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Sprig Is Shutting Down

<b>Today’s Stories</b><p>On-demand food startup Sprig is shutting down today<br>• Nielsen: over 92% of viewing among U.S. adults still happens on the TV screen<br>• Sergey Brin’s giant airship will be world’s largest, serve humanitarian role<br>• Even the world’s largest bitcoin exchange couldn’t handle this week’s …

Startups

Reid Hoffman, Bill Gates, Sam Altman invest $30 million in Change.org

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman announced today that he’s making a big bet on Change.org, the site for social justice petitions. Hoffman is leading a $30 million round, with other investors including big names like Bill Gates and Y Combinator president Sam Altman.<p>“Change.org, the global hub for …

Philanthropy

Sprig Is Shutting Down | Crunch Report

Google has reportedly launched a new AI-focused venture capital program

Google has launched a new venture capital program focused on artificial intelligence, Axios is reporting.<p>Google declined to comment on the report, which states that the initiative will be led by longtime Google VP of engineering Anna Patterson and involve a rotating cast of engineers instead of the …

Venture Capital

The 18 most memorable quotes of Disrupt New York 2017

1/18<p>Naval Ravikant of AngelList at Disrupt NY<p>Check out the rest of the panel here.<p>2/18<p>FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at Disrupt NY<p>Check out the rest of the panel here.<p>3/18<p>Peter Rawlinson of Lucid Motors at Disrupt NY<p>Check out the rest of the panel here.<p>4/18<p>Raj Nair of Ford at Disrupt NY<p>Check out …

Disrupt NY

Weekly Roundup: DJI’s Spark drone, Mark Zuckerberg addresses Harvard

This week, DJI announced a brand new drone, Mark Zuckerberg delivered the Harvard commencement speech and Airbnb’s internal data science program was announced. These are the top stories of the week. This post is also a newsletter, so you can sign up to have it delivered to your inbox on Saturday …

Mark Zuckerberg

This robot arm’s AI thinks like we do about how to grab something

Robots are great at doing things they’ve been shown how to do, but when presented with a novel problem, such as an unfamiliar shape that needs to be gripped, they tend to choke. AI is helping there in the form of systems like Dex-Net, which uses deep learning to let a robotic arm improvise an …

Robotics

KidPass raises $5.1 million for its children’s activity subscription service

KidPass, a monthly membership program that gives parents access to a variety of kid-friendly activities across their city, has raised $5.1 million in Series A funding, the startup reported this week. Currently live in New York, the new funds will allow the service to expand to new markets including …

Startups

Roborace autonomous car takes a lap in Paris

At the Formula E Paris ePrix over the weekend, the driverless Roborace navigated a lap of the 1.9 km course all by itself — all 14 turns.<p>The autonomous car uses five lidar sensors, two radar sensors, 18 ultrasonic sensors, two optical speed sensors, six AI cameras and satellite positioning …

Transportation

MoneyLion’s redesigned app gives personalized financial advice and instant access to personal loans

Personal finance management app MoneyLion was created to help users save money, reduce debt and improve their credit. Today the app is being updated to provide users with more personalized information about how they can improve their financial health, as well as even faster access to personal loans.<p>…

Personal Finance

On-demand food startup Sprig is shutting down today

Sprig, the startup that makes and delivers its own food, is shutting down today, The Information reports. TechCrunch has since obtained a copy of the email Sprig is sending to customers today.<p>“It is with a heavy heart that my co-founders and I share that Sprig, Inc. will be shutting down the app …

Startups

UK wants G7 to take collective action on online extremism

The UK Prime Minister is using the annual G7 summit of seven of the world’s major industrialized democracies to push for more to be done about online extremism, including co-ordinating on ways to force social media platforms to be more pro-active about removing and reporting extremist content to …

Counterterrorism

The Marc Newson Hourglass For Hodinkee shows us time is a nanoball

“Can anyone tell me what this is?” the teacher asked. Outside the rust rains had come again and the building reacted by assembling a nano sphere shield. They would be inside until it stopped. None of the children were old enough for the skin adaptation. She might as well keep them busy.<p>She held up …

Writing

Sergey Brin’s giant airship will be world’s largest, serve humanitarian role

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is building a massive airship, we learned in April, and now The Guardian reports some additional details about the purpose and nature of the project. It’ll be used both as a private luxury air yacht for Brin and his retinue, as well as for humanitarian aid purposes. …

Sergey Brin

Insurance startup Quilt adds life insurance to its portfolio of products

The startup insurance application processor Quilt has added a life insurance product to its portfolio and has begun pitching its digital enrollment in 37 states across the country.<p>In partnership with Generation Life (a 50-year-old insurance company that was recently acquired by Swiss Re), Quilt is …

Insurance

Pickle is a TaskRabbit-style app for Generation Z

Share economy startups which allow someone to ‘share’ their labour or skills have proliferated over the last few years. Even simple ‘share your skills’ communities with no commercial model have appeared such as Impossible.<p>Now these companies are joined by Pickle, a peer-to-peer mobile app that …

Startups

For one new fund, the question isn’t which corporate backer, but why not 10?

Engage Ventures is a new, Atlanta-based accelerator fund for early-stage deals. It isn’t managing a ton of money — it just closed on $15 million for its debut effort — but it does have some interesting financial backers.<p>Unlike a corporate venture unit that’s trying to satisfy one company, Engage …

Venture Capital

Snap said to leverage discounts to drive growth

After a painful first-quarter miss, Snap, the parent company of the popular social app Snapchat, is looking to avoid the same fate in the second.<p>According to Digiday, Snap is working to drive new and increased business ahead of the end of its second quarter. To do so, the company is said to be …

Markets

Judah vs. the Machines: For when you can’t bring yourself to go shopping

You’d be forgiven if you can’t be bothered to drag yourself to the store to shop for shoes and clothes and things for your bedroom. The internet is there for you, after all. But if you don’t know what you want? Well, I guess there is an app for that. And Judah Friedlander wants to take it on.<p>In …

Shopping

DJI’s tiny new Spark drone is $499 and kind of a big deal

Stealthy Boxbot wins the Pear prize for UC Berkeley with a tech for autonomous last-mile delivery

It was a long road that took the two founders of Boxbot from drinks at Drake’s Dealership to winning the prestigious Pear Berkeley Challenge, but both Austin Oehlerking and Mark Godwin are very at home on the road.<p>The two had successful careers at Tesla and Uber, respectively, two companies that …

UC Berkeley

Riley raises $3.1M to help real estate agents rate and respond to their leads

Businesses usually spend lots of time and money trying of attract potential customers. Now a startup called Riley aims to help them prioritize those sales leads.<p>Riley was part of the winter class at Y Combinator. (In fact, CEO Daniel Ahmadizadeh said he and his co-founder Helson Taveras applied …

Real Estate

Nielsen: over 92% of viewing among U.S. adults still happens on the TV screen

U.S. consumers may be cutting the cord with pay TV, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped watching the big screen, according to new data released by Nielsen this morning. In a report detailing the viewing habits of U.S. adults, the measurement firm found that 92 percent of all viewing among U.S. …

Smart TV

Google’s AlphaGo AI defeats team of five leading Go players

Are five human heads better than one computer brain? Not when it comes to playing Go. AlphaGo, the AI created to play the game of Go better than anyone alive, has defeated a team made up of five Go champions in a demonstration match on Friday.<p>The team included Chen Yaoye, Zho Ruiyang, Mi Yuting, …

Artificial Intelligence

Far Cry 5’s launch trailer gives us a first look at its rural U.S. setting

Far Cry 5 developer Ubisoft is playing with fire – hellfire, that is, as it sometimes arises in America’s more backwater regions. The Montana setting for the forthcoming Far Cry game is a very different type of locale for the series, which typically features tropical destinations as the backdrop …

Gaming

Let’s meet in Iceland next week

I’ll be in Reykjavik next week and you know what that means… I want to meet you! So we’ll be holding a small meetup (not really a pitchoff but feel free to pitch me while I’m there) at Bryggjan Brugghús, Grandagarði 8, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland.<p>The event is being held on Tuesday, May 30, from 5 PM to …

The League is bringing its exclusive dating app to 10 more cities this summer

The League, a dating app that prides itself on selectiveness and requires members to be approved before joining, has traditionally taken expansion pretty slow. Originally launched in early 2015, the app is still only in 7 cities – New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington …

Cities

Sana Health aims to stop insomnia with smart goggles

When Solar Impulse pilot Bertrand Piccard set out to fly around the world in a plane that uses no fuel, he knew he wasn’t going to get much rest. During the journey, he would be able to sleep, at a maximum, three hours per day with rest meted out in twenty-minute intervals. The plane, which could …

Sleep

Don’t call BMW’s futuristic new concept motorbike a scooter

This looks like a scooter, but it’s actually the BMW Motorrad Concept Link, the latest in BMW’s series of exhaustingly named Motorrad concept vehicles, which imagine a not-so distant future in which we all travel around in angular, sci-fi style.<p>The Link offers an electric drive, which makes …

Motorcycles