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Lyft’s self-driving test vehicles are back on public roads in California

By |June 30th, 2020|

Lyft’s self-driving vehicle division has restarted testing on public roads in California, several months after pausing operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Lyft’s Level 5 program said Tuesday some of its autonomous vehicles are back on the road in Palo Alto and at its closed test track. The company has not resumed a pilot program that --> READ MORE

TransferWise to offer investment products but has ‘no plans’ to become a bank

By |June 30th, 2020|

TransferWise, the London-headquartered international money transfer service recently valued at $3.5 billion, has secured an additional license with U.K. regulators to enable it to offer investment products in the future. This will mean that U.K. customers who have money deposited in a TransferWise multi-currency or so-called “borderless” account will be given the option to make --> READ MORE

Elementary Robotics is making its quality assurance robots commercially available

By |June 30th, 2020|

Two years and more than $17 million after it first began working on its robots for quality assurance, the Los Angeles-based Elementary Robotics has finally made its products commercially available. The company already boasts a few very large initial customers in the automotive industry, consumer packaged goods and aerospace and defense, including Toyota, according to --> READ MORE

NASA pays out $51 million to small businesses with big ideas

By |June 30th, 2020|

NASA has announced its latest batch of small business grants, providing more than 300 businesses a total of $51 million in crucial early-stage funding. These “phase I” projects receive up to $125,000 to help bring new technologies to market. The Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer programs help entrepreneurs and inventors transition their work from lab --> READ MORE

Skygauge’s innovative tilting rotor drones are up for pre-order, with deliveries in 2021

By |June 30th, 2020|

I have had a few occasions to see Skygauge’s drones in-person, primarily on visits to Asia. The Canadian team is involved in HAX’s program and has spent time working out of their Shenzhen offices. In fact, they competed at our last hardware battlefield in the city late last year. To a person, everyone I’ve spoken --> READ MORE

Dfinity demonstrates its TikTok clone, opens up its ‘Internet Computer’ to outside developers

By |June 30th, 2020|

Dfinity appeared in 2018, amid the flurry of investments in the blockchain space. It raised $102 million in funding at a $2 billion valuation in a round jointly led by Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital, along with other investors, including KR1. I must admit that at the time it appeared for all intents and purposes --> READ MORE

Facebook bans ‘violent network’ of far-right boogaloo accounts

By |June 30th, 2020|

Facebook took action to remove a network of accounts Tuesday related to the “boogaloo” movement, a firearm-obsessed anti-government ideology that focuses on preparing for and potentially inciting a U.S. civil war. “As part of today’s action, we are designating a violent US-based anti-government network under our Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy and disrupting it on --> READ MORE

What 👁👄👁.fm means for Silicon Valley

By |June 30th, 2020|

Ravi Mehta Contributor Share on Twitter Ravi is a consumer tech leader who was most recently Chief Product Officer at Tinder. Previously, he was a product leader at Facebook, TripAdvisor and Xbox. He writes about scaling products and teams at http://ravi-mehta.com. In 36 hours, a diverse group of young entrepreneurs and technologists raised more than --> READ MORE

Apple device management company Jamf files S-1 as it prepares to go public

By |June 30th, 2020|

Jamf, the Apple device management company, filed to go public today. Jamf might not be a household name, but the Minnesota company has been around since 2002 helping companies manage their Apple equipment. In the early days, that was Apple computers. Later it expanded to also manage iPhones and iPads. The company launched at a --> READ MORE

SpaceX successfully launches GPS III space vehicle on behalf of the US Space Force

By |June 30th, 2020|

SpaceX successfully launched a GPS III satellite for the U.S. Space Force today. The Space Force took over the U.S. in-space GPS assets from the Air Force when it became its own dedicated wing of the U.S. armed forces. The launch employed a Falcon 9 rocket, the first stage of which was new and fresh --> READ MORE