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Scientists use magnetic fields to remotely control biologically inspired soft robots

Mar 31, 10:54PM

 The field of soft robotics has been the subject of increasing interest in recent years for the alternatives it presents to the rigid machines we tend to associate with the space. A team of scientists at North Carolina State University is offering an interesting take on the space, utilizing magnetic fields to move around the biologically inspired robots. Read More

Robinhood stock trading app valued at $1.3 billion with big raise from DST

Mar 31, 10:33PM

 Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood has added to its coffers, raising another big round of funding. According to sources, the round was led by Yuri Milner investment vehicle DST Global and values the company at $1.3 billion dollars. Read More

April Fools' 2017: Here's the best and worst of this year's pranks (so far)

Mar 31, 9:21PM

 April Fools’ Day falls on a Saturday this year. Seemingly worried that the Internet goes away on weekends, a bunch of companies rolled out their April Fools’ jokes a few days early. Some of them are really, really good. Some of them… are not. Here’s our round-up of the ones worth a laugh, chuckle, or, at the very least, a mildly-amused puff of air through your… Read More

If it talks like a government and acts like a government, it must be a tech giant

Mar 31, 8:00PM

 The ACLU reported last year that law enforcement teamed up with Geofeedia, a software company that uses social media data to track and monitor protesters. Many were outraged. Facebook and Twitter cut off Geofeedia’s access to their data. These new rules have far-reaching implications for companies whose business models revolve around utilizing social media data for close observations. Read More

On-demand dog walking startup Wag quietly raised funding from General Catalyst and Sherpa Ventures

Mar 31, 7:37PM

walking the dog Earlier this week we wrote about how two big players in the pet-care business, Rover and DogVacay, decided to merge. Well, sources tell us that over the past two years Wag, another player in the dog-walking space, raised two rounds of funding to support expansion into new markets. Read More

SpaceX's first Falcon Heavy launch could attempt upper-stage recovery

Mar 31, 7:08PM

 Elon Musk suggested Friday that when SpaceX does its first demo flight of the Falcon Heavy large payload rocket later this year, it might also include an attempt to return the upper stage back to Earth. The goal is to make sure the upper stage on the Falcon Heavy is reusable, which is part of SpaceX’s plan to make Mars a viable target for repeat, return commercial spaceflight. Read More

Job satisfaction survey says tech, while bad, is better than other industries for women

Mar 31, 7:05PM

 Tech may grab headlines for its misogyny and racial biases, but when it comes to job satisfaction, professional women still rank it as the best industry to work in, according to a survey by the company InHerSight. Read More

Cloudera posts long-awaited IPO filing

Mar 31, 6:53PM

 Cloudera, the enterprise big data company that’s received significant backing from Intel, has unveiled its much-anticipated IPO filing. In the S-1, we get a glance at their financials. Revenue is growing, bringing in $261 for the fiscal year ending in January and $166 million for the same period last year. Losses were $186.32 million, down from $203 million year-over-year. We… Read More

NASA tests robotic tools to crack the surface of icy moons

Mar 31, 6:37PM

 While the Mars rovers are searching the red planet for water over the next decade, there are whole moons full of the stuff just waiting for us to come visit. At least, that’s the theory. But missions to Europa and Titan are still hypothetical, so in the meantime NASA is toying with ideas about how a lander would get through the miles of ice that lie on top of these extraterrestrial oceans. Read More

How Stories Search makes Snapchat a real-time YouTube

Mar 31, 6:21PM

 Snapchat is shifting from a social network limited to content shared by people you follow to an ephemeral, real-time database of what’s going on now everywhere. Today Snapchat launched Search for Stories submitted to its public Our Stories. It makes Snapchat as deep as whatever the world is sharing, creating near-infinite rabbit holes to go down. Read More

Weekly Roundup: A big win for SpaceX, Congress votes to let ISPs sell your browsing history

Mar 31, 6:08PM

 SpaceX gets a big win after successfully relaunching a Falcon 9 rocket, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is officially unveiled and more details surface on Elon Musk’s new company. These are the top stories of the week, plus some long-form weekend reads. Read More

Amazon quietly launches its own social media influencer program into beta

Mar 31, 5:26PM

 Social media influencers – like Instagram stars or YouTube celebs – often promote products they like, either as part of a brand relationship or as means of generating income through affiliate sales. Now, Amazon is looking to get in on this action as well. The company has quietly launched the “Amazon Influencer Program,” which is currently in beta testing as of a couple… Read More

Twitter is getting rid of the egg avatar (because that will totally fix the abuse problem)

Mar 31, 5:12PM

 Everyone knows that Twitter has a harassment problem. And while the service has tried things like banning abusive users (both on a temporary and permanent basis) it hasn’t really fixed the problem. Today, they’re announcing another sweeping change that fails to address the real problem: they’re cracking the egg. Read More

Stealthy gaming company Wonder is ready to tease its new mystery hardware

Mar 31, 5:12PM

 Wonder, the incredibly stealthy new gaming company, has quietly created a signup page for information and perks related to its plans for global domination of the gaming market from its Los Angeles headquarters. The company is calling its new campaign the “Alpha Program”, and folks that are interested can get updates on Wonder’s product, provide feedback, and get perks and… Read More

Women in tech are still an undervalued pipeline for innovation

Mar 31, 4:30PM

 Women tech founders face an uphill battle getting in front of VCs and raising money. That’s true in Silicon Valley, which still has the look of a college fraternity, and it’s true in tech hubs like London, Berlin and Amsterdam. It’s bad for women; and it’s equally bad for the tech industry, because the exclusion of female talent and leadership inhibits innovation and… Read More

Snapchat now lets you search across over 1 million Stories

Mar 31, 4:21PM

 Snapchat has opened up search across over 1 million curated public Stories, with a new feature release that could be a very helpful tool not only for users, but for advertisers, too. The search feature allows users to find Stories relevant to their interest by keyword, from a large number shared publicly by users and brands. The Stories search is built on new tech behind the scenes that… Read More

Apple releases new colorful Apple Watch ad

Mar 31, 4:13PM

 Apple just released a new video ad on its YouTube channel for the Apple Watch Series 2. There are two interesting things about this ad. It’s a colorful, cheerful clip that wants to turn the Apple Watch into a pop culture symbol. And it focuses on the fitness features of the Apple Watch, proving that Apple thinks about the device as an activity tracking device first and foremost. Apple… Read More

The post office will now email you photos of your mail before it's delivered

Mar 31, 4:03PM

 Informed Delivery is a service from the United States Postal Service that scans the outside of your mail and shows you the images each morning before the mail is actually delivered. While you still won’t be able to see the inside of your mail until it arrives, it should be helpful to know if an important letter is being delivered today or not. Read More

GV's Tom Hulme on AI, life sciences and the Alphabet VC's future in Europe

Mar 31, 3:59PM

 GV has had a few ups and downs in Europe since first setting up its stall here in London in 2014. Fast-forward to today, however, and GV is still here and appears to be gearing up to be more visible and active in the future. Read More

Starbucks is going to try out a mobile order-only store

Mar 31, 3:45PM

 Starbucks introduced its mobile ordering system in 2015, and it’s been a victim of its own success in some ways. Customers at popular spots are eager to use the mobile ordering system to choose their selection and pay in advance, in the hopes of avoiding a line – but they’re having to wait anyway, thanks to a virtual queue that’s as large or larger than the real one… Read More

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