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Las Vegas taps AI for cybersecurity help

May 12, 9:11PM

 Hundreds of thousands of people live in the city of Las Vegas. But the city’s information security team is made up of just three employees and one intern, so the chief information officer of Las Vegas relies on artificial intelligence to keep the city’s data and tech secure. “The things that keep me up most are ransomware and phishing,” Vegas CIO Michael Sherwood… Read More

eMusic's new owners believe they can convince users to start buying songs again

May 12, 9:06PM

 Take a moment to consider all that has transpired in your life and the world since the last time you logged into eMusic. For me, it’s been roughly five years, I think, and among a few other slightly more consequential things, I (like much the rest of the world), have begun consuming music completely differently. But the brand, which re-launched this week with a design and rejiggered… Read More

Time is running out to exhibit at Disrupt's Hardware Alley

May 12, 8:49PM

 We want to see you in New York for Disrupt NY 2017, our annual celebration of all things startup. It’s a great time. You get to meet great founders and VCs and I’d love to meet you personally when I run through the alley with our video team. Hardware is my favorite thing in the world and you’re some of my favorite people. Disrupt runs from May 15-17 and will be held on Pier 36… Read More

BuzzFeed hires Twitter's Jinen Kamdar as its new VP of Product

May 12, 8:45PM

 Jinen Kamdar has spent more than seven years as Twitter, most recently serving as the director of product for Twitter’s media tools. Now he’s joining an actual media company — namely, BuzzFeed, where he’ll be the new vice president of product. He doesn’t start his new job until Monday, May 15, so he said it’s too early to know exactly what he’ll… Read More

Naspers invests €387M in European food delivery business Delivery Hero

May 12, 8:00PM

 Continuing its massive spending spree in Europe, the global technology and media investment conglomerate, Naspers, has invested €387 million ($421.3 million) in the online food ordering and delivery business Delivery Hero. Read More

Xiaomi puts the focus on India with plans to open 100 retail stores

May 12, 7:14PM

 Xiaomi is increasing its office retail presence in China as bids to gain ground stolen by rivals in its homeland, and now it is making that very same push in its second largest market, India. The Chinese company, which is valued at $45 billion, suffered a tough time last year as sales growth slowed — Xiaomi, notably, didn’t go public with sales figures for 2016 — but India… Read More

Echodyne's pocket-sized radar may be the next must-have tech for drones (and drone hunters)

May 12, 7:03PM

 Just because we live in an age of many sensors doesn’t mean we always have the right one for the job. One in particular we’ve been lacking is a radar system that can detect obstacles and aircraft hundreds of meters out, yet fit comfortably on a small drone. The laws of physics, it seemed, prevented it — but Echodyne made it work anyway. Read More

Ransomware based on leaked NSA tools spreads to dozens of countries

May 12, 6:59PM

 A ransomware attack seemingly based on leaked NSA hacking tools is spreading like wildfire among unpatched Windows systems worldwide. Early reports suggested it was targeted at the UK’s National Health Service, but it’s clear now that the attack is a global one, with thousands of computers apparently affected in Russia alone. Read More

Weekly Roundup: Tesla's solar roof tiles, Snap stumbles through Q1 earnings

May 12, 6:10PM

 This week, Tesla launched pre-orders for its solar roof tiles, Snap Inc. stumbled through its first earnings report and Apple bought up a small sleep tracking startup. These are a few of the top stories from this week, plus some longer weekend reads. 1. Tesla’s highly anticipated solar roof tiles went up for pre-order. The question everyone seems to be asking though, is how much will… Read More

YayPay introduces cash flow forecasts for accounts receivable

May 12, 6:07PM

 If your company works with big clients, you might want to be able to predict what’s going to happen with your company’s bank account. YayPay is introducing weather forecasts, but for your unpaid invoices. This way, you know if it’s safe to commit to big projects. YayPay first launched on stage at Disrupt London. The company wants to help accounts receivable teams when it comes… Read More

Facebook Groups can now screen new members with a questionnaire

May 12, 5:56PM

 Facebook is making good on Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to build community by improving admin tools for Facebook Groups. Now Group admins can establish up to three questions for people requesting to join their Group to answer. This lets admins screen potential members to ensure they’re the right fit for the group and will add constructively to the discussion, not just spam or troll… Read More

Startup Step-By-Step: Down

May 12, 5:46PM

 A year ago, after closing my first startup, I attended one of those conferences that you’re supposed to attend. There were a lot of old friends there, folks who I hadn’t seen in a while, and there was the usual collection of panels and panelists, Power Points and Pellegrino. As I stood in a sun-full room clutching a coffee someone asked me about my first startup. The reaction… Read More

Google Maps for Android adds Street View images in navigation to show your turns

May 12, 5:17PM

 Google Maps has quietly rolled out a new feature that will make it easier for you to see where you need to go when using turn-by-turn navigation: integrated Street View images on the directions screen. While the app has always allowed you to see an overview of the upcoming turns and distance between them, the new feature introduces an option to tap to see the associated Street View imagery… Read More

UK health service hit by ransomware, amid possible global attack on systems

May 12, 4:47PM

 An apparent cyberattack with the motivation of extortion has hit hospitals across England, taking down systems for appointments. Patients are being turned away unless it’s an emergency. Pictures appearing on Twitter showed screens of NHS computers with ‘ransomware’ images demanding payment of $300 worth of Bitcoin, saying: “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”… Read More

Our favorite startups from 500 Startups' 20th class

May 12, 4:38PM

 41 startups graced the stage at 500 Startups’ 20th demo day at the Parc55 hotel in downtown San Francisco. The event came complete with mascots, a summer of love theme and a diverse array of early-stage companies. This time around, 500 focused in heavily on health startups. A number of the founders demoing presented businesses in the interest of the public good —… Read More

Here's how the laptop ban works on flights to the US

May 12, 4:27PM

 President Trump is reportedly gearing up to introduce a ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on flights between Europe and the U.S., expanding a ban that was initially placed on travelers entering America from selected airports in the Middle East in March. These days it is almost unthinkable to travel without a laptop, iPad or camera when going overseas, and almost everyone… Read More

Gorilla Glass maker Corning gets $200 million from Apple's US manufacturing investment fund

May 12, 4:24PM

 Apple made news and scored some positive PR earlier this month when the company announced a $1 billion fund aimed at investing in US-based manufacturing. Now it’s ready to announce the first big investment from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund. New York-based Corning Incorporated will be receiving $200 million from the tech giant’s coffers, money that will go toward its… Read More

Guardant Health adds $360 million to its war chest

May 12, 4:05PM

 Guardant Health, a four-year-old, Redwood City, Ca.-based biotech company that sells blood tests to track and potentially detect cancer, has raised a whopping $360 million from investors, bringing its total funding to $550 million. SoftBank led the round, with participation from Sequoia Capital, Khosla Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, OrbiMed, 8VC, numerous funds and accounts managed by T. Read More

Twitter CFO thinks WH press briefings via Twitter are a great idea!

May 12, 3:55PM

 As President Trump continues to degrade our democracy and diminish the freedom of the press, Twitter’s CFO/COO Anthony Noto sees a marketing opportunity. @realDonaldTrump May I suggest questions submitted and answered via Twitter. A perfect record and we distribute to the world not just those with a TV — Anthony Noto (@anthonynoto) May 12, 2017 Trump issued a thinly veiled… Read More

Facebook kicks off Mother's Day weekend with flower reactions, cards, stickers, masks and more

May 12, 2:27PM

 You may have noticed the purple flower reaction has returned to Facebook, allowing you to respond to posts with a “thankful” sentiment instead of a Like. As it turns out, the addition is only one of several features Facebook has planned for this Mother’s Day weekend here in the U.S., and throughout the month where the day is celebrated elsewhere in the world. The purple… Read More

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