Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper - increasingly joining the NSA revelations train - reports today that the intelligence agency is interested in international credit card transactions and may have found a way to monitor payments processed by companies including Visa. Spiegel alleges it has even set up its own financial database to track money flows.
Over the course of the three day Disrupt conference, Michael Arrington interviewed 13 of the most influential people in the tech industry, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer. He questioned them all on their involvement and opinions on the NSA spying scandal.Let's take a look at what they said.
Rich Barton may still be best known for his role as a founder at pioneering web properties such as Expedia and Zillow, but in recent years he has emerged as an investor in some really interesting startups, from mobile-only hotel booking app HotelTonight to neighborhood-focused social network Nextdoor to workforce review site Glassdoor.
Since its inception in 2010, AngelList has steadily transformed the way people think about gathering funding for their technology startups. But so far, nothing AngelList has done has garnered as quick and strong of a reaction from the venture capital sphere as the debut this past summer of a feature called "Syndicates." A number of Silicon Valley investors seem to think that AngelList Syndicates could be one of the most disruptive developments that startup funding has seen in years.
Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams has an ambitious new plan: to shift our daily reading habits away from consuming incremental news bites and towards engaging with enlightened ideas curated by an intelligent algorithm. Ordinarily, such a goal would be laughably utopian, were it not for the fact that Williams is among a handful of Internet pioneers who have disrupted the media industry multiple times. Before Twitter terraformed the landscape of news distribution, Williams’s first smash hit, Blogger, became the branded namesake for an upstart generation of amateur writers to challenge the establ
With an abnormally high population of Google Glass owners in one convention center and ShopStyle's API open to participants at the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon, it should come as no surprise that a number of hacks combined the two.
Once, on a brisk autumn night months and months ago, I went for a run around a park and promptly lost my car keys in the dark. The next hour was spent Googling local tow services and hoping that my phone's battery wouldn't die, and the hour after that was spent sitting at a picnic table under an ancient oak tree trying to keep warm.If only Tow Choice existed back then. I met with co-founders Dave Kozuki and Robert Cheng at Disrupt SF's Startup Alley, where the jovial pair expressed their desire to build an Uber for tow trucks to better serve motorists in need.
Gillmor Gang - Keith Teare, John Taschek, Dan Farber, Roberts Scoble, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 1pm Pacific.