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Day: June 26, 2023

Day: June 26, 2023

Russian hacking device on track to make $80 million worth of sales

You may have stumbled across the Flipper Zero hacking device that’s been doing the rounds. The Russia-based company claims it is on track to sell $80 million worth of ’em this year after selling almost $5 million worth as Kickstarter preorders — and it claims it sold $25 million worth of the devices last year. So what are they selling? Flipper Zero is a “portable gamified multi-tool” aimed at everyone with an interest in cybersecurity, whether as a penetration tester, curious nerd or student — or with more nefarious purposes. The tool includes a bunch of ways to manipulate the

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Don’t wait to identify your startup’s ideal customer personas

Jonathan Martinez Contributor Share on Twitter Jonathan Martinez is a former YouTuber, UC Berkeley alum and growth marketing nerd who’s helped scale Uber, Postmates, Chime and various startups. More posts by this contributor Paid acquisition: The #1 way to find product-market fit You need to add some friction to your growth funnel One of the biggest mistakes startups can make at an early stage is not identifying their ideal customer personas (ICP). It is perfectly sensible though, as all your efforts at this stage of growth are usually being consumed with finding product-market fit and acquiring anyone and anything that

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Schwank’s Portable Infrared Grill will massively elevate your cook-out game

Perhaps you think yourself a talented grillmaster, maybe someone who has mastered a propane, charcoal or even wood-fired BBQ. You’ll be surprised to learn that for a huge percentage of outdoor cooking, there’s an even better way to do things, based on how pro steakhouses make their customers happy, and it’s considerably accessible to home cooks. I’m talking about the Schwank Portable Infrared Grill, a gas-powered outdoor cooker that can offer up perfectly seared steaks with even, ideal internal temps in under 10 minutes. Plus, it can join you at the tailgate. Basics You may have heard of infrared grills

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Lynk connects Palau’s off-grid islands with satellite texting

Satellite-to-phone connectivity provider Lynk has made its debut in Palau, where the nation’s hundreds of islands make traditional cell coverage difficult to achieve. The company’s “cell towers in space” now cover the entire country — intermittently, but that’s a lot better than nothing, and service will improve as more satellites are added to the constellation. Lynk is among the first of a new wave of direct satellite-to-phone providers, replacing the bulky, dedicated satphones of yore by connecting ordinary mobile devices to low Earth orbit. It’s difficult to engineer for many reasons, as you can imagine. Apple’s SOS has the most

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Anduril’s teeing up to take larger defense market share with latest acquisition

Defense technology company Anduril Industries has acquired Adranos, a startup that manufactures solid rocket motors for in-space and terrestrial applications. The two companies did not disclose the terms of the deal. Indiana-based Adranos’ solid rocket motor propulsion systems are designed for tactical missiles, hypersonics and space launch vehicles. Adranos has also developed a solid rocket fuel called Alitec, which has been tested in partnership with the U.S. Army. In a statement, Anduril said it would further develop Adranos’ solid rocket motors production facility in Mississippi to increase output to “thousands” of motors per year. Adranos has raised over $21 million

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YouTube reportedly experimenting with online games

Nearly six months after Google officially shut down its cloud gaming service Stadia, it appears the company may be launching a similar product through YouTube. The Google-owned video-sharing platform is reportedly testing an online game offering that could give users the ability to play games via the YouTube website on desktop or the YouTube app via iOS and Android devices. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the offering would be called “Playables” and would feature arcade-style games like Stack Bounce, where players use a bouncing ball to smash through layers of bricks. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, a

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Hacktivists steal government files from Texas city Fort Worth

A hacktivist group broke into an online system belonging to the Texas city of Fort Worth, stole several gigabytes of data, and then posted it online. On Saturday, Fort Worth officials admitted that it suffered a data breach, but said that after reviewing the leaked data, “at this time, there is no indication that sensitive information related to residents or staff are a part of this incident,” and that the data “was not sensitive and would be information releasable to the public through a Public Information Request.” In an online post on its official website, the city said that the

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ThoughtSpot acquires Mode Analytics, a BI platform, for $200M in cash and stock

ThoughtSpot, an AI-powered analytics platform last valued at $4.5 billion, today announced that it’s entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mode Analytics, a business intelligence startup, for $200 million in cash and stock. Mode will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ThoughtSpot once the deal closes later this year, subject to customary closing conditions and the approval of Mode’s shareholders. It’s ThoughtSpot’s third-ever acquisition following the company’s purchases of SQL-based analytics firm SeekWell in March 2021 and data integration company Diyotta in May of that same year. Enabling all the deals is ThoughtSpot’s massive warchest, which totaled over $663 million

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Meta launches new VR subscription ‘Meta Quest+’ for $7.99

Meta Quest users can subscribe to a new service that gives them access to the top two titles every month. Dubbed Meta Quest+, the virtual reality subscription costs $7.99 per month or $59.99 annually. The first hint of the subscription service came in March when a Twitter user discovered a description of a game pass feature in the Meta Quest app. Earlier this month, another Twitter user spotted the title and price of Meta Quest+ in the app selection of the Meta Quest app. Mark Zuckerberg confirmed Meta Quest+ on Monday, noting in a statement that it’s currently available for

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