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Past articles by Ken:

Stripe wants to modernize commerce for the internet age

Back in 2010, Patrick and John Collison cofounded Stripe, which quickly gained a following thanks to how easily it let developers integrate a payment system with a few lines of code, something that financial tech giants like PayPal lacked at the time. More than seven years later, the Y Combinator alumnus has matured; its mission of helping developers process online payments has moved beyond… → Read More

Amazon Web Services launches bare metal compute instances

Amazon Web Services is moving full steam into the bare metal hosting market with the release of a new cloud computing instance. The i3.metal instance will provide customers with a beefy server running in an AWS datacenter and is useful for applications that require a ton of raw power or an environment similar to what companies would receive when racking a physical computer in a private… → Read More

13 ways you can give back this holiday season

It’s the Tuesday after Thanksgiving in the United States, which means that after all the family dinners and the early morning rush to get in all that shopping, it’s time to give back to those less fortunate. Today is the fifth anniversary of Giving Tuesday, an event that encourages you to donate your time and/or money to charities and nonprofits. → Read More

Airbnb now lets groups of guests split the cost of their stay

When Brian Chesky asked last December what Airbnb should be working on, one of the most popular requests the company’s chief executive received was the option to let groups of guests more easily share the cost of their stay. Today, powered by the company’s acquisition of Tilt, a split payment feature is now available and rolling out worldwide. → Read More

Why the artist behind Twitter’s Fail Whale thinks you should treat art as a currency

You may not have heard of Yiying Lu, but chances are you've seen her work for some of tech's most popular companies. She's the artist behind one of the most iconic images from the beginning of Web 2.0, the Fail Whale, which Twitter adopted to replace the stale 404 page when the service went down frequently in the late 2000s. → Read More

Facebook will now show you the Russian bots you unknowingly follow

Facebook is taking steps to help people understand how they may have been influenced by Russian propaganda profiles and Pages across its properties. The social networking company today announced that it plans to launch a portal where anyone can go to find out if Pages or Instagram accounts they like or follow were set up by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency (IRA). → Read More

AppLovin’s acquisition by Orient Hontai is over, but accepts $841 million investment instead

Everything seemed to be going well for mobile marketing firm AppLovin at the end of last year. The company agreed to be sold to private equity firm Orient Hontai in September 2016 for $1.4 billion, but more than a year later, the deal is no longer on the table. So while AppLovin is once again officially unattached, it's not going away without a consolation prize: Orient Hontai is still backing… → Read More

Facebook Messenger now supports 4K photos

Facebook Messenger has become an important way for people to communicate with each other, and it's not only by text-based means. More than 17 billion photos are shared by the 1.3 billion monthly active users worldwide every month. To improve upon that experience, Facebook has added support for high-resolution photos, meaning that you won't have to worry about the quality of those hi-res images… → Read More

Behind Pinterest’s push to make the world pinnable

"A picture is worth a thousand words" could very well describe the current search paradigm. We've spent years typing into a text field, but there are times when it's hard to describe what we're really looking for. → Read More

Trocafone raises $15 million to provide emerging markets with affordable refurbished phones

It's easy for many U.S consumers to get a new smartphone each year -- just look at how many swallowed the $1,000-plus price tags for the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and iPhone X. But when it comes to emerging markets, people can't always afford to get the latest smartphone, so they have to rely on second-hand devices from more developed countries. → Read More

Google’s Chatbase bot analytics platform opens to all

Google’s chatbot analytics platform is now open to everyone, more than six months after its quiet debut during the company’s I/O developer conference. Called Chatbase, it’s intended to help developers better analyze and optimize their bots so they can improve conversion rates and accuracy — and avoid having users feel bots are useless. → Read More

FollowUp launches a personal CRM that prods you to keep in touch with contacts

When Chris Keller started FollowUp in 2007, it was an email reminder tool that kept you productive throughout the day. Now, a decade and an acquisition later, the company is launching its next product, a Contact Relationship Management (CRM) service that’s similar to Rapportive, but with features that will help you keep in touch with business or personal contacts. → Read More

Airbnb focuses on accessibility with Accomable acquisition

Airbnb is advancing its mission of inclusivity with the acquisition of Accomable, which will boost Airbnb’s ability to provide service to travelers with disabilities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. → Read More

Yahoo Mail adds new coupon and travel tools

Yahoo is adding two new features to its email service ahead of the holiday season. Now users will be able to “clip” coupons, albeit digitally, and keep track of their travel information, regardless of whether it’s in Yahoo, Gmail, AOL, or Outlook. → Read More

Twitter warns some accounts may lose verification

Twitter is facing extensive pressure across multiple fronts, including a growing chorus of users upset about the rampant harassment and attacks being levied by trolls.The latest case that has caused the company to do some soul searching involves its verification status it bestows on select accounts. → Read More

Google Docs is down for some, and users are not impressed (Updated)

The internet expressed outrage today over the fact that Google Docs was temporarily down. According to people on Twitter and also, the popular document software didn't work as intended, but Google's G Suite dashboard initially didn't indicate any problems until recently, suggesting an update was forthcoming. → Read More

LinkedIn launches Career Advice to connect you with a professional mentor

LinkedIn is expanding its efforts across the Economic Graph to help its more than 530 million members maximize their professional relationships. Today, the company announced a peer-to-peer mentorship program called Career Advice to further that goal. At launch, the program will be available in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and India, but there are plans to expand to additional… → Read More

LinkedIn brings lead generation forms to Sponsored InMails

Seven months after introducing lead generation forms to sponsored posts, LinkedIn is adding support for the data collection tool to Sponsored InMails, creating an opportunity to target users of the professional social network both publicly in the news feed and privately via message. Marketers will be able to curate qualified leads and contact information easily, thanks to a button that prospects… → Read More

Twitter’s new premium APIs give developers access to more tweets, higher rate limits

Twitter is offering a solution for developers who are angry about limitations imposed on their apps when they use the service's free APIs. The company has now introduced premium APIs to bridge the gap between the free service and the enterprise-level tools it provides through Gnip. → Read More

How one entrepreneur is building bridges to help spur American innovation

As the U.S. becomes acclimated to the reality of a new president, something that's on the minds of many Americans is the changing economic landscape. People are fearful of the impact automation and technology will have on their livelihoods -- it's estimated that 5 million jobs could be lost by 2020 because of the "fourth industrial revolution," according to the 2016 World Economic Forum. → Read More