Google Hor


Tech News

Cloudera finishes up 20% in stock market debut

Cloudera finishes up 20% in stock market debut

Cloudera, the enterprise big data company, closed the day up over 20% at $18.09, after pricing its IPO at $15 per share.  This is also above the range of $12 to $14 that enterprise big data company was preparing for.


Tumblr just added a switch in the iOS Settings that lets you turn the porn back on

Tumblr just added a switch in the iOS Settings that lets you turn the porn back on

Here’s an interesting change: Tumblr’s iOS application just received an update which now lets you turn on or off adult-oriented, NSFW search results just by toggling a switch in iOS’s Settings. That’s right: you can now switch on or off the Tumblr porn with ease. Weirder still, Tumblr’s note about the change in the App Store update text says this was implemented “per Apple’s content guidelines.”

Why is that weird?

Because Apple’s developer guidelines – at least today – explicitly tell app developers not to do this sort of thing.

Tumblr just added a switch in the iOS Settings that lets you turn the porn back on

Above: Tumblr’s iOS app update text 


While Apple has never permitted explicit apps whose sole purpose is to serve pornography, it long ago carved out an exception for social networks hosting user-generated content, provided they agreed to filter and hide the NSFW content by default.

This is an issue that greatly impacts Tumblr, given that its blogging network is actually composed of a lot of porn. In fact, according to website analytics service SimilarWeb, “adult” content is the top category that drives direct clicks to Tumblr’s desktop site, accounting for 20.53% of clicks, compared with the next-largest referring category, “books and literature,” which drove just 7.61% of clicks.

Tumblr just added a switch in the iOS Settings that lets you turn the porn back on

Above: Tumblr’s new porn toggle

Tumblr has always had NSFW content, saying that its policy about this sort of material is a “live-and-let-live” kind of thing, but it draws the line at actually hosting sexually explicit videos. (Embed them, it says.)

To be allowed into the iTunes App Store, Tumblr has had to filter out and hide this content in its iOS app by default. There’s a loophole, though – as I’m sure many of you know.

According to Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines, apps like Tumblr are allowed to show the NSFW content if the user turns the setting on via the service’s website.

Here’s the full text, per Apple’s App Store Review Guidelines , about how this system is supposed to work, emphasis ours:

Apps with user-generated content or services that end up being used primarily for pornographic content, objectification of real people (e.g. “hot-or-not” voting), making physical threats, or bullying do not belong on the App Store and may be removed without notice. If your app includes user-generated content from a web-based service, it may display incidental mature “NSFW” content, provided that the content is hidden by default and only displayed when the user turns it on via your website.

Tumblr clearly fits in that latter category of apps that display “incidental mature NSFW content,” but it’s now being told to put a toggle right in iOS’s Settings?


The most logical explanation for this sort of change is that Apple will allow this setting to be locked down via its parental controls at some point. That’s not the case right now, though.

Under “Settings” –> “General” –> “Restrictions,” you can block the kids from using Apple’s built-in apps, block app downloads, and can block apps based on their current rating. (Tumblr is rated 17+, for example). However, there is not a way to force something like a Safe Search toggle switch


Weekly Roundup: FCC’s plan to revoke net neutrality, Uber defends tracking practices

Weekly Roundup: FCC’s plan to revoke net neutrality, Uber defends tracking practices

Two new unicorns are born, Uber faces two lawsuits, and the FCC unveils its proposal to revoke net neutrality. These are the top tech stories you need to know this week, and you can sign up to receive this post as a newsletter delivered to your inbox on Saturdays. 

1.  FCC details plan to roll back net neutrality rules 

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, newly appointed by President Trump, announced his intention to rescind the net neutrality rules created by the agency’s 2015 Open Internet Order. He called the 2015 Open Internet Order “an aberration” that “puts the federal government at the center of the internet.” The agency enacted a preemptive strike against critics with a “Myth Vs. Facts” sheet, which we’ve torn apart here. Want to say something to the FCC about all this? Here’s how to make your voice heard .

2.  Uber defends tracking techniques and is hit with ‘Hell’ lawsuit

Uber pushed back on allegations that it tracked former users even after they deleted the app from their iPhones. The practice, called fingerprinting, even earned CEO Travis Kalanick a scolding from Tim Cook. Uber claims the tracking is a common industry practice used to prevent fraud.

We saw this one coming. Uber was also hit with a lawsuit regarding its “Hell” program that was reportedly used to track Lyft drivers. The plaintiff, Michael Gonzales, drove for Lyft during the time Uber allegedly used the software. He’s seeking $5 million in a class action lawsuit.

3.  Uber must hand over information about its acquisition of Otto to Waymo 

In the latest in the Waymo vs. Uber lawsuit, a court ruled that Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of the legal battle, must turn over information about Uber’s acquisition of Otto to Waymo. But Waymo operations haven’t been distracted by the case. The company began its first on-demand self-driving service test in Arizona. 

4.  Robinhood has joined the unicorn club

The zero-free stock-trading startup confirmed that it has raised a $110 million Series C at a $1.3 billion valuation led by DST Global. “Our investors are saying ‘we haven’t ever seen a finance company that’s managed to grow like an Internet company,’ ” says Robinhood co-founder Baiju Bhatt.

Weekly Roundup: FCC’s plan to revoke net neutrality, Uber defends tracking practices

5.  Quora becomes the unicorn of subjective human knowledge

After eight years carefully cultivating an intelligent question and answer community, Quora raised an $85 million Series D round co-led by Collaborative Fund and Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund. The two big drivers of the rapid value increase have been user growth and positive early results from its ad tests.

6.  Gett confirms acquisition of Juno 

More consolidation in the ride-sharing space occurred as on-demand ride sharing company Gett bought Juno for $200 million. The deal will bring on all of Juno’s existing business, from its network of licensed drivers through to its employees and founding team.

7.  Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft, GoPro and Twitter report earnings 

Amazon blew past expectations and AWS saw substantial growth, accounting for $3.7 billion for the quarter. Alphabet also beat expectations, showing that hardware and cloud


Report: Content recommendation companies Taboola and Outbrain are in advanced merger talks

Plug and Play launches a fintech accelerator in Paris

Plug and Play launches a fintech accelerator in Paris

Plug and Play is launching a new accelerator based in Paris. This time, the company is partnering with French bank BNP Paribas and focusing on fintech startups. The first batch of startups has just been picked.

Plug and Play has launched multiple accelerators with a different business model than most accelerators. Instead of taking some equity in exchange of what you get from the acceleration program, Plug and Play matches big companies with startups focusing on a specific vertical.

In this case, BNP Paribas is the main partner. Startups are going to meet and work with various BNP Paribas business units in order to see if those startups can solve a problem and work with the big bank at the end of the program. I’m sure BNP Paribas is already thinking about approaching some of them for a potential acquisition or investment. They’ll have 12 weeks to work on those projects.

Here’s a quick description of these 10 startups:

Birdycent (France): Birdycent is a savings solution that allows its users to save money intelligently and painlessly. It’s a bit like Acorns , but Acorns only works in the U.S. 7,000 people signed up to Birdycent and are automatically saving a few cents here and there.

DreamQuark (France): DreamQuark is working on various solutions to manage large sets of structured and unstructured data. The company is using artificial intelligence to help companies figure out what’s really happening behind all this data. It is working with big companies in a handful of industries — finance, insurance and healthcare. And, yes, BNP Paribas fits the bill.

Dunforce (Spain): Dunforce helps companies manage their invoice workflow by providing a smart and virtual assistant. Dunforce has an API to integrate with various kinds of ERP solutions so that you can interact with you clients without changing your workflow. Dunforce then ensures that you pay your invoices on time and could also help you get paid faster.

Miracl (U.K.): Miracl is a security startup for sensitive industries. If you’re a bank like BNP Paribas, you need to make sure that your information remains secure as you’re dealing with a ton of sensitive data about your clients, your investments and more. It’s supposed to be more secure than using passwords, certificates, etc.

Savedo (Germany): Savedo is a European online marketplace for retail investment products. The service finds the best interest rates across the European Union while making sure that your investment remains safe. If a bank at the other end of the continent files for bankruptcy, your money should be safe.

SBDA Group (Ireland): The SBDA platform is making banking customer support better. I don’t know about you, but my worst customer support experiences have always been with financial institutions. As always, it’s all about leveraging artifical intelligence to increase response rate, cross-sell and more.

SizeUp (U.S.A.): SizeUp helps banks better serve their small business customers. SizeUp provides business intelligence and market research to small companies so they can make smarter decisions through data. Some banks already