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These science superstars just won the 2017 Breakthrough Prize

December 5, 2016 |

breakthrough-prize-taylor-hatmaker Today at the 5th annual Breakthrough Prize, some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names will award more than $ 25 million to scientific research in departments across the globe. The event splices together research scientists far more accustomed to red tape than red carpets with tech’s deepest-pocketed and most idealistic upper echelons. The result is a flashy, hopeful hybrid event… Read More
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Former TechShop CEO Mark Hatch joins Network Society Ventures as General Partner

December 4, 2016 |

tc-makers-techshop Early-stage venture firm Network Society Ventures has snagged TechShop’s former CEO and co-founder Mark Hatch as general partner.
Hatch is recognized as a pioneer of the maker movement, is a current entrepreneur in residence at UC Berkeley, and is a former Green Beret.
For those who don’t know it, TechShop bills itself as “a membership-based DIY… Read More
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Emotionally intelligent computers may already have a higher EQ than you

December 3, 2016 |

computer-heart The idea of creating robots that can understand, compute and respond to human emotions has been explored in movies for decades. However, a common misconception is that the challenge of creating emotionally intelligent computing systems is too great to be met any time soon. In reality, computers are already demonstrating they can augment — or even replace — human emotional intelligence. Read More
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Facebook quietly tests warnings on fake news

December 2, 2016 |

fb-arbiter-of-truth Facebook is showing red warning labels above fake news links in the News Feed for some users in what appears to be a limited test. TechCrunch attained the screenshot below of the warning from a source. The warning reads “This website is not a reliable news source. Reason: Classification Pending” In some cases, ‘State-Sponsored News’ appears as a reason. The warnings are… Read More
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Online real estate service OpenDoor raises $210M Series D despite risky financing model

December 1, 2016 |

Home and money on hand This afternoon, Norwest Venture Partners announced that it led a massive $ 210 million Series D investment round in OpenDoor. With the new capital, the startup is looking to expand the usage of its marketplace platform for buying and selling real estate to 10 cities. OpenDoor is unique in that it owns its own inventory of homes. While the predictive analytics the company employs to project… Read More
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Adidas will offer runners gait analysis with shoe-worn sensors at its retail stores

November 30, 2016 |

img_0181 On Thursday, Adidas will open a new flagship retail location on the outskirts of Times Square. It’s the largest of German shoe giant’s stores – and the first in a string of upscale brick and mortar shops soon to include a sizable location opening up soon in London. The company is currently giving some private tours of the space, and it’s all pretty nuts –… Read More
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Master & Dynamic’s MW50 on-ear headphones are comfy but costly

November 29, 2016 |

dsc_4504 The MW50 are on-ear headphones that perform like a pair of over-ears. They’re nice to look at, comfortable and, at $ 449, pretty pricey. The headphones are lightweight, but are ultimately acoustically inferior to their over-ear counterparts. If you’re looking for a pair of those, Master & Dynamic also offers the MW60. The design is similar to older M&D models: mesh grilles… Read More
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Disrupting the world of science publishing

November 28, 2016 |

Open books and icons of science. The concept of modern education, File is saved in AI10 EPS version. This illustration contains a transparency Every scientist wants their paper to appear in Cell, Nature or Science. Being associated with such publications is synonymous with prestige and excellence. However, these journals are typically known to have an acceptance rate of 5-10 percent. ScienceMatters is trying to pave the way to a more democratized system by offering an open-source publishing platform for scientists to share their work. Read More
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Technology as a force for division — and unification — in politics

November 27, 2016 |

columns pillars in shadow The functions of government outlined in the U.S. Constitution can be broadly broken down into the promotion of unity, justice, peace, defense and welfare. Nearly 230 years later, in an age when software rules the world, these principles remain constant — but the way in which the average citizen experiences and interacts with government and politics has changed immeasurably. Read More
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Black Friday online sales to hit a record-breaking $3 billion, over $1 billion from mobile

November 26, 2016 |

shutterstock online shopping e-commerce Black Friday online shopping is continuing to grow, and this Friday was another record-breaking day. According to a new report out this evening from Adobe, which has been tracking e-commerce transactions throughout the sales holiday, Black Friday is on track to set a new record by surpassing the $ 3 billion mark for the first time. It’s also expected to become the first day in U.S.… Read More
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