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Scientists show they can ‘read your mind’ using brain scans

Two new studies suggest machines could be taught to peer inside the mind to "see" pictures of what people see in near real time.<p>Machines that can read people's minds are getting closer to reality: Scientists have revealed they can now use brain scans to read letters and images participants are …

The Brain

Artificial intelligence 'will take the place of humans within five years’

Salespeople, call centre staff and customer service personnel could all be replaced by computers within the next few years, claims one technology entrepreneur.<p>Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) specialist Dmitry Aksenov has been working on building computers that “think like human beings” …

Zuckerberg: I wish Parse had been around when I started Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO — Talking about his social network’s early days, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he started out with an $8,000 budget and all the responsibility of building his own backend.<p>“In retrospect, man, I wish Parse was around back then,” he said.<p>More from Parse Dev Day<p>Parse: 100K+ apps & …

Stealth cloud startup Connectloud: Here’s what the next-generation cloud looks like

<i>Editor’s note: In the run-up to our CloudBeat conference next week, we asked innovative, stealth-mode cloud software startup Connectloud to give us an exclusive write-up of its upcoming cross-cloud technology, uCloud. This piece is written by Connectloud CEO Zeeshan Naseh.</i><p>Enterprises today are …

Stanford University Is Going To Invest In Student Startups Like A VC Firm

Stanford University is going to start directly investing in students’ companies. Stanford is also giving a $3.6 million grant to StartX, a non-profit startup accelerator for Stanford-affiliated entrepreneurs.<p>StartX founder and CEO Cameron Teitelman tells me Stanford will only invest in StartX …

Elon Musk To Traverse The U.S. Using A Model S And Tesla Superchargers In 6 Day Trip, With Only 9 Hours Spent Charging

The Tesla Model S is doing remarkably well, despite the challenges it still faces in terms of convincing average consumers that it can meet their everyday needs. One of the big remaining question marks around the Tesla S was how it would manage a cross-country roadtrip – that quintessential, if …

Smart Thermostat Market Heating Up As Tado Raises $2.6M For Its European Nest

With Nest, the smart thermostat startup founded by ex-Apple iPod chief Tony Fadell, seemingly getting closer to a UK launch, TechCrunch has learned that European competitor Tado has raised a further $2.6 million from previous backers Target Partners, and Shortcut Ventures.<p>The Munich, Germany-based …

What Is The Future Of VC? Find Out At Disrupt SF

Many compare the process of picking a partner at a VC firm (or an angel) to back your idea to the act of getting married. You better be ready to be comfortable in the trenches with this person, because the startup journey is a roller coaster.<p>Amidst the debate over value-added services vs. classic …

Elon Musk Shows Off His Crazy Iron Man-Inspired 3D Modeling Setup

Elon Musk, the world’s busiest rich dude/mad scientist, has just posted a video showing off the Iron Man-inspired 3D modeling setup he tweeted about last week. Because people don’t compare him to Tony Stark* enough, right?<p>By combining the gesture-sensing Leap Motion controller with an array of …

The Future of the Desktop — Rendering the Operating System Irrelevant?

Xerox Star<p>There are few more enduring manifestations of user interface technology than that of the Graphical User Interface Desktop. Pioneered by …

Biohacking goes industrial: six examples of future biotech products

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How Gestural Control Could Change Everything

JumpStartFund launches portal to crowdsource startups from beginning-to-end

Tech startups may be working at the cutting edge of innovation, but the way they are formed remains pretty old-school.<p>JumpStartFund launched today to change how companies are formed, using the Internet. JumpStartFund is an online portal that solicits new business ideas and patents from individuals, …

Sugar CRM Raises $40M From Goldman Sachs To Drive Growth In Asia and International Markets

SugarCRM has raised $40 million from Goldman Sachs to help finance its growth, especially in Asia where the company gets a substantial percentage of its business. The company has now raised $119 million since 2004 when it received its first $2 million from Draper Fisher Jurvetson.<p>The company bills …

Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky Joins Andreessen Horowitz

Former Windows President Steven Sinofsky has joined Andreessen Horowitz as a board partner, according to an announcement he posted this morning to his personal blog, “Learning by Shipping.” The new VC will represent the firm on the boards of portfolio companies, as the opportunity arises, he says, …

MakerBot’s $1,400 Digitizer Now Available To Pre-Order, Will Ship By Mid-October

The folks at MakerBot have been teasing their Digitizer desktop 3D scanner since this past March, but now they’re just about ready push it out the door. For $1,400, you too can scan all the little knick-knacks in your life and turn them into 3D schematics to print or share with others.<p>In case you …

Apple Acquires Embark, Another Mapping App With Transit Information

Apple has acquired yet another transit mapping application reports Jessica Lessin, this time it’s Embark, a Silicon Valley-based startup that builds apps for different cities to provide information about routes and stops. This acquisition follows the purchase of HopStop, another app that offers …

Google Ventures Puts $258M Into Uber, Its Largest Deal Ever

A certificate unearthed by AllThingsD today shows that Uber has closed $361.2 million in its latest round. It’s unknown why TPG, which picked up 775,092 shares, paid a lower per-share price than the other participants. The late-stage investor plunked down a total of $88.4 million in Uber. Existing …

Biomeme Wants To Turn Your iOS Device Into A Disease-Detecting Mobile DNA Lab

There’s a vast, vast sea of the smartphone accessories out there that are designed to solve first-world problems (do we honestly need another bottle opening case?), but here’s one that aspires to change the rest of the world. The folks at Dreamit Ventures-backed Biomeme have developed a device that …

Gene by Gene takes aim at 23andme with Arpeggi acquisition

Arpeggi, a startup formed by a group of entrepreneurs and scientists to accelerate research into the human genome, has been scooped by up Gene by Gene.<p>The combined entity is positioned to be a major competitor to DNA testing services like 23andme. Its goal is to offer consumers affordable access to …

What Would the Ideal Hospital Look Like in 2020?

Author: Joseph Flaherty. Joseph Flaherty Design<p>Date of Publication: 07.19.13.<p>Time of Publication: 12:15 pm. 12:15 pm<p>Integrating screens into the …

Blood-Sample Robot Misses Veins About As Often As Trained Humans Do

But the robot's makers are hoping to make it more accurate in the next few months.<p>Would you let a robot draw your blood? Perhaps in the future, you'll be able to choose an mechanical phlebotomist over a human one.<p>A California-based startup is trying to build a robot that is able to find a vein and …

The Angel Health Monitor Is A Fitbit For Hackers

The Angel Health monitor, besides having a fairly morbid name (you rarely see angels unless you’re sailing down the river Styx), is actually quite cool. Designed to be a “developer’s” health monitoring system, the Angel senses motion and acceleration, skin temperature, blood oxygen saturation, and …

Cyber-Security Company Sentinel Labs Raises $2.5M

Sentinel Labs, a startup that detects cyber-security threats in real time, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding from Data Collective, Granite Hill Capital Partners, Accel Partners and several other angel investors. The company also raised $20,000 in funding last March.<p>A graduate of Israeli …

A 3D printer that uses—wait for it—printer paper

Most 3D printing is done with different types of plastic, but as we’ve said before, there’s more than one kind of machine that falls under the “3D printer” umbrella. Along with the devices that print organs and cars, there’s one that uses the last material you’d expect: printer paper.<p>Demonstrated …

3D Printing

Cloud Service Architecture Will Power New Era Of Intelligent, Automated Applications

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Pete Sonsini is the general partner at New Enterprise Associates. Follow him on Twitter @psonsini.</i><p>The new way of the world for most web software development is the assembly of applications from cloud-based APIs. Developers are saving loads of time by pulling in various cloud services …

Software is evolving out of the tar pits of consolidation

<i>This is a guest post by investor Brian Jacobs.</i><p>In the last decade, business software startups have struggled to avoid the death grip of the software mega-giants: Oracle, Microsoft, IBM and SAP. These behemoths won the evolutionary competition of corporate software by exploiting the limitations of …

The top 10 cloud-based tools for developers

Nothing is hotter right now than developer tools.<p>More individuals are learning to code, and companies are hiring the best of them to build new cloud and mobile apps. Hackers and investors alike are beginning to figure out that whoever makes the best tools stands to make a huge amount of money.<p>With …