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Grocery deliveries via rolling drone will kick off in Washington, D.C. this fall

By |September 22nd, 2016|

 Rolling robots will soon be making U.S. house calls, beginning with a trial run in Washington, D.C. this fall. Municipal regulators have approved use of Starship Technologies’ rolling delivery drones for urban delivery via sidewalk, reports Recode, giving the Estonian startup a vector for its first states-side public tests. You might remember Starship Technologies from --> READ MORE

Stick a Raspberry Pi into a Nintendo cartridge for some retro DIY fun

By |September 22nd, 2016|

 In a particularly clever if destructive hack, a maker named Zach cleared out the guts of an NES cartridge and stuck in a Raspberry Pi Zero and an Amazon USB hub to create the ultimate retro NES emulator. It even fits back into its original sleeve for easy storage. The project is surprisingly simple. All --> READ MORE

Gfycat raises $10 million to help creatives fire up the memes

By |September 22nd, 2016|

 A startup called Gfycat (which is pronounced “Jiffy Cat”) has raised a mammoth $10 million seed round to turn its already popular user-generated content platform into a revenue generating concern. On the content creation side of its business, the startup reports that 2.5 million unique users have already created 25 million “Gfycats,” or short, silent, --> READ MORE

Yahoo confirms state-sponsored attacker stole personal data of “at least” 500 million users

By |September 22nd, 2016|

 As indicated by an earlier report, Yahoo today confirmed it’s working with law enforcement to investigate a data breach which affected the account information of “at least” 500 million users. The company says that the user account information was stolen from its network in late 2014 by what it now believes to be a state-sponsored actor. The --> READ MORE

Instacart raises guaranteed delivery payout rates, removing tipping option

By |September 22nd, 2016|

 Instacart COO Ravi Gupta will say that a bad day working in the on-demand economy can be plenty demoralizing even if offset by good well-paid days, and Instacart is going to be making some changes in order to even things out. Today, the company said it is removing its tipping option in favor of raising --> READ MORE

Google launches its Daydream VR development tools out of beta

By |September 22nd, 2016|

 Google’s VR platform Daydream is now ready for developers’ full attention, thanks to the release of the new Google VR SDK, which exited from beta today. The kit will allow developers to build VR experiences for Daydream-ready phones and headsets, the company says, and now supports integration with Unity and Unreal game engines and tools. The --> READ MORE

AutoMobility LA announces its top 10 startups

By |September 22nd, 2016|

 AutoMobility LA, the new name for the press days before the public LA Auto Show in November, has announced the ten startups competing for visibility and mentoring opportunities. The board that chooses the finalists includes executives from companies small and large, new and old: Lyft, Google, NVIDIA, Local Motors, and General Electric, among others. The --> READ MORE

YouTube puts $1M behind Creators for Change

By |September 22nd, 2016|

 YouTube might be one of the only communities on earth more eccentric than Silicon Valley. You can find videos of cats pretending to be people, people pretending to be cats, and whatever the hell this is. That said, the site has been home to some incredibly moving and world-changing content. While most of us immediately think --> READ MORE

Intuit wants to turn TurboTax into a platform

By |September 22nd, 2016|

 Intuit’s TurboTax stores highly detailed financial data for millions of users who import their W2s, their banking data, info about their mortgages and more. Right now, all of this data is locked into TurboTax, but the company is now thinking about how it can do more with it by giving its users the option to share this --> READ MORE

Apple acquires another machine learning company: Tuplejump

By |September 22nd, 2016|

 Apple is on a machine learning company buying spree. After buying Perceptio at the end of 2015 and Turi just a few months ago, Apple has now acquired an India/US-based machine learning team, Tuplejump. We’d been hearing rumors of another acquisition in this space by Apple for some time. While Apple won’t outright confirm it, --> READ MORE