Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:00:22 +0000
 Physical tracking in shops has been a global trend since at least 2013. Using a cell phone’s location data and video monitoring retailers have been tracking customers’ movements through stores in an effort to regain some of the ground lost to the online retail experience. At least, that’s the argument from stores. And now fast food restaurants are picking up the rallying… Read More
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A call to action for tech

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:00:16 +0000
 Tech is uniting against Trump. From 127 tech firms teaming up against Trump’s immigration ban, to Google employees’ massive walkout in response to the immigration ban, to Lyft’s $3 million donation to the ACLU, tech has taken up the language of protest and spoken loud and clear. However, as the tech community’s voice grows louder, it must be strategic in how it directs… Read More
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Google’s and Intertrust’s new PatentShield helps startups fight patent litigation in return for equity

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 19:00:10 +0000
 Google and Intertrust today announced the launch of PatentShield, a new program that aims to help defend startups from patent litigation — in return for a stake in those companies. The basic idea here is to give startups that join the program ownership of a selection of patents from Google’s and Intertrust’s portfolio that they can then use as a deterrent against… Read More
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YouTube Kids comes to smart TVs

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:44:13 +0000
 YouTube Kids, the application offering a filtered version of YouTube that’s more kid-friendly, is now natively available on the big screen for the first time, Google announced today. Previously a mobile-only application, YouTube Kids will now be offered on a range of smart TVs, including those from LG, Samsung and Sony. Read More
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Uber targets 2020 for on-demand VTOL demo flights in Dallas and Dubai

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:51:26 +0000
 Uber is making its vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) plans more concrete, via new partnerships announced today during its Elevate conference focused on the VTOL industry. The partnerships are with established aeronautics and emerging VTOL players, and will focus on two markets initially, including Dallas and Dubai. Read More
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Gett in advanced talks to buy Juno for $250M as Uber rivals consolidate

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:27:52 +0000
 As Uber continues to work through its many layers of turmoil as a business, its smaller rivals are seizing the moment and consolidating to double down on their own ambitions in transportation-on-demand. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch that Gett — the taxi-hailing service backed by $300 million from Volkswagen — is acquiring Juno — one of the latest upstarts on the… Read More
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The Internet of Cows herds hackers to support the global cattle industry

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:20:58 +0000
 Cows are generally not top of mind among those who call the animal pen, South of Market, San Francisco, home. But BovControl, a Brazilian startup building data analytics tools to support livestock operations, is working to close the gap between technologists and ranchers. Host of the Internet of Cows hackathon, in partnership with Google Launchpad and The Silicon Valley Forum, the… Read More
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Oneva wants to make it easier to access elder, infant and child care through employee benefits

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:16:32 +0000
 When it comes to finding someone to take care of your kids or your aging parent, the on-demand aspect of services that some businesses offer is not really a selling point. The most important element is trust and the peace of mind that you’re hiring a qualified person to take care of some of the most important people in your life. Onēva enables employers to offer elder, infant and… Read More
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Lyrebird is a voice mimic for the fake news era

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:16:09 +0000
 A Montreal-based AI startup called Lyrebird has taken the wraps off a voice imitation algorithm that the team says can not only mimic the speech of a real person but shift its emotional cadence — and do all this with just a tiny snippet of real world audio. Read More
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Surging tech stocks have pushed Nasdaq over 6000 for the first time ever

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:59:03 +0000
 The Nasdaq composite just passed 6000 for the first time, hitting an all-time intraday high in the process. Over the past 12 months the composite is up nearly 32%. The majority of this strong performance can be attributed to five technology stocks that have also been surging – Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet account for about 40% of the composite’s gains in 2017.… Read More
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Oscar Health rolls out its small business product Oscar for Business

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:45:51 +0000
 Oscar Health, a startup rethinking health insurance for the digital age, is rolling out a new product for small businesses called Oscar for Business. The rollout comes as Oscar struggles with its original bet on individual insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a move which vaulted the company, now valued at $2.7 billion, to initial success. Oscar was the only startup that had the approval… Read More
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Desktop Metal reveals how its 3D printers rapidly churn out metal objects

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:35:43 +0000
 Desktop Metal revealed pricing and other details for its 3D printers today which can make objects out of hundreds of different alloys including steel, aluminum, titanium and copper. In terms of quality, the parts produced by Desktop Metal systems compare to injection-molded items, says the startup’s CEO and cofounder Ric Fulop. While metal 3D printers have been around for decades… Read More
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