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AccorHotels acquires Onefinestay for $170 million

Apr 05, 5:00AM

COH206-TAKE-01-8 AccorHotels is acquiring Onefinestay for around $170 million (£117 million). The company is also committing to a $70 million investment in Onefinestay (£50 million) over the next few years. Onefinestay is a London-based startup that provides an Airbnb for high-end homes combined with a hotel-like service for hosts and travelers. Read More

Facebook's tool to help the blind "see" images just launched for iOS

Apr 05, 4:00AM

facebook accessibility team Facebook has launched a tool, Automatic Alternative Text, for blind and visually impaired people to “see” images on the site. For people using screen readers to identify what’s displayed on a screen, AAT uses object recognition technology to generate descriptions of photos on Facebook. This tool, led by Facebook’s accessibility team, has been several months in the making. Read More

An insider's handbook for IoT startups

Apr 05, 2:00AM

iot-handbook Tips are everywhere. There’s an abundance of generic advice available for how to build teams and culture, how to fundraise, how to be productive, how to stay above the noise… But what about specific advice? Specific tips for what differentiates the leaders from the followers. And even more specifically, a guide to differentiate and succeed as a hardware startup. Read More

Laurene Powell Jobs's XQ America project enters a new phase this Friday

Apr 05, 1:50AM

Screen Shot 2016-04-04 at 6.48.01 PM An untold number of schools will be receiving some happy news this coming Friday. According to an on-stage appearance today at the Female Founders Conference in San Francisco, philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs revealed that a six-month-old national education challenge she’s backing called XQ: The Super School Project, is announcing which U.S. schools advance to the next phase. The… Read More

Disney to "broaden the scope" of succession planning as its COO departs

Apr 05, 1:19AM

disney Thomas Staggs, chief operating officer at The Walt Disney Corporation, is stepping down. Staggs is widely seen as the successor to CEO Bob Iger, so this makes the entertainment giant’s plans after Iger’s departure seem a lot less certain. Staggs has been at Disney for 26 years, and he was recently promoted from leading the company’s theme park division to COO, a move… Read More

NASA partners with Microsoft to launch "mixed reality" Mars exhibit

Apr 05, 12:32AM

Buzz on Mars NASA has collaborated with Microsoft to create a new mixed-reality exhibit known as “Destination: Mars“, allowing the public to explore the red planet with holographic tour guides. The exhibit will open this summer in Florida at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Featuring the second person on the moon, Dr. Buzz Aldrin, and guided by Curiosity Mars Rover driver… Read More

Experience Here, the augmented audio device from Doppler Labs

Apr 05, 12:12AM

hereHR Doppler Labs’s augmented audio device, Here, seems to be all the rage in music hardware these days. Doppler recently won a SXSW Innovation Award and will begin a partnership with Coachella starting next week. Each Coachella attendee received a code with their tickets to claim their free Here Active Listening devices to wear at the week-long music festival. Read More

NASA's new sea level site puts climate change papers, data, and tools online

Apr 04, 10:59PM

nasa_displaydata NASA took the wraps off a new website on Monday dedicated to tracking global changes in the sea level. It’s packed full of free online resources that will likely be useful to teachers, the climate-change-curious, and anyone just looking to dig into publicly available data. Read More

Microsoft's mobile problem may not be a problem at all

Apr 04, 10:43PM

Microsoft Satya Nadella October 2015 04 When Microsoft announced its Windows 10 strategy last year, the thinking was that the unified platform would drive Windows Mobile and finally bring the Windows phone out of the doldrums where it’s been virtually forever. The idea was you could develop once for Windows 10 desktop and easily share that code on any device, making it impossibly attractive for developers, which would… Read More

FAA committee proposes official categories for drones that fly near crowds

Apr 04, 10:04PM

shutterstock-capitol-drones A committee of industry representatives appointed by the FAA turned in recommendations suggesting a four-tiered system for classifying drones and how they may (or mayn’t) interact with crowds. Read More

Auka brings Google Cloud-powered banking to Europe

Apr 04, 9:08PM

Auka Norwegian startup Auka is setting its sight on hitting two birds with one stone: Helping banks lagging behind compliance with EU regulation, and rolling out high-tech banking to customers across Europe. The company is a white-label service aimed at retail banks, and is the first fully licensed and regulated payments infrastructure running on Google Cloud Platform. Read More

Salesforce acquires MetaMind

Apr 04, 8:52PM

salesforce-metamind MetaMind, a Palo Alto-based AI startup founded in July 2014, is being acquired by Salesforce. According to a new post published at the company’s website by CEO Richard Socher — a Stanford PhD who studied machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing and computer vision — Salesforce plans to use its technology to “further automate and personalize… Read More

The SEC is voicing concern about 'eye-popping' startup valuations

Apr 04, 8:30PM

SEC Management and boards at late-stage, or pre-IPO, companies are on notice that the SEC is paying attention to the late-stage financing arena, and should look internally to ensure that corporate governance and financial controls are befitting their scale, and should also ensure the accuracy of the disclosures they make when raising funds. Read More

Medic Mobile locks $1 million grant to help community health workers in the developing world

Apr 04, 8:13PM

Medic Mobile Tech nonprofit Medic Mobile has attained $1 million in unrestricted grant funding from the Peery Foundation for apps that help health workers deliver care to people who lack reasonable access to doctors and hospitals. According to Medic Mobile founder Josh Nesbit, about 10,000 health workers in developing nations use Medic Mobile’s apps today to record data about individuals’… Read More

Entrepreneurs must learn to negotiate, or they can lose everything

Apr 04, 8:00PM

handshake Successfully taking an idea to market involves many more negotiations than most entrepreneurs realize. First, they must figure out whether to share credit with any partners or advisors who helped them along the way. Then, they need to determine who owns what, and who controls what, as they make their way through multiple rounds of investment. Read More

DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro form new drone advocacy group

Apr 04, 7:53PM

19793862459_d3350b1a38_o DJI, 3DR, Parrot and GoPro are launching their own drone advocacy group to lobby for “policies that promote innovation and safety, and create a practical and responsible regulatory framework.” The Small UAV Coalition, which launched with participation from DJI, 3DR, Amazon Prime Air and others interested in the drone ecosystem, has been one of the main lobbying groups for… Read More

Simplify your stock-picking process with these apps

Apr 04, 7:23PM

New York Stock Exchange Investing in the stock market made easy — that’s the goal of these apps, which make investing more convenient and help you keep tabs on the market updates. And you don’t have to be a finance whiz to work them. Read More

Nest demonstrates the risks of being an early adopter by shutting down Revolv

Apr 04, 7:19PM

revolv-720x375 Remember the Revolv home automation hub? Probably not. The device was released in late 2013, and while fantastic, it largely flew under the radar before Google’s Nest division bought the company, and promptly stopped selling the device. But the device was still available from various retailers and worth the cash for home packed with Internet of Things devices. It works great — and… Read More

Samir Arora is stepping down as CEO of Mode Media

Apr 04, 6:57PM

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR MODE MEDIA - Founder and CEO of Mode Media Samir Arora speaks at Mode Media Digital Newfronts 2015 at Milk Studios on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in New York. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Invision for Mode Media/AP Images) Samir Arora, the longtime CEO of Mode Media, is stepping down, replaced by interim CEO Jack Rotolo. Rotolo has spent more than a decade serving in a number of roles at the company, most recently president of global sales and business operations. “Mode Media is poised to redefine social content for brands thanks in large part to Samir Arora’s dedication and vision,” Rotolo said… Read More

Faraday Future: "Tesla Model 3 is fantastic news."

Apr 04, 6:54PM

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Nick Sampson, head of the startup electric vehicle company Faraday Future, spent a busy day as the title sponsor of the Faraday Future Long Beach ePrix April 2. I interviewed him standing up in the shade of a tree on a warm California afternoon before we both had to hurry off to the track where the cars would be lined up on the grid for the standing start of the Formula E race. While he… Read More

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