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Airbnb raising a reported $850M at a $30B valuation

Tech unicorn and sharing economy darling Airbnb has informed the State of Delaware that it’s raising another heap of cash.<p>TechCrunch independently verified that Airbnb indicated in a 28 page filing on July 28th that it has plans to bring in additional late-stage capital. Almost a year after its …

Venture Capital

The user’s guide to early-stage fundraising

Shabih Rizvi Contributor<p>Shabih Rizvi is a partner at KPCB and focuses on consumer investments.<p>Muzzammil Zaveri Contributor<p>Muzzammil Zaveri is a partner at KPCB and focuses on consumer and enterprise investments in the firm’s digital practice.<p>Over the last decade, the early-stage funding environment …

Man v machine: can computers cook, write and paint better than us?

Artificial intelligence can now win a game, recognise your face, even appeal against your parking ticket. But can it do the stuff even humans find tricky?<p>One video, for me, changed everything. It’s footage from the old Atari game Breakout, the one where you slide a paddle left and right along the …

Artificial Intelligence

How has North Korea become a weightlifting superpower?

<b>The world's most secretive state has something to tell you. It involves global domination.</b><p>The next part of the plan will be carried out in the backyard of their sworn enemy, the United States.<p>Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un has declared his intention to turn North Korea into a sporting powerhouse …

Dutch peacekeepers were responsible for death of 300 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica who sought refuge at UN base in 1995, Dutch court rules

• <b>Dutch peacekeepers turned victims away from their compound</b>• <b><br>The refugees were later killed by Bosnian Serb army</b>• <b><br>District court at The Hague rules Dutch</b> …

OneDrive

Washington blames UK tax rises for collapsing North Sea oil hopes

Increase in revenue tax, penalties and a cap on relief for winding down old fields have choked North Sea exploration, claims EIA<p>The US Energy Department has issued a blistering indictment of the UK government’s tax raid on North Sea oil and gas revenues, warning that prohibitive costs threaten much …

Bitcoin explained and made simple | Guardian Animations

The accidental president

IN THE caricature of the British press, Jean-Claude Juncker is a dangerous, drunk, anti-British, European arch-federalist, whose father was …

Europe

War by any other name

A “NON-LINEAR” war, explains Natan Dubovitsky, a writer, is how states are likely to fight each other in future—if they do not already. Individual …

Russia

Big-screen TVs give way to supersize-screen TVs

<b>New York</b> --<p>Supersize isn't just for french fries.<p>Americans increasingly are replacing their once-enviable 50-inch TVs with even bigger screens. Think 65 inches and up.<p>People are snagging big screens - pushing sales of them up 50 percent in the past year while overall TV sales have faltered. As …

Explaining The Wormy Morass Of Obama's FATCA Tax Evasion Law

Is every item buried in Table S-9 of the President’s budget a big can of worms? The only one I understand is big like a roadside attraction. By my count it’s item 237 out of 373: “Provide for reciprocal reporting of information in connection with the implementation of FATCA.” FATCA refers to the …

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Dubai

New currency, new leader

LATVIA is used to having a woman in the top job. Vaira Vike-Freiberga served two terms as president in 1999-2007 and is widely seen as the best head …

Europe

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch prototype leaked ahead of September 4th launch

Been wondering what Samsung's upcoming smartwatch was going to look like? Take a seat, because <i>VentureBeat</i> sneaked a first look at the upcoming wearable over the weekend. According to the outlet, the prototype device features a three inch display, built-in speakers and a 4-megapixel camera housed in …

Switched On: The smartwatch Microsoft needed yesterday

<i>Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.</i><p>The announcement of Steve Ballmer's impending retirement from Microsoft cast a spotlight on the company's transition to becoming a devices and services company. While it's unclear how progress toward this goal will be …