Duncan Riley

Duncan Riley

Duncan Riley is a senior writer at SiliconANGLE covering Startups, Bitcoin, and the Internet of Things.

Duncan is a co-founder of VC funded media company B5Media and founder of news site The Inquisitr, and was a senior writer at TechCrunch in its earlier days.

Tips? Press releases? Intersting startup? email: duncan@nichenet.com.au or contact Duncan on Twitter @duncanriley

Latest from Duncan Riley

Uber mess: banned in Thailand, Spain, trouble in Vietnam & Indonesia, sued in California

There’s never a dull day for rideshare startup Uber Inc., and today is no different with news of a range of new bans, problems and legal suits. The first ban comes from military junta-ruled Thailand, where the Thai Department of Land Transport have said that Uber is illegal because the company uses private cars rather […]

Ziftr launches presale for altcoin ziftrCOIN

New Hampshire-based Ziftr has launched its new alternative currency (altcoin) ziftrCOIN on presale today. ziftrCOIN is being pitched as a gateway coin to mainstream cryptocurrency, and has been “designed to onboard the next 10 million cryptocurrency users and to help fulfil Ziftr’s goal of bringing cryptocurrency into the mainstream for consumers and retailers.” The coin […]

Bitreserve raises $8m+ Series B via crowd funding

Bitcoin exchange company Bitreserve Inc.,  has raised over $8 million and growing through investment crowdfunding platform CrowdCube. The Charleston, S.C.-based company headed by CNET founder Hasley Minor offers a Bitcoin currency exchange and payment services. The company pitches itself as enabling “members to escape Bitcoin volatility by holding bitcoin as stable, real-world money, but to still spend their money as Bitcoin.” […]

Portland C&Ds Uber, sues to stop unlicensed operation

Portland, Oregon has decided it doesn’t want a piece of the ride-sharing revolution, sending a cease and desist (C&D) letter to the movement’s poster child, Uber Inc., at the same time suing the company to force it to stop operating in the city. The C&D refers to Portland’s City Code Chapter 16:40 which regulates private for hire […]

Hedgy wants to eliminate Bitcoin volatility

One of the hardest aspects for merchants wishing to offer their services or product in Bitcoin is volatility, with the cryptocurrency being notoriously fickle in its exchange rate. Hedgy wants to eliminate that level of volatility. San Mateo, CA-based Hedgy uses “the first principles of derivatives combined with the novelty of the Bitcoin block chain […]

Fail: Uber banned in Delhi, driver previously jailed for rape, Uber facing negligence charge

Things continue to go from bad to worse for Uber Inc. with the Delhi Government banning the service, as it has also been revealed that the driver alleged of raping a passenger had previously been jailed for rape, and the company may be charged with negligence for allowing the rape to occur by failing to follow […]

Uber in trouble again as Indian driver allegedly rapes passenger

Indian police arrested an Uber driver Sunday who allegedly raped a passenger Friday night November 5th. Local media says the driver attacked the 27-year-old woman, who works for a finance company, after she hired the cab in Gurgaon near Delhi. The woman said in her complaint to local police that after getting into the car she fell […]

Sony hack traced to Thailand as company says the attack was unprecedented

The devastating hacking of Sony Corp’s internal systems has taken an interesting turn, with a source of the hacking being tracked to Bangkok, Thailand. The hack, which started late November is reported to have been traced to the 4 1/2 star St. Regis Hotel in Bangkok on December 1st, the dates where the hackers first started leaking hacked documents […]

Report: Instacart raising more than $100 million on $2 billion valuation

Grocery delivery startup Instacart is reported to be in the process of raising more than $100 million in a Series C round of funding on a valuation of $2 billion. The valuation is a big increase from its $400 million valuation when it closed a $44 million Series B round in June 2014. San Francisco based […]

Habitat wants to offer home automation for products you already own

Habitat is a startup that aims to provide a home automation platform that takes products you already own and connect them to the Internet and your mobile devices. The Canadian company is currently looking to launch with four products that aim to make “home automation affordable, useful and enjoyable for everyone” that “don’t require an […]