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Review: Chrome’s Vega transit brief makes your work commute a little less uncool (mar., 19 juin 2018)
You’re either a Chrome bag person or you’re not. And if you’re not a Chrome bag person, it might be time to give the newly Portland-based bag maker another look. I’ve been a fan of Chrome Industries bags for a long time, but over the years I’ve only owned two: the discontinued Mini Buran, a […]
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Personal finance startup SmartAsset raises $28M (mar., 19 juin 2018)
I first wrote about SmartAsset nearly six years ago, when it launched its first product, a tool allowing prospective homebuyers to analyze the rent vs. buy decision and to see what kind of home they could actually afford. According to co-founder and CEO Michael Carvin, “On the consumer side, our strategy has never really changed. […]
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Anchor brings podcast creation and editing to the iPad (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Following its relaunch earlier this year as a podcast creation platform, Anchor today is bringing its suite of mobile podcasting tools to the iPad. Like its iPhone counterpart, the iPad version of Anchor lets you record, edit, then distribute your podcast anywhere, including iTunes and Google Play Music. The new app is also customized for […]
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CityMapper, the urban transportation app, is integrating with bike-sharing company Mobike (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Hot on the heels of getting acquired for $2.7 billion by on-demand services startup Meituan-Dianping en route to its own $60 billion IPO, Chinese bike-sharing startup Mobike is ramping up its international push as companies like Uber, Lyft and other standalone bike-on-demand startups take their own expansion strategies up a gear. The company will this week […]
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Feds crack down on Tesla Autopilot safety cheat device (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The federal government is stepping in to end the use of an aftermarket product designed to let Tesla owners skirt a safety feature from the electric automaker’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a cease and desist letter Tuesday to a California company known as Dolder, Falco and Reese […]
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Facebook launches Brand Collabs search engine for sponsoring creators (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Facebook wants to help connect brands to creators so they can work out sponsored content and product placement deals, even if it won’t be taking a cut. Confirming our scoop from May, Facebook today launched its Brand Collabs Manager. It’s a search engine that brands can use to browse different web celebrities based on the […]
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UK’s first Space Camp Accelerator unveils its first 6 startups (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Back in March we covered the launch of Seraphim Capital’s new “Space Camp Accelerator”. This is the UK’s first dedicated accelerator programme for startups in the spacetech industry. Ther’s now selected the six companies in this first cohort. They come from from the US, Denmark and the UK. The programme is underway and is 9 […]
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Verizon stops selling customer location to two data brokers after one is caught leaking it (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Verizon is cutting off access to its mobile customers' real-time locations to two third-party data brokers "to prevent misuse of that information going forward." The company announced the decision in a letter sent to Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), who along with others helped reveal improper usage and poor security at these location brokers. It is not, however, getting out of the location-sharing business altogether.
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ICOs are becoming funds (mar., 19 juin 2018)
What does a startup do with $48 million? $130 million? $1.7 billion? This question – one integral in the whole ICO craze – hasn’t quite been answered yet but it’s going to be far more interesting as ICOs and cryptocurrencies transform from purely product-oriented companies into actual funds. Take the news that the creator of […]
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Engineer.ai aims at build-an-app platforms by using AI for speed and cost (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Engineer.ai has been up and running in private beta mode for two and a half years, totally boo-strapped by its founders. But today it launches with the claim to be the world’s first human-assisted AI for building custom digital products. It’s Builder platform claims to combine artificial intelligence with crowdsourced teams of designers and developers […]
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Starz launches 14 channels on YouTube TV (mar., 19 juin 2018)
YouTube’s live TV streaming service is getting a big addition, starting today. Starz is rolling out its 14 channels, including Starz, Starz Encore, and Starz Encore Westerns, to the Google-owned streaming service as an add-on that costs $9 per month. The network joins YouTube TV’s other premium channel options, including Showtime, Shudder, Sundance Now, and […]
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Facebook launches gameshows platform with interactive video (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Rather than build its own HQ trivia competitor, Facebook is launching a gameshow platform. Today the company announced a new set of interactive live and on-demand video features that let creators add quizzes, polls, challenges and gamification so players can be eliminated from a game for a wrong answer. The features could help Facebook achieve […]
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PUBG juggernaut hits 400 million users, and for a limited time, players can get the PC version for $19.99 (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds, the progenitor and once-reigning champion of last-player-standing battle royale gaming that’s swept the video game world by storm, has hit over 400 million players globally across all platforms. As a perk and potential sop to bring new players to its personal computing platform, PUBG is offering the full version of its full-throttle […]
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GitHub Education is now free for schools (mar., 19 juin 2018)
GitHub, the code sharing and collaboration platform that Microsoft is acquiring, today announced that its GitHub Education suite of services is now available for free to any school that wants to use it to teach its students. GitHub previously trialed this program with a few schools and is now making it widely available. It’s worth […]
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Pew: Social media still growing in emerging markets but stalled elsewhere (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s (so far) five-year project to expand access to the Internet in emerging markets makes plenty of business sense when you look at the latest report by the Pew Research Center — which shows social media use has plateaued across developed markets but continues to rise in the developing world. In 2015-16, roughly four-in-ten adults […]
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Riskified prevents fraud on your favorite e-commerce site (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Meet Riskified, an Israel-based startup that has raised $64 million in total to fight online fraud. The company has built a service that helps you reject transactions from stolen credit cards and approve more transactions from legitimate clients. If you live in the U.S., chances are you know someone who noticed a fraudulent charge for […]
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Cyan Banister to tell her story at Disrupt SF (mar., 19 juin 2018)
When we look around at some of the Silicon Valley superstars, it’s easy to wonder how they got here. Was it luck? Brute force? Wits? Charm? At Disrupt SF, Founders Fund partner Cyan Banister is going to tell her story, and it might not be the narrative you’d expect. Not everyone in Silicon Valley goes […]
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Lyft’s app code reveals unlaunched bike or scooter feature (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Lyft hasn’t acquired a bike-sharing startup or gotten a scooter permit yet, but it’s already preparing its app for them with a feature codenamed “last mile.” Code and screenshots dug out of Lyft’s Android app reveal a way to search a map for last-mile vehicles, and scan a QR code or enter a pin to […]
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Ford’s plan to turn Detroit’s oldest neighborhood into an electric, AV hub (mar., 19 juin 2018)
Ford will spend the next four years transforming at least 1.2 million square feet of space in Corktown — Detroit’s oldest neighborhood — into a hub for its electric and autonomous vehicles businesses. But the automaker’s ultimate aim goes beyond just building a new campus. The goal is to create a “mobility corridor,” — Ford’s version of […]
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Ford is betting big on Detroit (mar., 19 juin 2018)
The Ford Motor Company now owns one of Detroit’s iconic buildings in the Michigan Central Station. The monumental building looms over Detroit’s oldest neighborhood. It’s long been a symbol of Detroit’s decay, and now it could become the symbol of Detroit’s revival, and Ford’s along with it. The building is set to become the anchor […]
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