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New (old) place for students

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Students returning to Farmingdale State College this fall had a new place to hang out. Fresh from a $12 million overhaul, 19,700-square-foot Conklin Hall is the new home of student clubs, student government and the campus radio station. The newly renovated century-old building includes conference rooms and offices, along with a high-tech media lounge, game room and two outdoor patios. When the building opened Sept. 5, “it was mobbed with students,” said spokesperson Kathy Coley. “They’re really enjoying having their own place. The radio station is there, and there are workstations for all the student clubs and plenty of meeting rooms and technology to facilitate meetings.” Conklin Hall – the oldest operat... Read More
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Corporate innovators: How to get your slow organization moving faster

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Innovation in theory and innovation in practice are radically different. Here are some simple tools to get your company’s innovation pipeline through the obstacles it will encounter. Pete Newell and I have been working with Karl, the Chief Innovation Officer of a large diversified multi-billion-dollar company I’ll call Spacely Industries. Over the last 15 months his staff got innovation teams operating with speed and urgency. The innovation pipeline had been rationalized. His groups whole-heartedly adopted and adapted Lean. His innovators and stakeholders curated and prioritized their problems/idea/technology before handing t... Read More
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ARKit games roundup: What’s coming to the Apple App Store and iOS 11

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Apple showed off some upcoming augmented reality apps at last week’s keynote event. With the iOS 11 launch today, people will be able to download and give AR a try for themselves. Earlier this year, Apple tried to hype up developers by unveiling its ARKit software development kit at its Worldwide Developers Conference and showing its commitment to the future of that technology. In addition to apps like ... Read More
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No. 242: CEO comp, ash-boring beetles and meet Hubert the Humanoid

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TG it’s F: The last week of summer is upon us. Oh, and today is National Double Cheeseburger Day. Please celebrate responsibly. Today’s birthday duo: Two guys who loved pasta – Marco Polo and William Howard Taft. The rich get richer: Median pay for CEOs of Russell 3000 firms was $3.8 million last year, up 5.9 percent from 2015. CEOs of S&P 500 firms earned a median of $11.5 million, up 6.3 percent, according to a comprehensive study by The Conference Board. The biggest driver of the increases was stock awards, which accounted for more than a third of the total compensation of Russell 3000 CEOs and nearly half of the compensation of S&P 500 CEOs, the highest eve... Read More
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Rural Impact Hub wants to bring a startup mentality to Heartland communities

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As Brent Comstock grew BCom Solutions, his Auburn, Nebraska-based digital marketing agency, two things became clear. One, that the business was reaching a point where it needed to expand outside of Auburn. And two, in order to expand, he needed to figure out a way to reach other rural communities. “We were struggling to figure out how do we get our foot in different rural communities on a level that doesn’t literally require us to go to every small town,” said Comstock. “That’s just not scalable, nor is it very entrepreneurial.” The solution that Comstock came to was a realignment of BCom’s mission to be a digital provider of online solutions for campaigns,... Read More
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NYSERDA: Four more years for clean-energy incubator

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By GREGORY ZELLER // CEBIP is back in business. More accurately, the Clean Energy Business Incubator Program – a jewel of Stony Brook University’s commercialization ecosystem – will continue business uninterrupted, thanks to renewed funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Although NYSERDA has made no official announcement – and authority spokespeople declined to comment this week – Innovate LI has learned that the state has re-upped its financial support of CEBIP with a fresh $1.5 million grant, to come ... Read More
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Re-Nuble targets USDA over ‘organic’ certifications

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A “waste-to-value” biotech with Long Island roots is taking its food-for-all message to the people – and is taking on the U.S. Department of Agriculture over critical “organic” certifications. Re-Nuble Inc., which operates out of facilities in Brooklyn and Long Island City but remains a “virtual tenant” of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, is presenting Wednesday at Food Tank Summit NYC, a celebration and exploration of food and food systems. A self-billed “think tank for food,” ... Read More
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Indie games + press + peers = MIX

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Presented by Intel Of any professional fraternity, the bond between indie game developers is fierce. Whether sharing stories, suggestions, and solutions at meet-ups or simply offering moral support, help is easy to find. But where time-taxed indie devs can struggle is in the nuances of the business: promoting, marketing, and selling games, and generating attention from the games media. Having experienced these issues first-hand as ‘Creative Domepiece’ at Interabang Entertainment, Justin Woodward recognized an opportunity to help. At an Indie Press Day, Woodward met long-time games industry marketer, Joel Dreskin. Motivated by the notion that there were important elements of the games business still in pla... Read More
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Using Silicon Valley Tactics, LinkedIn’s Founder Is Working to Blunt Trump

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But how effective a Silicon Valley approach to political change can be is a question — and Mr. Hoffman has experienced stumbling blocks before.Photo ... Read More
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Aided several Indian firms to go digital in one year: Dell EMC

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MUMBAI: A year after the historic merger of Dell Technologies and EMC, the company has empowered several Indian enterprises transform their information technology (IT) infrastructure, a top executive said here on Friday.Dell EMC has emerged as a holistic solutions provider and holds the second spot in the India mainstream server market (by revenue), with a share of 26.5 per cent."According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), in Q1 2017, Dell EMC was No 1 in the India storage market with 43.4 per cent market s... Read More
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IBM partners with MIT for $240 million “fundamental AI research” project

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Enlarge / In the movie Her, a man falls in love with a commercially available AI. Maybe it was developed at the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab?Annapurna Pictures In one of the most lucrative partnerships ever between a corporation and a university, IBM will team up with MIT to engage in 10 years of "fundamental AI research." The $240 million deal will go toward the ... Read More
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Silicon Valley Wants To Dust Off The Democratic Establishment

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Enlarge this image Jessica Alter is a co-founder of Tech For Campaigns. The San Francisco-based startup focuses on state races and is currently working on campaigns in Virginia. Aarti Shahani/NPR hide caption toggle caption Aarti Shahani/NPR... Read More
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Alumnus of Michigan incubator wins Department of Energy contest

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Monitoring electricity use to drive energy efficiency is not a new concept, but as the technology for doing so has rapidly advanced, cost has remained a barrier to widespread adoption. However, a Greek startup that settled into a business incubator in Michigan last year to grow in the U.S. market may have broken that cost barrier, advocates say. The technology, known as submetering, offers users a precise account of energy used in spaces or even devices (as opposed to just metering an entire home or building) and has vast potential in the market to drive energy efficiency. Meazon, the company whose technology won the U.S. Department of Energy’s ... Read More
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Why the US Government Shouldn’t Ban Kaspersky Security Software

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Earlier this summer the House Science Committee sent letters to 22 US government agencies requesting information on their use of Kaspersky Lab security products. As the federal government continues to investigate claims of ties between the Trump administration and Russia, officials in Washington h... Read More
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Entrepreneurs, don’t fear the seed funding slowdown — it’s a market correction

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A few years ago at an incubator demo day, I watched open jawed as a would-be seed investor made funding commitments based solely on 7-minute presentations – without speaking with the team or conducting any due diligence. Investor odds may have been better in Vegas. Silicon Valley has been inundated in recent years with a new breed of euphoric “tourist” seed investors. Unlike the many thoughtful professional seed investors who engage in due diligence and offer strategic guidance, tourist investors offer little beyond money and false hope for many startups founded on tenuous ideas. Fortunately, things are changing – albeit slowly. Some entrepreneurs may not be feeling it just yet, but ... Read More
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Chattanooga startup’s 3D-printed space habitat wins NASA competition

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Chattanooga-based Branch Technology joined with an architectural firm to win first place in a phase of a NASA competition to build a 3D-printed habitat for deep space exploration. The 3D printing company, based in Chattanooga’s small business incubator GigTank, built a number of structural components which could be part of habitats, said Melody Rees, a Branch Technology project manager who was the group’s team leader. “We won because our structures were the strongest,” she said. “They held the most weight.” Branch, which has 16 employees in Chattanooga, won with the California-based office of... Read More
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Technology to avoid miscarriages during IVF launched

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NEW DELHI: To cut the chances of miscarriage in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), a new technology that can diagnose the abnormal chromosomes during the implantation was launched at a city hospital here on Thursday.The new time-lapse technology monitors the health of the embryos by capturing thousands of digital images since the moment of creation until implanting it in the uterus.Doctors are able to identify the embryos (usually out of three) that are well developing... Read More
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Female founders are spearheading Atlanta’s transformation into a tech hub

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Earlier this year, Dell released their third annual report ranking cities on their ability to attract and support High Potential Women Entrepreneurs, defined as female entrepreneurs that are growing businesses with the potential to break $1 million or more in annual revenue. Out of 50 cities around the world, Atlanta ranked 18th overall, ahead of cities like Portland, OR; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Miami, FL. In fact, if you don’t count Miami (and most southerners likely wouldn’t), Atlanta was the only city in the southern U.S. to even rank on the list. The growth rat... Read More
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A century later, new life for old FSC power plant

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More than a century since it was built and years since it’s been anything more than a memory, a vintage Farmingdale State College structure is about to be reborn. College officials will mark the completion of a $12 million renovation of Conklin Hall, a circa-1914 building that housed the college’s original heating plant, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Sept. 5. The refurbished Conklin Hall will serve as the new home of the FSC student government, the campus radio station and other student clubs and organizations. Noting a “new chapter for this historic and beloved campus landmark,” Farmingdale State College President John Nader said the ... Read More
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Austin and St. Louis startups show you don’t need the coasts to succeed

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Tech entrepreneurs are the cool kids on the block. Whereas young people once aspired to be rockstars or astronauts, today they dream of being startup founders, flush with venture capital and working out of sleek, open-plan offices in San Francisco’s trendy SoMa district or New York’s bustling Flatiron neighborhood. Every year, countless founders make their way to these golden cities, armed with little more than a dream and a prayer. But truth be told, these entrepreneurs are making a key (and possibly fatal) mistake: They’re focusing narrowly on a handful of established startup hubs where rents, taxes, and regulations are out of control. The competition is fierce and unrelenting. The picture is much more favorable out... Read More
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A proprietary smart diffuser seems like a fine way to lean into the pod economy

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AR/VR Weekly: Making people’s lives better

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The big news of the week is HTC’s decision to lower the price of its Vive virtual reality headset. The device now costs $600, making it $200 cheaper and closer to the Oculus Rift and Touch’s $400 price. Our friends at UploadVR have an editorial on ... Read More
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Samsung launches Gear VR app Relúmĭno that aids the visually impaired

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Samsung launches Relúmĭno app to help the visually impaired see more clearly using VR

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The virtual reality (VR) wars are starting to heat up, with HTC announcing earlier today that it was slashing the price of its Vive VR headset from $800 to $600 — this followed a month after Facebook scythed prices for the Oculus Rift headset and Oculus Touch controller. But VR very much remains a niche medium, and we’ve yet to fully understand how — or even if — it will infiltrate the mainstream consciousness beyond gaming. One con... Read More
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My face is ready for the Cinera

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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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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: http://smarturl.it/APBreakingNewsThe Associated Press is the essential global news network, deliverin... Read More
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Heads scratched as Chem-Master gets the boot

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A biotech manufacturer with a 23-year history of servicing Stony Brook University researchers and startups is being evicted from the university’s Chemistry Building – and nobody seems entirely sure why. Chem-Master International, a producer of unique chemical compounds for research and commercial development, has operated inside the Chemistry Building since it launched in 1994, thanks to a “revocable permit” – special SUNY dispensation allowing nontraditional programs and outside entities to occupy academic spaces. In January, SBU informed the company its revocable permit would be revoked, and gave Chem-Master ... Read More
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Alumni from top Georgia incubator see 145% increase in funding this year

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If there’s one area of the Atlanta startup ecosystem lagging behind the growth of the rest, it’s local capital. Talent, startup activity, public support for entrepreneurship, and corporate innovation are all consistently strong, but the region lacks the investment resources of many of its fellow top-ranked Global Cities. But investment activity in the city may be picking up. One sign is just-released figures by the Advanced Technology... Read More
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Bright future: Solar energy industry expects rapid growth, profits

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With solar panel system prices falling nearly 20 percent last year, the industry is expected to almost triple in size within the next five years. That's why in Oakland, California, an accelerator program is hoping to cash in on the boom by developing innovative products to usher in an intelligent energy era. CGTN's Mark Niu reports.Watch CGTN LIVE on your computer, tablet or mobilehttp://america.cgtn.com/livenewsSubscribe to CGTN America on YouTubeFollow CGTN America:Twitter: @cgtnamericaFacebook: @cgtnamericaGoogle+: CctvamericaTvnews»» Wat... Read More
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Inside Patreon, the economic engine of internet culture

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Branch Messenger Closes $10 Million in Funding Led by March Capital Partners to Fuel Growth

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Target + Techstars portfolio company’s employee self-service platform experiencing rapid worldwide adoption MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–August 2, 2017– Branch Messenger, Inc. (Branch), the employee self-service platform that offers enterprises unprecedented access to their frontline workers at scale while also empowering hourly shift workers to manage their work lives in real-time, today announced the closing of more than $10 million in funding. The funding includes a recently closed $6.8 million Series A funding round. March Capital Partners led the round with participation from CrossCut, Techstars Ventures, Matchstick Ventures, and other investors. Branch... Read More
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Summers: Generation-Z’s emerging economy will be ‘tidal force’

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By Edward Summers Representing more than one-quarter of Americans, Generation-Z is currently the largest segment of the U.S. population. Generation-Z is comprised of Americans who were born after 1995. This multifaceted generation started life immersed in social media, smartphones, and advanced digital technologies. Along with the better-known (but not necessarily better understood) Millennials, these generations will have an enormous impact on all aspects of our society, including our economy. For this reason, the Generations Institute at Long Island University is committed to understanding these generations. I recently moderated a panel discussion with experts from higher education, economic develo... Read More
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Seed funding wilts as Silicon Valley investors fret about valuations and IPO market

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SAN FRANCISCO (By Heather Sommerville, Reuters) – The bloom is off seed funding, the business of providing money to brand-new startups, as investors take a more measured approach to financing emerging U.S. technology companies. Seed-stage financing has been sliding for the last two years, with the number of transactions down about 40 percent since the peak in mid-2015, data show. Dollar investments in fledgling companies have also declined, although less dramatically, dropping more than 24 percent over the same period. The slowdown comes despite an explosion of interest by wealthy individuals and foreign investors looking to park money in the next big thing. And it has potentially big implicati... Read More
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Tech Incubator Faces Challenges Of Tackling Sexual Harassment Among Investors

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Influential tech incubator, Y Combinator, has been trying to tackle the problem of sexual harassment among venture capitalists. Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images To an outsider, the actions might have looked swift and decisive: Within weeks of being accused of sexual harassment in the press, two high-profile venture capital investors issued pu... Read More
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A GOP Staffer Crowdsourced a Resolution From a Conspiracy Subreddit

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This past Wednesday, a group of Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee presented an amendment calling for an investigation into alleged misconduct on the parts of Hillary Clinton and James Comey. It was a way to frustrate Democrats, but, more than that, it provided an opportunity to publicly discuss their very favorite thing: the many bygone misdeeds of Crooked Hillary. The amendment ... Read More
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Smart home platform Wink has been acquired by will.i.am

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On-demand trucking app Convoy doesn’t want to be the ‘Uber for trucking’ anymore

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5 groups push to increase diversity among Texas startups

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Entrepreneurs and investors often lament the lack of diversity in tech in Texas. But a few organizations, and people, are going beyond just talk and are actively working to better even the playing field for underrepresented entrepreneurs. For this piece, Crunchbase News spoke with several Texas-based groups about their efforts to promote diversity in technology and give minority entrepreneurs more tools to succeed. This story is the second of a three-part Crunchbase News series looking at diversity in tech in Austin and the Lone Star State as a whole. Our first article profiled a trio of Austin-based m... Read More
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The DeanBeat: Roblox’s kid developers make enough ‘robucks’ to pay for college

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Jackson Munsell, Brandon LaRouche and Alex Balfanz grew up in very different places. But they’re converging on San Jose, Calif., this weekend as developers of games in the world of Roblox, the blocky virtual world that is a cousin of Lego and Minecraft. These teenagers have grown up with Roblox, a place where young developers (both boys and, increasingly, girls) can create their own games and make “robucks,” or in-game currency from them. And as the online world surpasses 56 million monthly active users (up from ... Read More
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One man on a mission

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Presented by Intel “I love it when people are mad at me because it tells me that they care.” That’s a bold—and confident—statement from Sorob Raissi, self-described Founder, CEO, Artist, Developer, Designer, Biz Dev guy at Spread Shot Studios. Why does it have to be self-described? Because he’s a one-man studio, finding his way in the games industry with his first game, Space Jammers. Frankly, Raissi can title himself however he pleases given that, as the string of responsibilities suggests, Spread Shot Studios is his solo operation. You may have heard a seemingly similar story if you follow our Developer Spotlight series with the profile on Studio Canvas, but Raissi’s journey into the in... Read More
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Roam founder Tim Swift on the future of exoskeleton

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Published on Jul 19, 2017Mark Niu sat down with Roam founder Tim Swift. He began by asking Swift how OtherLab differs from a traditional technology accelerator. Category License Standard YouTube License Detected Closed Captioning: Style: ... Read More
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Plexchat raises $7 million to provide mobile chat platform for gamers

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Plexchat has raised $7 million in venture capital to build chat platform for mobile gamers. It may not sound that exciting or new, but the features in the chat platform are thoughtful, conceived from a gamer’s perspective, and that enabled the company to impress potential investors. The money comes from Raine Ventures as well as First Round Capital, Dream Incubator, London Venture P... Read More
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Award-winning Re-Nuble lays waste to malnutrition

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By GREGORY ZELLER // An outer-borough biotech with a Long Island lineage is racing to the head of the organic-fertilizer field. Re-Nuble Inc., founded by scientifically oriented business IT specialist Tinia Pina, has snagged a 2017 American Entrepreneurship Award and the $25,000 interest-free loan that accompanies it – the latest feathers in the cap of a 2015 startup that transforms food waste into fresh produce. The American Entrepreneurship accola... Read More
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CEBIP battery barons inch toward 76West title

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A Stony Brook battery business with European roots has made the cut in a state clean-energy contest. StorEn Technologies, which is peddling a proprietary vanadium-flow battery for stationary energy storage, is one of eight finalists in the 76West Clean Energy Competition, which is spun out of Albany’s Southern Tier Soaring initiative – a $3.1 billion investment in business development and community growth across New York’s southernmost economic zones. The competition is focused exclusively on the Long Island, New York City, Southern Tier, Mid-... Read More
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China AI development

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Published on Jul 15, 2017On the other side of the world, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has just opened its unmanned and futuristic new store: "Tao Caf "It's one more way China is leading in technological innovation. Category License Standard YouTube License ... Read More
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InXile gets $4.5 million investment from Gumi for an open-world survival RPG VR game

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The bard has a new story to sing at InXile thanks to an investment from Gumi, and the troubadour’s tale isn’t going to take the form of Torment: Tides of Numenera or Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius. What shape will this story take? How about an open-world survival role-playing game … in virtual reality. Today, Gumi VR, the Japanese publisher’s VR subsidiary, announced that it’s investing $4.5 million in InXile Entertainment. This bundle of e... Read More
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Ex-Activision veterans raise $7 million for Velan Studios game startup

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Velan Studios, a game studio founded by two brothers who made big games for Activision, has raised $7 million in venture capital as it launches an effort to prototype new types of games on emerging platforms. The amount of money suggests it’s still possible for seasoned teams to raise a big chunk of money from investors, particularly when the founders are putting in a lot of their own money. The biggest investor in the round is Velan Ventures, a fund started by Karthik and Guha Bala. In 1991, the brothers started Vicarious Visions, a studio that was acquired by Activision and grew to more than 150 employees. ... Read More
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What your company can learn from Google’s Area 120 model

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Big companies are too slow, too disorganized and too stuck under the weight of outdated playbooks and bad habits to benefit from opportunities to innovate. That’s the picture the latest report by accelerator 500 Startups paints after surveying over 100 corporate executives that oversee innovation, including collaborating or investing in startups. Rubbing shoulders with startups, collaborating with them in some way, or absorbing them altogether, may sound like a clever way for established companies to innovate. But the strategy doesn’t appear to be working, according to the 500 Startups report. The report... Read More
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Silicon Valley investors under scrutiny for harassment

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A series of exposes and resignations have newly shone a spotlight on the actions of tech companies, investors and funders, including how prominent venture capitalists have been accused of unwanted sexual advances. William Brangham talks to Freada Kapor Klein, founder of the Level Playing Field Institute.Detected Closed Captioning: JUDY WOODRUFF, PBS NEWSHOUR ANCHOR: The Technology Sector, And Especially The Start-up Culture In Silicon Valley, Has Long Been Criticized For Its Record On Diversity, Gender And Inclusion. Now, The Spotlight Is Being Shone A Spotlight On The Investors And Funders In The Valley. Here's Hari Sreenivasan. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR CORRE... Read More
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Heartland tech weekly: What ‘the value of work’ means

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Here’s this week’s newsletter: Fourth of July celebrations took place across America yesterday, our nation’s Independence being one of the few things that everyone can agree on. Perhaps another is the importance of work — but not just work. Rather, a good-paying job that, aside from providing a wage, also offers less tangible rewards like meaning, a sense of pride, even beauty. In his landmark book Working, Studs Terkel captured the oral histories of ordinary... Read More
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Why Pay Day 2 game publisher Starbreeze made its crazy dive into VR hardware

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Sweden’s Starbreeze Studios made its name as the publisher of games such as Pay Day, Pay Day 2, Dead by Daylight, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. And now the company is also expanding into virtual reality hardware with its StarCade headset. Built in partnership with Acer, Starbreeze is providing high-end VR technology to IMAX, the high-end movie theater chain, for location-based VR entertainment centers at IMAX theaters. While other companies are becoming more cautious about VR because of the “... Read More
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Sony’s semi-smartwatch now has a smaller version and a leather strap with NFC

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As Paris’ mega startup campus Station F opens its doors today, Silicon Valley has gone all in

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France’s most audacious attempt to turn itself into a startup capital will lift the curtain tonight when Paris’ Station F officially opens its doors to the world. The brainchild of telecom entrepreneur Xavier Niel, who footed the entire cost of the $267 million project, the giant startup campus will be home to incubators, venture capital firms, startups, and large corporate brands. After three years of construction, Station F will hold its grand opening Thursday night in a ceremony featuring President Emmanuel Macron and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Station F’s goal is to house 1,000 startups in a building that was formerly a historic train station on the east side of Paris. While it’s no shock that the leading lights ... Read More
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Hong Kong seeks to become Asia’s Silicon Valley

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For years, Hong Kong has been trying to build its own tech industry to help spur economic growth. But it’s been overshadowed by its neighbor, Shenzhen, which is often referred to as China’s Silicon Valley. Can Hong Kong be an incubator for another Alibaba or Snapchat? CGTN’s Ge Yunfei reports.Detected Closed Captioning: Well That New Programmer Facebook Has Become An Essential Part And The International Trade Only Muscle With limited Internet Access Might Just Be referring Products For Tourists At The Hong Kong Local Data Sync Labs Is Making This Dream Come True Now Many Kaka Hotels Are Providing This Come In Handy to The Customer For Free This Is A smartphone With Android Sys... Read More
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Introducing Heartland Tech Weekly: I want YOU to create tech jobs

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VentureBeat’s Heartland Tech Channel tracks the most important news and analysis about the technological and economic divide between Silicon Valley and the rest of America. Each week, we select the top stories and present them in a free newsletter. We include news stories by VentureBeat staff, guest articles from leading voices in this important conversation, and a number of posts from other outlets. We hope you enjoy the Heartland Tech newsletter. Kansas City, Missouri has its Big 5 initiative. Columbus, Ohio has a ... Read More
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You can now sign up for early access to Google’s wacky Area 120 app experiments

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You can now sign up for early access to Google’s wacky Area 120 app experiments - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};Choru... Read More
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A 3-point plan to create tech jobs in the heartland

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For Patrick McKenna, the 44:64 figure was the turning point. Shortly after President Donald Trump won the 2016 election, analysis of voter turnout showed that while Hillary Clinton captured only 44 percent of the electoral college, those votes represented 64 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. “That’s one picture,” McKenna said. “But then if you flip the numbers you see a very different picture. Only 36 percent of the national income was represented by 56 percent of the electoral college, and that’s the percent who elected Trump.”... Read More
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Uptime, an app that makes your YouTube videos interactive, is now available to the public

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Uptime, an app that makes your YouTube videos interactive, is now available to the public - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||... Read More
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Honda’s Self-Driving Approach Starts With the Acura NSX Supercar

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For all its prowess, there’s something weird about the NSX. Acura's supercar uses a quartet of motors—three electric, one gas—to put power to any given wheel just when you need it most, making the supercar explosive, agile, and confidence-inspiring. Here’s the odd part: As seamlessly as the NSX supports and elevates your driving skills, it’s hard to pin down how involved the car is. This is a common measuring stick for six-figure cars: Does it let you engage in and own your aggressions and mistak... Read More
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Pixeldash Studios diversifies to succeed

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Presented by Intel The state of Louisiana—the Pelican State, apparently—was not really considered a hotbed of game development when Jason Tate and Evan Smith were working for the only studio in Baton Rouge. When that company folded, it became a crossroads moment: move to the Bay Area or any other gaming hotbed, or stay where they were and make the best of the situation in their home state. “We opted to start our own company so we could make games, and stay in Louisiana,” says Tate, the co-founder and lead programmer, of the decision he made with Smith, who would act as Creative Director on the two-man team. This decision in 2011 was assisted by the state government’s efforts to build the game... Read More
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Ora Sound launches crowdfunding for new kind of graphene-based wireless headphones

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Ora Sound is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to raise money for its Ora GrapheneQ wireless headphones. The headphones use a new technology based on recent research on the nanotechnology properties of graphene. The headphones are on sale now for an early-bird price of $200 (compared to $500 at retail). Montreal-based Ora sound said it designed the Ora GrapheneQ Headphones with comfort and sound isolation in mind. Thanks to its graphene membranes, listeners will be able to hear one of the smoothest frequency responses recorded, zero disto... Read More
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Trump’s call for apprenticeships overlooks ‘opportunity gap’

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Some tech companies considering expansion to the heartland worry about finding local talent. That’s the skills gap. Meanwhile, many workers there, even if they were to acquire the skills sought by tech companies, don’t see ready demand for them. That’s the opportunity gap. And as the conversation around bridging the tech and economic divide progresses, it’s apparent that these vexing gaps are not only intertwined, but present a chicken and egg chal... Read More
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Walmart to acquire online men’s clothing retailer Bonobos

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Walmart is buying online men’s clothing retailer Bonobos for $310 million in cash, showing that its appetite for hip clothing brands shows no sign of abating as it looks for ways to gain on Amazon. It’s a sign of the aggressive direction Walmart is taking since buying Jet.com last year and keeping that company’s founder as head of its online division. Walmart has since bought clothing seller ModCloth, footwear retailer ShoeBuy.com and outdoor gear seller Moosejaw as it focuses on brands appealing to younger shoppers. Bonobos, which started out selling pants online, caters to male shoppers looking for help putting together a wardrobe. Targeting Bonobos is a good move for Walmart as it tries to compete with Amazo... Read More
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Challenger Center and New Matter Announce Partnership to Bring the Wonders of 3D Printing to Students and Educators across the Country

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Challenger Learning Centers to Implement New Matter MOD-t 3D Printers WASHINGTON & PASADENA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 16, 2017– Challenger Center, a leading science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education organization, and ... Read More
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‘Elysium’ Director Neill Blomkamp is Back, Doing What He Does Best: Being Weird

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[embedded content]Two years after the release of his last Hollywood movie—the nutso Chappie, featuring a sentient, gangsta robot and a mullet-sporting Hugh Jackman—director Neill Blomkamp is back with something even weirder. This time it’s via his new independent film incubator, Oats Studios, which is specifically dedicated to oddball and unconventional shorts. The studio’s first release, Blomkamp’s 20-minute alien-invasion film Rakka, stars Sigourney Weaver and can now be viewed for free on YouTube and Steam (or just above this very paragraph). Oats is “a strange experiment," Blomkamp says, "born out of wanting to be able to... Read More
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Women entrepreneurs take on e commerce in China

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China said a growing number of female entrepreneurs are going online. Half of all so-called micro-shopping stores on web-giant Alibaba are now owned by women. But bridging the gender gap in the industry still remains a major challenge. CGTN's Roee Ruttenberg reports.Detected Closed Captioning: King Yu Jing Studied Chemistry In college Perhaps No Coincidence Or Online Business Is Now Blowing Up A Former product Manager A China's Biggest Search Engine Being Decided To Go Solo Two Years Ago Launching A Consumer Review App That Quickly Gained A Following She Now Has More Than Two Million Users On young Sides A Course Actually Women Have To Overcome Many Obstacles When They Run Their Own... Read More
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New partner, new test, big shot for Bonded Energy

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By GREGORY ZELLER // A new corporate partnership and a critical field test have pushed Bonded Energy Solutions to the brink of a commercial breakthrough. The cloud-based, wireless, automated, customizable steam-heat control system solutions provider, a client of Stony Brook University’s Clean Energy Business Incubator Program, has formed what CEO Jerritt Gluck called a “strategic alliance” with Massachusetts-based Tunstall Corp. that provides Bonded Energy Solutions with a key pipeline o... Read More
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Ethical Innovation Means Giving Society a Say

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Headlines from Silicon Valley sometimes read like mythology, fantasy, or science fiction. “First human-pig ‘chimera’ created in milestone study” revives images of the Greek mythological beast (part lion, part goat, part serpent). “No Longer a Dream: Silicon Valley Takes on the Flying Car” describes the Kitty Hawk, whose name pays homage to the Wright brothers with a subtle nod to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And “... Read More
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An eye on changing (forever) how medicine is taken

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By GREGORY ZELLER // As a writer of mystery novels, Barry Libin understands the creative process. (His “The Mystery of the Milton Manuscript,” in fact, may be the vanguard of an entirely new genre: historical-poetry adventure). As a successful entrepreneur, he understands the touch-and-go world of business formation (he sold off a prior startup, Manhasset-based BML Pharmaceuticals, for a “significant” sum back in 2005). ... Read More
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In SBU’s incubators, it’s all about who you know

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By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Couldn’t Have Done It Without You file comes the 2017 Incubator Showcase, a victory lap for past and current products of Stony Brook University’s diverse economic-development ecosystem – many of whom say they’d have been nonstarters without the university’s help. Packed into a large conference space inside SBU’s Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, Thursday’s event was an impressive sight indeed: dozens of early-stage enterprises representing a wide spectrum of industries, from clean energy and craft beverages to nanotech and Big Data. Some of the presenters were barely out of the gate... Read More
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Romania’s indies chase the global market

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The history of the games industry is one of relentless globalization, both in terms of content consumption and increasingly in terms of content production. From epicenters in U.S., U.K. and Canada in the 1950s, game development spread to Japan and the rest of Western Europe in the 1970s. This was followed by a continuous march through Eastern Europe and Asia, culminating with the inexorable rise of the emerging markets. For example, today China is a leading light of the industry, a net innovator in business models and platforms, the largest games market in the world with  $26 billion in revenue and the home of the largest games publisher, Tencent. South Korea is a... Read More
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Delivery Hero plans a tasty $450 million IPO

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Following a shakeout that caused several startups to scale back or shut down in recent years, the survivors of the on-demand food-delivery sector are hoping to take a victory lap in the public markets. Last week, Blue Apron filed for an IPO on the NYSE. Now, Delivery Hero says it’s planning to do the same on the Frankfurt stock exchange. Rather than filing a formal prospectus, Delivery Hero released a statement outlining its plans to generate proceeds of as much as $450 million by selling new shares as ... Read More
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Got It debuts knowledge-as-a-service that uses AI to find you human experts

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Got It has a new use for artificial intelligence. The startup uses AI to find human experts who can help wit complex problems. Got It calls this an on-demand knowledge-as-a-service (KaaS). It helps professionals, learners, and consumers quickly and affordably get personalized, interactive solutions to their questions. You can think of it as a Google search, but one that is so complex that you really have to find an expert for it. Got It matches a user with an ExpertRank, or an expert who has bid in a real-time auction to solve the user’s problem in a one-on-one chat session, for a fixed time period, with a service guarantee. The Burlingame, Calif.-based company is the ... Read More
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No. 221: Gray matters, big bucks for bio and digitizing your Play Doh

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A good Tuesday to you: It’s June 6, on which Allied forces launched the invasion of France in 1944, a risky, weather-plagued assault on Normandy during which almost 4,500 Allied troops were killed. If you have a spare 178 minutes: “The Longest Day,” the 1962 film adaptation of Cornelius Ryan’s seminal D-Day book, stars everyone from Eddie Albert to Dominique Zardi. It remained the most expensive B&W film ever made until 1993’s “Schindler’s List.” Welcome new readers Neal, David, Sharon, Lance and EB. Visit us: Between newsletters, get breaking news at ... Read More
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No. 220:

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Viva le weekend: It’s Friday, June 2, National Doughnut Day, founded to honor Salvation Army volunteers who handed out coffee and crullers to World War I troops. Free fried dough for all at Dunkin, Krispy and others. Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts is, gulp, 76. Fossil fool: President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris climate accord met with swift rebuke from local environmentalists, while Gov. Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and others said NY would soldier on. Launch partner:... Read More
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VR startups go into cockroach mode to survive barren consumer market

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The VR industry continues to ride out the trough of disillusionment, prodded by the big tech players like HTC that hope to jumpstart a market that is ultimately driven by genuine and organic consumer demand, but there’s no sign of this actually happening. There might be some traction that pundits base their optimistic forecasts on, but hardly any of that is organic. Rather, it’s a reflection of massive marketing dollars at play. Meanwhile VR startups with products or services that depend on consumer demand appearing sooner rather ... Read More
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Innovation’s past, present, future at SBU showcase

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University is gearing up for its annual business-development victory lap. Hosted by the university’s Office of Economic Development, SBU’s second-annual Incubator Company Showcase is a chance for the multifaceted school to flex its innovation muscle – a joint presentation of its Centers of Excellence, Centers for Advanced Technology and myriad business incubators, designed to highlight the cutting-edge creativity and business acumen comprising SBU’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. ... Read More
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The Viral Machine

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When Wolfgang Hammer talks about the future of entertainment, people listen. Hammer is the mastermind behind the American reboot of House of Cards, the guy with the unlikely idea of bringing together David Fincher and a forgotten BBC series. He produced two of CBS Films’ first prestige movies: the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis and Martin McDonagh’s Seven Psychopaths. He’s had a charmed career: leap-frogging from a master’s degree at Stanford to an entry-level job at Media Rights Capital to eventually becoming the president of CBS’s fledgling films division. So when Hammer came to Turner with an ambitious concept, the cab... Read More
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CBS2 Exclusive: Long Island Kids Battle Lyme Disease

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As CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan found out, a new pilot program is using quails to kill ticks.Detected Closed Captioning: Style: } } ## Here's A Thought Tics And Quail Science The Environment And Schoolchildren Are Joining Forces To Battle Lyme Disease On Long Island This Is A New Pilot Program and It's Hatching And Raising Quail That devour Ticks On The Ground This Is The whole Idea CBS 2's Jennifer Mclogan With Our Exclusive Report From Nassau County So If We Zoom In Here This Is Going To Be Our Live Feed Of The Quail Eggs Hatching All Eyes On A Batch Of Bobwhite Quail A Tiny Camera Inside A Westbury Incubator Filled With The Fragile Eggs Has Biologists Buzzing Through The Size Of A Bumblebee When They Hatch An... Read More
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Debrief: Keeping busy with Phil Rugile

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There’s never a dull moment when you’re Phil Rugile, who pulls double duty as director of the hyperactive LaunchPad Huntington and as “human capital strategist” at eGifter, the Huntington-based digital gifting/corporate prepaid solutions specialist that remains one of Long Island’s great innovation success stories. When Innovate LI last Debriefed the media-savvy entrepreneur, LaunchPad Hunti... Read More
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The Pot Startups Prepping for Jeff Sessions’ New War on Drugs

In Business, Government, Healthcare, Legal, Science & Nature, Start Up by Wired News

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Amid all the chaos and confusion of the Trump administration, one certainty abides: Attorney General Jeff Sessions does not like pot.The former Alabama senator once joked that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was “ok” until he found out they smoked weed. During a 2016 Senate hearing, he called marijuana a dangerous drug. He also didn’t shy away from Reefer Madness-era moralizing: “Good people,” he said, “don’t ... Read More
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No. 217: DiNapoli faceoff, a final flight and Dottie Herman’s doing just fine

In Business, Emerging Technology, Government, Healthcare, Legal, Science & Nature, Security, Start Up by Innovate LI

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TG it’s Friday: Been a week, no? Today’s May 19, on which the Star Trek production team settled on the character name James T. Kirk, after rejecting 15 others, including Hannibal, Timber, Flagg and Raintree. Jack Lord was originally offered the role, but demanded 50 percent ownership of the project. He later made a fortune with the line, “Book him, Danno. Murder One.” WHAT’S NEWS Best brews: Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown and the Roscoe NY Beer Co. tied for first in the state’s inaugural craft brewing challenge, judged Wednesday by celeb chef Mario Batali and Buffalo Bills Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas. Jobs: The Island ... Read More
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One Candidate’s Plan to Resist Trump by Teaching Kids to Code

In Business, Education, Emerging Technology, Events, Government, Science & Nature, Start Up by Wired News

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Alec Ross knows Trump country well. The former Obama administration staffer hails from the heart of coal country in Charleston, West Virginia. He grew up alongside the very people that President Trump likes to say Washington has left behind.As with Trump, Ross believes that government needs to do a better job lifting up these “forgotten men and women.” Unlike Trump, Ross believes accomplishing that goal has little to do with sealing off the borders or reviving the coal industry at the expense of the world’s climate. Instead, Ross argues the key to a more inclusive economy depends on a simple promise: ensuring all students have access to a computer science education. It’s not exactly the kind of lock-her-up-and-buil... Read More
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Discord’s voice communications app for gamers quadruples to 45 million users

In Business, Gaming, Government, Security, Start Up by Venture Beat

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On its second anniversary, Discord is announcing that it has reached more than 45 million users for its popular voice communications app for gamers. By comparison, the company had 11 million users in July 2016. That means it quadrupled its growth in less than a year. The Discord community now exchanges 200 million messages a day, and it has reached a peak of 4 million concurrent users. The app generates about 6 billion messages a month, and its largest server has 77,000 members. And it has 8.9 million daily active users. ... Read More
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Can Google’s 20% time really work for your startup?

In Business, Government, Start Up by Venture Beat

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Google’s 20 percent time is one of the most famous, and arguably successful, management practices of all time. In their 2004 IPO letter, Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin revealed that the policy of allowing employees to take time out of their core jobs to be creative and experimental had led to some of the company’s most successful products. AdSense, which now accounts for about 25 percent of Google’s total revenue, Gmail, Google Transit and Google News were all born out of 20 percent time. Facebook, LinkedIn and Apple have all implemented their own versions of 20 percent time, but as huge and highly successful technology companies ... Read More
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Outgoing French president will move his foundation to Paris’ Station F mega-campus

In Business, Government, Science & Nature, Security, Start Up by Venture Beat

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New French president Emmanuel Macron will take office this weekend. But the country’s soon-to-be-former-president, François Hollande, apparently isn’t going far. Hollande, whose administration launched La French Tech program to accelerate France’s startup economy, has announced he will move his foundation to Paris’ Station F, the startup campus that will open this summer as a home for more than 1,000 startups. Hollande’s foundation, ... Read More
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Backed by Andy Rubin, Lighthouse raises $17 million for its AI home assistant

In Business, Education, Government, Mobile Technology, Start Up by Venture Beat

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A new intelligent assistant makes its debut today to compete with the likes of Alexa, Cortana, and Google Assistant. Lighthouse distinguishes itself from its competitors by using computer vision to detect and monitor activity within a home. Until now, Lighthouse has operated in stealth since 2015. Today, the company also announced the close of a $17 million funding round, led by Eclipse Ventures with participation from Playground Ventures. Lighthouse and its 30 employees are based at Playground Ventures. Android co-creator Andy Rub... Read More
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Sanford’s $5M gift ignites LIU entrepreneurship

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BY GREGORY ZELLER // A $5 million grant from a distinguished philanthropist has Long Island University riding high atop the regional innovation wave. With a boost from celebrated entrepreneur T. Denny Sanford, LIU has cut the ribbon on the T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute. The university officially celebrated the opening of Phase I of the project – covering 3,935 square feet of newly renovated space inside Bush-Brown Hall, adjacent to the LIU Post campus in Brookville – in a May 5 ceremony. ... Read More
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LIU-Post Unveils Start-Up Institute

In Business, Education, Government, Start Up by Long Island Press

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LIU-Post on Friday unveiled the first phase of an aggressive strategy to bring innovative minds, possibly the next Jobs or Zuckerberg, to its campus. While technology giant Apple was conceived out of a California garage and Facebook in a Harvard dorm, the Brookville university is following in the direction of other universities that are hoping to foster innovation right on campus. The university’s mission is to attract creative minds to its T. Denny Sanford Innovation and Entrepreneurship Institute, named after the billionaire philanthropist who contributed a $5 million grant to help fund the project. The goal is to put young minds, educators, and successful leaders of industry together under one roof to spearhead innov... Read More
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No. 213: Celebrating suffrage, a cool Harry Chapin flick and vote your favorite craft brewery

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TG it’s Friday: Hope you’re wrapping up a great week. Today’s May 5, on which Mary Kies became the first woman awarded a patent, this in 1809, for the weaving process joining straw and silk thread to make hats. Still time to buy a boater: May 15 is straw hat day. Monday marks the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War II combat in Europe. Please find a moment to reflect. (It’s a national holiday in France.) Just in: Chris Kempner, former chief of Riverhead’s Community Development Corp., has been ... Read More
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New director for busy Business Incubator at Calverton

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Stony Brook University’s Business Incubator at Calverton has a new head honcho. Chris Kempner, a former executive director of the Town of Riverhead’s Community Development Agency, will take over as associate director of the Calverton incubator as of May 15, SBU announced Thursday. ... Read More
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Business Incubator at Calverton Names New Associate Director

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Chris Kempner, former Executive Director for the Town of Riverhead Community Development Agency (CDA), has been named Associate Director of Stony Brook University's Business Incubator at Calverton, effective May 15, 2017. Selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates, Kempner will oversee the operations of a large R&D facility that provides an optimal environment for the development of emerging business ventures compatible with the unique setting of Long Island's East End for its agricultural, aquaculture, environmental and high-tech industries.... Read More
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Business Incubator at Calverton Names New Executive Director

In Business, Education, Finance, Government, Science & Nature, Start Up by Stonybrook University

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Business Incubator at Calverton Names New Executive DirectorChris Kempner, a leader of economic and community development initiatives in Riverhead for 25 years, set to expand momentum of business ventures and economic development on East End Chris Kempner has been named Associate Director of Stony Brook University’s Business Incubator at Calverton STONY BROOK, N.Y., May 4, 2017 – Chris Kempner, former Executive Director for the Town of Riverhead Community ... Read More
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OYOclass act: Kids get with the programming

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By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Never Too Young To Start file comes OYOclass.com, an innovative computer-programming platform that embraces project-based learning principles to help even the youngest students leapfrog into the future. Just ask the Long Island 9-year-old who earns paychecks modifying source code to create covers for “Minecraft” novels, or the nine Island middle-schoolers who this week are taking state AP Computer Science exams – usually reserved for high school juniors and seniors – for actual college credits. Kids as young as 5, in fact, are learning to code through extracurricular camps or classroom-based learning ... Read More
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Corporate CEOs have failed to engage with startups

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It’s time for corporate boards to add “startup engagement” to their CEOs’ job descriptions. CEOs know it’s important to engage with startups, but startlingly few seem to do it themselves. Too often this critical responsibility is shrugged off to other company departments, including innovation, business development, marketing, and PR. This is just not enough. Startup engagement needs to be taken seriously at the very highest levels of every corporate organization. Why corporates need to collaborate with startups Engaging with tech startups is no longer an optional nicety for corporates – if it ever has been. It is literally a case of work with tech startups or die. Many CEOs will say they a... Read More
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HTC Vive will get a $220 plug-and-play eye-tracking aGlass device in May

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Eye tracking is one feature that could could benefit the performance and affordability of high-end virtual reality headsets. The HTC Vive should become the first mainstream headset to put that theory to the test. A Chinese startup known as 7invensun (pronounced seven-in-ven-sun) is announcing it will be releasing  a new eye tracking module for the Vive next month. The module is called the aGlass and it will be available for “limited pre-order sales” next month, according to HTC. The company is referring to this first roll-out as a developer kit, but preorders are open to anyone. According to HTC, the system will cost about $220 and will ... Read More
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GamesBeat Summit’s lightning round will focus on disruption

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It’s time to introduce our lightning round session at our upcoming GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic. This session will feature five speakers talking in lightning-fast five-minute sessions. GamesBeat Summit 2017 will take place on May 1-2 at the historic Claremont resort hotel in Berkeley, Calif., just a short distance from San Francisco. You can secure your seat here. Register today and rec... Read More