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 Robotics startup OpenTrons has come up with a way it believes will make wet lab experiments faster and cheaper – automation. Most life science research is still done by hand. This can be a tedious process that OpenTrons hopes to diminish by using robotics and software to complete the process. “Basically, if you’re a biologist you spend all of your time moving tiny amounts… Read More

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Founded in 2011, Black Girls Code is on a mission to change the face of technology by introducing girls from underrepresented communities to coding. Black Girls Code does this through a series of workshops, hackathons and summer camps. Read More

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 Until now, Facebook ranked stories in News Feed with an emphasis on what you click, Like, comment, and share. But thanks to insights from new qualitative surveys where users gave each feed story one to five stars, Facebook is now leaning heavily on a second signal — what you want to see. That could reduce the visibility of stories with sensational headlines, or that overtly beckon you… Read More

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 The good people of Iowa are heading to their caucuses tonight to declare who they think should get a chance to become the next president of the United States. With primary season officially starting today, Google is also making a bit easier to become an informed voter by adding a couple of election-related features to its search engine. Starting today, you can just do a search for… Read More

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 Online shopping continues to rise in popularity, but it’s still tough to know if the items you pick out on a website will work as an outfit in real life. New startup Boon+Gable hopes to change that by sending a personal shopper to your house. Startups like StitchFix and Le Tote act as virtual personal shoppers, sending you recommended items through the mail on a monthly basis. But… Read More

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 Refinery29, a media site catering to a younger, female demographic, has today launched its first-ever mobile application, called Refinery29 AM. The idea with the new application is to deliver a round-up of curated news stories to readers, meant to be viewed first thing in the morning. Says the company, these stories will be presented on eight different cards in the app, and will focus on… Read More

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 The numbers are in, and it’s not good news – for tablet sales that is. A pair of new market share reports show declining numbers of tablets shipped in 2015. According to one report from Strategy Analytics, 224.3 million tablets were shipped last year – a decline of 8 percent from 2014. IDC’s numbers, however, are even worse – with an estimated 206.8 million… Read More

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 After months of debates, social media chatter, outrage and craziness, the presidential primary season finally opens today with the Iowa caucuses. In response to that milestone, OpenText announced it was releasing a new tool to help voters track news around the elections and parse that by candidate and issues. The tool is called Election Tracker 16 and it’s designed to showcase some of… Read More

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 In just the first week of trading in 2016, the S&P 500 lost 6 percentage points and more than one trillion dollars in market capitalization. With the worst start in more than a century, the markets seem to be predicting a slow period for the U.S. economy. One segment that I think has the potential to survive, if not thrive, in the expected volatility this year is financial technology. Read More

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Robots will soon be heading into space before us in order to feel things out, prepare living spaces, and set up booze delivery services. But first we have to land on the planet in question which is where PISCES Helelani shines. This rover is designed to land on a planet and prepare a surface for future rockets to alight. The rover, which includes a shovel and robotic arm, can clear a patch of… Read More

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 In the slow march towards smarter everything, one specific space has been tough to take on: sports watches. No matter what anyone tells you, a very basic, very usable Garmin or Fitbit still beats smartwatches by a mile for usability and accuracy. However, products like the Motorola 360 Sport are quickly catching up. First the bad news: this isn’t quite the sports watch you’re… Read More

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 Lexumo, a Cambridge, Massachusetts cloud service that continuously checks open source code to be sure it has the latest security updates, announced a solid $4.89 million seed round today. The round was led by Accomplice, .406 Ventures and Draper. What has Lexumo created to warrant that kind of financial attention? It indexed all of the open source code in the world and created a cloud… Read More

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 With the release of iOS 9 last year, Apple introduced support for ad blocking within its Safari web browser. On Sunday, smartphone maker Samsung debuted its own support for content and ad blocking in the default web browser installed on its Android smartphones. The update, which is rolling out now to devices running Android Lollipop or higher, works in a similar way as ad blocking on… Read More

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 Europe seems to be creating peer-to-peer car rental marketplaces at a rate of knots. There’s heavily-funded Drivy in France, Snappcar in the Netherlands, GoMore in Denmark, and Rentacarlo in the U.K., to name a few. The latest is Norway’s Nabobil, which opened its doors four months ago and today is disclosing that it’s raised a $600,000 seed round. Backing comes from an… Read More

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 It’s not just TechCrunch saying it, now a UK parliamentary science and technology committee has warned the government needs to clarify the legal position around end-to-end encryption in its draft Investigatory Powers Bill (IP bill). Read More

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 Some more consolidation in the online measurement and analytics space: today comScore has announced that it has closed its $732 million deal to acquire Rentrak in an all-stock deal that brings together Rentrak’s TV and cinema audience tracking business with comScore’s business covering Internet and mobile audiences to better compete against the likes of Nielsen. The deal was… Read More

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 Kaizen, a Tokyo- and San Francisco-based user interface marketplace and testing platform, plans to increase its presence in the United States after raising an $8 million Series B. Read More

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 Since the 2013 Snowden disclosures revealed the extent of government surveillance programs it’s been a standard claim by intelligence agencies, seeking to justify their push for more powers, that their ability to track suspects using new technologies is under threat because of growing use of end-to-end encryption by technology companies. Read More

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 Verizon isn’t the only carrier that wants to ramp up in ad tech to complement (and offset) its legacy business. Today, Norway-based Telenor announced that it has acquired Tapad, a New York-based ad tech startup co-founded by two Norwegians, Are Traasdahl and Dag Liodden, for $360 million “on a debt and cash-free basis.” The price covers 95% of the company. Traasdahl… Read More

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 Line, the Asian messaging app company known for its cute animated stickers, is developing a digital butler services as it bids to boost its revenue with standalone apps and services. Read More

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 Samsung is ready to show off some new phones again and it’s becoming overwhelmingly clear that the company believes VR is a key to the company’s future strategy for mobile. Samsung just sent out invitations and released a teaser video for the company’s Galaxy Unpacked 2016 event where it is expected to unveil its new Galaxy S7 devices. The teaser definitely places a… Read More

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 I can barely keep up with the amount of new venture capital sloshing around Europe, as new funds are closed. And, if my sources are correct, we aren’t done yet. The latest to close a new fund is Stockholm and Palo Alto-based Creandum. ‘Creandum IV’ is a €180 million early-stage fund, and will be primarily targeting seed and Series A investments, but also follow-on rounds,… Read More

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 With a growing middle class rising up across its population of more than 600 million people, Southeast Asia is truly a growth market. Added to that, the influx of mobile devices bringing Internet to hundreds of millions of people for the first — and putting it right in their pocket, no less — makes it a particularly exciting place for technology, which has the potential to be… Read More

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 Uber is hoping to squeeze more money from users in China after it announced a tie-in with Alibaba’s Alipay that will enable Uber China customers to pay their bill using the payments service when they are overseas. Read More

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 KFit, a nine-month-old service offering gym and healthcare services in the style of $400 million-valued ClassPass in the U.S., has announced that it closed a $12 million Series A funding round to move into new verticals. Read More

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