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Etsy will cut 15 percent of its workforce in a new round of layoffs

Etsy has announced its second round of layoffs in as many months. In a statement today, it said it will cut 140 positions, or about 15 percent of its current workforce. When combined with an earlier downsizing announced in early May, this round brings total eliminated positions to about 230, or about 22 percent of what Etsy‘s total workforce was at the end of 2016. Read More

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The Eero Beacon is the perfect addition to its family of mesh WiFi products

Since launching two years ago, wireless networking startup Eero has sought to make it easier for consumers to blanket their homes in strong WiFi. With the itsnewest hardware products, Eero took a step forward in that goal, in part by introducing a small-footprint Beacons that can be placed nearly anywhere in a person‘s house or apartment. Read More

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Kalanick is out, but Uber‘s VCs royally screwed up, too, say industry watchers

Travis Kalanick, who last night resigned from his post as CEO of ride-share giant Uber, has taken the blame for the company‘s very long list of problems, from allowing a culture of sexual harassment to thrive, to skirting the law with its Greyball program, to mishandling the medical files of a customer raped by one of the company‘s drivers (for starters). But the VCs who pushed Read More

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Bill Gurley to leave Uber‘s board of directors

Benchmark‘s Bill Gurley is set to leave Uber‘s board of directors, one day after the company announced the resignation of CEO Travis Kalanick following months of controversy over its corporate culture. A Benchmark spokesman told Bloomberg, which first reported the news of Gurley‘s departure, that his board seat will be filled by Matt Cohler, another Benchmark general partner. Read More

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Crunch Report | Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, resigns from the company, Tesla gets a new lead, Andrej Karpathy, for their autopilot program, University of Michigan students get driverless shuttles and Snapchat introduces Snap Maps. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Mercari hires John Lagerling from Facebook‘s management team to guide its U.S. strategy

When Mercari became Japan‘s first startup unicorn with a 75 million round last year, the funding was earmarked to fuel its goal of becoming the top secondhand marketplace app in the U.S. Now Mercari is doubling down on its efforts to succeed where no other Asian e-commerce company has. Today it launched a refreshed version of its American app and announced the hiring of John Lagerling Read More

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Trump might kill next month‘s new startup visa before it takes effect

According to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle, the Trump administration may rescind or indefinitely delay the International Entrepreneur Rule, widely regarded as the U.S. version of a startup visa. Overseen by the Department of Homeland Security the rule is intended to increase and enhance entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation in the United States. Anxiously Read More

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Russian freight service Deliver closes seed round of 8M, with European plans

Russia-based online freight service Deliver (formerly iCanDeliver) has closed a seed round of 8 million. The startup automates the process of ordering freight transport and makes things more efficient by finding the closest sender. Inventure Partners (which has invested in Gett, Busfor, Amwell, Chronext and Netology) invested 3 million, joining ANN Group and Singapore-based Amereus Group Read More

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Google Glass is apparently still around - and just got its first update in nearly three years

Dust off your Google Glasses, those who still have them the 1,500 face computer is back in the spotlight today with a few updates. In its first update since September 2014, Google Glass got a MyGlass companion app update, some bug fixes and now supports Bluetooth. Read More

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Google Glass is apparently still around and just got its first update in nearly three years

Dust off your Google Glasses, those who still have them, the 1500 face computer is back in the spotlight today with a few updates. Today, in its first update since September 2014, Google Glass just got a MyGlass companion app update, some bug fixes and now supports Bluetooth. That means the new XE23 version can now hook up mice, keyboards and other Read More

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How technology-enabled ‘selves-improvement‘ will drive the future of personal productivity

Digital assistants and bots undeniably enhance our work lives in myriad ways. They‘re terrific; your wish is their command. And they literally acquire more skills every day. But are better bots and smarter software servants truly the best way to drive people‘s personal productivity? Read More

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Apple goes after clones and spam on the App Store

Every time Apple‘s developer conference rolls around we get a smattering of changes to the App Store Review guidelines. This corpus of rules can be, in turns, opaque and explicit and has caused a decent amount of consternation over the years for developers as they try to read into how Apple might interpret one rule or another. I remember the crushing of apps like AppShopper and Read More

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Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for 250M to 350M

Zenly‘s app lets users see where their friends currently are on a map using constant GPS in the background. People can then message these friends in the app to make plans to hang out. The Paris-based startup hit 2 million downloads last year, mostly from teens trying to keep up with their friends around town, at school, or at concerts and other events. Zenly had raised 35.1 million Read More

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Home robot Kuri can now recognize pets, see and stream in HD

The domestic robot that looks like an extra cut from Disney‘s Wall-E is coming along nicely, after debuting at CES this year with a Holiday 2017 release window. Mayfield Robotics‘ Kuri is an expressive bowling pin that will steal your heart and hopes to become a key element of your family‘s home life, and its latest updates make it better at capturing cherished memories, Read More

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Founder‘s Corner: Wealthfront‘s Andy Rachleff on growing a business

Omidyar Network‘s Emerging Tech team has launched the second season of its podcast,Founder‘s Corner, with lessons from today‘s premier founders and CEOs. We will be speaking with some of the top executives in tech. This season features investor and entrepreneur Reid Hoffman, Yancey Strickler, CEO and cofounder of Kickstarter, Gina Bianchini, CEO and founder of Mighty Read More

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Snapchat launches location-sharing feature Snap Map

Snapchat‘s next big feature wants to get you to meet up with friends in real life rather than just watching each other‘s lives on your phones. Snap Map lets you share your current location, which appears to friends on a map and updates when you open Snapchat. It‘s rolling out today to all iOS and Android users globally. Read More

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Don‘t cry for me, Ubertina

Uber has been in trouble for a while. The company was built on a bro-tastic, anything goes attitude that goes way back to God View and the targeted harassment of journalists. In short, it was built on an original sin that was never washed clean. There are two takeaways circulated in the valley this week regarding Travis Kalanick departure. The first is similar to this one: Travis leaving Uber Read More

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Navya driverless shuttles to begin ferrying University of Michigan students this fall

Navya will deploy two of its driverless multi-passenger shuttles tis fall at the University of Michigan, moving students autonomously between Michigan‘s North Campus Research Complex and its Lurie Engineering Center across a two-mile route. The 15-passenger vehicles are being deployed in conjunction with Mcity, the University of Michigan-led partnership with autonomous private Read More

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Uber‘s toxic culture risks its driverless future, too

Investors, first and foremost, are concerned with the value of a company. So make no mistake, Uber‘s investors have calculated the company‘s toxic culture under Kalanick‘s leadership is a risk to their long term investment Read More

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Uber‘s toxic culture risks its driverless future too

Investors, first and foremost, are concerned with the value of a company. So make no mistake, Uber‘s investors have calculated the company‘s toxic culture under Kalanick‘s leadership is a risk to their long term investment Read More

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Snap copied location sharing app Zenly to build Snap Map

Snap just announced a brand new feature today called Snap Map, which lets you view your friends on a map in real time and browse stories around you. If this sounds familiar, it‘s because French startup Zenly has been working for years on a location sharing app so that you can see what your friends have been up to. According to a source, Snap approached Zenly late last year about a Read More

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Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for 1

In attempt to woo customers away from competitors, Virgin Mobile today announced a deal with Apple which will see it transitioning to become an iPhone-only carrier. To kick of this change, the company also introduced a limited time promotion that will see it giving away a year‘s worth of unlimited talk, text and data for only a dollar. There are a few caveats to this deal, of course. Read More

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Ticketmaster‘s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible

A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that I‘ve been forced to work with. Normally I avoid reaching out to businesses through Facebook (it still doesn‘t seem like a natural channel to me), but there‘s real utility in Ticketmaster‘s bot if you‘re willing to give up a certain amount Read More

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The Baggizmo Wiseward is more than a wallet

In a hole in your pants there lived a wallet. Not a nasty, dirty, wet wallet, filled with the receipts and cigarette papers and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, boring wallet that fit nothing and there nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Baggizmo wallet, and that meant lots of gadgetry. It had a perfectly flat folder design, with a programmable NFC chip installed. The wallet Read More

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