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

India’s central bank successfully tests blockchain transactions with financial institutions

Blockchain-based distributed ledgers may soon power the future of banking in India after the research arm of the country’s central bank successfully tested the platform across a range of financial institutions. The Reserve Bank of India’s Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology ran the trial in conjunction with regulators, banks, financial institutions and clearing houses. […]

Lyft dumps international alliance as it plots global expansion

Lyft Inc. has confirmed once and for all that its global ride-hailing alliance with Didi Chuxing Technology Co., GrabTaxi Holdings Pte. Ltd.,and India’s Ola (ANI Technologies Pvt. Ltd.) is dead. Lyft advised its users that they should download one of their former partners’ respective apps in the country they are visiting. Users were previously able to book a […]

Hacker group Shadow Brokers retires after failing to sell NSA exploits

The notorious hacking group TheShadowBrokers announced Thursday that it’s retiring, but not without leaving a parting gift. The group came to worldwide fame back in August after hacking the National Security Agency linked Equation Group and offering the tools it obtained for sale on the dark web. Shadow Brokers tried to sell the tools, initially asking for 1 […]

Donald Trump picks Rudy Giuliani as cyber security advisor

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani will advise the incoming administration on cyber security matters, President-elect Trump’s transition team announced Thursday. Despite critical remarks by some in the media, Giuliani comes into the role with some experience, not only from his days of implementing tough law-and-order policies in New York but as the chairman of Giuliani […]

You can now book Uber rides from within Google Maps

Google Inc. has updated its Maps app to allow Uber users to book their rides directly within the search giant’s app itself. The new feature, an extension of basic support for Uber rides announced back in 2014, allows users to search, browse, request and pay for an Uber directly from Google Maps. Perhaps more significantly, users don’t have to […]

Person-to-person lending platform Funding Circle raises $100M round

Brushing aside worries about fallout from the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote last year, person-to-person lending platform provider Funding Circle Ltd. has raised $100 million in a late and large Series F round led by Accel Partners. Founded in 2010, Funding Circle connects small businesses who want to borrow with investors who want to lend. The company enables […]

Mobile payments startup iZettle raises $63M in new funding

Swedish mobile payments startup iZettle AB has raised $63 million in new funding to push its mini-credit card readers that turn smartphones or tablets into cash registers. The new funding was raised at a valuation of $500 million, according to TechCrunch, through a combination of equity financing from existing investors including Intel Capital, Index Ventures, MasterCard and […]

Exchange investigation in China drives bitcoin price down 18 percent

The price of bitcoin dropped as much as 18 percent in trading Wednesday as Chinese authorities announced they were launching spot checks on leading bitcoin exchanges within its borders. China’s Central bank published an announcement that it will start carrying out site inspections on Chinese bitcoin exchanges Jan. 17. It intends to check whether the companies have correct […]

Department of Transportation establishes autonomous device advisory committee

The U.S. Department of Transportation has established a new advisory committee to come up with policies for autonomous drones, self-driving cars and similar technologies. Chaired by General Motors Co. Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, the committee includes representatives from, among others, Zipcar Inc., FedEx Corp., Hyperloop One Inc., Delphi Automotive PLC, the National Safety Council, […]

Google parent Alphabet grounds Titan Internet drone division

Google Inc.’s parent company Alphabet Inc. has continued the purge of its X moonshots division by closing its Titan drone division and related Project Skybender that were intended to provide Internet access to remote areas. First reported by 9to5Google, the closure resulted in members of the Titan team getting reassigned to other projects. The Titan drone […]