• Have we reached the tipping point?
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    Have we reached the tipping point?

    Limited partners or  LPs  -- the pension funds, the university endowments, the family offices that largely provide venture firms with their spending money -- are receiving a lot of attention from venture capitalists, some of it unwanted. VCs have begun knocking down their doors with requests for fresh

  • Fujifilm's X-Pro3 can focus in almost complete darkness
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    Fujifilm's X-Pro3 can focus in almost complete darkness

    Fujifilm has officially unveiled the X-Pro3, the latest in its esoteric X-Pro lineup aimed at street photographers and photojournalists. Teased last month, it has a number of eccentric features, including a 3.5-inch, 1.65-million dot rear display that you can't even see without flipping down. Otherwise

  • US Air Force gets its first anti-drone laser weapon from Raytheon
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    US Air Force gets its first anti-drone laser weapon from Raytheon

    Raytheon has delivered the first anti-drone buggy to the US Air Force, just over year after it introduced the technology. It's a high-energy laser system mounted on a small all-terrain vehicle, to be specific, which uses electro-optical/infrared sensors to detect and track drones. After it identifies

  • Mazda's first electric car opens up thanks to 'Freestyle' doors
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    Mazda's first electric car opens up thanks to 'Freestyle' doors

    Mazda is a bit late to the electrified party, but the small MX-30 crossover it just unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show might have been worth waiting for. Besides its 35.5kWh lithium-ion battery and e-Skyactiv the showstopping feature here is the RX-8-like "Freestyle" door setup, with front and

  • WeWork confirms an up to $8 billion lifeline from SoftBank Group; names new executive chairman
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    WeWork confirms an up to $8 billion lifeline from SoftBank Group; names new executive chairman

    Confirming earlier reports, The We Company and SoftBank Group agreed to a new capital infusion which will see SoftBank committing $5 billion in new financing and issuing a tender offer for another $3 billion in buybacks for shareholders. Under the specific terms of the deal, WeWork will receive $1.5

  • Salesforce Ventures's John Somorjai warns N.C.'s politics could dampen its tech hub potential
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    Salesforce Ventures's John Somorjai warns N.C.'s politics could dampen its tech hub potential

    North Carolina has been rising as an entrepreneurial hub. It's now home to massive deals, like IBM buying Red Hat for $34 billion and Fortnite maker Epic Games raising a landmark $1.25 billion, both which helped to put the state -- and the Triangle region, in particular -- on the map. On a panel

  • Verizon is giving its customers 12 free months of Disney+
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    Verizon is giving its customers 12 free months of Disney+

    On November 12 Verizon will begin offering 12 months of Disney+ to all of its new and existing 4gLTE and 5G unlimited wireless customers, the companies said today in a joint statement. It's a great way for Disney to juice its early subscriber numbers and for Verizon to add a tantalizing perk as

  • SpaceX hopes to offer satellite internet to customers by mid-2020
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    SpaceX hopes to offer satellite internet to customers by mid-2020

    SpaceX has Starlink internet satellites in orbit, but when is it going to offer honest-to-goodness service? You may have to wait a little while. Company President Gwynne Shotwell told a media roundtable that SpaceX hoped to offer Starlink broadband to US customers in mid-2020. Service will depend

  • Somehow, 'Dark Fate' got me excited about the Terminator again
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    Somehow, 'Dark Fate' got me excited about the Terminator again

    It helps, of course, to see the return of some familiar names — not just Arnold Schwarzenegger, but also Linda Hamilton, who takes up the role of Sarah Connor for the first time since "Terminator 2." And then there's franchise creator James Cameron, who was apparently too busy with his

  • 'NBA Now' game offers a quick basketball fix on your phone
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    'NBA Now' game offers a quick basketball fix on your phone

    If you're a big enough basketball game fan that you can't wait to get home before shooting hoops, there might be a solution in sight. Gamevil has released NBA Now, a game for Android and iOS that's designed to be played with one hand. Rather than take direct control of players, you serve

  • LabGenius raises $10M to use AI for protein drug discovery
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    LabGenius raises $10M to use AI for protein drug discovery

    LabGenius, a London-based startup applying AI and "robotic automation" to protein drug discovery, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Lux Capital and Obvious Ventures, with participation from Felicis Ventures, Inovia Capital, Air Street Capital and existing investors

  • Electric vehicle charging software EV Connect raises $12 million
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    Electric vehicle charging software EV Connect raises $12 million

    EV Connect, the Los Angeles-based company that sells software to manage electric vehicle charging, has raised $12 million in a Series B round led by investors Mitsui & Co. and Ecosystem Integrity Fund. In other words, EV Connect aims to provide a variety of hardware vendors a way to monitor, manage

  • How I Podcast: Let's Talk About Cats' Mary Phillips-Sandy and Lizzie Jacobs
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    How I Podcast: Let's Talk About Cats' Mary Phillips-Sandy and Lizzie Jacobs

    The beauty of podcasting is that anyone can do it. It’s a rare medium that’s nearly as easy to make as it is to consume. And as such, no two people do it exactly the same way. There are a wealth of hardware and software solutions open to potential podcasters, so setups run the gamut from NPR studios

  • Google Home update leaves some speakers unusable
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    Google Home update leaves some speakers unusable

    Smart speakers' frequent under-the-radar updates are usually convenient, but they're creating a lot of headaches for some Google device owners. Google has confirmed that it's fixing a problem with firmware updates that have bricked Home and Home Mini speakers. Some people have had success

  • In latest $10B JEDI contract twist, Defense secretary recuses himself
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    In latest $10B JEDI contract twist, Defense secretary recuses himself

    The JEDI drama never stops. Today, in the latest plot twist, the Secretary of Defense Mark Esper recused himself from the selection process because one of his kids works at a company that was involved earlier in the process. Several reports name his son, Luke Esper, who has worked at IBM since February

  • Venture capital firm Redpoint hires a ‘head of founder experience’
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    Venture capital firm Redpoint hires a ‘head of founder experience’

    As access to top deals becomes more competitive, venture capital firms are creating new roles to attract top entrepreneurs. Now, in addition to recruiting top dealmakers, firms are bringing in culture experts and allocating roles to individuals who better understand and empathize with the founder journey

  • BYU researchers extend WiFi range by 200 feet with a software upgrade
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    BYU researchers extend WiFi range by 200 feet with a software upgrade

    As we fill our homes with connected devices, we'll need WiFi to reach around every corner. One solution is hardware like Amazon's Eero routers and Google's Nest WiFi, physical devices that give your primary WiFi signal a boost. But researchers think there might be another way: a software

  • Apple TV+ adaptation of 'Foundation' will star Jared Harris and Lee Pace
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    Apple TV+ adaptation of 'Foundation' will star Jared Harris and Lee Pace

    Apple isn't cutting corners with its TV+ version of Isaac Asimov's Foundation. The tech giant has cast its first two stars for the show, choosing Chernobyl's Jared Harris (above) to play math genius Hari Seldon and Halt and Catch Fire's Lee Pace as the Emperor of the Galaxy, Brother

  • Former SAP CEO Bill McDermott taking over as ServiceNow CEO
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    Former SAP CEO Bill McDermott taking over as ServiceNow CEO

    When Bill McDermott announced he was stepping down as CEO at SAP a couple of weeks ago, it certainly felt like a curious move -- but he landed on his feet pretty quickly. ServiceNow announced he would be taking over as CEO there. If you're wondering what happened to the current ServiceNow CEO

  • SoftBank reportedly ends WeWork ownership debacle with a potential $1.7 billion windfall for Adam Neumann
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    SoftBank reportedly ends WeWork ownership debacle with a potential $1.7 billion windfall for Adam Neumann

    After erasing more than $30 billion in projected shareholder value, Adam Neumann could walk away from the We Company with a windfall of as much as $1.7 billion, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Already ousted as the company's chief executive, Neumann controlled shares of the company

  • Snap continues to add new users
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    Snap continues to add new users

    After struggling to grow its user base for awhile, Snap has recently managed to make some headway in that mission. Its last earnings report showed the company managed to grow its daily active user (DAU) number seven percent over the quarter prior. From its third-quarter results released today, it appears

  • Snapchat beats in Q3, adding 7M users & revenue up 50%
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    Snapchat beats in Q3, adding 7M users & revenue up 50%

    Snapchat blew past earnings expectations for a big beat in Q3, as it added 7 million daily active users this quarter to hit 210 million, up 13% year-over-year. Net loss improved to $227 million from $255 million last quarter, with the loss decreasing $98 million versus Q3 2018. Snapchat's share

  • Google wants to be your guide to Champions League soccer
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    Google wants to be your guide to Champions League soccer

    The UEFA Champions League has already reached the group stages, but Google wants you to know it has your back for the rest of the season. Search for "Champions League" on Google and you now get a whole suite of tools to follow the competition, including the usual scores, schedules and standings

  • Amazon debuts ad-supported News video app for Fire TV
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    Amazon debuts ad-supported News video app for Fire TV

    After launching IMDb Freedive earlier this year, Amazon is preparing to offer another ad-supported video streaming service. This time, the app is called News and it will allow you to watch news coverage from organizations like CBS, Reuters, Bloomberg and more. It'll offer both live and on-demand

  • Facebook releases Zuckerberg’s upcoming testimony in defense of Libra
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    Facebook releases Zuckerberg’s upcoming testimony in defense of Libra

    Tomorrow, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will appear before the Financial Services Committee, where he's expected to be grilled about Facebook's planned cryptocurrency Libra and digital wallet Calibra. Ahead of tomorrow's inquisition, Facebook has shared Zuckerberg's prepared statement.