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MongoDB prices its IPO at 24 per share

MongoDB has finished up what is essentially the final step in going public, pricing its IPO at 24 and raising 192 million in the process. The company will debut on the public markets tomorrow and will once again test the waters for companies that are looking to build full-fledged businesses on the back of open-sourced software. MongoDB provides open-sourced database software that can be Read More

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Atlas Informatics calls it quits after less than a year

Atlas Informatics, whose Atlas Recall promised an intuitive and powerful way to index all your information across many services, is shutting down less than a year after launch. There will be no long sunset period: all user data will be deleted next Friday, the 27th. Read More

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Truffle now lets you share your food tips via iMessage

While you‘ve already got Yelp and other apps to help you figure out where to eat, Truffle is designed specifically for sharing recommendations with friends and other people you know. A new update should make that sharing even easier. The big addition is an iMessage app, which means (you guessed it) that Truffle is now integrated with iMessage. When you‘re texting with someone, you Read More

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Facebook‘s response to Russian election interference: ‘Bad things happen‘

Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to fake news and Russian-sponsored ads. When asked about this at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Wednesday, Facebook VP David Marcus at first deflected, talking at length about all the positive impacts that the social media giant has had on the world. When Read More

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Coursera‘s chief product officer just left to become a VC

Tom Willerer, who has spent the last four years with the online education company Coursera the last two as its chief product officer is moving on from the outfit to become a venture capitalist. Specifically, Willerer is joining Venrock, a venture firm founded nearly 50 years agoto build off the successful investing activities of the Rockefeller family. Venrock, which has Read More

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Blue Apron is laying off hundreds of employees

As Blue Apron approaches its next earnings report in a couple weeks, the company said Wednesday that it is laying off 6% of its staffas part ofa company-wide realignment of personnel to support its strategic priorities. Blue Apron was one of the big and most anticipated consumer IPOs of the year, but it‘s also now one of the companies that represent Read More

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Blue Apron is laying off 6% of its staff

As Blue Apron approaches its next earnings report in a couple weeks, the company said Wednesday that it is laying off 6% of its staff as part ofa company-wide realignment of personnel to support its strategic priorities. Blue Apron was one of the big and most anticipated consumer IPOs of the year, but it‘s also now one of the companies that represent the Read More

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eBay is having a pretty bad day

eBay is not having a great afternoon after posting a pretty ho-hum third quarter that fit roughly in line with analyst estimates, but perhaps not seeing the kinds of leaps that Wall Street is looking for heading into the fourth quarter. There was some growth across the board each unit grew less than 10% year-over-year but it‘s seemingly left eBay as a kind of minor Read More

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Adobe says it wants AI to amplify human creativity and intelligence

About a year ago, Adobe announced its Sensei AI platform. Unlike other companies, Adobe says that it has no interest in building a general artificial intelligence platform instead, it wants to build a platform squarely focused on helping its customers be more creative. This week, at its Max conference, Adobe provided both more insight into what this means and showed off a number of Read More

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Snap is selling a dancing hot dog costume on Amazon

This might perhaps be the most random thing I ever write, but here goes nothing. Snap, the maker of Snapchat and Spectacles, is selling the dancing hot dog costume on Amazon for 79.99.If you‘re a Snapchat or Bitmoji user, you probably know exactly what I‘m talking about. The dancing hot dog first emerged earlier this year when Snapchat rolled out an augmented reality dancing Read More

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Bixby 2.0 takes center stage at Samsung‘s Developer Conference

No surprise, Samsung is making the connected home a big focus of its annual Developer Conference this week in San Francisco. DJ Koh, the company‘s head of Mobile Communications took to the stage at Moscone Center to reveal a spate of different announcements focused on connected devices, as the company works to build a cohesive narrative around its approach. Up to now, the Read More

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Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election

In a textbook illustration of the conflict of interest between Facebook and Google‘s ostensible dedication to free speech and their ostensible espousal of progressive values, the internet giants reportedly took millions in advertising money from a major anti-immigration group at the same time as both were engaged in pro-immigration advocacy. Read More

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‘Bad things happen,‘ Facebook‘s response to Russian election interference

Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to fake news and Russian-sponsored ads. When asked about this at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Wednesday, Facebook VP David Marcus at first deflected, talking at length about all the positive impacts that the social media giant has had on the world. When Read More

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Garmin‘s new Vivosport is an ideal lightweight smart activity tracker

If you‘re looking to get pretty much all the benefits of a smartwatch without a watch, and to track your activity and sport performance with tools that are more than up to the task, Garmin‘s Vivosport is a strong option, with a price tag that comes in well under that of most dedicated smartwatches. It works well with both Android and iOS devices, has a built-in heart rate tracker Read More

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Dropit runs live auctions on stadium scoreboards that fans bid on from the stands

There‘s no doubt that our collective mobile device addictions are hurting real-world engagement for advertisers. This is especially true in professional sports stadiums, where looking down at your phone means you‘re not paying attention to announcements, advertisements, and sometimes even the live game. One New Zealand-based startup think they have an answer to this problem. Dropit Read More

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Facebook officially rolls out its discovery-focused ‘Explore Feed‘

Facebook‘s tests of an alternative News Feed dubbed the Explore feed have progressed to a full rollout, the company now confirms. Previously available on mobile devices in the main navigation, Facebook‘s new Explore Feed is now appearing for users on the desktop, as well. Facebook tells TechCrunch this is the beginning of the official rollout of the Explore feed. On Read More

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MakerBot attempts to embrace the open-source community with its new Labs platform

The topic of open source has been a touchy one for MakerBot over the past decade. The one-time 3D-printing darling was the subject of some serious smack talk when it stopped disclosing machine design in 2012. MakerBot Labs doesn‘t mark a full return to those roots, but it is carving out a niche for the DIY community that was once a driving force in its rapid growth. Read More

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The Sonos One offers all that wireless speaker goodness with a side of Alexa

There isn‘t much to say about the new Sonos One that hasn‘t been said about Sonos already. The company has long been the gold standard in wireless whole-home audio and their speakers, while small, are powerful and more than usable for music, home entertainment, and general merriment. So how do you make a good speaker better? Just add Alexa. The new Sonos One is a 199 fully Read More

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AdHawk acquires Automate Ads to improve Google and Facebook ad campaigns

AdHawk is announcing that it has acquired one of its competitors, Y Combinator-backed Automate Ads. Even if you weren‘t a customer, Automate Ads may sound familiar because it was previously known as Kuhcoon, a social advertising startup co-founded by Andrew Torba, who has since been in the news for getting banned from the YC alumni network and for his controversial far-right social Read More

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Abu Dhabi‘s state fund just opened for business, right in San Francisco

How fast the landscape seems to shift. SoftBank has been making waves in Silicon Valley since announcing its Vision Fund earlier this year. Now, one of SoftBank‘s besties the sovereign wealth fund of the United Arab Emirates, called the Mubadala Investment Company is also making a splashy debut onto the scene, announcing today that it‘s opening a San Francisco Read More

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Gmail launches its first public iOS beta to test support for third-party accounts

Google wants to make Gmail the place where you check all your email accounts, not just your Google accounts. The company announced this week it‘s testing a new version of the Gmail app on iOS that will allow users to add their non-Google accounts, including those from Outlook (including Hotmail or Live), Yahoo, and elsewhere. The announcement, which was sent out via a tweet from the Read More

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Veo Robotics raises 12 million for its vision of a harmonious human-robot workplace

Since Issac Asimov first laid out the three laws of robotics in 1942, human safety has been the number one concern of the inventors, innovators and futurists that have pondered our place in the age of robots. But for robots to be able to ensure human safety, those robots have to be able to see humans and recognize them as humans. That‘s where Veo Robotics comes in. The Cambridge, Read More

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MysteryVibe‘s Stephanie Alys talks about a pleasurable future

The MysteryVibe is a snake-shaped vibrator that took the Internet by storm and is still going strong. This week I talked to the co-founder of the company, Stephanie Alys, about the future of pleasure and sextoys. It‘s safe to say that this episode of Technotopia is a little NSFW. The future, suggests Alys, will feature smart tools that will help with our sex lives and our relationships. Read More

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Facebook‘s discovery-focused ‘Explore Feed‘ hits the desktop

Facebook‘s tests of an alternative News Feed dubbed the Explore feed are progressing, it seems. Previously available on mobile devices in the main navigation, Facebook‘s new Explore Feed is now appearing for users on the desktop. The feed is found in the left-side sidebar, within the Explore section - where you‘ll also find links to Read More

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