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Baidu gets approval to test self-driving cars in California
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 11:23 pm

 Baidu received an Autonomous Vehicle Testing Permit from the California DMV, the company revealed today. This paves the way for Baidu USA to begin testing its self-driving car technologies on public roads in California, which it says it will do soon. The Baidu autonomous driving research team in the U.S. was announced earlier this year, saying it was targeting reaching a 100-person research… Read More

Kim Dotcom’s extradition appeal has started and is being live-streamed
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 10:55 pm

 More than four years later, Kim Dotcom’s legal battles (at least in New Zealand) may be close to an end. His final appeal to avoid extradition to face charges in the U.S started yesterday in Auckland’s High Court, and is expected to last six weeks.  And, in a first for any case in New Zealand (and in typical Kim Dotcom fashion), the appeal is being live-streamed. All of the… Read More

Applying analytics to clinical data
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 10:00 pm

 Advanced technologies and the rapid adoption of electronic health records are enabling the physical world to merge with the digital, leading to explosive growth in the volume and quality of clinical data. Cognified care is the application of analytics to transform this newly available digitized clinical data into knowledge that can revolutionize healthcare. Read More

Secret ‘bursts into flames’ feature may be behind Samsung’s Note 7 delays
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 9:00 pm

 The Galaxy Note 7 seems like a pretty decent phone if you like phones literally the size of the galaxy (Brian does) — but be aware that Samsung’s curvy-screened flagship device may be prone to, well, exploding. Fear not, however: Samsung is looking into it. Read More

Seattle angel investor John Staenberg on the state of startup investing
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 8:30 pm

 Q: Gil Penchina (the top-ranked angel on AngelList) said one of the things he has learned about investing is how little control he has on the outcome. Do you feel the same way? Absolutely. Most investors like to pretend they add a ton of value and expertise but they don’t. I am clear about it. The value I add is in having a good enough relationship with the founder so that when things… Read More

Instacart’s app has changed grocery stores for good
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 7:32 pm

 Instacart, the grocery-ordering app, is getting creative about picking, packing and delivering food on-demand. TechCrunch got an aisle-side view of how the company’s people and technology come together on location at Costco in San Francisco. And one thing’s clear: The San Francisco startup has changed grocery stores for good. According to the company’s Chief of Operations… Read More

NFX Guild’s James Currier’s journey from baiting hooks to baiting big deals
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 6:30 pm

 James Currier focuses on building businesses with network effects, and he builds those businesses by choosing the right people first. Currier started as a schoolboy entrepreneur, selling worms to fishermen at six and later selling boxer shorts in college. After starting his career in venture capital, Currier founded a series of companies and incubators that took advantage of network effects… Read More

The dream of the Courier lives on, but it’s still a dream
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 5:44 pm

 Oh yes, young feller, that there Yoga Book sure is something. But why don’t you just set a while an’ listen to the stories of an old blogger. ‘Twas back in the old days — before the millennials took over. That’d be 2009 or so. Longer than most remember these days. Let me ask ya something, m’boy. Ever hear tell of a Courier? Read More

Relive Samsung’s incredibly awkward Gear S3 press conference
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 5:28 pm

 Samsung knows how to throw a party. A really, really weird party. The electronics giant has put on some of the more bizarre events over the past decade, including, memorably, one at IFA 2012 that featured a real-life magician hired by the company to demonstrate just how magical the company’s new phablet really was. This year’s event, focused solely on its new wearable, the Gear… Read More

10 haiku inspired by Facebook’s terrible new trending news algorithm
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 5:24 pm

 Last week, Facebook fired all the humans who used to run its trending news, and replaced them with an algorithm meant to capture the most popular stories the web had to offer — in one to two words that often don’t make any sense out of context. How is that going? Well, so far, trending news has viral-ized a fake story about Megyn Kelly quitting Fox News and endorsing Hillary Clinton,… Read More

IoT’s killer app is home security
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 5:00 pm

 IoT is most well-known as a quirky way of automating your home, like some fancy clapper or talking fridge. By and large, IoT has yet to have its “killer app” moment and become a mainstream success — mostly because people don’t recognize the tangible value in having a home full of connected devices. Then it struck me — perhaps IoT’s killer app is home security. Read More

HSN’s first pitch-off competition goes in search of the next big consumer product
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:39 pm

 HSN is looking for the next big American consumer product. Today, 100 makers and entrepreneurs from around the U.S. will pitch their products for a chance to win airtime on HSN, a listing on HSN.com, a piece in Good Housekeeping magazine and its “Seal of Approval,” following testing. The products will come from across categories, like home, kitchen, toys, productivity, and yes,… Read More

You too can bid on Steve Jobs’ turtleneck and other random junk!
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:25 pm

 If you’re a founder who’s feeling hot after getting some new seed funding and want to treat yourself, may I recommend purchasing the entire wardrobe of Silicon Valley’s greatest Versace menswear aficionado and wearing it as you berate employees in your office? Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, famously posited that good artists copy and great artists steal, so why… Read More

Salesforce shares face plant despite beating analyst expectations
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:22 pm

 Salesforce earnings came out today! They’re not great, either, and it looks like a weak outlook for the company’s third quarter is doing some damage to its shares, which were down as much as 8 percent. For a company that literally defined the phrase “software as a service” — basically, running your business online — and one that’s had a decent year… Read More

Box beats earnings expectations
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:09 pm

 Box reported its second quarter fiscal 2017 earnings after the bell on Wednesday. The company beat estimates, posting an adjusted loss of 14 cents, compared to the 19 cents expected by analysts. They also surpassed revenue predictions, reporting $95.7 million instead of $94.65 million, which is up 30% from the same quarter last year.  Shares ticked up about 5% in initial after-hours trading,… Read More

Lenovo’s got a snazzy new lightweight convertible laptop
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:06 pm

 The poor Yoga 910 never really had a chance. Moments after Lenovo announced the laptop, the spotlight was completely absorbed by the strange new Yoga Book. It’s a shame really, because this is a pretty nice piece of hardware — one that surely would have been the talk of the company’s event, had it not gone and showed the aforementioned device and a Hasselblad add-on for the… Read More

Glint raises $27 million to stop solid employees from bailing
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

 Redwood City-based Glint has raised $27 million in a Series C round of venture funding for software that helps companies figure out how their teams are experiencing problems, or why and when solid employees may leave, undesirably. Glint replaces the traditional 360-review tools used by corporate HR teams and executives with short, anonymous surveys sent out once in a while to specific groups… Read More

Bang & Olufsen’s pricey new wireless speakers look like martini shakers
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 4:00 pm

 If nothing else, Bang & Olufsen knows how to make an impression. The Danish audio company announced a pair of new wireless speakers — or rather, one speaker in two different sizes — with conical aluminium designs that, if nothing else, certainly stand out. The BeoSound 1 and 2 (names, interestingly enough, already used for a pair of shiny multi-room speakers about 10 or so… Read More

We are all excited for CES which is great and wonderful and right around the corner-ish
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 3:41 pm

 See you there! Read More

CBS’s streaming service debuts a $10 per month ad-free tier
Posted: 31 August 2016 | 3:28 pm

 CBS’s streaming TV service for cord cutters, CBS All Access – and soon to be home to the new “Star Trek” series – is today rolling out the option of a commercial-free subscription for the price of $9.99 per month. The existing subscription is still available at $5.99 per month, and includes the same content lineup. The launch comes at a time when the network… Read More

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