Posts By Dan Anderson

OnBeep raises $6.25 million

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OnBeep is a communications startup that was launched by Jesse Robbins and Greg Albrecht. The company has raised $6.25 million in funding. OnBeep’s device is like a badge that connects to your phone through Bluetooth and focuses on real-time group communication. The device has a clip, a mic, a speaker, and a volume button.

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT): Steve Ballmer steps down from the board

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Former Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer has stepped down from the board of directors at the company. Last year, Ballmer said that he was going to retire after a replacement was decided. The board ended up selecting Satya Nadella in February, but Ballmer kept a seat on the board. Ballmer said that he is leaving the board to focus on other activities. For example, he now owns the L.A. Clippers basketball team. He will also teach a class at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Ballmer owns more shares at Microsoft than anyone else, but he will no longer have a say in company decisions. Here is the letter that Ballmer sent to the the newly appointed CEO:

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Frank Underwood pranks Hillary with Bill Clinton impression

Frank Underwood, the main character of Netflix’s House of Cards played by Kevin Spacey, has prank called Hillary Clinton with an impersonation of her husband Bill. The video is in celebration of Bill Clinton’s 68th birthday. Spacey attempted to find out what Hillary is getting for her husband, but the attempt was unsuccessful.


Poppin raises $17 million in funding

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Poppin is an online workplace products company that works with clients like LinkedIn, Squarespace, and Warby Parker. Poppin has raised $17 million in Series C funding. Poppin has raised a total of $34 million thus far.

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Dr. Dre takes the ice bucket challenge, challenges Eminem, Snoop, and Kendrick

Rapper, executive producer, and Beats Electronics co-founder Dr. Dre has accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple recently acquired Beats Electronics for $3 billion so Cook and Dre are now work colleagues. Cook nominated Dr. Dre as one out of three people he wanted to see do the same or donate $100 to the fight against ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Dr. Dre challenged Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Microsoft and HP reportedly releasing a $200 HP laptop

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Microsoft and Hewlett Packard are reportedly partnering on an ultra-low-cost Windows laptop computer called the HP Stream 14, which is a 14-inch Windows 8.1 computer that is expected to sell for $199. The Stream 14 has an AMD processor, a 1366 x 768 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB internal storage, and an SD card slot. Microsoft will provide 100GB of OneDrive storage for two years with the purchase of the Stream 14, which is a similar offer that Google is offering for 100GB of Google Drive storage with every Chromebook purchase. It is unknown when the Stream 14 will be released.

Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) extends warranty to ‘infinite miles’

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Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has extended the warranty on the drive unit of the Model S sedan to 8 years or infinite miles, whatever happens first so essentially 8 years. The policy first started out at four years (or 50,000 miles). Here is a blog post that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk wrote:

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Google Inc (GOOG) acquires Jetpac

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Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has acquired Jetpac, an app that uses Instagram data to curate information about cities. For example, it will find out which city is the happiest based on photos to create “City Guides.” Launched in 2012, Jetpac started out as a social travel guide on the iPad. But it shifted towards an Instagram-data driven service. Google will probably work with the Jetpac team to specifically improve search around locations using photo data. Jetpac will be removing the app from the Apple App Store in the next few days and support will be ended on September 15th.