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This investment firm has $112 million to spend on AI startups

Glasswing Ventures, a young Boston investment firm that funds startup companies focused on artificial intelligence, announced Thursday that it has …

Venture Capital

Walmart's Newly Patented Technology For Eavesdropping On Workers Presents Privacy Concerns

“The sound sensors can capture audio data based on interactions between the employee and the guests, interactions between the guests, and sounds resulting from movement and/or actions of the employees and/or guests.”<p>Walmart just won a patent for audio surveillance technology that measures workers’ …

Employment

US military drone documents are for selling for $150 on the dark web

Last month, while tracking dark web marketplaces, threat intel team Insikt Group of the security firm Recorded Future discovered that someone was selling alleged US military documents. A hacker was asking for "$150 to $200" for non-classified yet sensitive materials on the US Air Force's Reaper …

Security

Uber scales back self-driving car tests in wake of fatal crash

Uber laid off 100 of its self-driving car backup drivers in Pittsburgh on Wednesday as it scales back its testing in the wake of its fatal crash in March.<p>The ride-hailing firm made 55 new mission specialist positions available to replace them, according to a report by Quartz, with the intention of …

Autonomous Cars

Tesla sold 200,000 cars in the US, so the $7,500 tax credit is going away

The full incentive remains for 2018, but halves and then halves again in 2019.<p>Well folks, it's official: Tesla has now sold and delivered more than …

Electric Vehicles

100 Best Websites For Entrepreneurs

Whether you're seeking advice on raising capital, scaling your business or looking for general industry insight, these sites are worth reading.

How mobile phones are making cash obsolete in Africa

When he rolls into a gas station to fill his tank, Barkhad Dahir doesn't get out of his car. He punches a few buttons on his cellphone and within seconds he has paid for the fuel.<p>With the same quick keystrokes on his phone, he pays for virtually everything he needs: groceries at the supermarket, a …

This startup captured $200 million of people’s savings by turning financial advice into an algorithm

Imagine if poring over your finances were as easy as using your favorite app, or smartphone—or any of today’s crisply designed technologies that make life easier, smarter and more efficient.<p>Such is the task of Betterment CEO Jon Stein, who believes the financial services industry is actually making …

Retirement

Evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria attacks reaches UN

Chemical weapons have been used in at least four attacks Syria as crimes against humanity are perpetrated every day, according to a UN inquiry.<p>The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a report that both sides were deliberating breaking the rules of war against millions of victims.<p>"War crimes …

Wikipad slated for June 11th US launch at $250, worldwide 'to follow this summer'

The 7-inch Android tablet with a game controller cradle -- the Wikipad -- launches in the United States on June 11th for $250, with a worldwide launch following later this summer. As for the initially announced 10.1-inch variation, that remains unclear -- it's not even mentioned in Wikipad's press …

Domino’s Pizza testing pizza-delivering drones

Domino’s Pizza hired a creative agency called T + Biscuits to test the feasibility of octocopter drones that deliver a hot, delicious pizza to your doorstep.<p>Heavily branded as the DomiCopter, the current prototype can deliver two, large pizzas in about ten minutes within a four mile radius of the …

Eight bronze age boats surface at Fens creek in record find

A fleet of eight prehistoric boats, including one almost nine metres long, has been discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry on the outskirts of …

Noam Chomsky: America is accelerating the apocalypse

Global warming and nuclear arms conflicts threaten the planet, thanks in no small part to U.S. policy failures<p>What is the future likely to bring? A reasonable stance might be to try to look at the human species from the outside. So imagine that you’re an extraterrestrial observer who is trying to …

Bell Labs creates a lensless camera that's always in focus

One day, cameras may be able to capture less data but produce images that look just as good as a traditional photo. Bell Labs is the latest to attempt such a feat, and it's doing so while eschewing another major camera standby, the lens. The laboratory has developed a single-pixel camera that only …

By the Numbers?

We live by numbers. We count on them to anchor reality for us -- for they are taken to be the surest representations of truth. To the modern mind, numbers convey rigor and precision -- they are associated with the scientific. Hence, numbers' claim to authority is a powerful one. We rely on them to …

Associated Press News

Space radiation results should spark manned Mars mission debate

It is time for idealism about missions to Mars to end. Going there with current technology would carry a significant risk of harmful radiation …

Genes have small effect on length of education

<b>NYU (US) —</b> Scientists have identified genetic markers that predict educational attainment based on data from more than 125,000.<p>However, the …

Genetics

Some women can have orgasms during child birth, study suggests

When Elena Skoko gave birth to her daughter three years ago, she felt pain. But she also felt something else: waves of pleasure so ecstatic they compared to an orgasm.<p>"I had this wavy sensation of blissful waves going through me," said Skoko, a singer and author of "Memoirs of a Singing Birth" …

Supreme Court: DNA swab after arrest is legitimate search

The Supreme Court has ruled criminal suspects can be subjected to a police DNA test after arrest -- before trial and conviction -- a privacy-versus-public-safety dispute that could have wide-reaching implications in the rapidly evolving technology surrounding criminal procedure.<p>At issue in the …

Trial delayed for second police officer charged in G20 protests after new video discovered

The start of the second trial for a Toronto police officer on allegations stemming from the G20 protests has been delayed after a new video was discovered.<p>Constable Babak Andalib-Goortani is charged with assault with a weapon over allegations excessive force was used against a protester at the G20 …

Mozilla inks deal with Foxconn to co-develop Firefox OS devices, shows off its first-ever tablet

In between the packed schedule at Computex earlier today, our brethren over at <i>Engadget Chinese</i> managed to sneak into the joint event held by Foxconn and Mozilla. As you may have already heard, the former company has signed on to become the 19th member of the latter's Firefox OS alliance, and it's …

Broadcom brings Gigabit and Wi-Fi to power line networking

Power line networking -- the technology that enables electrical wiring to transfer data -- is about to get a lot faster.<p>Broadcom announced on Monday what it claims to be the industry's first HomePlug AV2 power line system-on-a-chips (SoCs) that deliver up to 1.5Gbps data speed. That's about three …

Wi-Fi

Google Glass bans facial recognition

Controversial wearable computer Google Glass will not automatically recognise users' faces until privacy concerns are allayed, Google has said.<p>Google Glass is currently being trialled by ‘Explorers’ as the company tries to perfect it for a commercial launch and bids to understand public concerns.<p>In …

Google Glass

Any iOS device can be hacked within one minute with modified charger, say researchers

Security researchers have discovered a way to push software onto an iOS device using a modified charger. The team at Georgia Institute of Technology says its charger was able to upload arbitrary software to an iOS device within one minute of it being plugged in. According to the researchers, "all …

What is a Dyson sphere?

Are some advanced civilizations in our galaxy now collecting all of the energy emitted by their stars? If so, we would call their energy-collecting …

Universe

20 Things We Wish Someone Had Told Us At Graduation

So we decided to ask our editorial and senior staff here at Business Insider, "What do you wish someone had told you at graduation?"<p>Our colleagues had a lot to say, from how important it is to take care of your finances to not worrying about the first five years after graduation (you read that …