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

GM reportedly to test ‘thousands’ of self-driving vehicles with Lyft in 2018

General Motors Corp. is set to test “thousands” of self-driving vehicles in partnership with ride-hailing partner Lyft Inc. beginning in 2018, according to a report published Friday. Reuters, quoting “two sources familiar with the automaker’s plans,” claims that the test will see specially equipped versions of the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle being used by Lyft […]

Fintech app platform maker OpenFin raises $15M

Financial technology startup OpenFin Inc. has raised $15 million in a round led by J.P. Morgan, Euclid Opportunities and Bain Capital. Founded in 2010, OpenFin describes its technology as the “Android for capital markets.” It offers a common operating layer for the financial industry, promising to enable rapid and secure deployment of apps that support a native experience and […]

Snap IPO valuation comes in at $16.2-$18.5B, below expectations

Snap Inc., the maker of the Snapchat messaging application, isn’t worth quite as much as investors had expected, at least for the moment. In a new filing Thursday for its expected initial public offering of shares, the company said it would sell 200 million shares for between $14 and $16 per share, giving it a […]

YouTube now offers 1B videos with automatic captions

Google Inc. has hit a new milestone as its YouTube video hosting service passed 1 billion videos with automatic captions. The automatic captioning service was launched in December 2009 as a way to make YouTube videos accessible for those with limited or no hearing. It combined Google’s automatic speech recognition technology with the YouTube caption […]

Hedge funds are acquiring Mt. Gox bitcoin creditor claims

Hedge funds in the United States and Japan are reported to be buying the claims of the thousands of account holders who lost money following the collapse of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox in 2014. Described as a “daring wager” by The Financial Times, the four hedge funds are offering claim holders a shortcut that lets them sell […]

Report: Verizon’s Yahoo acquisition to go ahead at a $250M+ discount

Verizon Communications Inc.’s acquisition of Yahoo Inc. looks set to go ahead but at a reduced price, according to multiple reports published Wednesday. Bloomberg claims people familiar with the matter have said that Verizon has negotiated a $250 million discount on the $4.8 billion acquisition price following Yahoo’s revelation of security breaches in 2016. It […]

Arxan wants to make JavaScript app security great again

Security flaws in JavaScript apps are well-known, but one company is aiming to make their security great again. Arxan Technologies Inc. has launched Arxan Application Protection for JavaScript, a new offering that it claims will provide protection for JavaScript-based applications with a comprehensive solution designed to prevent brand damage, financial loss and IP theft. The technology turns applications into self-defending […]

New macOS malware blamed on Russian group behind election hacks

Security researchers have discovered a new form of macOS malware that is believed to have been designed by the same Russian group that was blamed for the hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016. Based on Xagent, code that has previously be used to attack Windows, iOS, Android and Linux devices, the Mac version […]

PayPal goes old school with $233M acquisition of an offline bill payment company

Going old school, PayPal Inc. said Tuesday it will acquire TIO Networks Corp., a financial services company that facilitates bill payments in offline locations. PayPal will pay $233 million in cash for the company. Founded in 1997, TIO is a bill payment processor that allows users to pay bills from utility, telecom and cable company kiosks, […]

IBM’s Watson brings AI cybercrime fighting tools to security operations centers

IBM Corp.’s long-held ambition to fight cybercrime has come to fruition as it announced the general availability of its Watson for Cyber Security platform. The platform, announced in May 2016 and launched in beta test phase in December, has been designed to discover behavior patterns and evidence of hidden cyber attacks and threats that could otherwise be […]