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Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey On Why Now Is The Time For VR, And The Biggest Hurdles Ahead

Today at SXSW, two of Oculus' cofounders took the stage for a Q&A on the future of their burgeoning virtual reality headset.

How To Build Habits In A Multi-Device World

Editor’s Note: This excerpt is authored by Nir Eyal and appears in Michal Levin’s new book, Designing Multi-Device Experiences. Nir Eyal is also the author of Hooked: A Guide to Building Habit Forming Products and blogs at NirAndFar.com.  Allow me to take liberties with a philosophical question reworked for our digital age.

Baggg.it Rebrands, Turns Into Shopping Extension Called Agora

When we last left Baggg.it, the founders Eliyah Finkelstein, Jonathan Cook, and Michael Cook were busy building a shopping extension, a Baggg if you will, that allowed you to comparison shop between sites and products.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Says Private Companies Won’t Take The Lead In Space Exploration

Famed scientist and science popularizer Neil deGrasse Tyson talked about the importance of space exploration today during his keynote at South by Southwest Interactive.

Medialets Co-Founder Launches Lightwave To Provide Wearable, Real-Time Analytics For Events

Wearables are being used by users to measure their activity and provide them with feedback that can help them improve their health.

Success, Reality And The Myth Of “Up And To The Right”

Despite what many are led to believe, great startups rarely move linearly "up and to the right." They zig, they zag, they take detours and often “pivot” several times to get to a positive outcome.

Tiger Global Checks In To Brazil’s Hotel Urbano With $50M Round

The Brazilian online travel agency Hotel Urbano has gotten a 120 million Reais ($50 million) reservation from the powerhouse hedge fund investor Tiger Global Management and previous backer Insight Venture Partners.

Gillmor Gang Live 03.08.14 (TCTV)

Gillmor Gang - Doc Searls, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Live recording session today at 12:00pm Pacific.

Secrets, Lies And Startup Leaks: Mitigating Tech Company Paranoia In An Age Of Constant Crisis

It’s been an interesting few weeks for Silicon Valley insiders. Secret, the anonymous messaging app, has caused several communication crises for some prominent tech companies, and many more are no doubt on their way.

Google’s Jared Cohen: It’s “Obvious” Bitcoin-Like Currencies Are “Inevitable”

Google Director of Ideas and former technology advisor to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jared Cohen, says that digital "crypto-currencies" like Bitcoin are here to stay.

Assange Takes Aim At Facebook And Google’s Unbridled Power In SXSW Livestream

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange gave a rare talk via video at annual tech mega-conference SXSW, where he came out swinging not only at President Obama but also Google and Facebook.

Austin Police Department Warns SXSW Attendees Not To Use Uber

Here's something you might not have noticed if you were partying it up at SXSW and using Uber to get around: Uber is not legal in Austin, and the police department wants you to know that.

Delaware Filing Confirms Lyft Is Raising $150 Million In Series D Financing

On-demand ride-sharing startup Lyft is raising a new round of funding, according to a filing from the Delaware Division of Corporations.

Mozilla Stops Developing Its Persona Sign-In System Due To Low Adoption

If you don’t know about Mozilla’s Persona sign-in and identity, you’re apparently not the only one. Citing low adoption rates, Mozilla has decided to give up on this project and is allocating its developer resources to different projects.

The White House Is Looking For More Innovation Fellows

The White House is so happy with its internal residential hackers program that it’s making room for another round of job opportunities.

PayPal Is Rolling Out Its New “Mobile First” Website Globally With Less Words, More Images

PayPal, the eBay-owned online payments platform that made up some 40% of its $16 billion in revenues in 2013, is starting to roll out a new version of its website -- it's biggest attempt yet at putting a contemporary, simplified face on one of the older services on the web (founded: 1998); and to in

With An Extra Focus On Security, Glimpse Joins The Ephemeral Messaging Battle

Here comes another app which hopes to make messaging safe and secure, called Glimpse. The app, which enables users to quickly, easily, and securely share photo and video messages with each other, seeks to “bring privacy to the mainstream,” in the words of co-founder Elissa Shevinsky.

Software Patents Are Bullshit

"Patents are enshrined in the U.S. Constitution for a single purpose: to promote the progress of science and useful arts." Alas, when it comes to software, it is difficult to imagine a system worse at this than the current one.

Start Your Weekend Right With This DIY Drink Mixing Arduino Project

While this is no Monsieur, this DIY Arduino project may be the next best thing. The system uses a kitchen scale, a little amplifier, and an Arduino Uno (you can add in a Bluetooth chip if you want this to be wireless.) You place the shaker on the scale and a connected Android device prompts you to put in various boozes, measuring each pour in real time.

Once Again, Down Wants To Hook You Up With Your SXSW Hookup

It's a new year, and a whole new SXSW, but some things don't change. Thanks to an endless stream of parties with open bars, the (relatively) warm nights, and a large population of web-curious visitors descending on Austin, the tradition of the SXSW hookup lives on.


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