YC’s Altman Thinks Reddit’s Community Ownership Experiment Could Be A Model

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 The thought of using crypto-currencies to back shares of a company first crossed Y Combinator head Sam Altman’s mind about two years ago. “It was an idle thought that popped into my head,” he said. “It was not until Reddit reached out to me about fundraising that I thought about it again.” So when he decided to lead Reddit’s $50 million Series B… Read More Read more »

Here’s How Windows 10 Will Make Your Mouse And Fingers Get Along

Earlier today during its event in San Francisco, Microsoft played a video detailing how its coming Windows 10 operating system will handle a fusion of touch, and more traditional mouse-based input. I filmed a bootleg copy, but Microsoft just published a more polished version, so you are in luck. Handling both touch and mouse input is a rough line to walk, given that computing form… Read More Read more »

A Messaging Giant Goes Public In Korea And DCM Reaps The Rewards

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 As the mobile messaging company Kakao Corp. gets ready to celebrate the culmination of its long-awaited initial public offering on the Korean stock exchange, a world away, on Sand Hill Road, the partners at venture capital firm DCM are probably getting ready to do some celebrating of their own. Three years after its initial investment in Kakao, the venture firm will be able to harvest the… Read More Read more »

Taylor Swift Surprised a Cancer Patient and Sang an Adele Cover With Him

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It's official: Taylor Swift is the patron saint of celebrity kindness. The pop star paid a surprise visit to Ben, a leukemia patient in early August, and together they performed a sweet cover of Adele's "Someone Like You." Swift sang the lyrics while the patient accompanied her on a keyboard that he had moved into his room a week before. See also: Taylor Swift Proves She's in on One of Tumblr's Weirdest Jokes On Monday he shared the video on Reddit, under the username GodIsMerciful , writing that Swift flew from Rhode Island to Massachusetts to visit the patients at Boston Children's Hospital and stayed for three hours. Read more... More about Youtube , Viral Videos , Entertainment , Taylor Swift , and Adele Read more »

With 10M Users, Israel’s Moovit Tries To Follow In Waze’s Footsteps For Mass Transit

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After Waze’s $1.1 billion sale to Google on the back of crowd-generated data for drivers, it feels obvious that someone should do the same thing for the world’s mass transit systems. And indeed, another company out of Waze’s home market of Israel, is trying to provide real-time, crowdsourced data on public transit. Called Moovit, they’re backed with more than $30… Read More Read more »

SoftBank Leads $6 Million Round For Ed-Tech Startup EdCast

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 After winning big with the Alibaba public offering, SoftBank Capital has returned to the early stage market yet again, this time to lead a $6 million investment into EdCast, a new online education company launched by serial entrepreneur Karl Mehta. It’s the second time SoftBank has backed one of Mehta’s startups. Mehta had previously founded PlaySpan, a manager of virtual… Read More Read more »

6 Expert Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on Social Media

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Today's kids are more social media savvy than ever. A whopping 80% of teens online use some form of social media, and they're sharing more information about themselves on social networks than they have in the past. While growing up online has its benefits, it poses new risks. Between cyberbullying , oversharing and giving into peer pressure, a child's misuse of a social network can turn into a serious problem. See also: 10 Rising Social Networks You Should Explore For many parents, navigating their child's social media presence is not only worrisome, but also challenging. But with the right approach, parents can set positive examples for their kids and teach them how to use social media responsibly and respectfully Read more... More about Social Media , Kids , Children , Features , and Parenting Read more »

Indiegogo Tries Out “Forever Funding” Campaigns Without End Dates

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 Indiegogo is expanding beyond temporary crowdfunding projects and into hosting permanent crowfunded businesses. In the next few days it plans to launch “Forever Funding”, a source close to Indiegogo confirmed to me. This will let creators raise money indefinitely rather than having to set a date for their campaign to stop. [Update 7:35am PST: Indiegogo has just announced the… Read More Read more »

Apple’s Big-Ass iPhone 6 And 6 Plus Now Available For Pre-Order

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 Apple’s newest and largest pair of iPhones, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, are now available for pre-order in a number of countries, including the U.S. and the UK, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The phones are due to ship to buyers on September 19. Pre-orders don’t appear to have opened up yet in China, Asia’s dominant market, despite the Far East being the driving force behind… Read More Read more »