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SpaceX will send two people on a trip around the moon next year

Feb 27, 9:39PM

spacex Elon Musk promised some SpaceX news today, and it looks like it just made its way out: the company is going to send two people on a trip around the moon. Now, don’t go get fitted for your spacesuit just yet: the two people have already been picked, and SpaceX says they paid “a significant” (but undisclosed) amount for the privilege. The identities of the two space travelers… Read More

Mozilla pockets Pocket in first acquisition

Feb 27, 8:29PM

pocket-ios Mozilla has bought content time-shifting app Pocket for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced simultaneously on their blogs. What started out as a handy Firefox plug-in for saving articles you didn’t have time for became more and more closely integrated with the browser, and today they’re making it official. Read More

Boston Dynamics' Handle robot dominates parkour on wheels in new footage

Feb 27, 8:27PM

boston-dynamics-feb-2017 Boston Dynamics’ wheeled Handle robot received much fanfare earlier this month when DFJ partner Steve Jurvetson slipped us an early video from a company Keynote. Today we have more details on Handle in the form of a shiny HD video. We already knew Handle could manage some pretty sick hurdles and spins, but the new video shows us how the robot can operate in tough environments —… Read More

Hater, an app for finding someone who dislikes the same things as you, to expand beyond dating

Feb 27, 8:26PM

hand_02 Not a fan of Trump? Can’t stand country music? Think selfie culture is the worst? Wouldn’t go camping if someone paid you? Bonding over the things you hate can be more powerful than bonding over what you like, studies have shown. Now, a new dating app called Hater can help you find better matches by focusing on those things you and others mutually detest. Yes, an app that connects… Read More

Uber's SVP Amit Singhal leaves company because he didn't disclose a sexual harassment allegation at Google

Feb 27, 8:18PM

uber-harrassment2 Uber’s SVP of engineering, Amit Singhal, left the company earlier today after Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asked him to step down, Recode reports. According to Recode, Singhal failed to disclose a sexual harassment allegation made against him at former employer Google during the hiring process. This comes after Uber’s hell of a week filled with a sexual harassment allegation from… Read More

Applications for Startup Battlefield at Disrupt NY are due Tuesday, Feb. 28

Feb 27, 8:03PM

Jukedeck Startup Battlefield Disrupt London 2015 There is now less than 24 hours to register for the next Startup Battlefield event. The application process takes just a few minutes. All you have to do is fill out some fields, upload a video demo and cross your fingers. Startup Battlefield is the premiere startup competition. So far 648 companies have launched on our stages, raising a combined total of $6.9 billion and 94 Battlefield… Read More

2017 crowdfunding guide

Feb 27, 8:00PM

shutterstock_212710381 More than two years ago we wrote about what we learned from the 20 campaigns our startups had run. Fast-forward to 2017: The B2C startups HAX has invested in now count more than 75 successful campaigns (our 200-strong portfolio is about half B2C). Here’s what you need to know to succeed in 2017. Read More

Car companies are now coming to MWC too

Feb 27, 7:41PM

Peugeot Instinct Concept There are four automotive manufacturers at the Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona this year: Daimler, BMW, Ford, and Peugeot. And if CES is any indicator, expect more to follow in the next few years. Peugeot is going the furthest in bringing a world-premiere concept car to MWC, the Peugeot Instinct. The car demonstrates the company’s partnership with the Samsung Artik Cloud IoT… Read More

Samsung jumps the shark with fake news

Feb 27, 7:20PM

screen-shot-2017-02-27-at-8-18-05-pm Samsung just released a press statement declaring its Galaxy S7 edge as winning the best smartphone award at Mobile World Congress 2017. That didn’t happen. This is what really happened, and Samsung should retract this press release as it’s misleading and disingenuous. GSMA is the trade organizing that hosts Mobile World Congress and every year they host an awards ceremony for… Read More

Reshopper is an app for parents to buy and sell used items

Feb 27, 6:31PM

thefullreshopperteamsummer Once in a while I come across a company that seems like a complete no-brainer. An idea that induces a ‘why hasn’t this been done already’ moment. That was certainly the case when I jumped on a call with Aja Guldhammer Henderson, CEO of Reshopper, a Danish startup that has built a mobile app for parents to buy and sell used items. Read More

Facebook's new video app hits Samsung Smart TVs

Feb 27, 5:44PM

vd-first-look-sketch-qled_main_3 Facebook’s new video app is now available on Samsung Smart TVs – which makes Samsung the first platform to feature the social network’s latest application. Facebook had announced earlier this month that it was soon releasing a video app aimed at connected TVs and other media players, like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, but didn’t unveil a specific launch date for any… Read More

Ambitious Alibaba takes aim at the kings of cloud computing

Feb 27, 4:55PM

HANGZHOU, CHINA - OCTOBER 13:  (CHINA OUT) Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., speaks during the launching ceremony of the Alibaba's Tmall 11.11 Global Shopping Festival at the company's headquarters on October 13, 2015 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. Alibaba will open offices in three European countries and expand further in the U.S as it seeks to revive growth and reassure jittery investors. The 11.11 Global Shopping event this year will cover more than 200 countries throughout the world in large-scale businesses.  (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images) When you think of the biggest cloud players in the world, one company you might not consider is Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant that held a record $25 billion U.S. IPO in 2014. Alibaba entered the cloud computing business in 2009, just three years after Amazon launched its cloud division, AWS — and Alibaba’s cloud computing efforts are among the ambitious projects that… Read More

Google at MWC: Daydream trees, cherry blossom, and nougat smoothies

Feb 27, 4:49PM

dsc07215 Every year, Google mixes up its presence at MWC a bit. After a few years of handing out smoothies and Android pins inside one of the halls here in Barcelona, Google made the move outside in recent years. That works great when it’s warm, but on a chilly day, it doesn’t exactly make for a pleasant experience. Here is what Google had to offer this year. Read More

Here's what the head of Uber's self-driving program wasn't asked on stage today

Feb 27, 4:46PM

Anthony Levandowski Uber-owned Otto’s co-founder Anthony Levandowski must be mightily relieved after an onstage Q&A here at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow passed by with zero awkward moments. For example, there was no mention of the fact his former employer is suing his current employer over allegations of IP theft… Read More

Full coverage from MWC 2017 in Barcelona

Feb 27, 4:26PM

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Workfit raises $5.5 million seed round to be your AI meeting assistant

Feb 27, 4:20PM

Businessman leaning on conference room table and talking to co-workers at business meeting Conversational AI is pushing deeper into enterprise with Workfit, a new startup promising to make conference call follow-ups and mid-meeting CRM updates as easy as playing a song or checking the weather on Google Home or Amazon Echo. Battery Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Salesforce Ventures and a number of angels joined together to finance a $5.5 million seed investment in the… Read More

The back of Alcatel's ridiculous new phone lights up to display notifications

Feb 27, 4:14PM

alcatel You know what people like? Lights. Brightly colored, flashing lights. Lights for notifications and lights for fun. Lights for all occasion. So, so many shiny lights. Lights like the lights on the back of Alcatel’s A5 LED, a fun feature on what is an otherwise middling handset. In a mobile show that saw the debut of BlackBerry’s KeyOne, the A5 has the fairly indistinct distinction… Read More

Roborace unveils its fantastic driverless race car

Feb 27, 4:06PM

roborace-2-of-2 This is the race car of the future. It’s an autonomous vehicle, built to be raced by just computers and was designed specifically with that in mind. Rather than retrofitting an existing race car chassis for use with driverless systems, the company gave its designers and engineers a blank slate and told them to build the ultimate autonomous vehicle. This is what they came up… Read More

Peugeot's Instinct concept car has active driving and autonomous modes

Feb 27, 3:42PM

bd-peugeot-g17-coupole-3-4-av Some concept cars aren’t really cars and stop at the concept part. But Peugeot’s new Instinct concept car has a couple of interesting ideas. In particular, the interior will change depending on the driving mode (active driving or self-driving). Peugeot unveiled the car at MWC today in Barcelona. I generally hate concept cars are they are mostly unimplementable designs that… Read More

For IBM's CTO for Watson, not a lot of value in replicating the human mind in a computer

Feb 27, 3:35PM

The servers that power IBM Watson. “Everybody and their mother is out to create their own specialized voice-activated devices,” IBM fellow and CTO for its Watson project Rob High told me during an interview at MWC. IBM, of course, doesn’t offer a direct competitor to Siri, Google Assistant or Alexa, but the company hopes that developers will choose Watson, in all its various guises, to power their AI apps,… Read More

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