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05/23/2017 11:33 AM
Desktop CNC machine maker Other Machine Co. changes hands
 Desktop milling machines aren’t nearly as popular was FDM 3D printers but, it must be noted, they are far more versatile. The pieces that come out of a CNC – essentially a plotter that drags a fast-moving spindle over a material to cut out flat and raised shapes – are nearly finished and ready to use in many projects. Other Machine Co. founder Danielle Applestone PhD has… Read More

05/23/2017 11:32 AM
Google’s huge 4K touchscreen whiteboard is now on sale for $5K
 Google’s Jamboard is not a kitchen app for curating PB&J recipes – it’s a 55-inch digital whiteboard, with pen and touch input, companion iOS and Android apps, an Nvidia Jetson TX1 processor on board and 4K resolution. The behemoth is an enterprise-focused collaboration tool, that comes in three fun colors and has a stand that looks ripped from a Herman Miller catalog, and… Read More

05/23/2017 11:26 AM
Prynt’s new mobile printer uses AR to create Harry Potter-style moving pictures
 Printing static photos from your phone was so last year. Now, it’s all about AR. Prynt, a startup that makes a small mobile printer that connects to your phone, has just released their newest device, called Prynt Pocket. And the device puts a renewed focus on the company’s AR play, which essentially makes each printed photo a Harry Potter-style moving image. When you select a photo… Read More

05/23/2017 11:25 AM
Trove raises $8 million to store your clothing and furniture
 There are inefficiencies in the giant self-storage market, and startups like MakeSpace and Clutter have already been gaining traction by offering a more consumer-friendly approach. Now there’s another startup entering the picture, with Trove formally launching in the San Francisco Bay Area after a few months of testing the concept in beta. They are also securing $8 million in a… Read More

05/23/2017 11:19 AM
James Corden is getting his own Snapchat show, the first from CBS
 Thanks to James Corden, CBS will now join a number of other major media publishers in creating content for Snapchat’s Shows – the social service’s smattering of short-form original video series found in the app’s “Discover” section. The network announced this morning that James Corden will star in a new show on Snapchat called “James Corden’s… Read More

05/23/2017 11:05 AM
Apple names Denise Young Smith as VP of diversity and inclusion
 In a not-so-surprising move, Apple has appointed Denise Young Smith as its first-ever head of diversity and inclusion, 9 to 5 Mac first reported. TechCrunch has since confirmed that Smith officially started in this role yesterday. Smith previously served as head of worldwide human resources at Apple for three years, and has been involved in diversity programs at Apple for years. In her new… Read More

05/23/2017 11:01 AM
Facebook shakes up Live with new social chat features
 Facebook Live might be about bringing the entire community together around events, but sometimes you just want to know the reactions of your buddies. Facebook has already announced that its AR camera effects platform will be coming to Live, an announcement today brings a couple other changes to the platform surrounding social interactions in Live: Live Chat with Friends and Live With.… Read More

05/23/2017 11:00 AM
G2 Crowd raises $30 million for its Yelp for business review service
 Putting their own money where their business is, the founders of G2 Crowd joined a new $30 million financing for their business review platform. The round was led by Accel and included undisclosed industry executives and corporate dollars from the professional networking site (and Microsoft subsidiary) LinkedIn. The company said it will use the funds to speed up the development and marketing… Read More

05/23/2017 11:00 AM
Supercell acquires 62% of London’s Space Ape Games for $55.8M
 Some consolidation is afoot in the world of gaming. Today, Space Ape Games — a London social and mobile games studio founded by alums from Playfish, Mind Candy and EA — announced that Supercell has acquired 62 percent of the company for $55.8 million, as part of a long-term strategic partnership. The deal gives Space Ape a total equity valuation of $90 million. Space… Read More

05/23/2017 11:00 AM
Twitter is giving brands a new way to promote their chatbots
 Twitter has found its own way to participate in the growing chatbot trend. The company announced today a new feature for advertisers, which allows businesses on Twitter to promote ads designed to pull consumers into personalized experiences within Direct Messaging  – including interactions with chatbots. For example, one brand is running a bot that can help you with a cocktail… Read More

05/23/2017 10:57 AM
Innoviz debuts an aftermarket LiDAR product for self-driving car development
 LiDAR is a key ingredient in the overall sensing package required to make autonomous cars a reality (though Tesla would disagree), but it’s also prohibitively expensive, especially for companies just starting out, and researchers not tied to companies with deep pockets. That’s why Innoviz has created a new aftermarket LiDAR unit offering good performance at more budget-friendly… Read More

05/23/2017 10:54 AM
Benchmark just backed an ER doctor who wants to keep people off the road while stoned
 Many people enjoy several careers over their lifetimes. Then there’s Mike Lynn, an emergency room doctor in Oakland, Ca.; a reserve deputy sheriff; a faculty member at UCSF; a former venture capitalist; and the founder of Hound Labs, a three-year-old, Oakland, Ca.-based company at work on a breathalyzer for marijuana. (Did we mention he also spent time at the White House, focused on… Read More

05/23/2017 10:50 AM
Vyte makes it easy to invyte people to your calyndyr
 Planning a meeting with me used to take hours. First you must bathe yourself in the ritual Spring of Understanding and then, once completely clean, you must enter the room of Writing Down The Appointment. Once that was complete, I required all those requesting a meeting to complete the three trials including the Making of the Hoagie and the Understanding (And Explaining) Of Django Programming. Read More

05/23/2017 10:45 AM
Long Game raises $6.6 million for a savings account that doubles as a lottery ticket
 Long Game is a bank account, with a twist. Every dollar saved can go towards winning a lottery. The personal finance app allows users to play games and win cash prizes, up to $1 million. It may sound like a gimmick, but these are FDIC-insured accounts backed by Blue Ridge Bank in Virginia.  And now venture capitalists from Thrive Capital and Collaborative Fund are betting $6.6 million that… Read More

05/23/2017 10:13 AM
Fanduel investor Pentech raises new £88M fund for more early stage startups
 You know it’s spring when VC funds start to announce their new fund raises. But it’s buoying to see a new mid-sized fund appear, which over the years has been highly geared towards early stage startups just starting out on their journey. Pentech has closed its third fund, saying it was oversubscribed at £88 million, surpassing the original target fund size of £70 million. The… Read More

05/23/2017 10:06 AM
The FAA gets a case study with a drone crash inside an MLB stadium
 PSA: Flying your drone over a baseball stadium with tens of thousands of fans is a really, really bad (and probably illegal) idea. Yesterday someone flew their drone (which appears to be a GoPro Karma) into Petco Park, the stadium belonging to the San Diego Padres, an MLB team. And yes, it was during a game, so of course the event was captured on camera. Read More

05/23/2017 10:00 AM
Pinterest brings full dish recognition to its Lens camera search
 In a move that may seem like an early step toward hitting a ridiculously high valuation, Pinterest is now adding to its Lens camera search the ability to recognize complete dishes. Next time you’re at a restaurant and you find something delicious, Pinterest is now going to give you a way to take a quick photo of that dish through its Lens feature and find recipes related to it. Read More

05/23/2017 09:38 AM
Tesla’s next Autopilot update is all about the smooth ride
 Tesla is improving Autopilot with a forthcoming update, with a focus on making the ride smoother while the autonomous highway driving system is engaged. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted news of the update on Monday night, indicating that the new software would be rolling out beginning in June. While Musk was not super forthcoming regarding additional details, the update will focus on the control… Read More

05/23/2017 09:13 AM
Amazon takes on Etsy with a new shop featuring handcrafted items for weddings
 Amazon this morning staked another claim in the billion-dollar wedding industry with the launch of a new Wedding Shop dedicated to sales of handcrafted items, including décor, invitations, gifts, jewelry, accessories and more. The shop is an offshoot from the retailer’s less than two-year old Etsy competitor, Handmade at Amazon, which aims to offer the same sort of original… Read More

05/23/2017 09:01 AM
Instagram launches Story Search for hashtags and locations
 Instagram Stories wants to be your window into what’s going on around a topic or place right now, so it’s adding a way to search Stories two months after Snapchat did the same. Instagram users can now search for a location or hashtag, and see a Story compiled from Story posts by other users that include that location sticker, hashtag sticker, or hashtag in the caption. Location… Read More