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Gobi raises $500K to take on Snapchat

Norwegian startup Gobi raised $500,000 at a $15 million valuation to take on Snapchat with its “Stories” communication tool. The platform enables users to create public and private groups where users can share photos and videos that stay around for three days before vanishing into digital …

Angel Investors

The fastest-growing gym in America has $10 memberships and gives out free pizza, bagels, and candy

There's luxury gym chain Equinox with its diehard gym rats and the mid-level Town Sports Clubs.<p>Then, on the other end of the spectrum, there's Planet Fitness, which went public this summer — just when SoulCycle announced it would file for an IPO.<p>Yet these two fitness setups couldn't be structured …

Fitness

Consumer and retail news: 10 things you need to know today

A Newport Beach, California resident allegedly pretended he had the ability to sell In-N-Out franchises — and now is reportedly going to prison. Craig Stevens said he had ambitious plans of opening In-N-Out franchises in the Middle East. With these grandiose promises, Stevens was allegedly able to …

E.coli

Universal flu vaccine could end need for annual injections

A new vaccine which targets non-mutating proteins in the flu virus could prevent the need for annual injections<p>A universal flu vaccine which could end the need for annual injections could be available within three years.<p>Scientists from London-based biotech firm Seek have developed a vaccine known …

Wearable Tech

The Fast Food Restaurants You Should Be Watching in 2015

Fast food doesn't just mean McDonald's and Burger King anymore. Here are the new chains you should be paying attention to.<p>It may be challenging to think about McDonald’s outside the incessant all-day-breakfast chatter right now, but allow us to put things in some context. Frankly, McDonald’s is in …

McDonald's

High-power sound waves used to blast cancer cells

British doctors are developing a revolutionary new therapy for cancer and associated conditions based on the use of high-powered beams of ultrasound.<p>The researchers – working at the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), at the Royal Marsden hospital in Sutton, outside London – have already used the …

Cancer

An Ex-Apple Engineer Takes On The Furniture Industry With Couches You Can FedEx

Campaign, a Bay Area startup, yanks buying furniture into the 21st century.<p>Brad Sewell—formerly a design and manufacturing engineer at Apple—thinks we’re buying furniture all wrong. The problems, as Sewell told Co.Design, lie in high shipping costs, lengthy shipping time, and crappy materials that …

Furniture

Staggering growth in furniture e-commerce propels Wayfair's earning

Online home furnishings retailer Wayfair posted strong second quarter earnings last week.<p>The staggering growth of the overall furniture e-commerce industry has helped propel companies like Wayfair.<p>Wayfair's CEO Niraj Shah said during that earnings call that the company's growth streak is indeed a …

eCommerce
Employment

A New Generation of Extended-Stay Hotels Takes on Airbnb

Rising to the challenge of the sharing economy, the hospitality industry is hitting back big time with Instagram-ready extended-stay hotels.<p>A bike share program powered by Brooklyn Bicycle, in-room Bonavita coffee makers, Bosch washers, Apple TV, a rooftop gym, and Nordic-chic minimalist décor from …

Hospitality

Immunotherapy: the big new hope for cancer treatment

Analysis: A combination therapy – helping the body’s own defences fight cancer cells – has shown impressive results for terminally ill melanoma patients<p>Immunotherapy is the most exciting development in cancer treatment in years, beginning to take off at a time when much cancer drug research seems …

Immunotherapy

Hundreds of enslaved fishermen rescued in Indonesia

More than 300 fishermen who were rescued by the Indonesian government from forced labour and slavery in the remote island of Benjina have arrived safely in the port of the neighbouring Tual island.<p>The group of fishermen, who mainly came from Myanmar, as well as from Cambodia, and Thailand, were …

Fire rips through 79-storey Dubai Marina Torch

One of the world's tallest residential buildings, home to multi-million pound apartments, is engulfed in flames<p>A fire that engulfed the higher floors of a Dubai residential high-rise tower has been extinguished.<p>Hundreds of residents were evacuated after the blaze erupted hours earlier in the …

Dubai