Semi-Transparent Solar Cells Could Make Greenhouses Self-Sufficient

An anonymous reader quotes a report from New Atlas: Organic solar cells (OSCs) have a few advantages over other designs. They still collect energy from sunlight, but can be made more flexible, transparent (or at least semi-transparent) and can be tuned to only absorb certain wavelengths of light. That potentially makes them perfect for greenhouse roofing -- they can let most light through for the plants, while harvesting enough to offset a decent chunk of the facility's energy needs. "Plants onl...
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The Evolution of Testing With Your Codebase

The Evolution of Testing With Your Codebase The Startup Testing Evolution Story and Some of the Lessons Learned We sometimes focus on robust testing or the best testing strategy but it’s not quite that simple. While there is a strategy that is typically best if we want to release code with very few bugs in the most efficient way possible, this is not always the strategy that makes the most sense for a particular company. What makes sense for a small two person startup may not make sense for a l...
Tags: Startups, Startup, Tech, Mike Cohn, Austin Startups, Software-development, Software-engineering, Software-testing

Reports: Judge to Rule in Favor of Dreaded T-Mobile and Sprint Merger

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero is set to allow the $26.5 billion T-Mobile and Sprint merger to go forward, clearing the path to merge the nation’s third and fourth-largest wireless carriers into a single behemoth that would rival Verizon and A&T, reports indicated on Monday night.Read more...
Tags: Mobile, Verizon, Science, Technology, Fcc, Telecommunications, Sprint, Federal Communications Commission, Wireless, Mergers, Att, Courts, Department Of Justice, Doj, T Mobile, Victor Marrero

Jam lets you safely share streaming app passwords

Can’t afford Netflix and HBO and Spotify and Disney+…? Now there’s an app specially built for giving pals your passwords while claiming to keep your credentials safe. It’s called Jam, and the questionably legal service launched in private beta this morning. Founder John Backus tells TechCrunch in his first interview about Jam that it will let users save login details with local encryption, add friends you can then authorize to access your password for a chosen service, and broadcast to friend...
Tags: Security, Social, TC, Apps, Spotify, Video, Hbo, Media, Privacy, Entertainment, Stanford, Disney, US, Tech, Policy, Netflix

IBM Picks Slack Over Microsoft Teams For Its 350,000 Employees

According to Business Insider, IBM has chosen Slack over rival Microsoft Teams for its more than 350,000 employees. From a report: It's a big test for Slack, but it has been one the pair has been working toward in recent years. Internal teams at IBM reportedly started using the chat app as far back as 2014, and this has grown over time. "Going wall to wall in IBM -- it's basically the maximum scale that there is, so we now know that Slack will work for literally the largest organizations in the ...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, SEC, Ibm, Stewart Butterfield, Slack, Slack IBM, Business Insider IBM, IBM Picks Slack Over Microsoft

Google's HR boss is stepping down, while tensions between management and employees continue to heat up

Google's head of HR Eileen Naughton announced Monday that she would be leaving her position later in the year, as tensions between employees and management continue to roil the company.  Naughton has headed up the Peoples Operations team at Google for four years, helping recruit 70,000 new employees and double the company workforce.  But her tenure has also been controversial, as employees have protested against the company's handling of sexual misconduct claims and tightening oversight over i...
Tags: Google, UK, New York, Trends, Ireland, Sundar Pichai, Ruth, Eileen, Naughton, People Operations, Sundar, Eileen Naughton, Peoples Operations, Fortune Naughton, Google Naughton

How Business Directories Are Still Beneficial For Businesses

As a small business owner, you’re probably aware of the existence of online business directories. However, you probably don’t realize quite how valuable they could be to your business. There is a misconception that many believe about these directories – that they are just a digital form of the Yellow Pages. This is inaccurate to say the very least. They are so much more than that. They are effective channels that enable professionals, business owners, and customers to find and contact the busin...
Tags: Google, Startups, Bing, Others, Business Directories, IncityLife Business Directory

The Mirror Trick For Practicing A Presentation

I was putting together an educational presentation last week designed to help students with their communication skills. In my search for slide images to back up my concepts, I happened upon the following image:This was on someone's Pinterest page, with no source attribution. I did a Google reverse image search and couldn't find any other instances, so I can't properly reference the creator.I instantly appreciated the concept for presenters. Imagine you have a live presentation to a local audienc...
Tags: Google, Blogging, Tips, Ken Molay, Technorati

The Power of "Is": A Featured Snippet Case Study

Posted by EricSerdarI’m not a literary scholar, but I believe it was Hamlet that said “to have a featured snippet or not to have a featured snippet?” Ever since featured snippets came onto the scene, sites have been trying to secure them. My team and I wanted in on this craze. Throughout our journey of research, testing, failure, and success, we found some interesting pieces of information that we wanted to share with the community. I’ll walk you through what we did and show you some of our resu...
Tags: Google, Stephen King, Seo, Hamlet, Britney Muller, EricSerdar, Kellie Gibson

White House Earmarks New Money For AI and Quantum Computing

The Trump administration on Monday unveiled its $4.8 trillion budget proposal which, among other things, includes plans to increase federal funding for the development of AI and quantum computing. "The technologies are expected to become an important part of national security, and some worry the United States is behind China in their development," reports The New York Times. From the report: The funding [...] would direct more money for A.I. research to the Defense Department and the National Sc...
Tags: White House, China, Tech, United States, New York Times, Defense Department, Quantum Computing, Trump, National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Energy Department

Google HR chief stepping aside as worker activism rises

Google on Monday confirmed that head of human resources Eileen Naughton was stepping away from her job as "vice president of people operations" at the internet company. "We're grateful to Eileen for all she's done and look forward to her next chapter at Google," Sundar Pichai, the head of Google and its parent company Alphabet, said in a statement. Google added more than 70,000 employees during Naughton's time as head of human resources, according to Pichai.
Tags: Google, News, Alphabet, Eileen, Naughton, Eileen Naughton

Lawyers for Elizabeth Holmes Try to Have Theranos Case Thrown Out, Saying Indictment Too Diluted

Elizabeth Holmes, founder of the disastrously failed blood testing/scam startup Theranos, is trying to have charges against her and former company president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani thrown out on the grounds they’re “too vague” and leave prosecutors too much room to cherry pick evidence, Bloomberg reported on Monday.Read more...
Tags: Health, Science, Technology, Crime, Medicine, Bloomberg, Fraud, Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes, Ramesh, Blood Tests, Balwani, Ramesh Sunny Balwani

Companies That Buy Data Derived From Scraping the Contents of Your Email Inbox

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The popular Edison email app, which is in the top 100 productivity apps on the Apple app store, scrapes users' email inboxes and sells products based off that information to clients in the finance, travel, and e-Commerce sectors. The contents of Edison users' inboxes are of particular interest to companies who can buy the data to make better investment decisions, according to a J.P. Morgan document obtained by Motherboard. On its website Edis...
Tags: Tech, Paypal, Commerce, Motherboard, Rakuten, Morgan, Edison, McKinsey Company, J P Morgan, Bain Company, Cleanfox, Morgan Research, Foxintelligence

White House requests $15 billion to establish Space Force

The Space Force will be taking one giant leap towards reality if the Department of Defense’s proposed budget and operations go through. $15 billion is requested, which would fund a number of missions and help establish the more than 10,000 personnel expected to join the new military branch over the next year. Estimates for how much it would cost to really establish the Space Force have varied widely, due in some part to the original haziness of the vision, but also because even had that vision b...
Tags: Space, Congress, Government, White House, Defense, Tech, Nasa, Pentagon, Air Force, Aerospace, National Reconnaissance Office, Space Force, U S Space Force, Military Services

Google Chrome to block insecure downloads starting this spring

Google today announced that it would soon warn Chrome users about “insecure” downloads, the first move in a plan to block them entirely. “Today we’re announcing that Chrome will gradually ensure that secure (HTTPS) pages only download secure files,” said Joe DeBlasio of the Chrome security team in a blog post. “Insecurely-downloaded files are a risk to users’ security and privacy. For instance, insecurely-downloaded programs can be swapped out for malware by attackers and eavesdroppers can read ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Insider, Joe DeBlasio

The Windows 10 Start Menu Now Harasses Firefox Users (slashdot)

The "Suggested" section on the Windows 10 Start Menu used to just promote its own apps, reports MSPowerUser. But for some users (who haven't disable Microsoft's "Suggestions"), that menu is now showing a new kind of ad listing: The listing displays "Still using Firefox? Microsoft Edge is here", to all users of the former -- even with the latter already installed. The ad provides a link to download the chromium-based browser. Undoubtedly, the suggestions won't end here. Microsoft is reportedl...
Tags: Firefox, Google, News, Microsoft, Office, EditorDavid

Personal Data of All 6.5 Million Israeli Voters Is Exposed

A software flaw exposed the personal data of every eligible voter in Israel -- including full names, addresses and identity card numbers for 6.5 million people -- raising concerns about identity theft and electoral manipulation, three weeks before the country's national election. The New York Times reports: The security lapse was tied to a mobile app used by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party to communicate with voters, offering news and information about the March 2 election....
Tags: Israel, Tech, New York Times, Benjamin Netanyahu, Haaretz, Justice Ministry, Likud, Verizon Media, Privacy Protection Authority, Ran Bar Zik, Haaretz Read

Blockchain: The revolution that hasn't quite happened

Blockchain was hyped as a secure and cheap way to store or retrieve data, but it is yet to take off.
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Impala raises $20 million to build the API of the hotel industry

Impala has raised another round of funding just a few months after raising an $11 million Series A round. This time, the startup is raising a $20 million Series B round led by Lakestar. Latitude Ventures is also participating in the round. The company is building a service that works pretty much like Plaid, but for hotel rooms. The hotel industry relies on old-school “property management systems” to manage rooms, room types, pricing, extras, taxes, etc. Instead of asking hotels to switch to an e...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Europe, Tech, Accor, Lonely Planet, Lakestar, Hyatt, Impala, JSON, Expedia Group, Recent Funding, Lakestar Latitude Ventures, API Impala, Expedia Hotels

How to Force Reset GSuite Users' Passwords with Apps Script

You can use Google Apps Script to automatically reset the password of users in your GSuite domain. This script can only be executed under the Suite admin account. You also need to enable the AdminDirectory Advanced Service in your Apps Script Editor.You can force reset passwords of members of a particular group in your organization or specify a list of email addresses and the Google Script will use the AdminDirectory service to change the password of specified users. const getGroupMembers_ ...
Tags: Google, Seo, Password, Google Apps Script, GSuite, Advanced Google, AdminDirectory Advanced Service, Asia Kolkata, Advanced Google Service

NASA Will Only Tolerate So Much Danger

An investigation into what really went wrong with Boeing's last space mission turned up serious issues.
Tags: Tech, Nasa, Boeing

Would You Allow Your Seat Mate to Use the In-Flight Entertainment System in Front of Your Seat?

“Flying 767 biz class aisle seat. MXP-EWR right now. I have had my screen on the flight status display since takeoff and window seat guy has been watching movies since takeoff. I flip my screen to review the movies and he says to me (first words spoken to me btw) ‘can you leave your screen on the fight tracking window? I like to watch that while I am watching the movie’” The paragraph you just read was... The post Would You Allow Your Seat Mate to Use the In-Flight Entertainment System in Front ...
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4 factors to consider before entering international markets

David Liu Contributor Share on Twitter David Liu is founder and CEO of Deltapath, a communications company whose technology helps businesses collaborate internally and with customers. Deltapath’s solutions have been adopted by brands such as Campbell’s, Volkswagen and Nokia. As sales increase, most founders tend to double down on what already works to keep growing. But few consider expanding laterally — taking a business mode...
Tags: Column, Asia, Europe, Nokia, Marketing, Tech, Marketing Strategy, Venture Capital, Volkswagen, Digital Advertising, Customer Relationship Management, Campbell, David Liu, Deltapath

These email apps are scraping information from your inbox and selling the data for a profit

Several email apps scrape the contents of people's inboxes and sell that data to finance and e-commerce companies, according to a new Motherboard report. The apps are primarily interested in tracking "transaction data," gleaning information from receipts and shipping emails that show people's consumer behavior. The apps then sell that data to third-party companies that use the information to make investment decisions. Email apps scraping peoples' inboxes for profit include Edison, Cleanfox, an...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Motherboard, Rakuten, Slice, Google Photos, Natt, Joseph Cox, An Edison, Edison Cleanfox, Slice Edison, Cleanfox, Slice told Business Insider, Edouard Natt

Sony, TCL, and Amazon Pull Back on MWC Plans Due to Fear of Coronavirus

Following similar announcements from companies including LG, Nvidia, and Ericsson, Sony, TCL, and Amazon have just announced today that they too will pull back on their plans to attend Mobile World Congress 2020. Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Android, Science, Smartphones, MWC, Trade Shows, Mwc 2020, Coronavirus, LG NVIDIA, Coronavirus Already Screwing Up Mwc, Sony TCL, Amazon Pull Back, Ericsson Sony TCL

South Korea's Government Explores Move From Windows To Linux Desktop

An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: In May 2019, South Korea's Interior Ministry announced plans to look into switching to the Linux desktop from Windows. It must have liked what it saw. According to the Korean news site Newsis, the South Korean Ministry of Strategy and Planning has announced the government is exploring moving most of its approximately 3.3 million Windows computers to Linux. The reason for this is simple. It's to reduce software licensing costs and the government's r...
Tags: South Korea, Defense, Tech, Interior Ministry, Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Zdnet, Ministry of Strategy, Choi Jang, Harmonica OS, Korean Postal Service

What happened to Slack today

You’ve been busy. I’ve been busy. But people are talking about Slack all over Twitter, so let me catch us both up. All the ruckus concerning Slack and its publicly traded stock appeared to kick off with a Business Insider story, which had the following headline: Slack just scored its biggest customer deal ever, as IBM moves all 350,000 of its employees to the chat app Given the context of the simmering Slack vs. Teams battle, having Slack win what appeared to be a huge, new contract was big n...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Tech, SEC, Ibm, Slack

RE/MAX agent among thousands stranded on cruise ship amid coronavirus outbreak

Kim Hamaura Phillips is a Canadian RE/MAX agent currently stranded in Japanese seas.
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How to advertise a podcast in 2020

Julian Shapiro Contributor Share on Twitter Julian Shapiro is the founder of, a growth marketing team that trains startups in advanced growth, helps you hire senior growth marketers and finds you vetted growth agencies. He also writes at More posts by this contributor Gauging email success, invite-only app launches and other growth tactics Decrease user churn by better managing expe...
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Google's second stab at preserving both privacy and ad revenue draws fire

With PIGIN skewered, take a look at this lovely TURTLEDOVE Last month, Google withdrew a poorly received web proposal for ad management called PIGIN, short for Private Interest Groups, Including Noise, and replaced it with a better branded spec called TURTLEDOVE.…
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