Month: March 2017

Zenefits founder Parker Conrad takes another crack at HR onboarding

March 25, 2017

Parker Conrad’s last venture at Zenefits didn’t end so well, what with his departure as CEO and the company having to re-orient itself. But he’s once again starting a company that will figure out how to build an employee system of record and management, starting off with smoothing out the process of onboarding employees and […]

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Snapchat launches Bitmoji widget chat shortcuts for your home screen

March 25, 2017

Snapchat is doubling down on private messaging as Instagram and Facebook Messenger clone and steal usage from its Stories feature. Now you can instantly start chatting with your best friends on Snapchat. Instead of digging a chat thread out of Snapchat, users can select their favorite friends, create Bitmoji widgets for them with their personalized avatars […]

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Android plans to improve security update speed this year

March 24, 2017

Google has spent the past year working with third-party manufacturers and phone carriers to improve its update system for Android, which is often criticized for not being fast enough to protect users from known vulnerabilities. And while Google says it has made some progress in this area — Android issued security updates to 735 million devices from […]

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Universe, a mobile-only website builder, lets you create pages in ‘under a minute’

March 24, 2017

The business of platforms for developing websites and publishing online is a crowded one, with established players like WordPress, Wix, Zoho, Weebly, Duda Mobile and Squarespace competing against newer entrants like Medium and the likes of LinkedIn. Now make way for another one: Universe, a startup that hopes its mobile-first approach for building “light” websites on mobile — the pitch is […]

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Austin is fine without Uber and Lyft…until it isn’t

March 13, 2017

After spending a few days in Austin, which lost Uber and Lyft almost a year ago, I started brainstorming a post about how the city was doing just fine without either of the ride sharing giants. Since Uber and Lyft left last May a bevy of alternatives have sprung up – like Ride Austin, Fasten and Fare. These apps all […]

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Omidyar Network and the Anti-Defamation League are launching a center to combat cyberhate

March 13, 2017

With hate crimes reportedly on the rise across the country and online, the Anti-Defamation League is setting up a new outpost in Silicon Valley, backed by the Omidyar Network, to look at ways to use technology to fight back. Racially and religiously motivated threats were on the rise in the run-up to the election and have continued into the […]

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