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Amazon just started selling their own suits — and early reviews say they’re good
March 13, 2016

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20 podcasts that will make you smarter
March 13, 2016

The past couple of years have been huge for podcasts.

Episodes of true-crime series “Serial” were downloaded more than 80 million times, President Barack Obama visited comedian Marc Maron's garage for his “WTF” podcast, and leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had a candid chat with “Another Round” hosts Heben Nigatu and Tracy Clayton.

With new series coming out every week, it can be difficult to determine which are worth your time, but we've got you covered if you're looking to learn something new.

Here are our top picks for stretching your brain during your next commute, workout, or laundry run.
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'This American Life' provides a deep look into American society.

“This American Life” has become a byword for oral storytelling.

Beyond being a place for moving and often hilarious stories, “This American Life” does staggering levels of reporting; few outlets made the financial ..

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Tesla’s Model 3 could totally fail — here’s why that wouldn’t matter (tsla)
March 13, 2016

Tesla has created three vehicles in its short history — the Roadster, the Model S, and the Model X.
But it's assumed that none will be more important than the mass-market Model 3, being revealed this month and scheduled to hit the streets in 2017.

Enthusiasm about just the Model 3 unveiling has helped deliver a 40% rally in Tesla shares over the past 30 days.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that while the Model X SUV that hit the road late last year is a great vehicle, Tesla is building it primarily to fund the Model 3.

It has to succeed, right?

Well, no. It could be a catastrophe. But that wouldn't necessarily spell the end for Tesla.

Nobody wants an electric car, even a cheap one

The biggest risk to the Model 3 is just that there are already relatively cheap electric cars in the market, and no one is buying them in significant numbers.

The expectation is that a larger market for EVs will develop at some point in the future, and Tesla is angling to capture a big chunk ..

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A longtime VC at Sequoia is out of the firm following an explosive lawsuit
March 13, 2016

Longtime Sequoia Capital venture capitalist Michael Goguen is out of the firm following an explosive lawsuit that accuses him of “sexually, physically, and emotionally” abusing a woman for over 13 years and then refusing to pay her an agreed upon settlement in full.

Goguen, a partner at Sequoia for nearly 20 years, allegedly signed a contract agreeing to pay Amber Laurel Baptiste $40 million to drop a prospective lawsuit against him, but only paid $10 million of that sum, according to a filing in San Mateo County Superior Court earlier this week (and first highlighted by TechCrunch).

The background of the case is graphic.

According to the lawsuit filing, Baptiste had been a “victim of human trafficking” since the age of 15. The filing claims that Goguen met her at a strip club in 2001 and promised to help her “escape from the human traffickers” if “she would have sex with him.” Baptiste claims that Goguen then raped and abused her for many years, including an alleged incident where ..

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Hot LA startup founder reveals what startups you need to know about in the LA startup scene
March 13, 2016

A lot of founders and investors from the LA startup scene are in Austin, Texas this week for South by Southwest. A few years ago, the only startups people really knew about in southern California were Snapchat and Tinder.

But in the last five years, a lot has changed. We chatted with Michael Schneider, who recently founded an up and coming startup there called Service, about what it's like to build a company there, and which startups should be on your radar.

Service is an outsourced customer service center that works to find a resolution between complaining customers and businesses. For example, if your flight is delayed and you reach out to Service about it, Schneider's company will hear you out, then contact the airline on your behalf to negotiate a possible solution. The startup has raised $3 million so far.

According to Schneider, here's what's happening in the LA startup scene:

It's not just about Snapchat anymore. And not every startup involves ecomme..

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Publishers reveal what it’s really like using Facebook’s Instant Articles so far (FB)
March 13, 2016

10 months ago, Facebook launched the first trial of “Instant Articles,” its bid to have publishers put their articles directly into the Facebook app instead of first on their websites.

The pitch was that Facebook hosting these articles would provide a much faster, cleaner experience for mobile readers — 10 times faster in fact.

The catch was that publishers would have to conform to Facebook’s various specifications, including for advertising (though some of those rules relaxed in December). But for optimists, the theory was that any temporary advertising losses would be made up by a mix of increased shareability and reader goodwill.

In the months since the product launch, Facebook has opened Instant Articles up to more and more publishers, and will make it available to everyone on April 12 at its F8 conference.

We talked to a bunch of publishers who got early access to Instant Articles to see how the experience has gone so far.

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BuzzFeed and Vox, two new media heavyweig..

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The $6 trillion opportunity in the IoT
March 13, 2016

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you've likely heard the term Internet of Things, or IoT, at some point. But what does it mean?

In short, the IoT is a network of objects connected to the Internet that can collect and exchange data.

That brand new car loaded with apps? Internet of Things. The smart home devices that let you control the thermostat and lights with one voice command? Internet of Things. That fitness tracker that lets you share your exercise progress with friends? You get the idea.

The IoT is set to transform the way we live, work, and interact with one another in the coming years. It might seem complicated at first, but the Internet of Things works through a relatively simple ecosystem.

A person uses a remote (such as a smartphone or tablet) to give a command or request information through a network to an IoT device, which performs the action and then sends it back through the network. The command or information is then di..

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Valve enables gamers to play non-VR games on the HTC Vive
March 13, 2016

Valve just announced that it has launched an early beta test for the SteamVR Desktop Theater Mode, which enables gamers to play non-virtual-reality games with VR systems.
The new mode will work with the upcoming HTC Vive virtual reality headset, and it will be shown off at next week’s Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. VR is expected to become a $30 billion market by 2020, according to tech advisor Digi-Capital. And GDC will be full of VR companies trying to win over hearts and minds.
We haven’t seen this mode yet, but it looks like a way to provide more content on VR systems in their early days, when there isn’t that many dedicated VR games available yet. It’s not likely to cause anyone to buy a new VR system, I would guess. But it could give people something to do in VR while they’re waiting for more content.
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