Technology

French startup Forest just raised a $3.7 million seed round (€3 million) from Connect Ventures and Xavier Niel, with Taavet Hinrikus also participating. Pietro Bezza and Jean de La Rochebrochard are joining the board of the company. The startup first started in the eFounders startup studio. I already wrote about [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
Delivery logistics platform Bringg announced today it has raised another $12 million in Series B funding, bringing the total round to $22 million. The round, which follows the initial Series B from last spring includes new, strategic investment from automotive leader Dr. Shmuel Harlap, shipping and real estate magnate Eyal [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
Diane Greene, who heads up Google's cloud unit, often marvels at how much her company invests in Google Cloud infrastructure. It's with good reason. Over the past three years since Greene came on board, the company has spent a whopping $30 billion beefing up the infrastructure. Today it announced three [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
“The app became too cluttered,” Facebook's head of Messenger David Marcus announced today in a post of plans for 2018 including “massively simplifying and streamlining Messenger this year.” Between Messenger Day/Stories, its Snapchatty augmented reality camera, a bot Discover section, games, and more, Facebook had to build artificial intelligence “M… [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
Earlier this month, I wrote that crypto companies are going to become investors in 2018. I didn't quite imagine that happening as quickly as mid-January, but here we are. Ripple, the fintech startup behind the controversial XRP token, has its first investment after it backed U.S.-based storage startup Omni through [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
Instacart has today announced the acquisition of Unata, a Toronto-based company that offers a platform for both grocers and consumers to interact digitally. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Unata's product, unlike Instacart's, is a white-label grocery platform, letting grocers anywhere create apps and websites for consumers to [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
Cloud providers love to brag about their customer wins and Amazon got a big one today when it announced that Comcast had chosen AWS as its preferred cloud provider. What does that mean exactly? Presumably Comcast is going to put the majority of its cloud workloads on AWS. In a [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
Social Bicycles, now officially known as Jump Bikes, has just closed a $10 million Series A round led by Menlo Ventures with participation from Sinewave Ventures, Esther Dyson and others. “At Menlo Ventures, our investment team supports entrepreneurs who are on a mission to change the world—including, how consumers move [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
The devious rhythmic combat game is a grueling meditation on what a boss fight is worth. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Wired
After a big fundraise and subsequent reorganization last year at Coursera — which saw a change of CEO, as well as the departure of its COO, CFO, CMO and CPO (along with some 40 others) — the online education startup is today launching a new IT course with Google to [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
BMW has acquired Parkmobile, an app that provides guidance and services for those looking for parking in North America, including on-street and garage parking payments and spot reservation. BMW Group had already held a minority investment in the company, and owned its Parkmobile Group Europe affiliate, but today it increased [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: TechCrunch
Vacant buildings are more than just an economic threat. They're also a public safety concern. And it turns out they have their own sort of gravitational pull. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Wired
A lawsuit from a former nanny brings new allegations against Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the heart of the Uber/Waymo dispute. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Wired
Special Issue: How technology is upending everything we thought we knew about public discourse. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Wired
At a time when anyone can broadcast live or post their thoughts to a social network, we should be living in a utopia of public discourse. We're not. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Wired
The story of how an internet infrastructure company get locked into a free-speech dispute starts in the cubicles of SoMa and the brothels of Istanbul. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Wired
The San Francisco startup helps restricts smartphone use in places where the people in charge don't want it. But in allowing this, we may be compromising something about ourselves. [...]
Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Source: Wired
50 million new trees will repopulate one of the least wooded parts of the country—and offer a natural escape from several cities in the north. [...]
Mon, Jan 15, 2018
Source: Wired
Too bad federal regulations won't allow the cool tech on American roads. [...]
Mon, Jan 15, 2018
Source: Wired
One chemist thinks he's found a way for us to outrun the lethal juggernaut of antibiotic resistance. [...]
Sun, Jan 14, 2018
Source: Wired

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