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McDonald‘s is offering branded lazywear to celebrate you truly giving up

McDonald‘s is offering delivery across North America through UberEATS, and in case you wanted to fully embrace what it means to order McDelivery to your home instead of mustering the energy to leave your shadowy layer for 15 minutes, it‘s offering a special collection of branded loungewear that says I earned this on-demand Big Mac with my suffering and self-neglect. Read More

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Managed private cloud stacks trying to find their way in the enterprise

For a long time, traditional IT resisted the cloud, but that has changed in recent years as companies have come to realize that they can‘t survive without the agility, scalability and economics that only a public cloud approach can provide. Yet in spite of the clear advantages the public cloud brings, there are still many companies out there that resist it for a variety of Read More

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The IAB finalizes its new ad standards

The Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade group representing online publishers and advertisers, has released new standards around mobile and web advertisers. Not every publisher and advertiser will follow these standards, but the standards important because they help establish best practices around what is and isn‘t acceptable for the industry. If done right, they help maintain a Read More

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Legendary Pokmon are headed to Pokmon Go

Pokmon Go‘s getting Legendary Pokmon, those ultra rare, ultra powerful pocket monsters that typically figure prominently in the narrative arc for the main series console games. The Legendary Pokmon will appear as Eggs at gyms, and they‘ll act as bosses for the new Raids that the game recently introduced - once defeated, you‘ll get a chance to catch them, much like Read More

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Anti-drone radio wave startup SkySafe secures 11.5M from Andreessen

Drones are a threat to both military and public safety, whether flown by a terrorist or just a reckless pilot. SkySafe‘s radio wave technology can detect and stop rogue drones from entering unauthorized areas like military bases, stadiums, prisons, and airports. SkySafe‘s radio frequency signals are projected from a perimeter of nodes or even a Jeep, and force unapproved drones Read More

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Truphone now offers iPad data plans in the UK through the Apple SIM

Apple has yet to make any moves to expand the Apple SIM to devices beyond the iPad (despite occasional flurries of rumors to the contrary), but the number of carriers that work with the Apple SIM is growing, potentially laying the groundwork for a time when it might. Today comes the latest development on that front. Truphone, a UK startup that crafts low-cost calling and data plans for users Read More

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Wire launches e2e encrypted team messaging in beta

End-to-end encrypted messaging platform Wire is targeting Slack‘s territory with a new messaging for teams product, calledTeams. Read More

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PayPal expands partnerships with Citi and Chase to include reward points and more

PayPal today announced an expanded partnership with two of the largest bank issuers, Chase and Citibank. The agreements include a number of increased integrations between the companies, including easier access to Chase and Citi bank cards in the PayPal wallet; permitting Chase and Citi customers to take advantage of cards‘ rewards points anywhere PayPal is accepted; integrations with Read More

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Slidebean picks up 850K and launches a new version of its presentation-building tool

Slidebean, the app that wants to take on Prezi and PowerPoint, is launching version 3.0 of the service on the heels of an 850K seed round from 500 Partners. The idea behind Slidebean is relatively simple. Presentations/decks are a fact of life for many professionals, but creating those presentations isn‘t as simple as inputting the information you want. More often than not, Read More

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Affirm now has 1,000 retail partners

Today Affirm has announced that it has more than 1,000 merchants signed up to offer its financing options at checkout, helping to reduce the friction around making large purchases and, by extension, increasing sales for its partners. Read More

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Elon Musk says he has ‘verbal‘ okay to build multi-state underground Hyperloop

Elon Musk said on Twitter that he received verbal government approval to build an underground Hyperloop transit network connecting New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC, with stops connecting each city center, and a dozen more entry or exit elevators located within each city. The project would be run through The Boring Company, Musk‘s tunneling venture, which Read More

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D-ID‘s tech protects your privacy by confounding face recognition algorithms

Unless you literally wear a mask all the time, it is almost impossible to completely avoid cameras and face recognition technology. Not only is this a privacy concern, but it also presents a potential liability for companies that need to protect personal data. D-ID, a startup currently taking part in Y Combinator, wants to solve the problem with tools that process images to make them Read More

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Movidius launches a 79 deep-learning USB stick

Movidius and Intel have put deep-learning on a stick with a tiny 79 USB device that makes bringing AI to hardware a snap. In April of last year, Movidius showed off the first iteration of this device, which they then called the Fathom Neural Compute Stick. The company wasn‘t able to get the product out as quickly as they had hoped because they were a little busy getting acquired by Read More

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PebblePost raises 47M as it uses online data to fuel direct mail marketing

PebblePost, a startup that uses online data to target consumers with printed mail, has raised 47 million in a combination of equity and debt. That includes the 15 million, RRE Ventures-led Series B that the company announced in February. The equity portion of the funding has been expanded to 20 million, with another 27 million coming from a loan facility from Horizon Technology Finance, plus Read More

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Google brings its GIF-making Motion Stills app to Android

Google last year introduced an app called Motion Stills that aimed to help iOS users do more with their Live Photos - including being able to crop out blurry frames, stabilize images, and even turn Apple‘s Live Photos format into more sharable GIFs. Today, Google says it‘s bringing Motion Stills to Android, along with a few changes. Obviously, Android users aren‘t in Read More

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All clouds don‘t have to be public

For a long time, traditional IT resisted the cloud, but that has changed in recent years as companies have come to realize that they can‘t survive without the agility, scalability and economics that only a public cloud approach can provide. Yet in spite of the clear advantages the public cloud brings, there are still many companies out there that resist it for a variety of Read More

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Freshdesk owner Freshworks acquires Joe Hukum as it plans a move into chatbots

After raising 55 million last year to build its business beyond its existing help desk services, today Freshworks (the parent company of Freshdesk) has made an acquisition to help it fill out that strategy. The company has acquired Joe Hukum, a startup out of India that offers a platform for businesses to build their own chatbots. I‘ve asked, but the companies are not revealing any terms Read More

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Sears starts selling Alexa-enabled Kenmore appliances on Amazon in bid for relevance

It‘s hard to see this move as anything but a temporary reprieve for the once-mighty Sears brand. The mall mainstay has fallen on hard times in recent decades as online retail has taken over and now, the company is signing on with Amazon to sell its Kenmore brand through one of the key contributors to that on-going downside. While the move feels a bit defeatist, it‘s a Read More

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Vimeo promotes Anjali Sud to CEO after canceling SVOD plans

IAC-owned streaming video siteVimeo has a new CEO: Anjali Sud, who previously led the company‘s creator business. The appointment comes as the company has scrapped plans to launch a subscription video-on-demand service and decided instead to double down on bringing more professional and semi-professional creators to the platform. Read More

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Direct mail startup PebblePost raises 47M

PebblePost, a startup that uses online data to target consumers with printed mail, has raised 47 million in a combination of equity and debt. That includes the 15 million, RRE Ventures-led Series B that the company announced in February. The equity portion of the funding has been expanded to 20 million, with another 27 million coming from a loan facility from Horizon Technology Finance, plus Read More

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Twitter claims its anti-abuse measures are helping, though many still disagree

Twitter today offered an update on how its improvements to user safety and its newer anti-abuse measures are having an impact. The company declined to share any hard numbers related to abuse on its network, including how many abuse reports have been filed, or the number of actions it‘s taken, for example, noting instead across the board percentage increases on things like account Read More

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Marketing personalization startup Dynamic Yield adds 9M to its Series C, bringing it to 31M

Dynamic Yield, which uses machine learning to help online marketers personalize customer experiences on their site, has added 9 million to its Series C, bringing it to a new total of 31 million. Its new investors are DTCP (Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners) and La Maison. Read More

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MIT is building a system that can identify a recipe using pictures of food

Having mastered the ability to distinguish hot dogs from not hot dogs is truly one of mankind‘s greatest achievements. Attempting to one-up that sort of masterstroke would surely be flying too close to the sun but researchers at MIT are trying nonetheless. The team‘s pic2recipe system uses neural networks to determine the recipe of a given food, in an attempt to gain Read More

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Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, the startup behind its shopping keyboard

Messaging app Viberearlier this year made its first foray into shopping services with Instant Shopping, a feature that suggested items for sale based on your chats and a keyboard to help you navigate this. Today, the company is announcing some more e-commerce related news: it‘s buying the startup that helped build that feature. Viber has acquired Chatter Commerce, maker of a service Read More

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