.3 billion ‘Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur’, the iOS Notification Center game, acquired by Genera… Read More Read more »

Facebook denies bias in Trending Topics, but vows changes anyway

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 Facebook responded today to official queries regarding its Trending Topics feature, specifically allegations made over the last few weeks that the team responsible for it was deliberately suppressing conservative views and arbitrarily elevating stories with little oversight. It denied the accusations, but nevertheless announced changes it would make to the process. Read More Read more »

Get ready for the Xiaomi drone

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 On Wednesday, Xiaomi is going to unveil a new product. While details are still thin, it looks like the electronics company is about to announce a drone. Xiaomi is a well-known phone manufacturer. But the company now also manufactures all sorts of devices, from Android TV set-top boxes to smart rice cookers. And then, there’s Read More Read more »

India-based food delivery startup TinyOwl reportedly shuts down in all cities except Mumbai

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 TinyOwl, a India-based restaurant delivery service that has raised more than $27 million from investors including Sequoia Capital and Matrix Partners, has reportedly stopped service in all cities except for Mumbai. Read More Read more »

How will marketplace lending become a mainstream investment asset class?

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 A friend who recently started his own business couldn’t obtain a mortgage from three banks. I suggested he try marketplace lending platforms like SoFi to take advantage of the ongoing innovation in fintech. However, SoFi turned him down, as well, because it abides by the same underwriting rules as traditional banks. Like the banks, SoFi sells their mortgage loans to Fannie Mae. Read More Read more »

How storage is changing in the age of big data

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 Have you ever tracked all the ways you use data in a single day? How many of your calories, activities, tasks, messages, projects, correspondences, records and more are saved and accessed through data storage every day? I bet you won’t be able to stop once you start counting. Many of us never pause to consider what that means, but data is growing exponentially — with no end in sight. Read More Read more »

All the cool kids are doing Ethereum now

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 In the beginning the Prophet Satoshi brought us Bitcoin. And the cryptogeeks and libertarians looked upon it, and said lo, we smile upon this, for it is good, and decentralized, and solves the Byzantine Generals Problem. For a time all was well. But then came wailing and gnashing of teeth and wearing of sackcloth. And then came the Prophet Vitalik, bearing Ethereum; and lo, it was even… Read More Read more »

The rise of APIs

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 It’s been almost five years since we heard that “software is eating the world.” The number of SaaS applications has exploded and there is a rising wave of software innovation in the area of APIs that provide critical connective tissue and increasingly important functionality. There has been a proliferation of third-party API companies, which is fundamentally changing the… Read More Read more »