Inside the Q2 2017 global venture capital ecosystem

Inside the Q2 2017 global venture capital ecosystem
 One thing is clear: The market for startup equity is on firmer footing now than it was three months ago. With two successive quarters of growth, both in the number of deals struck and the amount of money invested, as well as a growing appetite on the part of public markets for shares in venture-backed startups, there’s reason for cautious optimism going into the second half of this year. Read More


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Hyperledger Fabric releases version 1.0 of open source distributed ledger

Hyperledger Fabric releases version 1.0 of open source distributed ledger
 Hyperledger Fabric, the open source distributed ledger project from Hyperledger, reached a significant milestone today when it released version 1.0. Hyperledger Fabric is a distributed ledger, an open source blockchain. The blockchain has been typically used to prove ownership of digital currency, but Brian Behlendorf, the executive director at Hyperledger says that this project is more focused… Read More


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Siri usage and engagement dropped since last year, as Alexa and Cortana grew

Siri usage and engagement dropped since last year, as Alexa and Cortana grew
 Siri remains the most popular virtual assistant with 41.4 million monthly active users in the U.S., according to a new report from measurement firm Verto Analytics out this morning, but it has seen a 15 percent decline since last year – or 7.3 million monthly users.  In addition, the study found that engagement with Siri has also dropped by nearly half during this period, from 21 percent… Read More


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The Lemonade insurance social experiment results in $53K donation in year one

The Lemonade insurance social experiment results in K donation in year one
 Lemonade has raised $60 million to date with the thesis that insurance companies can cut costs and automate more of their processes if they can somehow incentivize users to act less selfishly and commit less fraud. Traditionally insurance companies take the spread between premiums and claims as profit, but Lemonade aims to donate unclaimed premiums to charity once a year in a… Read More


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Microsoft to employ unused TV channels to offer rural broadband

Microsoft to employ unused TV channels to offer rural broadband
 Every internet company these days has a plan for connecting people who don’t otherwise have reliable connectivity – Microsoft’s play will use unused TV broadcast channels, also called ‘white spaces,’ to get broadband internet to rural communities in the U.S. The New York Times reports that Microsoft’s pilot project will include offering white space broadband… Read More


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Amazon Prime Day deals that don’t suck

Amazon Prime Day deals that don’t suck
 Happy Amazon Prime Day. Sure, it’s a crass, made up holiday created with the sole purpose of fueling the cold, heartless engine of capitalism — but doesn’t that description apply to most holidays? Amazon kicked off the annual event in 2015 and managed to surpass its own Black Friday sales in that first year, thanks to some pretty deep discounts. Like Amazon itself, however,… Read More


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David Chang’s Ando launches a new menu, refocuses on the food

David Chang’s Ando launches a new menu, refocuses on the food
 Food delivery is far from perfect. From big players like Grubhub to newer companies like Caviar, the combination of perfectly cooked food and delivery logistics is one that is pretty damn easy to mess up. Just take a look at Maple*. Ando, the David Chang-led delivery-only restaurant, has spent the last 14 months trying to change all that. And not without a few bumps in the road. But today,… Read More


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Pew study says 41 percent of adults in the U.S. have been harassed online

Pew study says 41 percent of adults in the U.S. have been harassed online
 Online harassment is an all-too-common occurrence in the U.S., with 41 percent of adults saying they have experienced harassment online, and 66 percent of people say they’ve seen it happen to others, according to a new Pew Research Center study. The most common form of online harassment is offensive name-calling, according to the study. It’s worth noting that while men are… Read More


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You can buy Tovala’s $399 smart oven starting today

You can buy Tovala’s 9 smart oven starting today
 Tovala, a $399 smart oven out of Y Combinator promising to perfectly cook ready-made meals in under 30 minutes is finally available for purchase.
It can bake, boil and steam meals at up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit in 10 to 30 minutes and works with either prepackaged Tovala meals or your own food. However, the real money maker for the startup will be in the meal delivery service.
It’s a… Read More


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Blowing up the re-location industry, Move Guides raises $48M Series C

Blowing up the re-location industry, Move Guides raises M Series C
 Whatever any country leader says about banning travel or shutting down the movement of people, the world is accelerating its globalisation and that means people move around. Duh. Talent is now global, and the industry that helps that talent move is huge. Thus it is that Move Guides — a SaaS platform for employee relocation which launched in London but has grown internationally —… Read More


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