Phoneblocks – A Phone Worth Keeping

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If I am honest, the Apple iPhone launch this week did not really set my pulse racing. While Apple products are certainly still cool, I just wonder if there is still such a huge appetite to replace last year’s phone, or even the one bought just a few months ago?

In contrast to Apple’s launch, I thought I would share this inspired video made by Dave Hakkens. The video is well worth watching for the concept it is aiming to help promote and fund – an open platform for building a new type of smart phone which is built on a LEGO type board. When one element fails, there is no need to replace the whole phone, just that particular part. Wonderful.

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Elon Musk’s Hyperloop: 5 Things You Should Know


Elon Musk, he of Tesla and SpaceX fame, is looking to shake up the transportation industry with an idea called the Hyperloop.

Businessweek has some details concerning how the Hyperloop would work, and Musk himself has released a 57-page PDF alongside an accompanying blog post, but here are the basics.

It Would Go From L.A. to San Francisco in About 35 Minutes, With No Need for Train- or Plane-like Schedules

Musk proposes the roughly 380-mile (612 km) trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco taking about 35 minutes in the Hyperloop, according to his PDF. Aluminum “pods” containing passengers and even cars would be shot through steel tubes at almost 800 miles per hour (1,290 km/h) in certain stretches. Musk’s blog post mentions that such a system would be “the right solution for the specific case of high-traffic city pairs that are less than about 1,500 km or 900 miles…

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Founder Stories: Matt MacInnis On Leaving Apple To Start Inkling


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This week’s Founder Stories features Inkling Founder and CEO Matt MacInnis. Inkling, the 100-employee cloud publishing company, recently announced a $16 million Series C funding. With inevitable growth, it is an interesting time for Inkling. But that story is still unfolding, so Matt and I went back to the beginning to talk more about how the company started and what inspired him to leave Apple after eight years to build a startup:

You don’t see a lot of successful startup CEOs coming out of Apple. And what I think I’ve learned in hindsight is that a lot of the methods that you apply in a company that has a tailwind, where the resources you got are just sort of poured on, because the model works. The products are successful and in Apple’s case, for example, being insanely secretive about what you are doing. That doesn’t work…

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Uber CEO Talks Crazy Regulation And Doing On-Demand Service For Everything


Regulators in Colorado want to make it illegal for Uber cabs to come within 200 feet of a hotel, bar or restaurant. Governor John Hickenlooper, who appoints the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) charged with regulating transportation, is remaining suspiciously silent on the rather aggressive proposal.

“He made it very clear that he was not the person trying to put us out of business, but his appointees at the PUC that are trying to put us out of business,” said Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick this morning after a discussion he had with the governor at Fortune’s Brainstorm TECH conference at the Aspen Institute.

The law is, to put it mildly, bizarre. There’s no compelling reason to put a restraining order on smartphone-enabled drivers other than to protect Colorado cabs from the customers who want an alternative. While the governor says he wants Colorado to be a startup-friendly environment, he has…

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Meet The Winners From The TechCrunch Seattle Meetup


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If you weren’t in Seattle last week for our TechCrunch meetup, we’ve got the pitches from the winners for your viewing pleasure in the video above. StowThat, RedRide and Pigeonews took the top-three prizes from a field of 18 companies that gave one-minute pitches to our judges before an audience of about 900 people at the famous Showbox Theater.

StowThat rocked it with the top prize and will get the chance to participate in the Startup Alley at TechCrunch Disrupt next month in San Francisco. The company calls itself the Airbnb for self-storage. It offers a service that allows people to rent out their garages for those who need self-storage for their Darth Vader figurine collection and such.

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