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Fri, 26 May 2017 19:09:34 +0000

(image)  Robots are great at doing things they’ve been shown how to do, but when presented with a novel problem, such as an unfamiliar shape that needs to be gripped, they tend to choke. AI is helping there in the form of systems like Dex-Net, which uses deep learning let a robotic arm improvise an effective grip for objects it’s never seen before. The basic idea behind the system is… Read More(image)

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Roborace autonomous car takes a lap in ParisRoborace%20autonomous%20car%20takes%20a%20lap%20in%26nbsp%3BParisParis_2Khallgeisler

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:09:14 +0000

(image)  At the Formula E Paris ePrix over the weekend, the driverless Roborace navigated a lap of the 1.9 km course all by itself — all 14 turns. Read More(image)

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KidPass raises $5.1 million for its children’s activity subscription serviceKidPass%20raises%20%245.1%20million%20for%20its%20children%26%238217%3Bs%20activity%20subscription%26nbsp%3BserviceRear View Of Girl Climbing Wallsarahintampa

Fri, 26 May 2017 17:04:27 +0000

(image)  KidPass, a monthly membership program that gives parents access to a variety of kid-friendly activities across their city, has raised $5.1 million in Series A funding, the startup reported this week. Currently live in New York, the new funds will allow the service to expand to new markets including L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and Chicago. The round was… Read More(image)

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On-demand food startup Sprig is shutting down todayOn-demand%20food%20startup%20Sprig%20is%20shutting%20down%26nbsp%3BtodaySprig Gagan Biyani - 16mdickey

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:51:32 +0000

(image)  The on-demand food business is tough, especially if you’re trying to handle all elements of the experience, like sourcing the food, cooking the food and delivering it. It’s a lot. That said, Sprig, the startup that makes and delivers its own food, is shutting down today. Read More(image)

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UK wants G7 to take collective action on online extremismUK%20wants%20G7%20to%20take%20collective%20action%20on%20online%26nbsp%3Bextremismcyber terrorism concept computer bomb isolated on whitenelomas

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:39:44 +0000

(image)  The UK Prime Minister is using the annual G7 summit of seven of the world’s major industrialized democracies to push for more to be done about online extremism, including co-ordinating on ways to force social media platforms to be more pro-active about removing and reporting extremist content to authorities. Read More(image)

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The Marc Newson Hourglass For Hodinkee shows us time is a nanoballThe%20Marc%20Newson%20Hourglass%20For%20Hodinkee%20shows%20us%20time%20is%20a%26nbsp%3Bnanoballchildren-hourglassjohn

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:17:07 +0000

(image)  “Can anyone tell me what this is?” the teacher asked. Outside the rust rains had come again and the building reacted by assembling a nano sphere shield. They would be inside until it stopped. None of the children were old enough for the skin adaptation. She might as well keep them busy. She held up half of a glass object, the top edge crude and sharp. “A cup?” asked… Read More(image)

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Sergey Brin’s giant airship will be world’s largest, serve humanitarian roleSergey%20Brin%26%238217%3Bs%20giant%20airship%20will%20be%20world%26%238217%3Bs%20largest%2C%20serve%20humanitarian%26nbsp%3Brolesergey-blimpetherin

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:15:27 +0000

(image)  Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a massive airship, we learned in April, and now The Guardian reports some additional details about the purpose and nature of the project. It’ll be used both as a private luxury air yacht for Brin and his retinue, as well as for humanitarian aid purposes. Also, it’ll be the largest aircraft in the world, at nearly 200 meters (656 feet) in… Read More(image)

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Insurance startup Quilt adds life insurance to its portfolio of productsInsurance%20startup%20Quilt%20adds%20life%20insurance%20to%20its%20portfolio%20of%26nbsp%3BproductsScreen Shot 2017-05-26 at 12.03.00 PMshieberj

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:06:25 +0000

(image)  The startup insurance application processor Quilt has added a life insurance product to its portfolio and has begun pitching its digital enrollment in 37 states across the country. In partnership with Generation Life (a 50-year-old insurance company that was recently acquired by Swiss Re), Quilt is looking to make the process of applying for life insurance easier so that the under-insured… Read More(image)

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Pickle is a TaskRabbit-style app for Generation ZPickle%20is%20a%20TaskRabbit-style%20app%20for%20Generation%26nbsp%3BZpickle-iosmike-butcher

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:05:39 +0000

(image)  Share economy startups which allow someone to ‘share’ their labour or skills have proliferated over the last few years. Even simple ‘share your skills’ communities with no commercial model have appeared such as Impossible. Now these companies are joined by Pickle, a peer-to-peer mobile app that enables users to do ‘jobs’ for one another. Founder Daneh… Read More(image)

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For one new fund, the question isn’t which corporate backer, but why not 10?For%20one%20new%20fund%2C%20the%20question%20isn%26%238217%3Bt%20which%20corporate%20backer%2C%20but%20why%20not%26nbsp%3B10%3FScreen Shot 2017-05-26 at 8.57.33 AMconnieloizos

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:59:47 +0000

(image)  Engage Ventures is a new, Atlanta-based accelerator fund for early-stage deals. It isn’t managing a ton of money — it just closed on $15 million for its debut effort — but it does have some interesting financial backers. Read More(image)

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Snap said to leverage discounts to drive growthSnap%20said%20to%20leverage%20discounts%20to%20drive%26nbsp%3Bgrowthsnap moneyalexjameswilhelm

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:45:12 +0000

(image)  After a painful first-quarter miss, Snap, the parent company of the popular social app Snapchat, is looking to avoid the same fate in the second. According to Digiday, Snap is working to drive new and increased business ahead of the end of its second quarter. To do so, the company is said to be cutting deals. In the words of the report, Snap is “looking to goose its ad business with… Read More(image)

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Judah vs. the Machines: For when you can’t bring yourself to go shoppingJudah%20vs.%20the%20Machines%3A%20For%20when%20you%20can%26%238217%3Bt%20bring%20yourself%20to%20go%26nbsp%3Bshoppingjudah-thumb4 (1)CP

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:45:06 +0000

(image)  You’d be forgiven if you can’t be bothered to drag yourself to the store to shop for shoes and clothes and things. The internet is there for you, after all. But if you don’t know what you want? Well, I guess there is an app for that. In this episode, Friedlander, a self-described shoe expert because he “has feet,” tries to be better at shopping than an app… Read More(image)

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Stealthy Boxbot wins the Pear prize for UC Berkeley with a tech for autonomous last-mile deliveryStealthy%20Boxbot%20wins%20the%20Pear%20prize%20for%20UC%20Berkeley%20with%20a%20tech%20for%20autonomous%20last-mile%26nbsp%3BdeliveryIMG_20170524_122138shieberj

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:30:52 +0000

(image)  It was a long road that took the two founders of Boxbot from drinks at Drake’s Dealership to winning the prestigious Pear Berkeley Challenge, but both Austin Oehlerking and Mark Godwin are very at home on the road. The still-in-stealth technology they developed was so impressive that it won the Pear competition, along with some seed investments. Read More(image)

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Riley raises $3.1M to help real estate agents rate and respond to their leadsRiley%20raises%20%243.1M%20to%20help%20real%20estate%20agents%20rate%20and%20respond%20to%20their%26nbsp%3BleadsRiley foundersanthhaRiley screenshot

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:20:56 +0000

(image)  Businesses usually spend lots of time and money trying of attract potential customers. Now a startup called Riley aims to help them prioritize those sales leads. Riley was part of the winter class at Y Combinator. (In fact, CEO Daniel Ahmadizadeh said he and his co-founder Helson Taveras applied several times with different products and ideas before getting in.) The startup is announcing… Read More(image)

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Nielsen: over 92% of viewing among U.S. adults still happens on the TV screenNielsen%3A%20over%2092%25%20of%20viewing%20among%20U.S.%20adults%20still%20happens%20on%20the%20TV%26nbsp%3Bscreennetflix-tv-mockupsarahintampa

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:06:22 +0000

(image)  U.S. consumers may be cutting the cord with pay TV, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped watching the big screen, according to new data released by Nielsen this morning. In a report detailing the viewing habits of U.S. adults, the measurement firm found that 92 percent of all viewing among U.S. adults (those 18 and older) still takes place on the TV screen. The data was… Read More(image)

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MoneyLion’s redesigned app gives personalized financial advice and instant access to personal loansMoneyLion%26%238217%3Bs%20redesigned%20app%20gives%20personalized%20financial%20advice%20and%20instant%20access%20to%20personal%26nbsp%3Bloansmoneylion_on_mobile@2xryanlawler

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:00:25 +0000

(image)  Personal finance management app MoneyLion was created to help users save money, reduce debt and improve their credit. Today the app is being updated to provide users with more personalized information about how they can improve their financial health, as well as even faster access to personal loans. Read More(image)

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Google’s AlphaGo AI defeats team of five leading Go playersGoogle%26%238217%3Bs%20AlphaGo%20AI%20defeats%20team%20of%20five%20leading%20Go%26nbsp%3BplayersDeepMindAI_2017-May-26etherin

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:54:45 +0000

(image)  Are five human heads better than one computer brain? Not when it comes to playing Go. AlphaGo, the AI created to play the game of Go better than anyone alive, has defeated a team made up of five Go champions in a demonstration match on Friday. The team included Chen Yaoye, Zho Ruiyang, Mi Yuting, Shi Yue and Tang Weixing, and on the AlphaGo side – just AlphaGo, obviously. The match… Read More(image)

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Far Cry 5’s launch trailer gives us a first look at its rural U.S. settingfar-cry-5etherin

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:20:55 +0000

(image)  Far Cry 5 developer Ubisoft is playing with fire – hellfire, that is, as it sometimes arises in America’s more backwater regions. The Montana setting for the forthcoming Far Cry game is a very different type of locale for the series, which typically features tropical destinations as the backdrop for its super violent action-packed gameplay. This trailer reveals that not only will… Read More(image)

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Let’s meet in Iceland next weekLet%26%238217%3Bs%20meet%20in%20Iceland%20next%26nbsp%3Bweekicelandflagjohn

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:19:30 +0000

(image)  I’ll be in Reykjavik next week and you know what that means… I want to meet you! So we’ll be holding a small meetup (not really a pitchoff but feel free to pitch me while I’m there) at Bryggjan Brugghús, Grandagarði 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland. The event is being held on Tuesday, May 30, from 5 PM to 7 PM UTC. Event starts at 5pm and you can meet the speakers and… Read More(image)

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The League is bringing its exclusive dating app to 10 more cities this summerThe%20League%20is%20bringing%20its%20exclusive%20dating%20app%20to%2010%20more%20cities%20this%26nbsp%3Bsummertheleague-tech4_720fitztepper

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:56:26 +0000

(image)  The League, a dating app that prides itself on selectiveness and requires members to be approved before joining, has traditionally taken expansion pretty slow. Originally launched in early 2015, the app is still only in 7 cities – New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C and London. But the startup just announced they are about to embark on a summer tour,… Read More(image)

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