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Design's exclusion problem

May 13, 7:00PM

 You’ve probably seen one or a few public relations disasters pop up in the tech industry. Usually, a well-meaning, well-funded, and far-reaching tech company lands itself in the hot seat after rolling out a product and then discovering that it has excluded some group of people in a grand, disruptive way. It’s Apple’s Health Tracker, which forgot to account for the number… Read More

Apple acquires AI company Lattice Data, a specialist in unstructured 'dark data', for $200M

May 13, 6:12PM

 As large tech companies gear up to make a stronger push into machine learning and artificial intelligence, Apple has acquired a company to fill out its own capabilities in the area. Specifically, Apple has picked up Lattice Data, a company that applies an AI enabled inference engine to take unstructured, “dark” data and turn it into structured (and more usable) information. Read More

Trump's cybersecurity executive order is a good first step

May 13, 5:30PM

 A significant piece of cybersecurity news erupted last week, although it was nearly drowned out by the growing flap over President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. There are two overriding points regarding President Trump’s executive order (EO) outlining plans to improve data security for federal agencies and to better protect critical U.S. infrastructure. Read More

VCs see fertile ground in agtech

May 13, 5:00PM

 Agriculture startups that raised seed rounds in recent years are blossoming into businesses sought after by later-stage investors. Investment in the agtech space is up sharply this year, driven by a spike of rounds at Series B and later stages, according to Crunchbase data. Altogether, agtech startups raised more than $320 million in 2017 so far. Read More

Amazon made landline phones trendy again

May 13, 3:17PM

 When is the last time you used your landline phone? Chances are that your smartphone is the one and only device you need. Old-fashioned phones have been fading away from most living rooms. But it doesn’t mean that landline phones aren’t useful. Amazon is well aware of that. The company unveiled the Echo Show earlier this week, a $230 device with Amazon’s Alexa voice… Read More

That global ransomware attack was halted apparently by accident

May 13, 2:57PM

 Yesterday’s global ransomware attack was scary for several reasons, but quick action by a security researcher at MalwareTech at least put an end to its spreading — although the researcher didn’t realize it at the time. Read More

Brazil's fintech boom offers new vertical opportunities for investors

May 13, 10:30AM

 Fintech is booming around the world. Global investments in fintech companies have continued to rise during the last two years. According to ABFintechs, the Brazilian fintech association, the fintech startup scene in Brazil has been especially hot. Read More

Crunch Report | Waymo v. Uber is going to trial

May 13, 3:00AM

Makers of Gorilla Glass Corning gets a $200 million investment from Apple, Waymo v. Uber is going to trial and Xiaomi is set to open 100 stores in India. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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. 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 at 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

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