Researchers devise method for regenerating hair cells to help reverse hearing loss

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unnamed As we age, the hair cells in our ears – like the rest of us – slowly die (how’s that for a bummer of an opening). That damage to the approximately 15,000 hair cells per ear, which can be exacerbated by loud noise and some medication, is a leading factor contributing to hearing loss. And once those cells have been damaged, they don’t grow back naturally. A new… Read More

Skurt has raised a $10M Series A to grow its rental car delivery service

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skurtdeliveryshot Skurt, the Los Angeles-based rental car delivery startup, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Upfront Ventures (which also led a $1.3 million seed round), and included a strategic investment from BMW, as well as funding from Troy Carter’s Cross Culture Ventures, Expansion VC, Greycroft and Magic Johnson.
Skurt has an interesting take on the rental car… Read More

Google launches GPU support for its Cloud Platform

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tesla-m40-header Three months ago, Google announced that it would launch support for high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) for machine learning and other specialized workloads in early 2017. It’s now early 2017 and, true to its word, Google today officially made GPUs on the Google Cloud Platform available to developers. As expected, these are NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPUs and developers will be able to… Read More

From lunch to acquisition: How Atlassian bought Trello

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atlassian-trello1 Last September, Atlassian co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes flew from Sydney to New York to have lunch with Trello CEO Mike Michael Pryor. The two met at a Mexican restaurant not too far from Trello’s offices. After the lunch, Cannon-Brookes immediately got on another flight back home. Not long after, Atlassian bought Trello for $424 million — its biggest acquisition yet. Read More

Review: Doppler Labs Here One smart earbuds

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4_here_one_buds_white Headphones are a gadget that people often fail to fully appreciate. In the face of all the latest tech trends, headphones remain just as versatile as ever. They’re virtual reality devices letting users experience concerts in their homes, they’re the first wearables to reach ubiquity and, if you believe the folks at Doppler Labs, they’re about to find a new role in… Read More

Facebook updates Analytics for Apps with improved segmentation and domain-level reporting

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BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 24:  Coffee mugs adorned with the Facebook logo stand at the Facebook Innovation Hub on February 24, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The Facebook Innovation Hub is a temporary exhibition space where the company is showcasing some of its newest technologies and projects.  (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Facebook today launched an update to Analytics for Apps, its cross-platform analytics platform for developers who want to track how their users engage with their sites, bots and apps. The promise of Analytics for Apps is that it allows developers to better understand their audience and then use this data to better engage them through push and in-app notifications. As Facebook announced… Read More

MIT creates an intelligent power supply lets hardware sip energy

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low-energy Researchers at MIT have created a power supply for small electronic devices that “sips” energy by turning devices on with packets of energy rather than a steady stream. Most power converters release a steady voltage. This means they’re generally inefficient for small devices like sensors and other devices that don’t need to be constantly on. The MIT’s… Read More

This is your last chance to buy tickets to the D.C. Meetup + Pitch-off!

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meetups Tonight is the night! The Washington D.C. Meetup + Pitch-off is tonight and we have quite the show in store for you. We’ll kick off the evening with a fireside chat with Facebook security engineer Benjamin Strahs, followed by a fireside with Bradley Tusk, a man who needs no introduction. From there, we’ll head straight into the pitch-off, where ten amazing companies will pitch… Read More

MobiTV raises $21M as it pivots into set top box-free IPTV for the living room

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old television MobiTV, one of the first companies (est. 1999) to bring TV services to mobile devices, has raised some funding as it moves into a late-stage pivot to bring its technology to the living room. The company today announced that it has picked up a growth round of $21 million from Oak Investment Partners and Ally Bank. It plans to use the funds for further development and marketing of its… Read More

Google’s Project Fi starts testing Voice over LTE support

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projectfi Google’s own wireless service called Project Fi has rolled out Voice over LTE service for a subset of its users, the company confirmed this week via an announcement in Google’s product forums. Users will be able to tell that they’ve been added to this lucky group of testers because their signal indicator will continue to display LTE when they’re making or receiving… Read More

Kubernetes on Microsoft’s Azure Container Service is now generally available

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Aerial View Of Cargo Containers At Commercial Dock Kubernetes, the Google-incubated open source container orchestration system, is quickly becoming the de facto standard for managing large container deployments. Microsoft launched a preview of support for Kubernetes in its Azure Container Service last year; today it is taking this service out of beta and making it generally available. Read More

Scout helps take the pain out of recruiting

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scout New York-based Scout wants to take the pain out of hiring, by automating search and outreach for companies. The company is able to reduce friction associated with recruiting by presenting hiring managers with qualified candidates and making it easier to reach them. The company was founded to help simplify the process of finding and recruiting top talent. That’s something founder and… Read More

Dovetale wants to let brands of any size use influencer marketing

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Pretty teen girl taking selfie while drinking takeaway coffee Influencer marketing is red-hot right now. Whether you realize it or not, a material percentage of your Instagram feed today is probably content posted by people getting paid….a lot. It’s not unheard of for the platform’s most popular accounts to get paid over $100,000 per post, and major brands collectively are spending an estimated $255 million per month on sponsored… Read More

Samsung’s latest C-Lab projects embrace augmented and virtual reality

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mwc-2017-c-lab-pr_main_4 Samsung created C-Lab (that’s Creative Lab) half a decade ago as an attempt to incubate employee creativity within the larger confines of its corporate culture. Among the decided benefits of its place as a giant among consumer electronics companies is the ability to showcase some of the more creative spinoffs at some of the world’s biggest tech trade shows — which… Read More

BMW and Mobileye to crowdsource real-time data for self-driving from 2018

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bmw-5-series-prototype147a0228 BMW and Mobileye are working together, with the automaker employing Mobileye’s Road Experience Management (REM) software in its vehicles from 2018 onward. The tech, which Mobileye also recently announced would be coming to future Volkswagen cars, helps crowdsource real-time road data captures by the advanced driver assist hardware on vehicles, which will eventually help provide a key… Read More

Bulletin offers a flexible approach to shared retail space

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Bulletin SoHo In the startup world, opening a real-world, physical store can seem a bit quaint. Who wants to deal with the sky-high rents charged in prime, urban locations, not to mention getting locked into a long-term lease? Well, a Y Combinator-backed company called Bulletin is looking to offer a more flexible experience for brands who want to sell their products in brick-and-mortar stores — COO… Read More

Cosmunity brings the geek convention experience online

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Cosmunity graphic Cosmunity is a new social network for people who want to keep the experience of Comic Con (or another geek event of your choosing) going all year long. Co-founder and CEO Cole Egger recalled attending a Dallas Comic Con (now known as Fan Expo Dallas) and being “blown away by the size.” However,  he found fans who were “frustrated” by the difficulty of staying… Read More

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 210 will add support for Android Things later this year

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snapdragon 210 When it launched Android Things back in December, Google announced a handful of hardware partners for its Android-based internet of things operating system, including Intel Edison, NXP Pico and the Raspberry Pi 3. Qualcomm, naturally, wanted in on the action, releasing its own straightforward, if vague, response to the announcement, titled, “Qualcomm Intends to Collaborate with Google… Read More

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