Sarah Buhr

Sarah Buhr
I like writing about tech culture, biotech and sundry other interests. Consumer of fancy tea and kombucha. ENFP. CrunchBase profile →

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  • This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    This Robot Tastes Better Than A Wine Critic

    Robots might be unseating the cherry job of wine critics soon. Researchers in Denmark have created an artificial tongue to find out whether expensive wine actually tastes any better than the cheap stuff. The research, first published in ACS Nano, claims that an optical nanosensor based on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) can discern how you experience the sensation of dryness in wine. And they… Read More

  • AT&T And Chernin To Buy Majority Stake In Fullscreen, Valued Between $200-$300 Million Deal

    AT&T And Chernin To Buy Majority Stake In Fullscreen, Valued Between $200-$300 Million Deal

    YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen will sell a controlling stake in the company to AT&T and the Chernin Group’s joint web video venture, Otter Media. The Chernin group, Comcast and WPP made a $30 million investment in a Series A round in Fullscreen over a year ago. This new deal will likely value Fullscreen at around $200-$300 million, according to ReCode, which first reported… Read More

  • Air Food One Delivers Airline Food Right To Your Door

    Air Food One Delivers Airline Food Right To Your Door

    Have we reached peak delivery service? Just in case you had a craving for airline food for some reason, there’s now a company in Germany that will bring it to you. Air Food One is a subscription food delivery service that has teamed up with grocery company AllYouNeed.com and LGS Sky Chefs to bring leftover airline food right to the door of anyone living in Germany – the service is… Read More

  • The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen

    The $300 Headband That Gamifies Your Moment Of Zen

    The Muse brain-training headband promises to help you reduce stress and anxiety in just three minutes a day. I went with our TechCrunch TV crew to chat with Muse co-founder and CEO Ariel Garten and to try out the tech…which turned into my own, personal calmness competition. Read More

  • Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook Won’t Budge On Letting Drag Queens Keep Their Names

    Facebook will not be changing its real-name policy for the drag queen community. San Francisco drag queens met with representatives from the company yesterday afternoon to talk through a recent mass deletion of their personal profile pages. Facebook started deleting accounts of hundreds of members of the drag community last week after deciding these profiles were in violation of the policy. Read More

  • Hampton Creek In A Management Pickle As It Seeks To Raise $50 Million In Funding

    Hampton Creek In A Management Pickle As It Seeks To Raise $50 Million In Funding

    It hasn’t even been a full two weeks since Ali Partovi switched from an adviser role to chief strategy officer at Hampton Creek. However, the plant-based mayo startup has confirmed that Partovi is out. This leaves the company in a bit of a management pickle. In an odd move, Partovi switched from simply adviser to second in command to CEO and co-founder Josh Tetrick at the beginning… Read More

  • ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

    ManServant Will Let You Order Around Hot Men For $125 Per Hour

    A 6’2″, sandy blond gentleman wearing a tailored suit and tie gently bows to greet me and seat me. “Hello, I am Fabio and I will be your man servant this afternoon,” he says. His gentle, hypnotic voice wraps around me. I suddenly realize I’ve been seated and proceed to accidentally knock my sunglasses off the table. Fabio quickly picks them up and then takes out… Read More

  • 500 Startups Launches Its First Two 500 Women Syndicate Companies

    500 Startups Launches Its First Two 500 Women Syndicate Companies

    500 Startups has launched both Famebit and Wanderable, the first two companies out of its female founders 500 Women Syndicate. 500 Startups created the program earlier this year to support more women founders and encourage angel investors to invest in women-led companies. The first 500 Women company, Famebit, is a platform to find, hire and work with YouTube Influencers. It has achieved a… Read More

  • NASA Partners With Boeing And SpaceX To Send Astronauts Up In Space Taxis

    NASA Partners With Boeing And SpaceX To Send Astronauts Up In Space Taxis

    NASA has announced a deal with SpaceX and Boeing to build space taxis to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station. This deal will end NASA’s reliance on expensive Russian crew transport by 2017. The cost was a whopping $71 million per seat. However, the rising tensions in Ukraine may have also been a factor in the push for U.S. contracts. Read More

  • The $1 Million Race For The Cure To End Aging

    The $1 Million Race For The Cure To End Aging

    The hypothesis is so absurd it seems as though it popped right off the pages of a science-fiction novel. Some scientists in Palo Alto are offering a $1 million prize to anyone who can end aging. “Based on the rapid rate of biomedical breakthroughs, we believe the question is not if we can crack the aging code, but when will it happen,” says director of the Palo Alto Longevity… Read More

  • Why Facebook Is Deleting Drag Queen Profile Pages

    Why Facebook Is Deleting Drag Queen Profile Pages

    Trannyshack founder and drag queen Heklina woke up this morning to discover her Facebook profile page had been completely erased from existence. She’d heard of this happening to other queens in her community last week. Then Facebook sent her a personal message last Thursday that asked her to revert to her birth name, as well. Read More

  • Colorado High Schooler Invents Smart Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

    Colorado High Schooler Invents Smart Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

    Colorado has a history with gun violence so it’s only appropriate that 17-year-old Kai Kloepfer, a high school student from Boulder, would want to apply biometric user authentication to firearms. Kloepfer just won the $50,000 Smart Tech for Firearms Challenge for his smart gun prototype. Angel investor and gun reform advocate Ron Conway became the main backer of the $1 million Smart… Read More

  • Tinder’s Sean Rad Says He Has Not Swiped Right To Benchmark Or Other Investors

    Tinder’s Sean Rad Says He Has Not Swiped Right To Benchmark Or Other Investors

    Tinder Co-founder Sean Rad dodged a lot of questions on the Disrupt SF stage today, not least of which was the rumor that the hot dating app is raising a round at a valuation north of $750 million from Benchmark. “Rumors,” Rad stated when our MC Jordan Crook pressed him about it. “We haven’t raised any third-party capital and there’s no deal,” he told her. Read More

  • Brian Chesky Talks About Just How Different The Hotel Business Is From Airbnb

    Brian Chesky Talks About Just How Different The Hotel Business Is From Airbnb

    The conversation about exactly how Airbnb co-founder Brian Chesky saw his company seemed a bit confusing during his 20 minute panel on the Disrupt SF stage this afternoon. Chesky was adamant that Airbnb is like a hotel until it isn’t. Read More

  • Eventbrite’s Kevin And Julia Hartz Don’t Want To Go Public Just Yet

    Eventbrite’s Kevin And Julia Hartz Don’t Want To Go Public Just Yet

    “I’m just not thrilled with the amount of bureaucracy a company has to go through,” one half of the husband and wife Eventbrite founding team Kevin Hartz said about doing an IPO. Our TechCrunch editor-at-large Mike Butcher sat down with Kevin and Julia Hartz at Disrupt SF this morning to discuss how the two planned to take their company to the next level. Plans which… Read More

  • NAO Is Your Tiny Robot Servant

    NAO Is Your Tiny Robot Servant

    Forget waiting for that Google driverless car to come out, CEO and founder of RobotsLAB, Elad Inbar has already made a robot that can do almost anything for you, including drive you anywhere you want to go. Well, at least if you are a baby. The NAO is a 58-cm tall open-sourced, humanoid robot that will drive a baby car, fetch the paper, get you a beer or even recognize who you are and carry on… Read More

  • Peter Thiel Tweets

    Peter Thiel Tweets

    Peter Thiel could have tweeted about his early investment in Facebook, his loathe for Uber or the future of anti-aging. Instead, the Libertarian billionaire carefully chose the stage at Disrupt SF to send out his first ever tweet about his new book, “Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.” Read More

  • Tailor Puts an Affordable Designer in Every Business

    Tailor Brands Aims To Bring Small Business Owners Affordable Access To Professional Design

    Tel Aviv and Brooklyn-based Tailor Brands launches publicly on the Disrupt Battlefield today with the goal to democratize design. Founders Yali Saar, Tom Lahat and Nadav Shatz say they can help any small, local business feel like they have an in-house designer with a special algorithm system that helps customers think like a designer. Companies with deeper pockets are able to add to the… Read More

  • An Energy-Saving Air Vent In The Cloud Designed By A 13-Year-Old

    An Energy-Saving Air Vent In The Cloud Designed By A 13-Year-Old

    Father and daughter team Gabi and Shani Zuniga put their heads together with neighbor and long-time friend Danny Eizips to create Ventix, a home heating and cooling device controlled by the cloud. Think of it like Nest, but one step into the future. While the Nest thermostat controls your entire home, the Arduino-based Ventix can be individualized to each room in your home or office. Read More

  • Shower With Friends Lets You Gamify Water Consumption

    Shower With Friends Lets You Gamify Water Consumption

    An engineering team from Mashery may have a good solution to California’s drought problem – just shower with friends. The team of five presented Shower with Friends at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Hackathon today, an Intel technology similar to Arduino that lets you compare your water use against that of your friends. The idea for Shower with Friends actually came from a kegbot in… Read More

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