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Quixey alums launch Sigma, a platform to bring merits and certifications online
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 A new company named Sigma, founded by alumni of mobile app search engine Quixey, aims to take records and certifications currently trapped in the analog world and bring them online. To do so, the company has raised $4.35 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and other investors. The idea originated in late 2014, during a scuba trip in […]






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The White House’s LGBT rights page has disappeared
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 And so the transition of power begins. First up is the WhiteHouse.gov site where several pages are now changing or altogether disappearing — including a page on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights. It’s just been over an hour since Trump took office and whitehouse.gov/lgbt has now been replaced by a Trump “transitionsplash” page. Update: There’s […]






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The official White House website has dropped any mention of climate change
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 Trump’s administration is acting quickly to dangerously reimagine reality, deleting all specific mentions of “climate change” and “global warming” as well as removing an entire page dedicated to the subject at the http://www.whitehouse.gov/energy/climate-change URL, which is no longer an active link. Motherboard noticed the change when it occurred at noon ET, when… Read More






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Uber hires former YouTube exec Kevin Thompson as VP of Marketplace Engineering
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 Uber is picking up a lot of ex-Googlers lately – earlier on Thursday, I reported that ex-Google SVP of Engineering Amit Singhal was headed to the ride-hailing startup, and former Google VP of Engineering on YouTube’s ads team Kevin Thompson is also joining the company as VP of Marketplace Engineering. That means Thompson will report […]






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It’s About To Get Even Easier to Hide on the Dark Web
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The anonymity-focused Tor Project wants to make darknet sites not just more secure, but potentially undiscoverable. The post It’s About To Get Even Easier to Hide on the Dark Web appeared first on WIRED.






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Physics Explains How (But Not Why) Humans Can Throw Washing Machines
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In this competition, humans are throwing washing machines. What is the force and power required to accomplish such a feat? The post Physics Explains How (But Not Why) Humans Can Throw Washing Machines appeared first on WIRED.






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Dear Angelica Is the Film—and Filmmaking Tool—VR Needs
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Making a female-led VR experience sets a precedent for the industry, and the animation tool Quill puts the creative power in VR users’ hands. The post Dear Angelica Is the Film—and Filmmaking Tool—VR Needs appeared first on WIRED.






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President Trump has officially taken over @POTUS
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 It’s official. As of about an hour ago Donald Trump is the 45th President of The United States of America. One question regarding the transition was how the social media handoff would occur between outgoing former President Obama and President Trump. And now about an hour in, some of these accounts are starting to switch over. The […]






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Here’s a Bright Idea: A Lamp That Lights Up When You Whistle
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The most delightful way to turn on the light? Pucker up and blow. The post Here’s a Bright Idea: A Lamp That Lights Up When You Whistle appeared first on WIRED.






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