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Month: September 2014

Hampton Creek In A Management Pickle As It Seeks To Raise $50 Million In Funding

It hasn’t even been a full two weeks since Ali Partovi switched from an advisor role to chief strategy officer at Hampton Creek. However, the plant-based mayo startup has confirmed that Partovi is out. This leaves the company in a bit of a management pickle. In an odd move, Partovi switched from simply advisor to second in command to CEO and co-founder Josh Tetrick at the beginning of September. The company has also been seeking new funding over the last few months. Hampton Creek is in the middle of raising a $50 million round with a $300 million valuation at the moment. This is right on the heels of a $23 million series B in February, bringing the total amount to $30 million thus far. Partovi, who was also an early investor in Facebook and Dropbox, had contributed to the latest round. Tetrick says no deal has been inked just yet but it is coming up soon. We’ll keep you posted on that bit of news. He also says Partovi will still stay on as an advisor to the company but that the role as chief strategy officer just wasn’t a fit. “He is an incredible person and we wish him the best,” Tetrick said on the phone, “We have lots of people who come through our doors and sometimes for whatever reason they just don’t work out, but...

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Apple’s Tim Cook Does Some Security Straight Talking

Today, Apple’s Tim Cook posted a letter announcing a new security page on the company’s website, publishing some fairly plain-language security talk. There’s some solid language here that is clearly designed to allay fears about the way that Apple protects user data in the wake of the celebrity nude hacking incidents. Cook’s words: We believe in telling you up front exactly what’s going to happen to your personal information and asking for your permission before you share it with us. And if you change your mind later, we make it easy to stop sharing with us. Every Apple product is designed around those principles. When we do ask to use your data, it’s to provide you with a better user experience. We’re publishing this website to explain how we handle your personal information, what we do and don’t collect, and why. We’re going to make sure you get updates here about privacy at Apple at least once a year and whenever there are significant changes to our policies. It’s a welcome statement, exactly the kind of thing I was talking about when I said more transparency from Apple is needed when it comes to security. It’s known for its clear communication of product benefits, so why not security? The addition of a security page that will be continuously updated with current information about the way that Apple handles user data is a great forward...

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Johnny Cash’s 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

A vintage custom 1970′s Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow previously owned by none other than Johnny Cash himself, makes its way to auction doors this month. Formerly purchased by ABC TV in the 1970′s and gifted to Cash during The Johnny Cash Show run, the luxury classic boasts an impressive twin-carbureted 412 CID aluminum V8, independent front and rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, and is finished with a sleek black coating. After selling the car in the mid-80′s, Cash’s 1970 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow reappears in pristine condition with only 32,000 miles on it as car collectors and enthusiasts are sure to take notice once it hits auctions. Article source:...

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NEIGHBORHOOD Booze Eagle Incense Chamber

Tokyo-based fashion brand NEIGHBORHOOD presents its Booze Eagle incense chamber, available in brown and blue. Inspired by Japanese pottery created during the post-WWII American occupation of Japan, these pieces are made from Kaolin clay, long used in the manufacture of Chinese porcelain, and finished off with a burnished glaze. They can house any kind of incense and have strategically placed smoke holes in the eagle’s eyes and back for maximum visual effects. The NEIGHBORHOOD Booze Eagle Incense Chamber is now available at select stockists including End. Article source:...

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Apple Provides Tips for Ex-Android Users Making the Switch to iPhones

With an estimated 4 million iPhone 6 pre-orders in its first 24 hours of availability, Apple prepares for a large wave of new users into the iPhone spheres. Easing the transition for former Android users looking to make the switch, Apple has provided a step-by-step tutorial to transferring your data in a number of ways. Highlighting the power of apps to ease this transition, Apple explores the different methods of saving and transferring photos, music, and documents across the smartphone platform. Read the full informational here as we anticipate the arrival of the iPhone 6. Article source:...

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