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Phin Upham, attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he won numerous awards for his research and served in leading community service roles. Phin edited a successful book titled Philosophers in Conversation in 2002 that was translated into Mandarin and sold in the US, Europe and China and has since edited two more. Phin has written a nationally syndicated newspaper column and had his work published in numerous scholarly journals.

Phin Upham works as an investor where he previously worked doing financial research and analysis for a bulge-bracket investment bank and most recently in macro-economic and technology investing at a leading hedge fund. Upham’s community service involvement has been extensive including serving as the youngest member of the Board of the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Young Friends where he led major aspects of its community outreach in West Philadelphia and was responsible for all graduate student involvement in the Museum. He received his undergraduate degree with Honors from Harvard University. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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  • Black Hat Tor-Busting Talk Nixed July 22, 2014
    The Tor Project is working to remedy a vulnerability in its anonymity software following the sudden cancellation of a talk at next month's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas that would have revealed it. The planned talk would have demonstrated a way to unmask users of Tor, the privacy-minded Web browsing software. CMU researcher Alexander Volynk […]
    Katherine Noyes
  • iOS Insecurity - Designed by Apple? July 22, 2014
    The long-held belief that Android is the least secure of mobile OSes was shattered by security researcher and expert iOS hacker Jonathan Zdziarski over the weekend. Zdziarski unveiled a host of iOS vulnerabilities, the scope of which was staggering. They include undocumented services that bypass backup encryption and can be accessed both via USB and wireless […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Nvidia's Shield Tablet Earns Praise for Hardware, Shrugs for Games July 22, 2014
    Nvidia is expanding its Shield line of gaming products with the launch of a gaming tablet and accompanying wireless controller. Designed for high performance, the tablet is powered by Nvidia's Tegra K1 processor, which includes 192 graphics processing unit cores. It will be frequently updated with software updates designed to draw stronger performance a […]
    Kris Holt
  • GoTenna Makes Wireless 'Magic' July 22, 2014
    Startup GoTenna has launched its eponymously named device, which lets users communicate without the need for a cell tower. "This is an interesting concept," said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research. "It's like a walkie-talkie on steroids." The device uses BlueTooth LE to pair with a user's smartphone. It can excha […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Judge Rules Police Can Stuff Entire Email Accounts Into Evidence Lockers July 21, 2014
    Concerns about overly broad searches of digital data by law enforcement once again have emerged after a federal judge issued an opinion stating officials armed with a warrant can seize and hold a suspect's entire email account. Such an action would not violate the suspect's rights under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, said U.S. Magistrate […]
    Richard Adhikari
  • Nokia X, We Hardly Knew Ye July 21, 2014
    "I told you so" is a refrain that's oft-heard here in the Linux blogosphere, and more often than not it refers to some fleeting Microsoft tie with FOSS that subsequently goes wrong. The latest example? It's a doozy. Redmond not only is laying off many, many thousands -- most of them in its ill-fated Nokia unit -- but also abandoning its s […]
    Katherine Noyes
  • Layoffs: There's a Right Way July 21, 2014
    Microsoft last week announced a large staff reduction tied to the acquisition of Nokia. There is actually a science to how to make layoffs, but much of that appears to have been lost over the last couple of decades. I have some theories as to why, but how you carry out job cuts actually is very important, and it reflects how well the CEO understands people. […]
    Rob Enderle
  • Siri May Be Starting a Hope Chest July 19, 2014
    It may not be a marriage made in heaven, but the cloud is pretty close. Just hours after IBM and Apple announced their strategic partnership, speculation began to spread about two of their most well-known products: What if Siri and Watson were to hook up? Siri is Apple's voice-enabled digital personal assistant. Watson is IBM's AI software, perhaps […]
    John P. Mello Jr.
  • Social Robot Jibo Melts Crowdfunders' Hearts July 18, 2014
    A crowdfunding campaign for Jibo, a little robot designed to become one of the family, kicked off Wednesday on Indiegogo, and it already has raised more than $577,000 -- nearly six times its $100,000 target. The voice-controlled robot with a friendly face is a do-it-all personal assistant. It can take pictures, provide information from the Web or apps, order […]
    Kris Holt
  • Down the EU's Right-to-Be-Forgotten Rabbit Hole July 17, 2014
    Telecom regulators from each EU member state, together with the Article 29 Working Party -- a group comprised of a data protection authority representative from each state, the European Data Protection Supervisor, and the European Commission -- reportedly have invited search engines to a meeting next week. Microsoft, which just started fielding link removal […]
    Kris Holt

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  • The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute July 23, 2014
     Given Google’s recent purchase of a building on the Embarcadero and the city’s move to effectively block Pinterest from relocating its headquarters into a specially-zoned building in the design district, I wanted to point out a few things. San Francisco is now at record employment levels after adding 60,000 jobs over the last four years. Commercial rents ar […]
    Kim-Mai Cutler
  • This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone July 23, 2014
     I’d think this was just a clever April Fools joke, if it wasn’t the middle of July. Motorola and VivaLnk have made a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked. Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock your phone like a time traveling sp […]
    Greg Kumparak
  • Hands On With The Amazon Fire Phone July 23, 2014
     Announced last month, the Amazon Fire Phone is the company’s first attempt at mobile hardware. Like its cousins in the Kindle Fire line of tablets, it runs a fork of Android and gives you quick access to everything in Amazon’s large (and growing) content library. Read More […]
    Kyle Russell
  • OpenCurriculum Looks To Foster Open-Source Education By Releasing Free Online Library July 23, 2014
     Aimed at providing teachers with educational materials by making them open and competitive, OpenCurriculum, which launched in Pittsburgh, curates and organizes material from sites such as teacher blogs and lesson material publishers. Teachers can create lesson plans and more through OpenCurriculum.org. Read More […]
    Julian Chokkattu
  • PayPal Expands Its Working Capital Service To UK, Switches From Loans To Cash Advances July 23, 2014
     As payments platforms look for more ways to grow their margins and usage among businesses, they continue to push into a wider and deeper range of financial services. In one of the latest moves, eBay’s PayPal is expanding its Working Capital service to the UK. This is its first market for PayPal’s lending platform outside of the U.S., where it first launched […]
    Ingrid Lunden
  • Open Labs Launches Stagelight 2.0, Signs Deals With Lenovo, Dell, Microsoft And Guitar Center July 23, 2014
     Tons of news from Stagelight by Open Labs today. The Linkin Park- and Timbaland-backed production software for amateur musicians for the PC now comes preloaded on Lenovo and Dell laptops, tablets and computers. Additionally, Open Labs has signed distribution agreements with Intel, Microsoft and Guitar Center. The company also just released its 2.0 version s […]
    Sarah Buhr
  • Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees July 22, 2014
     While Apple today reported its quarterly earnings, another group seized the moment to push out another bit of Apple-related news. The company is being sued in a class-action suit over a series of alleged violations of the California Labor Code, including the “timely” granting of meal and rest breaks as well as final paychecks. The case potentially affects s […]
    Ingrid Lunden
  • Inside Shutterstock’s Fourth Annual Hackathon July 22, 2014
     Here’s a weird confession: Until last week, I’d never been to a company hackathon. Obviously, I’ve been to hackathons, including the ones TechCrunch hosts before our Disrupt conference. But I’ve never made it to one of those company-wide events that large organizations like Facebook hold as a way to develop new ideas and stay connected to their startup root […]
    Anthony Ha
  • InMobi’s New Suite For Game Developers Sports Voxel’s Playable Ads July 22, 2014
     Independent ad network InMobi is touting a new solution for developers to take advantage of gamers’ emotional states to producer high click-thru rates on advertisements in their games. Along with tools for including interstitials that look like part of the game experience and ads that give you gameplay bonuses for watching videos, the company’s SDK now incl […]
    Kyle Russell
  • Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen To Talk Philanthropy, Open-Source Education At Disrupt SF 2014 July 22, 2014
     Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the founder and president of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation, a private operating foundation that functions as a philanthropic innovation lab. The foundation’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower people to give in a way that matters more. Arrillaga-Andreessen is trying to radically change the way we give, and w […]
    Alexia Tsotsis

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