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Resy rolls out a new suite of tools for restaurants

Resy launched in the summer of 2014 with a simple premise: If you want a premium reservation at a restaurant on short notice, you should be able to pay for it. Four years and 160 markets later, Resy has changed a lot since then. But today, the company is about to change things up even []

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Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet just launched a venture firm

In 2015, the fashion world was abuzz when Natalie Massenet, who founded the highly disruptive e-commerce fashion company Net-a-Porter, suddenly exited the scene weeks before a merger was sealed between NAP, as it is called, and Yoox, an Italy-based discount fashion e-tailer and e-commerce services company. According to an expose written soon afterward, Massenet left []

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Cambridge Analytica‘s ex-CEO backs out of giving evidence to UK parliament

Alexander Nix, the former CEO of the political consultancy firm at the center of a storm about mishandled Facebook users data, has backed out of re-appearing in front of the UK parliament for a second time. Nix had been scheduled to take questions from the DCMS committee that‘s probing online misinformation tomorrow afternoon. In a []

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Target expands its ‘Drive Up‘ service to 270 stores across Florida, Texas and the Southeast

Target runs are about to get a lot easier. The retailer today is officially expanding its new curbside pickup service called Drive Up to the first locations outside of its home market of Minneapolis-St. Paul, where it had been in pilot testing. With Drive Up, customers can place orders using the Target app on their []

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Node snags two top AI researchers to advance AI-fueled search tool

Node, an AI-driven search tool designed to surface the information that matters most to you, announced today that it was bringing on a couple of AI research heavy hitters.It also announced 5 million in additional funding. For starters, the company hired Louis Mornier, one of the founders of early internet search engine, Alta Vista, and []

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Mirantis bets on Spinnaker, Netflix‘s open-source continuous delivery platform

Spinnaker is the new open-source project to watch. It‘s a multi-cloud continuous delivery platform that came out of Netflix and that now also has the backing of Google. The typical cycle for these kind of products, which mirrors what we‘ve seen with projects like Kubernetes or OpenStack, is that a few companies will back the []

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Twilio‘s wireless platform hits general availability

For a communications platform like Twilio, getting into wireless always seemed like a logical next move and a year ago, the company did just that with the beta launch of its SIM-based Programmable Wireless service for IoT. Now, a year later, the company is taking this service out of beta and making it generally available. []

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Drift raises 60 million to be an Amazon for businesses

When you‘re raising venture capital, it helps if you‘ve had exits. In other words, if your company has been acquired or you‘ve taken one public, investors are more inclined to take a bet on anything you do. Boston -based serial entrepreneur David Cancel has sold not just one, but four companies.And after a few years []

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SpaceX to build its massive BFR in Los Angeles

The mayor of Los Angeles confirmed earlier reports that SpaceX will build its largest rocket, the BFR, at the Port of Los Angeles. The company intends to build a manufacturing facility on an 18-acre site at Berth 240 and use waterways to transport the massive rocket. SpaceX says the BFR is simply too big to []

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Salesforce spent another 2.7 million to adjust pay gaps related to race and gender

Ensuring equal pay is an ongoing task, Salesforce has found. In the past year, Salesforce spent 2.7 million to address pay discrepancies across gender worldwide and race in the U.S. Where Salesforce is making progress is in the number of people affected by unequal pay. Last year, Salesforce made pay adjustments (salaries and bonuses) for []

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LawGeex raises 12M for its AI-powered contract review technology

Can Artificial Intelligence replace lawyers? Perhaps sometime in the distant future, but in the meantime AI is already augmenting the work done by legal professionals as startups race to reach that ultimate goal. One burgeoning player in the AI-powered legal tech space is Tel Aviv-based LawGeex, which has developed automated contract review technology to help []

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A16Z and Founders Fund sink 28M into IRL asset blockchain Harbor

Harbor helps businesses legally issue cryptocurrency tokens that represent ownership of real-world assets like real estate, fine art, company equity, and investment funds. This tokenization might sound boring, but it could be a big business that unlocks trading of illiquid property. Harbor‘s intention to become a fundamental bridge between the offline and crypto economies has []

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CA also used ‘sex compass‘ and other quiz apps for sucking Facebook data, says former employee

Brittney Kaiser, a former employee for Cambridge Analytica who left the company in January and is today giving evidence in front of a UK parliament committee that‘s investigating online misinformation has suggested that data on far more Facebook users may have found its way into the consultancy‘s hands than the up to 87M []

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Edtech startup Lingumi scores 1.2M seed funding to teach pre-school kids English

Lingumi, the London and Cardiff-based edtech startup that teaches English to kids aged between 2 and 6 using an app and a range of physical products, has picked up 1.2 million in seed funding. Leading the round is ADV, with participation from existing backers LocalGlobe, and company builder Entrepreneur First (Lingumi was part of EF‘s []

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France to move ministers off Telegram, WhatsApp over security fears

The French government has said it intends to move to using its own encrypted messaging service this summer, over concerns of the risks that foreign entities could spy on officials using popular encrypted apps such as Telegram and WhatsApp . Reutersreports that ministers are concerned about the use of foreign-built encrypted apps which do not []

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Nike‘s Vaporfly Elite FlyPrint leans hard into computational design

Computational design is the hottest phrase in manufacturing and 3D printing at the moment. It‘s changing the way people make all kinds of goods, and Nike used it to design and manufacture its newVaporfly Elite FlyPrint shoe, which it‘s announcing today. The shoe is a specialized edition of its Zoom Vaporfly Elite 4%, which was []

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Taiwanese startup Kdan Mobile raises 5M Series A for its cloud-based content creation tools

Kdan Mobile, a Taiwanese startup that makes cloud-based software for content creators, announced a 5 million Series A today, raised from investors including W.I. Harper Group, Darwin Venture Management and Accord Ventures. Founded in 2009, the Tainan City startup says its products have been downloaded more 120 million times, with about 40% of its customers []

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Minds aims to decentralize the social network

Decentralization is the buzzword du jour. Everything - from our currencies to our databases - are supposed to exist, immutably, in this strange new world. And Bill Ottman wants to add our social media to the mix. Ottman, an intense young man with a passion to fix the world, is the founder of Minds.com, a []

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Walmart to launch a more personalized, redesigned website in May

Walmart today is announcing a significant redesign of its website which includes a visual makeover, the introduction of new personalization elements, as well as dedicated sections for specially shopping experiences. The company had already launched a revamped Home section on its site back in February, ahead of this larger redesign, and now plans to soon []

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TaskRabbit‘s app is offline while it investigates a ‘cybersecurity incident‘

TaskRabbit, the on-demand errand service acquired by IKEA last year, announced today that has taken its website and app offline while investigating a ‘cybersecurity incident.‘ The company also said that people who use the same password on TaskRabbit as for other services should change them immediately as a precaution. ‘We understand how important your personal []

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Judge says class action suit against Facebook over facial recognition can go forward

Whenever a company may be guilty of something, from petty neglect to grand deception, there‘s usually a class action lawsuit filed. But until a judge rules that lawsuit legitimate, the threat remains fairly empty. Unfortunately for Facebook, one major suit from 2015 has just been given that critical go-ahead.

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The Eminem AR show

With the debut of hisEminem Augmented app at Coachella last night, hip hop‘s not-so-merry prankster took the (somewhat revolutionary) step of embracing the machine that so many musicians have raged against by building an experience that actually enhances the way that modern fans see live music. Rather than fighting the mobile phone phenomena, which []

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Tesla pauses Model 3 production

Tesla has paused the production of Model 3, Buzzfeed first reported. However, this seems to be part of Tesla‘s planned downtime for Model 3. ‘Our Model 3 production plan includes periods of planned downtime in both Fremont and Gigafactory 1, a Tesla spokesperson said back in February and again today to TechCrunch. These periods are []

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Electric scooters are getting closer to regulation in SF

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors‘ Land Use and Transportation Committee has been working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to develop a permit process to enable the SFMTA to regulate e-scooter share companies. Today, the Committee heard proposed legislation regarding permitting and enforcement of shared, electric scooter programs.The next step is for this []

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