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Month: February 2014

Looking To Make Fantasy Sports More Accessible, IAC’s Skyllzone Launches Fantasy App That Lets You Play “The Machine”

Spurred on by its entry into the digital and mobile age, the fantasy sports world is booming. From the fact that a hilarious and increasingly popular show based on fantasy sports is about to enter its sixth season to Yahoo’s increasing investment in fantasy sports products as part of a new mobile strategy that comes all the way from the top, the signs are everywhere that fantasy sports is turning into big business. Yet, perhaps even more telling (and impactful) is the increasing interest in fantasy sports coming from Barry Diller-led media giant, IAC. Last year, the company which owns sites like and College Humor and has acquired or incubated its way into owning a sizable footprint in online and mobile dating with, OkCupid and Tinder, stepped into fantasy sports. It did so with the creation of Skyllzone, a team of experienced web and mobile developers within IAC, dedicated to revolutionizing the fantasy world. Now led by CTO and GM Mike Presz, Skyllzone has been on a mission to remove many of the traditional requirements (or barriers) that are traditionally native to the fantasy experience — like private leagues limited to competition among friends or co-workers, the potential for injuries to ruin a season, or having to collect money from the league yourself should you win, for example. The team’s first production aimed at addressing fantasy’s...

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No, Google’s Sundar Pichai Didn’t Say Android’s Openness Makes It Less Secure

This morning at Mobile World Congress, Google’s Sundar Pichai discussed Android’s security and the impact of its ‘openness’ thereof. A local site quoted Pichai as indicating that Google’s Android operating system was, to quote one reblog of the comments, “not designed to be safe, it was designed to be open.” Naturally, something of that nature caused a stir. Google admitting that Android is inherently insecure due to its core tenet of openness? Unsurprisingly, that’s not what Pichai actually said. In fact, he made the opposite point, arguing that Android’s openness actually makes it more secure, not less.  TechCrunch secured a transcript (in English) from Google of the relevant portion of the event. Responding to a question contrasting the security position of Android and iOS, Pichai said the following (Bolding TechCrunch): Sorry, the premise of the question is because Android is open, it has more security issues? Respectfully, I’m not sure that’s a correct premise of the question. Open platforms historically undergo a lot of scrutiny, but there are a lot of advantages to having an open source platform from a security standpoint. I would argue that it’s the best way for a platform to be secure, because every researcher in the world can inspect it, every developer in the world can inspect it, and I think that contributes a lot to Android security. Android was built to be very, very secure. The thing...

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What Can Indian Startups Learn From The Facebook Acquisition That Didn’t Happen

Little Eye Labs was not the only acquisition Facebook was chasing in India last year. Salorix, a social media analytics startup that had raised $3.5 million in Series A from Inventus Capital Partners and Nexus Venture Partners in November 2011, was approached by Facebook in October last year. But by December, the acquisition talks were stalled. After several months of negotiations, Salorix investors, its founder and Facebook couldn’t agree on the acquisition price. And finally, few weeks ago, Facebook poached the startup’s founder Santanu Bhattacharya, leaving investors with few staff staring at an uncertain future for Salorix. A Facebook source confirmed Santanu’s new role at the company after looking at internal directory of employees. Madhusudan Therani, the Salorix CTO, also seems to have quit according to his LinkedIn profile that shows his role at the startup under ‘previous’ jobs. Two back-to-back acquisitions by Facebook in India would have really helped. Currently, Indian ranks quite poor on MA exit returns, as this iSpirt and Signal Hill analysis noted recently. Officials at Inventus and Nexus, and even Santanu are not talking about what really led to this fallout. But several people, some of whom are directly familiar with the discussions, said the investors wanted much more than the price initially offered by Facebook.  The Salorix episode offers several learnings for entrepreneurs and investors, especially in a nascent startup ecosystem like India. “First of all, there is...

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Tony Royster Jr. x Lexdray Collaboration Case

You don’t have to be a drummer to appreciate Tony Royster Jr.‘s new collaboration with Lexdray. Built for musicians and commuters alike, the duo’s new Collaboration Case combines the unique requirements of the world-renowned drummer with Alex Dray’s intuitive designs, resulting in a stick case that’s both stylish and functional. Each piece comes with a multitude of pockets and is ideal for storing drumsticks, paperwork, magazines, tablets, laptops and other personal items. Adding a personal touch to the design, meanwhile, is a printed interior custom lining by Royster Jr., along with custom branded patches and labels. Look for the Lexdray x Tony Royster Jr. Collaboration Case now at the HYPEBEAST Store. Article source:...

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ASICS GT-II Navy/Purple

Fans of ASICS‘ GT-II have something to look forward to this spring with the unveiling of this navy and purple colorway. This colorway features a deep purple mesh upper with rich navy suede overlays and navy leather branding on the sides. Orange piping around the logos, orange branding on the tongue and heel, and baby blue accents help to liven up the otherwise dark colorway. Look for this latest release at select ASICS stockists including Feature Sneaker Boutique. Article source:...

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