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

Bigos

“In the pots warmed the bigos; mere words cannot tell Of its wondrous taste, colour and marvellous smell. One can hear the words buzz, and the rhymes ebb and flow, But its content no city digestion can know. To appreciate the Lithuanian folksong and folk food, You need health, [to] live on land, and be […]

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Successful people

“It’s extremely dangerous to follow the advice of successful people. Those successful people often don’t even know why they are successful. Luck may have been part of it. And even if they did know, how do you know their recipe for success is applicable to you?” — Wise words from the founder of Finnish game […]

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Opera lives

Hundreds of people, including NYC’s former mayor, plan to protest the Met’s production of “Klinghoffer.” Protests! Against an opera — an art form that, for most Americans, is completely dead. I enjoy opera quite a bit, but I’m used to it trafficking in stories that — while offensively bloody (Lucia di Lammemoor) or shockingly amoral (Carmen) are […]

Opera lives

Why I’m using blind auditions to recruit journalists for VentureBeat

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 […]

Why I’m using blind auditions to recruit journalists for VentureBeat

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