Beauty Data Startup Poshly Scores $1.5 Million

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poshly A New York-headquartered data company focused on the beauty industry, Poshly, has closed on a $1.5 million seed round of funding, which will largely be used to grow its engineering team in San Francisco. The funding was led by Frontier Equities VC, and included Astia Angels, CPEG Ventures, WI Harper Group, and other private investors. To date, Poshly has raised over $2 million to date.… Read More

Bikanta’s Tiny Diamonds Find Cancer Before It Spreads

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Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 4.02.54 PM Y Combinator-backed biotech company Bikanta wants to find and stop cancer at its source by inserting tiny, fluorescent diamonds inside your body. The brainchild of Dr. Ambika Bumb, who holds a PhD in biomedical engineering from Georgia Tech, these nanodiamonds can detect molecular abnormalities at a much earlier stage, essentially stopping cancer from spreading any further. Bumb was working on… Read More

Pivotal packages a lighter Java Web application stack

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Watch out Oracle, Pivotal is offering a lighter alternative to the Java Enterprise Edition (Java EE) stack.

The company has collected many of its technologies into a single integrated package, called the Pivotal App Suite, that can act as a platform for running Web applications.

“What we’ve found is that most of the enterprise Java customers are deploying apps that use a small subset of the JEE stack,” said Randy MacBlane, Pivotal vice president of engineering.

The App Suite includes a number of widely-used open source technologies that Pivotal either oversees or contributes to.

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Oracle hasn’t killed Java — but there’s still time

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Oracle’s last two crap quarterly earnings can most definitely be described as the chickens coming home to roost. The core of the problem is that Oracle lacks anyone who can have a big idea, and a sales machine won’t produce the results that investors are accustomed to unless they have something to sell.

The Sun acquisition was a mixed bag: Oracle leapt from the low-cost, high-margin business of software sales into the high-cost, low-margin business of hardware sales just as the cloud era kicked off in earnest. That had to be fun for investors. What was even more fun was what investors were unable to see: that Oracle failed to capitalize on the most important part of Sun.

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Iterating over collections in Java 8

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The Java platform includes a variety of ways to iterate over a collection of objects, including new options based on features introduced in Java 8. In this article John Moore revisits the Iterator design pattern with attention to the difference between active and passive iterators. Learn how Java 8’s forEach() method and features of the Stream API can help you fine-tune and parallelize the behavior of your iterators, then conclude with some performance benchmarks that might surprise you.

Anytime you have a collection of things you will need some mechanism to systematically step though the items in that collection. As an everyday example, consider the television remote control, which lets us iterate over various television channels. Similarly, in the programming world, we need a mechanism to systematically step through a collection of software objects. The mechanism used for this purpose is known by various names, including index (for iterating over an array), cursor (for iterating over the results of a database query), enumeration (in early versions of Java), and iterator (in more recent versions of Java).

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Who owns Heisenberg’s hat?

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Breaking Bad is over. Spinoff Better Call Saul is coming to AMC… eventually. In the interim, The LA Times asked creator Vince Gilligan and stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul (neither of whom, as far as we know, are appearing in Better Call Saul) to talk about the end of the series. Aside from serious discussion of the show’s final episode, that also means revealing the present-day whereabouts of “Heisenberg’s” famous pork pie hat — a version of which is owned by both Cranston and Gilligan. In an interesting offhand comment, Cranston says there’s “some talk” of a Breaking Bad Smithsonian exhibit, where his hat and other pieces of Walter White paraphernalia could one day rest.

Aaron Paul, meanwhile, ended up taking multiple doors off…

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Microsoft’s 1994 website looked like a Geocities page

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Microsoft’s website has been online for 20 years now, and the company is celebrating by recreating its original look and feel. It’s a throwback to the days of dial-up modems when you’d access the internet through a series of terribly high-pitched buzzing sounds using a Windows 3.11 machine and AOL. Thankfully we’ve moved on from those terrible times, but it’s still nice to look back at the days when Internet Explorer didn’t exist, some browsers didn’t used to support images, or you’d have to wait five seconds for images to load. If you’re looking for even more nostalgia, there’s always the untouched Space Jam website to browse through too.

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Following Its May Financing, Teachers Pay Teachers Names Former Etsy Exec As CEO

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Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 10.55.43 AM On the heels of a rumored-to-be-massive May round of financing, Teachers Pay Teachers, the online marketplace for teaching tools created by educators, has named former Etsy Chief Operating Officer and Googler Adam Freed as its new chief executive. The New York-based company gives educators a platform to sell anything from lesson plans to classroom supplies to class projects, and has a… Read More

Stratasys Sales Surged This Quarter Thanks To The Power Of Home 3D Printing

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makerbot-mill Stratasys announced some impressive second quarter numbers today, noting that the company saw $178.46 million in revenue this quarter compared to $156.61 million last quarter. Profit also rose from $18 million last year to $27.99 million this year. That’s huge. To what does Stratasys owe this pleasure? Makerbot. After buying the company for $403 million last year, the high-end 3D… Read More

This Guy Tracks Everything About Himself And Puts It Up Online For Everyone To See

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Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 10.37.08 PM Software developer and designer Anand Sharma started tracking everything about himself in March, including how many steps he takes in a day, the distance traveled, how he traveled there (bike, walking, plane, etc) and even how many GitHub commits or Instagram uploads he’s made throughout the day. The idea seems to have been bubbling for a while. Sharma left his job as the design director… Read More

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