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Most Big Cryptos Dropped this Week - These Two Bucked the Trend

Most Big Cryptos Dropped this Week – These Two Bucked the Trend<p>The cryptocurrency markets are set to end the second week of May on a low note.<p>The …

Google’s nemesis: meet the British couple who took on a giant, won... and cost it £2.1 billion

Google was guilty. The European Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager, made that brutally clear. “Google abused its market dominance,” …

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This is Uber’s plan to deliver on flying ‘cars’

S<p>elf-driving and electric flying cars are coming. What this means for our cities in the future is unclear, so I chatted with Uber Head of Policy of Autonomous Vehicles and Urban Aviation Justin Erlich to learn more.<p>Erlich previously worked under Attorney General Kamala Harris, where he focused on …

Foursquare is finally proving its (dollar) value

In 2009, Facebook was just getting popular with moms and grandmas. People were playing Farmville. Twitter was just becoming mainstream. And Foursquare launched on to the scene.<p>Back then, Foursquare was just another social network, letting users check in to locations they visit and potentially …

Detective by Charlie is an AI tool that's like having your own personal CIA

Imagine having a button that can instantly tell you (virtually) everything there is to know about something or someone. That, in a nutshell, is Detective by Charlie, which uses natural language processing (NLP) and AI to unearth and collate information about a particular subject in a couple of …

Facebook’s ‘Order Food’ feature officially launches across the U.S.

Facebook today formally announced its new feature that allows users to order food from local restaurants using its app. Instead of competing directly with other food ordering services, Facebook is partnering with several industry players on this effort, including EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, …

Philips Hue Go Light gets a nice price drop to $50 shipped at Amazon

This offer has expired!<p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest deals and more. Sign-up for our newsletters and have our best offers delivered to your inbox daily.<p><i>Update: Also at Walmart with in-store pickup.</i><p>Amazon offers the Philips Hue Go Light for <b>$50.04 shipped</b>. That’s nearly $30 off the …

Why Stackshare is quietly becoming a secret weapon for developers and Silicon Valley CTOs

On Stackshare, Airbnb lists over 50 services in its “stack,” Slack lists 24, and Spotify lists more than 31; these stacks are collections of different pieces of software that each company is using to run their operations, and range from infrastructure tools to communications tools to container …

Kill three birds with one stone with this Bluetooth speaker power bank table

Don’t forget to charge your table<p>Tables are probably some of the oldest gadgets around, if you think about it. People have probably been taking things and using them as a high place to put other, smaller things since the existence of people (and things). I’ve certainly been an avid table user all …

Matternet cleared to fly blood samples in delivery drones over Swiss cities

The Swiss Federal Office for Civil Aviation (FOCA) has granted Matternet a certification allowing their delivery drones to fly autonomously over cities at any time of day or night. Clearing this regulatory hurdle means that by early next year, Matternet partner Swiss Post plans to use the drones to …

How to add custom emojis to Slack

For those who use Slack, the group chat service used by companies and groups of friends alike, you know emoji reactions to comments are commonplace.<p>Slack offers a healthy dose of reactions by default, but did you know you can create and upload your own reactions to your team? It's easy, and only …

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DoorDash and Postmates are going to start making deliveries with these adorable European robots

Cute little robots are already making food deliveries in a handful of European cities. Now those same machines, built by Starship Technologies, are about to start rolling in the US as well. Starship said today that it is partnering with San Francisco-based delivery startups DoorDash and Postmates …

This 24-second video starring an adorable kid and an Amazon Echo Dot escalates very quickly

People love the Amazon Echo, but more and more people are buying the smaller $50 Echo Dot, which can do all the same things as the Echo voice-controlled smarthome device but also be plugged into other speaker systems to take advantage of the (presumably) better audio quality. In fact, the Echo Dot …

Death to JIRA

I have long held that Atlassian’s ubiquitous JIRA bug-tracker / feature-planner serves a valuable purpose in the software biz: it gives project teams a common enemy to bond together against. Alas, it’s not worth it. JIRA’s design is fundamentally antithetical to good software development, if it is …

Spotify is writing massive amounts of junk data to storage drives

Streaming app used by 40 million writes hundreds of gigabytes per day.<p>For almost five months—possibly longer—the Spotify music streaming app has been …

Watch a Tesla drive itself on local streets

Tesla announced on Wednesday that all new vehicles will be built to be fully self-driving.<p>If your Tesla is in production now or you plan to order a Tesla soon, all it will take is a series of over-the-air updates to make it a fully self-driving robot car, the company announced late Wednesday. That …

Callblock’s new iOS app will block calls from over 2 million telemarketers

A new application, Callblock, coming to the iTunes App Store, claims to block phone calls from over 2 million telemarketers by type, including things like robocallers, debt collectors, political campaigners, scammers, and more. To identify which calls should be blocked, the app uses a combination …

'Cognitive Insights' helps developers squash bugs faster

Developers can’t be everywhere, but a new service from Logz.io named Cognitive Insights can — and it might keep developers from wasting valuable time on Stack Overflow.<p>Currently, development teams have to search for fixes to their problems on the internet when they’re stumped. It’s a lot of hacking …

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Deliveroo's UK MD came out to face an angry mob of food delivery couriers — here's what happened

The startup, which has raised $475 million (£367 million) from investors, currently pays its fleet of cyclists and moped riders £7/hour + £1/delivery. But Deliveroo is looking at abandoning the hourly rate and moving to a per delivery payment structure, where drivers would earn …

‘Smart’ locks yield to simple hacker tricks

It’s an open secret that the Internet of Things (if we must call it so) is pretty terrible, whether in standards, interoperability or security. You don’t really expect good security in a smart light bulb or coffee maker, though. A smart <i>front door lock</i>, however, really shouldn’t be quite this easy …

Venture capital investments rebound for tech startups | Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Venture capital investments in startups rebounded in the second quarter, as a general stock market recovery helped restore confidence, according to a new report published on Friday.<p>A billboard displays the logo of Snapchat above Times Square in New York March 12, 2015. …

Amazon eyeing up London restaurant delivery launch

With Deliveroo and Uber currently battling it out on London’s streets to deliver food from local restaurants, a third player with deep pockets may be about to enter the fight. According to multiple sources within the tech and food industry, Amazon is eyeing up a launch for its Amazon Restaurants …

Starship partners with Just Eat to bring its delivery robots to the UK

Later this month, a swathe of Starship delivery robots will hit the streets of the UK, Germany and Switzerland. The firm has partnered with Just Eat, …

GoButler launches Angel.ai to offer natural language tech to commerce companies

GoButler, the startup that originally offered a virtual assistant that let you request anything on-demand, appears to be pivoting for a second (and maybe final) time. The New York-headquartered company is shuttering the GoButler consumer-facing service altogether in favour of offering natural …

Facer brings its popular watchface customization utility to Apple Watch

A popular smartwatch customization platform for Android, Facer, has today made its way to iOS and Apple Watch. While there are already dozens of utilities on the App Store that allow users to better personalize their Apple Watch’s home screen, Facer stands out because of its sizable collection of …

Uber wants devs to make your rides less boring

At a hackathon in Bangalore, India, today, Uber announced the launch of its Trip Experiences API which lets developers promote their apps as a way for passengers to kill time during their rides.<p>The API exposes trip data such as location and ETAs to pickup and to a user’s destination, which …

How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software

John Sung Kim Contributor<p>John Sung Kim is the founder of Five9 and DoctorBase (acquired by Kareo).<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>What’s Really Killing Digital Health Startups<p>I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just …

Tablelist Gets You Into Hot Clubs With The Push Of A Button

We’ve all heard about FOMO (fear of missing out), but what about FOGO? That’s short for “fear of going out,” and it’s the problem that CEO Julian Jung said he’s trying to solve with Tablelist.<p>Jung compared his startup to Uber — in the same way that getting car service before Uber could be …

Looking For Oysters? There's An App For That

Meet 27-year-old Sam Asher. He’s so crazy about oysters, he invented an app called Pearl to help people like him find out which restaurants are serving up their favorites — in real time.<p>“I was sitting at an oyster bar with my friend and the idea just popped into my head,” says Asher, who was …

These Autonomous Drones May Soon Deliver Your Lunch (And Your Medicine)

Your Seamless order is floating above your house.<p>For the past few years, a startup called Matternet has been testing out autonomous delivery drones in developing countries like Haiti, Papua New Guinea, and Bhutan. Now, the company is getting ready to release a commercial version of the $5,000 …