What to Think Ep. 37: Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo?

Nicholas Carlson, the chief correspondent for Business Insider, has just published a book that goes deep into Yahoo under Marissa Mayer. Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo has details such as Mayer’s first day at work and her showdowns with activist investors and truculent executives. We brought Carlson into the podcast studio to ask […]

What to Think Ep. 37: Can Marissa Mayer save Yahoo?

Dylan’s Desk: The best of CES, from selfie sticks to smoke alarms

What will be hot in consumer electronics and computing in 2015? Read VB’s full coverage of International CES 2015 to find out. The best things at CES, an annual festival of consumer electronics and excess in Las Vegas, were not what you’d expect. Giant televisions were everywhere, of course, along with the usual forest of […]

Dylan’s Desk: The best of CES, from selfie sticks to smoke alarms

These 17 companies achieved $1B+ valuations in 2014

Update 12/29: We’ve added AdYen. Update 12/30: We’ve added IronSource. Update 1/6/2015: We’ve added Credit Karma. It is really, really difficult to create a company and grow it to the point where investors believe it is worth $1 billion or more. That milestone is so difficult to achieve, in fact, that investors call companies that […]

These 17 companies achieved $1B+ valuations in 2014

How to make Facebook work better for you: Quit the ‘Like’

The “Like” button on Facebook seems harmless enough: It’s an easy way to express your appreciation of something. But as some people are discovering, that innocuous little like has some unintended consequences. Wired writer Mat Honan found out what happens when you like every single thing that shows up in your Facebook feed. The results were dramatic: Instead […]

How to make Facebook work better for you: Quit the ‘Like’

If this is the iPhone 6 screen, it’s going to be a nearly indestructible device (video)

Above: The actual iPhone 5 next to the front panel of what may be the iPhone 6. Image Credit: Marques Brownlee video Gadget videoblogger Marques Brownlee continues testing a piece of glass he got a couple weeks ago that he believes is the front panel of the upcoming iPhone 6. We don’t have conclusive proof […]

If this is the iPhone 6 screen, it’s going to be a nearly indestructible device (video)

Silicon Valley VC’s plan to split California into 6 states may actually make the ballot

Above: Tim Draper of DFJ Image Credit: Dean Takahashi If you thought venture capitalist Tim Draper’s plan to split California into six states was ludicrous, get ready for two more years of intensely rolling your eyes. Draper’s team will announce tomorrow that it has collected more than the 807,615 signatures required to put the constitutional amendment […]

Silicon Valley VC’s plan to split California into 6 states may actually make the ballot

Dylan’s Desk: Our phones have a constitutional right to privacy. It’s up to us to use it

Above: If only it were so easy to enable privacy on our mobile devices. Image Credit: Rob Pongsajapan/Flickr How can you leverage mobile to increase profitability for your company? Find out at MobileBeat, VentureBeat’s 7th annual event on the future of mobile, on July 8-9 in San Francisco. Register now and save $200! The Supreme […]

Dylan’s Desk: Our phones have a constitutional right to privacy. It’s up to us to use it

Fundraiser to support ‘NSA-proof’ email gets off to a roaring start

Above: ProtonMail founders Jason Stockman, Wei Sun, and Andy Yen. Image Credit: ProtonMail ProtonMail, an encrypted email service that advertises itself as “NSA-proof,” launched to much acclaim about a month ago. Since then, the company says it has signed up 200,000 users – and it just launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo because, co-founder Andy Yen […]

Fundraiser to support ‘NSA-proof’ email gets off to a roaring start

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything

PARIS — École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education. It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. No tuition. And yet it plans to turn out highly qualified, motivated software engineers, each of whom has gone through an intensive two- to three-year program designed […]

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition — and it could change everything

Dylan’s Desk: Somehow, we’re all stumbling along without Google Reader

My latest column for VentureBeat started off as an attempt to describe how I’ve replaced Google Reader, with a custom-rigged PHP-based RSS news river of my own, supplemented by some IFTTT recipes and a minimalist RSS reader called Skimr. But it turned into a meditation on impermanence and change. Here’s an excerpt: With the passing […]

Dylan’s Desk: Somehow, we’re all stumbling along without Google Reader