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Behind the scenes with Tezos, a new blockchain upstart

Jul 13, 3:30AM

 With a whopping $200m raised (at current btc and eth prices) Tezos breaks all Initial Coin Offering records to date. That’s saying something given over $1 billion dollars has gone into ICOs (Kickstarters on steroids) in 2017. Exuberance, of the irrational variety, perhaps–but that doesn’t mean there is no real value underpinning some of the projects raising funds, or in… Read More

Beauty startup Glossier will start shipping to Canada, the U.K. and France, with more countries to come

Jul 13, 3:26AM

 Glossier, the direct-to-consumer beauty startup that’s raised $34.4 million in funding so far, will kick off its international expansion this month. Read More

Crunch Report | Hyperloop One Tests Full-Scale Version

Jul 13, 3:02AM

Hyperloop One tests a full-scale version, Vizio is suing LeEco for breach of contract, MIT envisions 3D without the glasses and Microsoft has a plan to challenge DeepMind. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Google launches a new Backup & Sync desktop app for uploading files and photos to the cloud

Jul 12, 10:37PM

 As promised last month, Google has today launched its new “Backup and Sync from Google” tool, which aims to help users more easily back up the files and photos on their computer. The utility is meant to replace the older Google Photos desktop app, as well as the Google Drive client applications for both Mac and PC. Read More

Where Trump's FBI nominee stands on tech's hot privacy issues

Jul 12, 10:29PM

 While questions about Russia attracted more initial scrutiny at his Senate confirmation hearing today, Trump’s proposed James Comey replacement Chris Wray did offer a few clues on his ideas about the digital privacy of American citizens. Read More

Online publishing platform Verst adds tools for paywalls and prettier websites

Jul 12, 10:08PM

Verst Recently launched publishing platform Verst released a big update today, with new features like a homepage builder, new pricing and support for subscription paywalls. CEO AJ Frank told us that his team’s goal was to create a blogging platform with optimization and analytics already built in. Read More

A new transportation-focused fund just landed $120 million from a wide range of transport companies

Jul 12, 9:43PM

 Transportation is a huge category: Automakers, motorcycle manufacturers, trucking firms, logistics companies, car leasing firms, energy companies with big networks of gasoline stations around the world… Given the dramatic changes underway in the way that people travel, you can imagine these industries are acutely interested in knowing what technologies are on the horizon. Read More

Google updates its Container Engine with a focus on security

Jul 12, 9:43PM

 Google today announced the latest updates to its Google Container Engine, its service for running Kubernetes-based software containers in its cloud. Like with previous releases, this update brings the Container Engine, or GKE, as Google calls it (where the ‘K’ stands for Kubernetes), up to date with the latest updates from the Kubernetes project. Read More

Scientists have inserted a GIF of a horse into living bacteria — did your brain just explode?

Jul 12, 9:34PM

 In a new study published in Nature, a group of scientists at Harvard have successfully stored a GIF— yes, like a moving meme — into live bacteria (E. coli to be specific). It’s a weird idea, but scientists have actually been using the genetic wondertool known as CRISPR or “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats” for data storage parlor tricks… Read More

Ignition Partners VC Frank Artale resigns in light of misconduct allegations

Jul 12, 9:32PM

 Frank Artale, a managing director at Ignition Partners, has resigned, according to the firm. Earlier this month, the firm received a misconduct complaint regarding Artale, Ignition Partners wrote on Twitter last night. Within a few days of receiving the complaint, the firm asked for Artale’s resignation and he agreed. Read More

Box announces former Apple, Cisco exec Stephanie Carullo will succeed Dan Levin as COO

Jul 12, 8:05PM

Stephanie Carullo , COO at Box Box dropped a bit of a bombshell this afternoon when it announced that long-time Chief Operating Officer Dan Levin would be stepping down from the role and Stephanie Carullo would be taking over. Read More

With the United Slate, Sam Altman presents a political vision for California… and the U.S.

Jul 12, 8:00PM

 As the country grapples with income inequality, a lack of affordable housing, and a potential labor crisis brought on by technological advancements like artificial intelligence and automation, Y Combinator president Sam Altman is launching a new initiative to try and create political solutions in his home state and potentially the nation. For the past year or more, Altman has been dabbling in… Read More

MateLabs mixes machine learning with IFTTT

Jul 12, 7:59PM

 If you’ve ever wanted to train a machine learning model and integrate it with IFTTT, you now can with a new offering from MateLabs. MateVerse, a platform where novices can spin out machine learning models, now works with IFTTT so that you can automatically set up models to run based on conditional statements. If you’re not familiar with IFTTT, it’s an automation tool for… Read More

SoundCloud sinks as leaks say layoffs buy little time

Jul 12, 7:56PM

 A tense scene unfolded yesterday as user-generated music streaming service SoundCloud held an all-hands meeting to explain to employees why it suddenly had to lay off 40 percent of its staff last week. Exiting team members wanted to know why they weren’t warned, while those who survived the cuts wanted assurance that the cost reductions would keep the company afloat for the long-run. Read More

Bumble's SuperSwipe lets you show interest before someone swipes left or right

Jul 12, 7:20PM

 Bumble just launched a new feature designed to let you tell a match you’re really into them. Available now, SuperSwipe is a button that signals to a potential match that you want to match before they even swipe on you. Traditionally someone has to wait until they swipe left or right on you to find out you’re also into them. Here’s how it works: On each potential… Read More

The Pixel Kit is Kano's latest product to get your kids psyched about coding

Jul 12, 7:04PM

 Following a host of delays, Kano is finally shipping its latest coding product for kids, the Pixel Kit. It’s cute, compact and colorful and is aiming to light up kids’ imaginations. Read More

Uber engineering manager who oversaw Susan Fowler's department has reportedly left

Jul 12, 6:59PM

 AG Gangadhar, who led Uber’s storage, machine learning and infrastructure groups, has left the company, Recode reports. Gangadhar was reportedly a director Fowler referenced in her blog post about mismanagement, sexual harassment and other issues at Uber. But his departure was reportedly not related to Fowler’s claims. Since Fowler’s post came out five months ago, many,… Read More

Care/of raises $12 million in Series A for its home-delivered customized nutrition packs

Jul 12, 6:52PM

 Care/of, a year-old, New York-based company that makes subscription-only vitamin supplements that it says are tailored specifically to users’ needs, has raised $12 million in Series A funding to get more of its pill packs on users’ welcome mats. Read More

Nvidia is powering the world's first Level 3 self-driving production car

Jul 12, 6:45PM

 Audi announced Tuesday that its forthcoming A8 would be the first production vehicle to ship with a Level 3 self-driving feature onboard when it goes on sale next year, and now we know that Nvidia’s technology will be helping power the vehicle’s ‘traffic jam pilot’ autonomous capabilities. Nvidia’s going to be powering a lot in the new A8, in fact – the car… Read More

NYU releases the largest LiDAR dataset ever to help urban development

Jul 12, 6:15PM

 New York University has made available the largest public LiDAR data set ever collected, via its Center for Urban Science and Progress. The laser scanned data, collected using aerial LiDAR instruments, is about 30 times as dense as a typical data set at a resolution of around 300 points per square meter, and covers a 1.5km square region of Dublin’s city center. The data was collected… Read More

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