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Amazon begins offering Whole Foods deliveries via its Prime service

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 11:15 PM PST

 Amazon has taken a big step forward with Whole Foods after it began offering grocery delivery from the retailer through its Prime service. The option is open to Prime Now customers, who get free two-hour deliveries of their products when they spend over $35. An “ultra-fast” one-hour delivery option costs $7.99 for orders of $35 or more. The integration is limited to four regions… Read More

Naspers and Meituan invest $100 million in Indian delivery business, Swiggy

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 10:18 PM PST

 The Indian food delivery startup Swiggy has raised $100 million in its latest round of funding. Led by the global investment and media conglomerate, Naspers, with participation from the Chinese e-commerce company Meituan-Dianping, the investment is an indicator that the Indian technology market is hitting its stride. The company said that it will use the funding to introduce new products… Read More

Tronc starts its new digital strategy with a majority stake in product review site BestReviews

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 08:28 PM PST

 Tronc, the company formerly known as Tribune Publishing, announced today that it now owns a majority stake in BestReviews, which publishes in-depth reviews of consumer products. According to an SEC filing, Tronc agreed to pay a total of $66 million, including $30 million in cash and $36 million in Tronc’s common shares, for a 60% stake in BestReviews.  Read More

Reddit bans ‘involuntary porn’ communities that trade AI-generated celebrity videos

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 04:10 PM PST

 Following other recent bans on the controversial practice of AI-generated, face-swapped porn, Reddit too has brought the ban hammer down. On Wednesday, the social platform shut down r/deepfakes and r/deepfakeNSFW, two popular hubs for the fake videos, which use algorithmic software to create virtual pornography depicting the likeness of unwilling participants. Read More

EFF founder and internet activist John Perry Barlow has died

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 03:47 PM PST

 John Perry Barlow has one of those resumes that seems too surreal to possibly be true. Entertainment sites are lamenting the loss of a poet turned Grateful Dead lyricist. Political sites are mourning the death of a lifelong activist. For tech sites such as ours, he’ll be forever remembered as the co-founder of the EFF — arguably the most influential organization for internet… Read More

Lyft hires Tesla’s president of Sales & Service as COO

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 03:47 PM PST

 Lyft has hired a new C-level executive: Jon McNeill, who joins as Chief Operating Officer. McNeill previously held a top role at Tesla, where he was president of Global Sales & Service, overseeing all of the company’s showroom and customer-facing interactions. Read More

Elon Musk’s self-driving strategy still doesn’t include LiDAR

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 03:37 PM PST

 Elon Musk’s vision of autonomous driving differs from a lot of Tesla’s competitors in that he’s been adamant that LiDAR isn’t a core component of his approach. It’s a stance that provokes a lot of debate among experts in the field. Read More

Elon Musk expects to do coast-to-coast autonomous Tesla drive in 3 to 6 months

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 03:13 PM PST

 Tesla had aimed to do a cross-country U.S. drive in one of its vehicles using fully autonomous driving capabilities by the end of last year. Obviously it didn’t make that goal, or you’d have heard about it. Instead, Tesla CEO Elon Musk now says he anticipates being able to make the trip within three months, or six months at the long end. Read More

Google’s bug bounty programs paid out almost $3M in 2017

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 02:58 PM PST

 Bug bounty programs are designed to sic security researchers on software and pay them to find vulnerabilities and report back to the sponsor. In return, the researchers are richly rewarded for their findings. In fact, Google’s bug bounty paid out a hefty $2.9 million in bug bounties in 2017. Read More

Starman has gone dark

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 02:57 PM PST

 Starman and his space Tesla have sent their last selfie from Earth orbit, Elon Musk announced. The car and its mannequin driver (in working SpaceX spacesuit) launched yesterday atop the Falcon Heavy rocket will eventually escape Earth orbit and travel outwards through the solar system — but not in a hurry. Read More

Yelp is not having a good day

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 02:29 PM PST

 Yelp saw its stock take a steep dive this afternoon after it reported its fourth-quarter earnings, which on an adjusted basis fell below Wall Street’s expectations on the bottom line. Yelp has had a very up-and-down year, all while still continuing to be a go-to site for reviews and content around restaurants. Read More

ClearBrain uses AI to help advertisers target the right users

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 02:19 PM PST

clearbrain team ClearBrain has a big goal: “Our mission is to democratize AI for marketers.” That’s how co-founder and CEO Bilal Mahmood put it, though he and his co-founder Eric Pollman aren’t trying to do all that at once. Instead, they’re tackling a more specific challenge — helping companies target ads toward the users most likely to sign up for a subscription, buy… Read More

Facebook Messenger’s ‘Your Emoji’ status tells friends what’s up

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 01:39 PM PST

 Want to let friends know you’re trying to party, hit the gym, focus on work or grab a drink? That’s the idea behind a powerful new feature Facebook Messenger is testing called Your Emoji. Akin to offline meetup app Down to Lunch, it lets you overlay a chosen emoji on your Messenger profile pic for 24 hours as a way to spur conversation and hang outs, or just let people know what… Read More

In an alternate universe Lyft may have bought Otto

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 01:31 PM PST

 The Uber vs. Waymo trial took a turn for the the weird today when testimony revealed that Otto, the company whose acquisition is at the center of this lawsuit, was entertaining bids from other suitors. For a bit of background, Otto is the self-driving truck company that Anthony Levandowski co-founded with Lior Ron. Both men previously worked at Google/Alphabet/Waymo — Levandowski on… Read More

Elon Musk’s pretty good week keeps rolling as Tesla slides through Q4 with same production targets

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 01:23 PM PST

 Tesla CEO Elon Musk managed to send his Tesla Roadster into space — because why not? — earlier this week, and it looks like his week (and Tesla’s) is still looking up for now following the company’s fourth-quarter results. The company slightly beat Wall Street’s expectations on the financial front, and said it’s still targeting producing 2,500 Model 3… Read More

The maker of the Turing Phone files for bankruptcy and suspends manufacturing

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 01:20 PM PST

 Turing Robotic’s CEO says the company isn’t done. But it’s definitely hit another significant roadblock in its quest to bring some fun alternative handsets to the market. The Finnish phone maker’s story so far is one of delay after delay, and now it’s announced, via Facebook post, that it’s suspending manufacturing. Read More

Fitness startup Studio is bringing its audio running classes to Life Fitness treadmills

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 12:44 PM PST

Studio treadmill Studio, a startup that delivers coaching, music and competition to treadmill runners’ smartphones and smartwatches, is getting a boost from treadmill maker Life Fitness. Studio founder and CEO Jason Baptiste explained that through this partnership, Studio’s classes will be available on Life Fitness treadmills in gyms, starting with the ones equipped with the company’s… Read More

NYC-based Notation Capital raises $27 million for second fund

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 12:14 PM PST

 Notation Capital, the NY-based pre-seed fund that launched in 2015, has just picked up a fresh $27 million in capital to invest in to super early stage startup sin the NYC area. The fund is called Notation II, and it’s still run by Nick Chirls, who led seed investment at betaworks and helped build Alphaworks, and Alex Lines, an architect at betaworks who contributed to products like… Read More

‘Instagram for classwork’ Seesaw in 1/2 of US schools

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 12:11 PM PST

 Kids don’t try their hardest unless they think someone’s watching. Overcrowded classrooms and distracted parents can make pouring effort into school work feel pointless. But Seesaw’s app turns their assignments into social media they share with teachers, peers and mom and dad. Now it’s invading schools across the country and just raised a Series A round from LinkedIn… Read More

Nest is being rolled into Google’s hardware team

Posted: 07 Feb 2018 12:06 PM PST

 Back in 2014, Google bought Nest — the hardware company behind things like the Nest Cam and the Nest thermostat — for around $3.2 billion. At the time, Google opted to keep Nest running as its own independent operation. Seems that’s about to change. Read More