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Report: Roku had $190 million in revenue last year

Nice.

Gigaom

Roku generated $190 million in revenue in 2013, according to a report from The Information, which got Roku CEO Anthony Wood to reveal some of the company’s numbers. Wood also told The Information that Roku plans to make more money with services than through hardware sales within the next 12 to 18 months.

[company]Roku[/company] announced in early 2013 that it was close to selling 5 million players in the U.S., and in early 2014 that it had sold close to eight million players in the U.S., suggesting that it sold around three million devices in the U.S. in 2013. Roku also partnered with Sky in the U.K. to sell Now TV-branded players to Sky’s customers, and sells its hardware in Canada, the U.K. and Ireland.

Roku executives have long said that services are the fastest growing part of the company’s business, and Wood told The Information that the services…

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Crypto-currency to be backed by publicly traded stock.

This was an interesting problem that I worked on between 2006-2010, making a crypto-currency that was backed by publicly traded stock. It’s a complex problem to protect against those that want to game the system. MetaWallet had some great ideas about detecting bad actors and made real progress there. Reddit Article

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What VC legend Peter Thiel thinks of Edward Snowden, net neutrality and bitcoin

Gigaom

Even in a technology landscape that features Mark Zuckerberg and the founders of Google, venture capitalist Peter Thiel stands out — not just because he was the first investor in Facebook and made close to $1 billion from that investment alone, but because he is also an avowed libertarian who advocates building autonomous countries that float on the ocean, among other things. The Founders Fund partner did one of Reddit’s trademark “Ask Me Anything” interviews on Thursday and in his usual fashion didn’t hold back from sharing his opinions:

On Edward Snowden and his revelations about the NSA: “I think Snowden revealed something that looks more like the Keystone Kops and very little like James Bond… more generally: the NSA has been hovering up all the data in the world, because it has no clue what it is doing. ‘Big data’ really means ‘dumb data.'”

On whether he considers

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Hands On With The Apple Watch

Flashbacks! SPOT!

TechCrunch

Apple’s wearable strategy is out there, and the way they’re looking to distance themselves from the crowd is by introducing a smooth, highly usable interface with unique control mechanisms, and creating a device that embraces apps and features beyond notifications, but in a way that makes sense for a small-screened device. The Apple Watch also cozies up to mobile payments, with NFC and Apple’s new ‘Secure Element’ for storing payment information embedded within.

That means the Apple Watch can enable Apple Pay on any device it works with, which includes the iPhone 5 and later. But with this pre-release version, we were only able to check out basic features, including a demo reel while we wore the watch on our own wrists, and functioning devices operated by Apple employees to show us more advanced functionality.

Features will require more time to assess – the notifications and quick replies seem very…

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