March 2016 Archive

Innovation Act might be dead, but innovation lives on

 As a former patent examiner, I recognize that the patent system, in its purest form, should protect and incentivize innovation through a limited-term contract, offering ...

Branch.co raises $9.2 million to bring financial services where banks don’t go

 San Francisco-based Branch International, or Branch.co, raised $9.2 million to bring digital financial services to mobile phone users in Sub-Saharan Africa. Andreessen Horowitz led the ...

Quora’s first acquisition is Arab Spring instigator’s Q&A site Parlio

 “Ex-con” isn’t normally something you find on a founder’s resume. But Google employee Wael Ghonim went to jail for sparking the Egyptian Revolution. Now he ...

Expa opens up Expa Labs giving companies $500K in funding

 Expa, the startup studio led by Foursquare co-founder Naveen Selvadurai and Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, has today announced the close of a $100 million fund ...

Dating app Boompi lets women invite friends to eavesdrop and comment on private messages

 Boompi starts off by following the now well-trodden Tinder-esque location-based dating path. But here’s the clincher: Women on the app can invite friends to eavesdrop ...

Uber rolling out in-app customer service support globally, in place of its inconvenient email method (Kia Kokalitcheva/Fortune)

Kia Kokalitcheva / Fortune:Uber rolling out in-app customer service support globally, in place of its inconvenient email method  —  Checking Your Uber Rating Or Getting ...

Sources: Nest generated about $340M in sales last year, below Google's expectations, is facing scrutiny as $500M annual operating budget set to expire this year (Mark Bergen/Re/code)

Mark Bergen / Re/code:Sources: Nest generated about $340M in sales last year, below Google’s expectations, is facing scrutiny as $500M annual operating budget set to ...

Microsoft releases HoloLens emulator for developers to build and test AR apps (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:Microsoft releases HoloLens emulator for developers to build and test AR apps  —  Microsoft launches HoloLens emulator so developers can test holographic ...

FBI agrees to help prosecutors unlock iPhone 6 and iPod in Arkansas homicide case (Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles Times:FBI agrees to help prosecutors unlock iPhone 6 and iPod in Arkansas homicide case  —  FBI agrees to help Arkansas prosecutors open iPhone ...

iPhone SE teardown reveals mix of 5s, 6, and 6s parts, including processor, memory, NFC chip, axis sensor, modem, Audio ICs, few new innovative components (Chipworks)

Chipworks:iPhone SE teardown reveals mix of 5s, 6, and 6s parts, including processor, memory, NFC chip, axis sensor, modem, Audio ICs, few new innovative components  ...

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