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Samsungs Galaxy S8 is now on sale in the U.S., Canada and Korea with more launches to come

If youve been holding out patiently for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, Samsungs newest flagship devices, then your wait may soon be over after the phones went on sale in an initial four markets. Samsung is starting sales in the U.S., Canada, Puerto Rico and Korea today (Friday), with expansions to other countries coming in the weeks ahead, TechCrunchs Brian Heater described the devices as yet further evidence that…

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A Midas List VC on the problem with the Midas List

Earlier this week, Forbes produced its annual Artis Ventures was on the inventory very fardown, behind the many VCs whose figures are instant recognizable to founders, like Chris Sacca and Peter Fenton and Mary Meeker. The way Peterson tells it, thats the channel he likes it. Theres a rationale he didnt introduced his specify on the door 17 years ago when he left the hedge fund Cypress Funds in L.A….

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Analyzing the spectrum of corporate innovation from R&D to VC

Scott Lenet is President of Touchdown Ventures. More posts by this contributor: “Darth Ventures” and the efficacy of Sith management techniques Innovation is a hot topic, and it can be confusing for large corporations. With terms like acceleratorand A useful framework for understanding corporate innovation distinguishes what innovation assets are controlled by the corporation from what belongs to others. inside or For the record, R&D: Inside-Inside Research and development has been…

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MasterCard trials biometric bankcard with embedded fingerprint reader

MasterCard is Chip and PIN bankcard that includesan embedded fingerprint reader, introducingabiometric authentication layerfor card payments and taking a leaf out of the book ofApple Payet al in the process. The thinking here being: why pay by enteringa four-digit PIN when you can stick your thumb on it? So far the biometric card has been trialled at two locations in South Africa, with additional trials planned over the next few…

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Microsoft launches new IoT services for the enterprise

Microsoft is launching Azure Time Series Insights tool. As Microsofts director of IoT Sam George told me, the idea here is to provide a number of new offerings that are complementary to the companys existing Azure IoT Suite. While IoT gives many companies an opportunityto differentiate their services from competitors,it still takes a specialized set of skills to enable this. While we find that IoT is a big differentiator, one…

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Another smart card bites the dust, as Plastc ends operations and leaves pre-orders unfulfilled

also goodness the startups homepage) announcing that its exploring an opportunity for registering Section 7 and, more importantly, is shutting down all operations as of today. The company was apparently on “the worlds largest” shoestring of plans, deeming out expressed the hope that it would be able to stay open as late as this week, generosity of a planned $6.75 million in funding. The note predicts like the climactic situation…

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Juicero CEO promises refunds for any dissatisfied customers while defending the companys tech

Jeff Dunn, the former Coca-Cola executive who became CEO of responded to a wave of coverage suggesting that the companys juice press A Bloomberg report showed that Juiceros packs could be squeezed by hand, no expensive juicerrequired. Dunns response? He doesnt deny that hand-squeezing is a very real possibility, but he does quibble about what youll find inside, saying its nothing but fresh, raw, organic chopped produce see, its not…

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Ambient noise could be your next multi-factor authentication token

Were all pretty used to two-factor authentication now, and it isnt much of an inconvenience to have to type in a four-digit code when you log in from a new location. But some Swiss security researchers came up with Futurae is a spin-off company from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich ETHZ in Swiss that uses the environment itself as an authentication token in a piece of software it…

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