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Facebook launches telco infrastructure accelerator with Orange

Back in February, the Facebook-led Telecom Infrastructure Project led a call to put $170 million into startups focusing on solutions to improve infrastructure: the switching technologies, engineering, cabling and other components that go into building networking for internet and other …

Innovation

Google makes its local reviews easier to use when traveling with automated translation

Google announced today it’s making its business reviews easier to access and read when you’re traveling by performing automatic translation. The company says it will now translate the user reviews that appear in Google Search results and Google Maps into the language you have set on your device, so …

Google

Is Spotify working on a wearable?

Spotify is said to be exploring the launch of branded wearable, according to rumors floated by a “trusted source” at Zatz Not Funny. There’s little information out there at this early stage, though a job listing posted by the company does lend some validity to the project.<p>Based at the streaming …

Wearable Tech

Hullabalu releases Lightwell, a platform for creating interactive storytelling apps

Interactive storytelling startup Hullabalu has spent the last several years producing a series of apps for kids based around a group of characters it has developed. But after making multiple apps of its own, the company has decided to open up its creative tools to other interactive …

Apps

New Microsoft tools integrate LinkedIn data directly into Dynamics 365

Microsoft announced some significant integrations between LinkedIn, the professional social network it bought last year for over $26 billion and Microsoft Dynamics 365, the company’s CRM and ERP suite.<p>It was clear that when Microsoft paid that much money for LinkedIn, it had plans to use that data …

LinkedIn

Tesla to double its Supercharger network in 2017, topping 10K chargers globally

Tesla is getting ready to produce the Model 3 at volumes unprecedented for the company, but it hasn’t forgotten about that other key ingredient in the electric vehicle mix – charging infrastructure. The automaker announced today that while it began 2017 with over 5,000 Superchargers installed …

Tesla

Find out how startups are transforming real estate investing at Disrupt NY

Ever since the financial crisis of 2008, investors have become wary of investing in real estate, especially in the residential housing market. But startups have emerged over the last decade to help provide more transparency and accessibility to an industry that until recently had suffered from …

Startups

Boom is bringing back commercial supersonic flight

Revolar, the personal safety button, can get you out of tight spots

A new hardware/app device called Revolar aims to make it safe to walk the streets. This tiny button will notify your friends and family if you’re scared, the authorities if you’re in trouble, and will even simulate a phone call if you need to get out of a sticky situation.<p>It works with iOs and …

April 24

Behance founder on maximizing creative output and using constraints to boost productivity

Scott Belsky is the co-founder of Behance and investor at Benchmark Capital. In this episode, we discuss how to maximize your creative output, how constraints can – and should – be used to boost productivity, and the patterns most seen in successful businesses.<p>Your grandiose vision for the next …

Productivity

Reefill wants you to drink more tap water

Reefill is a New York-based company that wants you to stop buying bottled water. Their system, which will be installed in delis and fast food restaurants, lets you refill your water bottle for free with filtered tap water that should, in theory, be better than the swill you currently get from water …

Water

Recharge, which lets users book hotels by the minute, just launched in New York

Recharge, a two-year-old, San Francisco-based company whose app enables users to book a stay in a hotel for just 66 cents a minute, is opening in select New York hotels today, after testing its service over the last year in San Francisco.<p>The company has also raised an undisclosed amount of funding …

Hotels

The NYT brings its news – and a mini crossword – to Snapchat Discover

The New York Times announced today it’s joining Snapchat Discover – the feature in Snapchat which includes updates and news from a variety of media publications. The paper’s “daily edition” on Snapchat will include a handful of The NYT’s stories, distilled down to the quick, more consumable format …

Snapchat

Every feed app should steal Pinterest’s ‘more like this’ button

‬This is the best new social app feature in a long time. Twitter should copy it. Instagram should copy it. Facebook probably already is copying it.<p>I’m talking about Pinterest’s “Instant Ideas” button that started testing in February but is slowly rolling out to more people. As soon as I tapped it, …

Internet Marketing

Amazon’s driverless tech team focuses not on building it, but on how to use it

Amazon has a team dedicated to driverless technology, the Wall Street Journal reports, but their focus isn’t on building self-driving cars or trucks; instead, the Amazon squad acts as a kind of braintrust looking at how to best employ autonomous vehicle technology to serve the ecommerce giant’s …

Logistics

This might be your last chance to buy the NES Classic

Nintendo is discontinuing the NES Classic Edition. While this decision is still puzzling, you might still be looking to buy one before it disappears into the ether forever. Best Buy stores have some of the last units starting today.<p>If you plan on buying one, I’d head to the closest Best Buy store …

Nintendo

Tesla’s Model 3 production plans said to include a risky manufacturing move

Tesla’s making a bet on its production process for the Model 3 that defies accepted industry know-how – which is not at all an unusual strategy for the young carmaker. Basically all of Tesla’s success thus far has been due to its ability to defy accepted industry wisdom, but with the Model 3 …

Tesla

How a Berlin startup beat the online giants at image recognition

Can a machine learn aesthetics in a way a human would? Could it then look at a set of photos, and draw on those same aesthetics to reproduce a different set? It’s a big question because it has long-term implications for how AI is going to develop.<p>What are aesthetics anyway? Is it just what you …

Startups

Alibaba’s Ant Financial invests in Chinese bike-sharing startup unicorn Ofo

Ofo, the Chinese bike-sharing startup that recently claimed unicorn status, announced this weekend that it has added Ant Financial as an investor. In a statement posted to its Weibo account, Ofo said that it will work with Ant Financial, an Alibaba unit, on Internet and credit card payments and its …

Startups

LinkedIn hits 500M member milestone for its social network for the working world

Now that LinkedIn is a part of Microsoft (after closing its $26.2 billion acquisition in December), the social networking site for the working world no longer reports earnings, and the metrics that come with them, as an individual business. So to underscore its growth, today LinkedIn used a blog …

LinkedIn

VideoBlocks goes beyond moving pictures and announces its stock photo marketplace

VideoBlocks made a name for itself a few years ago when it launched its subscription-based stock video service and — later on — a members-only marketplace for buying one-off clips, too. Now, the company is following a very similar model for its expansion into the stock photo space as well. That new …

Business Analytics

Amazon launches “Subscribe with Amazon,” a marketplace for digital subscriptions

Amazon has made headway in the subscription business with its Subscribe & Save feature for consumers, which offers discounted pricing on products if you agree to buy on a recurring basis. Now, the retailer is looking to expand its subscription footprint with a new program called Subscribe with …

Amazon

Netflix to raise $1 billion in foreign debt financing for content and more

Netflix will raise a little over $1 billion (€1 billion) from “non-U.S. persons” via a new senior notes offering, the company said on Monday. The proceeds of the debt sale will be used to help with general capital expenditures, but also funding content acquisitions, investments, and transactions …

Venture Capital

Apple hires a couple Google satellite executives for reported hardware project

Apple has hired former Google satellite executives John Fenwick and Michael Trela, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The two might’ve been in the market for new gigs, given that Google recently sold off its own in-house satellite imaging business (which came through an acquisition of …

Google

Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices

For the past seven years, the Canadian technology developer Komodo Openlabs has been working on a device called Tecla that allow users with limited mobility to control electronic devices.<p>Designed for users who have trouble operating smartphones, tablets, or computers because of limited upper-body …

Emerging Technology

Watch this Larry Page-backed flying car take to the sky above a lake

The Kitty Hawk Flyer is one of the first aircraft from Larry Page-backed Kitty Hawk, a startup taking aim at creating real, usable flying cars. The company, which is also led by CEO and former Google self-driving car project originator Sebastian Thrun, wants to begin selling the Flyer you see in …

Drones

The $999 SlingStudio makes it easy to produce multi-camera Facebook Live and YouTube streams

Sling Media, the Dish subsidiary you probably know for its Slingbox and Sling TV service, is announcing its SlingStudio hardware today. With this, Sling Media is entering a completely new market because unlike its previous offerings, which targeted consumers, the $999 SlingStudio is meant for video …

GoPro

An obscure regulatory debate has put the entire U.S. fintech community on edge

The future of American fintech may hang in the balance of a pitched battle that has grown in intensity over the past four months. An obscure request for comments on regulatory standards, released by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) last March, has since evolved into a complex …

FinTech

Now you can buy TV ads through Google’s DoubleClick

Google is announcing that advertisers can now buy traditional TV advertising through the DoubleClick Bid Manager.<p>Bid Manager is the main DoubleClick ad-buying product, so Google is pitching this as a way to manage TV and online ad campaigns from the same place.<p>“Historically, TV and digital …

Digital Advertising

Flux, a fintech startup founded by ex-Revolut employees, wants to make paper receipts obsolete

Flux, a London-based fintech startup founded by three early employees of foreign exchange and banking app Revolut, is on a mission to make store receipts truly digital.<p>The company, which is de-cloaking this week with a pilot in East London, has built a software platform that bridges the gap between …

FinTech