Logz.io raises $16 million so folks can better understand and monitor their networks

Logz.io raises $16 million so folks can better understand and monitor their networks
 It may not be the most compelling technology for consumers, but for businesses, it’s important to know what’s going on in a network. That’s why Logz.io has managed to raise $16 million in a new round of financing from investors led by OpenView Venture Partners with participation from the company’s previous investors 83North and Giza Venture Capital. As a result of… Read More Original author: Jonathan Shieber

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Levie on what Trump could mean for tech

Levie on what Trump could mean for tech
 Like many leaders in Silicon Valley, Box CEO Aaron Levie was a vocal supporter of Secretary Clinton. But after the shocking U.S. election outcome, the industry has been reflecting about what the next president could mean for the community.   We sat down with Levie for an interview at Box headquarters in Redwood City. While it’s difficult to know what the capricious Trump will actually… Read More Original author: Katie Roof

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This is why Snapchat didn’t give Spectacles to techies

This is why Snapchat didn’t give Spectacles to techies
 If you want to make something cool, don’t give it to geeks first. Google Glass learned that the hard way. Despite Snapchat’s best efforts, Robert Scoble still got a hold of a pair of the Spectacles camera glasses. He’s the enthusiastic tech blogger above who shot a nude selfie wearing Google Glass in the shower that came to embody the gadget’s cursed brand. He even… Read More Original author: Josh Constine

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Firefly takes $5.6M Series A for its online learning tool for schools

Firefly takes $5.6M Series A for its online learning tool for schools
 Firefly Learning, a London-based edtech company that launched its SaaS teaching and learning support platform for schools back in 2009, has taken its first VC investment as it looks to accelerate growth of its user base — announcing a £4.5 million Series A today. Read More Original author: Natasha Lomas

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Context is key for valuations

Context is key for valuations
 For most of the past five years, investors in software companies prized revenue growth above all else. Investors were more than willing to overlook near-term profitability (or lack thereof) in favor of an acute focus on growth. As a result, entrepreneurs were encouraged to invest in building massive sales teams as quickly as possible to accelerate revenue growth, regardless of the cost. Read More Original author: Jennifer Swanson Lowe

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Happy 20th birthday, ICQ!

Happy 20th birthday, ICQ!
 Uh-oh! It’s 20 years to the day since the introduction of one of the internet’s most well-remembered chat apps: ICQ. Read More Original author: Devin Coldewey

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Indiegogo enlists MicroVentures for a new investment platform

Indiegogo enlists MicroVentures for a new investment platform
 For sites like Indiegogo, supporting a project generally means a pat on the back, a t-shirt or, best-case scenario, an early delivery of whatever it is that company is selling. Leveraging a recently passed securities rule signed into law by President Obama some six months back (part of the 2012 JOBS Act) that lowers the bar on personal investments, Indiegogo is launching Equity Crowdfunding,… Read More Original author: Brian Heater

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Chinese scientists CRISPR a human for the first time

Chinese scientists CRISPR a human for the first time
 A group of Chinese scientists injected a human being with cells genetically edited using CRISPR-Cas9 technology. This is the first time CRISPR has been used on a fully formed adult human and it’s encouraged a biomedical battle between China and the United States. The scientists from China are hoping the genetically edited cells will help their patient fend off a virulent type of… Read More Original author: Sarah Buhr

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AMC Networks backs Funny or Die

AMC Networks backs Funny or Die
 Comedy site Funny or Die has sold a minority stake to AMC Networks. The deal is intended to strengthen the ties between Funny or Die and AMC’s IFC channel, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with IFC President Jennifer Caserta joining the site’s board of directors. (Funny or Die already produced the IFC series The Spoils of Babylon and the upcoming series Brockmire.) Funny or… Read More Original author: Anthony Ha

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AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel

AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, pivots to focus on travel
 A startup that originally launched as an AI-powered virtual assistant, Mezi, has pivoted to focus on travel only. And why not? There’s little to do online that’s more annoying than booking flights, hotels and everything else you need just to take a break, or be somewhere for work. Mezi’s newly designed app allows users to find and book flights and hotels and make… Read More Original author: Lora Kolodny

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Intel announces $250 million for autonomous driving tech

Intel announces $250 million for autonomous driving tech
 When Intel decided to take a crack at its first keynote at an automotive event, it swung for the fences. The company’s CEO, Brian Krzanich, took the stage at the Los Angeles Auto Show‘s Automobility event this morning to announce that Intel Capital would be investing $250 million in autonomous driving over the next two years. Technologies that will benefit from the investment… Read More Original author: Kristen Hall-Geisler

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Google’s AI Experiments help you understand neural networks by playing with them

Google’s AI Experiments help you understand neural networks by playing with them
 Google’s work in machine learning and artificial intelligence is often interesting, but it can be a bit academic. People like to get their hands on these things — as much as you can, anyway, with something intangible. To that end, Google is collecting a bunch of little demonstrations of this emerging category of tech in its AI Experiments showcase. Read More Original author: Devin Coldewey

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Google’s Wifi router is now up for pre-order

Google’s Wifi router is now up for pre-order
 Perhaps you missed the news about Google’s new router. Wouldn’t have been hard. The company announced the thing at the same event it debuted the Pixel and its Daydream headset, so no one spent all that much time talking about the new home networking hardware. If you weren’t privy to the news, by way of refresher, the simply named Wifi is Google’s take on devices like… Read More Original author: Brian Heater

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Snapchat has reportedly filed confidentially for its massive IPO

Snapchat has reportedly filed confidentially for its massive IPO
 Snapchat appears to be moving forward in its plans to go public early next year with the company filing confidentially for its IPO, according to a report from Reuters. In recent years, companies have begun filing confidentially for their initial public offerings well ahead of revealing their financial guts in the formal IPO process. That gives a time window between the SEC getting the… Read More Original author: Matthew Lynley

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DJI debuts a monitor add-on for its controllers

DJI debuts a monitor add-on for its controllers
 Along with the debut of two drones at what we assume will be DJI’s last big news of the year, the company showed off a new display add-on for its controller, aimed to take the place of a smartphone. The CrystalSky comes in 5.5 (920×1080) or 7.85-inch( 2048 x 1536) configurations, offering an ultra-bright screen designed for daylight settings that the company claims is up to four… Read More Original author: Brian Heater

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FBI will receive ‘limited’ Twitter firehose access through Dataminr, but has to watch its step

FBI will receive ‘limited’ Twitter firehose access through Dataminr, but has to watch its step
 The FBI has publicly disclosed its intent to get at the “mission critical” Twitter firehose through third party monitoring service Dataminr. But Twitter, which has a 5 percent stake in Dataminr and of course has sovereign control over the firehose, recently told the company to stop providing data to intelligence agencies. So what’s happening here? Read More Original author: Devin Coldewey

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Google’s Cloud Platform will get GPU machines in early 2017

Google’s Cloud Platform will get GPU machines in early 2017
 Google’s Cloud Machine Learning service launched earlier this year and, already, the company is calling it one of its “fastest growing product areas.” Today, the company is announcing a number of new features for Cloud Machine Learning users and developers who want to run their own machine learning workloads in Google’s cloud. Unlike its competitors, like AWS and… Read More Original author: Frederic Lardinois

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DJI-produced short film puts the new Inspire 2 gorgeously through its paces

DJI-produced short film puts the new Inspire 2 gorgeously through its paces
 DJI has just launched two new, professional-grade drones, and to show just what these bad boys can do, the company has released a short film shot entirely with its new hardware.Shot on the Inspire 2 by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Claudio Morandi (best known for his work on The Life of Pi), the 11-minute short (produced by Dana Brunetti) stars Ryan Phillippe and Stranger… Read More Original author: Jonathan Shieber

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DJI’s Inspire 2 gets a second camera for first-person video feeds

DJI’s Inspire 2 gets a second camera for first-person video feeds
 DJI’s been keeping busy in these waning days of 2016. Hot on the heels on its Mavic Pro announcement back in late September, the drone maker announced an upgrade to its giant Matrice 600 last week. Today the company held a relatively intimate event in Los Angeles to debut yet another two drones, even as it continues to deal with delays for its consumer line.Both of today’s… Read More Original author: Brian Heater

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DJI unveils a Pro version of its Phantom 4 drone

DJI unveils a Pro version of its Phantom 4 drone
 The Inspire wasn’t the only DJI line to get a refresh at today’s intimate event in Los Angeles. The company’s Phantom line is also getting a bump, with the addition of the Phantom 4 Pro. Like the Inspire 2, the refreshed prosumer model features improved obstacle avoidance, courtesy of infrared light pulses that bring detection to the sides of the system, in addition to current… Read More Original author: Brian Heater

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