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Peer-to-peer camera rental startup KitSplit raises 2.1M

KitSplit, which operates a peer-to-peer marketplace for creative equipment, is announcing that it‘s raised 2.1 million in seed funding. The equipment available for rental can include cameras, lights and lenses, but also VR gear and drones. Renters get access to this equipment for a lower price (CEO Lisbeth Kaufman estimated said KitSplit usually costs 30 to 50 percent less than Read More

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Ford‘s President of North America exits the company due to ‘inappropriate behavior‘

Ford today announced the departure of the Raj Nair, Ford‘s President of North America and former executive vice president, Product Development, and chief technical officer. According to a press release, he is leaving the company following a recent internal investigation that found certain behavior by Nair was inconsistent with the company‘s code of conduct. Nair worked Read More

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Roku stock tanks 18% after sharing financials, outlook

Despite surpassing analyst expectations for the quarter, Roku disappointed Wall Street when it shared its fourth-quarter earnings after the bell on Wednesday. The digital streaming business fell about 18% in after-hours trading, in the minutes following the news release. Roku posted188.3 million revenue, when Yahoo! Finance estimates showed 182.5 million. Earnings per share was 6 cents, Read More

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A system to tell good fake bokeh from bad

The pixel-peepers at DxOMark have shared some of the interesting metrics and techniques they use to judge the quality of a smartphone‘s artificial bokeh, or background blur in photos. Not only is it difficult to do in the first place, but they have to systematize it! Their guide should provide even seasoned shooters with some insight into the many ways computational bokeh varies in quality. Read More

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Signal expands into the Signal Foundation with 50M from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton

Perhaps the most surprising thing I learned about Signal when I spoke with Moxie Marlinspike, the app‘s creator, last year at Disrupt, was that it was essentially running on a shoestring budget. An tool used by millions and feared by governments worldwide, barely getting by! But 50M from WhatsApp founder Brian Acton should help secure the app‘s future, through the newly founded Read More

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Blockchain is entering the valley of despair phase, and that‘s a mistake

I‘ve had a number of conversations with blockchain-focused people over the past few weeks. In some of those conversations particularly with engineers there is a palpable excitement and a belief that this technology is going to end up being their life‘s work. As one blockchain hacker told me this past week, It‘s going to be a multi-decade long battle Read More

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UpWest Labs just raised 18 million to bring Israeli founders to the US

The micro venture firmUpWest Labs was founded nearly six years ago in Palo Alto with one mission in mind: to bring Israeli founders to the U.S. when their companies are still nascent and provide them with enough financial and other resources to get going. Read More

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The Atlantic says it will hire up to 100 new staffers

It‘s a gloomy time in media, with frequent announcements of layoffs and shutdowns(it even happenedtoday). That‘s why it seems remarkable for an established publication to announce ambitious plans for newsroom expansion. The publication in question is The Atlantic, the magazine that Lauren Powell Jobs‘ Emerson Collective bought a majority stake in last year. The Read More

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UpWest Labs just raised 18 million to bring Israeli founders to the U.S.

The micro venture firmUpWest Labs was founded nearly six years ago in Palo Alto with one mission in mind: to bring Israeli founders to the U.S. when their companies are still nascent and provide them with enough financial and other resources to get going. Why do this? UpWest‘s founders, Shuly Galili and Gil Ben-Artzy, say it‘s because startups can lose their shot at greatness if Read More

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UpWest Labs just raised 18 million more to bring Israeli founders to the U.S.

The micro venture firmUpWest Labs was founded nearly six years ago in Palo Alto with one mission in mind: to bring Israeli founders to the U.S. when their companies are still nascent and provide them with enough financial and other resources to get going. Why do this? UpWest‘s founders, Shuly Galili and Gil Ben-Artzy, say it‘s because startups can lose their shot at greatness if Read More

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Onward helps businesses automate their customer service

How much can customer service be automated? Onward has some straightforward targets 40 percent of tickets and 40 percent of messages should be automated, and average response times should be 40 seconds on average. Founders Rmi Cossart and Pramod Thammaiah describe this as Automate40 basically, a set of goals for businesses looking to bring more automation into the customer Read More

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Gabi gets 9.5M to help car and home owners find better insurance once it‘s available

If you own a car or home, one of the biggest challenges you‘ll face is finding the right insurance plan that‘ll cover everything you need and save you some money but those plans are always changing, and consumers are getting stuck footing a bill they don‘t necessarily need, according to Hanno Fichter. That‘s why he started Gabi, which gives car and home owners a Read More

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Google tries to make Android more enterprise-friendly with new recommendation program

With so many Android devices out there to choose from, it‘s not always easy to find one that‘s enterprise-friendly. To help alleviate that problem, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended programtoday. As the name implies, it‘s designed to point enterprise IT departments at devices that Google has deemed to be enterprise-ready. This involves a number of Read More

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Facebook opens registration for its annual F8 developer conference

Facebook has just opened up registration for its annual F8 developer conference. Last year, Zuck and company talked about augmented reality, brain-computer interfaces and a complete rewrite of its React framework. Facebook has had turbulent year in the news, and the company has made some significant moves to restructure how its users are interacting with its products so expect to hear a lot Read More

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Raisin, the European savings deposit marketplace backed by PayPal, gets dedicated UK launch

Raisin, the Paypal-backed savings deposit marketplace that lets you shop for a better interest rate across Europe, has launched a dedicated U.K. site, meaning that savers can now access deposit accounts in Sterling. Read More

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Here‘s how to make Alexa control a toilet - because why not?

Alexa-controlled toilets are a thing in 2018, but cost thousands. An enterprising person can make their own by following these instructions. It takes a bit of work, multiple components and about 750 (plus the cost of the toilet), but the end result is a voice-controlled toilet and everyone needs that in their life. Read More

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Apple could be buying cobalt from mining companies directly

Cobalt is the new oil. Car companies and battery manufacturers are all rushing to secure multiyear contracts with mining companies for their lithium-ion batteries. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is also participating in this game as the company wants to secure its long-term supplies. The company has never done this before with cobalt. Apple relies on a ton of suppliers for all the Read More

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Qualcomm shares details on its vision for the near-future of mobile VR

Qualcomm is ready to show off more about what its Snapdragon 845 system architecture can do for the future of VR. Even as headsets based on the Snapdragon 835 reference design like Lenovo‘s positionally tracked Daydream headset are just gearing up for their stateside release, we‘re already looking to what the future of VR that isn‘t tethered to something Read More

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Google‘s Cloud IoT Core is now generally available

Cloud IoT Core, Google‘s fully managed service for connecting, managing and ingesting data from IoT devices, is now out of beta and generally available. Google envisions the service, which launched in public beta last September, as thefirst entry point for IoT data into its cloud. Once the data has been ingested, users can use Cloud IoT Core to push data to Google‘s cloud Read More

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SharpestMinds wants to help startups find AI talent before Google and Facebook snatch them

Google and other tech giants often have huge recruiting efforts that can target students but startups might not have those kinds of resources to find or grab them before they head off to those huge companies. The biggest tech companies in the world can offer a lot of resources and bigger compensation packages, but startups may still offer a huge opportunity too. That‘s why Read More

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One of Nest‘s cameras can now double as a Google Assistant

After Google announced earlier this month that it was going to wrap Nest back into Google‘s hardware operation, everyone figured we‘d see a bit more overlap between the two. Sure enough, just two weeks later: the Nest Cam IQ Indoor is getting support for Google Assistant. Nest says the app update that lets users toggle Google Assistant functionality should hit sometime today. The Read More

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Nest rolls out a 5 cloud recording plan for its cameras

Just a quick bit of news for those with Nest cams around the house: a new, cheaper Nest Aware (read: the cloud recording service that also gives the camera a bit more smarts) plan is on the way. Nest has long offered two plans: a 10/month plan that lets you store the last 10 days of video history, and a 30/month plan that gave you 30 days of video history. This new plan will cost 5 per Read More

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Vectra raises 36M for its AI-based approach to cybersecurity intrusion detection

With the trend of growing cybercrime showing no indication of abating, a startup called Vectra that has built an artificial intelligence-based system called Cognito to detect cyberattacks and mobilise security systems to respond to them has raised 36 million to expand its RD and business development. This Series D comes on the back of a strong year for the startup, with 181 percent growth Read More

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This is the tech that NFL players are excited about in 2018

With the NFL season now over, players finally have time to focus on their passions and side projects, which can be anything from an externship on Capital Hill to angel investing in startups. Some of these activities are facilitated through the NFL Player‘s Association, which actually runs a tech accelerator designed to trade player licensing rights for equity. The accelerator is called Read More

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