Ten nuggets of knowledge to take away for the weekend, including 80 tech start-ups have been valued at US$1bn, the internet of things, and the beautiful Andromeda Galaxy.
The cachet of a US$1bn valuation is proving irresistible to tech start-ups and there are now at least 80 tech start-ups in the world that are valued at more than US$1bn, according to a cover story in Fortune magazine.
From Uber to Airbnb, SpaceX and Slack, you are nothing if you are not valued at more than US$1bn, apparently. There is even a more rarefied class – the decacorn – companies valued at US$10bn and more.
A report in Fortune entitled The Age of Unicorns points to a headiness not seen since 1999.
Earlier this week, fears of a bubble bursting were renewed when the latest figures from the US National Venture Capital Association revealed that venture capitalists pumped US$43.3bn into US start-ups in 2014, the most since investors piled US$105bn into dot-com companies in 2000.
Internet search giant Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt sees a future immersed in technology, with internet, as we know it, dead.
With Gigglebit, we turn the spotlight on humorous and/or amazing content about science and tech, such as this incredible high-definition image of a galaxy far far away.
Only with radical transparency and a public-private partnership with governments will trust be restored in the internet, tech leaders said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Entering public beta for the first time, Kim Dotcom’s MegaChat communications platform is aiming to be a ‘Skype killer’ by offering encrypted messaging with existing storage and file services.
A 21st-century drug mule – in the form of a drone – came to an unfortunate end as it crashed at the US-Mexico border after failing to carry the weight of six packets of cocaine and crystal meth.
Immediacy has always been microblogging site Twitter’s bread and butter, but a new recap feature could help extend a tweet’s lifetime.
Microsoft is leaner and focused and this past week revealed one OS to rule them all plus two new pieces of hardware: a holographic headset called HoloLens and a new large-screen Surface Hub for collaboration.
Software giant Microsoft said Windows 10 won’t be just an operating system but one of the largest internet services on the planet. A year after release it will be free as an upgrade for Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 users.
Steam, the online gaming platform created by Valve, has been quietly monitoring the world’s internet service providers (ISPs), including those in Ireland, to show which ones rank top in each country.
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