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aerones makes really big drones for cleaning turbines and saving lives

enthusiasts will talk your ear off about the potential for drones to take over many of our dirtiest, dullest and most dangerous tasks. but most of the jobs we’ve actually seen drones perform are focused on the camera — from wildlife surveying to monitoring cracks on power plant smokestack. aerones is working on something much […]

trump campaign-linked data firm cambirdge analytica reportedly collected info on 50m facebook profiles

facebook said on thursday it had suspended a data analytics firm associated with the trump campaign, but may have indeed greatly downplayed the scale of the data that firm actually had access to, according to a new report in the new york times. cambridge analytica had worked with university of cambridge psychology professor named dr. aleksandr kogan, […]

late-blooming startups can still thrive

joanna glasner contributor more posts by this contributor corporate bio vcs are backing more rounds and making bigger bets front-door tech is hot, and it’s not just amazon who wants in it seems like startup news is full of overnight success stories and sudden failures, like the scooter rental company that went from zero to […]

tinder owner match is suing bumble over patents

drama is heating up between the dating apps. tinder, which is owned by match group, is suing rival bumble, alleging patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. the suit alleges that bumble “copied tinder’s world-changing, card-swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise.” the lawsuit also accuses tinder-turned-bumble employees chris gulczynski and sarah mick of copying elements of the design. […]

facebook suspends cambridge analytica, the data analysis firm that worked on the trump campaign

facebook announced late friday that it had suspended the account of strategic communication laboratories, and its political data analytics firm cambridge analytica — which used facebook data to target voters for president donald trump’s campaign in the 2016 election. in a statement released by paul grewal, the company’s vice president and deputy general counsel, facebook […]

tinder owner match is suing bumble over patents

drama is heating up between the dating apps. tinder, which is owned by match group, is suing rival bumble, alleging patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. the suit alleges that bumble “copied tinder’s world-changing, card-swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise.” it’s complicated because bumble was founded by ceo whitney wolfe, who was also a co-founder at tinder. […]

vr startup upload shuts down its offices as funding from oculus founder palmer luckey runs out

upload, the vr startup which was rocked by a sexual harassment suit exactly one year ago, is shutting down both its san francisco office and its 20,000 sq. foot los angeles co-working space as it struggles to secure new funding, multiple sources tell techcrunch. all of the company’s la employees were laid off yesterday. the […]

education quiz app kahoot raises another $17m at a $100m valuation

when we wrote about gaming startup kahoot passing significant milestones of 70 million users on 51 million educational quizzes in january, we mentioned that the oslo, norway-based startup was closing another round of funding. now, that has come to pass: kahoot has announced that it has raised $17 million, at a valuation that sources close to […]

qualcomm’s former exec chair will exit after exploring an acquisition bid

there’s a new twist in the broadqualm saga this afternoon as qualcomm has said it won’t renominate paul jacobs, the former executive chairman of the company, after he notified the board that he decided to explore the possibility of making a proposal to acquire qualcomm. the last time we saw such a huge exploration to […]

cloud security startup zscaler closes at $33, up 106% on its first day of trading on nasdaq

the first post-billion, big tech ipo of the year has opened with a bang. zscaler, a security startup that confidentially filed for an ipo last year, closed out its first day of trading at $33/share, up 106% from its opening price of $16. the enterprise cloud services company started trading this morning as zs on […]

the third age of credit

society is beginning to wake up to a tremendous shift in one of the most fundamental underpinnings to how we live our lives: the credit system. even though it’s not commonly known, credit infrastructure has existed about as long as civilization itself. in one way or another, credit systems have always formalized the one essential basis for relationships between people: trust.

tingles is an app devoted to asmr videos

the tingles team has not done much in the way of promotion, but the app has already built a fairly sizable following in its community. that’s one of the nice things about a targeted product — it spreads fast. in the year since slovenian co-founders gasper kolenc and miha mlakar launched, the service has focused […]

zscaler soars 106% on first day of trading

it was a big debut for enterprise cloud security company zscaler, which saw its shares skyrocket 106% on its first day of trading. after pricing at $16, shares opened at $27.50, and closed at $34. this was also well above the original expected price range for its ipo of $10 to $12. the company ultimately raised […]

enterprise subscription services provider zuora has filed for an ipo

zuora, which helps businesses handle subscription billing and forecasting, filed for an initial public offering this afternoon following on the heels of dropbox’s filing earlier this month. zuora’s ipo may signal that dropbox going public, and seeing a price range that while under its previous valuation seems relatively reasonable, may open the door for coming […]

suspicious likes lead to researcher lighting up a 22,000-strong botnet on twitter

botnets are fascinating to me. who creates them? what are they for? and why doesn't someone delete them? the answers are probably less interesting than i hope, but in the meantime i like to cheer when large populations of bots are exposed. that's what security outfit f-secure's andy patel did this week after having his curiosity piqued by a handful of strange likes on twitter.

alexa’s new ‘brief mode’ replaces verbal confirmations with chimes

amazon confirmed it’s rolling out an optional “brief mode” that lets alexa users configure their echo devices to use chimes and sounds for confirmations, instead of having alexa respond with her voice. for example, if you ask alexa to turn on your lights today, she will respond “okay” as she does so. but with brief […]

spacex is making big money moves

planning a mars mission, a global telecommunications network for inexpensive internet service and creating an interplanetary hedge against world war three isn’t cheap, so it’s no wonder that spacex is closing on $500 million in new cash through a financing round led by fidelity, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the round. responding to clamoring […]

grokstyle’s visual search tech makes it into ikea’s place ar app

grokstyle's simple concept of "point your camera at a chair (or lamp, or table...) and find others like it for sale" attracted $2 million in funding last year, and the company has been putting that cash to work. and remarkably for a company trying to break into the home furnishing market, it landed furniture goliath ikea as its first real customer; grokstyle's point-and-search functionality is being added to the ikea place ar app.

the next frontier for robotics? jazz marimba

watch out all you well-paid, fat-and-sassy jazz marimba players: shimon, the marimba playing robot, is after your jobs. shimon is the brainchild of the robotic musicianship group at georgia tech and i’ve been following his career for a few years now. in this video, taken at the ferst center presents as part of atlanta science […]

ftc shuts down crypto ponzi schemers

the ftc has announced that they’ve issued temporary restraining orders and frozen the assets of a team of three defendants who pitched investment advice as the bitcoin funding team and my7network. the ftc claims that the defendants “promised big rewards for a small payment of bitcoin or litecoin.” from the report: according to the ftc, […]