Female-founded companies are making better sex toys and confronting taboos

In an industry traditionally dominated by men, women are now making more sex toys than ever before The lack of female influence in the creation and production of sex toys over time has led to sexist and objectifying industry marketing and an occlusion of female sexuality in the toy design, something many refer to as having a “male gaze.” We’re seeing new female-centric technologies emerge that not only focus on female stimulation but also address issues that have been swept under the rug for decades. Stephanie Alys, co-founder of MysteryVibe, a company that invents personalized pleasure products told TNW: “It’s a… This story continues at The Next Web …read more… Read More

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Elon Musk shows off Boring Company’s test tunnel in Tesla-centric beta mode

A Tesla Model X electric car with retractable wheel gear sits inside the Boring Company’s test tunnel. The company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, says the apparatus turns the car into a “rail-guided train.” (Elon Musk via Twitter) The Boring Company’s hole in the ground in Hawthorne, Calif., got a Hollywood-style debut tonight courtesy of the company’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk. Musk stood just outside a 1.14-mile-long demonstration tunnel, illuminated in blue light, and spoke glowingly to a VIP crowd about how tunnels could turn the “soul-crushing” gridlock of urban traffic into a sci-fi experience. “They’re sort of like wormholes,” he said. “You’re driving around, you think, ugh, I need to… Read More

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Let’s stop worshipping Silicon Valley in 2019

Silicon Valley is basically this American generation’s Detroit. It’s a business hub, an economic engine, and the stuff we’re most proud of producing comes from there. We deify all the Silicon Valley bullshit. Fail fast. Break things. Venture capital. But what if this is all leading us down the wrong path? Let’s analyze this through a couple of quotes First up: Chamath Palihapitiya, the founder of Social Capital (former exec-level dude at some tech firms). He talked about “failing fast” while speaking to Stanford Business School students. “Fail fast” has become the conventional wisdom of Silicon Valley. And when it comes to… This story continues at The Next Web …read… Read More

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After roller coaster startup journey, presentation app Haiku Deck sold to edtech company BookRags

Haiku Deck co-founders Kevin Leneway and Adam Tratt at their office in 2013. Haiku Deck’s roller coaster startup journey — which included a mobile game featuring Sir Mix-A-Lot and an award-winning presentation app — came to an end on Tuesday as the Seattle startup announced its acquisition by BookRags, a Seattle company that provides online teaching and learning guides. It’s been quite the ride for Haiku Deck CEO and co-founder Adam Tratt, who helped launch the startup in 2011 as a social game developer called Giant Thinkwell. That celebrity-powered idea drew headlines and cache, but couldn’t scale. The company quickly pivoted to a social video consumer site, but that also… Read More

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Instead of a real check on the growing power of Amazon Web Services, Oracle’s Larry Ellison offers nothing but words

Larry Ellison, Oracle’s co-founder and CTO, speaks at Oracle OpenWorld 2018. (Oracle Photo) At some point, it starts to get a little sad. Oracle co-founder and chief technology officer Larry Ellison uncorked another barb at Amazon Web Services Monday follwing the release of his company’s second fiscal quarter earnings, which were tepid at best. However, instead of his usual broadsides against the cloud computing market leader and Andy Jassy, its CEO, the 74-year-old Ellison chose to insult people who have decided to move their database workloads to AWS rather than the company itself. In response to a softball from Credit Suisse’s Brad Zelnick about the “competitive dynamics for database,” Ellison… Read More

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Tornado makes rare Northwest appearance and tears houses apart near Port Orchard

Color-coded Doppler radar imagery shows where a tornado apparently touched down near Port Orchard, Wash. (NWS via @MorganKIRO7 / Twitter) The Pacific Northwest is typically in the “bush league” when it comes to tornadoes, but the National Weather Service says a twister hit a grand slam today south of Port Orchard on Washington state’s Kitsap Peninsula. Aerial views from Seattle television stations showed roofs ripped off houses, debris flying in the air and trees uprooted. In a series of tweets, the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Department said the storm caused “catastrophic damage in the Port Orchard area.” “Most of the damage is contained to the area and neighborhoods east and south… Read More

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