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Essential lays off nearly one-third of its staff (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Layoffs are never an easy pill to swallow, but for Essential, it seems the writing was on the wall for a while with this one. After months of reports highlighting its struggles, the Andy Rubin-led smartphone startup has announced some major layoffs. All told, the company will be losing around 30 percent of its staff. […]
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Tesla inks deal for Gigafactory 3 in China (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Tesla has secured the rights to about 210 acres of land in Lingang, Shanghai, the site of the electric automaker's planned factory and its first outside of the U.S.
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This 3D-printed prosthetic hand combines speed and strength with simplicity (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Prosthetic limbs have come a long way from the heavy, solid hands and legs of yesteryear, but it's still difficult to pack a range of motion into them without complex or bulky machinery. But new research out of Cornell uses a cleverly designed 3D-printed mechanism to achieve speed and strength with simple construction — and it costs a lot less, too.
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Next 10 Ventures is launching an incubator for YouTube personalities (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
The EduCreator Incubator will seed 25 to 40 "emerging video creators" with $25,000 to $75,000 in seed funding.
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Open offices have driven Panasonic to make horse blinders for humans (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
At what point do we just give up and admit we’re living in exactly the dystopian nightmare speculative fiction warned us about? It probably ought to be these horse blinders for people, which look like something straight out of a Terry Gilliam movie. Panasonic design studio Future Life Factory designed the things, but open space […]
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Health insurance startup Alan covers meditation app subscription (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
French startup Alan wants to be a bit better than your good old health insurance. That’s why the company is trying something new and now covers part of your Petit Bambou subscription. Petit Bambou is a popular meditation app. It’s a sort of Headspace, but with French content. You download an app, put your earphones, […]
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Stripe hires Niels Provos away from Google to be its new head of security (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
On the heels of raising new funding on a $20 billion valuation, payments and financial services startup Stripe is making a key hire to reinforce its message to the world that it’s taking security of its cloud-based services seriously. Today the company is announcing that it has hired Niels Provos as its new head of […]
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Skully AR motorcycle helmet returns from the dead under new ownership (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
It’s been a long, bumpy road for the Skully augmented reality motorcycle helmet brand. But under the leadership of Ivan Contreras, who acquired the assets of Skully in 2017, the helmet is finally shipping to its early backers. That means anyone who paid $1,800 as part of the original Skully crowdfunding campaign will finally receive their […]
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Twilio launches Autopilot to help developers build better bots (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Bots went through the hype cycle faster than a speeding roller coaster, as the promise of chatting with a computer quickly turned sour. Now, Twilio wants to take another stab at this market with the launch of Autopilot, a new developer service for building omnichannel bot experiences. “Omnichannel” is a word only a marketer could […]
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Twilio makes it easier to take payments over the phone (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Making a payment over the phone, maybe because you are trying to change an airline ticket or to pay a last-minute bill, still feels like an antiquated process. You read your credit card number to an agent, then your expiration date and your security code. In the process, some number will inevitably get mixed up […]
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New York on Tech is helping under-resourced students become future tech leaders (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Jessica Santana and Evin Robinson were riding the subway home from a college leadership conference when they realized they were getting off at the same stop.  It turned out, they had grown up in the same neighborhood, no more than 5 blocks apart. Years later, both Santana and Robinson were working six-figure jobs in the tech […]
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After raising $25M in XRP, Omni lets you earn it renting stuff out (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
“I think any company scaling today has to have a crypto strategy. This is the start of ours,” Omni founder and CEO Tom McLeod tells me. His on-demand property storage and rental marketplace raised $25 million in XRP coins back in January in what some saw as an opportunist move to capitalize on the cryptocurrency […]
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N26 faces criticism regarding its identification processes (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Fintech startup N26 is growing quite rapidly. Building a startup is hard, but building a startup that manages your bank account is even harder given the increased scrutiny. German weekly magazine Wirtschaftswoche published an article that questioned N26’s identification processes. According to Wirtschaftswoche, it’s quite easy to create an account with a fake ID document. […]
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Twitter makes it easier to see enforcement taken on reported tweets (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Twitter is making a change to how its tweet reporting procedures will work. Before, Twitter had experimented with both showing or hiding the tweet you reported, but users told the company they sometimes needed to refer back to the tweet – like when they’re trying to report it to law enforcement, for example. Now, Twitter […]
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Tumblr says it’s fixed a security bug, but says ‘no evidence’ any user data was exposed (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Tumblr has disclosed a security vulnerability on its site that in some cases could have exposed account information. The bug was found in the part of the site that recommends other Tumblr blogs to users, according to a blog post. The blogging site said the “recommended blogs” module — only visible to logged-in users — […]
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Elon Musk plans to buy another $20 million in Tesla stock (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the company’s largest shareholder, intends to buy another $20 million in common stock, a move that appears to be in response to a recent settlement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a filing Wednesday. The 8-K document detailed a settlement agreement between Musk, Tesla and the SEC over allegations […]
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Crypto Quantique unveils its ‘quantum driven secure chip’ for IoT devices (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
With Gartner estimating that there will be 150 billion connected devices by 2030 — many of them mission critical, such as powering major national infrastructure — the risk and realisation that these devices aren’t secured properly is leading some cyber security experts to predict that there is a large-scale disaster waiting to happen. And the […]
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UK health minister sets out tech-first vision for future care provision (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
The UK’s still fairly new in post minister for health, Matt Hancock, quickly made technology one of his stated priorities. And today he’s put more meat on the bones of his thinking, setting out a vision for transforming, root and branch, how the country’s National Health Service operates to accommodate the plugging in of “healthtech” […]
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Lyft hires former United Airlines exec to lead market expansion (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Lyft has brought on former United Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Julia Haywood to serve as its VP of Strategy. The plan is for her to own Lyft’s market expansion efforts and accelerate growth. “I’m excited to see Julia make a huge impact here at Lyft,” said Jon McNeill, chief operating officer at Lyft. “We are in a […]
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Spotify takes a stake in DistroKid, will support cross-platform music uploads in Spotify for Artists (mer., 17 oct. 2018)
Spotify has taken a minority stake in music distribution service, DistroKid, a popular tool used by artists for uploading their music across platforms. The company didn’t confirm the size of its stake, only saying that it made a “passive minority investment.” As a result of the deal, Spotify will also upgrade its Spotify for Artists […]
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