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Salesforce introduces several Einstein AI tools for third-party developersSalesforce%20introduces%20several%20Einstein%20AI%20tools%20for%20third-party%26nbsp%3BdevelopersProfile outline of man's head over circuit boardronjourn

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:00:40 +0000

(image)  Salesforce launched three AI tools for developers today at the TrailheaDX developer conference. These algorithms, which fall under the new Einstein Platform Services, enable third-party developers to add Einstein intelligence to applications built on top of the Salesforce platform. The new services include sentiment and intent analysis and some pretty sophisticated image recognition… Read More(image)


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The next generational shift in enterprise infrastructure has arrivedThe%20next%20generational%20shift%20in%20enterprise%20infrastructure%20has%26nbsp%3Barrivedheader-imageshieberj

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:30:06 +0000

(image)  Cloud computing is driving growth at 3 of the 5 most valuable companies in the world. AI will impact jobs only as quickly as AI-powered business software evolves. These are just two of the ramifications of disruptions in enterprise technology permeating mainstream media. Yet the inner workings of the tightly knit enterprise software industry are rarely publicized. Most talented engineers flock… Read More(image)


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Future commercial astronauts will train using this new facility’s super deep poolFuture%20commercial%20astronauts%20will%20train%20using%20this%20new%20facility%26%238217%3Bs%20super%20deep%26nbsp%3Bpoolblue-abyssetherin

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 11:21:32 +0000

(image)  The UK is getting a new commercial astronaut training facility, called “Blue Abyss,” which will include a pool with a depth of 50 meters, Engadget reports. That’s 164 feet, which tops (or undercuts, rather) NASA’s own 12 meter buoyancy lab, and it’ll help prepare paid private astronauts for the rigors of spaceflight, along with other features of the facility… Read More(image)


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Wayra UK launches accelerator to tackle the ‘poverty premium’Wayra%20UK%20launches%20accelerator%20to%20tackle%20the%20%26%238216%3Bpoverty%26nbsp%3Bpremium%26%238217%3BWayranelomas

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:35:37 +0000

(image)  Wayra, the Telefónica backed accelerator network, is launching a new startup program in the UK that aims to tackle the so-called ‘poverty premium’ — whereby people on low incomes pay more for some goods and services. Read More(image)


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Last chance to get 2-4-1 tickets to Disrupt Berlinlshitch

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:00:34 +0000

Okay, European startup fans. You’ve procrastinated long enough. Tomorrow, we’ll be releasing a batch of 50 pairs of tickets to Disrupt Berlin 2017, but in order to take advantage of this limited-time 2-4-1 opportunity, you’ll need to sign up today. Read More(image)


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Alibaba ups its stake in Southeast Asia’s Lazada with $1 billion investmentAlibaba%20ups%20its%20stake%20in%20Southeast%20Asia%26%238217%3Bs%20Lazada%20with%20%241%20billion%26nbsp%3BinvestmentInside The Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Headquarters And The 2015 Computing ConferenceJon

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:01:47 +0000

(image)  Alibaba is doubling down on Southeast Asia after it announced a deal to pay close to $1 billion to raise its stake in e-commerce firm Lazada from 51 percent to 83 percent. The Chinese firm made an initial $1 billion investment in April 2016 at a valuation of $1.5 billion — this second deal raises that valuation to $3.15 billion, Lazada disclosed. The deal sees Alibaba buy shares from… Read More(image)


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Samsung will reportedly revive the Galaxy Note 7 with a Korea-only ‘Fandom Edition’Samsung%20will%20reportedly%20revive%20the%20Galaxy%20Note%207%20with%20a%20Korea-only%20%26%238216%3BFandom%26nbsp%3BEdition%26%238217%3BSamsung Galaxy Note 7Jon

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:22:38 +0000

(image)  Samsung is reportedly gearing to revive the Galaxy Note 7, its disastrous 2016 smartphone that was recalled after battery problems caused units to catch fire, with the limited release of a new model. The company hinted a few months ago that it planned to make such a move, but now we have more details. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Note 7 FE (that stands for ‘Fandom… Read More(image)


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GoEuro plugs its data into Chinese travel booking platform, QunarGoEuro%20plugs%20its%20data%20into%20Chinese%20travel%20booking%20platform%2C%26nbsp%3BQunarnaren-shaam-goeuro3nelomas

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:00:51 +0000

(image)  Berlin-based GoEuro, the well-funded European travel planner platform, is looking to the Far East for business growth, announcing today that it’s inked a distribution partnership with Chinese travel booking platform, Qunar. Its hope: to capture some of the spending power of Chinese tourists wanting to take less well traveled routes around Europe. Read More(image)


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These are the autonomous trucks that Google’s Waymo is testingThese%20are%20the%20autonomous%20trucks%20that%20Google%26%238217%3Bs%20Waymo%20is%26nbsp%3Btestingwaymo 1Jon

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:52:36 +0000

(image)  Alphabet/Google’s self-driving car division Waymo disclosed earlier this month that it is working on (semi-)autonomous trucks, and now we have our first look at the vehicles in question. Jalopnik published a number of photos of a Waymo branded truck kitted out with a radar, lidar and ultrasonic radars. Waymo is, of course, not alone in exploring autonomous trucking. The company took Uber… Read More(image)


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Sign up for PragueCrunch V now!Sign%20up%20for%20PragueCrunch%20V%26nbsp%3Bnow%21Praguejohn

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:57:30 +0000

(image)  Almost every year my buddy Jack Deneut has helped set up PragueCrunch, our kind-of-semi-annual celebration of Czech startups. And it’s happening again this year! The event is on July 13, 2017 at Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden. You can RSVP here. We’ll have Kozel and Gambrinus beer all night and traditional Czech pub food for purchase at the venue. Startups will have 90 seconds to… Read More(image)


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The latest in the Binary Capital blowup — and what it means for startup investingThe%20latest%20in%20the%20Binary%20Capital%20blowup%20%26%238212%3B%20and%20what%20it%20means%20for%20startup%26nbsp%3BinvestingScreen Shot 2017-06-27 at 8.40.13 PMconnieloizos

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:05:30 +0000

(image)  Binary Capital, the San Francisco-based early stage fund whose cofounder, Justin Caldbeck, resigned this past Sunday, is shutting down for all practical purposes. A source tells Bloomberg that the young firm, which had closed its second fund last year with $175 million in commitments but barely begun to invest that capital, will be wound down. Binary’s portfolio companies, including from… Read More(image)


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Apple Music’s first new personalized playlist wants you to ChillApple%20Music%E2%80%99s%20first%20new%20personalized%20playlist%20wants%20you%20to%26nbsp%3BChillIMG_0021gre9del

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:45:58 +0000

(image)  This week Apple is beginning to roll out the first new personalized playlist under Apple Music’s ‘For You’ section. The playlist, entitled ‘Chill’ is muxed based on editorial curation and algorithmic interpretation of your musical tastes. A small number of test users got the new playlist yesterday evening. An updated Chill playlist will be delivered every Sunday… Read More(image)


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Crunch Report | A bad day for cybersecurityCrunch%20Report%20%7C%20A%20bad%20day%20for%26nbsp%3Bcybersecurityjmannes16

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 02:30:14 +0000

Today’s Stories A massive new ransomware attack is spreading around the globe Target’s next-day essentials delivery service opens to customers in pilot test Cloudflare launches app development platform, announces $100M investment fund Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else Credits Written and Hosted by: John Mannes Filmed by: Joe Zolnoski Edited by: Gregory… Read More(image)


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Cannabis delivery startup Eaze confirms theft of some user data from service providerCannabis%20delivery%20startup%20Eaze%20confirms%20theft%20of%20some%20user%20data%20from%20service%26nbsp%3BproviderMarijuana 2alexjameswilhelm

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:44:42 +0000

(image)  An anonymous source tipped off Crunchbase News that Eaze, the Series B-stage cannabis delivery startup with over $24 million in venture funding, has experienced a security incident. Some of its user data may have been stolen by a former employee of Don Davidson, MD, a medical service provider that provides patient consultations and medical cannabis recommendations (the equivalent of a… Read More(image)


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Magic Wormhole is a clever way to send files easily and securelyMagic%20Wormhole%20is%20a%20clever%20way%20to%20send%20files%20easily%20and%26nbsp%3Bsecurelywormholedevin

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:52:06 +0000

(image)  If you need to transfer a couple hundred megs to a coworker or friend across the country, you aren’t short on options. In fact, options are thick on the ground, and all have their own issues. Don’t you wish you could just speak a few magic words and send stuff directly to them, no intermediate upload, no web interface, no login? Magic Wormhole is a clever way to do just that. Read More(image)


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Andy Rubin-backed AR hardware startup CastAR reportedly shuts downAndy%20Rubin-backed%20AR%20hardware%20startup%20CastAR%20reportedly%20shuts%26nbsp%3BdownScreen Shot 2017-06-27 at 3.34.37 PMlucasmatney2015

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:36:01 +0000

(image)  An augmented reality headset startup founded by former Valve employees and funded by Android co-creator Andy Rubin’s Playground Global is shutting down after it failed to receive further investment. CastAR was building a headset device that projected holographic images into the field-of-view of a user, similar to products being built by companies like Microsoft and Magic Leap. Read More(image)


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Japan’s SNES Classic gets Famicom look and tweaked game selectionJapan%26%238217%3Bs%20SNES%20Classic%20gets%20Famicom%20look%20and%20tweaked%20game%26nbsp%3Bselectionimg_01devin

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:11:42 +0000

(image)  Everyone’s excited about the SNES Classic Edition, what with its twee 90s look and fantastic selection of games. But as with its NES predecessor, the Japanese version of the device is significantly different, outside and in — here are the differences between the two. Read More(image)


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There’s a war brewing in Japan, and the banks should pay attentionThere%E2%80%99s%20a%20war%20brewing%20in%20Japan%2C%20and%20the%20banks%20should%20pay%26nbsp%3Battentionshutterstock shibuya tokyo japandavidalanriggs

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:00:44 +0000

(image)  People often use the term “time machine model” in Japan. It refers to the lag with Silicon Valley when it comes to startups and innovation. When a time machine model gains momentum locally, usually it means war. The most notable recent example of this is the war of the news apps. Now there is a similar war brewing in Japan; this time it is for mobile P2P payments. Read More(image)


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Google News gets a fresh coat of paintGoogle%20News%20gets%20a%20fresh%20coat%20of%26nbsp%3Bpaintgoogle_logo_pipefredericlardinois

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 22:00:39 +0000

(image)  After years of sticking with essentially the same design, nobody was going to accuse Google News of looking modern. While the rest of the company’s portfolio received major facelifts in recent years, Google News started looking a bit neglected (and cluttered). That’s all changing today. Read More(image)


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Boundless, Navigator CRE and Off the Record take prizes at TechCrunch’s Seattle pitch-offBoundless%2C%20Navigator%20CRE%20and%20Off%20the%20Record%20take%20prizes%20at%20TechCrunch%26%238217%3Bs%20Seattle%26nbsp%3Bpitch-off35535452105_c297f198ed_hdevin

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 21:53:14 +0000

(image)  It was a lovely day for a meetup in Seattle, and the Showbox SoDo was packed as TechCrunch’s annual pitch-off in my home town took place last week. But as impressive as our 10 contestants were, only three would leave with tickets to Disrupt SF. And here they are. Read More(image)


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