Sweeping 4K drone footage shows off Tesla’s Fremont factory


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Stephen Powelson recently flew his Phantom 3 drone over Tesla’s battery factory in Fremont, California and recorded the flight. Almost as soon as he posted the video to a Tesla Motors Club forum, other commenters began warning Powelson of the legal trouble he might be in.

Powelson quickly assured concerned posters that Tesla employees had no problem with the video. In fact, he’d worked at the company for almost five years, until March of this year.

The video gives the viewer a sense of how big the factory is. At 5.3 million sq. feet, the Fremont facility is dwarfed by the proposed gigafactory that Tesla is building in Nevada, which is estimated to be about 10 million sq. feet when completed — one of the biggest in the world.

Though…

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Why Homejoy Failed … And The Future Of The On-Demand Economy


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Homejoy On the heels of Homejoy’s failure, the fundamental “on-demand marketplace” model has come into question by investors, the media and even consumers. That questioning is very relevant, as there has been an overload of VC money that has been injected in the on-demand service platform space over the past few years ($4 billion-plus in 2014). Read More

The first trailer for Zoolander 2 was briefly posted to YouTube before being pulled (update)


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Forget Star Wars — the world’s most anticipated sequel is unquestionably Zoolander 2. And the first trailer is here. Sure, most of the trailer is some weird science-themed graphics with a narration by Stephen Hawking (we assume), but before long Ben Stiller’s making the Blue Steel face and everything is all good. Check out the trailer above — Zoolander 2 will arrive in February of 2016.

Update, 8:50PM ET: Well, that didn’t last long. The trailer was apparently not ready for public consumption, because the hosting YouTube page has already pulled it down. We’ll be keeping our eyes out for an official version — usually after such a leak, the real thing get published pretty quickly.

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US exploring ways to strike back against China hacking, says New York Times


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Last month, millions of current and former US government employees had their personal information stolen in a hack believed to have originated from China — and the US may finally respond with more than words. According to a new report from The New York Times, President Obama has decided to retaliate against China, though his administration has not decided exactly how it will respond. The Times, citing an anonymous senior administration official, says the government wants to make a public response in an effort to deter future similar attacks.

The White House is reportedly weighing whether to employ a symbolic response, such as a diplomatic protest, or something more aggressive. Regardless of what the response will be, the Times says that…

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Setting The Right Valuation For A Competitive Series A Round


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Dollars on a green background Founders are often puzzled by how VCs derive valuations for competitive Series A rounds. A competitive Series A round is an equity round where a company generally raises greater than $5 million led by a top-quartile venture capital firm. During these Series A rounds, it is not uncommon for founders to receive multiple term sheets from lead investors at different valuations, and to feel… Read More

3 reasons natural-language tech has more potential than you think


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natural language processing


With the announcement of funding for AI-driven DigitalGenius last month, artificial intelligence, and particularly Natural Language Processing (NLP), have been making headlines recently. Customer service powered by NLP? Computers conversing with humans and actually guiding them through the sales funnel? It all sounds a little futuristic and scary, right? But the fact is, many of us are already using NLP every day — both Siri and Google Now are NLP-driven.

As exciting as DigitalGenius is, however, it only hints at the extent of NLP’s capabilities. Before we get into the future of NLP, though, let’s clear up a few common misconceptions. There are a lot of people who think they know about NLP — and even more who don’t.

Misconception No. 1: NLP is voice recognition. This is a significant misconception. Sure, Google Now, Siri, and Amazon Echo all use voice, but that’s only one of NLP’s applications. Furthermore,

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3 reasons natural-language tech has more potential than you think


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natural language processing


With the announcement of funding for AI-driven DigitalGenius last month, artificial intelligence, and particularly Natural Language Processing (NLP), have been making headlines recently. Customer service powered by NLP? Computers conversing with humans and actually guiding them through the sales funnel? It all sounds a little futuristic and scary, right? But the fact is, many of us are already using NLP every day — both Siri and Google Now are NLP-driven.

As exciting as DigitalGenius is, however, it only hints at the extent of NLP’s capabilities. Before we get into the future of NLP, though, let’s clear up a few common misconceptions. There are a lot of people who think they know about NLP — and even more who don’t.

Misconception No. 1: NLP is voice recognition. This is a significant misconception. Sure, Google Now, Siri, and Amazon Echo all use voice, but that’s only one of NLP’s applications. Furthermore,

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Why Polyvore’s Jess Lee Sold To Yahoo


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<img width=”680″ height=”452″ src=”https://tctechcrunch2011.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/5957624393_19362daf23_b.jpg?w=680″ class=”attachment-large wp-post-image” alt=”July 20th, 2011–Aspen,CO, USA

Jess Lee speaks at the Future of E-Commerce breakfast roundtable at Fortune Brainstorm TECH at the Aspen Institute Campus.

Photograph by Kevin Moloney/Fortune Brainstorm TECH” /> Yahoo bought Polyvore in what we’ve heard could be a $60 million deal today. Both Polyvore and Yahoo were mum on those details, but Polyvore co-founder Jess Lee did tell TechCrunch her company will continue to do the same thing as it’s been doing before – now on a larger scale and with more resources from the tech giant run by Marissa Mayer. Read More

Trevor O’Brien, the product lead running all Twitter apps, is leaving the company


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Trevor O’Brien, who joined Twitter a year and a half ago from YouTube and oversees product for Twitter’s iOS and Android apps, is departing the company, according to multiple sources. O’Brien also oversaw Twitter’s timeline product at one point, and worked on the efforts to put tweet and follower recommendations into users’ timelines.

A company spokesperson confirmed O’Brien’s departure.

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It’s time for marketers to adapt to vertical videos


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ObviouslyBenHughes derides vertical video on YouTube


Vertical videos. Chances are that you’ve missed out on this ongoing debate over whether or not to incorporate vertical videos into marketing efforts, but with Snapchat ramping up its promotion of the format, it seems the haters are on the way out. Numerous publications have speculated that other big-name platforms will soon implement vertical video in an effort to better appeal to their mobile users, creating a major impact on the industry at large. With these changes on the way, it’s clear that brands and marketers need to prepare for the new opportunities and challenges this medium offers.

Vertical videos have been maligned for years, even being subjected to satirical PSA’s decrying the practice — our eyes are aligned horizontally, and therefore the most logical way to watch videos is horizontally. But no matter how often the practice of shooting vertical videos is brought up as being simply wrong,

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FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar Will Talk About The AgTech Revolution At Disrupt SF 2015


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Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 6.51.19 PM The World Bank says that farmers need to produce 50% more food to feed the 9 billion people who will inhabit the earth by 2050. While farmers are facing higher demand, they have fewer resources to work with thanks to a growing water crisis and the availability of arable land. Join us at SF Disrupt 2015 as FarmLogs CEO Jesse Vollmar walks us through tech’s possible solutions. Read More

Boston’s best CMO fired from HubSpot: allegedly tried to obtain Dan Lyons’ tell-all book


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The cast of HBO's "Silicon Valley."


Two months ago we surveyed over 2,000 Boston marketers for our CMO-only conference in Boston, looking for the best local chief marketing office. HubSpot’s Mike Volpe won hands down.

Mike Volpe

Above: Mike Volpe

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This week, however, he was fired for allegedly having tried to obtain a copy of former employee Dan Lyons’ upcoming tell-all book about his two years with the Boston tech company. Dan Lyons, of course, is Fake Steve Jobs, a journalist and editor, and a writer for HBO’s wickedly funny “Silicon Valley” show.

It’s a book that Lyons has described as “scathing,” and that the publisher’s pre-launch website says includes all kinds of juvenile brogrammer-style improprieties which would be embarrassing for HubSpot:

“The office vibe was frat house meets cult compound: Shower pods became hook-up dens; Nerf gun fights broke out at lunch; and absent bosses specialized in cryptic, jargon-filled emails.”

Perhaps even

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Here’s The Latest Batch Of 500 Startups Companies


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dave-mcclure10 500 Startups has unveiled its fourteenth batch of companies going through its accelerator. While Y Combinator is starting to roll out its own class in an upcoming Demo Day, a new one from 500 Startups is emerging — and increasingly, so is the race to be the earliest to invest in companies. Of course, that means that accelerators like 500 Startups — which has a portfolio of more… Read More

Sony’s C5 Ultra and M5 smartphones may be the latest to jump on the selfie phone bandwagon


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Sony’s mobile division may be bringing the rest of the company down, but that hasn’t stopped the company from working on new phones just yet. Thanks to 9to5Google, we’re getting a look at the forthcoming Xperia C5 Ultra and M5, the latest in Sony’s lineup. These leaks apparently came from the site Mail.ru, which appeared to inadvertently post a review of the devices early — but 9to5Google managed to grab the photos and info before it was all taken down.

The Xperia C5 Ultra appears to be a successor to the Xperia C4; it looks like the C5 will boast a bigger screen (6 inches, up from the 5.5-inch C4) and a front-facing camera that sports a super high resolution of 13 megapixels. It’ll also have a flash, making this a phone clearly aimed…

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OnePlus draws a crowd in Times Square


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     It's been less than a week and over 1 million people have already reserved the OnePlus 2. And that's without ever having held or used it firsthand. OnePlus' second smartphone, which it's positioning as the "2016 flagship killer," has debuted to an incredible amount of buzz — at least among tech enthusiasts. Your average person probably still hasn't (yet) heard of the company, but it's still an impressive showing. With the queue system only growing longer, OnePlus held a series of public events today in cities around the world that gave its fans a chance to handle the OnePlus 2 and score an invite of their own.

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CrunchWeek: Twitter Soap Opera, Uber Valuation, and Ouya Gets Bought


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crunchweek-4-3 It’s time for CrunchWeek again!
What a week it was.
The Twitter soap opera continues with earnings, no new CEO, hashtags and more. Uber keeps raising money until we lose count. Ouya gets put out of its misery bought.
As Alex would say: It’s Friday, it’s CrunchWeek, it’s time to throw down and talk some smack. Read More