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23andMe’s ancestry tools are getting better for people of color

23andMe’s ancestry tools are getting better for people of color

23andMe is beefing up its African, East Asian and Native American ancestry capabilities — something it has sorely lacked. Specifically, 23andMe has added 12 new regions across Africa and East Asia to

HTC announces a wireless adapter for the Vive headset

HTC continues to bet big on VR, today announcing the launch of pre-orders for the Vive Wireless Adapter. The adapter allows Vive and Vive Pro owners to cut the cord, so to speak, and allow users to

Twenty-two states ask appeals court to bring back net neutrality

Early this year, the attorneys general of 22 states and the District of Columbia filed a suit attempting to block the Federal Communications Commission’s controversial revesal of Obama era net
10 Startups that caught our eye from Y Combinator S18 Demo Day 1

10 Startups that caught our eye from Y Combinator S18 Demo Day 1

From new wearables to detect breast cancer to creating the industrial supply chain for the meat replacement industry, the latest crop of Y Combinator companies showcased the breadth of entrepreneurial

After reportedly rejecting $400M Kroger offer, Boxed raises $111M to take on Costco in bulk shopping

The average US household with children spent nearly $170 per week on groceries in 2017, and the race is on among companies that want to be the recipient of that spending, with more traditional grocery
Talla builds a smarter customer knowledge base

Talla builds a smarter customer knowledge base

Talla is taking aim at the customer service industry with its latest release, an AI-infused knowledge base. Today, the company released version 2.0 of the Talla Intelligent Knowledge Base. The company

Google Assistant’s latest feature delivers just the ‘good news’

You’re not the only one feeling run down by the news of the day. The folks at Google apparently believe we could all use a dose of good news, at times, too. The company today announced it’s testing a

Neo, a new “communal” venture fund by Ali Partovi, has closed with $80 million

It happens every day of the week. People who’ve been successful in tech invest in who they believe could be the tech leaders of tomorrow. Now. a new fund called Neo is taking the idea to the nth
China reaches 800 million internet users

China reaches 800 million internet users

China’s internet population has now grown beyond 800 million, according to the latest data from the Chinese government. A new report [in Chinese] issued by the China Internet Network Information

Gmail’s undo send feature hits Android

Four months after arriving on desktop, Gmail’s potentially job/relationship/self-respect-saving self-destruction feature is finally available on Android. The new feature, which was spotted by Android
Braavo raises $6M for its app financing business

Braavo raises $6M for its app financing business

Braavo, a startup that provides financing to mobile app developers, is announcing that it has raised $6 million in Series A funding. The might not seem like much compared to the $70 million that

Tinder’s latest feature, Tinder U, is only for college students

Tinder is today rolling out what may be one of its smartest additions yet with the launch of Tinder U, a feature designed specifically for Tinder users in college. Once enabled, students with a .edu
Foundries.io promises standardized open source IoT device security

Foundries.io promises standardized open source IoT device security

IoT devices currently lack a standard way of applying security. It leaves consumers, whether business or individuals, left to wonder if their devices are secure and up-to-date. Foundries.io, a company

UK phone giant EE fixes bug that let customers gift data for free

EE, the largest phone network in the UK, has fixed a website bug that allowed customers to add an unlimited amount of plan data to their accounts for free. The bug allowed any customer to modify code

Slack confirms it has raised $427M at a post-money valuation of over $7.1B

Slack, the workplace communications platform, has taken off like a rocket since launching in 2013 and now has more than 8 million daily active users and 70,000 teams paying to use it. Now the startup

Canvass Analytics raises $5M led by Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI fund

Canvass Analytics, an AI-based predictive analytics platform that helps streamline industrial operations, announced today that it has raised $5 million in funding led by Gradient Ventures, Google’s AI

Adobe’s marketing tools will soon use AI to predict the best times to send emails

Adobe Sensei, the company’s catch-all name for all of its machine learning tools, will soon be put to use to predict the best times to send you a marketing email. This new technology, which came out
Getaround raises $300 million Series D round led by SoftBank

Getaround raises $300 million Series D round led by SoftBank

SoftBank has landed on its next target. Getaround, the peer-to-peer car rental startup that first launched at TechCrunch Disrupt NY in 2011, has raised a $300 series D round led by SoftBank with
Google Fit gets a redesign, adds Heart Points and coaching

Google Fit gets a redesign, adds Heart Points and coaching

Google Fit is getting a major update today. The company’s activity tracking app has been around for a few years now but until today, it pretty much worked and looked that same as on the day it

TomboyX picks up $4.3 million Series A

For the past ten to fifteen years, a crop of newer brands have found themselves gobbling up marketshare via direct to consumer channels. Some offer a better value proposition on an existing product