Google quietly discontinues the Nexus Player

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 The Nexus Player may have been the best TV media player no one ever bought. Google and Asus introduced the Nexus Player back in November 2014. It was one of the first Android TV devices, and a more-than-capable device. And yet, despite Google’s weight behind this device, it hasn’t been a mainstream success, especially when you compare it with the Chromecast. Read More Read more »

Tech in Brazil is booming despite the country’s political troubles

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 It was a balmy night in Rio de Janeiro and a pretty J.P. Morgan Private Wealth representative was buying drinks for newly paper-rich entrepreneurs. Nearby at the pool mingled investors who had flown in from New York, San Francisco, London and Berlin. The next morning, entrepreneurs presented their well-funded ideas to the participants of Founders Forum Brazil 2012. Few of those companies… Read More Read more »

Ex-Facebook designers climb charts with adorable game Pinchworm

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 Funky physics and controls make mobile games fun. You tap against gravity in Flappy Bird, fling on a trajectory in Angry Birds and press to maintain momentum in Tiny Wings. So when two of Facebook’s top designers left to build their own apps, they wanted to bring a new gesture to gaming… and let worms, not birds, be the stars. Pinchworm sounds simple, but its the mapping of the controls… Read More Read more »

‘Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur’, the iOS Notification Center game, acquired by Genera Games

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 When Iván De Cabo hacked together ‘Steve – The Jumping Dinosaur‘, the super casual game playable from within the iOS Notification Center game, he had no idea what would happen next. 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 »

Why Google beat Yahoo in the war for the Internet

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 As we witness what may be the final days of Yahoo as an independent business, consider how just a decade ago it was running neck-and-neck with Google, now one of the world’s largest companies by market value. It would be silly for anyone to claim they could have predicted how these two businesses would compare today, but we can still learn something from examining what sent their fortunes… Read More Read more »

New Lonely Island video has it all: sex, VR and Osama Bin Laden

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How soon is too soon? The Lonely Island considers that very question in its new video for "Finest Girl (Bin Laden Song)," which equates a night of monumental sex with Osama bin Laden. Specifically, the U.S. military's metaphorical boning (and actual assassination) of the former Al-Qaeda leader. A heavily  bleeped clean version  of the video premiered during the Season 41 finale of Saturday Night Live . Read more »

Technotopia: Haseeb Awan on why the sun is rising on Asian startups

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 This week’s Technotopia features Haseeb Awan, founder of a YC bitcoins startup who is creating a new way to reduce currency volatility. Haseeb is pretty bearish on the current financial markets but he sees the growth of Asia and India as a true powerhouse that will be able to use all of the cool new stuff the world is building in a very real way. You can download the podcast here or… Read More Read more »