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Data management startup Rubrik is raising up to $200M on a $1B valuation
We then confirmed the details with a source close to the company. What's notable about Rubrik is that it aims itself at enterprises that use apps and data stored across a mixed environments that blend on-premises services and services in the cloud. It provides a way to retrieve data from both in equally fast times. Rubrik also moves data from one environment to the other while keeping it indexed.
Juicero may be the absurd avatar of Silicon Valley hubris, but boy is it well engineered
Ben Einstein, general partner at Bolt, served upthis excellent teardown of the Juiceroon the company blog. If you were wondering how a juice press could possibly cost $400. Without getting into the nitty-gritty the gist is that this thing is extremely overengineered in the most fabulous possible way. Everything is custom, using the best processes and materials, and lots of ingenuity and care is on display at every level.
AI report fed by DeepMind, Amazon, Uber urges greater access to public sector datasets
When there is such value at stake, it will be increasingly necessary to manage significant datasets or data sources strategically. Yet exactly who stands to benefit economically from unlocking valuable healthcare insights from a publicly funded NHS is not discussed. To achieve these potentially significant economic benefits, businesses will need to be able to access the right skills at different levels. The skills discussion has to later be weighed against another portion of the report considering the potential impact of AI on jobs.
LoveCrafts, a social network and marketplace for makers, raises $33M
Facebook may have the generalist, mass-market social network on lock down, but when it comes to communities based around special interests, the playing field remains full of promise. The Series C, led by new investor Scottish Equity Partners, is the largest VC investment in a UK startup so far this year. The valuation is not being disclosed, both Griffith and LoveCraft's investors told me, except to note that it is north of PS100 million.
Seattle grapples with Airbnb in proposal to limit hosts to two properties
Seattle will move forward with plans to restrict how many units its residents can list on short-term rentals platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. The city has issued a revised set of short term rental regulations that aim to strike a balance between keeping long-term renters and short-term hosts happy. Under the proposal, hosts renting a primary residence will need to obtain a Short Term Rental Operator's license from the city in addition to a business license.
FCC Chairman will address the future of net neutrality on Wednesday
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai appears to be showing his cards regarding his promised rollback of net neutrality rules. He is slated to speak on the future of internet regulation on Wednesday, Reuters reported today. TechCrunch confirmed with the FCC that atalk is taking place, although the topic was not officially disclosed. Pai previously said at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that he considers the FCC's approach to regulating the internet heavy-handed and old-fashioned.
Creepy facial projections, 3D hair capture, digital creepers and more from Eurographics 2017
First is a system for simulating vines and creepers as they grow in complex interweaving patterns. The plants are a series of particles that interact with their immediate environment - angle, material, light exposure, other plants - and grow appropriately. Coupled with fluid dynamics and a few other tricks, these virtual plants can grow and be interacted with in real time. Right now part of the reason they always turn out creepy is poor representation of the hair.
Uber gets sued over alleged 'Hell' program to track Lyft drivers
This time, it's about Uber's alleged use of a program called Hell. The plaintiff, Michael Gonzales, drove for Lyft during the time Uber allegedly used the software. As the story goes, Uber allegedly tracked Lyft drivers using a secret software program internally referred to as Hell. It allegedly let Uber see how many Lyft drivers were available to give rides, and what their prices were. Hell could allegedly also determine if people were driving for both Uber and Lyft.
Scrumpt now offers fresh, healthy lunches for kids
Scrumpt, the healthy lunch for kids startup that debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2015, recently launched lunch meal kits with fresh food. Before, Scrumpt was only focused on non-perishable foods and required parents to supplement the lunches with items from home. Now, parents can use Scrumpt as a one-stop shop for their kids' lunches one week at a time. Scrumpt's spring menu offers 14 options, including a pretzel slider with turkey, roasted chicken wraps and a fruit, yogurt and granola parfait.
Flush with funding, Instacart accelerates US expansion
Grocery delivery startup Instacart recently closed a $400 million Series D round of funding at a valuation of $3.4 billion. Now, the company is putting that capital to work by accelerating its expansion across the US, and offering free Instacart Express memberships to entice new users wherever it goes. New customers in Texas and the Midwest will be able to try its Instacart Express membership free for 1 year.
Federal court decides that Adobe can't stay under a gag order over search warrant forever
According to newly unsealed documents, a federal court in California ruled that it is unlawful for Adobe to remain under an indefinite gag order regarding a search warrant for one of its users. In the ruling, the Los Angeles court concluded that the government had not made a sufficient argument to support the ongoing nature of a gag order it issued to Adobe 2016. As in Adobe's case, these orders are not publicly known until a company prevails against them in court.
'Scanner Sombre' arms you with lidar for a gorgeous, creepy explore-'em-up
Something about the polychromatic pointillism of lidar imagery has always intrigued me, but as a writer I can't say I have many opportunities to use the technology. That's why I'm excited about a lovely looking new game from the creators of Prison Architect in which you are exploring a pitch-black cave with nothing but lidar. Scanner Sombre was announced today, and the general idea is that you find yourself in a cave in complete darkness, armed with just a lidar scanner and headset.
The Galaxy S8 handily topped its predecessor's pre-order numbers, according to Samsung
The Galaxy S8 is experience is something of a mixed bag - but it's certainly not a bomb. The software offering, on the other hand, hit the world half-baked, and at the time of the device's release. Bixby at least doesn't come close to fulfilling the promises made in the media push around the product's launch. In the grand scheme of things, those are minor issues that shouldn't weigh to negatively on user feedback for the product.
Mercedes-Benz expands car sharing service Croove beyond pilot phase
Mercedes-Benz started testing out a new car sharing service in December of last year, debuting Croove in a limited pilot allowing people to rent out their cars on-demand for short stints in Munich. The program has proven successful enough for Mercedes to expand it to other German cities, including Berlin, where it began operations mid-month in April. The service lets users set their own price, or trust Croove's discretion to establish a fair rate, taking into account supply and demand.
Apple cuts App Store affiliate commission from 7% to 2.5%
Apple just sent an email to members of the App Store affiliate program saying that App Store commissions will be reduced from 7 percent to 2.5 percent on May 1st - that's a 64 percent cut. While this change will have no effect on App Store users, it has some implications on the App Store ecosystem. Many websites from the Apple community link to App Store downloads with a unique referral ID in the link.
An Instagram bug has been preventing users from disabling their accounts for months
People also disable their accounts when they need to focus on something important - like a big project at work or exams at school, for example. People said they've tried this in different web browser, as well, to see if it was a bug associated with just one platform. This speaks to a broader problem with Instagram support - users are struggling to get help when their accounts are hacked, spammed, or shutdown for violations.
Instagram is down around the world
Instagram isn't working for users in the US, England, and elsewhere. Both the Instagram app and website won't load. Instagram tells me it's looking into the problem but doesn't have an answer yet. For an international app with over 600 million users, including 80% outside the United States, the downtime could hinder its further growth. Instagram is trying to box out Snapchat for visual communication across the globe.
Inside Boom's efforts to build a new generation of supersonic commercial jets
We got a tour of the facilities, which occupies a hangar on an small airfield peppered with aeroflight companies. Scholl has his private pilot's license, however, and besides being an avid student of aeronautics engineering, can also spot top talent in others. Boom-supersonic-147A0693 boom-supersonic-147A0691 boom-supersonic-147A0674_1 boom-supersonic-147A0683 boom-supersonic-147A0686 boom-supersonic-147A0688 boom-supersonic-147A0691 boom-supersonic-147A0693 boom-supersonic-147A0696 boom-supersonic-147A0702 boom-supersonic- boom-xb-1-engine147A0704 boom-xb-1-engine147A0709 View Slideshow Exit. If it fits the simulated predictions, it'll go into production for use in the XB-1 during its first test flight, planned for next year.
DJI's new FPV goggles let you control your drone with head movements
When DJI announced the Mavic Pro last year they also teased a pair of FPV goggles that could be used to see first-person video from DJI's drones. The goggles are pretty bulky, and look more like a VR headset than FPV goggles. DJI Goggles - 3 DJI Goggles - 4 DJI Goggles - 5 DJI Goggles - 6 View Slideshow Exit. With goggles DJI is trying to bring FPV flight to the mainstream drone community.
Facebook launches telco infrastructure accelerator with Orange
The partnership will look to pursue the best innovations and talent within the sector, Orange notes, with the selected startups getting mentorship from Facebook; other TIP members ; and Orange. Facebook is looking forward to working with Orange and TIP to support this start-up accelerator, said Jay Parikh, head of engineering and infrastructure, Facebook. Working together, we hope to help identify and support telecoms network infrastructure innovation while helping pave the way for future breakthroughs.

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