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Dozr raises $1.9 million to become an Airbnb for bulldozers and excavatorsDozr%20raises%20%241.9%20million%20to%20become%20an%20Airbnb%20for%20bulldozers%20and%26nbsp%3Bexcavatorsdozr_bulldozerlorakolodnytcDozr's app helps contractors find industrial equipment to rent from peers in the industry.Dozr co-founders Tim Forestell, Erin Stephenson and Kevin Forestell.

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:17:05 +0000

(image)  A startup called Dozr Inc. has raised CAN $2.5 million (or $1.9 million USD) in seed funding to help contractors rent heavy industrial equipment from other construction professionals who have it, but aren’t using it. Based in Kitchener, Ontario Dozr’s marketplace lets builders rent equipment, like excavators, skidsteers or one day drones and industrial robotics, either alone, or with… Read More(image)

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Beyoncé becomes a tech startup investorBeyonc%C3%A9%20becomes%20a%20tech%20startup%26nbsp%3Binvestorbeyonce-investorjoshscbeyonce_storelogobeyonce-swing

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 19:02:40 +0000

(image)  Joining celebrity investors like Snoop Dogg, Ashton Kutcher, and Justin Bieber, Queen Bey is bringing her supreme business skills to the tech world. Beyoncé and the management company she started called Parkwood Entertainment have invested $150,000 into Sidestep, an app for buying concert merchandise and skipping the line to pick it up at the show. Sidestep originally started selling… Read More(image)

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Qualcomm reportedly in acquisition talks with NXP SemiconductorsQualcomm%20reportedly%20in%20acquisition%20talks%20with%20NXP%26nbsp%3BSemiconductorsNewest Innovations In Consumer Technology On Display At 2014 International CESetherin

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:56:25 +0000

(image)  Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm is looking to shrink the silicon space a bit further with a potential acquisition of Netherlands-based NXP Semiconductors, in a deal that could be worth over $30 billion according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal.  The deal could be finalized in as few as two months from now, according to the report. If it goes through, it could signal a big move for… Read More(image)

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VC Venky Ganesan on interest rates, diamonds, and quietly imploding startupsVC%20Venky%20Ganesan%20on%20interest%20rates%2C%20diamonds%2C%20and%20quietly%20imploding%26nbsp%3Bstartupsimg_1834connieloizos

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:29:00 +0000

(image)  Yesterday, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told lawmakers that she’s not ready to hold interest rates low for much longer, but neither is she raising them right now.  Afterward, we talked about the news and what it might augur for startups with Venky Ganesan, a managing director at Menlo Ventures, the early-stage firm that led Uber’s Series B round (among its many other… Read More(image)

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Arrr! Bell & Ross releases three new nautically-themed watchesArrr%21%20Bell%20%26amp%3B%20Ross%20releases%20three%20new%20nautically-themed%20watchessmalltourbjohnbr-x1-marineface_br-01-marine_02face_br-x1_tourbillon-marine_01

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:19:07 +0000

(image)  Avast, ye hearties! Prepare for your wrists to be boarded by these massive Bell & Ross mechanical watches. B&R is most famous for the aviation-themed pieces – all of them black and square with huge readable faces and handsome straps. Now they’ve taken that same aesthetic and pushed it out to sea, creating three fascinating pieces that look like a cross between a Bioshock… Read More(image)

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Apple’s new ad focuses on background animations for MessagesApple%E2%80%99s%20new%20ad%20focuses%20on%20background%20animations%20for%26nbsp%3BMessagesscreen-shot-2016-09-29-at-5-26-52-pmromaindillet

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:00:52 +0000

(image)  Apple is releasing a new video advertisement for the iPhone and iOS. Like previous ads, this video shows a stark departure from its predecessors. You can feel Tor Myhren’s influence on this ad. The recently hired VP of Marketing Communications has an impressive background in the advertising industry and is now in charge of Apple’s ads. That’s probably the reason why these… Read More(image)

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Google’s Cloud Machine Learning service is now in public betaGoogle%26%238217%3Bs%20Cloud%20Machine%20Learning%20service%20is%20now%20in%20public%26nbsp%3Bbetadsc06889fredericlardinoisml-lead-1google-cloud-cre

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:00:00 +0000

(image)  Google announced a number of updates to its cloud computing services at a small event in San Francisco this morning. These updates touch Google’s machine learning services, as well as its database and analytics services, and include an update to how it supports its users. The company’s focus today, though, was clearly on machine learning. Google launched the private alpha of… Read More(image)

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Google rebrands its business apps as G Suite, launches Team Drive & upgrades appsGoogle%20rebrands%20its%20business%20apps%20as%20G%20Suite%2C%20launches%20Team%20Drive%20%26amp%3B%20upgrades%26nbsp%3Bappsscreen-shot-2016-09-29-at-1-46-46-pmsarahintampadqa-final-loopingios-gif_for-blog-and-socialde-sheets-finalg-suite-product-launch-2gsuite-product-launch-3

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:52:55 +0000

(image)  Google announced today that its now ten-year old service Google Apps for Work (formerly Google Apps for Your Domain), is getting rebranded yet again. This time around, the company will call it “G Suite.” Sounds more hip, right? Alongside the news, Google also noted a handful of upgrades and improvements in G Suite’s existing product lineup, which includes apps like Drive,… Read More(image)

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Tales from a Tesla Model S at 200k milesTales%20from%20a%20Tesla%20Model%20S%20at%20200k%26nbsp%3Bmilesimg_7909hallgeisler

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:49:36 +0000

(image)  Tesloop’s first vehicle, a Tesla Model S they put into service in July 2015, has reached a new milestone: 200,000 miles on the odometer. Tesloop, you’ll recall, ferries passengers between Los Angeles and Las Vegas in electric Tesla vehicles, making it easy to rack up that many miles in a year. Not many electric cars of any make or model have reached this kind of mileage, so I… Read More(image)

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There’s a new platform for tech companies to manage unconscious biasThere%26%238217%3Bs%20a%20new%20platform%20for%20tech%20companies%20to%20manage%20unconscious%26nbsp%3BbiasRobot Jobpocalypsemdickey

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:37:27 +0000

(image)  Unconscious biases can play a role in what type of people get hired, promoted and fired in the workplace. Unfortunately, we all have unconscious biases. Though, some have more problematic (racist and/or sexist) ones than others. That’s why diversity consulting startup Paradigm and HR platform Emtrain have co-launched an online course to teach people how to manage their unconscious… Read More(image)

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Amazon to spend $2.5M on university competition to build “socialbot”Amazon%20to%20spend%20%242.5M%20on%20university%20competition%20to%20build%20%26%238220%3Bsocialbot%26%238221%3BPARROT AT MICROPHONEjmannes16

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:25:07 +0000

(image)  If you need an Uber, Amazon Alexa has your back. Unfortunately if what you need is a conversation buddy, the personal assistant isn’t quite up to the task. In an effort to bolster Alexa’s social intelligence, Amazon is putting $2.5 million into a new university competition to design and build “socialbots” for the platform. Engineers will use the Alexa Skills Kit to… Read More(image)

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How to communicate with your board in tough timesHow%20to%20communicate%20with%20your%20board%20in%20tough%26nbsp%3BtimesFolders and pens on meeting tabledavidalanriggs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:07 +0000

(image)  For startup CEOs, tough economic periods are like stressful stretches in a marriage: They test your mettle while making ugly truths impossible to hide. These days, amid industry-wide belt-tightening, “down rounds” and a still-moribund IPO market, many venture-backed CEOs are baring it all to their board members. But how should you communicate with your investors when navigating a… Read More(image)

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Google launches third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0 but pushes final release to 2017Google%20launches%20third%20developer%20preview%20of%20Android%20Wear%202.0%20but%20pushes%20final%20release%20to%26nbsp%3B2017play_storefredericlardinoiscomplication_inlineaction_recyclerviewfdp3-blog-screen-mocks-02

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:00:07 +0000

(image)  Google today launched the third developer preview of Android Wear 2.0, the next major version of its operating system for smartwatches. At the same time, though, the company also today said that it will continue the preview program into early 2017. While Google never talked about a final release date for Wear 2.0, its original schedule called for about 30 weeks of alpha and beta testing,… Read More(image)

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Google combines all of its cloud services under the ‘Google Cloud’ brandGoogle%20combines%20all%20of%20its%20cloud%20services%20under%20the%20%26%238216%3BGoogle%20Cloud%26%238217%3B%26nbsp%3Bbrandimg_20160929_094337-01fredericlardinoisgoogle_cloud_1dsc06882

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:55:09 +0000

(image)  Google for Work, Google’s Cloud Platform and the rest of the company’s cloud-based services are getting a new name. They have now been combined under the “Google Cloud” moniker. Google’s Diane Greene made the announcement at a small invite-only event in San Francisco. If you’ve been following along, today’s news doesn’t come as a total surprise. Read More(image)

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Rocketspace and Alchemist accelerator partner up to go internationalRocketspace%20and%20Alchemist%20accelerator%20partner%20up%20to%20go%26nbsp%3Binternationalrocketspace_loungelorakolodnytc

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:35:22 +0000

(image)  The accelerator and seed-stage fund for business to business startups, Alchemist Accelerator, and the curated co-working community called Rocketspace, have partnered up in a way that should help both expand their influence beyond the San Francisco Bay Area. According to Alchemist managing partner Ravi Belani, startups admitted to the next cohort of the accelerator will work together in… Read More(image)

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Front launches a mobile app for its inbox for teamsFront%20launches%20a%20mobile%20app%20for%20its%20inbox%20for%26nbsp%3Bteamsnewsletterromaindillet

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:24:26 +0000

(image)  Front has been around for three years, but the startup is only releasing a proper mobile app now. If you’re a Front user, it brings all the features from the desktop version to your phone so that you can manage emails and other communication protocols in multiplayer mode. Front’s basic premise is quite simple. With Front, you can collaborate, comment, assign and reply to those… Read More(image)

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The UN plans to go to space in 2021The%20UN%20plans%20to%20go%20to%20space%20in%26nbsp%3B2021snc-technicians-inspect-dream-chaser-etabheater

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:22:05 +0000

(image)  The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs has been kicking around in one form or another since the late 50s, becoming fully official in 1962, when it was established under the Department of Political and Security Council Affairs as the wonderfully named Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. But, as anyone who’s ever hung out in a planetarium will happily tell you,… Read More(image)

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Apple launches Enhanced Editions of “A Game of Thrones” on iBooksApple%20launches%20Enhanced%20Editions%20of%20%26%238220%3BA%20Game%20of%20Thrones%26%238221%3B%20on%26nbsp%3BiBooksscreen-shot-2016-09-29-at-11-52-18-amsarahintampaibooks-got-8ibooks-got-7ibooks-got-9ibooks-got-6ibooks-got-7ibooks-got-8ibooks-got-9ibooks-got-1ibooks-got-2ibooks-got-3ibooks-got-4ibooks-got-5

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:00:35 +0000

(image)  Apple today announced the launch of “Enhanced Editions” for George R. R. Martin’s series, “A Game of Thrones,” beginning with the author’s first title, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the novel’s release.  Books Two through Five will follow in the months ahead, says Apple. These Enhanced Editions… Read More(image)

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The Sense bedside sleep tracker maker hires a CMO from DoorDashThe%20Sense%20bedside%20sleep%20tracker%20maker%20hires%20a%20CMO%20from%26nbsp%3BDoorDashsensematthewlynleyangela chang sense

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:00:04 +0000

(image)  Hello, the makers of the Sense sleep tracker, has hired Angela Chang, a former marketing lead for Nest and who was most-recently head of marketing at DoorDash, as its chief marketing officer. Her hire comes at a time when the company is making an aggressive push to get into larger retailers — most recently Best Buy and Target — and get the device and brand in front of as many… Read More(image)

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Luna Launcher turns your Android phone into a kid-friendly deviceLuna%20Launcher%20turns%20your%20Android%20phone%20into%20a%20kid-friendly%26nbsp%3Bdeviceluna-launchersarahintampascreen-shot-2016-09-29-at-11-23-06-amscreen-shot-2016-09-29-at-11-23-25-amscreen-shot-2016-09-29-at-11-23-25-am

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:30:49 +0000

(image)  On the fence about whether your child is old enough for their own smartphone? A new app called Luna Launcher can help you warm to the idea, by offering a simple way to limit access to select apps and actions, including who they can call or text – a list you can restrict to family members, for example. Of course, because of the way it needs to interact with your phone’s… Read More(image)

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