Kobalt, whose tech collects royalties for music royalty, gets $60M from Google Ventures, Michael Dell

Kobalt Music, which uses a proprietary technology to speed up the collection of music royalties, has reportedly closed a $60 million Series C round of financing from Google Ventures and Michael Dell. The New York-based Kobalt built algorithms to help musicians, who often have to wait for long periods of time for royalties, get paid for their work. This has increasingly ... Read More »

Learn to program robots for free, on your own time

Wanna-be robot programmers short on cash and time can learn what they need when and where they want. Thanks to a new initiative from Turtle Bot — an open-source development kit for rolling robot applications — anyone can learn robotics programming for free. The company announced today it has put together a no-cost 30-session online tutorial geared towards teaching almost anyone ... Read More »

What 2 runaway llamas taught us about net neutrality

OPINION: For about two hours today, all the Internet wanted to talk about was the FCC’s historic net neutrality decision. (They’re in favor of it.) Then, suddenly, all work stopped as the digerati focused their collective attention on two runaway llamas scampering around Phoenix. Short attention span much? Sure. Never accuse the Twitterverse of being able to focus on any one ... Read More »

Backlash against the sharing economy is a sign it’s maturing

GUEST: Initially, the so-called sharing economy seemed a miraculous elimination of market failure. No longer would there be a gap between consumers who need a service and workers willing to provide it. For consumers, it promises unprecedented convenience. For those looking for work, an unprecedented breadth of opportunity. Have a car? Postmates and SpoonRocket can make you an on call ... Read More »

Tim Cook remembers Nazis’ victims at Israeli Holocaust museum

Tim Cook may be the leader of the most valuable company in the world, but he’s also got a sense of the past, and some of history’s greatest suffering. During a visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Museum in the Israeli capital of Jerusalem, the Apple CEO was clearly touched by the gravity of the memorial. According to the museum’s ... Read More »

Dylan’s Desk: Why the coming messaging economy will be very big business

OPINION:   There’s a deep shift in the way we communicate happening, and it’s about to turn media and marketing businesses upside-down. In short, the Web-based world is about to become secondary to the message-based world. Messaging apps like WhatsApp (now part of Facebook), WeChat, Line, Snapchat, and Kik are sitting pretty in this new world. That’s because they’re the ... Read More »

Tumblr CEO Karp struggles to defend net neutrality on CNBC ‘Squawk Box’

David Karp, CEO of the Yahoo-owned social blogging site Tumblr, went on CNBC’s Squawk Box program today to talk about the FCC’s yes vote on network neutrality. Unfortunately, the segment wasn’t nearly the feel-good moment that the vote itself was earlier today. The show’s cranky-looking commentators had their questions at the ready, but the presumably media-savvy Karp struggled to answer even ... Read More »

Flow Kana brings social to the medical pot economy

This is how much the world has changed in the last few years: Flow Kana, an on-demand medical marijuana delivery platform, has created a system that enables buyers to communicate with growers via social networks like Facebook and Twitter. Flow Kana, which launched today, makes it easy to get convenient deliveries of organic, sustainably grown pot. For now, it is only ... Read More »