Computer Science in Layman's Terms

Former NEA partner Jon Sakoda takes the wraps off his new, Cisco-backed venture fund, Decibel

Jon Sakoda needed to decompress, he says. The founder-turned-venture investor had logged a dozen years with the investing heavyweight New Enterprise Associates after selling his last startup to Symantec in 2006, and what he wanted by last summer was more time with his kids, and less time with his p…

Connie Loizos | 2019-03-27T00:28:18Z
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Demanding privacy, and establishing trust, in digital health

In the increasingly digitized world of healthcare, how can all involved uphold their responsibilities, follow relevant laws and maintain the trust of patients when it comes to privacy?

Sean Duffy | 2019-03-26T22:00:32Z
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The danger of "I already pay for Apple News+"

Apple doesn’t care about news, it cares about recurring revenue. That’s why publishers are crazy to jump into bed with Apple News+. They’re rendering their own subscription options unnecessary in exchange for a sliver of what Apple pays out from the mere $10 per month it charges f…

Josh Constine | 2019-03-26T21:55:44Z
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Original Content podcast: 'Triple Frontier' sends famous faces on a grim hike over the Andes

Even by the standards of the often, ah, “wide-ranging” conversations on the Original Content podcast, this latest episode covers a lot of ground. The initial focus is “Triple Frontier,” a film directed by J.C. Chandor and starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Char…

Anthony Ha, Jordan Crook | 2019-03-26T21:47:57Z
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A new lawsuit involving Stanford and Sequoia Capital highlights fights to come over cell-free DNA testing

This morning, a publicly traded transplant diagnostics company called CareDx, along with Stanford University, sued another publicly traded genetic testing company, Natera, for patent infringement. Much appears to be at stake and it all centers on cell-free DNA testing, a type of technology that has…

Connie Loizos | 2019-03-26T21:36:29Z
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FAA proposal aims to 'streamline' regulations for future space launches

On Tuesday, the FAA and Department of Transportation published a proposal that greases the wheels for the commercial space industry, long bound by outdated regulations that were not created with a modern vision of private spaceflight in mind. Last May, the Trump administration signaled its intentio…

Taylor Hatmaker | 2019-03-26T20:49:11Z
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Unicorns aren't profitable -- Wall Street doesn't care

On Wall Street's leniency toward unprofitable tech companies and outsized exits.

Kate Clark | 2019-03-26T20:25:50Z
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Apple News+ is a great deal, but what does 'full access' really mean?

Curious whether you should cancel your existing magazine subscription and just subscribe to Apple News+? Apple certainly seems to believe News+ is an outsized bargain for you. The company’s claim that it would cost users $8000 to get annual access to the publications they are giving readers f…

Lucas Matney | 2019-03-26T19:21:29Z
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FTC tells ISPs to disclose exactly what information they collect on users and what it's for

The FTC, in what could be considered a prelude to new regulatory action, has issued an order to several major internet service providers requiring them to share every detail of their data collection practices. The information could expose patterns of abuse or otherwise troubling data use against wh…

Devin Coldewey | 2019-03-26T19:10:56Z
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'This is Your Life in Silicon Valley': Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf discusses Prop C, Uber, Bay Area Sports and more

Welcome to this week’s transcribed edition of This is Your Life in Silicon Valley. We’re running an experiment for Extra Crunch members that puts This is Your Life in Silicon Valley in words – so you can read from wherever you are. This is your Life in Silicon Valley was originally started by…

Sunil Rajaraman | 2019-03-26T18:38:37Z
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