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Lighthouse Is The Next Big Deal In Home Monitoring Technology

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of evaluating Lighthouse, a new next-generation home security device from a Palo Alto-based startup Lighthouse AI. After spending a couple of weeks with it, using my mom’s New Jersey home for evaluation, I’ve concluded that this remarkable device …

Google’s DeepMind teaches AI to predict death

DeepMind wants to solve the problem of patient deterioration in hospitals. The Google sister-company fed its AI the historical medical records of about 700,000 US veterans in hopes it will learn to predict changes in patient condition that, unchecked, lead to death.<p>The partnership between DeepMind …

Artificial Intelligence

Alexa, Pay My Rocket Mortgage

And, assuming you have the money in your linked account, she will. Quicken Loans aims Rocket Mortgage, which lets people apply for a mortgage on their smartphone through a highly automated process that collects financial and property information for them.<p>Now its developers have created an app to …

Tech Trends

PayPal says TIO Networks breach affected up to 1.6M users

PayPal says a data breach at a company it recently acquired may have exposed the personal information for up to 1.6 million customers.<p>The digital-payments company suspended operations of its TIO Networks last month after discovering evidence of a security breach. TIO Networks makes digital …

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French peer-to-peer payment app Lydia adds Apple Pay support

A peer-to-peer payment app that works similarly to Venmo from startup Lydia in France now works with Apple Pay (a feature originally announced in July), making it possible to spend your balance from the app wherever MasterCard and Apple Pay are accepted.<p>It’s a neat use of Apple Pay to make it …

How to Use Your LinkedIn Page as a Sales Funnel

I think LinkedIn is one of the best social media networks to be on, hands down.Sure, the big names like Facebook and Twitter are great. But LinkedIn …

Lithium-Ion Pioneer Introduces New Battery That’s Three Times Better

94 year-old John Goodenough, one of the co-inventors of the lithium-ion battery that now powers everything from phones to Teslas, has developed a new …

Exclusive: Berkshire Hathaway Energy Inks Deal With Data Crunching Startup

It’s been nearly two years since <i>Fortune</i> profiled entrepreneur Brad Keywell’s startup, Uptake Technologies, which slices and dices data from sensors …

Evan Spiegel has already made $1.5 billion off Snapchat's IPO

Evan Spiegel was already a very rich man. But by the end of the day today, he'll be an even richer man.<p>Snap, Inc. — the company behind Snapchat — …

As Snapchat goes public, marketers air their concerns

Snap Inc. is set to make its splashy debut as a publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange today, in what will be the biggest IPO since …

Don't be fooled, Snap isn't a 'camera company'

Kudos to Snapchat AKA Snap — it looks like the company has pulled off a successful IPO without a massive technical glitch or the bottom falling out …

Social Media

Cordial raises $6 million for its customized, automated email marketing service

Developing a software that tracks user behavior across apps and websites, and generates targeted marketing emails for those users has garnered the San Diego-based technology company Cordial $6 million in new funding.<p>The San Diego-based company is founded by a team of longtime email marketing …

The best ways to back up all your photos to the cloud

Keep your digital memories safe<p>If your mobile phone (or laptop) falls in a lake, what happens to those years of digital photos you've been saving up? Unless you've got them safely backed up somewhere else, they're likely to be gone forever. Which is why getting them synced to the cloud is such a …

These early Facebook and Twitter investors think Snapchat is on track for $14.8B in revenue by 2027

Soon after that the VC firm invested in Facebook, and the rest is history.<p>Now Chien has his own firm, Goodwater Capital, and he and co-founder Eric Kim have set their sights on what many think could be the next hot internet IPO: Snapchat.<p>The pair decided to write their own analysis of parent …

Robot civil servants could help save taxpayer's cash by replacing 250,000 jobs

Robots should be brought in to replace thousands of civil servants and save the taxpayer billions of pounds, according to a new report.<p>Reform, a public-services think tank, suggests that 90 per cent of Whitehall’s 137,000 administrative staff could be replaced with "artificially intelligent …

Here's How Tesla Is Bringing an End to Fossil Fuels

Tesla is working hard to decrease Southern California’s dependence on fossil fuels. The company brought a major project online in the region a few …

Trump administration orders EPA to axe climate change page from site

After barring the Environmental Protection Agency and its staff from discussing or disseminating any climate-related news to outsiders, President Donald Trump’s administration has reportedly instructed the EPA to take down the climate change page from its website, Reuters reports.<p>Citing undisclosed …

Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant might have a new home soon in Sonos speakers

<i>This article originally appeared on our sister site, Sound Guys</i><p>Sonos has been a leader in the connected speaker industry for some time, but now it faces competition in that space from the likes of Amazon and Google. To confront that threat head on, the new CEO of the company, Patrick Spence, says …

Jean-Claude Juncker blocked EU curbs on tax avoidance, cables show

Leaked papers reveal that as Luxembourg’s PM, the European commission president obstructed the bloc’s tax reforms efforts<p>The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, spent years in his previous role as Luxembourg’s prime minister secretly blocking EU efforts to tackle tax …

Trump may be good for oil, trouble for renewables

U.S. energy producers of all kinds see reasons for optimism as they start 2017, though the incoming Trump administration may spell trouble for some of a greener hue.<p>Among oil drillers, a recent uptick in prices suggests an end to a slump that has persisted since mid-2014, while natural gas, solar …

The best Chrome extensions to boost your productivity right now

Thanks to the emergence of Web-based tools and services, most of us work primarily in the browser these days, and that means it’s our main productivity center.<p>Google Chrome is far and away the most popular browser around and it supports a huge number of extensions, which are essentially plugins …

38 enterprise startups that will boom in 2017, according to VC investors

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch the industry, guide the startups, hear their pitches, and invest in them?<p>So we reached out to a handful of top VCs and asked them which young or growth-stage startups will boom in 2017.<p>We asked them to particularly focus on enterprise …

Apple's 'spaceship' campus looks like a futuristic, solar-powered fortress in new drone video

A number of drone videos have captured the construction of the new UFO-style Apple Campus 2, but this latest video is the best look we've had yet.<p>The …

Drones

[eBook] The New Rules Of Content Engagement

British banks fail to report hacks in order to protect their image

<i>(Reuters)</i> – Britain’s banks are not reporting the full extent of cyber attacks to regulators for fear of punishment or bad publicity, bank executives and providers of security systems say.<p>Reported attacks on financial institutions in Britain have risen from just 5 in 2014 to 75 so far this year, …

Cybersecurity

Newly proposed rules for foreign entrepreneurs will help some, but not all, found U.S. startups

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an office under the Department of Homeland Security, put forward a proposal today that would allow the U.S. Government to offer parole (temporary permission to be in the country) to foreign entrepreneurs starting their businesses in the United States. …

This Smartphone Startup Competes with Apple and Samsung But It's Not Worried

<i>A version of this post titled “Selling smartphones, one hip party at a time” originally appeared in the Startup Sunday edition of Data …

Ransomware creators release master key for decrypting files

Yes, there are hacks, ransomware and data leaks in the headlines virtually every day, but it’s not usually a case of reporting that the creators of the malicious software are trying to right their wrongs (sort of).<p>The creators of malware known as TeslaCrypt unexpectedly handed over the master key …