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BMW teams up with Solid Power to develop solid-state batteries for carsBMW%20teams%20up%20with%20Solid%20Power%20to%20develop%20solid-state%20batteries%20for%26nbsp%3BcarsBMW i8 Open Doorsetherin

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:35:55 +0000

(image)  Automaker BMW is chasing that solid-state battery tech carrot, same as most everyone else in the industry. Today, it’s announcing a new partnership with battery technology company Solid Power to develop and commercialize the latter’s solid-sate battery technology for use in electric vehicles. Solid State already produces batteries made up of inorganic materials developed by the… Read More(image)


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Virgin Hyperloop One said to add Richard Branson as Chair and raise $50MVirgin%20Hyperloop%20One%20said%20to%20add%20Richard%20Branson%20as%20Chair%20and%20raise%26nbsp%3B%2450MVirgin America Virgin Galantic aircraft at SFO Airportetherin

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:25:03 +0000

(image)  It’s probably no surprise that billionaire Richard Branson is going to be taking a more active role in Virgin Hyperloop One, considering the company adopted the “Virgin” moniker after Branson’s global co. became a key backer earlier this year. Now, Axios reports that he’ll be made chairman of the company, as it takes on an additional $50 million in funding to help… Read More(image)


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Toyota will electrify entire vehicle lineup by 2025Toyota%20will%20electrify%20entire%20vehicle%20lineup%20by%26nbsp%3B2025Toyota Motor Corp Test-drives New Priusetherin

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:06:35 +0000

(image)  Toyota is finally revealing the details of its plan to catch up with some of its rivals on electrification; the automaker has focused primarily on hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles before now, despite having led the market with the Prius – but it’s going to focus more on pure EVs going forward, with a plan to offer over 10 purely battery-powered vehicles from 2020 on, and a… Read More(image)


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Facebook is clamping down on posts that shamelessly beg for your engagementFacebook%20is%20clamping%20down%20on%20posts%20that%20shamelessly%20beg%20for%20your%26nbsp%3Bengagementfacebook instagram appsJon

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:03:25 +0000

(image)  A lot of crap gets shared on Facebook, but coming soon the volume may be a little less after Facebook made a move to penalize content that shamelessly begs people for engagement. The social network giant said today that it will penalize Page owners and people who resort to “engagement bait,” which means posts that encourage users to like, comment or tag people in the comments… Read More(image)


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France files supplier contract complaint against AmazonFrance%20files%20supplier%20contract%20complaint%20against%26nbsp%3BAmazonInternet shopping e-commerce applicationnelomas

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:52:21 +0000

(image)  The French government has filed a complaint against ecommerce giant Amazon alleging abuse of a dominant position with some of its suppliers, according to Reuters citing a report in La Parisien newspaper. Read More(image)


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FarmCrowdy raises $1M round to bring Nigerian farmers online and to marketFarmCrowdy%20raises%20%241M%20round%20to%20bring%20Nigerian%20farmers%20online%20and%20to%26nbsp%3BmarketFarmcrowdy Image 1shieberj

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:35:32 +0000

(image)  Bringing small scale Nigerian farmers to a broader market has netted the new startup Farmcrowdy $1 million from investors including Techstars, Cox Ventures and Social Capital. Farmcrowdy’s digital platform connects investors to farmers through sponsorship packages to fund higher yields for a share of the returns. The app allows the sponsors to “Farm Shop” screened… Read More(image)


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WheelStreet is bringing dock-less motorbikes to India’s citiesWheelStreet%20is%20bringing%20dock-less%20motorbikes%20to%20India%26%238217%3Bs%26nbsp%3Bcitieswheelstreet go indiaJon

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 09:58:34 +0000

(image)  By now the world is familiar with the rise of on-demand bicycle services, which started out with Mobike and Ofo in China, but one startup is twisting the concept slightly to bring dock-less motorbikes to the streets of India. WheelStreet, a company that recently graduated the Y Combinator program in the U.S. earlier this year, is pioneering the scooter push in India through a pilot service… Read More(image)


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Horizons Ventures backs AI startup Fano Labs in first Hong Kong investmentHorizons%20Ventures%20backs%20AI%20startup%20Fano%20Labs%20in%20first%20Hong%20Kong%26nbsp%3Binvestmenthong kongJon

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:51:18 +0000

(image)  Horizons Ventures, the VC firm founded by Hong Kong’s richest man Li Ka-Shing, has made a rare early-stage investment after it backed AI startup Fano Labs. Horizons has invested in the likes of Facebook, Razer, Slack, Improbable, Spotify and more, and now it is putting undisclosed money into Fano Labs, which recently graduated AI accelerator program Zeroth. This deal also marks the… Read More(image)


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Oracle to buy construction collaboration software maker Aconex for $1.2B in cashOracle%20to%20buy%20construction%20collaboration%20software%20maker%20Aconex%20for%20%241.2B%20in%26nbsp%3BcashOraclecatherineshu

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:47:15 +0000

(image)  Oracle will pay $1.2 billion in cash to buy construction software developer Aconex, the companies announced today. Based in Melbourne, Aconex’s cloud-based software allow teams working on building projects to collaborate and share documents. Oracle agreed to pay AUD $7.80 (about $5.97) per share in cash for a total of $1.2 billion. This price represents a 47% premium over… Read More(image)


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Uber ride-hailing comes to BBM — because some people in the world still use BBMUber%20ride-hailing%20comes%20to%20BBM%20%26%238212%3B%20because%20some%20people%20in%20the%20world%20still%20use%26nbsp%3BBBMHONG KONG-UBER-TAXI-COURTJon

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:33:41 +0000

(image)  It’s been some time since Uber made its full service available inside messaging apps — most notably Facebook Messenger — but now it is rolling out to another one, BBM, with an eye on emerging markets. BBM is virtually dead in Western markets following the decline of BlackBerry phones, but it hasn’t died altogether. Now run by Indonesian telco Emtek, BBM still maintains… Read More(image)


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Tencent and JD.com invest $863M into e-commerce firm Vipshop to battle AlibabaTencent%20and%20JD.com%20invest%20%24863M%20into%20e-commerce%20firm%20Vipshop%20to%20battle%26nbsp%3BAlibaba3rd World Internet Conference - Day 1Jon

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 03:38:59 +0000

(image)  Tencent, the internet giant that recently became Asia’s first $500 billion company, is continuing its investment spree after it agreed to buy $604 million in shares of Chinese online retailer Vipshop. The deal is being made with long-time partner JD.com, which will invest $259 million into Vipshop, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. That takes the total between the two to… Read More(image)


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Learning to embrace conflict as a part of startup cultureLearning%20to%20embrace%20conflict%20as%20a%20part%20of%20startup%26nbsp%3BcultureBM104_Nick-and-Andrew-fightingshieberj

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:30:35 +0000

(image)  Most team leaders will agree on the majority of decisions that need to be made and good startup teams seem telepathic at times, but there are inevitably going to be profound disagreements. It’s critical that entrepreneurs embrace these conflicts because solving them properly is often the difference between success and failure. Read More(image)


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Shine of the timesClose-up of glitterCP

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:12:35 +0000

(image)    “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” — Francis Bacon and/or Lady Gaga  Kirakira, an app that adds sparkle to your photos, is at the time of this writing the No. 1 paid app in the iOS App Store. Its creator, Kentaro Yama, is a Japanese developer who works full-time for tha ltd. design studio in Tokyo. He did not expect his… Read More(image)


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The Last Jedi should be the last Star Wars filmThe%20Last%20Jedi%20should%20be%20the%20last%20Star%20Wars%26nbsp%3Bfilmluke skywalker last jedinelomas

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:51:16 +0000

(image)  At the risk of being ostracized by the vast majority of my TC teammates, let me propose that Star Wars: The Last Jedi would — in a fairer universe — be the last Star Wars film… (Spoiler alerts!) Read More(image)


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Negativity and StartupsNegativity%20and%20Startups6318687607_2fc39366a0_odancric

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:53:36 +0000

(image)  2017 has not been a good year for good news in the startup world. VCs repeatedly sexually harassing founders, often over a period of years. Products that are dangerous, stupid or a mix of both. Company executives breaking the law in pursuit of delirious growth. Dumb product launches that insult whole ethnic groups. Hiring models for parties to disguise tech’s massive gender problem.… Read More(image)


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ICO-lateral damageICO-lateral%20damagecollateral-damagerezendi

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 14:00:28 +0000

(image)  The ICO regulators are here, and they’re carrying big sticks. (PDF) “Coins or other digital assets issued on a blockchain may be securities under the federal securities laws… tokens were securities as defined by Section 2(a)(1) of the Securities Act because they were investment contracts … An investment contract is an investment of money in a common enterprise with a… Read More(image)


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Thales agrees to buy Gemalto in digital security deal worth ~$5.43BNThales%20agrees%20to%20buy%20Gemalto%20in%20digital%20security%20deal%20worth%26nbsp%3B~%245.43BNVector of Internet Security Systemsnelomas

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 11:11:33 +0000

(image)  Digital security solutions provider Gemalto has agreed to a €51 per share acquisition offer from French aerospace and defense group Thales — in a deal worth around $5.43BN.  Read More(image)


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To ICO or not to ICO?cryptocurrency2shieberj

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:35:30 +0000

(image)  Sorry… I had to. For some actual wise words about crypto, read this. Read More(image)


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The technology industry needs to think more seriously about device addictionThe%20technology%20industry%20needs%20to%20think%20more%20seriously%20about%20device%26nbsp%3Baddictionfacebook addictionshieberj

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:05:21 +0000

(image)  As we grow as a culture, especially for newer generations, we need to start asking important questions: ‘how as a species do we begin the education process of device addiction?’ And more importantly, ‘how do we begin taking back control?’ Read More(image)


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Do good companies ICO?Do%20good%20companies%26nbsp%3BICO%3F347687569_2d557ae250_odancric

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:59:48 +0000

(image)  There has been a veritable explosion in the use of initial coin offerings (abbreviated ICO, sometimes also referred to as a token generating event or TGE, or a WTFLOL) to fund startups. Calculating the total investment in these offerings is complicated, but Coindesk puts the total right now at about $3.8 billion cumulatively, with the bulk invested in 2017. That total volume pales in comparison… Read More(image)


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