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What it’s like at San Quentin’s coding school

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2 mentions4 days ago
N orth of San Francisco, there’s a European-like fortress along the water that is “home” to over 3,000 prisoners. The surroundings are beautiful, but the tall walls of San Quentin,

Makeblock raises $30 million for robot-building kits for kids

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
Remember when kids could simply play with their toys? They still can. But parents are increasingly spending on toys that are chockablock with tech components, and that promise to turn ...

Google Maps now lets you share your location with friends and family for a specific period of time

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Google Maps has today launched a new feature to allow you to share your location with others. While that might seem creepy, it’s not the first to add this type ...

All 51 startups that debuted at Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 2

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Over 15,000 founders from 7,200 startups applied to this batch of Y Combinator. It chose just over 100 with founders from 22 countries to go through its accelerator program. Today,

The Ken wants to fix business journalism in India with a subscription model

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Four former reporters and entrepreneurs are attempting to fix India’s “broken” business media landscape and simultaneously prove that there’s an audience — and business — for paying for quality journalism ...

Roblox nabs $92 million to power its massive social gaming platform for kids

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Capturing kids’ attention can be expensive. Roblox has spent the greater part of the millennium creating a cool place for kids to play a diverse collection of games inside a ...

Eligible founder Katelyn Gleason’s plan to upend the billion dollar medical billing industry

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Medical billing is a largely untapped and lucrative industry, potentially pulling in $55 billion globally by 2020. But it’s inner workings are still very murky — most of the time ...

Italy’s MotorK, a company that offers digital services to the automotive industry, raises $10M Series A

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MotorK, an Italian company that offers a number of digital products to the automative industry, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by 83North, with ...

Utilis takes top water innovation prize at Imagine H2O for tech that finds leaks underground

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An Israeli tech startup called Utilis has taken top honors at Imagine H2O this year, for technology that can detect underground leaks in underground, potable water supply systems through analysis ...

Apple has acquired Workflow, a powerful automation tool for iPad and iPhone

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Apple has finalized a deal to acquire Workflow today — a tool that lets you hook together apps and functions within apps in strings of commands to automate tasks. We’ve ...

The “Terminator” of startups says he’s seeing two to four wind-downs a week

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2 mentions7 days ago
For the last 25 years, Marty Pichinson and the firm he cofounded, Sherwood Partners, has specialized in selling off the assets of startups when they fail, as well as helping ...

Facebook introduces a new ad format "€” product-focused ‘collections’

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Facebook is introducing a new ad format that should help retailers showcase their products. The last big addition to Facebook’s ad lineup came last year, with the launch of Canvas,

How Spotify is finally gaining leverage over record labels

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The problem with Spotify going public has always been that the record labels own the music. They force Spotify to pay 70 percent or more of its revenue to them ...

Snapchat launches Bitmoji widget chat shortcuts for your homescreen

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
Snapchat is doubling down on private messaging as Instagram and Facebook Messenger clone and steal usage from its Stories feature. Now you can instantly start chatting with your best friends ...

Transnational socialism vs. Transnational Socialism

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2 mentions1 week ago
“Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel … I declare the global social space we are building to be naturally independent of the tyrannies you ...

Reports: Intel buying Mobileye for up to $16B to expand in self-driving tech

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4 mentions2 weeks ago
First they partnered, and now comes the acquisition: media in Israel are reporting that the computing giant Intel is acquiring Mobileye, a leader in autonomous driving tech, for up to ...

The great enterprise chat race

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Against all odds, Slack has emerged as the darling of enterprise chat. The competitive deck appears nearly stacked against the startup, and it seems that every other month a new ...

Gillmor Gang: Loose Change

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The Gillmor Gang — Michael Arrington, Keith Teare, Doc Searls, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, March 24, 2017. Twitter ponders subscription services, Medium gets $5 from Steve ...