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This all-analog DNA circuit calculates without going digital

It’s a sign that we’re living in the future when using our own genetic machinery as a form of calculator or storage is nothing new — but make no mistake, it’s still very early days in this field and there are plenty of surprises ahead. Today’s surprise, for instance, is the use of DNA to do exact …

DNA

Lisn’s new app lets you stream songs for your friends while chatting

The joy that comes from listening to music with friends is something that’s been around ever since…well, ever since music. But today, thanks to digital services that let you listen anytime, anywhere, music is now more often a solo experience. A new app called Lisn wants to change that, by offering …

Music (India)

Select Lenovo Android devices will ship with Office and Skype preloaded

One user’s bloatware is another’s feature. And really, depending on where you fall on Microsoft productivity software, this could go either way, really. Lenovo announced today that it’ll be preloading the software giant’s offerings on future handsets – namely Office, Skype and OneDrive.<p>No word on …

Skype

DeepMind NHS health data-sharing deal faces further scrutiny

A controversial data-sharing agreement between Google-owned AI company DeepMind and the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has caught the eye of the National Data Guardian — the government appointee who works with the Department of Health to try to ensure citizens’ confidential health data is …

Health

Watchable, Comcast’s app for cord cutters, adds original series

Comcast entered the cord cutting fray last fall with the launch of its online and mobile streaming service Watchable, which offered a variety of videos from popular websites like VICE and Vox, in an effort to reach the growing number of younger subscribers opting out of paying for cable TV. …

Comcast

The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S16 Demo Day 1

1/8<p>Aptonomy – Drone security guards<p>For sites that need to move their security needs way beyond the “smile, you’re on camera” signs, there aren’t a ton of great options. Security guards can be inefficient and undependable, plus they’re not actually supposed to do more than call the police. Security …

YCombinator

Pinterest acquires Instapaper, which will live on as a separate app

Pinterest said today that it would be acquiring the team behind Instapaper, which will continue operating as a separate app. The Instapaper team will both work on the core Pinterest experience and updating Instapaper.<p>Pinterest’s logic here is that one of the company’s core tenets is bookmarking — …

Marco Arment

Remind enters the payments space by letting parents pay for field trips with a credit card

We first covered Remind back in 2011, when it launched as a way for K-12 teachers to broadcast communications to a classroom full of parents. But over the past 5 years the company has evolved into an all-encompassing communication tool for teachers, parents and students in over 75% of U.S school …

PayPal

Postleaf is a open source blogging platform for the design-conscious

Content management systems are boring until you have to use one. You can install a little Drupal or WordPress, pick up some Squarespace, or just dump to Medium, the graveyard for posts about protein shakes and VC funding. But what if you could roll your own CMS? And what if you made it really …

Open Source

STX Entertainment acquires VR studio Surreal

Virtual reality is quickly earning a reputation in Hollywood beyond its nerdy niche, with many industry professionals shifting resources and attention to catching this platform wave early.<p>STX Entertainment, the Hollywood TV and film studio behind flicks like Bad Moms and Free State of Jones, has …

Virtual Reality

EVEN Electric will sell only EVs, but not in the US

EVEN Electric may be based in Ottawa, Ontario, but it has its sights set on selling electric vehicles from multiple brands worldwide. The sales and distribution network — not a dealership — will have new and pre-owned EVs available via centralized processing centers in several countries. Buyers …

Selling

A look inside Hyperloop One’s wildly fast future

What’s really going on at Hyperloop One – the futuristic transportation system proposing to shoot humans from point A to B at 750 miles-per-hour?<p>The startup changed its name from Hyperloop Transportation to Hyperloop One and began testing in the Nevada desert this spring; announced $80 million in …

Hyperloop

Tesla’s new Model S P100D adds range and cranks Ludicrous Mode up a notch

Tesla has a new, larger battery option for the Model S and Model X line of electric vehicles, which includes an improved Ludicrous Mode that boasts a 2.5 second 0-60 mph time, which is 0.1 second faster than the Model S’s previous max, and only 0.2 seconds off one of the fastest accelerating …

Tesla

New .blog TLD opens up early registration applications

One of the few new top-level domains that actually makes sense, .blog, is starting the process of registration. Automattic, which runs WordPress and a number of other useful web apps, owns .blog and is handling applications at get.blog and, confusingly, dotblog.wordpress.com.<p>The company isn’t …

WordPress

Sony unveils PlayStation Now for PC and wireless DualShock 4 USB adapter

PlaySation Now, the all-you-can game subscription service that provides access to classic PlayStation titles on-demand, is making its way to Windows PCs, starting now in Europe and rolling out soon in North America. Sony’s also making it easier to game on your PC, with a DualShock 4 USB wireless …

Sony

The pitfalls of venture funding

As the venture funding landscape continues to flourish, entrepreneurs who want to build a sustainable business should proceed with caution before heading down the VC path.<p>As a veteran in the startup space, I’ve done and seen a lot. As a result, I’ve become educated about the pros and cons of …

Startups

Third batch of Disrupt SF Hackathon tickets now available

Disrupt SF 2016 is right around the corner, and soon thousands of the best and brightest entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts will make their way to San Francisco’s Pier 48 for the show.<p>But one of our favorite parts of Disrupt actually happens before the show floor opens up for the week — the Disrupt …

Northern California

Google will soon start punishing mobile sites that show hard-to-dismiss popups

Google today announced two major changes related to its mobile search results. The one you’ll probably notice first is that Google is removing the “mobile-friendly” label that highlighted pages that were easy to read on mobile from its mobile search results pages.<p>In the long run, though, the second …

Google

Google’s Daydream VR reportedly launching soon along with original YouTuber content

Google is set to launch Daydream VR sometime “in the coming weeks,” according to Bloomberg, after laying the groundwork for its launch with the official debut of Android 7.0 this week. The new report says Google is investing big in original content to accompany the launch of its VR platform, which …

Virtual Reality

Parrot’s fixed wing Disco drone takes flight next month for $1,300

Half a year after debuting a prototype at CES, Parrot’s finally ready to show off the final version of its next radical entry in the rapidly expanding drone space. The Disco marks a noted departure from both the French company’s earlier effort sand the consumer drone space in general, trading in …

Disco

It’s time to strap on your Skeletonized Androgyne Royale

Something meets boy, and something meets girl and they both look the same and they’re overjoyed in this world. But how much more overjoyed would the be if they could on a Skeletonized Androgyne Royale from Manufacture Royale? This wild watch costs a mere $61,000 and might be good for your father …

Watches

Tesla stock surges as Elon Musk teases ‘product announcement’

Elon Musk is going to unveil some Tesla product news at noon PT (3 PM ET) today, and the market is liking the potential, despite the CEO not providing any details. Share price for Tesla is up over 2 percent on the NASDAQ as of this writing, in anticipating of whatever Tesla is preparing to unveil.<p>A …

Elon Musk

MIT’s programmable routers let old network hardware learn new traffic tricks

Researchers at MIT’s CSAIL research lab might help future network hardware better keep pace with ever-increasing network data demands. Where typical network router hardware directing traffic in larger server farms prioritize speed, they often feature hardwired algorithms, but the new CSAIL design …

Traffic

Facebook improves its “lightweight video” Slideshow ads, including support mobile ad creation

Facebook today is rolling out a number of improvements to its “Slideshow” ads, announced last fall as a means of offering an alternative to video ads in developing markets where bandwidth may be limited. The company this morning says that advertisers will now be able to create these ads right from …

Facebook

For HBS students, a case study in what not to do

At Harvard Business School, students pay top dollar to learn everything from how to manage international trade to scaling technology ventures. They’re also schooled in the art of venture capital. Among the case studies they learned last year is the story of Rothenberg Ventures (RV), a four-year-old …

Startups

Trello makes its Power-Ups available to free users

Project management service Trello today announce that its Power-Ups, which are essentially third-party integrations, are now available to all of its users, including those who are on the service’s free tier. Until now, only paying users were able to use this feature, which includes integrations …

Git

Karmic rolls out the Kyoto, an e-bike for women

Karmic Bikes today began accepting pre-orders for their newest model, the Karmic Kyoto, a “pedelec” (or pedal electric bike) designed for women.<p>The upright street bike features a 500Wh battery, Shimano’s SLX 11-speed components, a step-through frame, fenders, lights, and hydraulic disc brakes. It …

Kyoto

Coda Payments raises $2M to enable alternative online payments in Asia

Relying on credit cards doesn’t work in Southeast Asia, where less than 10 percent of the 600 million population are estimated to own plastic. That makes alternative payments, like bank transfer or over-the-counter, critical for anyone doing business in the region, where online spending is tipped …

Credit Cards

RedShelf raises $4M to shake up college textbook market

Walk through a bookstore and you can see $5.99 paperbacks along one wall and omg-how-much? college textbooks along the other. E-textbook company RedShelf today announced it raised a $4 million Series B from Coniston Capital, with participation from existing investors, including the National …

College & University

Logikcull raises $10M to let lawyers analyze documents at the speed of a thousand interns

As entertaining and interesting as made-for-TV lawsuits (like the O.J trial) are, they always leave out one key element. The hundreds of hours of research that goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an important trial.<p>Before any big trial a lawyer (and their associates and interns) has to find, …

Forensics