Orchestras in the U.S. used to be 95% to 100% male. But after instituting blind auditions, with the applicants performing their music behind a screen so they can only be heard, not seen, that ratio changed dramatically. According to one study, the number of women in top orchestras rose from less than 5% to 25% after those orchestras […]
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 […]
In this episode, Dylan Tweney and Jordan Novet catch up with data science maven (and New York tech scene fixture) Hilary Mason about her new startup, Fast Forward Labs, and how it will help companies solve their data science problems. Read more about Fast Forward Labs on VentureBeat. And we also tell you what to think […]
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 […]
In this episode, Dylan Tweney and Jordan Novet speak with Benj Edwards, a journalist who is digging up screenshots from the old Prodigy online service. We talk about the challenges and joys of digital archeology. If you want to know more, check out Edwards’ website about Vintage Computing. And we also tell you what to […]
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 […]
The guys who invented Yo are not stupid. Their app may be — depending on who you talk to, the idea of an app that does nothing but send the message “Yo” is either charmingly clever or incredibly annoying — but the founders are not. Moshe Hogeg is the CEO of photo- and video-sharing site Mobli and […]
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 […]
I was on “Opening Bell” with Maria Bartiromo on Wednesday morning, shortly before Amazon announced its Kindle Fire smartphone. Here’s what I had to say. I got some of it right! Watch the latest video at video.foxbusiness.com
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 […]
Hello everyone! I wrote this post about the Amazon Fire phone yesterday morning. At the time I wrote it, I didn’t yet know what the phone was called or any of its exact details — that came later in the day, with Amazon’s official unveiling. But, thanks to excellent reporting by VB writer Mark Sullivan […]
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 […]
“Few men have souls so dead that they will not bother to look up when they hear the barking of wild Geese.” –Roger Tory Peterson
So I’m on jury duty this week, and as I walk out of the courthouse on our lunch recess, I happen to see an older bearded gentleman in a suit, surrounded by some other suits, holding forth to a small pack of reporters. “Oh, a courthouse steps interview,” I thought, so I sidled up to […]
VentureBeat held its first event of the year, our annual Mobile Summit, last week in Sausalito. My summary of the event appeared on our site this morning. If you work in the mobile ad industry, please give it a read and tell me what you think. One other note: VB is hiring. I’m looking for a […]
$19 billion for WhatsApp only makes sense if you view it in the context of the pending battle that Facebook — and Google — are preparing to wage against the telcos that control their access to customers. If you want to know what Facebook’s strategy might look like for the next five years, read this […]
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter—’tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning,” said Mark Twain. An editor’s job, at its best, is about turning lightning bugs into lightning.
I spent some time at the studios of KRON-4 TV here in San Francisco on Friday evening, chatting with Catherine Heenan about that day’s launch of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C and answering reader questions. Thanks to Gabe Slate for inviting me on!
Something seems to be amiss with our budget forecast.
This story, from last week, appeared earlier on VentureBeat and on LinkedIn Today, where it’s generated a ton of commentary. I also did a video on the topic with KRON-4 TV, embedded here. You can only put so many dents in the universe. This week, Apple unveiled a respectable upgrade of its iPhone line. So […]