Friday, March 31, 2017

Crunch Report | SpaceX Successfully Re-launches a Rocket

Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook, SpaceX successfully re-launches a rocket, Cloudera files for IPO and Snapchat now allows you to search Stories. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

Here are the frontier startups that presented at Singularity University’s third demo day

 The nine startups participating in Singularity University’s accelerator program presented this afternoon at Moffett Federal Airfield just outside Mountain View, CA. Singularity University, founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil, aims to make it more feasible for people to address hard science problems and those that require a global reach. Startups backed by… Read More

Moodelizer helps add epic soundtracks to your video efforts

 When it comes to video, the audio is pretty damn important. Hell, they even give out some sort of award for them on occasion. Moodelizer wants to put the power of suitable soundtracks in the hands of amateur filmmakers, by letting you add a delightfully over-the-top soundtrack to the most mundane of tasks at the touch of a button. Read More

Take flight with a McLaren 570GT covered in carbon feathers - Roadshow

If this weren't an April Fools' Day joke, you could bet that at least one person would show interest in this.

Scientists use magnetic fields to remotely control biologically inspired soft robots

 The field of soft robotics has been the subject of increasing interest in recent years for the alternatives it presents to the rigid machines we tend to associate with the space. A team of scientists at North Carolina State University is offering an interesting take on the space, utilizing magnetic fields to move around the biologically inspired robots. Read More

JBL: Speaker that caught fire in New Jersey home wasn't ours - CNET

A tweet about a flaming speaker caught the attention of the media and created a small firestorm for JBL.

Robinhood stock trading app valued at $1.3 billion with big raise from DST

 Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood has added to its coffers, raising another big round of funding. According to sources, the round was led by Yuri Milner investment vehicle DST Global and values the company at $1.3 billion dollars. Read More

​Amazon seller wins $6.8M in lawsuit against counterfeiters - CNET

In a crackdown on e-commerce knockoffs, the maker of TRX sports gear scores big in court.

​Uber self-driving car project faces injunction in Waymo case - CNET

A judge tells Uber that even though its key witness is pleading the Fifth, its autonomous vehicle project could still be halted.

April Fools’ 2017: Here’s the best and worst of this year’s pranks

April Fools’ Day falls on a Saturday this year. Seemingly worried that the Internet goes away on weekends, a bunch of companies rolled out their April Fools’ jokes a few days early. Some of them are really, really good. Some of them… are not. Here’s our round-up of the ones worth a laugh, chuckle, or, at the very least, a mildly-amused puff of air through your… Read More

South Korea beyond Samsung - CNET

Senior reporter Shara Tibken went to South Korea in pursuit of the Samsung Galaxy S8. She found a whole lot more than phones and factories.

Stealing Galaxy S8's thunder? This phone is rumored to have superslim bezels, too - CNET

Xiaomi's Mi Mix 2 could be the next phone to challenge the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6's 'all-screen' designs.

Search for elusive Planet 9 gets a crowdsourcing boost - CNET

It seems to be lurking far beyond Pluto. Major efforts are now underway to find it thanks in part to citizen science platform Zooniverse and the BBC.

If it talks like a government and acts like a government, it must be a tech giant

 The ACLU reported last year that law enforcement teamed up with Geofeedia, a software company that uses social media data to track and monitor protesters. Many were outraged. Facebook and Twitter cut off Geofeedia’s access to their data. These new rules have far-reaching implications for companies whose business models revolve around utilizing social media data for close observations. Read More

On-demand dog walking startup Wag quietly raised funding from General Catalyst and Sherpa Ventures

walking the dog Earlier this week we wrote about how two big players in the pet care business, Rover and DogVacay, decided to merge. Well sources tell us that over the past two years Wag, another player in the dog-walking space, raised two rounds of funding to support expansion into new markets. Read More