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AI Weekly: Amazon bots are helping bring the USPS back from oblivion

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The United States Postal Service is not exactly bouncing back from oblivion these days, but it’s worth noting that there’s been a slight bump in one area. For the low-margin Shipping and Packages division, there was an 11 percent increase in revenue over last quarter. In general, these items — small packages that come to your mailbox but not snail mail letters — have kept the USPS from sinking like a ship. For the savvy readers out there, you might already know there is one company that is helping them rebound. Hint: It’s named after an area in South America. ... Read More
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Proposed California Law Targets Sexual Harassment in Venture Capital

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A California state senator says she will introduce legislation to clarify legal protections for entrepreneurs facing sexual harassment. State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson says the proposal, which she revealed Thursday, is in response to “recent and stunning” allegations by women entrepreneurs of harassment by venture capitalists. Such behavior is unacceptable from an industry that “prides itself as being the cutting edge and critical to our state’s economy,” she said. The proposal would amend California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits sexual discrimination at California businesses, to clarify that it covers sexual harassment in relationships between entrepreneurs and potential investors.... Read More
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Charleston startup wants to help women find and keep developer jobs

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Despite ongoing initiatives to boost women and minority tech entrepreneurs, the diversity gap remains tough to close in the tech industry. While the barrier of entry, including access to education, has opened the doors of STEM fields to more people, retention of women is at an all-time low. In the high-tech industry, women’s quit rate, at 41, is almost twice as high as men’s, according to a recent study. Employers have issues retaining female employees partly because they were less likely to be offered opportunities for training and development, as well receiving less support from managers. ... Read More
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At Impish Lee, things take a natural course

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Impish Lee has found a way to go even au naturel-er. The Sea Cliff-based customized-lingerie manufacturer has innovated its trillions-strong-and-yet-barely-there product line once again, this time introducing a 95-percent-natural fiber that thinks globally and acts sexually. Customers can now choose to have their personalized products – trillions of possible combinations, factoring styles, fabrics, colors, sizes, add-ons and more – fashioned with modal jersey, a sustainable (and super-soft) fabric comprised almost entirely of beechwood fiber, making it a friend to allergy sufferers and Mother Earth al... Read More
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Serverless launches open source Event Gateway to tie cloud functions together

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There’s a new open source tool in town for tying different event-driven functions together. Serverless, a startup that builds tools for building applications without having to worry about underlying infrastructure, announced a new Event Gateway project today that provides developers with a platform-agnostic tool for passing events from one program to another. Event Gateway combines two different sets of functionality: an API gateway that lets developers monitor and manage connections between different applications, and a publish-subscribe (Pub/Sub) service that is designed to route information from one to another. What that means is a developer can c... Read More
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Amid Silicon Valley crackdown on alt-right, Gab social network raises $1 million via crowdfunding

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As high-tech firms have begun taking steps to weed out some of the most offensive right-wing hate groups, alternative social network Gab has seen a surge in donations to its crowdfunding campaign as it plays up its anti-Silicon Valley crusade. Today, Gab passed $1 million raised. That includes almost $500,000 in just the last five days. And Gab isn’t being coy about its feeling towards Silicon Valley giants. ... Read More
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GameCredits takes on Apple and Google with its blockchain-based app store

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Cryptocurrency has the potential to disrupt many industries, and a startup called GameCredits hopes to use it to disrupt the mobile app store duopoly of Apple and Google. Its motto is “In games we trust.” GameCredits is creating a blockchain-based app store that will be an alternative place where mobile game developers can sell their games. Users will be able to make purchases in the games using the company’s own digital blockchain currency, dubbed GameCredits, and GameCredits will give 90 percent of the proceeds to developers, rather than just the 70 percent that Apple and Google share from their app store sales. GameCredits hopes to remove... Read More
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DMarket launches ICO, plans blockchain marketplace for in-game items

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Blockchain-based game marketplace DMarket has raised $2.5 million in a presale and launched its public token sale (ICO) today. The ICO, which kicked off just an hour ago, has so far generated over $1.5 million. DMarket’s decentralized, cross-game marketplace will let gamers freely trade and sell in-game assets, earning real value for those virtual items. In the $100 billion-plus gaming market, only about 4,000 of the millions of gamers are able to profit from their time spent gaming, the company said. It wants to open up that capability to all gamers. Right now, people can make money off in-game items they sell on the Steam Marketplace, which is in Valve’s digital communi... Read More
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Box taps Google’s AI for image recognition

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Box is bringing more artificial intelligence to its content services offering for enterprises, the company announced today. Using the Google Cloud Vision API, customers will be able to get automatic tagging of objects, optical character recognition of text in images, and other information when they upload files. With this move, Box is adding a new layer of intelligence to its marquee service, which offers customers secure, cloud-based file storage and content management capabilities. Box Image Recognition will be able to further help customers by automatically classifying their images, which can then enable workflows to route files or just help reduce busy work. For example, a service technician could use Box Capture, ... Read More
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Robotic digitization startup Ripcord raises $40 million to make paperless offices a reality

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Ripcord, a startup that’s using robotics, machine vision, and artificial intelligence to create what it calls the “truly paperless workplace,” has raised $40 million in a series B round of funding led by Icon Ventures, with participation from Kleiner Perkins, Lux Capital, and Silicon Valley Bank. The funds constitute $25 million in equity financing and $15 million in debt. Founded out of Hayward, California, in 2015, Ripcord has built machines that can scan, index, and categorize paper documents to make them searchable via the cloud through companies’ existing digital systems, such as SAP, Oracle, and NetSuite. Companies pack their physical records into ... Read More
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SBA head sees businesses held back by lack of loans, workers

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Six months into her tenure as head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon sees a split among small business owners — they are increasingly optimistic, she says, but many are held back by their inability to get loans or find the right workers for jobs that are staying open. “Entrepreneurs are willing again to be bigger risk-takers than they have been over the past eight years,” McMahon said in a phone interview this week with The Associated Press. But, she said, there are also lingering effects of the Great Recession, and “I think there is still a caution.” McMahon’s observations matched owners’ self-assessments in surveys including ones released by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Bus... Read More
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St. Paul’s 3-step plan to become a better place for tech

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I have been fortunate over the past several months to serve on the Saint Paul Innovation Cabinet, brought together by Mayor Chris Coleman and Council Member Chris Tolbert with other leaders from the technology, innovation, economic development, real estate, and workforce development sectors. Our work has been focused on accelerating innovation sector jobs in St. Paul and identifying the strategies necessary to take the city to the next level. Through working with these leaders in our business community, I see a bright future for St. Paul. The action plan that we developed — ... Read More
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Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on Free Speech, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet Addiction.

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I sat down with Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram, in June to interview him for my feature story, “Instagram’s CEO Wants to Clean Up the Internet,” and for “Is Instagram Going Too Far to Protect Our Feelings,” a special that ran on CBS this week.It was a long conversation, but here is a 20-minute overview in which Systrom talks about the artificial intelligence Instagram has been developing to filter out toxic comments before you even see them. He also discusses free speech, the possibility of Instagr... Read More
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The ‘reverse ICO’: How existing businesses will start tokenizing

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The amount of money generated by the Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) of blockchain-based companies is astounding. In July alone, ICOs generated $500 million of funding, bringing the all-time total to over $1.6 billion. That doesn’t even include August, where FileCoin is closing in on $200 million by itself. It’s impressive. Yet, on the horizon is a potentially even greater wave of ICOs. Call them “reverse ICOs,” where existing businesses realize the best way for them to compete is by decentralizing themselves. The poster child ... Read More
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My face is ready for the Cinera

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Future Mobility raises $200 million for electric car development

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(Reuters) — Chinese electric-car venture Future Mobility Corp, co-founded by former BMW and Nissan Motor executives, has raised $200 million from investors including China’s Suning and Fullshare Holdings in its latest round of financing. Most of the money will be used for product development, said Daniel Kirchert, Future Mobility’s president. He has previously worked at Infiniti China, Nissan’s luxury vehicle division, and BMW Brilliance Automotive. Future Mobility, which plans to launch three vehicles by 2022, has a premium midsize crossover SUV ready to go into the next “serious” phase of development – that is preparing for production and sale in the world’s top two auto markets, China and the Uni... Read More
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A Deep Flaw in Cars’ Guts Lets Hackers Shut Down Safety Features

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Since two security researchers showed they could hijack a moving Jeep on a highway three years ago, both automakers and the cybersecurity industry have accepted that connected cars are as vulnerable to hacking as anything else linked to the internet. But one new car-hacking trick illustrates that while awareness helps, protection can be extremely complex. They've uncovered a vulnerability in vehicular internal networks that's not only near-universal, but also can be exploited while bypassing the auto industry's first attempts at anti-hacking mechanisms. ... Read More
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A Deep Flaw in Your Car Lets Hackers Shut Down Safety Features

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Since two security researchers showed they could hijack a moving Jeep on a highway three years ago, both automakers and the cybersecurity industry have accepted that connected cars are as vulnerable to hacking as anything else linked to the internet. But one new car-hacking trick illustrates that while awareness helps, protection can be extremely complex. They've uncovered a vulnerability in vehicular internal networks that's not only near-universal, but also can be exploited while bypassing the auto industry's first attempts at anti-hacking mechanisms. ... Read More
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Old friends, new funds have ThermoLift thinking ahead

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A shining star of Stony Brook University’s commercialization and innovation ecosystems is renewing ties with an old friend – and leveraging some fresh international funding – in its efforts to perfect its energy-efficient environmental-control systems. ThermoLift Inc., headquartered at SBU’s Advanced Energy Research and Technology Center and a member of the university’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, has inked a second collaborative contr... Read More
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Governor Cuomo Announces Winners Of 76west Clean Energy Competition

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Dallas-Based Skyven Technologies Named $1 Million Grand Prize Winner - Will Expand Business to the Southern Tier; Grow Southern Tier's Clean Energy Economy. Albany, NY - August 16, 2017 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the six winning companies of the 76West Clean Energy Competition, one of the largest competitions in the country that focuses on supporting and growing clean-energy businesses and economic development. Skyven Technologies, a solar heating company from Dallas, Texas, has been awarded the $1 million grand prize, and will expand its operations in the Southern Tier. The competition complements "Southern T... Read More
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Blockstack announces $25 million fund to rebuild the internet for a blockchain world

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Blockchain startup Blockstack is out to build a decentralized version of the internet, where users own their own data and apps live locally on your device. The idea is to free users from security breaches, platform lock-in, and a loss of control over their data. Its challenge now is to get a whole host of developers to build apps for its platform. And so today the company announced a $25 million “Signature Fund” to build out that app ecosystem. Investors in the fund include VC firms Lux Capital, Rising Tide, ... Read More
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DoorDash trials food delivery via Marble’s autonomous robots

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DoorDash is doubling down on its efforts to embrace robots and enhance its on-demand food delivery service. The San Francisco-based company is partnering with robotics startup Marble for a pilot program that will kick off initially in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marble began life in San Francisco in 2015, but only emerged out of stealth back in April this year when it announced a tie-up with Yelp’s Eat24 food delivery service, with a handful of local restaurants opting into the pi... Read More
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Mari Smith, Facebook secrets, and Walmart’s creepy AI – VB Engage

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In this week’s episode, Travis and Stewart interview the Queen of Facebook, Mari Smith, at Unbounce‘s CTAConf. Mari divulges what really works and what doesn’t when it comes to using Facebook for your business. We also discuss two big funding rounds for two very different data analytics tools, and we dig into what Walmart is doing with AI and CCTV cameras. Spoiler alert: Walmart shoppers aren’t going to be happy about it, and neither are we. ... Read More
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No. 236: Farrell Fritz stars, robots rising and a scary price spike on bacon and butter sandwiches

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It’s Wednesday out there: Happy hump day, kids, and welcome new readers Mark, Andrea, Harrison, Jeisenia, Anthony, Bianca, Roxanne, Weicheng and Daisy. Great to have you aboard. It’s Aug. 16, on which Edwin Prescott – builder of Coney Island’s first Loop the Loop – received an 1896 patent for the roller coaster. Also, Ringo replaced Pete Best on this day in 1962. Happy birthday: Dan Polner and John McNally and Larry Levy and Jamie Lynn Ryan. And hope you had a good one, Carl Corry. At InnovateLI.com: Long Islanders Noreen Kazi and Nisha Bhalla will open a local branch of Silicon Valley’s ... Read More
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Nimble Launches Smart Contacts Add-In for Microsoft Edge

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Market’s First Social Selling CRM Enriches Microsoft Office 365 Contacts and Companies With Social Business Insights, Advancing User Adoption SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 16, 2017– Nimble, the award-winning pioneer of Social Sales and Marketing CRM, today announced the launch of Nimble Smart Contacts Add-In for Microsof... Read More
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Essential Phones will begin shipping within a week

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This Stress-Free Fish Tank Lets Plants Do the Cleaning

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Owning a fish is an exercise in mental fortitude. You might think your little underwater friend will bring tranquility to your life, that you will experience the joy of pet ownership without the commitment or mess. Wrong. To own a fish is to experience a near-constant anxiety crisis. You will find yourself checking approximately 100 times a day to see if your fish is dead, wondering if it might be happier with a castle or perhaps a plastic pineapple, and realizing that its life in that waterlogged box is both very depressing and a very good reminder of your own mortality. You will find yourself Googling things like, “Fish pacing back and forth in tank” or “Can fish love?” and not feeling at all go... Read More
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How Silicon Valley’s Workplace Culture Produced James Damore’s Google Memo

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Last week, a software engineer at Google, James Damore, posted a ten-page memo, titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” to an internal company network. Citing a range of psychological studies, Wikipedia entries, and media articles on “our culture of shaming and misrepresentation,” Damore argued that women are underrepresented in the tech industry largely because of their innate biological differences from men—their “stronger interest in people rather than things,” their propensity for “neuroticism,” their “higher levels of anxiety.” Damore critic... Read More
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The Difficult Voyage of Martin Shkreli, the Pharma Bro, Comes to an End

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As the deliberations in the Martin Shkreli trial dragged into their fifth day, the possibility that he could end up facing a deadlocked jury, or even an acquittal, started to seem increasingly real. So did the potential for yet another embarrassing setback for the government when it comes to prosecuting white-collar crime. Instead, on Friday afternoon, in Brooklyn, the jury delivered a victory, of sorts, to the government, finding Shkreli guilty on three of the eight counts with which he’d been charged—including the two most serious ones, of securities fraud. After the verdict was read, Shkre... Read More
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To create more businesses across the U.S., support first-time founders

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In the United States, 25 percent of startups fail in the first year, and 75 percent of venture-backed start-ups fail at some point. Those are startling percentages, and ones that can be alarming and disheartening for both aspiring entrepreneurs and those who invest in startups. However, there is an opportunity to lower that statistic while simultaneously fostering an environment that ensures entrepreneurs are prepared to succeed from day one – regardless of where they are located: in the plains of the heartland or in Silicon Valley. As a co-founder of an early-stage venture capital firm, Unshackled Ventures, I see pitches daily from bright minds wishing to change the world... Read More
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CCP unveils non-VR version of Eve: Valkyrie

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CCP Games has been one of the strongest supporters of virtual reality, but it is taking its flagship VR property, Eve: Valkyrie, and making a version for broader audiences without Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PSVR headsets on the PC and PlayStation 4. Dubbed Eve: Valkyrie — Warzone, the new version will enable PC and PlayStation 4 gamers to play together, both in and out of VR, in a big space combat multiplayer arena. CCP Games has been a huge supporter of virtual reality, but sales for PC-based VR systems have been slower than expected. To make it through the ... Read More
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Thinking big, about the subconscious of coding

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By GREGORY ZELLER // In an age ruled by digital interfaces and computerized systems, Noreen Kazi and Nisha Bhalla may have cracked the code. Neither is, by education or inherent skill, a natural coder. But the entrepreneurial sisters are both scientists: Kazi studied physical therapy at Stony Brook University before pausing to raise a family, while Bhalla earned an MBA at Harvard University and made a career of launching high-tech startups for larger corporations, focused on healthcare-technology integration. And both recognize the prevalence of computers in modern society, and the need for skilled programmers to operate them, and the importance of educating tomorrow’s coders today. On Oct. 14, founder and... Read More
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Faraday Future may cut its Formula E team to save cash

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Beyond KDA: Mobalytics launches open beta for League of Legends analysis

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Mobalytics is launching the open beta of its analytics platform for League of Legends players, providing an automated way to give coaching advice to millions of wannabe pro gamers. The “Moneyball of esports” is turning into a common description for new analytics startups for competitive gaming. I wrote about Dojo Madness moving into this last month, and Mobalytics is announcing something similar today for amateur or professional players of Le... Read More
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Meltwater bolsters its machine learning portfolio with Cosmify acquisition

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Media intelligence company Meltwater announced today that it has acquired Cosmify, a San Francisco-based data analysis startup. The price of the acquisition has not been disclosed, but Meltwater told VentureBeat that it has bought the startup’s intellectual property (IP) and is bringing the Cosmify team onboard. This is Meltwater’s fourth acquisition in nine months. The company has already acquired Hong Kong-based big data solution Klarity, Oxford University spinout Wrapidity, and Encore Alerts, a U.S.-based media monitoring company. It is about to close its fifth acquisition with Canada’s ... Read More
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Microsoft acquires cloud startup Cycle Computing, will integrate HPC tech into Azure

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Microsoft today announced it has acquired cloud orchestration startup Cycle Computing. The company said it plans to integrate the high-performance computing (HPC) technology into Azure. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed. Cycle Computing founder and CEO Jason Stowe noted his company’s products have been used to help customers fight cancer and other diseases, design faster rockets, build better hard drives, create better solar panels... Read More
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Merck CEO is politicizing the moment, it’s self-indulgent: Martin Shkreli

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Published on Aug 15, 2017Former Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli on drug prices, Merck CEO Ken Frazier resigning from President Trump's American Manufacturing Council and his new startup. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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These next-generation space suits could allow astronauts to explore Mars

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Space startups have Georgia on their minds

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Join us and senior business leaders to learn how to expand to the heartland, to lower costs and boost profits — and help America too. Come to BLUEPRINT in Reno on Sept 11-13, and get your 40%-off Early Bird ticket by August 25! A little after noon on Thursday, August 3, a micro-rocket — a 40-foot tiny satellite designed to carry very small loads into low orbit — quietly blasted off from a county on the coast of Georgia. The launch was a first for Arizona-based space flight startup ... Read More
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AIAS Foundation awards five scholarships for video game students

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The AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has awarded five scholarships to students who are dedicating themselves to the advancement of the video game industry. The scholarships are an attempt to make the game industry more diverse. The winners will each receive $2,500, participate in a year-long mentorship program and are eligible to receive a free pass to the 2018 D.I.C.E. Summit and 21st D.I.C.E. Awards show in the spring. In addition, the AIAS Foundation’s WomenIn pro... Read More
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Custom processor maker SiFive appoints Intel veteran as CEO

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SiFive, a startup that wants to democratize custom silicon chip design, has appointed former Intel veteran Naveed Sherwani as its CEO. The San Francisco company is pioneering a new model in the semiconductor business and it recently raised $8.5 million in a second round of funding, led by Spark Capital. The company’s founders invented RISC-V, a free and open instruction set architecture for modern microprocessors. It consists of all of the software instructions needed to program a mi... Read More
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NuOrder raises $8 million to create a digital catalog for brands

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NuOrder, which connects brands and retailers to optimize inventory and orders, today announced funding of $8 million. The round was led by Argentum, with participation from returning investors Upfront Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Cowboy Ventures, Novel TMT, and Box Group. “B2B ecommerce is widely different than B2C,” said cofounder and co-CEO Heath Wells, in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat. Wells cofounded NuOrder with his wife Olivia in Los Angeles five years ago. “We found that the business side of ecommerce was a huge opportunity, as there was a lack of innovative technologies trying to solve issues like fax machines and trade hal... Read More
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Google buys startup that turns smartphones into health diagnostic tools

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Microsoft ordered to let third parties scrape LinkedIn data

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Earnest Inc. joins list of fintech companies opening offices in Utah

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Another San Francisco financial tech company is expanding operations into Utah, looking to add 500 jobs with a capital investment of $5.6 million. Earnest Inc., a startup that offers low-interest, no-fee loans using its software to analyze applicants’ creditworthiness, will expand its operations into Salt Lake County, the company and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced Thursday. Earnest is the third fintech company from San Francisco to recently announce plans to expand to Utah and join a growing sector of the the state’s tech economy. ... Read More
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Entrepreneurs hungry for perspective should work outside Silicon Valley

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We have a summer home in New England in a semi-rural area, just ~10,000 people in town, with a potato farm across the street. Drive down the road and you can see the tall stalks of corn waving on other farms. Most people aren’t in tech or law or teaching in universities; they fall solidly into what is called working-class. They work as electricians, carpenters, plumbers, in hospitals, restaurants, as clerks, office managers, farmers, etc. They have solid middle-class values of work, family, education, and country — work hard, own a home, have a secure job, and save for their kids’ college and their retirement. This summer I was sitting in the ... Read More
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New businesses want to grow, struggle to borrow

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While startup businesses are more likely to add jobs than older, more established companies, more than half struggle to get credit that will help them grow. That’s the finding of a report released last week by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, which analyzed the results of a survey of business owners across the country. The report found that 43 percent of startups, companies 5 years old and under, were likely to add jobs and increase their revenues, compared with 22 percent of older businesses. But 58 percent of companies 2 years old and under reported they had a difficult time getting credit, and 53 percent of companies 3 to 5 years old also had problems. That compares with 39 percent of older businesses. Nearly 70 p... Read More
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Monetizing VR: Turning magic into money (VB Live)

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VR has sprouted a lot of startups, but not a whole lot of revenue yet. But with refined console headsets and mobile VR and mobile 360 growing more popular with consumers, it’s time to start thinking about a monetization strategy. Join the latest VB Live event to get started! Register here for free. VR is the Sir Ian McKellen of technology. Virtual reality has been around for 60 years, and while there have been accolades thrown at it, miles and miles of words written about it, and a brigade of enthusiastic... Read More
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Chicago’s new strategy for raising tech money — a concert

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A year ago, Chicago-based customer relationship management company Synap Software Labs(then in partnership with civic group Chicago Leadership Alliance) threw a benefit concert for the Chicago tech community, raising over $130,000 for six local tech talent development organizations in Chicago. Now, the concert, Chicago Tech Rocks, is returning for an encore performance — and this time, it’s going to be “even bigger, better, louder, and cooler,” according to Synap CEO and CTR Executive Directo... Read More
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Puerto Rican entrepreneurs find light in dark times

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Puerto Rican entrepreneurs find light in dark timesThe latest jobless rate in Puerto Rico stands at double digits and the island's largest public university now says it will raise course fees after budget cut demands during an economic crisis. Many Puerto Ricans continue to try and find ways to flee the US island territory, which owes creditors an estimated $72bn. But despite all that, some young entrepreneurs are making the best of it. Al Jazeera's Andy Gallacher reports.- Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe- Follow us on Twitter: ... Read More
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Ashes to Ashes, Dust to … Interactive Biodegradable Funerary Urns?

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Enlarge this image The Bios Urn mixes cremains with soil and seedlings. It automatically waters and cares for the memorial sapling, sending updates to a smartphone app. Bios Urn hide caption toggle caption... Read More
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NextVR’s night camera brings ghost hunting into virtual reality

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There are a lot of different VR cameras in development, but I don’t think I’ve heard of one for capturing light in extreme darkness before. NextVR, however, built one for exactly this purpose. The Newport Beach-based company is best known for its live-streaming in VR of concerts, sporting events and even political debates with proprietary cameras they developed that produce great depth effects and detail, but the well-financed startup is also producing pre-recorded content as well. One of the company’s latest projects falls into that latter category with a spooky twist. Paranormal Evidence looks like it brings the Ghost ... Read More
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Why citation tracking startup Memosnag left Silicon Valley for Nebraska

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On Christmas Eve of 2015, Kim Perkins was helping to unpack a moving truck that had just brought her family from California to Omaha. Perkins and her husband, Lorenzo Staunovo Polacco, moved to the Midwest in the heart of winter to pursue their tech careers in the Silicon Prairie. “We decided to move to Omaha as Lorenzo switched back to managing Global Finance for Yahoo, and I opened the C1X office here in the Exchange building on the 8th floor,” said Perkins. “I made the argument that there was something out here.” Earlier in 2015, Perkins was working as the Chief Product Officer and ... Read More
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The world’s best Dota 2 players just got destroyed by a killer AI from Elon Musk’s startup

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Heartland tech’s growth could slow thanks to a decline in seed funding

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With 75 percent of venture capital money in the U.S. going to only three states — California, New York, and Massachusetts — it’s never been easy for startups in the middle of the country to raise money. But with more investors pouring money into larger, later-stage rounds, it could get even harder for Heartland startups. As Reuters recently noted, seed-stage funding has been declining over the last two years, with the number of transactions down about 40 percent since mid-2015. Data from the M&A tracking firm Pitchbook shows that West Coast startups account for about 40 per... Read More
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Confluence’s $100 million acquisition a win for St. Louis’ biotech sector

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Yesterday, BioGenerator’s first co-working lab tenant, Confluence Life Sciences, got acquired by Aclaris Therapeutics, Inc. at a valuation of $100 million. On the acquisition, Confluence’s lead founder Joe Monahan said in a press release, “We are thrilled to achieve this significant milestone. … We built a team of proven drug hunters, successfully advanced multiple product candidates to the stage where they are appropriate to partner, and leveraged our profitable service business unit to achieve a financial exit.” I got a chance to sit down with Monahan and Evan Dick, senior vice president of discovery medic... Read More
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Flo raises $5 million for its AI-powered period-tracking app

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Flo, an app that tracks women’s health from periods to pregnancy, announced today funding of $5 million. The round was led by returning investor Flint Capital, with participation from model and activist Natalia Vodianova and other angel investors. Women can download the app on both iOS and Android for free and start logging in their menstrual cycles and symptoms. “Currently, there are over 50 symptoms to track, and this number is likely to double in the future,” wrote Flo founder and president Yuri Gurski, in an email to VentureBeat. “Users can keep track of their sexual activity, sports, water intake, vaginal discharge, contraception, moods, pains, and much ... Read More
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Square founder Jack Dorsey says bitcoin and blockchain are the ‘next big unlock’

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The DeanBeat: Intel’s 2014 Gamergate mistake paved the path for Google’s memo mess

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Google is going through the throes of a diversity controversy over its firing of James Damore, the white man who wrote a diversity memo that created a firestorm and got him fired from his job at Google. It isn’t clear where this imbroglio will lead, but we should recognize that we have seen this kind of thing happen in gaming and technology before, and there is a way that it could unfold for the better. Intel stepped in a big pile in 2014 when, at the beh... Read More
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Amazon explores food delivery of ‘fresh’ meals that can be stockpiled without refrigeration

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(Reuters) — Amazon is exploring a technology first developed for the U.S. military to produce tasty prepared meals that do not need refrigeration, as it looks for new ways to muscle into the $700 billion U.S. grocery business. The world’s biggest online retailer has discussed selling ready-to-eat dishes such as beef stew and a vegetable frittata as soon as next year, officials at the startup firm marketing the technology told Reuters. The dishes would be easy to stockpile and ship because they do not require refrigeration and could be offered quite cheaply compared with take-out from a restaurant. If the cutting-edge food technology comes to fruition, and Amazon implements it on a large scale, it would b... Read More
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4 policy changes Heartland entrepreneurs really want

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It feels as though 2017 is likely to go down in history as the year that lasted about a decade in our collective minds. With a new presidential administration, there’s been a groundswell of interest and engagement around policies that impact the country, and more directly, the entrepreneurs looking to build businesses within it. But even with engagement at an all-time high, headlines are seemingly focused on just a few areas: We’ve seen heavy-handed immigration policies struck down in court, twice. We’ve seen the last of a healthcare debate that raged through two houses of Congress, went through half a dozen Congressional Budget Office scores and a multitude of variations, only to get knocked down in the... Read More
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More than just a pretty game (with dinosaurs)

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Presented by Intel “It came about as an accident…I wish there was a better answer,” is Pubgames Director Chris Murphy’s candid response to explaining the origin of the studio in 2011. Based in Melbourne, Australia, the founding developers considered their options while completing their final year of university. “We were doing double degrees in Computer Science and Multimedia,” says Murphy, “and there were things we didn’t know, but we didn’t know at the time exactly what we didn’t know.” Solving this conundrum was relatively simple as it turned out. “We started building games for the sake of building games, to try and figure out what would go wrong,” he adds. Their first game,... Read More
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ProtonMail now wants businesses to use its encrypted email service

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ProtonMail has unveiled its latest initiative to make its encrypted email services available to the masses, as the Swiss startup quietly rolled out a new Professional subscription tier aimed at businesses. ProtonMail was founded out of CERN in 2013, and after a period in beta the company launched its service globally last March, with the promise of client-side encryption for all. Since then, it has been turbocharging its service with ... Read More
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Uber investor Benchmark sues Travis Kalanick for fraud

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(Reuters) — Venture capital firm Benchmark Capital is suing former Uber Chief Executive Officer Travis Kalanick to force him off the board of the ride-services company and rescind his ability to fill three board seats, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit filed Thursday accuses Kalanick of concealing a range of misdeeds from the board and scheming to retain power at the company even after he was forced to resign as chief executive of Uber Technologies Inc in June following a series of scandals. The company is currently seeking a new CEO, ... Read More
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After cancelled town hall meeting, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai speaks at girls’ coding event

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Blue Apron loses unicorn horn as stock tanks 17%

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If Blue Apron investors were hoping the worst had passed in the wake of its bumpy IPO, they weren’t prepared for its inaugural earnings report. Shares of Blue Apron closed down 17.6 percent at $5.14 a share Thursday after the company reported a net loss of 47 cents a share in the second quarter, larger than the 30 cent loss analysts had expected. The company also warned of slower revenue growth and higher operating costs for the rest of the year as it works through some growing pains. The decline left Blue Apron worth $974 million, below the $1 billion valuation mark delineating unicorns from smaller startups. In six weeks, Blue Apron has lost nearly half of the $1.89 billion valuation it held when its ... Read More
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Investors see cryptocurrencies as safe haven amid U.S.-North Korea tensions

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Perhaps the famous phrase “When the United States sneezes, the world catches a cold,” is more appropriate now than ever before. The simmering tensions between the United States and North Korea this week have caused turbulence in traditional financial markets and international stock indices, but it’s having a reverse effect on the value of safe haven assets, particularly cryptocurrency. As the world comes to terms with a dictator’s threats and a president’s brazen “fire and fury” comments, global markets have entered a major correction. Yesterday, Dow futures and S&P 500 futures were down 0.3 percent, Germany’s DAX and France’s CAC40 dropped 0.7 percent, while London’s FTSE 100 dipped 0.5 percent. Today, the... Read More
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Nvidia earnings: Self-driving cars, AI, games, Nintendo Switch drive big quarter

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Nvidia keeps on raking in revenue from chips for artificial intelligence, game graphics, the Nintendo Switch game console, and self-driving cars. But we’ll have to listen to the conference call shortly to find out if cryptocurrency mining drove sales as well. The world’s biggest stand-alone maker of graphics chips and AI chips reported $2.2 billion in revenues for its second fiscal quarter, blowing past Wall Street estimates. Analysts had expected earnings of 70 cents a share on a GAAP basis and quarterly revenue of $1.96 billion. Net income came in at 92 cents a share, compared with 41 cents a year ago. Revenues a year ago were $1.4 billion. One... Read More
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The Heartland is fertile for ag tech, but California is still king

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Last month, San Francisco-based indoor farming startup Plenty scored a win for the California ag tech scene when it secured a $200 million investment from SoftBank’s Vision Fund, one of the largest rounds ever for an ag tech startup. With $2 billion invested in California ag tech startups since 2010, it’s not surprising that California is the most promising place for ag tech — it’s the state with the largest agriculture sector by cash receipts, according to the USDA. But ... Read More
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So, Brian Fried had this idea…

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Perhaps Brian Fried should launch the re-inventors club. Boasting many notches on his toolbelt – several inventions, a few commercial scores and a pair of how-to books for the entrepreneurial tinkerer – Fried is founder of Inventors and Entrepreneur Clubs in both Nassau and Suffolk counties. The networking groups have exposed him to makers at various points on the invention spectrum, and he’s helped several find their way. N... Read More
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Unity adds Max Levchin and Robynne Sisco to board as it readies for IPO

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Unity Technologies has named tech veterans Max Levchin and Robynne Sisco as the company’s first independent directors. Unity CEO John Riccitiello said the move is necessary if Unity is to prepare itself for an initial public offering in the future. Riccitiello said in an exclusive interview with GamesBeat that the company isn’t promising an IPO, but it has to take such steps if it wants to be ready for one in the future. “We have an obligation to be IPO-ready,” he said. “You need strong independent board members to do that. We are building that muscle so we can be ready if that is what we choose to do.” Unity said its game engine has been adopted by... Read More
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Lyft acqui-hires DataScore and YesGraph to fuel customer and driver growth

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Lyft today announced the acqui-hire of startups DataScore and YesGraph to fuel its continued pace of growth and better serve drivers. About 25 people from both companies will join Lyft, a company spokesperson told VentureBeat. As part of the deal, Lyft will also acquire YesGraph’s referral program tech. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. The DataScore team will join Lyft to scale growth for the on-demand ride app and improve customer acquisition, while YesGraph’s work in rewards programs will be utilized to grow and improve the ... Read More
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Austin Ventures leads $13 million investment in Vyze’s multi-lender platform

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Vyze, which offers retailers a platform to connect with various lenders to increase credit approval, announced today funding of $13.1 million in a round led by Austin Ventures. New investor Fathom Capital and returning investor Starvest Partners also joined. “50 percent of people who apply for credit at a store are declined,” said Vyze CEO Keith Nealon, in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat. “This creates a negative customer experience as they blame the retailer, not the lender.” Through its API integration, the Austin, Texas-based startup connects retailers with multiple lenders, such as Dell Financial Services, Fortiva, and Zibby. ... Read More
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500 Startups announces the 7 companies in its first Data Track

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500 Startups today unveiled the seven companies that have been selected to participate in its first Data Track, which kicked off two weeks ago in San Francisco. The track focuses on three sectors, namely big data, machine learning, and AI. The candidates, all from different countries, are currently taking part in the three-month accelerator program alongside the other startups from 500’s latest batch — Batch 22. In addition to the traditional program, they will be receiving coaching and mentoring from sector-specific experts, such as Silicon Valley Data Science founder and CTO John Akred and Robert M... Read More
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Product and consumer analytics startup Amplitude raises $30 million

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Amplitude, an analytics startup that helps companies study online consumer behavior, has raised $30 million in a series C round of funding led by IVP, with participation from Benchmark Capital and Battery Ventures. Founded out of San Francisco in 2012, Amplitude’s core product analytics platform allows companies to tune in to their customers’ activities and figure out why they use and pay for a specific product. The ultimate goal is to help companies improve their products by understanding how a customer engages with them through analyzing their arrive onto a website or app, tracking their journey through it, and observing the points at which they may have jumped s... Read More
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Tesla is building a self-driving electric truck and wants to test it in Nevada

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(Reuters) — Tesla is developing a long-haul, electric semi-truck that can drive itself and move in “platoons” that automatically follow a lead vehicle, and is getting closer to testing a prototype, according to an email discussion of potential road tests between the car company and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), seen by Reuters. Meanwhile, California officials are meeting with Tesla on Wednesday “to talk about Tesla’s efforts with autonomous trucks,” state DMV spokeswoman Jessica Gonzalez told Reuters. The correspondence and meeting show that Tesla is putting self-driving technology into the electric truck it has said it plans to unveil in September, and is advancing toward real-life tes... Read More
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Yemen Scales Up Fight Against Cholera

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Yemen’s raging two-year conflict has turned the country into an incubator for lethal cholera. The death toll recently climbed to 1,940, with suspected cases at more than 463,000. The country is preparing emergency plans to fight the disease. (Aug 10)Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressGet updates and more Breaking News here: ... Read More
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AR/VR Weekly: Social good dons a headset

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Augmented and virtual reality are setting out to accomplish a lot of things. They provide entertainment. Social VR helps us connect to others. Both could be a boon for manufacturing, health, and the enterprise. But one group of young people is using ... Read More
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Heartland Tech Weekly: The Midwest’s Amazon opportunity

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Yesterday CNBC reported that more than 50 percent of U.S. households are projected to ... Read More
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Reuters: Tesla looking to start testing autonomous semi in “platoon” formation

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Access Technology Ventures Leads $300 Million Investment Round for Essential Products Inc.

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Access Technology Ventures makes $100 million investment in Andy Rubin’s Essential Products Inc. Access Technology Ventures to join Essential’s board of directors NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 9, 2017– Access Technology Ventures, the venture capital and growth technology investment arm of privately held industrial group Access Industries, today announced its leading $100 million investment in the $300 million funding of Essential Products Inc., the smartphone maker founded by Andy Rubin, the creator of Android. Access will also join the company’s board of directors. Other investors in the round included Redpoint Ventur... Read More
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What’s keeping Texas from rivaling Silicon Valley

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Yesterday, Capital Factory CEO Joshua Baer announced a partnership with The Dallas Entrepreneur Center to bring Texas’ biggest accelerator to Dallas.  In his post, The Texas Startup Manifesto, Baer proposed a “Texas startup Megatropolis” combining Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The vision is exciting and highlights many of Texas’ obvious strengths: Growing at a rapid pace A low cost of living Diverse both in people and jobs Full of business and tech talent Home to great universities An energy and healthcare hub It also highlighted many of the wea... Read More
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Chattanooga’s Innovation District revived the city — but is it sustainable?

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Chattanooga clung to its old ways and manufacturing past for too long, leaving the former “Dynamo of Dixie” with barren factories and a polluted environment when old-line businesses relocated from Chattanooga to cheaper places offshore, Mayor Andy Berke said Monday. But Berke said Chattanooga is now building a more sustainable, innovative economy. During a brainstorming session Monday night in the hub of Chattanooga’s Innovation District, Berke urged community leaders to help design a better way to create more innovation in the heart of the city, using the ultra-fast broadband links in the self-proclaimed “Gig City” by bringing together the academic, business, and cultural attributes found in an urban city. “I g... Read More
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Call of Duty World League finals start this week with $1.5 million at stake

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The Call of Duty World League will come to a head this week with a finale tournament in Orlando, Florida, where a prize pool of $1.5 million is at stake. Thirty-two teams will compete in the finale of the second CWL season to see who is the best at the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Activision’s flagship military shooter. The season kicked off in December, and the finale places at the Amway Center from August 9 to August 13. Throughout the whole season, the CWL will give away a total of $4 million in prizes, the largest amount to date. The player community has grown 400 percent in the past year, said Rob Kostich, the executive vice president... Read More
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GamesBeat 2017: 4 speakers to address the challenge of mobile gaming

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GamesBeat 2017 will take place at San Francisco’s beautiful Fort Mason on October 5-6, and we’re delighted to announce our next four speakers. This group can teach us a lot about creating hits in the ultra-competitive $46 billion mobile game business. Mike Vorhaus of Magid Advisers will interview Nick Earl, CEO of Glu Mobile, in a fireside chat. And Michael Metzger of Houlihan Lokey will interview Aaron Loeb, one of the leaders of Fox’s new game business, FoxNext Games. Vorhaus and Metzger are veteran m... Read More
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Essential promises a new phone release date ‘in a week’

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Netlify raises $12 million to advance web development

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Netlify, a startup that’s building software tools to help drive the future of web development, announced today that it has raised $12 million in series A funding. Andreessen Horowitz led the round, which also included existing investors Bloomberg Beta, Designer Fund, and Tank Hill Ventures. The startup’s software helps companies build and globally deploy high-performance websites. Developers point Netlify’s system at a git code repository and it will pre-build the website and deploy it across the startup’s global content delivery network. Website content deployed in that way gets cached in the Netlify CDN as a static web page, meaning that it’s faster to load than a traditional monolithic site. For dynamic content... Read More
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Yandex and Sberbank announce $500 million joint venture to create ‘leading ecommerce ecosystem’ in Russia

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Yandex, the NASDAQ-listed Russian search giant, and Sberbank, Russia’s state-owned national savings bank, announced today their plans to join forces and create “a leading e-commerce ecosystem” based on the Yandex.Market ecommerce marketplace. The move, if rubberstamped, would mark the biggest ecommerce investment in Russia’s history. According to their non-binding term sheet — which is still subject to regulatory approval in Russia — Sberbank would invest 30 billion rubles (approximately $500 million at the current exchange rate) in the joint venture. The investment would value Yandex.Market at 60 billion rubl... Read More
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RumbleMonkey lets Hearthstone gamers compete with each other for real money

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RumbleMonkey has created a platform that let gamers play their favorite games for real money winnings. So far, it is supporting competitive play for real money in Hearthstone. It’s based on the notion — as embraced by everything from gambling to prize-based esports — that competition gets more interesting when the stakes are higher, said Jacob Rapoport, CEO of Seattle-based RumbleMonkey, in an interview last week at Casual Connect game event in Seattle. “This is a way to democratize esports,” Rapoport said. “It removes barriers.” While big game publishers and leagues dole out prizes to celebrity esports players at the top of the hea... Read More
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Modern Fertility raises $1 million to educate women about their hormones

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A young San Francisco-based startup is trying to spark a conversation about fertility. Modern Fertility wants to educate women about their bodies and hormonal levels, and today the startup announced funding of $1 million, led by First Round Capital, with participation from Box Group, Y Combinator, and angel investors. “The main problem that we are trying to solve is that women don’t have good information about their fertility,” said Modern Fertility cofounder and CEO Afton Vechery, in an interview with VentureBeat. “It’s something women think about and often stress about, but there’s no good way to ‘check in’ and understand your ability to have... Read More
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Japanese Telecom Giant SoftBank Bets $1 Billion on the Clever Pharma Startup Roivant

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SoftBank, the Japanese telecommunications giant, has been on a multibillion-dollar acquisition and investment spree for the past year or so. It isn’t over. Today the pharmaceutical company Roivant is announcing a $1.1 billion investment, mostly from the SoftBank Vision Fund. It's perhaps the largest single biotech investment ever. And after the biggest biotech IPOs of 2015 and 2016, this new money might also be another validation of Roivant’s development approach, grabbing up promising-but-abandoned drug candidates that other companies couldn’t get across the finish line. A quick tally: SoftBank bought the robot maker ... Read More