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3 reasons why almost every VC investor passed on Zoom Technology 

3 reasons why almost every VC investor passed on Zoom

We now live in a Zoom world. Since founding the now-iconic video-conferencing company in 2011, Eric Yuan has elevated Zoom to one of the most successful SaaS businesses in recent history. With 400,000 paying customers, $600+ million in quarterly revenue, and a market cap north of $100 billion, Zoom is ubiquitous in post-pandemic 2020. But when Yuan was raising his Series A round back in 2012, dozens of institutional venture capital firms — including those focused on early-stage, cloud, and mobile deals — passed on Zoom. Why, and what can investors and…

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We’re about to learn if Apple’s iPhone 12 is a smash hit Technology 

We’re about to learn if Apple’s iPhone 12 is a smash hit

Apple’s iPhone is already one of the most popular consumer products ever. And normally, it’s a safe bet that when Apple makes big changes to the phone’s design, as it did with the iPhone 12, sales go into overdrive. But this past year has been anything but normal. In February, Apple warned that sales and manufacturing for its products were likely to be impacted by the coronavirus. Soon after, economies around the world slid into recession and unemployment rates soared as the pandemic upended our way of life and kept…

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Apple Mac Mini M1 review: Miniature footprint, maximum performance Technology 

Apple Mac Mini M1 review: Miniature footprint, maximum performance

The Mac Mini has often been seen as the ugly duckling in Apple’s Mac family. Without the sleek sophistication of the iMac or the portable beauty of the MacBook, it is often overlooked, consigned to the “niche” category and seen as only fit for developers and data centers. But now that it has been outfitted with Apple’s M1 chip, ignoring it is the last thing you want to do. Although it may look like the previous-generation Mac Mini from the outside, on the inside it is nothing less than a revolution. Far…

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How to cancel your account at Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others Technology 

How to cancel your account at Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others

Let’s face it: some of us are so busy these days — what with pandemics and presidential elections and attempted overthrows of the government — that we don’t pay enough attention to what we are subscribed to (and paying for). Especially now, when there are more and more streaming services vying for our attention, it’s easy to go for a trial subscription, or to decide that you’re going to subscribe “just for a couple of months,” and then completely forget about it. Meanwhile, your charge card is being pinged every…

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Numbers Protocol’s blockchain camera Capture App safeguards the integrity of photos Technology 

Numbers Protocol’s blockchain camera Capture App safeguards the integrity of photos

The spread of misinformation and fake news online has a dangerous impact on public well-being. Misinformation is difficult to fight, and 73% of Americans surveyed by Pew Research ahead of the presidential election expressed little or no confidence in the ability of major tech companies to keep their platforms from being misused. The open-source Starling Framework for Data Integrity was launched to protect the veracity of online content using blockchain technology, creating “birth certificates” for photos and videos and tracking any changes made to them. Numbers Protocol, a Taipei, Taiwan-based…

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Twitter has suspended 70,000 QAnon accounts since U.S. Capitol riot Technology 

Twitter has suspended 70,000 QAnon accounts since U.S. Capitol riot

Twitter on Monday evening announced that is has suspended more than 70,000 accounts associated with the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory. “These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service,” the company said in a blog post. The suspensions come after the company on Friday said that it would permanently remove accounts sharing QAnon content. The company on Friday suspended the accounts of Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, supporters of President Donald Trump. The company’s…

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Laptop Touchpad Not Working? Here Are 10 Fixes Technology 

Laptop Touchpad Not Working? Here Are 10 Fixes

The touchpad is an age-old feature, having long since replaced the “pointing stick” (or what I liked to call the “nipple”) as the standardized alternative to mouse control on a laptop. But if your touchpad stops working while you’re on the move or in another situation when you don’t have a spare mouse handy, you can end up stranded. Don’t start training yourself to use Windows with only a keyboard just yet. Here’s our collection of tips on how to fix a malfunctioning touchpad (starting with the simplest). 1. Turn…

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You should install antivirus on your Android smartphone, but which one? Technology 

You should install antivirus on your Android smartphone, but which one?

Yesterday’s piece on “What should you do with an old Android smartphone” generated a lot of comments. Because I recommended installing a security app, one of the most popular questions was, predictably, which one? That’s a tough question. It’s tough because testing security apps means throwing existing vulnerabilities at it, which doesn’t tell you how well it will handle future vulnerabilities. Another issue is that it’s impossible to gauge what kind of performance hit that the app will have across the myriad of devices out there. So, this is what…

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OnePlus to launch its smart wearable next week Technology 

OnePlus to launch its smart wearable next week

OnePlus Band, the first wearable from smartphone brand OnePlus, is coming on Jan. 11. The company announced the launch date on its OnePlus India Twitter account, indicating that the launch will happen in India. The company did not announce details on pricing and availability. We do have quite a bit of info about the new wearable over at Amazon India, which already has a listing for the device. It’ll have 13 dedicated exercise modes, sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, and blood oxygen saturation monitoring, among other features. The OnePlus Band…

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Facebook Smart Glasses Coming ‘Sooner Than Later’ Without AR Technology 

Facebook Smart Glasses Coming ‘Sooner Than Later’ Without AR

Facebook Inc.’s planned smart glasses will arrive “sooner than later” in 2021, but won’t feature the kind of digital overlay technology that is associated with augmented reality, according to hardware chief Andrew Bosworth. The glasses, which are being built in partnership with Ray-Ban and parent Luxottica Group SpA, will connect to a device — though users won’t be able to overlay digital objects onto their real-world view, a foundational element of AR. “These are certainly connected glasses, they are certainly providing a lot of functionality, [but] we’re being quite coy…

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