An engineer’s guide to picking a startup

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:30:22 +0000
 One of the questions I often get from engineers I mentor is how do you decide on what early stage startup is worth working for? Often, this is long before you have paying customer logos or big name venture funds with substantial commitments as ‘signals’ of potential success. I was a programmer once. And I had to wrestle with this question too. How do I decide? More than a decade… Read More
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Netflix enters China via licensing deal with top video streaming service iQiyi

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:15:48 +0000
 China has long eluded Netflix. The company officially gave up on its original plan to enter the country last October in favor of licensing deals, and now it has inked its first major deal to give its programming a presence on Chinese soil. Baidu’s iQiyi, a top video portal in China with nearly 500 million monthly viewers, has agreed to a deal that will see it show some Netflix… Read More
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HR and employee benefits platform Hibob raises $17.5M led by U.S.-based Battery Ventures

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 10:00:24 +0000
 Hibob, a HR and employee benefits platform for small to medium-sized businesses, has raised $17.5 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is U.S. VC firm Battery Ventures, with participation from Arbor Ventures, and Fidelity’s Eight Roads Ventures. Existing backer Bessemer Venture Partners also joined the round, which brings total funding for the U.K. and Israel-based startup to… Read More
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Babylon Health raises further $60M to continue building out AI doctor app

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 08:16:09 +0000
 Babylon Health, the U.K. startup that offers a digital healthcare app using a mixture of artificial intelligence (AI) and video and text consultations with doctors and specialists, has raised $60 million in new funding. Read More
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Tue, 25 Apr 2017 07:43:33 +0000, China’s second-largest e-commerce company after Alibaba, will create a new business group called JD Logistics. Not to be confused with a Wisconsin-based company that has a similar name, JD Logistics will take advantage of the company’s existing delivery and warehouse infrastructure. Read More
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Samsung’s new app uses emojis to help people with language disorders communicate

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 04:20:11 +0000
 Once derided as a silly novelty, emojis are coming into their own as a communication tool. New app Wemogee uses the ideograms to help people with aphasia, a language-processing disorder that makes it difficult to read, write or talk. Read More
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Tor node operator arrested in Russia will be held on terrorism charges until June trial

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 03:30:14 +0000
A silhouette of a hacker with a black hat in a suit enters a hallway with walls textured with blue internet of things icons 3D illustration cybersecurity concept Earlier this month, a Tor node operator in Russia was arrested in a potential misunderstanding about the nature of the decentralized network. Dmitry Bogatov, a lecturer at the Moscow Finance and Law University, was taken into custody on April 6 and charged with organizing mass unrest, which was later appended with the more serious charge of incitement to terrorist activity. He remains in… Read More
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Data management startup Rubrik is raising up to $200M on a $1B valuation

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:43:11 +0000
 Make way for another juggernaut amongst enterprise startups: Rubrik, a data backup company that only emerged from stealth in 2015, is in the process of raising between $150 million and $200 million on a valuation of $1 billion as the company enters a period of strong demand for its storage and data management products, according to sources. TechCrunch first learned of the new fundraise via… Read More
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Crunch Report | Uber Responds to iPhone Tracking Report

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:00:02 +0000
Crunch Report April 24 Today’s Stories  Uber responds to report that it tracked devices after its app was deleted LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it DJI’s new FPV goggles let you control your drone with head movements The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword… Read More
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Jimmy Wales’ Wikitribune to combat fake news with wiki-powered journalism

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:39:51 +0000
 With fake news continuing to dominate the discussion about the future of the media and role of social networks in spreading it, many in the tech world have tried to come up with ways to fight this new cancer. Various pronouncements have been made by Google, Facebook and Twitter about tweaking their algorithms. But it’s hard to get away from the fact that human beings are probably going… Read More
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AI report fed by DeepMind, Amazon, Uber urges greater access to public sector data sets

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:33:31 +0000
 What are tech titans Google, Amazon and Uber agitating for to further the march of machine learning technology and ultimately inject more fuel in the engines of their own dominant platforms? Unsurprisingly, they’re after access to data. Lots and lots of data. Read More
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Juicero may be the absurd avatar of Silicon Valley hubris, but boy is it well-engineered

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:33:31 +0000
 The Juicero story is a funny one in some ways and a sad one in others, so let’s just assume they cancel each other out and admire the machine itself in a nice judgment-free moral vacuum. Read More
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Dairy might have snuck into Soylent 1.8 powder, prompting recall

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:10:36 +0000
 Soylent, the meal replacement drink/powder that frees people from the pesky task of eating so they can “use less, do more,” has recalled its Soylent 1.8 powder over the potential presence of dairy. Soylent 1.8 is specifically listed on the company’s website as “lactose-free.” Whoops. Read More
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LoveCrafts, a social network and marketplace for makers, raises $33M

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:09:35 +0000
 Facebook may have the generalist social network on lockdown, but when it comes to communities based around special interests, the playing field remains full of promise. Today, a U.K. startup called LoveCrafts, aimed at knitters and other home craft makers with a platform that is part social network and part e-commerce marketplace, is announcing a significant growth round to seize that opportunity. Read More
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Seattle grapples with Airbnb in proposal to limit hosts to two properties

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:57:15 +0000
Seattle skyline Seattle will move forward with plans to restrict how many units its residents can list on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. Keeping things a little more lax than cities that have adopted a one-host, one-home policy, Seattle’s proposal would allow each short-term rental host to list their own place of residence coupled with one extra housing unit. Read More
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FCC chairman will address the future of net neutrality on Wednesday

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:53:01 +0000
 So it begins: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to be showing his cards regarding his promised rollback of net neutrality rules. He is slated to speak on “the future of internet regulation” on Wednesday. Pai previously said at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that he considers the FCC’s approach to regulating the internet heavy-handed and old-fashioned. Read More
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Creepy facial projections, 3D hair capture, digital creepers and more from Eurographics 2017

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 22:48:53 +0000
 The Eurographics conference is underway in Lyon and among the more technical offerings from computer graphics specialists are a few cool enough for just about anyone to appreciate. Unless you’re afraid of clowns. In that case, don’t click. Read More
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Uber gets sued over alleged ‘Hell’ program to track Lyft drivers

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:41:38 +0000
 Uber has another lawsuit on its hands. This time, it’s about Uber’s alleged use of a program called “Hell.” The plaintiff, Michael Gonzales, drove for Lyft during the time Uber allegedly used the software. He’s seeking $5 million in a class action lawsuit. Read More
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Scrumpt now offers fresh, healthy lunches for kids

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:24:49 +0000
 Scrumpt, the healthy lunch for kids startup that debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2015, recently launched lunch meal kits with fresh food. Before, Scrumpt was only focused on non-perishable foods and required parents to supplement the lunches with items from home. Read More
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Flush with funding, Instacart accelerates US expansion

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 20:12:42 +0000
 Grocery delivery startup Instacart recently closed a $400 million Series D round of funding at a valuation of $3.4 billion. Now, the company is putting that capital to work by accelerating its expansion across the U.S., and offering free Instacart Express memberships to entice new users wherever it goes. Read More
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