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The e-Mosquito bites you to monitor glucose levels

Researchers at the University of Calgary have released the latest version of their Wearable Microsystem for Minimally Invasive, Pseudo-Continuous Blood Glucose Monitoring, a watch-like wearable that bites you every few hours to draw blood and test your glucose levels. The system uses a shape memory alloy actuator which contracts when heated and then snaps back into Read More

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Some Uber employees are reportedly petitioning for Travis Kalanick to stay

There‘s a petition circulating among Uber employees, asking the board of directors to let Travis Kalanick return to the company, Recode reports. The email going around talks about how Kalanick is critical to the company‘s future success. It ultimately asks employees to show their support for Kalanick and push for him to get reinstated in an operational role. Earlier Read More

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Smell PGH lets you report weird smells in Pittsburgh

Today in odd apps I present Smell PGH, an app that lets you report weird smells in Pittsburgh. Why would you do this, you ask? Well hold on. If you smell something bad in the air, chances are that air isn‘t good to breathe, said Beatrice Dias, project director for the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute‘s CREATE Lab. Smell PGH provides a way for citizens to Read More

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Scaleway doubles down on ARM-based cloud servers

Iliad‘s cloud hosting divisionScalewayhas been betting on ARM chipsets for years because they believe the future of hosting is going to be based on ARM‘s processor architecture. The company just launched more powerful ARMv8 options and added more cores to its cheapest options. If you‘re not familiar with processor architecture, your computer and your smartphone Read More

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CodeFights launches a new practice mode to help developers prepare for job interviews

Most technical job interviews for developers are somewhat predictable in that they will likely involve some kind of coding generally on a whiteboard. That‘s not really representative of how developers normally work (hello, StackOverflow), but tradition demands that this is the way coding interviews are done. Because they are so different from most developers‘ real world Read More

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Future Family wants to give women a more affordable option in fertility treatments

In 2016, the scales tipped toward more moms having kids in their 30‘s than in their 20‘s for the first time. However, those closer to 40 than 30 face higher risks than their younger counterparts. Add to that one in every eight couples, regardless of age, have some type of fertility issue in the U.S. More couples are now looking at their options with IVF and other fertility Read More

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Facebook equips admins to protect and analyze their Groups

Facebook sees Groups as the core of its push to build community, as Mark Zuckerberg detailed in his 6,000-word humanitarian manifesto. So today at its Communities Summit in Chicago where it assembled 300 admins of top Groups, Facebook is making good on Zuckerberg‘s promise to give admins more tools to manage their flocks. These include Group analytics, membership request Read More

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DeepMind Health inks another 5-year NHS app deal in face of ongoing controversy

DeepMind Health, the division of the Google-owned AI company that‘s applying machine learning to medical data in the hopes of profiting from diagnostic gain, has inked another services agreement with the UK‘s National Health Service expanding the deployment of its alerts, messaging and task management app, Streams. Read More

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Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple‘s newest iOS 11 beta

With the release of iOS 11‘s latest beta on Wednesday, testers can now get their hands on one of the new mobile operating system‘s most important - if not most glamorous - new features: a long-needed Do Not Disturb While Driving mode. Announced in June at Apple‘s Worldwide Developer Conference, the feature aims to combat the very dangerous practice Read More

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Hot sneaker marketplace GOAT adds former Twitter COO Adam Bain to board

Sneaker resale marketplace GOAT has been on a bit of a tear since I covered them nearly two years ago. The streamlined app and the incredibly buzzy sneakerhead market has combined for some pretty impressive growth and stickyness. Now GOAT‘s Eddy Hu and Daishin Sugano have recruited former Twitter COO Adam Bain, who is embracing his downtime by advising some companies. Bain was a natural Read More

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Facebook changes mission statement to ‘bring the world closer together‘

Making the world more open and connected had one fundamental flaw: it didn‘t push for any specific positive outcome from more connection. Technically, it could encompass digital voyeurism via the News Feed, trading in-person friendship for online acquaintanceship, or the filter bubbles and echospheres that have further polarized the United States. So today, as Facebook Read More

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SmellPGH lets you report weird smells in Pittsburgh

Today in odd apps I present SmellPGH, an app that lets you report weird smells in Pittsburgh. Why would you do this, you ask? Well hold on. If you smell something bad in the air, chances are that air isn‘t good to breathe, said Beatrice Dias, project director for the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute‘s CREATE Lab. Smell PGH provides a way for citizens to Read More

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The Wet Hot American Summer sequel series lands on Netflix on August 4

Netflix is bringing back Wet Hot American Summer with the sequel mini-series Ten Years Later, all episodes of which are streaming on August 4. We knew this follow-up to the prequel series and original movie was coming, we just didn‘t know exactly when. Luckily, it‘s coming in time for there to actually still be some summer to burn. The series looks like it‘ll feature all the Read More

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Amazon‘s Echo Show gets more practical by adding support for smart home camera feeds

Amazon today announced a notable new trick forits next-generation Echo device, the Echo Show (aka the one with the screen), which could make it a more compelling purchase: it will be able to display the live streams from a number of smart home cameras. Already, companies like Ring, Arlo, Nest, August, EZViz, Vivint, Amcrest, and IC Realtime have created Alexa Skills that will use the new Read More

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Waymo filing says ex-Uber CEO Travis Kalanick knew engineer had Google info

In the ongoing legal case between Uber and Waymo, a new filing suggests Uber knew that Anthony Levandowski possessed Google information as of last March, before Otto‘s acquisition. The former Google self-driving project engineer founded Otto, and then joined Uber to lead its self-driving efforts when Otto was acquired by the ride hailing giant. Waymo‘s new filing cites a response Read More

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IFTTT‘s powerful new initiative connects up with government data streams

Today, all around cool internet thing IFTTT is hooking all kinds of useful public data into its powerful platform. With the launch of its new Data Access Project, IFTTT will add support for a broad selection of government agencies, organizations and research and cultural groups. That includes public data from federal and state government feeds on down to municipal transit information. The new Read More

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Elastic enters APM space with Opbeat acquisition

Today, at Elastic‘s customer event in London, the company announced it has acquired Opbeat, a SaaS-application performance management vendor for an undisclosed amount. All 15 employees have already joined the Elastic team. Opbeat focuses on monitoring applications written in Javascript. What‘s more, it maps production application issues directly to the relevant developer source Read More

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Sean Parker has left Spotify‘s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO

As Spotify inches its way to a public listing, the streaming music company which now has 140 million users has made some significant changes to its board of directors. Sean Parker, the early supporter and investor who once founded digital music service Napster and helped usher Facebook into the world, has left Spotify‘s board of directors, along with Klaus Hommels, Read More

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Sign up for 2-4-1 tickets to Disrupt Berlin by June 29

So you missed the first round of deeply discounted tickets to Disrupt Berlin 2017? It‘s cool; we‘ve got you. On June 29, we‘ll be releasing another batch of two-for-one Disrupt tickets, giving you not just one, but two whole tickets to the best startup show in Europe for the same price. Read More

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Construction tech company Aproplan closes 5 million Series A

Not so long ago the administration needed to run a major construction project relied almost entirely on pen, paper, excel spreadsheets and faxes. That has provided a huge opportunity for startups to take a stab at digitising the construction industry. Brussels-based Aproplan, which bills itself as akin to Salesforce for construction, is one such company, and today is disclosing Read More

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Tantan, China‘s top dating app, raises 70M for monetization push and overseas expansion

Chinese startup Tantan, which is probably most comparable to Tinder, has raised 70 million in new capital as it looks to monetize its business for the first time and explore overseas expansion options. Three-year-old Tantan claims 60 million validated‘ users i.e. not fake accounts of which six million are active on a daily basis. Of those active users, 75 percent Read More

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JD.com invests 397M into luxury marketplace Farfetch as part of a new strategic partnership

JD.com, China‘s second-largest e-commerce company after Alibaba, is pumping 397 million into Farfetch, a marketplace for luxury brands, as part of a new strategic partnership. JD.com founder and CEO Richard Liu will take a seat on Farfetch‘s board as part of the deal, which makes JD.com one of its largest shareholders. Read More

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Tantan, China‘s top dating app, raises 70M for monetization and overseas expansion push

Chinese startup Tantan, which is probably most comparable to Tinder, has raised 70 million in new capital as it looks to monetize its business for the first time and explore overseas expansion options. Three-year-old Tantan claims 60 million validated‘ users i.e. not fake accounts of which six million are active on a daily basis. Of those active users, 75 percent Read More

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Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users

Facebook is introducing a new feature to give users peace of mind around how their profile photo can be used and accessed by others. The social network today announced a pilot program in India that is designed to protect users who are concerned about other people gaining access to their profile image. The new photo guard‘ feature has a range of safety measures that Read More

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