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Flywheel to stop online classes and offer trade-in for Peloton bikes after settling lawsuit

By |February 20th, 2020|

After settling a patent infringement lawsuit filed against it by Peloton, fitness startup Flywheel will stop offering its At Home online classes on March 27. Current Flywheel At Home customers were emailed a trade-in offer for Peloton bikes. Peloton said the replacement bikes are refurbished, but will function like new ones. The trade-in form needs --> READ MORE

Codeacademy has already outlived many rivals — is that enough?

By |February 20th, 2020|

Codeacademy, the New York-based online interactive platform that offers coding classes in a wide variety of programming languages, is a little like background noise; it’s been operating reliably since founder Zach Sims created the company while still a Columbia University student in 2011. It’s a brand that people know and that millions have used, but --> READ MORE

Canadian online pharmacy, PocketPills has raised $7.35 million as it expands into Quebec

By |February 20th, 2020|

PocketPills, which bills itself as the sole online pharmacy operating in Canada, has raised $7.35 million in new financing as it expands across the country. Through partnerships with insurers like Pacific Blue Cross the company provides co-insurance reductions for prescriptions. “We have an option for you to come and join our platform just like any --> READ MORE

Retail optimization startup Teikametrics raises $15M as it expands beyond Amazon and beyond ads

By |February 20th, 2020|

Teikametrics, a startup that helps retailers optimize their online ad spending, has raised $15 million in additional funding. The company launched with the goal of helping Amazon sellers advertise more effectively. More recently, it launched a similar partnership with Walmart. CEO Alasdair McLean-Foreman said that on both platforms, the startup’s Flywheel platform can improve the ad-buying --> READ MORE

How companies are working around Apple’s ban on vaping apps

By |February 20th, 2020|

Apple banned vaping apps in November 2019. Since then, the company has said very little about its decision, leaving many companies upset and confused about its blanket prohibition. Three months later, companies are working around Apple’s ban. Here’s how they’re doing it. Apple’s wide-sweeping ban on vaping affected apps from Juul, Pax and many others, --> READ MORE

UCLA backtracks on plan for campus facial recognition tech

By |February 20th, 2020|

After expressing interest in processing campus security camera footage with facial recognition software, UCLA is backing down. In a letter to Evan Greer of Fight for the Future, a digital privacy advocacy group, UCLA Administrative Vice Chancellor Michael Beck announced the institution would abandon its plans in the face of a backlash from its student --> READ MORE

Lack of big tech GDPR decisions looms large in EU watchdog’s annual report

By |February 19th, 2020|

The lead European Union privacy regulator for most of big tech has put out its annual report which shows another major bump in complaints filed under the bloc’s updated data protection framework, underlining the ongoing appetite EU citizens have for applying their rights. But what the report doesn’t show is any firm enforcement of EU --> READ MORE

Ex-YC partner Daniel Gross rethinks the accelerator

By |February 19th, 2020|

Amid skyrocketing operating expenses, remote work has become an obsession for Bay Area founders looking to have it both ways, accessing Silicon Valley’s networks of capital and opportunity without paying steep premiums for talent. Daniel Gross has a deeper understanding than most of Silicon Valley’s opportunities. The Jerusalem native was one of Y Combinator’s early --> READ MORE

Snap accelerator names its latest cohort

By |February 19th, 2020|

Yellow, the accelerator program launched by Snap in 2018, has selected ten companies to join its latest cohort. The new batch of startups coming from across the U.S. and international cities like London, Mexico City, Seoul and Vilnius are building professional social networks for black professionals and blue collar workers, fashion labels, educational tools in --> READ MORE

Gmail’s new filters make it easier to search your email

By |February 19th, 2020|

Gmail’s search is getting a significant update that will allow users to more easily narrow results to help them find a specific email. Before today, users could type in search filters by hand (e.g. label:work, has:attachment, from:marketing@company.com, etc.) or use the drop-down box to perform an advanced search. But these options were less obvious, cumbersome --> READ MORE