Sherpa, a Spanish-language AI-based personal assistant, raises $6.5M

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sherpa We’ve seen a big rise of apps and bots, and a lot of them have something in common besides being based on artificial intelligence and machine learning: they are written for English-speaking users. Now one of the more interesting personal assistant apps written primarily for Spanish speakers is announcing funding. Sherpa, a personal assistant app based out of Spain, has raised $6.5… Read More

May 26th 2016 Uncategorized

Thiel says he decided several years ago to try to cripple Gawker

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Peter Thiel, head of Clarium Capital Management LLC and founding investor in PayPal Inc. and Facebook Inc., speaks during the LendIt USA 2016 conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Thiel discussed his outlook for the tech industry. Photographer: Noah Berger/Bloomberg via Getty Images Earlier today, we speculated that billionaire Peter Thiel may have secretly financed a lawsuit to put Gawker Media out of business owing to a series of antagonistic stories about him written by Gawker’s now defunct Valleywag site nearly a decade ago. Thiel has since talked with New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin and confirmed that not only has he provided Hulk Hogan (legally… Read More

May 26th 2016 Uncategorized

Crunch Report | Xiaomi Unveils Their Drone

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Microsoft lays off 1,850 people, Slack hits 3 million monthly users, Boom makes your music sound like its in surround sound, Xiaomi unveils their drone and Pokemon Go launches into Beta all this on Crunch Report. Read More

May 26th 2016 Uncategorized

Supercomputers supercharge NASA’s simulated storms and improve hurricane forecasts

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nasa_gmao_guy Understanding the complex order behind the apparent chaos of a tropical storm or hurricane is no easy task, but it’s worthwhile to try — such storms deal death and destruction globally, and the better we know them, the better we can prepare for them. Read More

May 26th 2016 Uncategorized

Meet the latest cohort of Acceleprise startups, and the apps they built to make work easier

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Michael Cardamone presenting at Acceleprise in San Francisco. Acceleprise, a San Francisco-based accelerator for enterprise tech and software-as-a-service startups, held a Demo Day for its third cohort of companies today. The accelerator invests $50,000 into each startup admitted to its program via convertible note financing, taking approximately a 5 percent stake under a $1 million cap. It admits 8-12 companies per cohort, and invests out of a $3.5… Read More

May 26th 2016 Mobile

How do you outsmart malware?

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Makrophages engulfing tuberculosis bacteria in a pulmonary alveolus The growth of data breaches in recent months and years is in large part because of the new generation of smart malware being developed on a daily basis. Malicious actors are constantly taking advantage of technological innovations and breakthroughs to devise new ways to flood the Internet with new malware that circumvent security tools, propagate within networks and siphon critical data for… Read More

May 26th 2016 malware, security

U.K. carrier Three says it will start trialling ad blocking next month with a 24-hour opt-in test

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adblocking Back in February, U.K. mobile carrier Three said it would start to offer on its network opt-in ad blocking technology from Shine, potentially reaching 30 million customers. Now the company is getting down to details: It will start to trial ad blocking in June in the U.K., with a 24-hour test for opted-in customers, the company said today. “We believe the current mobile advertising… Read More

May 26th 2016 Mobile

Reddit launches image uploads, ditching alliance with Imgur

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reddit-gold Reddit never let you upload images, until now. That could dismantle Reddit’s informal alliance with image-sharing community Imgur. That’s where Redditors would typically post their images or GIFs and then share the links on Reddit.
The image uploading feature begins rolling out today with 50 Reddit communities, including Art, Aww, Food, Funny, Gifs and EarthPorn (pretty nature pics). Read More

May 26th 2016 Uncategorized

Reddit CTO Marty Weiner on building a home for the Internet’s wildest community

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Marty Weiner Reddit Critical to this major effort is Marty Weiner. Weiner joined the Reddit team this past summer as the company’s first-ever CTO, and he’s spent the past 10 months building out areas for improvement on a site infrastructure that is increasingly less MacGyver’d together.
Reddit is the 9th most-visited website in the United States, but when Weiner was hired last August, the… Read More

May 26th 2016 Uncategorized

Ripple is a Silicon Valley-based startup making milk from peas

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Ripple Foods The Bay Area fosters a culture of forward thinkers and new ways to solve problems in our world, including in our food system. Ripple Foods is one such startup in Silicon Valley hoping to disrupt the dairy industry with pea protein. The company joins a growing list of game-changing food startups that have launched out of the lab and into the consumer market in just the last few years.… Read More

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