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These jolly, candy-colored 3D-printed livers help doctors treat tumors

Mar 07, 10:05PM

 The liver is a wonderful thing. It goes great on crackers and it can keep your blood from becoming septic. But it’s almost impossible to operate on that strange, fleshy mass without lots of luck and preparation. Luckily there’s now a better way to prepare. For the past few months a medical student at the Jagiellonian University Medical College in Krakow, Poland, Jan Witowski, has… Read More

Russia says 'Nyet', continues LinkedIn block after it refuses to store data in Russia

Mar 07, 9:52PM

 Russia’s internet regulator today confirmed that access to social networking site LinkedIn — which has been blocked in Russia since November 2016 — is not returning to Russia anytime soon, after it received a letter from the social network’s VP of global public policy stating that LinkedIn will not move Russian user data to Russian territory. LinkedIn, which is now… Read More

Responding to outcry, SXSW clarifies policies around international talent

Mar 07, 9:38PM

 With controversial moves to tighten immigration in the works, visitors from abroad and U.S. citizens alike are on edge about international travel. For the organizers of South by Southwest, that climate gave rise to a public outcry over controversial language in its artist contracts. In light of the ensuing backlash among attendees and performers, SXSW has issued a statement asserting its… Read More

Wrapify raises $3M from Avery Dennison to pay you to wrap your car in ads

Mar 07, 8:54PM

 Wrapify, the startup that will pay you to wrap your car with an advertisement, has raised $3M in seed funding. As a refresher, the startup provides a two-side marketplace that matches up drivers wanting to make some extra money with brands looking for a unique way to advertise. Eligible drivers will get their car wrap installed (and removed) for free, and on average are paid $450 a month for… Read More

Instagram Stories launches geostickers as its Snap attack continues

Mar 07, 8:35PM

 Instagram is steadily closing its feature gap with Snapchat. Today, Instagram launched its first geostickers, which let users add and arrange illustrations to their Stories posts related to their locations. The first places getting city-wide and special neighborhood geostickers are New York City and Jakarta, Indonesia. These add to Instagram Stories’ existing location stickers that add… Read More

Kuri the adorable smart home robot can now detect your face

Mar 07, 8:03PM

 Kuri, the smart home robot from Bosch internal startup Mayfield Robotics, won a lot of hearts when it debuted at CES in January. Now, the little domestic bot has gained some new abilities, which should help it win minds, too, when it launches officially to pre-order customers later this year. One of Kuri’s new powers is facial detection, which allows it to tailor its reactions and… Read More

No, you shouldn't delete Signal or other encrypted apps

Mar 07, 7:47PM

 As alarm bells sound around the latest document dump from Wikileaks, misinformation can spread like wildfire. Journalists are just starting to pore over the files, but a number of security researchers and privacy advocates are hoping to quash the misconception that encrypted chat apps like Signal and WhatsApp have been compromised. A now corrected tweet by the New York Times seems to have set… Read More

Amazon Prime launches in Mexico

Mar 07, 7:26PM

 Amazon announced this afternoon that its annual membership program, Amazon Prime, is now available in Mexico. The service will offer unlimited free shipping on over 20 million items for the price of 449 pesos ($23) for the first year, before rising to the standard price of 899 pesos ($46) the following year. The move comes less than two years after Amazon launched full operations in the… Read More

Tylko bags $3.1M to size up a bespoke furniture business

Mar 07, 7:23PM

 Bespoke shelves can sell themselves, given enough attention to design detail. That’s the conviction driving Warsaw-based Tylko, which has just closed a €3 million (~$3.1M) Series A round aiming to step up its app-based custom flat-pack furniture business with additional marketing muscle. Read More

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told employees he's looking for a COO

Mar 07, 7:02PM

 Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive officer, notified his employees this morning that the company is actively looking for a chief operating officer. This comes following a report from The Information that Kalanick was planning to appoint a second-in-command executive. “This morning I told the Uber team that we’re actively looking for a Chief Operating Officer: a peer who… Read More

WordPress.com now lets you write and collaborate in Google Docs

Mar 07, 7:01PM

 Instead of competing with Google Docs, WordPress.com is going to embrace the popular web editor so that you can write and publish from Google Docs if you’re using Chrome. It’s going to make it much easier to collaborate with other people as Google Docs has become the default collaborative real-time editor on the web. More than a quarter of the web runs on WordPress. In other… Read More

Decipher sneaker culture with the founders of StockX, Stadium Goods and Greats at Disrupt NY 2017

Mar 07, 7:00PM

 Sneakers are red-hot right now. And like with everything else, tech has come along for the ride. From resale apps to startups that actually make their own kicks, we’ve seen countless startups stake their claim on every part of the sneaker industry. And now we’re bringing a panel with the hottest names in the industry to Disrupt SF 2017, so you can learn firsthand why the… Read More

Updates from Wikileaks' CIA data release

Mar 07, 6:49PM

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Farmers Business Network cultivates $40 million to help farmers buy seeds at favorable prices

Mar 07, 6:43PM

 GV (formerly known as Google Ventures) and DBL Partners co-led a $40 million investment in Farmers Business Network Inc., the company announced on Tuesday. FBN started out as something of a professional network for farmers and other agronomists. It allowed people working in agriculture to anonymously share information about what they were paying for seeds, fertilizers, and other… Read More

Rock down to 38th Street for another Micro-Meetup in New York

Mar 07, 6:35PM

 In preparation for Disrupt New York in May I’m going to hold a few pitching workshops in New York for you all. We’ll listen to and critique ten pitches on March 13th at 7pm at the Knotel space at 22 West 38th Street, 4th Floor. This is an informal pitch-off but the two best teams will get two tickets to Disrupt New York and the undying admiration of millions of people (actually… Read More

Twitter's Moments get their own analytics

Mar 07, 6:28PM

 Twitter Moments, Twitter’s own take on short-form content told as a series of connected tweets, are today getting their own analytics, the company announced today. This will allow Moments’ creators to track how well their content is working on Twitter, by offering details on opens, likes, shares, and more. The idea is that this data will aid in crafting better-performing Moments… Read More

CNN launches dedicated virtual reality journalism unit

Mar 07, 6:18PM

 CNN is making a grand entrance into the immersive medium of VR with a new effort called CNNVR. Trump’s favorite news source is launching the VR unit to “transport users to the front row of global events.” The company is launching the VR unit with a feature highlighting the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. CNN has already worked on nearly 50 pieces of 360-degree… Read More

Alleged CIA leak re-demonstrates the dangers of smart TVs

Mar 07, 6:13PM

 Wikileaks published today notes on what it alleges are a large set of CIA hacking tools. Among the dump was a tool developed by the CIA and MI5 that attempted to turn certain Samsung smart TVs into remote listening and monitoring devices. It’s called Weeping Angel. Because Doctor Who. The exploit only targeted certain Samsung TVs though if this tool exists, there are likely more hacks… Read More

Sudden Coffee aims to stir up instant brewing with third wave tech

Mar 07, 6:13PM

 The world of coffee is one often torn between the old and the new, traditional brewing techniques and the latest, coolest method. But if there’s one area pretty much anyone would agree improvements could be made, high tech or otherwise, it’s instant coffee. Sudden Coffee is looking to do just that with good beans, better tech, and a web-based business model. Read More

The Nintendo Switch's left Joy-Con connection issues are hardware related

Mar 07, 6:11PM

 The Nintendo Switch is great and I can’t stop thinking about Zelda even when I’m not playing it. But some of you may have noticed that the left ‘Joy-Con’ controller has some connection issues. Some reviewers noticed the issue, Nintendo itself has some recommendations. And TechCrunch has also heard that the connection issues go beyond software and will likely involve… Read More

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