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Going Green in the Urban Jungle

<i>This week,</i> Daily Intel <i>profiles five inventors with big ideas that could make life a little bit better and more interesting for everyone.</i><p>If you wanted …

Engineer Reimagines Solar Energy With Stick-On Panels

In Xiaolin Zheng's version of the future, installing solar panels could be as simple as applying a sticker.<p><i>Editor's Note: Xiaolin Zheng is one of National Geographic's 2014 Emerging Explorers, part of a program that honors tomorrow's visionaries—those making discoveries, making a difference, and</i> …

Peak Water: United States Water Use Drops to Lowest Level in 40 Years

The most important trend in the use of water is the slowly unfolding story of peak water in the United States and elsewhere. Data on US water use are compiled every five years by the US Geological Survey, covering every state and every sector of the economy. The latest data -- for 2010 -- have just …

Water

New York To Bitcoin Startups: Get Permission Or Get Out

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Elizabeth Stark taught technology policy at Stanford and Yale and was a key organizer of the movement against SOPA. She is the founder of Threshold, a company building new ways to fund open innovation.</i> <i>Ryan Singer is an active entrepreneur in the bitcoin ecosystem. Ryan co-founded</i> …

Bitcoin Vault Xapo Raises $20 Million From Greylock, Index And Announces BTC Debit Cards Are Shipping This Month

Secure BTC vault Xapo has announced it’s raised $20 million from Greylock Partners and Index Ventures, bringing its total investment capital to $40 million. Other investors include Emergence Capital Partners, Max Levchin, Yuri Milner, and Jerry Yang.<p>Reid Hoffman and Mike Volpi will join Xapo’s …

Deciphering The Economics Of Venture Capital

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Matt Oguz is managing director of Palo Alto Venture Science.</i><p>When Nassim Nicholas Taleb developed his popular theory to explore way-out-of-the-norm surprising events, he outlined three characteristics of a black swan event:<p>The event has a huge impact<br>• The event is very hard to explain …

Atlassian Launches Git Essentials For The Enterprise

Atlassian, the company behind popular development tools like JIRA and Confluence, has long been focusing on Git as one of the main tools for getting enterprises to adopt the agile development methodology. Until now, though, it didn’t offer a single product that combined its Git-centric tools like …

Casper Raises $1.6M To Offer A New Approach To Building And Selling Mattresses

Casper, a startup that says it’s developing a “vertically integrated” approach to the mattress industry, is announcing that it has raised $1.6 million in seed funding.<p>The round was led by Lerer Ventures, with participation from Norwest Venture Partners, Crosslink Partners, Vaizra Investments, and …

Testing out Loop’s programmable credit card

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Boston payments startup Loop on Wednesday has released its interesting take on the digital wallet to consumers, selling a …

OnLive creator's next project could put an end to cellular reception woes

Remember Steve Perlman? The serial entrepreneur has moved on from OnLive's messy transition and launched an enterprise called Artemis, with the lofty goal of fixing the cellular congestion plaguing modern carriers. Called pCell, it works by forcing frequencies that normally interfere and bog down a …

Mega Man’s Creator Turns To Kickstarter To Fuel His New Game (Which Looks A Whole Lot Like Mega Man)

It’s becoming almost formulaic at this point: An iconic game designer, backed by a legion of dedicated fans, turns to Kickstarter to allow them to break out on their own. See: Tim Schafer (<i>Monkey Island</i>, <i>Grim Fandango</i>), who raised over $3M for his studio, DoubleFine, or Doug TenNapel (<i>Earthworm …

Dash is an affordable, crowdfunded DIY robot aimed at hobbyists and educators

Can robot building go mainstream? The creators of Dash seem to think so. They've launched a crowdfunding drive for a robot kit that can be fully assembled at home in about an hour. Dash's main function is traversing across terrain quickly, and its creators say their robot is "perfect for the …

Thailand's Top Bitcoin Exchange is Back in Business

Last July, Thailand’s top Bitcoin exchange shut down following pressure from the Bank of Thailand. Now, more than six months later, Bitcoin.co.th has resumed trading after getting the all clear from the bank, Tech In Asia reports.<p>The exchange reopened this weekend, but there is a slight compromise. …

Dogecoin Founder Rejects $500,000 Investment Offers

We’ve talked about Dogecoin — a Bitcoin-like virtual currency that started as a bit of fun — having potential as a micro-currency for transactions and ‘tipping’ on the Internet (more on that below), and it seems like it is gaining credibility among investors. Dogecoin founder Jackson Palmer says he …

Silicon Valley’s Next Big Goal: Fixing Our Broken Food System

A raft of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists made their money in tech, and now want to do something with an even longer-lasting impact<p>At ali Partovi’s Partovi Porktacular, the assembled tech-and food-world luminaries, dressed in their best jeans, nibble on tortellini stuffed with locally foraged …

Agriculture

Siemens Launches $100M Fund To Back Startups Aiming To Disrupt Manufacturing

Siemens Venture Capital, the corporate financing arm of Europe’s biggest engineering company, is launching a new, $100 million fund to back early-stage startups working in the areas of industrial automation and other digital technologies that can transform manufacturing. This comes after Siemens …

Aiming To Be The Coinbase of Europe, Sweden’s Safello Raises Investment Cash

Billing itself as the “Coinbase of Europe” Sweden based Bitcoin company Safello has raised a $600,000 investment round lead by Bitcoin advocates Erik Voorhees (co-founder of the Bitcoin company Coinapult) and Roger Ver (Angel Investor & Bitcoin evangelist), and participated in by Blockchain.info …

A Push To Boost Computer Science Learning, Even At An Early Age

A handful of nonprofit and for-profit groups are working to address what they see as a national education crisis: Too few of America's K-12 public schools actually teach computer science basics and fewer still offer it for credit.<p>It's projected that in the next decade there will be about 1 million …

Mobile Technology

Plant-Based Food Startup Hampton Creek Foods Raises $23M Round Led By Horizons Ventures

It looks like investors think there’s a big opportunity in Hampton Creek Foods‘ mission of creating tasty, affordable alternatives to animal-based foods — the company is announcing that it has raised $23 million in Series B funding.<p>The round was led by Hong Kong businessman Li Ka-shing’s …

Through Its Network Of Mentors, HackHands Offers Live Help For New Programmers

With sites like Codecademy and Stack Overflow, there are plenty of ways to learn programming and get help online — but there’s nothing like a live human being who can answer your questions and look at your code, according to the co-founders of a new website called HackHands.<p>One of those …

Seventh grader builds a braille printer with $350 worth of Legos

Advertisement<p>20 Comments<p>Credit: Niloy Banerjee<p>When Lego revealed its line of EV3 Mindstorms robots last year, Bay Area tech companies came up with …

What If Apple Bought Tesla?

Rumors about Apple showing interest in buying Tesla have resurfaced after the SF Chronicle reported that Apple’s M&A chief met with Elon Musk last spring. Considering Tesla’s market capitalization of more than $24 billion, such a deal would be unprecedented for Apple, but the two companies do …

Video gamers spend $241 million on hardware in January

Number of the day<p>$241 million<p>That's how much was spent on video-game hardware in January, up 17 percent from a year earlier. <b>Sony</b>, vying with <b>Microsoft</b> for dominance of the U.S. console market, said its <b>PlayStation 4</b> sold twice the number of its nearest rival. (Microsoft's new <b>Xbox One</b> outsold Sony in …

Filmmaking

FounderDating Launches An Easier Way To Find And Sign-Up Startup Advisors

FounderDating, a selective network where entrepreneurs can find co-founders, is adding a new way to pick up advisors. Advisors, who are usually paid with a small cut of equity, can bring lessons learned from years of in-the-field experience.<p>But Jessica Alter, FounderDating’s CEO, said that finding …

Instapainting Turns Your Photos Into Hand-Painted Oil Paintings On The Cheap

Surprise! It’s Valentine’s Day, the stealthiest of all the holidays. Sneaks up on you, doesn’t it?<p>If you’re trying to get a gift today, you… might be a bit short on options. Will you go with the gas station teddy bear? The twice-crushed box of chocolates? A bouquet of acceptable-looking roses for …

Square Cuts More Custom Pricing Deals For Merchants And Ramps Up Sales Hiring

This past week brought the news of a fairly significant development for Square — the rollout of Square Stands in bars, Whole Foods restaurants, and other venues. This comes a year-and-a-half after the huge deal the payments company inked with the coffee and beverage giant Starbucks.<p>The lengthy wait …

Sprint to start installing fuel cells on rooftops to back up its mobile networks

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / FlySi<p>Sprint(s s) is no stranger to the hydrogen fuel cell. Since 2005, it’s installed 500 cells at the bases …