With just one day left in open enrollment, companies turn to Stride Health for help


The compressed timelines of this year’s open enrollment period for government-mandated healthcare have left some companies in the lurch, and as the final hours to enroll tick by, they’ve turned to the startup company Stride Health for help.

Stride manages a number of different tax and healthcare-related information for customers, including Uber, Etsy, Postmates, TaskRabbit, Instacart, DoorDash, Care.com and Homebase.

Now a clutch of other gig economy companies, like Fiverr, Dribbble, Bonsai, HoneyBook, Samaschool and Wonolo have signed up for the service — and the motivating factor is healthcare, according to chief executive Noah Lang.

“The government is spending less this year to promote the importance of having health insurance, so these companies have taken it upon…

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What telecoms and tech companies are saying about the FCC’s net neutrality decision

The FCC just voted to eliminate the net neutrality rules established by 2015’s Open Internet Order. The blowback has been predictably sudden from many prominent internet companies that are decrying the commission’s decision. Just as pronounced, however, has been the support from prominent telecoms that expressed enthusiasm for the FCC’s vote today’s.

Here’s what has been said so far. We’re still waiting to hear from others and we’ll update this list as we do.

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Apple launches its podcast analytics service into beta


At WWDC this year, Apple announced it would soon offer its own podcast analytics service for show creators who publish on Apple Podcasts. Today, that service has launched into beta, offering podcasters the ability to track unique devices and playback metrics for their podcasts, including when listeners drop off in the middle of a show.

This sort of client-side data is something podcasters have wanted for a long time. But Apple had shown little interest over the years in offering analytics – despite the increasing popularity of podcasts.

That changed with the arrival of iOS 11, however. Apple redesigned its Podcasts app, and added new consumer-facing features like support for trailers, as well as those focused on newer podcast content trends, like support for serialized show type…

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A timeline of the FCC’s quest to destroy net neutrality

The actual creators of the modern internet tell the FCC it is wrong

Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Whitfield Diffie, Martin Hellman, Brewster Kahle, Steve Wozniak, Susan Landau and others, people who literally led the creation of the internet, the web, encryption, hyperlinks, and all that good stuff tell the FCC that it’s both wrong and misguided.

“We are the pioneers and technologists who created and now operate the Internet,” they write. “The FCC’s rushed and technically incorrect proposed Order to abolish net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the Internet we worked so hard to create. It should be stopped.”

Perhaps they’re just “desperate” too.

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The FCC just repealed net neutrality. What happens next?

The FCC voted this morning to nullify 2015’s Open Internet Order and its strong net neutrality rules, substituting a flimsy replacement with a deeply (and deliberately) incorrect technical justification.

The battle is lost. What of the war? Here’s what happens next, and what you can do to help.

First, very little

As rushed as this vote was, it doesn’t make the rest of the government move any faster. Voting to adopt the order doesn’t magically and instantly eliminate net neutrality. First the new rules have to be entered into the federal register — and that won’t happen for a little while, perhaps a couple months.

In the meantime you’re going to get a whole lot of blog posts, opinion pieces in newspapers, speeches, statements, notices of intent,…

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Assembla’s new iOS app lets developers manage their repos on the go

Software development isn’t exactly something that naturally lends itself to mobile. Who, after all, wants to code on a virtual keyboard and a small screen. But you don’t need to be bound to a desktop or laptop to manage your code or to compare the latest revisions of a file while you’re on the go. It’s maybe no surprise then that Assembla, a cloud-based enterprise version control service and GitHub competitor, today announced the launch of its mobile app for iOS.

This app allows Assembla users to easily manage their Git, Subversion and Perforce repos from their iPhones and iPads. Using the app, developers can compare revisions of any given file in their repos, search their files for any text strings in their code and see a detailed file history for every revision, including…

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Instacart promotes Sarah Mastrorocco to new position of VP of Business Development


Instacart is going through some growing pains right now, with Amazon buying Whole Foods this summer and target picking up Alabama-based Shipt in the last week.

But growing pains come for a reason — the on-demand grocery delivery platform is getting bigger, just recently signing a deal with the third-largest grocery retailer in North America, Albertsons.

Primary credit for that goes to Sarah Mastrorocco, who is being promoted to the newly created position of VP of Business Development.

Mastrorocco joined Instacart in April of 2014 as the second hire on the Business Development team, heading up inking deals with grocery retailers across the country. She also spent time leading the Catalog team, before returning to Business Development as Instacart’s Head of Retail…

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Canary brings person detection to its cameras to help avoid false positives


Canary’s finally bringing one of its most requested features to its full line of connected home security cameras. After spending some time in beta, person detection will be rolling out over the course of the next six weeks to all of the company’s existing customers.

The feature utilizes a combination of AI and machine learning the company calls “Canary Vision,” in order to differentiate people from other kinds of movements. As someone who’s tested both the standard Canary all-in-one and the more portable Flex, I can attest to the fact that a lack of intelligent detection was one of both products’ biggest downsides.