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A chat with Pluralsight founder Aaron Skonnard on the global move to sharpen tech skills through online training
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 Utah has a strong history in the tech industry. It’s also starting to become a place known for growing profitable unicorns, including developer training platform Pluralsight, now worth $1.14 billion and listed as one to watch for going public this year. I sat down with Pluralsight founder Aaron Skonnard to discuss the tech landscape and […]






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Amazon’s new Alexa developer policy now bans all ads except in music and flash briefings
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 Amazon has quietly introduced a change to its Alexa Skills Developer agreement aimed at further restricting advertisements within Alexa’s voice apps, which it calls “Skills.” Previously, the developer agreement stated that it would ban apps that used the Alexa app home cards – the cards that appear in the Alexa companion app – that can […]






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Shopify Pay aims to complete the picture for online checkout
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 Shopify introduced a new product at its developer conference today, which will reduce friction during online orders and simplify checkout across any stores that run on Shopify’s ecommerce platform. Shopify Pay is similar to other instant payment solutions that store your info for fast access later on, including PayPal Express Checkout, but it works across […]






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Crunch Report | Juicero Running Dry?
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 Today’s Stories  Juicero users find that man trumps machine Facebook will license its new 360 cameras that capture in six degrees of freedom Spotify’s half-priced student pricing expands worldwide Microsoft to shut down Wunderlist in favor of its new app, To-Do Planned Parenthood enrolls in 500 Startups’ seed program Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony Ha […]






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Scientists are racing nanocars on a solid gold track
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 Scientists are set to engage in a frivolous race of single-molecule “nanocars” on, if you can believe it, a solid gold track. It’s the boldest show of academic elitism and greatest waste of taxpayer dollars since the duck penis thing. Oh wait, it’s actually the greatest thing of all time. Read More






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Google said to be planning a built-in ad blocker for Chrome
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 Google is planning to add an ad blocker to Chrome, its web browser, and to possibly turn it on by default for all users. That seems counterintuitive for a company that makes the majority of its revenue (read: all the monies) from advertising, but it could actually be a way to beat blockers by becoming […]






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Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey donated $100,000 to Trump’s inauguration
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 Oculus Rift co-founder Palmer Luckey didn’t just support Donald Trump by backing an organization called Nimble America that made anti-Hillary Clinton “shitposts.” He also donated $100,000 to Trump’s inauguration committee under a shell company named after an element in his favorite Super Nintendo game, reports Mother Jones. Read More






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Apple vows to use only recycled materials, but Greenpeace says iPhones should also last longer
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 Apple has set a lofty goal for itself: use only renewable materials in its products to protect the environment and avoid “blood minerals.” In its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, released today ahead of Earth Day, the company said it is “challenging ourselves to one day end our reliance on mining altogether.” Greenpeace, however, thinks that’s […]






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AeroMobil starts taking pre-orders for its ‘first edition’ flying car
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 Flying car company AeroMobil revealed its new model today, and is set to start taking pre-orders for the limited first edition run of the hybrid vehicle. The company had promised to offer a commercially available flying car in 2017, and this somewhat makes good on that promise, though pre-orders placed now won’t ship until 2020, since […]






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