Ex-Uber data chief Kevin Novak joins LA-based startup Tala in big win for LA ecosystem

 Kevin Novak, the architect of Uber’s dynamic pricing technology and the head of its data team, has joined the Los Angeles-based financial services startup Tala as its new head of data. Read More

Apple’s widened ban on templated apps is wiping small businesses from the App Store

 ollowing its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple released updated App Store guidelines that included a new rule allowing it to ban apps created by a “commercialized template or app generation service.” The understanding at the time was this was part of Apple’s larger App Store cleanup, and the focus was on helping rid the marketplace of low-quality clone and spam apps.… Read More

Coinbase CEO: ‘Please invest responsibly’

 In a Medium post, the CEO of Coinbase, one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges out there, is urging users to be responsible about their investments. “We also wanted to remind customers of some of the risks associated with trading digital currency,” CEO Brian Armstrong wrote. “Digital currencies are volatile and the prices can go up and down.” The startup, which… Read More

These are Facebook’s internal policies on harassment and bullying

 Facebook, in a similar manner to what it did with its internal policies around Managing Bias, is making its policies on harassment and bullying publicly available. Facebook has also outlined its investigation process as a result of harassment or bullying allegations. Facebook says it is doing this now because “lots of really brave women have raised their hands recently to take a stand… Read More

Facebook Sound Collection lets you add no-name music to videos

 The right soundtrack can make a boring video interesting. So after years of reported discussions with the record labels, Facebook is launching video editing tool Sound Collection for inserting into Facebook and Instagram clips “songs, vocals, noises, and instrumental tracks spanning genres like hip hop, pop, jazz, country, and more.” Read More

Researchers train robots to see into the future

 Robots usually react in real time: something happens, they respond. Now researchers University of California, Berkeley are working on a system that lets robots “imagine the future of their actions” so that they can interact with things they’ve never seen before. The technology is called visual foresight and it allows “robots to predict what their cameras will see if… Read More

AWS has a post re:Invent surprise as it enters the single sign-on market

 Steve Jobs used to famously end his keynotes with “there is one more thing…” AWS decided to wait a week after their re:Invent conference ended to announce their more thing when it quietly released a single sign on product for the AWS cloud yesterday. While the announcement was pretty thin on details, it appears to be focused solely on providing single sign on for the AWS family… Read More

Why is bitcoin’s price so high?

 Bitcoin’s price has risen stratospherically, a fact that leaves many minor players in the market with massive gains and many bigger players millionaires. But is this a bubble? Are the gains real? And are the bitcoin whales in for a sad Christmas? First we must understand what drives bitcoin price and, in particular, this boom. The common understanding for current growth leads us back… Read More