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This is venture capital's 'last grab for easy cash before it all dries up'

For many of the hottest startup communities outside of Silicon Valley it was even worse. According to Quartz, Seattle saw funding fall 28.5%. Denver-Boulder saw a 40.93% decline and in Austin it was worse still. The hottest of hot spots was down 63.5% in Q1.<p>Part of the problem is startups just got …

Venture Capital

Silicon Valley startups are terrified by a new idea: profits

In it, he's explained why the startup world is freaking out about a strange new idea they've never had to consider before: profits.<p>Gurley writes:<p>In Silicon Valley boardrooms, where "growth at all costs" had been the mantra for many years, people began to imagine a world where the cost of capital …

Venture Capital

Software To Predict Exactly What Happens When You Edit A Gene

Sifting through the tangled genetic web of precision medicine<p>Genetics researchers are really excited about CRISPR/Cas9, an enzyme that has made it easier than ever for scientists to target a particular strand of DNA, snip part of it out, and replace it. And though its use in humans is still in its …

Xiaomi Expands Beyond Smartphones Once Again With New $150 Air Purifier

Xiaomi latest tech product won’t have Apple fans baying and cursing about patents. That’s because it is an air purifier.<p>If you live in Beijing or other parts of China/Asia/the world that have major pollution problems, then Xiaomi wants to have you (and your lungs) covered.<p>Its Mi Air Purifier is a …

Computers can now describe images using language you'd understand

Software can now easily spot objects in images, but it can't always describe those objects well; "short man with horse" not only sounds awkward, it doesn't reveal what's really going on. That's where a computer vision breakthrough from Google and Stanford University might come into play. Their …

Not even a sharknado will stop Google's conquest of the undersea internet

How's this for Shark Week? At a recent event, one of Google's product managers revealed just how far the outfit goes to protect its subaquatic infrastructure. Word is that Mountain View's shiny new internet pipeline crossing the Pacific is going to need a Kevlar cover to keep it safe from the jaws …

Uber Serves Taste of Future on Ice Cream Day

Uber’s aggressive global expansion has taken the $18 billion-valued private car company into well over 100 cities worldwide, many of which are about to experience a taste of the future when its ice cream delivery service goes global this Friday.<p>The company says that the summertime initiative — …

Demo of iPad Passcode Theft via Google Glass Highlights Benefits of Touch ID

Looking over a nearby person's shoulder is a common technique used to steal a PIN code for a device that is targeted for imminent theft. But as reported by <i>Wired</i>, a research team from the University of Massachusetts Lowell has taken this shoulder surfing trick to a whole new level by increasing the …

Machine Learning Can Automatically Cut The Boring Parts Out Of Movies

Just about every device has a camera in it, so we're shooting more and more video than we have ever before. If only all of it were worth watching.<p>The latest application of machine learning was developed by Eric P. Xing, professor of machine learning from Carnegie Mellon University, and Bin Zhao, a …

Cardboard + Smartphone = Sweet DIY Augmented Reality Goggles

Looking to get away to Paris this winter, but concerned about the cost? Worry not; for the price of a pair of lab safety goggles, a cardboard box and an HTC Magic (even better if the HTC magic comes in a large cardboard box), this DIY augmented reality headset can transport you anywhere in the …

One is an iPhone, one is a weapon: can you tell which?

Canadian police have confiscated two stun guns disguised to look like iPhones, and have brought charges against one woman for assault. Can you tell the potentially deadly device from a harmless handset?<p>Canadian police have seized two potentially lethal stun guns disguised as iPhones and warned that …

This Glove Makes You Beethoven

“Have you ever seen the Matrix?” Thad Starner excitedly asks me over the phone. “There’s that scene where they need to fly a helicopter and Trinity just says, “hang on” and then uploads the instructions to her brain. That’s the future of what I’m doing.”<p>What started as a wearable experiment for the …

15 Things Successful People Do on Monday Mornings

Those first few hours after the weekend are critical. Start your week off right.<p>Monday mornings are the most critical time of the workweek, as they set the stage for the day and week ahead.<p>"Because you've stepped away for a couple days, these back-to-work mornings are the most memorable for the …

Parrot MiniDrones get US pricing, August release date

In case you missed it back at CES 2014, Parrot unveiled a new MiniDrone line to go along with its larger AR.Drone models such as the upcoming BeBop .<p>The Rolling Spider (pictured above) and Jumping Sumo (seen below) are the first two in the line and will be available by the end of August.<p>A …

London braced for anti-Uber protests

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1083000/1083838_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1532610466_a743a395d630c2340bcd300062b6c5b0<p><b>Transport for London (TfL) has warned of significant traffic disruption in the capital as taxi drivers gear up to protest at rival cab service Uber.</b><p>The …

Transportation

China Built A Prototype For A Train Capable Of Reaching 1,800 MPH

Currently, the fastest commercially operated maglev reaches just 431 km/h and even the world record is just 581 km/hr.<p>According to project lead Dr. Deng Zigang, this huge increase in speed is achieved through the lack of air resistance in the near-vacuum tunnel.<p>"If the running speed exceeds 400 …

Moscow

Massive Security Bug In OpenSSL Could Affect A Huge Chunk Of The Internet

I saw a t-shirt one time. “I’m a bomb disposal technician,” it read. “If you see me running, try to keep up.”<p>The same sort of idea can be applied to net security: when all the net security people you know are freaking out, it’s probably an okay time to worry.<p>This afternoon, many of the net security …

Different Customers, Different Prices, Thanks To Big Data

<b>RIC KOSTICK, THE COFOUNDER</b> of cosmetics company 100% Pure, was clicking through his e-mail one day when a message from a San Francisco startup caught his eye.<p>“We’ve developed a machine learning algorithm that is able to predict which customers will leave your site without purchasing any of your …

Researchers find Android apps that covertly mine Dogecoin, one of them with more than a million downloads

Two apps in the Play Store, one of them with more than a million downloads, are mining cryptocurrency whenever the device is plugged in for charging.<p>Identified by the researchers of security firm Trend Micro, the apps are some of the first malware found in the Play Store that uses virtual currency …

Trend Micro

A Smart Watch For Kids, Designed For Worried Parents

Helicopter parents, rejoice: FiLIP’s technology lets you keep track of your kids.<p>An estimated 60% of parents in the United States get their pre-teens cell phones, for reasons like peace of mind and safety. The catch, however, is that those smartphones come loaded with tools that kids can abuse. …

Anti-Social Network Helps You Avoid People You Don’t Want To See

Sick of running into your ex? Brian Moore was, so he developed Cloak, an app that warns you when other people are nearby.<p>There is no shortage of social media apps out there that will loudly broadcast to everyone where you are at every second of the day. Rarer is the app that exists to obfuscate …

Social Media

Hoop Tracker Basketball Smartwatch Provides Automatic, Real-Time Shot Tracking

This embed is invalid<p>Playing basketball is fun, but I am bad at it. I might be less bad if I used the Hoop Tracker smartwatch, which is designed very specifically for basketball, unlike most wearables that aim at a more general audience. The new Kickstarter project promises instant analysis and …

Google's killed off an experiment that put giant banner ads atop search results

Less than five months after piloting a program that put large banner advertisements on the top of some search result pages, Google's pulled the plug. The controversial practice added large photos across the top of the page, along with a selection of links directing users to the paying companies …

Drones Are Now Delivering Packages In One Chinese City

Like robot courier pigeons, with about the same carrying capacity<p>After a user on the Chinese social media site Weibo posted about seeing flying robots with the SF Express logo, the delivery company admitted that it has begun trials of package-delivery drones in the city of Dongguan in southeast …

Oscars 2014 Results: Complete Winners' List

Tinsel town's night of nights ended with some well-deserved wins across the board, culminating in the award for Best Picture.<p>An array of brilliants …

Google's Project Ara could go on sale next year for $50

Google's Project Ara modular smartphones could arrive early next year for as low as $50, reports <i>Time</i>. The company's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group — which is developing the project to make smartphones composed of small, swappable pieces of hardware — reportedly plans to finish a …

The Gear Fit is what wearables should look like

Samsung steals its own limelight with a smartly designed fitness band<p>The original Galaxy Gear was always a beta device. Samsung’s first smartwatch was testing waters the company had never waded in before, and it took a lot of well-earned criticism for its shortcomings. Less than six months later, …

6 Things You May Not Know About Tencent

<i>Thomas Clayton is the CEO of Bubbly, a social media startup backed by Sequoia Capital, SingTel Innov8, and JAFCO.</i><p>China’s Internet giant, Tencent, is a dominant force in the online and mobile market across China, with a market cap above $100B.<p>The company is best known for its top social offerings:<p>QQ …

IDrive Considered Mining Bitcoins On Off-Hours

Cloud backup service IDrive looked into mining bitcoins during off-peak hours as an alternative revenue stream, but it dropped the plan after estimating that it would produce only a handful of bitcoins per year.<p>IDrive’s 3,000 servers are active at night when users are backing up their files, but …