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Curve, the fintech that connects all your cards to a single card and app, gets full consumer launch

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:00
 Curve, the London fintech startup that offers a platform that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make it easier to manage your spending, is finally launching to U.K. consumers. Up until now, the service remained in Beta and was only officially available to business users. Read More

DJI teases its latest device ahead of next week’s reveal

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:56
 Seems DJI was keeping its powder dry last week at CES. The drone giant announced a pair of camera gimbals at the show, but the big news was still a couple of weeks away. The company has sent out invites for its next big announcement, set for January 23 in New York City. The location could be a hint as far as what to expect here. In recent years, the company has preferred Los Angeles as the… Read More

2018 could bring the IPOs that tech has been promised for years

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:37
 After years of drought and parched conditions, the U.S. tech IPO market could see a number of well-known players push forward with their debuts in 2018. That sentiment is grounded in the number of companies currently rumored to have filed or started preparation for a public debut. However, the wave may not manifest. In the past few years, there has been a surprising dearth of IPO activity. Read More

Diversis Capital acquires Marketron, maker of monetization software for radio and TV

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:18
 Marketron, a company whose software helps radio and TV broadcasters manage their advertising, has a new owner and a new CEO. The company announced this morning that it has been acquired by private equity firm Diversis Capital. It also announced that Michael Collins, previously the CEO of mobile ad startup Adelphic, is taking over from Jeff Haley as CEO. Read More

The nanny of former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski has filed an excruciatingly detailed lawsuit

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:11
 Former Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski, who has been accused of stealing trade secrets from former employer Waymo, might have thought things couldn’t get much worse. But a new lawsuit filed by Levandowski’s former nanny suggests that the exact opposite is true. In fact, much of the nanny’s lawsuit — filed by a personal injury attorney in Fair Oaks, Ca., and rife… Read More

Lawsuit filed by 22 state attorneys general seeks to block net neutrality repeal

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:14
 A lawsuit filed today by the attorneys general of 22 states seeks to block the Federal Communications Commission’s recent controversial vote to repeal Obama era Net Neutrality regulations. The filing is led by New York State Attorney General Schneiderman, who called rollback a potential “disaster for New York consumers and businesses, and for everyone who cares about a free and… Read More

Marijuana-friendly states ask Congress to make banking legal for the weed industry

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:36
 Recreational marijuana might be having its moment, but that doesn’t mean that all the kinks are worked out. Due to laws that still classify it as an illicit substance on the federal level, the banking industry has yet to warm up to the burgeoning weed business for fear of criminal liability. To alleviate those fears, a bipartisan group of 18 attorneys general from states with… Read More

Expanding into new markets, Namely adds former Box exec, Graham Younger, as President

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:30
 Graham Younger, a former executive vice president of Box and longtime enterprise software executive, is joining the human resources services provider Namely as its new President. The New York-based company which provides human resources management software for mid-sized companies is growing and has plans to expand its geographic footprint with offices in Los Angeles and Atlanta. And Younger… Read More

‘Everything Sucks!’ 90s kid nostalgia-fest arrives on Netflix February 16

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:02
 I know this trailer is meant to evoke a connection with all the dumb shit I remember from elementary and high school, and it does. But it’s also just depressing. The show could be good though (we’ll find out when all episodes arrive streaming on February 16), and maybe you’re happier to indulge than I am so ymmv. Read More

MirraViz is a startup that wants to change split-screen gaming

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:27
 MirraViz wants to bring an end to gamers screen-peeking. The startup’s display technology lets different people watch different things on the same projector screen depending on where they’re sitting. The best part of this is that only you can see what’s happening on your screen. The technology is definitely still in its early stages, but it’s so, so exciting already. Read More

China’s Chery will use Nvidia-powered ZF ProAI for Level 3 autonomous cars

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:26
 Chinese automaker Chery will be building cars with Level 3 autonomous features powered by supplier ZF’s ProAI platform, which itself uses Nvidia GPUs for its driving intelligence. The partnership was announced at the North American International Auto Show today in Detroit, and follows announcements from CES where Nvidia announced further collaboration with ZF and with Baidu. Baidu is also… Read More

With all 49 Democrats on board, Senate leaders sound off on plan to restore net neutrality

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:23
 Democrats in the Senate have achieved unanimous party support of the plan to undo the FCC’s recently passed order gutting net neutrality. All 49 Democratic Senators and one Republican are ready to officially disapprove the Restoring Internet Freedom rule, requiring only one more vote to send this bill to… its inevitable death on the floor of the House or at best the desk of the… Read More

Lyft Concierge, its ride-booking service for businesses, opens to all

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:14
 Lyft today announced it’s expanding its Concierge program – the service that allows organizations to schedule rides for other people – to more business customers. First announced in 2016, the service was originally designed to help patients get to medical appointments, particularly in areas where they may not have a car of their own, like New York, where more than half of… Read More

Hawaii’s emergency alert interface looks straight out of the ’90s

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:43
 No one who’s used a long-running government website expects such things to be fancy — just functional. But there’s a limit to what can be tolerated, and I believe we’ve reached it with Hawaii’s emergency alert system, which is so dated that it would be hilarious if it hadn’t just caused a statewide panic. Geocities ain’t got nothing on this. Read More

Ferrari is planning an all-electric supercar

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 13:39
 Ferrari is going to going to build an EV that will aim to have no peer – including from the likes of Tesla. Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said that its planning to both build its first electric supercar, and debut its first ever SUV, with the latter arriving sometime in either 2019 or 2020, per Bloomberg. Marchionne gave Tesla and Elon Musk kudos for doing what it’s managed… Read More

Amazon Fire TV becomes an interface for Live TV with select Amazon Channels

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:50
 Amazon’s Fire TV is getting an update that will help viewers better discover live TV programming, and even be able to tune into live channels with Alexa. The voice integration builds on the recently added “On Now” row on the Fire TV homepage, where you’ll find the live streams from channels like HBO, Showtime, Starz and Cinemax, if you’re signed up through… Read More

AWS brings Go support to its Lambda serverless platform

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:46
 AWS Lambda, Amazon’s serverless platform, now features support for functions written in Go, the increasingly popular programming language that was originally developed at Google. This announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, given that AWS already announced that it would add Go support during its re:Invent conference last year. It’s only now, though, that developers can… Read More

A dark mode for YouTube’s mobile app is spotted in the wild

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:21
 Last spring, YouTube rolled out a massive update to its desktop site that included a redesign, faster underlying framework, and the addition of a dark mode. Now, that dark theme may be making its way to the YouTube mobile app, as well. The change was recently spotted by MacRumors (by way of Reddit), and is already appearing for some users of the most recent version (13.0.1) of the YouTube… Read More

Sequoia Capital just closed a giant new seed fund — and here’s how it works

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:20
 Sequoia Capital, the top-tier venture firm, has just closed on a $180 million new fund called Sequoia Scout III that’s focused exclusively on seed-stage opportunities. It’s a development startup founders will be watching closely, no doubt, which is why we caught up yesterday with Bryan Schreier, a Sequoia partner who sits on the boards of Dropbox, Thumbtack and Qualtrics among… Read More

DefinedCrowd’s next-gen platform solves the AI data acquisition problem

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:00
 With all the hype surrounding artificial intelligence, you would be forgiven for thinking that developing the algorithms powering deep learning are where the toughest challenges in the industry are. The actual challenge for most algorithms though is not their mathematics, but rather their inputs — collating high-quality data that is well-labeled and allows for the training of these models… Read More