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HYPR raises $3 million to keep hackers from getting their hands on your fingerprintsHYPR%20raises%20%243%20million%20to%20keep%20hackers%20from%20getting%20their%20hands%20on%20your%26nbsp%3BfingerprintsFingerprintlorakolodnytcHYPR cofounders, CEO George Avetisov and CTO Bojan Simic.

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:59:37 +0000

(image)  If your account gets hacked these days, the first thing you’ll do typically is reset your password, maybe beef up your security settings, and proceed to use the account or app again. But what if hackers get their hands on your fingerprint, iris or other biometric data? You can’t just change your fingerprints or eyes on a whim. That’s where a New York City startup called… Read More(image)

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Come hear GoEuro’s CEO talk trains, planes and automobiles at Disrupt LondonCome%20hear%20GoEuro%26%238217%3Bs%20CEO%20talk%20trains%2C%20planes%20and%20automobiles%20at%20Disrupt%26nbsp%3BLondontrainconvergeingridlundenscreen-shot-2016-10-25-at-09-14-41

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:21:17 +0000

(image)  Travel and transportation have always been major focus points for the tech world. Why? Because people will always want to get from points A to B, and to do it faster and cheaper than before. GoEuro — a startup based out of Berlin — is a company to watch here because it straddles both of these industries. Come hear how GoEuro is doing this — and making a success of it… Read More(image)

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Red Sift, a startup from ex-Shazam technical architect, wants to make your data work for youRed%20Sift%2C%20a%20startup%20from%20ex-Shazam%20technical%20architect%2C%20wants%20to%20make%20your%20data%20work%20for%26nbsp%3Byouredsift-screenshot-dashboardSteve O'Hear

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:00:06 +0000

(image)  Red Sift, a new London startup from two ex-Shazamers, is building an ambitious cloud-based and developer platform that wants to enable individuals and businesses to plug in various data sources and make that data actually work for them in a meaningful way. Read More(image)

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Alexa’s new Logitech Harmony skill adds voice control to your home theaterAlexa%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20Logitech%20Harmony%20skill%20adds%20voice%20control%20to%20your%20home%26nbsp%3BtheaterAmazon Echo Top Detail 2etherin

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:01:22 +0000

(image)  Controlling your home theater setup with your voice just got a lot easier: Alexa now has an official Logitech Harmony skill, letting you issue simple commands like “Alexa, turn on the TV” or Alexa, turn on Netflix” to start Harmony activities. This is far simpler than existing third-party skills, which can give you Harmony control but involve awkward or complicated phrasing to… Read More(image)

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Alan wants to turn health insurance into software-as-a-serviceAlan%20wants%20to%20turn%20health%20insurance%20into%20software-as-a-servicelanding-4romaindilletcompany-dashboard

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 06:37:01 +0000

(image)  Ok, my headline is a bit provocative, but it’s kind of true. French startup Alan is launching today a brand new full-stack health insurance company in France. Compared to existing products, Alan wants to make the experience much sleeker. Here’s how it works. The company just raised $13 million (€12 million) from CNP Assurances, Power Financial, Partech Ventures and business angels. Read More(image)

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Netflix’s Reed Hastings believes AT&T Time Warner merger could be good for consumersNetflix%26%238217%3Bs%20Reed%20Hastings%20believes%20AT%26amp%3BT%20Time%20Warner%20merger%20could%20be%20good%20for%26nbsp%3Bconsumersnetflix-reed-hastingssarahbuhr

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 05:37:12 +0000

(image)  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings isn’t bothered by the idea of a marriage between mobile powerhouse AT&T and HBO’s parent company Time Warner, “As long as HBO’s bits and Netflix’s bits are treated the same [by regulators],” he said. Hastings, who was speaking at the Wall Street Journal Live conference this evening sparred with Comcast over a proposed Time… Read More(image)

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Twitter’s sales team is taking a hit in big upcoming layoffsTwitter%26%238217%3Bs%20sales%20team%20is%20taking%20a%20hit%20in%20big%20upcoming%26nbsp%3BlayoffsJack Dorseymatthewlynleytwitter rev growth

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:29:52 +0000

(image)  Well, now we know why Twitter decided to move its earnings report to before the market opens (when the West Coast will conveniently, largely be asleep). Bloomberg is reporting that the company may cut up to 8% of its staff, or around 300 people, and that the cuts could be announced as soon as this week. As usual these situations are very dynamic, so all of the above could shake out to be… Read More(image)

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Google buys Eyefluence eye-tracking startupGoogle%20buys%20Eyefluence%20eye-tracking%26nbsp%3Bstartupdisrupt_sf16_michael_buckwald_jim_margraff-4401lucasmatney2015screen-shot-2016-10-24-at-7-47-14-pm

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:55:36 +0000

(image)  Google want to know everywhere that you’re looking. Today, Eyefluence announced that it has been acquired by Google. The eye-tracking interface startup founded in 2013 had raised $21.6M in funding from investors including Intel Capital, Jazz Venture Partners, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital and NHN Investment. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Eyefluence shared the… Read More(image)

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Ant Financial partners with First Data and Verifone as part of its global expansionAnt%20Financial%20partners%20with%20First%20Data%20and%20Verifone%20as%20part%20of%20its%20global%26nbsp%3Bexpansionalipayshieberj

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:32:47 +0000

(image)  As hundreds of newly minted Chinese millionaires and billionaires continue their global shopping spree, Ant Finacial Services is expanding its reach to make sure they can buy whatever they want, wherever they want, and however they want. On the stage of today’s Money 2020 conference in Las Vegas, the company announced a slew of partnerships in the U.S., with the payment processor First… Read More(image)

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Study estimates cost of last year’s internet shutdowns at $2.4 billionStudy%20estimates%20cost%20of%20last%20year%26%238217%3Bs%20internet%20shutdowns%20at%20%242.4%26nbsp%3Bbillioncutcordsdevintop_chart_outage

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:33:18 +0000

(image)  Whenever there’s a shutdown of internet access or restrictions placed on an app, we shake our heads disapprovingly because we know it’s a fundamentally bad idea to do that. But what exactly is the cost of those shutdowns? A new study from the Brookings Institution suggests well over $2 billion over the last year. Read More(image)

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The Amazon Echo gains MLB Gameday Audio just in time for the World SeriesThe%20Amazon%20Echo%20gains%20MLB%20Gameday%20Audio%20just%20in%20time%20for%20the%20World%26nbsp%3BSeriesmlb-2-of-1mjburnsy

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 23:06:51 +0000

(image)  The MLB just made it a bit easier to listen to the Indians destroy the Cubs during the World Series. After enabling the skill, subscribers to MLB products just need to tell an Echo to ask MLB to play the Indians. And like that, the Echo turns into your personal Bob Uecker, streaming the play-by-play directly into your room. The app will work the same way during the next season, a MLB… Read More(image)

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Google pollutes new Chrome tabs with ‘article suggestions’ – here’s how to disable themoldnewtabdevinThe original new tab page.The 'suggested articles' feature.disablenewtab

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:15:40 +0000

(image)  You know what people love? When you take something familiar and useful and replace it with content “for you” that you actually didn’t ask for. That’s one of the more visible changes in the latest version of Chrome for Android, which swaps out the bookmarks and recently visited items on the new tab page for “suggested articles.” Here’s how to get rid of it. Read More(image)

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IPO pro Lise Buyer on what you need to IPO in the next six monthsIPO%20pro%20Lise%20Buyer%20on%20what%20you%20need%20to%20IPO%20in%20the%20next%20six%26nbsp%3Bmonthslisebuyerconnieloizos

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:03:26 +0000

(image)  Last week, I sat down with IPO pro Lise Buyer to talk about the Bay Area ecosystem for a Sirius XM radio show that’s broadcast from Wharton’s San Francisco campus. Buyer was the host and I was the guest, but because the IPO market is top of mind for so many in the startup industry right now, I asked if I could turn the table for a few minutes on Buyer, who is best known for helping… Read More(image)

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The tech industry’s regulatory crisis and how Silicon Valley lost touch with WashingtonThe%20tech%20industry%E2%80%99s%20regulatory%20crisis%20and%20how%20Silicon%20Valley%20lost%20touch%20with%26nbsp%3BWashingtonnewtonscradledavidalanriggs

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:00:38 +0000

(image)  More than 80 million viewers around the world tuned in to watch the first of three presidential debates. With all the buzz being generated in and around the upcoming elections, no industry is exempt from their impact — Silicon Valley and the tech industry included. The Valley is not sheltered, nor is it immune to national politics — a fact that the Valley used to know. Read More(image)

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Twitter decides to release earnings while most of us are sleeping because reasonsTwitter%20decides%20to%20release%20earnings%20while%20most%20of%20us%20are%20sleeping%20because%26nbsp%3Breasonstwitter-eats-newspaper2matthewlynley

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:36:45 +0000

(image)  A lot of the industry watchers that follow Twitter are out here on the West Coast, where the company is based. And for good reason! The Twitter diaspora exists in a large force out here and are great to keep in touch with in order to keep context, and it’s important to be in general geographic proximity of the company’s headquarters. Which is part of the reason we’re… Read More(image)

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NHTSA releases best practice guidelines for vehicle cybersecurityNHTSA%20releases%20best%20practice%20guidelines%20for%20vehicle%26nbsp%3Bcybersecurity3350300573_52684fdb9a_betherin

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:35:56 +0000

(image)  Following its release of guidelines for automakers regarding self-driving cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a similar set of guidelines or “best practices” for cybersecurity in vehicles, designed to provide guidance for car makers. The best practices document is 22 pages and is non-binding, meaning there’s no regulatory imperative… Read More(image)

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OpenDataSoft raises $5.4M to turn data into APIsOpenDataSoft%20raises%20%245.4M%20to%20turn%20data%20into%26nbsp%3BAPIsstocksnap_c6ygdz1dswromaindillet

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 21:01:49 +0000

(image)  French startup OpenDataSoft just raised a $5.4 million Series A round (€5 million) to make it easier to manipulate huge sets of data. Aster Capital and Salesforce Ventures invested in today’s round, with existing investor Aurinvest also participating and Ader Finance helping with the deal. Interestingly, this is one of the first investments in a French startup from Salesforce… Read More(image)

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Chronocam secures $15M to power its ‘biological eye’ computer vision systemChronocam%20secures%20%2415M%20to%20power%20its%20%26%238216%3Bbiological%20eye%26%238217%3B%20computer%20vision%26nbsp%3Bsystemautonomouscarlucasmatney2015

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:49:32 +0000

(image)  Not everything in our field of view at any given time is all that interesting; often, it’s only when something consistent changes that our eyes take notice. Paris-based Chronocam is looking to further develop this concept in the computer vision space with its new camera technology being optimized for autonomous vehicles. Today, Chronocam announced that it has picked up $15 million in… Read More(image)

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The Luminox XCOR 5261 Chronograph wants to send you (and your wrist) to spaceThe%20Luminox%20XCOR%205261%20Chronograph%20wants%20to%20send%20you%20%28and%20your%20wrist%29%20to%26nbsp%3Bspacescaled-5885johnscaled-5892scaled-5886scaled-5889scaled-5890scaled-5885

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:41:46 +0000

(image)  Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Your Wrist, whose bold 80+ year mission is to help you carry grocery bags and wear watches like the Luminox XCOR 5261 Chronograph. This unique automatic chronograph from a watchmaker most known for brightly luminous and rugged timepieces, is an homage to spaceflight and looks pretty darn cool. XCOR is a private spaceflight… Read More(image)

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InContext Solutions raises $15.2M to bring retail experiences into VRInContext%20Solutions%20raises%20%2415.2M%20to%20bring%20retail%20experiences%20into%26nbsp%3BVRchi-incontext-solutions-funding-bsi-photos-201-003lucasmatney2015

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 20:22:07 +0000

(image)  Virtual reality offers businesses the ability to see consumer habits in digital environments before committing the resources to actually building out those environments in the real world. For InContext Solutions, a major market opportunity that they’ve been able to isolate is giving retailers the opportunity to test and explore new in-store retail concepts inside virtual reality. Today,… Read More(image)

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