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Dovetail, the venture studio that has worked with startups like Afterpay, is raising a new fund

Dovetail co-founders Ash Fogelberg and Nick Frandsen Based in Sydney and Auckland, Dovetail is a full-service venture studio that works closely with founders who have a great idea, but may lack technical backgrounds. Dovetail helps them build companies from the ground up, preparing them for growth and more funding. Founded in 2014, Dovetail’s success stories include Afterpay, the Melbourne-headquartered unicorn that is one of the highest-profile players in the buy now, play later space, along...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Australia, Tech, Sydney, New Zealand, Venture Capital, Fund, Melbourne, North America, Auckland, Klarna, Frandsen, National disability insurance scheme, Nick Molnar


Ask Slashdot: Because of Social Media, Are We Reading Fewer Books?

Long-time Slashdot reader destinyland writes: Twitter did something that I would not have thought possible: It stole reading from me," argues a former New Yorker writer (who was once nominated for the Pulitzer Prize). In a new piece in the Atlantic this week, they argue that Twitter "hacked itself so deep into my circuitry that it interrupted the very formation of my thoughts..." "For the past few years, I've felt a strange restlessness as I read, and the desk in my bedroom is piled with wond...
Tags: Twitter, Youtube, Tech, Atlantic, Slashdot, Max Joseph


Ukraine Police Bust Massive Crypto Mining Operation Stealing Electricity

Business Insider reports: A huge underground cryptocurrency mining operation has been busted by Ukraine police for allegedly stealing electricity from the grid. Police said they'd seized 5,000 computers and 3,800 games consoles that were being used in the illegal mine, the largest discovered in the country. The mine, in the city of Vinnytsia, near Kyiv, stole as much as $259,300 in electricity each month, the Security Service of Ukraine said. To conceal the theft, the operators of the mine us...
Tags: Tech, Ukraine, Security Service, Kyiv, Vinnytsia


John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said he'd 'pay to handle' Trump's deposition which he thinks could 'sell tickets'

Former White House counsel John Dean is seen on the left, testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee in June 1973. Then-President Donald Trump is seen on the right in Texas on January 12, 2021. Getty/Getty Trump said he would voluntarily give a deposition in a lawsuit he filed against big tech companies. John Dean, a key Watergate figure said he'd pay to do that deposition, CNN reported. Dean said even though Trump would lie, he'd press him on what he was doing during the C...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Lawsuit, Texas, Congress, Trends, Cnn, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Deposition, Bill O Reilly, Capitol, Watergate, Twitter Facebook


Google CEO Grilled Over Using a $20 Billion Tax Shelter in 2017

The BBC put some tough questions to Google CEO Sundar Pichai: in 2017, Google moved more than $20 billion to Bermuda through a Dutch shell company, as part of a strategy called "Double Irish, Dutch Sandwich". I put this to Pichai, who said that Google no longer uses this scheme, is one of the world's biggest taxpayers, and complies with tax laws in every country in which it operates. I responded that his answer revealed exactly the problem: this isn't just a legal issue, it's a moral one. Poor ...
Tags: Google, Tech, Bbc, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Bermuda


Some Industrial Bitcoin Miners are Moving to Cheap-Energy Texas

North America's largest crypto mine is six miles outside Rockdale, Texas, "a four-square-mile town that hosts a Walmart, one other grocery store, a handful of Mexican restaurants and a couple of pizza places," reports the Washington Post. The miners took over an old Alcoa aluminum facility, creating a "fenced-off crypto compound" with more than 100,000 servers, stacked 20 feet high. "When the expansion is completed by the end of 2022, that number will have more than doubled," the Post reports,...
Tags: Post, Texas, Washington Post, China, Tech, Walmart, Beijing, Canada, North America, Shenzhen, West Texas, Alcoa, Rockdale, Ameria, Bitmain, Pyote


Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network arrives and Google hosts games summit

Marketing and media events to watch in the next seven days.
Tags: Google, Advertising, Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network


Researcher Says Higher Emotional Well-Being Reported by Older People

From the Washington Post: When we are young, our skills tend to improve with age and experience. But once we are well into adulthood, it may start to feel as if it's all downhill. With every advancing year, we become slightly more forgetful, somewhat slower to respond, a little less energetic. Yet there is at least one important exception: In the emotional realm, older people rule supreme. For the past 20 years, Susan Turk Charles, a psychologist at the University of California at Irvine, h...
Tags: Washington Post, Stanford, Tech, University Of California, Don, Irvine, Laura Carstensen, Susan Turk Charles


Before Ransomware Attack, Kaseya Was Warned of 'Critical' Security Flaws, Ex-Employees Say

"The giant ransomware attack against Kaseya might have been entirely avoidable," writes Engadget: Former staff talking to Bloomberg claim they warned executives of "critical" security flaws in Kaseya's products several times between 2017 and 2020, but that the company didn't truly address them... Employees reportedly complained that Kaseya was using old code, implemented poor encryption and even failed to routinely patch software. The company's Virtual System Administrator, the remote maintenan...
Tags: Tech, Bloomberg, Belarus, Engadget, Kaseya


Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network arrives and Google hosts games summit: The Week Ahead

Marketing and media events to watch in the next seven days.
Tags: Google, Advertising, Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network


Ex-Nixon White House counsel says he'd pay to handle Donald Trump's deposition

In an interview with Bill O'Reilly, Trump said he would sit for a deposition in his lawsuit against Facebook, Twitter and Google for banning him after the January 6 Capitol insurrection. CNN's Jim Acosta and former Nixon White House counsel John Dean discuss.
Tags: Google, News, White House, Cnn, Stories, Donald Trump, Nixon, Facebook Twitter, Jim Acosta, John Dean, Bill O Reilly Trump


How Many Atoms Are In the Observable Universe?

Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot quotes LiveScience's exploration of the math: To start out 'small,' there are around 7 octillion, or 7x10^27 (7 followed by 27 zeros), atoms in an average human body, according to The Guardian. Given this vast sum of atoms in one person alone, you might think it would be impossible to determine how many atoms are in the entire universe. And you'd be right: Because we have no idea how large the entire universe really is, we can't find out how many atoms are ...
Tags: Abc, Tech, European Space Agency, Illinois, Fermilab


Virgin Galactic and Richard Branson celebrate launch of first passengers into space

Virgin Galactic has successfully taken its first passengers to space, including its billionaire founder Richard Branson. The event, at Spaceport America in New Mexico, was a field day for press and employees, complete with an early-morning Khalid set and hero walk by Branson and the crew. “Just imagine a world where people of all ages, all backgrounds, from anywhere, of any gender, of any ethnicity, have equal access to space,” Branson said on returning. “Welcome to the dawn of a new space age!”...
Tags: TC, Space, Elon Musk, Tech, Nasa, Virgin Galactic, Stephen Hawking, Virgin, Richard Branson, New Mexico, Jeff Bezos, Aerospace, Branson, Omaze, Vms, Blue Origin


Study: Older LinkedIn Users Get Fewer Job Offers, But a Younger Picture Helps

Slashdot reader tinkers writes: A new study has found that older job seekers on LinkedIn receive fewer job offers than younger ones. But using a profile photo with a younger appearance reduces this effect... The study's authors say these results reconfirm why photographs are usually absent from traditional resumes or CVs. As such, they suggest that removing photos from LinkedIn might make job-seeking fairer. The lack of photos might cause recruiters to focus more on information that is more re...
Tags: Linkedin, Tech


Misha Green Sets Up Shop At Apple TV+ After ‘Lovecraft Country’ Cancellation

Well, that was fast. We found out less than a week ago that HBO was nixing Misha Green‘s second season of Lovecraft Country and now she’s already been scooped up by a competing streaming service. Apple TV+ is giving Green a multi-year deal to develop new content for their streaming service. Deadline broke the news on the Misha Green Apple TV+ deal that was recently inked after several other streaming services courted the Lovecraft Country series creator following the show’s cancellation. As y...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Television, Movies, News, Apple TV, Green, James Bond, Lovecraft Country, Misha Green, Cleopatra Jones, Misha Green Apple


Will Windows 11 be the most beautiful Windows yet?

Last month, Microsoft announced Windows 11, the evolution of and replacement for the six-years-old Windows 10. The new version will be released later this year (some reports speculate it might be in October) as a free upgrade to Windows 10. Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer and the executive in charge of Windows, posted a narrative of features to expect in the new OS. He speaks of “simplifying the design and user experience,” noting: It’s modern, fresh, clean and beautifu...
Tags: Amazon, Android, Facebook, Microsoft, Samsung, Blogging, Dell, Start, Stardock, Panay, Panos Panay Microsoft, Samsung Android


In a First, Scientists Have Connected a Superconductor To a Semiconductor

Long-time Slashdot reader schwit1 shares new from SciTechDaily: For the first time, University of Basel researchers have equipped an ultrathin semiconductor with superconducting contacts. These extremely thin materials with novel electronic and optical properties could pave the way for previously unimagined applications. Combined with superconductors, they are expected to give rise to new quantum phenomena and find use in quantum technology.... With a view to future applications in electronics...
Tags: Tech, Slashdot, Baumgartner, University of Basel, Swiss Nanoscience Institute, Andreas Baumgartner, Christian Sch, Department of Physics of the University of Basel, Mehdi Ramezani


Tor Project Hopes to Replace 'Complex', 'Fragile' C Code With Rust

CoinDesk reports that "A project is in the works to make the Tor Client more adaptable and easier for third parties to use, with some help from Zcash Open Major Grants (ZOMG)." ZOMG announced on Tuesday that it is awarding the privacy-focused Tor Project a $670,000 grant to continue to develop Arti, a Rust coding language implementation of the Tor Client... Arti should make it simpler for third parties to embed and customize the Tor Client than the current implementation in the C coding languag...
Tags: Tech, Tor, Mathewson, Arti, Nick Mathewson, Arti Mathewson


30 Million Americans Face 'Excessive Heat Alerts'. Death Valley, California Hits 130 Degrees

"Death Valley, California, recorded high temperatures of 130 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday and 129.4 degrees on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service..." reports NPR. "Experts need to verify the 130-degree records from this year and last year, but if correct they would be the hottest temperatures reliably recorded on Earth." "Interestingly, it could happen again Sunday, and perhaps even Monday as well," adds CNN. But they also report that nearly a tenth of all Americans are now fa...
Tags: National Weather Service, Washington, Tech, Cnn, West, Npr, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Fresno California, Grand Junction Colorado, Death Valley California, Arizona Mexico


1H 2021 Quick Links, Part 3 (Content Moderation, Censorship, Privacy, & More)

Content Moderation * NYT: Inside Twitter’s Decision to Cut Off Trump * Axios: All the platforms that have banned or restricted Trump so far * NY Times: What Happened When Trump Was Banned on Social Media * NY Times: Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg’s Partnership Did Not Survive Trump * “False Accusation: The Unfounded Claim that Social Media Companies Censor Conservatives.” From the article: “the claim of anti-conservative animus is itself a form of disinformation: a falsehood with no reliabl...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Minnesota, Law, Russia, Nigeria, Bill, Ada, Sheryl Sandberg, Privacy/security, Trump, Alex Jones, Boston Globe, Ny Times


Giant Pandas No Longer Endangered But Still Vulnerable, Says China

Long-time Slashdot reader AmiMoJo quotes the BBC: Giant pandas are no longer classified as endangered but are still vulnerable, Chinese officials say. The classification was downgraded as their number in the wild has reached 1,800. Experts say that the country managed to save its iconic animal through its long-term conservation efforts, including the expansion of habitats. China considers pandas a national treasure, but have also loaned them to other countries as diplomatic tools. The latest ...
Tags: China, Tech, Bbc, Cui Shuhong


Sony's televisions will soon be 100% robot-made, according to a report

Sony Corporation forecasts that robots will take charge over its manufacturing of televisions, smartphones, and cameras. Getty Images Sony Corp wants to slash TV manufacturing costs by giving all the work to robots, the FT reported. The company is targeting full automation of TV manufacturing and increased use of robotics for making smartphones, cameras. It expects to cut costs by 70% at its largest television-making factory. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sony wants to ...
Tags: News, Trends, Tech, Tech News, Malaysia, Sony, Robotics, Sony Computer Entertainment, Financial Times, Electronic, Sony Corporation, Maki, Articifial Intelligence, Kimio Maki, UK Weekend, Weekend BI UK


How Retail Zipline’s Series A pitch deck ticked every box for Emergence Capital

Melissa Wong spent more than a decade working for major retail brands before founding Retail Zipline. That kind of outrageous advantage — a complete understanding of the industry — is something that investors struggle to resist in a vertical SaaS company. At least, according to Emergence Capital investor Lotti Siniscalco. Wong and Siniscalco joined us on a recent episode of Extra Crunch Live and went into detail on why Emergence was eager to finance Retail Zipline’s Series A round, walking us th...
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Tech, SaaS, Silicon Valley, Emergence Capital, Wong, Emergence, ECL, Melissa Wong, Retail Zipline, Extra Crunch Live, EC Enterprise Applications, EC Ecommerce and D2C, Siniscalco, Lotti Siniscalco Wong


An iPad mini redesign 'should be a go' for this fall

A leak hints Apple will release a redesigned iPad mini in the fall — the first truly major update since its 2012 introduction..
Tags: Apple


Our culture of too many lists

We put lemons in everything. People are forever squeezing lemons into iced tea and every fish on earth ends up swimming in lemon juice. There are lemon tarts, lemon custard, lemon Jell-o and lemon meringue pie. We even spray lemon on our furniture. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” goes the aphorism. Yet, if you buy a crummy car, you’ve got a “lemon.” California even has a Lemon Law on the books. Lemon is a good fruit with a bad reputation. So, who decided lemons are the fruit of failu...
Tags: Google, Facebook, California, Opinion, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, People Magazine, Santa, Doug Mcintyre, Calabasas, Gelson, Opinion columns, Instagram Frankly


How Google and Apple’s Free Password Managers Compare With 1Password, Dashlane and Others

Free password managers built into popular browsers may work for some, including kids and less tech-savvy loved ones, but they come with...
Tags: Apple, Google


Branson Successfully Completes Historic First Flight To the Edge of Outer Space

UPDATE: Branson's done it. "In a live broadcast during the vehicle's descent, Branson called the trip, 'an experience of a lifetime,'" reports NBC News: Branson's flight took off Sunday morning at around 10:30 a.m. ET, although the launch time was delayed by around 90 minutes because of overnight weather conditions at Spaceport America... Branson was joined on his flight by pilots Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci and three mission specialists, all of whom are employees of Virgin Galactic: Chi...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Stephen Colbert, Cbs News, Tech, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Chris Hadfield, Branson, Khalid, Spaceport America, Earth Read, Dave Mackay, Colin Bennett, Greg Autry


Happening Soon: Branson's Historic First Flight Attempt To the Edge of Outer Space

Happening soon (at 7:30 PST/10:30 EDT): ongoing coverage of Richard Branson's first historic flight attempt to the edge of outer space. CBS News will be streaming their own live coverage at the top of this web page (as well as in their CBSN app), but also reports there's other options: With typical Branson fanfare, Sunday's flight will be broadcast live across Virgin Galactic's social media platforms, featuring appearances by Stephen Colbert and retired Canadian space station astronaut Chris H...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Stephen Colbert, Cbs News, Tech, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Chris Hadfield, Branson, Khalid, Spaceport America, Dave Mackay, Colin Bennett, VSS Unity


Happening Now: Branson's Historic First Flight Attempt To the Edge of Outer Space

Happening now: ongoing coverage of Richard Branson's first historic flight attempt to the edge of outer space. CBS News is streaming their own live coverage at the top of this web page (as well as in their CBSN app), but also reports there's other options: With typical Branson fanfare, Sunday's flight will be broadcast live across Virgin Galactic's social media platforms, featuring appearances by Stephen Colbert and retired Canadian space station astronaut Chris Hadfield, along with the perfor...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Stephen Colbert, Cbs News, Tech, Earth, Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, Chris Hadfield, Branson, Khalid, Spaceport America, Dave Mackay, Colin Bennett, VSS Unity


Gurman: Redesigned iPad mini coming this fall, larger-screened Apple Silicon iMac still in the works

A report earlier this year indicated that Apple was in the midst of developing a redesigned iPad mini with no Home button and slimmer...
Tags: Apple, Gurman, Apple Silicon



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