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Change.org’s Latest Round Was Actually A Recap

  • A few weeks ago we reported on LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman’s investment in social justice petitions site Change.org.
  • Since then a few people with direct knowledge of the situation have told us that the funding round was actually a recap at a significantly lower valuation. In other words, there was a dramatic change to the ownership structure and most existing investors now own very little.
  • It’s looking like Hoffman will have either majority ownership of the company, or close to it.
  • With the new structure, Hoffman should have enough power to block a sale, as will some of the other investors.
  • Several people close to the situation have referred to this as a “reset,” likely because recap carries a negative connotation.
Katie Roof / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 26, 2017, 10:33 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 2:40 am
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Apple Starts Selling Refurbished Apple Pencil, Get One For $85

  • While we’ve seen the accessory discounted a few times in the past, Apple this evening has started selling a refurbished Apple Pencil via its online store for $85 in the United States…
  • Apple charges $99 for a brand new Apple Pencil, so users will save about $14 if they go the refurbished route.
  • While this is the first time Apple has slashed the price of the Apple Pencil, we’ve seen it discounted a few times in the past from other retailers in brand new condition.
  • Apple originally introduced the Apple Pencil in September of 2015 alongside the iPad Pro.
  • The versatile Apple Pencil is the best tool to reach for when you need pixel‑perfect precision.
Chance Miller / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 26, 2017, 11:27 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 2:29 am
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Top EPA Official 'Bullied' Scientist To Change Testimony About Dismissed Scientists

    Rhett Jones / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 3:23 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 2:26 am
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    Augmented Reality Studio CastAR Reportedly Closes Its Doors

    • That studio served as the home base for the Disney Infinity and Eat Sleep Play game developers who joined the company last year to work on AR software.
    / Engadget | June 27, 2017, 1:20 am
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    Apple Begins Selling Refurbished Apple Pencil For $85

    • Apple today began selling a certified refurbished Apple Pencil for $85 on its online store in the United States.
    • A refurbished Apple Pencil isn't brand new, but Apple says it undergoes a thorough cleaning process and inspection to ensure it meets Apple's quality standards, including full functionality testing.
    Joe Rossignol / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 1:45 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 2:09 am
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    Apple Unveils IOS 8, The Biggest Release Since The Launch Of The App Store

    • SAN FRANCISCO―June 2, 2014―Apple® today unveiled iOS 8, the biggest release since the launch of the App Store℠, giving users incredible new features and developers the tools to create amazing new apps.
    • “iOS 8 offers simpler, faster and more intuitive ways to use your device with incredible new features like iCloud Photo Library, a new Messages app, the QuickType keyboard and an entirely new Health app,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.
    • In iOS 8, the Photos app and iCloud Photo Library give you access to all of your photos and videos anytime, anywhere.
    • Conversations in Messages become more immersive with the ability to communicate with just a swipe.
    • The new Health app gathers the information you choose from your various health apps and fitness devices, and provides you with a clear and current overview in one place.
    / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 1:02 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source |
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    Rocket League Studio Psyonix Loves Switch, Live Services, And Working With Tencent

    • Rocket League is coming to Switch later this year, and I got to play it at the Electronic Entertainment Expo trade event in Los Angeles.
    • Psyonix is currently in the process of optimizing Rocket League for the Switch.
    • “Our whole goal for Rocket League on Switch was that we wanted it to look and feel exactly like Rocket League on other platforms,” Dunham told GamesBeat.
    • One of the major challenges with the port is that Rocket League runs on Unreal Engine 3.
    • But while Dunham mentioned the team didn’t want to make sacrifices with the Switch version, he acknowledged that they weren’t unavoidable.
    Jeff Grubb / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 26, 2017, 11:38 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 1:31 am
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    Nintendo Announces Mini Super Famicom For Japan

    • Right on the tail of the SNES Mini Classic’s announcement in the US and Europe, Nintendo has followed up with an equivalent product for Japan.
    • In Japan, the system will include Panel de Pon, Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem, Ganbare Goemon: The Legend of the Mystical Ninja, Super Soccer, and Super Street Fighter II.
    • The Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom will be available on October 5th for 7,980 yen, or about $70.
    Sam Byford / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 26, 2017, 11:01 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 1:08 am
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    • Action Launcher has always been a popular third-party launcher; in fact, I’ve been using it almost exclusively for years.
    • If you’ve been a beta tester for Action Launcher like I have, a lot of the new features will be familiar.
    • The June update replaces the old Lollipop design for a more close-to-stock Android O aesthetic, made to replicate the Pixel Launcher as closely as possible.
    • Shortcut menus now also work in tandem with Shutters, which is Action Launcher’s way of hiding widgets within app icons.
    • The most significant update is that many of Action Launcher’s features, including some animations and custom settings, are now available for free users.
    Hayato Huseman / 9to5 Google | June 27, 2017, 12:03 am
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    Windows Central Podcast 54: Apps In The Store

    • This week on the Windows Central Podcast: We talk new Windows 10 builds, Spotify in the Windows Store, Surface comparisons and more.
    • Microsoft released new builds for Windows 10 PC and Mobile, with the PC build packing lots of new changes worthy of talking about!
    • We've got two options for you, either the video podcast or the audio podcast, both featuring the same content.
    Zac Bowden / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 26, 2017, 8:12 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 1:00 am
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    Real-time Sports News Text Update Service Wins Top Pitch At The Seattle Sports Tech Hackathon

    • The second annual Seattle Sports Tech Hackathon participants.
    • As we saw at the second annual GeekWire Sports Tech Summit last week, there is plenty of opportunity for entrepreneurs and engineers to come up with new tech-powered products and services that serve the massive sports industry.
    • Much of that excitement carried over to the Seattle Sports Tech Hackathon this past weekend, where six teams spent more than 36 hours coming up with innovative ideas that ranged from an Airbnb for sports fans to a prediction app for soccer matches.
    • The winning group was Sportxts, a real-time sports news notification service powered by text messages that pulls live data from Sportradar and is powered by Zipwhip’s business texting platform.
    • “This enables people to receive sports data texts in a manageable form so they don’t have to look it up,” said Jake Grajewski, one of three Seattle-based Zipwhip employees apart of the team.
    Taylor Soper / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 2:26 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 27, 2017, 12:46 am
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    Apple Is Crushing The Swiss Watch Industry — And One Brand Is Particularly Vulnerable (AAPL, FOSL)

    • Tom Pennington/GettySmartwatches are taking over our wrists, and it's likely to get worse for traditional Swiss watchmakers, according to UBS. 
    • The Apple Watch is bigger than every Swiss watch brand except Rolex, analysts at the bank said in a note on Monday.
    • Swiss watchmakers recognize the demand for wearables, but are reluctant to dive in because they would need to rely on the tech companies that make the microprocessors that replace the mechanical parts, UBS said.
    • Also, the high-end companies could hurt their status when they sell wearables cheaper than they would traditional timepieces.
    • "Market share may be further eroded for the Swiss industry as smartwatches improve in functionality," Brand said.
    Akin Oyedele / TechInsider | June 26, 2017, 10:59 pm
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    Top Uber Engineer, Under Pressure, Tells Staff "I Take All Concerns Raised To Me Extremely Seriously"

    • Uber's chief technology officer, whom an ex-employee publicly accused of ignoring her complaints about workplace sexism, told his team on Sunday night in an email obtained by BuzzFeed News, "I take all concerns raised to me extremely seriously."After ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post in February alleging a culture of systemic sexual harassment and discrimination at Uber, the company launched two internal investigations.
    Priya Anand / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 27, 2017, 12:01 am Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 26, 2017, 11:31 pm
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    The First Android-powered Nokia Phone Will Be Released In The U.S. Next Month

    • Nokia phones are finally returning to the United States, but this time they will sport the operating system everyone has been asking for.
    • While that fairly low price won’t get you the beefiest specs, it will get you a phone with an anodized aluminum unibody design.
    • The mid-range device comes with a 5.5-inch, 1080p display, mid-tier Snapdragon 430 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage.
    • The Nokia 6 will be available in matte black and silver next month exclusively on Amazon.
    Phillip Tracy / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 26, 2017, 10:11 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 26, 2017, 11:21 pm
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    Apple Buys A Company Making Eye-tracking Glasses

    • The glasses in question can follow your gaze in real time for all kinds of practical applications, such as improving athletic performance (by training athletes to focus on the right areas) or figuring out which store displays catch a shopper's attention.
    / Engadget | June 26, 2017, 10:13 pm
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    Samsung Pay Adds Support For Discover Cards

    • Not yet made official by Samsung or Discover, but with many users apparently seeing the option inside the app, it’s safe to say that Discover card support is rolling out to Samsung Pay.
    • Funny enough, Discover was on the list of supported institutions that would launch in 2015, but apparently it wasn’t quite ready for primetime.
    • If you rock Discover and utilize Samsung Pay, head into the app and let us know if it’s working for you.
    Tim / Tech News Feed-Copy | June 26, 2017, 9:09 pm Author Link (@twitter) / Source | June 26, 2017, 11:04 pm
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    This Windows Defender Bug Was So Gaping Its PoC Exploit Had To Be Encrypted

    • Microsoft recently patched a critical vulnerability in its ubiquitous built-in antivirus engine.
    • A targeted user who had real-time protection turned on wasn't required to click on the booby-trapped file or take any other action other than visit the malicious website or receive the malicious e-mail or instant message.
    • Ormandy said he identified the flaw almost immediately after developing a fuzzer for the Windows Defender component.
    • "I took a quick stab at writing a fuzzer and immediately found heap corruption in the ERNEL32.DLL!VFS_Write API," he wrote on June 7.
    • "Fuzzing is one of a number of techniques we employ to update and strengthen our software," the representative said in an e-mail.
    Dan Goodin / ArsTechnica | June 26, 2017, 9:27 pm
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