Tech News 2018-04-09T09:51:08+00:00

  • In the NYC enterprise startup scene, security is job one
    by Ron Miller on 21st April 2018 at 4:00 pm

    While most people probably would not think of New York as a hotbed for enterprise startups of any kind, it is actually quite active. When you stop to consider that the world’s biggest banks and financial services companies are located there, it would certainly make sense for security startups to concentrate on such a huge […]

  • Through luck and grit, Datadog is fusing the culture of developers and operations
    by Danny Crichton on 21st April 2018 at 4:00 pm

    There used to be two cultures in the enterprise around technology. On one side were software engineers, who built out the applications needed by employees to conduct the business of their companies. On the other side were sysadmins, who were territorially protective of their hardware domain — the servers, switches, and storage boxes needed to […]

  • NS1 brings domain name services to the enterprise
    by Ron Miller on 21st April 2018 at 4:00 pm

    When you think about critical infrastructure, DNS or domain naming services might not pop into your head, but what is more important than making sure your website opens quickly and efficiently for your users. NS1 is a New York City startup trying to bring software smarts and automation to the DNS space. “We’re a DNS […]

  • Full-Metal Packet is hosting the future of cloud infrastructure
    by Danny Crichton on 21st April 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Cloud computing has been a revolution for the data center. Rather than investing in expensive hardware and managing a data center directly, companies are relying on public cloud providers like AWS, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure to provide general-purpose and high-availability compute, storage, and networking resources in a highly flexible way. Yet as workflows have […]

  • BigID lands in the right place at the right time with GDPR
    by Ron Miller on 21st April 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Every startup needs a little skill and a little luck. BigID, a NYC-based data governance solution has been blessed with both. The company, which helps customers identify sensitive data in big data stores, launched at just about the same time that the EU announced the GDPR data privacy regulations. Today, the company is having trouble […]

  • Timescale is leading the next wave of NYC database tech
    by Danny Crichton on 21st April 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Data is the lifeblood of the modern corporation, yet acquiring, storing, processing, and analyzing it remains a remarkably challenging and expensive project. Every time data infrastructure finally catches up with the streams of information pouring in, another source and more demanding decision-making makes the existing technology obsolete. Few cities rely on data the same way […]

  • Special Report: New York’s enterprise infrastructure ecosystem
    by Danny Crichton on 21st April 2018 at 4:00 pm

    New York City is a marvel of infrastructure planning and engineering. There are the visible landmarks — the Brooklyn Bridge, the Lincoln Tunnel, the Empire State Building — and also the invisible ones that run the city beneath its crowded streets, such as one of the world’s most complex water tunneling and reservoir systems. That […]

  • See you on Monday for some crypto talk
    by John Biggs on 21st April 2018 at 12:48 pm

    I’ll be helping build a larger meetup focused on pre-ICO companies in New York on April 23 and I’d love to see you there. It will be held at Knotel on April 23 at 7pm and will feature a pitch-off with eight startups — I will write about the best ones — and two panels […]

  • Orchid Labs is in the process of raising $125 million for its surveillance-free layer atop the internet
    by Connie Loizos on 21st April 2018 at 12:46 am

    Orchid Labs, a San Francisco-based startup that’s developing a a surveillance-free layer on top of the internet, has raised a bunch of funding, according to a newly processed SEC filing that shows the year-old startup has closed on $36.1 million. The money comes just five months after Orchid closed on a separate, $4.5 million in funding from […]

  • Friday Night Lights is on Hulu now. You’re welcome.
    by Jonathan Shieber on 20th April 2018 at 10:31 pm

    Friday Night Lights, the football show that was never just about football (and one of the best shows on television), is now streaming on Hulu. Say goodbye to the weekend is all I’m saying. Hailed as one of the most honest depictions of a functioning adult relationship in its portrayal of the husband and wife […]

  • SmugMug acquires Flickr
    by Anthony Ha on 20th April 2018 at 10:15 pm

    Two photo-sharing services are teaming up, as SmugMug buys Flickr from Verizon’s digital media subsidiary Oath. USA Today broke the news and interviewed SmugMug CEO Don MacAskill, who said he hopes to revitalize Flickr . At the same time, he said he’s still figuring out his actual plans: “It sounds silly for the CEO to […]

  • Nintendo Labo review
    by Brian Heater on 20th April 2018 at 10:15 pm

    I’m here to tell you first-hand: Nintendo Labo is no joke. I’m a grown-up human person, who has spent many hours of his life building things: office furniture, websites, a model of the Batmobile from the 1989 Tim Burton movie. In the fourth grade, I attempted to build Mission Santa Barbara out of sugar cubes. […]

  • Pivotal Software closed up 5% following IPO, raised $555 million
    by Katie Roof on 20th April 2018 at 9:29 pm

    Stock market investors showed lukewarm enthusiasm for Pivotal Software’s debut on Friday. After pricing the IPO at $15, the company closed the day at $15.73. Although it didn’t “pop” for new investors, pricing at the midpoint of its proposed range allowed Pivotal to raise $555 million. Its public company market cap exceeded $3 billion. The enterprise […]

  • Founder of cryptocurrency debit card faces new fraud charges for $32 million ICO scheme
    by Taylor Hatmaker on 20th April 2018 at 9:06 pm

    The U.S. government is following through on its promise to crack down on initial coin offering scams. On Friday, the SEC announced charges against Raymond Trapani, the third co-founder of Centra Tech Inc., which raised $32 million for a cryptocurrency debit card last year through a flashy ICO endorsed by DJ Khaled and boxer Floyd […]

  • German Supreme Court dismisses Axel Springer lawsuit, says ad blocking is legal
    by Anthony Ha on 20th April 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Germany’s Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit yesterday from Axel Springer against Eyeo, the company behind AdBlock Plus. The European publishing giant (which acquired Business Insider in 2015) argued that ad blocking, as well as the business model where advertisers pay to be added to circumvent the white list, violated Germany’s competition law. Axel Springer won a […]

  • YouTube ads for hundreds of brands still running on extremist and white nationalist channels
    by Devin Coldewey on 20th April 2018 at 7:25 pm

    It's been more than a year since YouTube promised to improve controls over what content advertisers would find their ads in front of; eight months since it promised to demonetize "hateful" videos; two months since it said it would downgrade offensive channels; and yet CNN reports that ads from hundreds of major brands are still appearing as pre-rolls for actual Nazis. […]

  • Startup ecosystem report: China is rising while the US is waning
    by Connie Loizos on 20th April 2018 at 7:02 pm

    Startups are a gamble, but it’s possible to better understand why some thrive and many more die by looking at the ecosystems in which they operate. Such is the mission of eight-year-old Startup Genome, composed of a group of researchers and entrepreneurs who, every year, interview thousands of founders and investors around the world to […]

  • Twitter banned Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab from buying ads
    by Taylor Hatmaker on 20th April 2018 at 7:00 pm

    The U.S. government isn’t the only one feeling skittish about Kaspersky Lab. On Friday, the Russian security firm’s founder Eugene Kaspersky confronted Twitter’s apparent ban on advertising from the company, a decision it quietly issued in January. No matter how this situation develops, we won’t be doing any more advertising on Twitter this year. The […]

  • SF supervisor doesn’t want you riding electric scooters on sidewalks
    by Megan Rose Dickey on 20th April 2018 at 6:25 pm

    For those of you keeping track of the scooter saga in San Francisco, Supervisor Aaron Peskin has filed a resolution in opposition of California State Assembly bill 2989. The bill, authored by Assembly Member Heath Flora and sponsored by electric scooter startup Bird, seeks to allow top speeds of 20 mph, let people ride them […]

  • ZTE says export ban will ‘severely impact’ its survival
    by Brian Heater on 20th April 2018 at 6:23 pm

    It’s been a hell of a week for ZTE. News Monday that it was being hit with a seven-year export ban sent the company scrambling. The Chinese handset maker suspended its earnings report and reportedly sent its lawyers to meet with Google to see if anything could be worked out about a punishment that could […]

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