Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt close to becoming Uber’s CEO

Former GE CEO Jeff Immelt close to becoming Uber’s CEO
 The long and dramatic process for naming a new Uber CEO may be coming closer to an end.First reported by Kara Swisher, our sources are also telling us that former General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is still being seriously considered and the board vote is expected to happen soon. The talks were first reported several weeks ago.Co-founder and CEO Travis Kalanick was asked to resign in June… Read More Original author: Katie Roof
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Leaked image suggests a new Nest thermostat is on the way

Leaked image suggests a new Nest thermostat is on the way
 Alphabet-owned Nest has taken some pretty safe choices in the IoT space, building products that rely on a their Internet connectedness to function. Their most recognizable product, the Nest Learning Thermostat hasn’t gotten a cosmetic upgrade since it was released nearly six years ago, though it has received some hardware tweaks to make setup and connection more simple. A leaked image… Read More Original author: Lucas Matney
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Here are the top schools among founders who raise big dollars

Here are the top schools among founders who raise big dollars
 You don’t need a fancy university degree to launch a startup and secure venture capital. But looking at the data on who gets funded, alumni affiliation sure seems to be a big contributing factor. Read More Original author: Joanna Glasner
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The Huger Tech Racer electric skateboard proves fast doesn’t mean first place

The Huger Tech Racer electric skateboard proves fast doesn’t mean first place
 The pursuit of finding the best electric skateboard continues, with a startup based out of Orange County, California called Huger Tech. The board in question, named the Racer, is supposed to be the most bang for your buck, but with better performance than the two current leading electric skateboards — the Boosted Board and Inboard. Read More Original author: Stefan Etienne
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Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects

Prisma shifts focus to b2b with an API for AI-powered mobile effects
 The startup behind the Prisma style transfer app is shifting focus onto the b2b space, building tools for developers that draw on its expertise using neural networks and deep learning technology to power visual effects on mobile devices. Read More Original author: Natasha Lomas
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Crunch Report | Benchmark vs Kalanick Goes Sour

Crunch Report | Benchmark vs Kalanick Goes Sour
Reddit is rolling out its own video platform, VR adtech company Immersv raises $10.5 million and Benchmark versus Kalanick goes sour. All this on Crunch Report Read More Original author: Khaled "Tito" Hamze
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These solar glass blocks would make great skylights for your solar roof

These solar glass blocks would make great skylights for your solar roof
 If you’re going to be decking your roof out with solar tiles, there’s a possibility that you may forgo what might be the best placement of a skylight in favor of more solar cell square footage. Luckily solar glass is fast becoming an option, and these clever glass blocks are the best option I’ve seen yet. Read More Original author: Devin Coldewey
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New malware masquerades as a ride-sharing app

New malware masquerades as a ride-sharing app
 An update to the venerable Faketoken.q Android malware has made it easier for the program to steal your credit card information from ride-sharing apps. Faketoken attacks Russian ride-sharing apps by overlaying text boxes on the credit card information pages that can capture your credit number and other important information. Kaspersky writes: After getting onto a smartphone (judging by the… Read More Original author: John Biggs
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Early-bird Disrupt SF ticket savings extended by one week

Early-bird Disrupt SF ticket savings extended by one week
 Want to attend Disrupt SF 2017 but missed the early-bird ticket deadline? You’re in luck! We’re giving you one extra week to get your hands on these deeply discounted Disrupt tickets, so you now have until Friday, August 25 to secure your spot at the best startup show in San Francisco. Read More Original author: Emma Comeau
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YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news’ on its homepage across platforms

YouTube starts delivering ‘breaking news’ on its homepage across platforms
 YouTube has started rolling out a “Breaking News” section in people’s feeds today across platforms as Alphabet continues to tailor custom content playlists to users logged into Google Accounts, Android Police reports. For most, YouTube is a place to hop from one video to the next and descend down rabbit holes, but browsing anything like a feed has become less… Read More Original author: Lucas Matney
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Tracking viewer responses to media, Cinemmerse wants to set the stage for ‘responsive’ entertainment

Tracking viewer responses to media, Cinemmerse wants to set the stage for ‘responsive’ entertainment
 Wendy Dent has a dream. The Australian founder, chief executive and sole employee of Cinemmerse wants to change the way folks think about how they watch everything from advertisements to art films. Read More Original author: Jonathan Shieber
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This 3D-printed robotic arm is built for sign language

This 3D-printed robotic arm is built for sign language
 While we usually see robotics applied to industrial or research applications, there are plenty of ways they could help in everyday life as well: an autonomous guide for blind people, for instance, or a kitchen bot that helps disabled folks cook. Or — and this one is real — a robot arm that can perform rudimentary sign language. Read More Original author: Devin Coldewey
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bxblue wants to move payroll-secured loans online in Brazil

bxblue wants to move payroll-secured loans online in Brazil
 Payroll-secured loans are a $40 billion a year business in Brazil, but that business largely happens offline. A startup in Y Combinator called bxblue wants to change that by creating a marketplace for borrowers to evaluate multiple loan options all in one place. Read More Original author: Ryan Lawler
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A Tesla owner shows his 97-year-old Grandpa a car from the future

A Tesla owner shows his 97-year-old Grandpa a car from the future
 Zac Carmi showed his 97-year-old grandfather his Tesla. His grandpa was pretty impressed. You can watch video of the adorable interaction below. In what could be some of the cutest footage of a lovable grandpa discovering the future ever, Carmi loads his grandpa into the car and accelerates. Grandpa, obviously, says that “you gotta have a parachute” to drive this thing. Tech… Read More Original author: John Biggs
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A ‘bug’ that let a $500 password cracking box open up iPhones is patched as of iOS 11

A ‘bug’ that let a $500 password cracking box open up iPhones is patched as of iOS 11
 Apple confirmed that the behavior that lets a $500 box “crack” an iPhone 7 passcode will be patched out of the final version of iOS 11 that’s due this fall. It’s also patched under iOS 11 beta 4, if you’re running that. Read More Original author: Matthew Panzarino
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NBC’s Snapchat news show gains 29+ million viewers in its first month

NBC’s Snapchat news show gains 29+ million viewers in its first month
 NBC News’ first-ever daily show for Snapchat is seeing promising numbers after its first month on the air. In a release sent to reporters this morning, NBCU claims the show has grown its audience to over 29 million unique viewers. That’s roughly triple the number of viewers who tune into the top-rated “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” program. Read More Original author: Sarah Perez
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Target won’t be adding Hampton Creek products back on its shelves

Target won’t be adding Hampton Creek products back on its shelves
 Despite clearance from the Food and Drug Administration earlier this month, Target has decided to terminate its relationship with beleaguered food startup Hampton Creek. Target pulled all 20 Hampton Creek products from its shelves two months ago and held an internal review of the startup after it was notified of “specific and serious food safety allegations about Hampton Creek… Read More Original author: Sarah Buhr
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Rapportive founder’s new startup Superhuman is what Gmail would be if built today

Rapportive founder’s new startup Superhuman is what Gmail would be if built today
 Reinventing the email experience is an area numerous startups have tried to tackle over the years, with some apps focused more on triage, others on making a better desktop alternative to Outlook, and still more aiming to re-envision email as a mobile-first product, among other ideas. A new startup called Superhuman, from the founder of Gmail add-on Rapportive acquired in 2012 by LinkedIn,… Read More Original author: Sarah Perez
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Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search

Google brings six-second video previews to mobile search
 Google announced a major update to its mobile search results pages today. Whenever your query brings up a video, Google will now show you a silent six-second clip to help you decide if it’s actually a video you want to see.This will work for the vast majority of videos on the web today — including, but not limited to, YouTube. Indeed, as Emily Moxley, Google’s director of… Read More Original author: Frederic Lardinois
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Fisker’s EMotion Tesla competitor will make its official debut at CES 2018

Fisker’s EMotion Tesla competitor will make its official debut at CES 2018
 The first car from Henrik Fisker’s new electric vehicle company, the EMotion luxury sport sedan, will premiere at CES in January 2018. That’s according to Fisker himself, who shared the debut date with TheStreet on Friday. We already know what the EMotion looks like, as well as its $129,000 starting price tag, and some of the technical achievements it’s said to pack, like… Read More Original author: Darrell Etherington
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