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Google can now tell you how busy a place is before you arrive

With Popular Times, Google introduced a nifty little feature for its search engine last year that lets you know how busy a restaurant, coffee shop or bar typically is at any given time of the week. Today, it’s taking this concept a step further by making this tool real-time. So now, you will know …

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Syria: Heavy airstrikes resume on east Aleppo amid major regime offensive

<b>(CNN) —</b> Warplanes carried out heavy airstrikes on neighborhoods in rebel-held east Aleppo for the first time in weeks Tuesday, as Syrian government forces launched a renewed assault to take the city.<p>The heavy bombardment came as the Syrian military began "preliminary operations" in the eastern half …

Check Out These Pitch Decks From Airbnb, YouTube and Other Famous Startups

Airbnb described its service as a way to “save money, make money, and share culture.” BuzzFeed billed itself as a “one stop shop for web buzz.” And …

Startup That Provides Home Solar Loans Raises Big Cash

(Reuters) – Solar Mosaic, a former crowdfunding startup that reinvented itself as a provider of home solar loans, said on Wednesday it had secured …

Zuckerberg and Gates' clean-energy mantra: Invest, invent

Some of the leading lights of the tech industry have issued a call to action on clean energy.<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has partnered with philanthropist and Microsoft founder Bill Gates to spearhead an environmental initiative called the Breakthrough Energy Coalition. Its founding principle is …

A War Nerd Thanksgiving: All you drunks, be thankful you’re not in Kuwait

KUWAIT CITY—Alcohol is illegal in Kuwait.<p>That doesn’t mean there’s no alcohol here. The place is swimming in it. It’s just illegal. And that’s where …

'weev' in Beirut: I can't go home until "most of the agents of the federal government are dead."

“The only hope I have of returning to the land I love, where I was kidnapped at gunpoint and had my house bulldozed, is if there is a such a …

Why a Computer Is Often the Best Teacher, According to Duolingo's Luis Von Ahn (Full Video)

"I think all of education should be like this."<p>Luis von Ahn is a computer scientist. He didn’t know much about education before founding his current startup, Duolingo. To get up to speed, he read a bunch of books about various teaching methods that completely disagreed with one another. It was …

The Open VC

<i>Editor’s note: Bo Peabody is an entrepreneur and investor, and is currently a Venture Partner at Greycroft Partners. He has founded several companies including Tripod Inc., one of the original social networks. Bo is also the author Lucky or Smart.</i><p>After spending 20 years building companies, first as …

CrowdFlower raises $12.5M Series C to keep bad data from derailing big data projects

A few years ago, “big data” was a bleeding edge concept relevant only to the titans of the technology industry. Today, collecting and extracting …

Turning Big Problems Into Big Business Opportunities

Want to become a billionaire? Then help a billion people.<p>The world’s biggest problems are the world’s biggest business opportunities.<p>That’s the premise for companies launching out of Singularity University (SU).<p>Allow me to explain.<p>In 2008, Ray Kurzweil and I co-founded SU to enable brilliant …

IBM's Watson supercomputer will soon be your personal shopper

Watson had been a doctor, a geneticist, a game show contestant and even a chef in the past. But now IBM's supercomputer has a new career: personal shopping. IBM has partnered with digital commerce firm Fluid to develop a cloud-based app called Expert Personal Shopper (XPS), which uses Watson's …

RelateIQ: The startup that turns salespeople’s data crumbs into gold

Many companies invest in fancy software to track sales leads. The trouble is, you have to remember to log in and keep the software up to date.<p>If you don’t — well, that’s like having a monster truck but forgetting to change the oil.<p>RelateIQ looks hot in this market, where giants like Microsoft, …

Artificial Intelligence Startup Vicarious Grabs Funding From Bezos, Benioff And Jerry Yang

No billionaire left behind.<p>After Mark Zuckerberg, Peter Thiel and other Silicon Valley notables plunked down capital in a $40 million growth round for San Francisco-based artificial intelligence startup Vicarious, a few more billionaires showed up.<p>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, …

U.K. Internet Of Things B2B Startup, 1248, Bags £250K Seed To Help Others Scale Their Infrastructure

1248 is a Cambridge, U.K. based b2b startup, founded last year, to sell Internet of Things related consultancy, software and services to other companies wanting help to scale up connected devices platforms.<p>It’s just closed a £250,000 ($415,000) seed round, its first external funding, with the …

Ray Kurzweil is wrong: The Singularity is not near

Technology culture celebrates "the crazy ones," those who expand our understanding of life, who can forge new realities out of their own imagination. …

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Cognitive Computing For All: IBM Releases a Legion of Watsons

Watson is dead. IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer, whose calculations resided on a custom-built bank of servers roughly the size of a master bedroom, is no more.<p>But Watson has descendants. They’re also called Watson, and they are legion. Some of those Watsons will grow up to be medical experts. Other …

Have trouble prioritizing? Gneo has the mobile task management platform for you

Leave it to a pair of management consultants to take a look at the current crop of mobile task management products in the market and see nothing but …

A Love Letter To Tim Ferriss And The 4-Hour Workweek

It was six years ago a friend of mine recommended I read <i>The 4-Hour Workweek</i> by Tim Ferriss. I love reading books. I love reading business books. But up until that moment in 2007 I never expected a business book to change my life, and none had. Most hadn’t left even a minor dent of impact on my life …

Clay Shirky says NSFWCORP has unlimited cash. Great! Now we're screwed

A few days ago, in an interview to promote his (genuinely excellent) co-written study/manifesto on "Post-Industrial Journalism," Clay Shirky had this …

Cognitive Overhead, Or Why Your Product Isn’t As Simple As You Think

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>David Lieb is co-founder and CEO of</i> <i>Bump</i><i>, creators of the popular app that lets people share contact information, photos, and other content by bumping their phones together.</i> <i>Bump has been downloaded more than 130 million times.</i><p>It’s been hard to ignore the massive shift in the last …

B2Bs Struggling With Online Marketing Mix; Sales Cycle Gets Longer

US B2B marketers are struggling to optimize their online marketing mix, with many unable to segment and target the right decision-makers or measure …

Clayton Christensen Talks Venture Capital, Crowd Funding, And How To Measure Your Life

<b>Editor’s note:</b> Derek Andersen <i>is the founder of</i> Startup Grind<i>, a 40-city community bringing the global startup world together while educating, inspiring, and connecting entrepreneurs</i><i>.</i><p>There are few people whose impact on entrepreneurs and business in general you hear about as frequently as Clayton …

How To Gain Your First 1000 Customers [Deals]

One of the biggest challenges with new businesses is acquiring customers. It can be a nightmare when it comes to getting that first customer to buy something on your site or walk in your doors. But thanks to this offer from Cult of Mac Deals, you won’t need to worry about that anymore.<p>This …

Strategies For VCs To Increase Startup Success Odds

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>David Teten is a partner with ff Venture Capital and founder and chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater New York. Follow him on his blog or on Twitter @dteten</i>.<p>Lots of venture capitalists claim to add value to the companies in which they invest. But how do they do …

‘Big data’ startup Sociocast has served 700M ‘Prediction API’ calls since shifting to SMBs (exclusive)

Big data and analytics startup Sociocast recently shifted its focus from enterprises to small and medium-sized businesses, but the move has already paid off with it serving more than 700 million calls from its flagship Prediction API in just a month.<p>“One of the biggest challenges with targeting …