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Canaan Partners just closed on $800 million — its biggest fund (by a lot)Canaan%20Partners%20just%20closed%20on%20%24800%20million%20%26%238212%3B%20its%20biggest%20fund%20%28by%20a%20lot%29money cashconnieloizos

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:23:16 +0000

(image)  It’s a years-long trend with no end in sight: venture firms are raising record amounts, owing to growing and sustained fascination from endowments, pension funds, family offices and others who see the sweeping, tech-driven changes all around — from self-driving cars, to new plant-based foods, to far more targeted drugs — and want to be part of that evolution. The latest… Read More(image)


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Facebook is hiring a (human) AI EditorFacebook%20is%20hiring%20a%20%28human%29%20AI%20Editorfacebook-depression-newsletternelomas

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:20:58 +0000

(image)  Human: Oh sweet bot, tell us a story! A nice story! About a very wise human who worked his whole life to save everybody in the world from having to spend time manually tagging their friends in digital photos — and made a magic machine that did it for them instead! Read More(image)


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SEC regulators are coming after ICOsSEC%20regulators%20are%20coming%20after%20ICOsClose up image of stacks of gold coinsroofkatie

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:00:08 +0000

(image)  It looks like ICOs, shorthand for initial coin offerings, are about to undergo a lot more scrutiny. The SEC has concluded that the digital currencies will be regulated as securities, meaning unregistered offerings could be subject to criminal punishment. The decision was announced on Tuesday. To reach its findings, regulators evaluated an offering facilitated by “The DAO,”… Read More(image)


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Blue Apron COO Matthew Wadiak steps down in post-IPO shakeupBlue%20Apron%20COO%20Matthew%20Wadiak%20steps%20down%20in%20post-IPO%20shakeupBlue Apron Climbs In Trading Debut After Slashing IPO Pricematthewlynley

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:21:30 +0000

(image)  Blue Apron announced several changes at the executive level today, including co-founder Matthew Wadiak stepping down from the COO role to become a senior advisor. Wadiak’s changing role comes after a painful IPO for the meal kit delivery service, which first had to reduce its original IPO price and has since seen a significant drop in its share price. Read More(image)


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$47 billion has been invested into ridesharing startups — here are 10 other things that money could buy%2447%20billion%20has%20been%20invested%20into%20ridesharing%20startups%20%26%238212%3B%20here%20are%2010%20other%20things%20that%20money%20could%20buyride-sharing-moneyjmannes16

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:11:06 +0000

(image)  When the ridesharing industry emerged in 2007, few would have believed it would grow into the cash-eating behemoth it is today. Dozens of companies, in hundreds of markets, have garnered just over $47 billion in equity and debt investment. To put that into perspective, we’ve put together a list of 10 things you could have bought instead. Read More(image)


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AT&T’s streaming service DirecTV Now nears half a million subscribersAT%26amp%3BT%26%238217%3Bs%20streaming%20service%20DirecTV%20Now%20nears%20half%20a%20million%20subscribersDirecTV Now eventsarahintampa

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:01:34 +0000

(image)  DirecTV Now, AT&T’s live TV service aimed at cord cutters, has now reached nearly 500,000 subscribers only 7 months after launch, the company announced today as part of its Q2 2017 earnings release. That uptick comes from the addition of 152,000 subscribers this past quarter, and is up from the 200,000 DTV Now subscribers the company had reported in January, following its first month… Read More(image)


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ABC News teams up with ATTN: to produce original news videos for social mediaABC%20News%20teams%20up%20with%20ATTN%3A%20to%20produce%20original%20news%20videos%20for%20social%20mediaABC's News Division To Cut Up To 25 Percent Of Staffsarahintampa

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:54:02 +0000

(image)  ABC News announced today it’s teaming up with digital media company ATTN: to develop original news videos that will be distributed across social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The partnership aims to produce videos targeting audiences who no longer tune in to traditional news broadcasts aired on television. However, the news footage featured in the program will… Read More(image)


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iRobot’s CEO defends Roomba home mapping as privacy concerns ariseiRobot%E2%80%99s%20CEO%20defends%20Roomba%20home%20mapping%20as%20privacy%20concerns%20ariseRoomba Alexabheater

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:47:34 +0000

(image)  iRobot CEO Colin Angle has been talking about his company’s plans to map user homes with the Roomba for a while now, but a recently published Reuters interview has raised a number of new privacy concerns. Of particular note is a bit where the executive speculates that the company “could reach a deal to sell its maps to one or more of the Big Three [Amazon, Apple, Google] in the… Read More(image)


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Sage Group buys Intacct accounting software for $850MSage%20Group%20buys%20Intacct%20accounting%20software%20for%20%24850Mshutterstock money u.s. currencyroofkatie

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:38:26 +0000

(image)  British enterprise software company Sage Group has agreed to purchase Intacct, a 19-year-old accounting software company, for $850 million, the companies announced today. A cash and stock transaction, the deal aims to help build out Sage’s cloud financial management offerings. Read More(image)


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ThinkGeek has NES Classics in stock — with a catchThinkGeek%20has%20NES%20Classics%20in%20stock%20%E2%80%94%20with%20a%20catchNES Classic Edition + 3 Canvases, Puzzle, Puppetdevin

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:24:50 +0000

(image)  If you want an NES Classic Edition (and you should) but don’t want to pay hundreds on eBay (and you shouldn’t), you’re in luck. ThinkGeek has a few in stock that its parent company, GameStop, mysteriously didn’t sell back when everyone was trying to buy them. They’re on sale right now, and will probably run out within an hour. Read More(image)


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Sling Studio makes multi-camera video production so damn easySling%20Studio%20makes%20multi-camera%20video%20production%20so%20damn%20easytitohamze

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:52:43 +0000

Tito Hamze gives an in-depth review of the Sling Studio, a multi-camera production studio that turns your existing cameras wireless and makes your phones into cameras with the ability to control everything from an iPad as a switcher. It’s the most portable multi-cam setup I’ve ever used — and it’s awesome! Read More(image)


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Toyota’s new solid-state battery could make its way to cars by 2020Toyota%26%238217%3Bs%20new%20solid-state%20battery%20could%20make%20its%20way%20to%20cars%20by%202020A new lithium-ion battery is installed uetherin

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:22:09 +0000

(image)  Toyota is touting its progress on a new kind of battery technology, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in today’s lithium-ion batteries. The car maker said that it’s near a breakthrough in production engineering that could help it put the new tech in production electric vehicles as early as 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal.… Read More(image)


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The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for scienceThe%20Envirobot%20robo-eel%20slithers%20along%20the%20shore%20for%20scienceENVIROBOT_Jdevin

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:57:47 +0000

(image)  The next time you’re swimming in Lake Geneva, don’t be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss researchers that autonomously swims around bodies of water and tests them for toxins and other factors. Read More(image)


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Netflix to debut ‘Disenchantment,’ a new animated series from ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening, in 2018Netflix%20to%20debut%20%26%238216%3BDisenchantment%2C%26%238217%3B%20a%20new%20animated%20series%20from%20%26%238216%3BThe%20Simpsons%26%238217%3B%20creator%20Matt%20Groening%2C%20in%202018Matt Groening - Comic-Con International 2017 - "The Simpsons" Panelsarahintampa

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:28:33 +0000

(image)  The creator of the longest-running scripted primetime series ever, “The Simpsons,” is preparing to launch a new show for Netflix. The streaming service today announced it has ordered 20 episodes of an animated comedy series called “Disenchantment,” from “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening. The first episodes are set to debut in 2018, the company says,… Read More(image)


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Wallflower wants to prevent cooking fires by making your stove smarterWallflower%20wants%20to%20prevent%20cooking%20fires%20by%20making%20your%20stove%20smarterWalfllower_Kitchen Closeupjordanrcrook

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:00:37 +0000

(image)  The fire department responds to a home fire every 86 seconds, and many of those start in the kitchen. Wallflower is a device that easily hooks into most electric stoves, between the outlet and the stove itself, to notify users if there is risk of a fire. If the stove is on when you leave the home, the Wallflower will send a notification to the your phone to remind you to turn it off. In fact,… Read More(image)


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ContainerShip launches its fully managed Kubernetes serviceContainerShip%20launches%20its%20fully%20managed%20Kubernetes%20serviceAlgeciras (Spain): CMA CGM Christophe Colomb Explorer class containership built for CMA CGM (December 2009)fredericlardinois

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:51:39 +0000

(image)  ContainerShip, which launched at Disrupt NY 2015, helps developers deploy their containerized applications on virtually all of the major cloud platforms. In its early days, the company mostly bet on Docker and its own container management tools for handling its users’ containers, but it is now adding support for the Google-incubated Kubernetes container orchestration tool and launching… Read More(image)


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Twitter confirms it is winding down SnappyTV, shifting features to Media StudioTwitter%20confirms%20it%20is%20winding%20down%20SnappyTV%2C%20shifting%20features%20to%20Media%20Studiotwitter-tv2ingridlunden

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:34:31 +0000

(image)  Twitter has been making an effort for some time to streamline and simplify its interface to make its social media platform more accessible to new and more casual users, and it is doing the same in the backend of its service. In the latest development, we have confirmed that Twitter is preparing to wind down SnappyTV, a service it acquired in 2014 for quickly clipping, editing and sharing… Read More(image)


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Online consignment shop thredUp takes on The RealReal with launch of LuxeOnline%20consignment%20shop%20thredUp%20takes%20on%20The%20RealReal%20with%20launch%20of%20Luxetan-thredup-luxesarahintampa

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:34:10 +0000

(image)  Online consignment shop thredUp is taking on The RealReal. The e-commerce site for secondhand items today announced the launch of a new luxury goods storefront, simply called Luxe, which is now available as a public beta. Via Luxe, consignment customers can request a “clean out kit” from thredUp, as per usual, and fill it with both their high-end and low-end items, which the… Read More(image)


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Node raises $10.8 million to find you better sales leadsNode%20raises%20%2410.8%20million%20to%20find%20you%20better%20sales%20leadsFalon Fatemiroofkatie

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:04:56 +0000

(image)  The first step of any salesperson is to figure out who to pitch, but some of them are wasting time targeting the wrong prospective clients. That’s the premise behind Node, a startup that says its platform uses artificial intelligence to find sales leads. In “stealth mode” for the past 2.5 years, the company is now announcing a $10.8 million venture financing round. Read More(image)


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Bigscreen VR app gets its biggest screen yet with latest updateCinema 4lucasmatney2015

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:01:27 +0000

(image)  Bigscreen is living up to its name. The Andreessen Horowitz-backed virtual reality app will be receiving one of its biggest updates since launch with the Cinema Update, which brings a hulking dynamically lit IMAX-like theater environment into the app, which will allow users to watch movies, play games and do work on their PC in a pretty epic manner. Read More(image)


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