Sarah Buhr

Write about the wild new frontier of biotechnology (3D printed organs, one drop blood tests, or hamburgers grown in a lab? I’m your gal), also a bit of politics, gender and diversity and sometimes they put me on camera at TechCrunch to tell you about cool new gadgets and gizmos.

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    AbbVie acquiring cancer drug startup StemcenTrx for $5.8 billion

    AbbVie acquiring cancer drug startup StemcenTrx for $5.8 billion

    Drug research giant AbbVie announced a deal to buy cancer drug startup Stemcentrx in a $5.8 billion cash and stock deal this morning. The terms of the deal include $2 billion in cash and $3.8 billion in stock upfront, plus another $4 billion in milestone-based payouts to StemCentrx, and $3.8 in stock. The deal values the company at up to $10.2 billion, according to a memo from early… Read More

  • The $229 August Smart Lock is available in big box stores starting today

    The $229 August Smart Lock is available in big box stores starting today

    You can now purchase August’s second generation Smartlock at Best Buy and Amazon, starting today. The much-anticipated Bluetooth-enabled device allows homeowners to lock and unlock their front door using an app and joins a host of other gadgets in the August Smart Home Access System, including a smart doorbell camera allowing you to see who’s at your front door from your phone, and… Read More

  • Apple starts deploying Carekit for health apps

    Apple starts deploying Carekit for health apps

    Apple begins rolling out Carekit, its mobile software framework for health apps, today. Apple announced the open-source software development platform last month with the aim to make it easier for developers to build health apps on iOS devices. Starting today, Carekit will integrate with four iPhone apps, including two of the Glow family of apps Glow Nurture and Glow Baby; Start, an app for… Read More

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    Genetics startup Twist Bioscience is working with Microsoft to store the world’s data in DNA

    Genetics startup Twist Bioscience is working with Microsoft to store the world’s data in DNA

    Twist Bioscience, a startup making and using synthetic DNA to store digital data, just struck a contract with Microsoft and the University of Washington to encode vast amounts of information on synthetic genes. Big data means business and the company able to gather a lot of it is very valuable to investors and stockholders. But that data needs to be stored somewhere and can cost a lot for… Read More

  • Media mogul Soledad O’Brien is coming to Disrupt NY 2016

    Media mogul Soledad O’Brien is coming to Disrupt NY 2016

    Well-known broadcast journalist turned media production startup founder Soledad O’Brien will join us on stage in just a few weeks at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC. O’Brien is a powerhouse of a TV personality and has built a solid career over the last 25+ years as a television anchor, producer and correspondent for CNN, HBO, MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and many other prestigious outlets. On… Read More

  • Uber aims to retain its 1099 workforce with a few new in-app perks

    Uber aims to retain its 1099 workforce with a few new in-app perks

    Good independent workers are hard to find and even harder to keep if the cost of doing business doesn’t make sense. So Uber is adding a new goody bag of rewards in hopes of retaining its workforce. One of those perks is Fuel Finder, a new feature inside the driver-side app allowing drivers to search for the cheapest and closest gas stations. Drivers simply zoom in a tap on the provided… Read More

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    Theranos continuously failed to comply with CMS on several counts, documents show

    Theranos continuously failed to comply with CMS on several counts, documents show

    We now know the full extent of the concern over compliance issues at Theranos’ Newark, California lab thanks to new documents TechCrunch has obtained under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began a federal investigation into the practices at Theranos’ main facility in Newark last fall involving erratic test results and… Read More

  • Want to increase your chances with IVF? Make more money or become a teacher says FertilityIQ

    Want to increase your chances with IVF? Make more money or become a teacher says FertilityIQ

    Money and teaching might seem at odds with one another but a study out from the Yelp for fertility treatments startup FertilityIQ found both to be the best indicators of success with IVF. FertilityIQ is one of many pregnancy-focused tech companies busy gathering new information from couples trying to conceive. While part of that information can be utilized for further research to help… Read More

  • FirstBuild launches Pique, a faster cold-brew coffee maker for the home

    GE’s gadget-invention partner FirstBuild is launching Pique, a cold-brew coffee maker for the home. Coffee has turned from a daily routine into somewhat of an art form in the last few years, with drip makers, the French press, single-serve cups, pour-over and an endless supply of the latest hi-tech machines that will whip up any bean-flavored concoction to your liking. Note most… Read More

  • Product Hunt gets a desktop app for Mac

    Product Hunt gets a desktop app for Mac

    Everything seems to be going mobile these days, but the Product Hunt community actually uses their desktops more for finding and upvoting products they find online says founder Ryan Hoover. So to keep hunters happy, the Product Hunt team introduced a new Mac desktop app today. The desktop version is pretty close to the online and mobile apps, but with a few tweaks for desktop-friendliness. The… Read More

  • Qualtrics adds former Google and Apple exec Kim Scott to the board to help pull in top Silicon Valley talent

    Qualtrics adds former Google and Apple exec Kim Scott to the board to help pull in top Silicon Valley talent

    Billion-dollar customer insight startup Qualtrics hopes to recruit top Silicon Valley talent to its home base in Utah as it continues to grow and part of that strategy involves adding professional tech coach Kim Scott to the board of directors. Qualtrics became one of a handful of new unicorns in the Beehive State last year and it continues to climb up and to the right. But it’s hard… Read More

  • Verizon’s AOL’s Huffington Post acquires virtual reality studio RYOT for $10 to $15 million

    Verizon’s AOL’s Huffington Post acquires virtual reality studio RYOT for $10 to $15 million

    The Huffington Post, owned by AOL, owned by Verizon, is buying a virtual reality studio called RYOT to build VR content production on the site, according to a blog post from site co-founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington. Sources have confirmed to us RYOT’s purchase price was in the $10 to $15 million range. The company had secured a little more than $3 million in Series A… Read More

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    Theranos under criminal investigation

    Theranos under criminal investigation

    Piling on to Theranos woes, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California have started probing into the blood analysis startup for possible criminal activity. The microscope under which Theranos found itself for regulatory health and safety issues over the last year prompted both agencies to question operations. Theranos sent… Read More

  • Don’t want your startup to fail? Arianna Huffington tells founders to go to bed

    Don’t want your startup to fail? Arianna Huffington tells founders to go to bed

    Sleep deprivation is the undoing of startup founders, according to Arianna Huffington. “There is this kind of founder myth that if you are a founder you can’t afford to get enough sleep,” she told me over the phone while catching a plane back to New York. “The truth is three-quarters of startups fail and if founders got more sleep they’d have a better… Read More

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    CRISPR creates a way out of regulation for GMO food

    CRISPR creates a way out of regulation for GMO food

    Genetically modified crops are in the midst of a metamorphosis thanks to new gene-editing technology. The latest example is a white button mushroom genetically edited using CRISPR, or the ability to snip out and rearrange parts of an organism’s DNA. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it won’t regulate the mushroom because it doesn’t pose a possible threat like GMO… Read More

  • Angel investors hope to find the best and brightest in Cuba’s emerging tech scene

    Angel investors hope to find the best and brightest in Cuba’s emerging tech scene

    President Obama’s bold new course on Cuban policy is paving the way for emerging tech to blossom in the country. A new entrepreneurial competition, 10x10KCuba, hopes to uncover Cuba’s best and brightest tech minds with an offer of mentorship and potential financing. Read More

  • Regulators plan to revoke Theranos’ federal license and ban founder Elizabeth Holmes

    Regulators plan to revoke Theranos’ federal license and ban founder Elizabeth Holmes

    Theranos might find itself homeless soon. A federal agency plans to force founder Elizabeth Holmes out of her blood analysis startup for two years and take away the California lab’s federal license. First reported in the Wall Street Journal, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter dated March 18 proposing sanctions barring Holmes and company president Sunny… Read More

  • Meet Oasis, Amazon’s smaller, lighter, grippier Kindle

    Meet Oasis, Amazon’s smaller, lighter, grippier Kindle

    True to earlier reports, Amazon’s Kindle Oasis is the smallest and lightest Kindle yet and comes with a handle for gripping. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos teased an “all-new, top of the line” Kindle last week and Chinese site Tmall.com sent the e-reader world in a tizzy when it accidentally unveiled details of Kindle’s newest addition to the family on Monday. The site… Read More

  • Sean Parker is on a mission to solve cancer

    Sean Parker is on a mission to solve cancer

    Sean Parker, the self-made billionaire who, at the tender age of 19, sparked the digital music revolution, has been at the forefront of some of the most meaningful disruptions of our day from file sharing to social engagement. Cancer immunotherapy is his next big bet. The Napster founder and former Facebook president persuaded hundreds of top scientists within various research universities… Read More

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    13 women leading the life sciences movement in Silicon Valley

    Breakthroughs in genetic engineering, 3D printing, cloud-based science experiments, A.I. and machine learning technology have created a weird and cool new kind of cutting-edge biotech that goes beyond pharma into what just a few decades ago seemed like magical thinking. And women are leading the charge in this brave new world, especially in Silicon Valley. While there are plenty of women… Read More

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