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After raising $125M, Munchery fails to deliver

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 02:32:36 +0000
On-demand food delivery startup Munchery is shutting down, the startup announced in an e-mail to customers on Monday.
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Original Content podcast: We conquer clutter with Marie Kondo’s new show

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:33:13 +0000
On the surface, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” sounds like a simple show: Over the course of eight episodes, organizing guru Marie Kondo helps a variety Los Angeles residents sort through their belongings and clean up their homes. But for some, following Kondo’s KonMari method can be a surprisingly difficult or emotional experience — after […]
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Politiscope, an app to track Congressional voting records and bills, launches on android devices

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 23:39:39 +0000
Last September, two former National Football League players launched an app called Politiscope to track the voting records of members of Congress and the bills that they were introducing — and provide non-partisan information about what those bills and votes would mean to voters. The pro-football-playing brothers, Walter Powell Jr. and Brandon Williams, launched the […]
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Roger Dickey ditches $32M-funded Gigster to start Untitled Labs

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 22:36:09 +0000
Most founders don’t walk away from their startup after raising $32 million and reaching 1000 clients. But Roger Dickey’s heart is in consumer tech, and his company Gigster had pivoted to doing outsourced app development for enterprises instead of scrappy entrepreneurs. So today Dickey announced that he’d left his role as Gigster CEO, with former […]
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Youth-run agency AIESEC exposed over 4 million intern applications

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 21:30:27 +0000
AIESEC, a non-profit that bills itself as the “world’s largest youth-run organization,” exposed more than four million intern applications with personal and sensitive information on a server without a password. Bob Diachenko, an independent security researcher, found an unprotected Elasticsearch database containing the applications on January 11, a little under a month after the database […]
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Shodan Safari, where hackers heckle the worst devices put on the internet

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 18:00:00 +0000
If you leave something on the internet long enough, someone will hack it. The reality is that many device manufacturers make it far too easy by using default passwords that are widely documented, allowing anyone to log in as “admin” and snoop around. Often, there’s no password at all. Enter “Shodan Safari,” a popular part-game, […]
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Samsung could release three variants of the Galaxy S10

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 16:13:33 +0000
According to a leaked image from Evan Blass, Samsung’s new flagship device could come in three different versions — the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the Samsung Galaxy S10E. That new leak lines up with previous leaks. As you can see on the photo, the new devices don’t have a notch. They […]
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Facebook is reportedly testing solar-powered internet drones again — this time with Airbus

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 16:12:59 +0000
Facebook last year grounded its ambitious plan to develop a solar-powered drone to beam internet across the world, but the company isn’t done with the concept, it seems. The social media giant is working with aeronautics giant Airbus to test drones in Australia, according to a new report from Germany’s NetzPolitik. Using a request under […]
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French data protection watchdog fines Google $57 million under the GDPR

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:46:44 +0000
The CNIL, the French data protection watchdog, has issued its first GDPR fine of $57 million (€50 million). The regulatory body claims that Google has failed to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) when new Android users set up a new phone and follow Android’s onboarding process. Two nonprofit organizations called ‘None Of […]
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The Tesla Model 3 is finally approved for European roads

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 15:38:33 +0000
Tesla can now deliver Model 3 vehicles to European customers. The automakers midsize sedan was recently granted approval from RDW, the Dutch regulator and European authority tasked by Tesla to approve the vehicle for European roads. The approval comes just ahead of the vehicle’s European introduction next month. Right now, it’s been reported that a […]
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GoFundMe launches official campaign for workers impacted by government shutdown

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:38:55 +0000
GoFundMe is partnering with Deepak Chopra to launch a different kind of campaigns. The company is going beyond its usual role as a platform and hosting its own campaign to provide relief for government workers impacted by the current government shutdown. The company is partnering with several nonprofit organizations that are providing support to government […]
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Kaia Health gets $10M support for AI-powered management of chronic pain

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:24:08 +0000
Kaia Health, a self-styled digital therapeutics” startup, has pulled in $10 million in Series A funding for an app-based approach to chronic pain management. The idea is to offer an alternative to painkillers, using mobile technology to deliver what the founder describes as multimodal, “mind body therapy” for musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders — comprised of guided […]
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All your meme are belong to AOC

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 14:02:28 +0000
Memes are the new vernacular of political culture and we dismiss them at our own peril. Liberals learned this the hard way late in the presidential campaign, when they began realizing how deftly the alt-right was able to use viral jokes, hashtags, and images as a propaganda tool, often to bolster white supremacist ideology. The phenomenon […]
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Knotel acquires Deskeo, Paris’s largest agile office space operator

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 13:47:21 +0000
Breathing down the neck of WeWork is Knotel, which in 2017 raised a Series A round of $25 million, then another round of $70m, and then another $5m in debt. It says it has one million square feet in New York versus WeWork’s four million. It’s now pushing out internationally. Last year it acquired Ahoy!Berlin, […]
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‘Anti-Uber’ taxi strikes kick off again in Spain

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 12:28:22 +0000
Taxi drivers in major cities in Spain are on strike again to apply pressure for more stringent regulations to control app rivals such as Uber and Cabify which they view as unfair competition. In Barcelona the taxi sector called an indefinite strike on Friday, using their vehicles to block Gran Vía in the Catalan capital, […]
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Work on world’s first CRISPR gene-edited babies declared illegal by China

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:54:42 +0000
Chinese authorities have declared the work of He Jiankui, who shocked the scientific community by claiming he successfully created the world’s first gene-edited babies, an illegal decision in pursuit of “personal fame and gain.” Investigators have completed preliminary steps in a probe that began in November following He’s claims and say they will “seriously” punish the researcher […]
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Zwipe tops up with $14M to bring biometric payment cards to market this year

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 10:26:47 +0000
Biometric payment card startup Zwipe has swiped $14M to add to an earlier Series B round as it continues to work towards commercializing technology that embeds a fingerprint reader in payment plastic for an added layer of security. “We are not commercially rolled out yet, we expect that to happen in the second half of this […]
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Warung Pintar raises $27.5M to digitize Indonesia’s street vendors

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:46:38 +0000
The digital revolution in Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s largest economy, continues to attract big money from investors. Hot on the heels of a $50 million round for Bukalapak, a billion-dollar company helping street stall traders to tap the internet, so Warung Pintar, another startup helping digitize the country’s vendors, has pulled in $27.5 million for growth. Bukalapak […]
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Flexciton is using AI to help factories optimise production lines

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:00:16 +0000
Flexciton, the London-based startup that is using AI to help factories optimise production lines, has raised £2.5 million in funding, in a round led by Backed VC. Also participating is Join Capital and company builder Entrepreneur First. The young company pitched at EF’s 6th London demo day in 2016. Riding the so-called “Industry 4.0” wave, […]
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Canada’s Telus says partner Huawei is ‘reliable’: reports

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 07:04:38 +0000
The US-China tension over Huawei is leaving telecommunications companies around the world at a crossroad, but one spoke out last week. Telus, one of Canada’s largest phone companies showed support for its Chinese partner despite a global backlash against Huawei over cybersecurity threats. “Clearly, Huawei remains a viable and reliable participant in the Canadian telecommunications […]
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