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Scripted raises $9M for its writing services, plans to launch copy-editing service next year

Journalists might be struggling to make money, but marketers are shelling out big bucks for written content.<p>Scripted, a three-year old company, has built an entire business out of helping meet that demand, and today, it’s announcing that it has raised $9 million in new funding.<p>For Scripted’s …

Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation Makes Its Largest Ever Equity Investment In A Biotech Company

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is investing $52 million in CureVac, a German company involved in making vaccines. It is the largest ever investment by the foundation in a company, reflecting a new strategy of not just giving grants but supporting and having a stake in businesses.<p>The …

Potential weight-loss agent from a tree is almost too good to be true

It has qualities so remarkable, it could come from the land of Oz (and could become the television doctor's next big thing, too): a compound derived from a tree growing in South and Central America prompted obese mice to lose 20% to 30% of their weight. It also allowed normal, healthy mice to chow …

20 Questions You Can Ask to Validate Your Startup Idea

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Do you have a million-dollar idea in your head, just waiting to be acted upon? Or will it be a complete bust -- an idea with no actual potential for return?<p>This question is one that stops many would-be entrepreneurs in their tracks before …

Amnesty backs Detekt tool to scan for state spyware on computers

Human rights experts and technology groups have launched a new tool allowing members of the public to scan their computers for surveillance spyware used by governments.<p>Amnesty says Detekt is the first tool freely available that will allow activists and journalists to find out if their PCs are being …

Fiverr is Easier to Navigate But Does it Undermine Creatives?

Low-cost creative services marketplace Fiverr has launched new features today that make it easier to navigate its huge catalog of services. The news comes as it announces a $30 million Series C funding round.<p>Fiverr has always offered a diverse mix of services from professional and amateur sellers …

Cash-Strapped? 10 PR Strategies to Improve Your ROI

<i>Dmitry Davydov is a Chief Marketing Officer for Bitrix24, worlds fastest growing free CRM, project management, private social network and online collaboration platform created specifically for small businesses.</i><p>PR is hard. And expensive. Most of the time, you get nothing out of it. And when your …

Fielding all calls from the cloud, NewVoiceMedia tacks on $50M

NewVoiceMedia, a company that sells cloud-based software for sales, marketing, and service employees in contact centers, has raised $50 million in new funding.<p>The company’s technology takes care of organizing, recording, and analyzing all of a business’ inbound phone calls. That way, there’s no …

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter. They're evolving from single-task devices like Roomba and its floor-mopping, pool-cleaning …

Sympler: Collaborative Music-Video Mashups

Launching initially as a beta product last August, Sympler hit the App Store as a means to help users create 20-second music videos through mashing together a range of content. Since then, the app was iterated and refined, with a new experience and slew of fresh features added to the mix.<p>However, …

GraphLab thinks its new software can democratize machine learning

GraphLab, a Seattle-based startup that launched in 2013 to develop an open source project of the same name, is releasing next week its first …

Corporate acquisitions of startups usually fail. Here’s why

For decades, large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately, the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up the pace.<p>More often than not, the results of these acquisitions are disappointing.<p>What can companies learn from others’ failed efforts to …

25 Huge Trends That Will Make People Billions Of Dollars

Recently, investing gadfly James Altucher posted a "cheat sheet" for what you should be doing with your money that spotlighted a handful of "demographic trends" that investors could get behind.<p>We wanted to expand on that handful to a full-blown list of all the technologies out there that are poised …

Earth-sized planet found orbiting in a habitable zone

Sifting through observations from more than 100,000 distant stars, astronomers say they have discovered the first definitive Earth-sized planet that orbits in a habitable zone where water could exist in liquid form — a necessary condition for life as we know it.<p>Scientists don't know whether the …

Cannibalism, Zombies & Suicidal Cells: The Latest In Cancer Research

Ex-Spotify Engineers Raise $2.2 Million For Lookback, A Mobile App Screen Recorder For User Testing

A team of ex-Spotify engineers has raised $2.2 million in seed funding for Lookback, a platform allowing developers to record onscreen activity within mobile apps – and even record the user’s face and voice, so they can explain what they’re doing when they encounter a bug or some other problem. The …

Intel Capital leads $10.5M investment round for panoramic camera maker Altia Systems

Intel Capital has led a $10.5 million in panoramic camera maker Altia Systems.<p>The second round of funding will help Altia expand its development of its PanaCast Personal Panoramic Video System, which can offer a panoramic high-definition video stream with a wide field of view. The camera is part of …

Anticancer drug reverses schizophrenia symptoms in teen mice

An experimental anticancer drug appears to reverse schizophrenia-related behavior and restore some lost brain cell function in young mice with a …

DARPA's New Biotech Unit Will Try to Create New Life Forms

Also: disease detectors and brain-controlled drones.<p>Artist concept of the inside of a cell. Image: DARPA<p>Ye sci-fi writers hard up for new material should spend an hour or so perusing the Defense Department's 2015 budget proposal, especially the section covering the far-out research projects …

8 tips for creating the perfect pitch deck (from someone who's raised $75M)

Creating a pitch deck is hard, especially when you’ve never done it before. If you’re a first-time entrepreneur like I was when we raised our series $15 million first round for Bigcommerce back in 2011, then you’re probably excited, nervous, and anxious about raising your first round of …

Waze Founder Hints Investor Pressure Forced Sale to Google

Google completed its acquisition of Waze last June, but only now has the price tag that it paid for the Israel-headquartered social mapping startup and a hint at why the company sold out been revealed.<p>A blog post on LinkedIn from Noam Bardin, who is CEO and co-founder of Waze, confirms that Google …

Robots Teach Each Other How To Play Pac-Man

Next, they'll be your sensei.<p>Here's a slight improvement to drunkenly shouting over your friend's shoulder while they play a round of Pac-Man at the bar: Researchers at Washington State University have created computer programs that teach each other how to play Pac-Man.<p>In a new study, the …

Simple Blood Test To Spot Early Lung Cancer Getting Closer

One of these days, there could well be a simple blood test that can help diagnose and track cancers. We aren't there yet, but a burst of research in this area shows we are getting a lot closer.<p>In the latest of these studies, scientists have used blood samples to identify people with lung cancer.<p>At …

Appiterate Raises Seed Funding From SAIF Partners, Joins Growing List Of A/B Testing Startups

Testing design and content features on-the-go to identify what users want is nothing new — it’s over a decade old process used by Google (and now Facebook among several others) to tell which products are likely to succeed.<p>While both Google and Facebook are known for running dozens of A/B testing at …

Robotic exoskeleton gears up for World Cup debut - video

Researchers put a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton through its paces at a laboratory in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in preparation for its debut at the World Cup. The exoskeleton was designed by an international team as part of the Walk Again project and was built by Gordon Cheng at the Technical …

The Robots Are Coming: Zuckerberg, Kutcher Invest in Artificial Intelligence Startup

Mark Zuckerberg already knows a lot about you, your mom, your dad, your friends, what your new baby looks like, where you went on vacation and what you wore to that party last weekend. Now, he wants to get inside your brain.<p>The Facebook founder, along with Hollywood actor-investor Ashton Kutcher, …