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Month: July 2015

Tristan Eaton Sheds Light on the Inspiration for His Latest Masterpiece and More at POW! WOW! Long Beach

Widely considered as one of the most prolific muralists of our time, POW! WOW! recently caught up with Los Angeles native Tristan Eaton where he was in the midst of completing his latest masterpiece at the first-ever POW! WOW! Long Beach. Though the vibrant art, music and cultural extravaganza made its way to the SoCal spot for the very first time, Eaton talks about the inspiration behind his grand mural and city’s burgeoning creative scene, in addition to his weapon of choice – Montana Cans. For a thorough rundown on the event, check out our recap here. Article source:...

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Wasting Time With The Joneses

Starting a company is like attempting to bend the world to your will. There are obstacles at every turn, and it’s never easy. Fundraising is one of those huge obstructions. Not only is the process of finding the true believers akin to finding the proverbial needle in the haystack, it’s also incredibly distracting. Raising more money to reach a technical milestone or to fuel a successful customer acquisition strategy are worth the distraction and pain. Raising a big round because your competitor just did, essentially keeping up with the Startup Joneses, is an all-too-common waste of time that can cripple your company. I’ve often seen this happen to founders of companies with seemingly “successful” competition. Success in this case is often defined by capital raised, rather than satisfied customers. Founders become obsessed with the volume and valuation of a competitor’s latest round of funding. In some cases, this isn’t even direct competition, but tangential competition that has no bearing at all on the founder’s startup. Visions of an even larger round, using their competitors fundraise as justification, begin to take shape. After all, if a rival company can raise $15 million with trivial traction, why can’t we? VCs intrigued by a hot category, and plagued by FOMO, will at least take a meeting — sometimes even several meetings. Multiply that by the many VCs willing to take a meeting, and the founders are focused on an unnecessary fundraising process rather than figuring...

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GAO To Congress: Revisit Privacy Concerns Over Facial Recognition Technology

Today, Sen. Al Franken announced a new report by the GAO on the use of facial recognition technology. Franken has been on the side of looking into the privacy implications on that type of tech and says today that the report shows that there needs to be a set of federal standards in place before widely adopted. Franken said in a release: Over the past several years, we’ve seen tremendous growth in the use of facial recognition technologies, and it has profound implications for consumer privacy. Facial recognition tracks you in the real world—from cameras stationed on street corners and in shopping centers, and through photographs taken by friends and strangers alike. Last year, I asked the government’s independent investigative agency to examine the privacy implications of the commercial use of facial recognition technology. The newly released report raises serious concerns about how companies are collecting, using, and storing our most sensitive personal information. I believe that all Americans have a fundamental right to privacy, which is why it’s important that, at the very least, the tech industry adopts strong, industry-wide standards for facial recognition technology. But what we really need are federal standards that address facial recognition privacy by enhancing our consumer privacy framework. Companies like Facebook and Google use face recognition technology to tag you in photos, for example, but as you could imagine, this technology could...

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Mozilla CEO Sends Angry Open Letter To Microsoft Over Changing Windows 10 Browser Defaults

With Edge in Windows 10, Microsoft has finally delivered a capable browser to replace the aging Internet Explorer. Microsoft likes Windows 10 so much, it makes Edge the default browser in Windows 10, even when you’re updating from a system that previously used Chrome or Firefox as the default. Unsurprisingly, Mozilla is not amused and its CEO Chris Beard today wrote an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to complain that the company is taking away its users’ choices and ignored Mozilla’s calls for keeping the default during the upgrade process. “When we first saw the Windows 10 upgrade experience...

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Nike Air Max 1 "Dark Pewter/Black"

Tired of mesh and “breathable” fabrics that you’ve been all over this summer? Check out the new colorway to drop for Nike’s Air Max 1 model, titled “dark pewter/black.” The iconic silhouette’s outer gets hit with tones of dark pewter, forest green and black, while a fuchsia liner and sole, teal heel emblem and gold tongue tag give the shoe a much needed bit of contrast. The pair is available to purchase in the EU via Caliroots now, with a release stateside coming real soon. Article source:...

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