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Facebook open sources its IT management tool for distributing Adobe‘s Creative Cloud tools to employees

At Facebook, the IT organization isn‘t called IT. Instead, it‘s referred to as the enterprise engineering organization. As Facebook client platform engineer Nick McSpadden told me, that‘s because at a company that operates at the scale of Facebook, IT has to be about more than pushing buttons on a vendor product. And to emphasize this, the Read More

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Regulation could stifle growing China-US venture activity

Let‘s step back from politics and look at some cold, hard numbers to assess the current state of cross-border investment and other transactional activity between the U.S. and China. We‘ll look at one type of transaction that could be affected: venture capital investments. We‘ll show the big picture, as well as analysis of transactions in AI and related sectors. Read More

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Adobe acquires Mettle‘s SkyBox tools to expand its VR video portfolio

Adobe today announced that it has acquired all of Mettles SkyBox technologies and plug-ins for building transitions, titles and effects in VR applications and 360 degree videos. Mettle had already made a name for itself over the last few years by providing these plug-ins for Adobe tools like Premiere Pro and After Effects, to the Adobe team was obviously aware of Mettle‘s efforts Read More

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Argentina‘s government is wooing entrepreneurs with a new law

Despite years of economic uncertainties and the lack of a proper legal framework to help promising startups obtain capital, Argentine entrepreneurs are building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. The country is home to many of Latin America‘s biggest startup success stories and with the introduction of one new law, the pathway to success is about to get a whole lot easier. Last month, Read More

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Growbots raises 2.5M for its machine learning-based sales automation platform

Growbotsuses machine learning to provide sales teams with the right leads to kickstart their outbound sales process. The service, which argues that its product can save each member of a sales team a few days of work every month, today announced that it has raised a 2.5 million funding round from Buran VC, Lighter Capital and a number of angel investors. This brings the company‘s Read More

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Periscope lets you buy and send Super Hearts that broadcasters can cash in

Periscope has a new revenue stream and a new way to attract the best live video content to its Twitter-owned app. Today Periscope launches Super Hearts in-app purchase virtual goods that users buy for real money, send to creators as animated hearts that get them attention in the comment reel, and that broadcasters can then redeem with Twitter for a monthly cash pay-out. After the 30% Read More

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Pebble founder Eric Migicovsky and Airbnb growth lead Gustaf Alstromer join Y Combinator

Y Combinator is officially adding three new team members to its roster this morning.Gustaf Alstromer, formerly product leader of Airbnb‘s growth team, is joining YC as a partner. Meanwhile Pebble founderEric Migicovsky is taking a visiting partner role andJocelyn Robancho is coming on board to assist with organizing YC‘s startup batches. ThoughAlstromer andMigicovsky Read More

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With 13.5M in new funds, Pillow partners with building owners to make rentals Airbnb-friendly

Short-term rental management startup Pillowhas raised 13.5 million in new funding, and is launching a new product to provide more transparency to apartment owners when renters make their apartments available on platforms like Airbnb. A few years ago, Pillowlaunched to help make renting out your apartment on Airbnb less of a hassle. That included this like helping hosts manage their Read More

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RE2 tapped by U.S. Air Force to build robot pilots to fly traditional aircraft

Autonomous flight systems and aircraft are already in testing by the U.S. Air Force and other defense agencies, and now RE2 Robotics has been picked by the USAF to build a retrofit robot pilot that can easily take the controls of traditional, human-piloted aircraft and convert them to autonomous airplanes. RE2 will get funding from the Air Force to make this happen, and the program will 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. To access the Snap Map, uou pinch on your Snapchat camera home screen. From there you can scroll around to see where friends Read More

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Intel and the IOC ink 7-year Olympics tech deal for VR, drones and more

Intelhas been targeting the sports industry as part of its bigger push into emerging technologies (and finding customers for the resulting new services), and today the company announced its latest play in that area. Intel has signed a wide-ranging deal with the International Olympic Committee to develop technology solutions for the Olympic Games, including developing applications and Read More

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Pinterest‘s camera search Lens gets a new look

Pinterest‘s camera search tool, Lens, is getting a makeover today with some updated including the ability to zoom in and out and tap to focus, and making it easier to search with Lens from photos they‘ve already taken. Lens is very much a move to try to collapse the distance between the experience within Pinterest the app (or site) and the real world. Users point their camera at Read More

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Volvo‘s Polestar is now its own company focused on performance EVs

Volvo tuner Polestar, which the carmaker acquired in 2015 to build its own race-ready Volve cars, is now being set up as its own sepearate company within the Volvo group, with a new focus on performance electric vehicles. The new Polestar will have its own branding, distinct from Volvo‘s - though it‘ll still produce performance versions of Volvo cars in addition to its own Read More

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Rinse raises 14M in Series B funding to bring its laundry pick-up nationwide

Rinse, the San Francisco-based dry cleaning and laundry delivery service, has closed a 14M Series B round of funding. This comes after a 6M Series A last year, meaning the startup has now raised about 23.5M in three rounds. The round is being led by Partech Ventures, with participation from existing investors includingJavelin Ventures, Arena Ventures, Accelerator Ventures, and Read More

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Watch former Apple engineers and Scott Forstall discuss the creation of the iPhone

Last night at the Computer History Museum, former New York Times reporter John Markoff interviewed some of the original engineers who work on the first iPhone that was unveiled in January 2007. Hugo Fiennes, Nitin Ganatra, and Scott Herz all talked about their own experience working on this incredible project. Then, Scott Forstall looked back at his time at the company when he was leading Read More

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Mobile gaming sessions down 10 percent year-over-year, but revenue climbs

The U.S. is leading the world in mobile gaming, accounting for 20 percent of all sessions played. That‘s the word from a new industry report on the mobile gaming landscape, released this week from Flurry. That puts the U.S. ahead of markets including India, China, Brazil and Russia, it found. However, gaming sessions are dropping, even as the money to be made in games climbs, and the Read More

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Intel steps up security efforts in Israel with Team8, Illusive and a new cyber center

Israel is one of the world‘s centers for cybersecurity technology, and today Intel is announcing a trio of developments in the region to help it take better advantage of that. The company is embarking on two new collaborations with Israeli security startups Team8 and Illusive (which was spun out of Team8), and it‘s expanding its cyber center in the country. From what we Read More

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Andreessen Horowitz Gets a New General Partner in Jorge Conde

Andreessen Horowitz is making an even bigger push into healthcare IT, bringing aboard serial entrepreneur Jorge Conde as a general partner. Conde, who officially starts in September, has spent the last 15 years working largely in genomics, including cofounding the genome analysis company Knome (acquired in 2015 for undisclosed terms) and more recently becoming chief strategy officer at a Read More

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SEGA‘s new SEGA Forever collection brings classic games to mobile for free

SEGA is bringing some of your favorite games to mobile in new, free-to-play formats that include ads as a way to drive revenue, support offline play and other more modern features like cloud saves. The games can also be rendered ad-free with a one-time 1.99 purchase, which is a really good deal given the pedigree of some of these titles, and what you might pay elsewhere to get re-released Read More

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MyTutor raises 3M Series A led by Mobeus to attack UK tutor market

The online tutoring market in the US is well-developed. Varsity Tutors raised 50m; Wiseant 20m; Tutor.com sold to IAC and InstaEdu was recently bought out. So it makes sense that this model would be big in other markets. This is the thinking behind MyTutor, a London-based edtech company that connects school pupils to high-performing university students for one-to-one, online Read More

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Ebay will now match Amazon‘s, Walmart‘s and others‘ prices on over 50,000 items

As Amazon and Walmart continue their battle to become world‘s largest retailer, another longtime rival in the e-commerce business, eBay, is now stepping up its game as well. The company this morning announced a new Price Match Guarantee for over 50,000 items across its site - promising that it will have the best deal online, or it will match the lowest price of a competitor, if Read More

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Kevin Durant, Rich Kleiman, Kirsten Green and Sebastian Thrun to talk shop at Disrupt SF

What do Kevin Durant, Rich Kleiman, Kirsten Green, and Sebastian Thrun all have in common? Well, they‘ll be at Disrupt SF(September 18-20) to tell their stories on stage, and we‘re absolutely thrilled to have them join us for the biggest tech startup conference in all the land. We hope to see you at the conference, too, and general admission tickets are currently available with Read More

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Mayor of London‘s plan for city transport aims for zero emissions by 2050

London could be a lot more green by 2050 - Mayor Sadiq Khan has outlined a plan for transportation service (via Engadget) in the city that would make the whole system, including taxis, cars and buses, totally emission free by that year. Even though that‘s over 30 years away, it‘s still an incredibly ambitious plan that will require a lot of pieces to fall into place. Those Read More

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Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises 40M

Rapid changes in the shipping industry has caught the attention of investors who are starting to pour large sums of money into the industry. And likely for good reason: as a future where trucks are run autonomously becomes ever clearer, the sensors and software behind that is going to have to be able to keep up. One company, Samsara, is working on just those kinds of sensors and products to Read More

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