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Betting on Bitcoin: Tim Draper talks ICOs and why Japan will be a winner

Bitcoin has definitely been one of the recurring buzzwords of 2017. Whether you’re a skeptic waiting for the so-called bubble to burst or a firm believer in the cryptocurrency’s potential, it’s there — everywhere. You can now even buy a Lamborghini for about 9 Bitcoins.<p>Top venture capitalists also …

Cryptocurrency

Teeth straightening startup Candid raises $15 million from Greycroft, Bessemer and others

Candid, the dental startup that aims to straighten your teeth for less than the cost of braces and Invisalign, recently raised a $15 million Series A round led by Greycroft Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, e.ventures and some existing investors.<p>The plan is to use the funding to beef up Candid’s …

Augmented reality will transform city life

It’s understandable to feel underwhelmed by augmented reality thus far; AR won’t really become interesting and practical in a mass market way until it can do more than just place 3D objects on tables. Despite this, AR is already changing our urban lives, even if the technology’s effects aren’t …

Augmented Reality

How to talk about cryptocurrency at the holiday dinner table

You’re sitting down to a nice meal and your aunt, always one step ahead, mentions she wants to start investing in Bitcoin. You freeze, a drip of gravy plopping off the ladle. It’s your time to shine.<p>You got this.<p>First, you know that the state of crypto is very, very good. This has been a banner …

Cryptocurrency

The VR Fund: Entertainment VR investments jump 79% in second half of 2017

Hollywood is embracing augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality (a blend of both) in a big way. The Venture Reality Fund, a venture capital fund that tracks investments in the sector, reported tonight that the number of investments in the entertainment sector in the second half of 2017 …

Virtual Reality

Scalyr scores $20M Series A for super-fast log reading tool

In a time where every startup seems to be using machine learning to sift through massive amounts of data, Scalyr is a cloud-based service that is taking a different approach. It has built a tool the founder claims can sort through massive amounts of log data at lightning speed when compared to …

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a shout-out to a $100-per-year app for doctors — here's what it does

Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't a doctor, but he talked about a piece of medical software, VisualDx, during Apple's most recent earnings call.<p>It was an interesting choice of an app to highlight. Apple has deep ambition to break into the health and medical worlds, but although VisualDx is available to …

Machine Learning

Broadcom wants to buy Qualcomm

(<i>Reuters</i>) — Communications chipmaker Broadcom Ltd is planning to unveil a bid for smartphone chip supplier Qualcomm Inc by Monday, three sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, an attempt to create a roughly $200-billion company through the biggest technology acquisition ever.<p>A tie-up …

Alibaba Caps $250 Billion Rally With Accelerating Growth

Even after adding $250 billion in market value, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. still manages to surprise.<p>China’s biggest company raised its outlook for …

Tesla Truck Will Be Unveiled This Month — New Teaser Image And Invites Have Been Released!

Tesla is getting ready to unveil the “Tesla Truck,” a long-range hauler that’s powered by electricity<i>. Electrek</i> reports that invitations to the …

Alibaba Shreds Analysts' Q2 Estimates With Massive $2.66 Billion In Profits

Alibaba’s (NASDAQ:BABA) multi-pronged revenue strategy powered yet another stunning financial result in its recently concluded fiscal second quarter, with torrid revenue growth of 61% to $8.29 billion. That was a half-billion dollars better than consensus estimates of $7.78 billion.<p>Profits also …

Stock Markets