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Chinese photo-sharing app Kuaishou planning U.S. IPO later this year

Feb 06, 8:32PM

kuaishou We’re hearing from sources that Kuaishou — a hot photo-sharing application in China — is planning on going public in the U.S. later this year. Sources tell us the app has more than 40 million daily active users against 100 million monthly active users, and was most recently valued at around $3 billion. The app is in some ways similar to Instagram, with photos (some of which… Read More

BMW and Lowe's among investors pouring $45 million into Desktop Metal, the 3-D printer startup

Feb 06, 8:27PM

A background from many historic typographical letters in black and white with white background. Desktop Metal has raised $45 million in a Series C round of venture funding to develop desktop 3-D printers that make metal objects. The company aims to bring metal making capabilities to smaller businesses and designers who couldn’t afford, or find the space, for previously available technologies. GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) led the investment, joined by BMW iVentures, and… Read More

Watch all videos from the 10th Annual Crunchies Awards

Feb 06, 8:25PM

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OOO is a camera toy that lets you play with zoom, make mini music videos

Feb 06, 7:37PM

zooming One of Snapchat’s more clever ideas was not its disappearing messages, but that the smartphone camera should be a toy. Along those same lines, but on a lesser scale, a new app called OOO is meant to be a fun, little camera toy that lets you play with your video. Instead of trying to help you craft the “perfect” shot, the app lets you rapidly zoom in and out on as quickly or… Read More

Descartes Labs opens its geospatial analysis engine to a handful of lucky developers

Feb 06, 7:27PM

Composite of best pixels from 24 processed images It’s easy to forget that even with the fanciest of machine learning models, we still need humans in the trenches cleaning input data. Descartes Labs, a startup that combines satellite imagery with data about our planet to produce insights and forecasts, knows this all too well. The company ended up building its own cloud-based parallel computing infrastructure to clean and process… Read More

DARPA shows off its SideArm system catching drones mid-flight

Feb 06, 7:16PM

ternsidearm_619_316 Military-style fixed-wing drones are easy to launch, but difficult to land; DARPA aims to change that with SideArm, a portable drone-grabbing system that snatches the fast-moving craft right out of the air. Read More

Google fixes a big problem with AMP, now lets you view and share publisher's own links

Feb 06, 7:00PM

pasted-image-0 Google today is rolling out a change to its AMP integration in Google Search that will let you view, copy and share the publisher’s own link to the webpage in question, instead of the AMP URL. The decision to make this change follows some backlash from publishers who believed Google was stealing their traffic by changing their own URLs to those that had “Google” in… Read More

Fintech is stimulating Chinese consumption and capital flow

Feb 06, 7:00PM

61/365 March 3 - Still on Top Fintech is rapidly being adopted in China and is spurring consumption, both domestically in China and internationally. I interviewed the CEOs of three companies in China that are using fintech to boost purchases, ranging from daily necessities to international real estate transactions. Read More

Sous Vide startup Anova gets acquired by appliance giant Electrolux

Feb 06, 6:34PM

Anova Sous vide Kickstarter darling Anova announced over the weekend that Swedish appliance giant Electrolux has agreed to purchase the cooking hardware startup for $250 million. The Anova brand will remain intact under the deal, retaining its name and the leadership of co-founder and CEO Stephan Svajian, existing as a part of the larger Electrolux umbrella. “With Electrolux, we’ll have… Read More

South Korea will increase battery safety regulation in wake of Note 7 fiasco

Feb 06, 5:46PM

SAMSUNG CSC Late last month, Samsung continued its prolonged Note 7 apology tour with a global press conference detailing months of internal and third-party research, coupled withplans to increase its safety measures moving forward. While all of that self-humbling seems to have gone a ways toward appeasing a portion of the smartphone-buying public, the company’s home country of South Korea (which… Read More

The International Space Station is getting its first commercial airlock, planned for 2019

Feb 06, 5:42PM

iss_nanoal-4k3_nr The International Space Station will get a first commercially funded airlock, created by supplier NanoRacks in partnership with Boeing, with a planned launch and integration timeframe of 2019. The commercial airlock is designed to support deployment of small payloads, including so-called CubeSats (which are small, cost-effective satellites) from the ISS, a practice which has become… Read More

Rock Band VR arrives on Oculus Rift March 23, pre-orders now open

Feb 06, 5:25PM

16344740_1218213954965783_794694345625174016_n Harmonix has finally revealed when you can get your hands on Rock Band VR (virtually and physically, as it were): The game is set to debut on Oculus Rift on March 23, and fans can pre-order today if they’re interested in making sure they get in early. The Rock Band VR pre-order ships with a controller for $69.99, and the controller can also either work with your Xbox One or PlayStation… Read More

Zenefits names Jay Fulcher as new CEO

Feb 06, 5:20PM

Jay Fulcher Interview Zenefits officially has a new boss in town. Jay Fulcher, the former CEO of Ooyala and Agile Software, is taking over for David Sacks, the Wall Street Journal first reported. Fulcher is the third person in the last 12 months to serve as chief executive officer of Zenefits. Last February, Zenefits then-CEO Parker Conrad exited the company amid the company’s compliance and regulatory issues. Read More

PIQ shows off connected ski prototypes that display real-time analytics

Feb 06, 5:07PM

apiqrossingnol Now that we’re halfway through winter, what better time to unveil a pair of smart skis? The prototype is the product of a collaboration between two French companies — PIQ and Rossignol — what the pair are referring to as “first-ever connected ski,” bringing a crawl-style LED to the ski itself, just in front of the binding. Using data gathered by PIQ’s… Read More

Google & H&M's Ivyrevel will make you a dress customized using your personal data

Feb 06, 5:07PM

235360-googleivyrevel03-81b788-original-1485842984 At last year’s Google I/O developer conference, Google introduced a new Awareness API that would allow for smarter applications that could understand where you were, what you were doing, what’s nearby, and even the weather, in order to more intelligently react to your current situation. Today, Google introduced a new application that’s taking advantage of this sort of data… Read More

Super Bowl posts on social media are up from last year, but didn't top 2015's record numbers

Feb 06, 4:04PM

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Super Bowl LI may have made history as the first Big Game to go into overtime, but that may not have translated into record ratings, or, as it turns out, record social media engagement, either. According to Facebook, 64 million people posted 240 million interactions its social network last night, an increase over last year’s 60 million users and 200 million posts during what was, then,… Read More

Mobile carrier Three buys UK Broadband for up to $373M in spectrum grab

Feb 06, 4:01PM

three UK After getting its proposed merger with O2 blocked by regulators last year, today Three UK announced another strategy for increasing its presence in the market, specifically by growing spectrum capacity. The carrier is acquiring UK Broadband in a transaction valued at £300 million ($373 million) — £250 million up front with “a deferred £50 million “made available as a… Read More

Motorola's latest batch of Moto Mod hacks include baby alerts and a breathalyzer

Feb 06, 3:53PM

sfhackathon The Moto Z might not have transformed the smartphone world yet, but Motorola’s been doing a solid job generating some interest around its modular smartphone by opening the system up to all interested parties. The company’s hackathons have been a big part of the puzzle, with events in New York, San Francisco and Buenos Aires (with another hitting China next month). In December,… Read More

This candy sorting machine isn't the hero the world wants but it's the hero the world needs

Feb 06, 3:49PM

mmsorter_featured-1 War. Famine. Drought. Imagine Dragons. The world is full of horror and what better way to assuage that grief then by watching this M&M and Skittles sorting machine do its amazing work in real time. Created by Willem Pennings the system is surprisingly robust and very well made. You can pour unsorted M&Ms into the top of the machine and a little nozzle spits out sorted candies into… Read More

Why was the winter for venture capital funding so short?

Feb 06, 3:30PM

screen-shot-2017-02-06-at-5-21-48-am It was only a year ago that many in the Venture Capital industry were predicting that “winter was coming” and to be fair the author of this post was chief amongst them. Yet as we enter February 2017 the VC funding markets are booming, Snap, Inc has filed for its IPO, AppDynamics was just purchased for $3.7 billion by Cisco and the only winter that can be found is at the ski resorts. Read More

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