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Turmoil highlights how little stock markets matter to Silicon Valley

venturebeat.com — With stock markets around the world going bonkers this past week, analysis has inevitably turned to how this will affect Silicon Valley. This is a natural instinct, because many of us became conditioned to use things like IPOs and stock options as barometers to measure the ups and downs of Silicon Valley.

Foxconn-backed Piq teams with France's Babolat to roll out tennis wearable

venturebeat.com — In the latest step toward expanding its sports wearable strategy, Paris-based Piq announced today that it has partnered with Babolat, a major brand in the tennis world. France's Babolat will start selling a version of Piq's wearable multi-sport sensor that is customized for tennis players, and will display the Babolat brand.

3.6 million Apple Watches shipped in Q2 2015, says IDC, making Apple No. 2 in wearables

venturebeat.com — While the long-term success of the Apple Watch remains to be seen, the new gadget got off to a roaring start, according to a new report from IDC. In its latest wearable tracking report, the marketing research firm said Apple shipped 3.6 million units of the Apple Watch in the second quarter of 2015.
Aug 27, 2015

3.6 million Apple Watches shipped in Q2 2015, says IDC, making Apple No. 2 in wearables venturebeat.com/2015/08/27/3-6… via @VentureBeat

Aug 27, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: 3.6 million Apple Watches shipped in Q2 2015, says IDC, making Apple No. 2 in wearables wp.me/p5hvhT-7whS by @obrien

Aug 27, 2015

Huh. This number seems pretty damn small for a well-hyped Apple product. venturebeat.com/2015/08/27/3-6…

Sony's enterprise drone due 2016, stock surge hints at optimism for turnaround

venturebeat.com — The buzz surrounding Sony's unveiling of a drone prototype Monday - the fruit of a joint venture called Aerosense between itself and Tokyo-based startup ZMP - was the latest sign that the company's turnaround attempts are continuing to gain traction in the markets.

Airbnb agrees to collect taxes on rentals in Paris, its biggest market

venturebeat.com — Airbnb announced today that it had reached an agreement with the city of Paris to begin collecting taxes on rentals in that city. Although the San Francisco-based company had begun collecting taxes in its home city and Portland, the new accord is critical because Paris is Airbnb's largest market.

Chinese stocks take another beating, other Asian markets calm, as U.S. braces for opening

venturebeat.com — U.S. investors are waking up this morning to a series of global market movements that were far less turbulent, but still troubling. In particular, the Shanghai Composite recorded its steepest fall today since 2007, down 8.5 percent. The Chinese government, seemingly in near-panic mode, announced a cut to interest rates and easing of banking requirements, according to the New York Times.
Aug 25, 2015

Chinese stocks take another beating, other Asian markets calm, as U.S. braces for opening venturebeat.com/2015/08/25/chi… via @VentureBeat

Box announces unlimited storage, new tools for higher education partners

venturebeat.com — San Francisco-based Box announced today an expansion of its file-sharing services aimed at higher education, in a bid to tap more deeply into a lucrative market. Box already has a number of universities and colleges as customers, and launched a vertical to target this sector two years ago.

Panic over China, global economy pummel tech stocks as markets plummet

venturebeat.com — Following the near-collapse of Chinese stocks Monday morning, U.S. tech companies started today facing their mortality as the Dow Jones Industrial Index opened down 1,000 points. The worst of the stomach-churning plunge eventually reversed as the Dow recovered and was down only 503.62 or 2.16 percent about 90 minutes after opening.

Blackphone 2 from Silent Circle will test whether security is a priority for smartphone buyers

venturebeat.com — People never hesitate to say that security and privacy are very, very important to them. But too often, their actions say otherwise. Whether it's never changing passwords, or making them strong enough in the first place. People often fail to take the simplest of steps to enhance their privacy and security.
Aug 21, 2015

Blackphone 2 from Silent Circle will test whether security is a priority for smartphone buyers venturebeat.com/2015/08/21/bla… via @VentureBeat

Aug 21, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: Blackphone 2 from Silent Circle will test whether security is a priority for smartphone buyers wp.me/p5hvhT-7v96 by @obrien

Adobe introduces new social photo tools to help your puppy pictures go viral

venturebeat.com — Adobe announced today that it will be rolling out some app updates to help marketers create eye-catching social photos and videos. The company said an update to its Adobe Social mobile application will tie it more closely to Adobe's Creative Cloud via the Aviary Photo Editor.
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Aug 28, 2015

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Aug 27, 2015

@stevekovach I believe only white rockers over the age of 50 are allowed at Apple events. My money is on Bad Company.

Aug 27, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: 3.6 million Apple Watches shipped in Q2 2015, says IDC, making Apple No. 2 in wearables wp.me/p5hvhT-7whS by @obrien

Aug 27, 2015

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