Net Neutrality isn’t the only thing the current FCC is screwing up

 Lost amid the furor over the Federal Communications Commission’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad decision to reverse net neutrality regulations is another, equally awful ,decision on a program to provide subsidies for broadband internet subscriptions to low-income households in cities and tribal regions around the country. Read More

This is the future if net neutrality is repealed; the creeping, costly death of media freedom

 When a country lacks an open internet, the government (and companies friendly with said government) are able to do anything from simply blocking or banning apps entirely (EG: Facebook, Twitter, Skype, WhatsApp for censorship or economic reasons) to more aggressive moves such as Egypt’s effective shutdown of their internet service providers. Read More

How tax changes may impact US startups

 In an effort to envision how the pending tax bill might affect U.S. startups and their investors, Crunchbase News reached out to tech industry taxation experts. We touched the M&A climate, tax treatment of interest expenses and whether rising costs of living in high-tax states will prompt an exodus to cheaper locales. Here, then, are some thoughts on the potential impacts. Read More

Gillmor Gang: Coin Operated

Gillmor Gang Artcard The Gillmor Gang — Frank Radice, Dan Farber, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 8, 2017.
G3: Last Hope — Mary Hodder, Francine Hardaway, Elisa Camahort Page, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, December 8, 2017.
@stevegillmor, @dbfarber, @fradice, @kteare, @DenisPombriant
Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor @tinagillmor Read More

Uber settles lawsuit with woman who accused executives of obtaining medical records after she was raped

 Uber has settled its lawsuit with a woman (Jane Doe) who accused its now-former CEO Travis Kalanick, president of business in Asia Eric Alexander and SVP of business Emil Michael of improperly obtaining her medical records after she was raped by an Uber driver in Delhi, India.
“A settlement has been reached and the Parties anticipate the case will be dismissed on or around January… Read More

Graphene running shoes will hit the market next year

 Running shoes and graphene were made for each other. One is always in search of the latest gimmick and the other has produced some of the most stunning in recent memory. The University of Manchester, long a leading force in research surrounding the one-atom-thick material, has teamed up with with British sportswear brand inov-8 to bring graphene to footwear. Read More

The 5-year bootstrapped odyssey of Sno-Go, a snow bike for the everyday ski mountain visitor

 Skiing has always been something of a nightmare for me. I first “learned” how to ski in middle school, and still to this day don’t really understand how to stop. I once went to a “black diamond” mountain in Minnesota (read: gently sloping Midwest hill) and had to slam myself into the ground before skiing straight into the ski chalet. I’m hardly alone in my… Read More

Andy Rubin is back at Essential after leave of absence following reports of improper behavior

 Essential smartphone startup founder Andy Rubin, who took a leave of absence last month in light of allegations of an improper relationship at his previous employer, has returned to work, Recode reports. Citing sources, Recode reports Rubin’s personal leave ended Friday. At the time of his leave, Rubin said he was taking time off to “deal with personal matters.” His decision… Read More

Google Maps will soon tell you when it’s time to get off your train or bus

 Google is about to launch a small but useful update to Google Maps that will give you live guidance and interactive real-time notifications during your journey. The idea here is to give you real-time updates while you are on your transit journey. These updates will appear in the Google Maps app and, maybe most importantly, on your Android lock screen. To get started, you search for your… Read More

Holography-based 3D printing produces objects in seconds instead of hours

 3D printers are useful devices for all kinds of reasons, but most have a critical weakness: they simply take a long time to actually make anything. That’s because additive manufacturing generally works by putting down an object one microscopic layer at a time. But a new holographic printing technique makes it possible to create the entire thing at once — in as little as a second… Read More

Jony Ive is leading Apple’s design team again

 Two years ago, Jony Ive was promoted to chief design officer at Apple. The newly created role found the company’s beloved designer taking a break from day to day management of the team, handing the reins over to VPs Richard Howarth and Alan Dye. The duo took over the management of its industrial design and user interface design, respectively. Now Ive is stepping back into the part of… Read More

Kaspersky Lab: D.C. office ‘no longer viable’ and will close

 Following months of controversy and conflicting accounts, Kaspersky is pulling back in D.C. As Bloomberg initially reported, the Russian security firm is closing its office in the U.S. capital. The D.C. office specialized in developing Kaspersky’s relationship with the U.S. government and supplying its software for federal contracts. Read More

Here’s everything new Niantic just added to Pokémon GO

 Niantic is rounding out the year with one of Pokémon GO’s biggest updates to date. We knew earlier this week that the update was right around the corner, but we didn’t know exactly when. The answer: now. From new Pokémon to crazy new weather systems and minor text fixes to battle system changes, there’s a good amount happening here. Here’s everything we’ve seen… Read More

In the world of VC, harassment claims aren’t necessarily a deal killer

 A storm fueled by greater awareness about sexual assault and harassment has been gaining momentum in the U.S. ever since a former Uber engineer named Susan Fowler hit “publish” on a post about her jarring experience inside the high-flying rideshare company. Many men have been swept up — and out — for behaving badly. Silicon Valley has hardly been immune. Read More