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Binary Capital reportedly delays closing new fund amid controversy

In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and the resignation of Binary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck, the firm has delayed closing its second fund, Axios reports. Caldbeck issued a statement saying he would take an indefinite leave of absence after multiple women in the tech industry allegedthey faced unwanted and inappropriate advances from him. The Information first reported Read More

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The Sony A9 inches the mirrorless camera market forward

Having a variety of prime, telephoto, macro, sport and the like, all with distinctive shooting characteristics is what give lenses their charm. However, Sony just took Nikon‘s spot as number two in the full-frame camera industry Canon holds pole position. Currently, only 24 full-frame E-mount lenses exist compared to the dozens that Canon has in each category. Still, Read More

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Headstart wants to better analyze candidates to fit them with the best jobs

Nicholas Shekerdemian has a pretty typical startup story: he dropped out of college, met up with a technical co-founder and then ended up starting a company. ButShekerdemian, who at the time was helping match English teachers with Chinese citizens, wanted to start a company that would solve his own problem: actually getting a job at a cookie cutter company where everyone else applies. So Read More

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Tumblr says it fixed the ‘Safe Mode‘ glitch that hid innocent posts, including LGBTQ+ content

Tumblr this week introduced a safe mode for its service, which combines the company‘s previously available safe search functionality with a new filter that would hide sensitive content from the site‘s main Dashboard, using an overlay. However, Tumblr quickly came under fire for hiding sensitive content that was anything but Read More

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Coinbase is reimbursing losses caused by the Ethereum flash crash

Earlier this week, GDAX, the digital currency exchange run by Coinbase experienced a flash crash in its USD - Ethereum market. Within seconds the price of ETH crashed from ~320 to as low as 0.10. While the price recovered quickly, the rapid price movement caused many traders to experience margin calls or stop loss orders, resulting in potentially severe losses. While many initially Read More

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Relevnt launches a publisher-centric news app

Florida startupRelevntis experimenting with a new approach to online publishing. Founder and CEO Winder Hughes said that it‘s becomeunrealistic to expect readers to download an app for every publication that they follow, or even to type a bunch of URLs into their mobile browser. At the same time, whenpublishers rely on big platforms like Facebook and Google for distribution, Read More

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Not a minimalist? Startups will gladly store, manage and deliver your items

If our civilization collapses and archaeologists return centuries later to excavate our ruins, what will they make of our storage facilities? Will they see these compact cubicles stuffed with old furniture and memorabilia as a testament to our prosperity? Or will they see in our compulsion to store a penchant for procrastination and hoarding? Read More

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5 burning questions Blue Apron‘s IPO is about to answer

Blue Apron will be going public in short order, kicking off the second big major consumer IPO of 2017. It‘s nowhere near as big as Snap, but the company at the top end of its IPO pricing will be valued at around 3.2 billion as it looks to raise nearly 600 million. The company‘s IPO comes at an interesting time as we approach the midpoint for 2017, which has seen a big wave of Read More

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Crunch Report | Google To Stop Scanning Inboxes

Today‘s Stories Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization Samsung‘s Galaxy Note8 will reportedly be the company‘s most expensive smartphone yet YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series Tesla said to be in talks to create its own streaming music service Credits Written and Hosted by: Read More

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Seattle Police Department suspends its Twitch channel following Charleena Lyles controversy

Facing backlash on its handling of the officer-involved shooting death of Charleena Lyles, the Seattle Police Department will shut down its official Twitch channel. As GeekWire reports, the department started experimenting with community outreach over the game streaming platform earlier this year, starting a Twitch channel called Fuzzfeed206. While the effort likely intended to make the Read More

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Five building blocks of a data-driven culture

To be data-driven requires an overarching data culture that couples a number of elements, including high-quality data, broad access and data literacy and appropriate data-driven decision-making processes. In this article, we discuss some of the key building blocks. Read More

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Andrew Ng announces Deeplearning.ai, his new venture after leaving Baidu

Andrew Ng, the former chief scientist of Baidu, announced his next venture, Deeplearning.ai, with only a logo, a domain name and a footnote pointing to an August launch date. In an interesting twist, the Deeplearning.ai domain name appears to be registered to Baidu‘s Sunnyvale AI research campus the same office Ng would have worked out of as an employee. It‘s unclear Read More

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For Binary Capital‘s investors, a public apology may fall short

In May of last year, venture capitalist Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capital tweeted:Big believers in addition by subtraction‘ for company culture. Bad apples impact others, and rest of team will thank you when they‘re gone. We may never know what company Caldbeck was referencing, but certainly, his messaging seems ironic in light of a detailed reportabout his Read More

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Uber has seen a sharp drop in new driver retention this year: Apptopia

Uber has seen a sharp drop in retention rates for new drivers in the U.S., according to analysis of the Uber driver app provided to TechCrunch by app analytics firm Apptopia. Read More

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Walmart reportedly won‘t bid for Whole Foods after Amazon‘s huge offer

Walmart isn‘t actively considering a bid for Whole Foods, which Amazon said it would purchase for 13.7 billion last week, according to a report by Reuters. If so, that would remove a major obstacle to Amazon‘s bid to acquire the grocery chain. Whole Foods has hundreds of stores across the U.S., which could give Amazon a foothold in the grocery business and possibly food Read More

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VC Justin Caldbeck is taking an indefinite leave of absence, apologizes to the women he ‘made feel uncomfortable‘

In light of allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances, Binary Capital co-founder and managing Partner Justin Caldbeck is taking an indefinite leave of absence. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Caldbeck apologized for his behavior, directing it first to those women who I‘ve made feel uncomfortable in any way, at any time - but also to the greater Read More

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42 percent of smart speaker owners have bought a second device (or more)

Here‘s a promising metric for Amazon, in terms of its ability to maintain its current lead in the voice computing market: 42 percent of smart speaker owners have two or more devices, according to Edison Research. This figure is seemingly growing, too. Last year, there were about 1.18 Amazon Echo devices per Alexa household, but this new finding pushes the number to around 1.5 to 1.6 Read More

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SpaceX successfully launches reused Falcon 9 rocket, recovers first stage

SpaceX has successfully launched a Falcon 9 to orbit during its BulgariaSat-1 mission Friday. The launch reused a first stage booster first employed during an Iridium Communications mission in January of this year, after that Falcon 9 first stage was recovered and refurbished. The mission on Friday was to delivery Bulgaria‘s first ever geostationary communications satellite into orbit, Read More

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Watch a tiny virus take a constitutional under a laser-powered 3D microscope

If you‘re anything like me, you spend a significant portion of the day wondering about the paths viruses take when they‘re cruising around your internals. Luckily for us, a newly developed microscope from Duke researchers can show the exact path taken by the little critters (?), down to the micrometer. Read More

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Female founders accuse VC Justin Caldbeck of making unwanted advances

Yesterday The Information reported on allegations made by half a dozen women working in the tech industry who say they have faced unwanted and inappropriate advances from Silicon Valley venture capitalist, Justin Caldbeck, co-founder and managing partner of Binary Capital. Read More

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42 percent of Amazon Echo owners have bought a second device (or more)

Here‘s a promising metric for Amazon, in terms of its ability to maintain its current lead in the voice computing market: 42 percent of Amazon Echo owners have two or more devices, according to Edison Research. This figure is seemingly growing, too. Last year, there were about 1.18 Amazon Echo devices per Alexa household, but this new finding pushes that number to around 1.5 to 1.6 Read More

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Samsung‘s Galaxy Note8 will reportedly be the company‘s most expensive smartphone yet

Samsung is preparing to launch its most expensive smartphone yet this September, VentureBeat reports. Notably, this launch timeline for the Galaxy Note8will station it in the path of when the new iPhones will likely be revealed. The phone will retail for999 according to the report, a number which will likely translate to around 900 stateside considering past pricing differentials. Read More

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New algorithm lets you make anything in origami

They say if you fold 1,000 origami cranes out of individual sheets of paper your deepest wishes will be granted. I tried it once - I was a lonely college kid - and I ended up with pink eye. However, a new paper out of MIT describes a way to possibly make 1,000 origami cranes out of one piece of paper, a unique feat that is now a possibility thanks to a new origami algorithm. Read More

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Google now has all the data it needs, will stop scanning Gmail inboxes for ad personalization

Here‘s a surprise announcement from Google: the company today said that it will stop scanning the inboxes of Gmail‘s free users for ad personalization at some point later this year. Google already doesn‘t do this for business users who subscribe to its G Suite services, but until now, it routinely scanned the inboxes of its free users to better target ads for them. It then Read More

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