Roku stock tanks 18% after sharing financials, outlook

 Despite surpassing analyst expectations for the quarter, Roku disappointed Wall Street when it shared its fourth-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. The digital streaming business fell about 18% in after-hours trading, in the minutes following the news release. Roku posted $188.3 million revenue, when Yahoo! Finance estimates showed $182.5 million. It’s also up from ...

A system to tell good fake bokeh from bad

 The pixel-peepers at DxOMark have shared some of the interesting metrics and techniques they use to judge the quality of a smartphone’s artificial bokeh, or background blur in photos. Not only is it difficult to do in the first place, but they have to systematize it! Their guide should provide even seasoned shooters with some ...

Signal expands into the Signal Foundation with $50M from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton

 Perhaps the most surprising thing I learned about Signal when I spoke with Moxie Marlinspike, the app’s creator, last year at Disrupt, was that it was essentially running on a shoestring budget. A tool used by millions and feared by governments worldwide, barely getting by! But $50M from WhatsApp founder Brian Acton should help secure ...

Blockchain is entering the valley of despair phase, and that’s a mistake

 I’ve had a number of conversations with blockchain-focused people over the past few weeks. In some of those conversations there is a palpable excitement and a belief that this technology is going to end up being their life’s work. I’ve also had significantly more morose conversations with investors who are starting to lose faith in ...

The Atlantic says it will hire up to 100 new staffers

 It’s a gloomy time in media, with frequent announcements of layoffs and shutdowns (it even happened today). That’s why it seems remarkable for an established publication to announce ambitious plans for newsroom expansion. The publication in question is The Atlantic, the magazine in which Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective bought a majority stake last year. The… Read More ...

UpWest Labs just raised $18 million to bring Israeli founders to the US

 The micro venture firm UpWest Labs was founded nearly six years ago in Palo Alto with one mission in mind: to bring Israeli founders to the U.S. when their companies are still nascent and provide them with enough financial and other resources to get going. Read More Source: TechCrunch

Onward helps businesses automate their customer service

 How much can customer service be automated? Onward has some straightforward targets — 40 percent of tickets and 40 percent of messages should be automated, and average response times should be 40 seconds on average. Read More Source: TechCrunch

Gabi gets $9.5M to help car and home owners find better insurance once it’s available

 If you own a car or home, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is finding the right insurance plan that’ll cover everything you need and save you some money — but those plans are always changing, and consumers are getting stuck footing a bill they don’t necessarily need, according to Hanno Fichtner. That’s why ...

Google tries to make Android more enterprise-friendly with new recommendation program

 With so many Android devices out there to choose from, it’s not always easy to find one that’s enterprise-friendly. To help alleviate that problem, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program today. As the name implies, it’s designed to point enterprise IT departments at devices that Google has deemed to be enterprise-ready. Read More Source: TechCrunch

Raisin, the European savings deposit marketplace backed by PayPal, gets dedicated UK launch

 Raisin, the Paypal-backed savings deposit marketplace that lets you shop for a better interest rate across Europe, has launched a dedicated U.K. site, meaning that savers can now access deposit accounts in Sterling. Read More Source: TechCrunch