At Tock, this restaurant group owner and former trader is building a Spotify for reservations

Tock, a nine-year-old, Chicago-based culinary reservation service, has never had the kind of brand-recognition that other companies in the space have enjoyed, from publicly traded OpenTable to Resy, the New York-based company that was founded in 2014 and acquired last year for undisclosed terms by American Express. That’s because Tock long focused on a white-label service for its customers, many of them high-end restaurants like French Laundry that, with Tock’s encouragement, began years ago sel...
Tags: TC, Spotify, New York, Tech, Chicago, Netflix, Nba, Alinea, Grant, Rose Bowl, Opentable, Vail Resorts, Danny Meyer, Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas, Tock

Changing seasons are the inspiration behind this vintage-esque typewriter!

The number of people who opt for laptops over desktops has been increasing by the day. Not everyone prefers keyboards, but they are essentially useful for people who tend to type a lot on a daily basis such as writers, journalists and etc. We’ve seen a lot of innovative portable keyboard designs over the years, however, Lofree’s Four Seasons Keyboard is an ode to the past. Inspired by quintessential typewriters, the Lofree Four Seasons is a retro-esque mechanical keyboard. As the product’s name ...
Tags: Apple, Design, Technology, Keyboard, Product Design, Lofree, Lofree Four Seasons, Lofree Four Seasons Keyboard, Hibernal Black, Aestival Blue, Vernal White

How Blue Apron Became a Massive $2 Billion Disaster

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Observer: If you like to cook but not to shop or plan your own meals, and if you weren't too hungry, and if you didn't like cooking for too many friends, then Blue Apron -- the startup delivering precisely measured, prepackaged amounts of just enough salmon, green beans, butter and lemon for one meal, no leftovers -- was for you. Exactly who it was that was both upwardly mobile to pay for this service while also having a barren kitchen, nobody really knew...
Tags: Amazon, California, Tech, Blue Apron, Fidelity, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Jeff Bezos, ARLINGTON Texas, New York Assembly, Amazon Read

LG V60 ThinQ with quad rear cameras, 4-channel microphone, 5000mAh battery surfaces [Update: New image]

New press image of the phone has surfaced that shows a familiar design, thinner bezel, water drop notch, dedicated Google Assistant button and volume rockers on the left, power button on the right and a gold frame. It is expected to come with 5G support, powered by Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform, 8GB of RAM. Since there is no MWC, it could be announced as early as next week. Earlier: LG launched the V50 ThinQ  5G smartphone with OLED display, dual-screen accessory, etc. While the successo...
Tags: Google, News, Blogging, Rumors, Lg, G V60 ThinQ back panel, G V60 ThinQ battery leak, G V60 ThinQ leak

EV fleet management gets another venture-backed contender as Electriphi raises $3.5 million

Electriphi, a provider of charging management and fleet monitoring software for electric vehicles, has joined the scrum of startups looking to provide services to the growing number of electric vehicle fleets in the U.S. The San Francisco-based company has just raised $3.5 million in seed funding from investors including Wireframe Ventures, the Urban Innovation Fund, and Blackhorn Ventures. Lemnos Labs and Acario Innovation also participated in the round. Electriphi’s pitch has resonated with...
Tags: Energy, TC, Electric Vehicle, California, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Electric Vehicles, Software Development, North America, Charging Stations, Sacramento Calif, Twin Rivers Unified School District, Sybase, Tibco, Versata


Google Ads API Client Library for PerlChanges for 0.3.0 - 2020-02-26Added support for Google Ads API v3_0. Added SearchStreamHandler to support the streaming API. Added code examples: add_app_campaign, update_campaign_criterion_bid_modifier, add_listing_scope.
Tags: Google, Google Ads GoogleAds Client

Windows 10 Icons Are Getting An Overdue Redesign

Microsoft is rolling out updates to the icons for Windows 10's core apps over the months ahead, starting with the Calendar and Mail apps in a new Release Preview for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. Engadget reports: The company's design team explained that it wanted to break away from the flat, colorless icons you see today in favor of ones that are at once more consistent with newer branding (including apps available beyond Windows) and different enough that you'll have an easier time findin...
Tags: Microsoft, Office, Tech, Engadget, Christina Koehn

'Project Magnum': Flywheel's Alleged Plot To Steal Peloton's Technology

em1ly writes: Spin bike maker Flywheel lost a patent lawsuit to rival company Peloton, announcing yesterday that it's shutting down. Motherboard uncovered some wild corporate espionage in the court documents: "At some point before the launch of FLY Anywhere, according to Peloton's lawyers, Flywheel launched 'Project Magnum,' an attempt to 'obtain as MUCH secret intel on Peloton as we can,' according to an improperly redacted document Peloton filed in court. 'Project Magnum was not some extempora...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Tech, Flywheel, Peloton, Flywheel CTO, Villency, Eric Villency, Villency Design Group

Here’s our pick of the top six startups from Pause Fest

We’ve been dropping into the Australian startup scene increasingly over the years as the ecosystem has been building at an increasingly faster pace, most notably at our own TechCrunch Battlefield Australia in 2017. Further evidence that the scene is growing has come recently in the shape of the Pause Fest conference in Melbourne. This event has gone from strength to strength in recent years and is fast becoming a must-attend for Aussie startups aiming for both national international attention. I...
Tags: Startups, TC, Electric Vehicle, Asia, Technology, Electronics, Australia, Articles, Artificial Intelligence, Autism, Electric Vehicles, Healthcare, Machine Learning, Angel, Fda, Melbourne

Google product boss cuffed on suspicion of murder after his Microsoft manager wife goes missing, woman's body found, during Hawaii trip

Before he was arrested, Googler appealed to internet, newspaper for help finding his spouse Sonam Saxena, 43, a product manager at Google Cloud, was arrested in Hawaii this week on suspicion of second-degree murder.…
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Software, Hawaii, Sonam Saxena

Choosing a new brand name ? Do an A.S.S. count.

ASSOCIATIONS + SLOGANS SCORE Let’s say you’ve got two metaphorical names under consideration for your new computer company, Apple and Strawberry. Both names meet your brand positioning criteria: Simple, warm, human, approachable, organic, disruptive. Half your team champions Apple and the other half love the name Strawberry. It’s pointed out that the names couldn’t be more similar, they are both red fruits, so why not flip a coin and move on?  The Chief Obfuscation Officer calls for a month...
Tags: Apple, Uncategorized, Branding, Strawberry, Issac Newton, Igor Igor, Strawberry Strawberry Fields Strawberry, Other White Meat Igor Never Say, Apple Garden of Eden, eMac iMac Power Mac MacBook Mac Mini One

Trying to decide on a new brand name ? Do an A.S.S. count.

ASSOCIATIONS + SLOGANS SCORE Let’s say you’ve got two metaphorical names under consideration for your new computer company, Apple and Strawberry. Both names meet your brand positioning criteria: Simple, warm, human, approachable, organic. Distance you from the cold, unapproachable, complicated brand attributes of competitors with names like IBM, NEC, DEC, ADPAC, Cincom, Dylakor, Input, Integral Systems, Sperry Rand and Syncsort. Half your team champions Apple and the other half love the name...
Tags: Apple, Uncategorized, Branding, Strawberry, Igor, Issac Newton, Igor Igor, Strawberry Strawberry Fields Strawberry, Other White Meat Igor Never Say, Apple Garden of Eden, eMac iMac Power Mac MacBook Mac Mini One

Quibi, the streaming app that has raised more than $1 billion and is run by 2 billionaires, just gave the world its first real glimpse

Quibi, a streaming-video service that has raised more than $1 billion in funding, is now available for preorder in app stores, as first reported by TechCrunch. The mobile-only app is expected to offer short-form video content and plans to officially launch in April. Quibi, short for "quick bites," was founded by the veteran tech executive Meg Whitman and the longtime Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg. It will become yet another player in the competitive streaming-video market, which includ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hollywood, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hulu, Variety, Netflix Amazon, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Ashley Rodriguez, WarnerMedia, Quibi

Quibi, the streaming app that has raised more than $1 billion and is run by two billionaires, just gave the world its first real glimpse

  Quibi, a streaming video service that has raised more than $1 billion in funding, is now available for pre-order in app stores, as first reported by TechCrunch. The mobile-only app will offer short-form video content and plans to officially launch in April. Quibi, short for "quick bites," was founded by former Yahoo CEO Meg Whitman and former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg. It will become the latest player in the extremely competitive streaming video market, which includes major players...
Tags: Apple, Google, Hollywood, Yahoo, Disney, NFL, Trends, Netflix, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hulu, Netflix Amazon, Whitman, Meg Whitman, Ashley Rodriguez, WarnerMedia, Quibi

Now with More Regional Sports Network Fees!

In this Marketing Over Coffee: Learn about Smart Speakers, Facial Recognition, BS Cable Fees, and more! Direct Link to File Brought to you by our sponsors: ahrefs and LinkedIn Google Weather Map looking stormy Blocking to win the media scrape battle but losing the smart speaker war Amazon and Google losing ground in the smart speaker war? Not exactly. Buying via Text Message not working yet for WalMart – losing $15k/year/member 7:57 MoC is brought to you by ahrefs – learn why we use a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Podcast, Marketing, Walmart, Chris, LinkedIn Google, Marketing Over Coffee Newsletter, Coffee Listeners, Smart Speakers Facial Recognition BS Cable Fees

Facebook Will Now Pay You For Your Voice Recordings

After being caught listening to and transcribing voice recordings without informing customers, Facebook announced it will now offer to pay some users for voice recordings to help improve its speech recognition technology. The Verge reports: Facebook will let you make voice recordings as part of a new program called "Pronunciations" in its Viewpoints market research app. If you qualify to be part of the program, Facebook says you'll be able to record the phrase "Hey Portal" followed by the first ...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, Facebook Will Now, PayPal However Facebook

Gaming-focused investment firm Bitkraft closes in on at least $140 million for its second fund

Esports, video games and the innovations that enable them now occupy a central space in the cultural and commercial fabric of the tech world. For the investment firm Bitkraft Esports Ventures, the surge in interest means a vast opportunity to invest in the businesses that continue to reshape entertainment and develop technologies which have implications far beyond consoles and controllers. Increasingly, investors are willing to come along for the ride. The firm, which launched its first fund in ...
Tags: TC, New York, Money, Finance, Tech, Spokesperson, Economy, United States, Venture Capital, Virtual Reality, Ibm, Goldman Sachs, Dell, Driver, Goldman, Esports

Should Facebook, Google Be Liable For User Posts?

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: U.S. Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday questioned whether Facebook, Google and other major online platforms still need the immunity from legal liability that has prevented them from being sued over material their users post. "No longer are tech companies the underdog upstarts. They have become titans," Barr said at a public meeting held by the Justice Department to examine the future of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. "Giv...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Congress, Tech, Nebraska, Justice Department, Reuters, Peterson, Facebook Google, Doug Peterson, Barr, Computer and Communications Industry Association, William Barr, Facebook Alphabet, Matt Schruers

Trump mad that U.S. intel briefed lawmakers on Russian military attack on 2020 elections

• U.S. intelligence briefed House on Russia to ensure Trump's re-election. • Classified briefing to lawmakers made Trump angry • Trump said Democrats would “weaponize” news of Russian military campaign • Trump was mad DNI Joseph Maguire would let staff appear • That's why Maguire's out, Richard Grenell's in as 'acting' DNI. In Washington last week, U.S. intelligence officials told lawmakers that Russia is carrying out a military-grade attack on the 2020 elections, with the goal of making Americ...
Tags: Post, Business, Politics, Technology, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, California, Washington, White House, Germany, Russia, US, Tech, World news, US news

Google exiles 600 apps from Play Store for 'disruptive advertising' amid push to clean up Android souk's image

Purge is the latest in a series of similar store scourings On Thursday Google confirmed it has removed nearly 600 Android apps from the Google Play Store and banned them from its ad services for violating its policies on disruptive advertising and interstitials.…
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Software

How much should a startup spend on security?

One of the questions I frequently ask startup founders is how much they’re spending on security. Unsurprisingly, everyone has a different answer. Startups and small companies are invariably faced with the prospect that they’re either not spending enough or are spending too much on something that’s hard to quantify in terms of value. It’s a tough sell to sink money into an effort to stop something that might one day happen, particularly for bootstrapped startups that must make every cent count — ...
Tags: Security, Startups, Tech, Cryptography, Cyberwarfare, Amazon Web Services, Data Security, Computer Security

Bel Air mansion developer loses suit against Zillow for false info

A federal court ruled that the real estate giant was protected by Communications Decency Act.
Tags: Technology, Radio, Zillow, Negligence, Select, Section 230, Viet Shelton, Bruce Makowsky, Communications Decency Act, 924 Bel Air Road, Judge Otis D. Wright Ii

Scam Alert: You've Been Selected for 'Like of the Year 2020' Cash Prizes

Cybersecurity researchers have discovered a large-scale ongoing fraud scheme that lures unsuspecting Russian Internet users with promises of financial rewards to steal their payment card information. According to researchers at Group-IB, the multi-stage phishing attack exploited the credibility of Russian Internet portal Rambler to trick users into participating in a fictitious "Like of the [Author: Ravie Lakshmanan]
Tags: Tech, Cyber Security, Russian hackers, Group IB, Phishing scam, Email Phishing, Ravie Lakshmanan

Ring Makes 2-Factor Authentication Mandatory Following Recent Hacks

Smart doorbells and cameras bring a great sense of security to your home, especially when you're away, but even a thought that someone could be spying on you through the same surveillance system would shiver up your spine. Following several recent reports of hackers gaining access to people's internet-connected Ring doorbell and security cameras, Amazon yesterday announced to make two-factor [Author: Unknown]
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Hacking News, Two Factor Authentication, Smart Home, Security Camera, Technology News, Unknown, Surveillance Camera Hacking, Ring Camera

US Govt Warns Critical Industries After Ransomware Hits Gas Pipeline Facility

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) earlier today issued a warning to all industries operating critical infrastructures about a new ransomware threat that if left unaddressed could have severe consequences. The advisory comes in response to a cyberattack targeting an unnamed natural gas compression facility that employed [Author: Ravie Lakshmanan]
Tags: Tech, Ransomware, Cyber Crime, Spear Phishing, Cyber Attack, Computer Virus, Malware attack, Critical Infrastructure, Cyber War, Scada Ransomware, Ravie Lakshmanan, US Govt Warns Critical Industries

Iranian Hackers Exploiting VPN Flaws to Backdoor Organizations Worldwide

A new report published by cybersecurity researchers has unveiled evidence of Iranian state-sponsored hackers targeting dozens of companies and organizations in Israel and around the world over the past three years. Dubbed "Fox Kitten," the cyber-espionage campaign is said to have been directed at companies from the IT, telecommunication, oil and gas, aviation, government, and security sectors [Author: Ravie Lakshmanan]
Tags: Israel, Tech, Hacking News, Cyber Security, Cyber Espionage, Iranian Hackers, Malware attack, Iranian computers, Secure Vpn Server, VPN Vulnerability, Ravie Lakshmanan, VPN hacking, VPN Flaws to Backdoor Organizations Worldwide

Critical Bug in WordPress Theme Plugin Opens 200,000 Sites to Hackers

A popular WordPress theme plugin with over 200,000 active installations contains a severe but easy-to-exploit software vulnerability that, if left unpatched, could let unauthenticated remote attackers compromise a wide range of websites and blogs. The vulnerable plugin in question is 'ThemeGrill Demo Importer' that comes with free as well as premium themes sold by the software development [Author: Swati Khandelwal]
Tags: Wordpress, Tech, Vulnerability, Wordpress plugin vulnerability, Wordpress Plugin, Swati Khandelwal, WordPress Security, Wordpress Theme, Hacking Wordpress

OpenSSH now supports FIDO U2F security keys for 2-factor authentication

Here's excellent news for sysadmins. You can now use a physical security key as hardware-based two-factor authentication to securely log into a remote system via SSH protocol. OpenSSH, one of the most widely used open-source implementations of the Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, yesterday announced the 8.2 version of the software that primarily includes two new significant security enhancements. [Author: Swati Khandelwal]
Tags: Tech, Cybersecurity, Hack Ssh Password, Openssh, Swati Khandelwal, FIDO Alliance, FIDO U2F, FIDO U2F Security Key, FIDO2 Protocol, SSH Client, private SSH keys, SSH password cracking

A Dozen Vulnerabilities Affect Millions of Bluetooth LE Powered Devices

A team of cybersecurity researchers late last week disclosed the existence of 12 potentially severe security vulnerabilities, collectively named 'SweynTooth,' affecting millions of Bluetooth-enabled wireless smart devices worldwide—and worryingly, a few of which haven't yet been patched. All SweynTooth flaws basically reside in the way software development kits (SDKs) used by multiple [Author: Wang Wei]
Tags: Tech, Vulnerability, Cyber Security, Bluetooth hacking, Wang Wei, Hacking Bluetooth Devices, Bluetooth hack

U.S. Charges Huawei with Stealing Trade Secrets from 6 Companies

The US Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) charged Huawei with racketeering and conspiring to steal trade secrets from six US firms, in a significant escalation of a lawsuit against the Chinese telecom giant that began last year. Accusing Huawei and its affiliates of "using fraud and deception to misappropriate sophisticated technology from US [Author: Ravie Lakshmanan]
Tags: US, Tech, Cybersecurity, Hacking News, Cyber Espionage, Huawei, Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI, US Department of Justice DOJ, Enterprise Security, Espionage Act, Business Security, U S Charges Huawei, Ravie Lakshmanan

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