Sarah Buhr

Sarah Buhr

I like writing about tech culture, biotech and sundry other interests. Consumer of fancy tea and kombucha. ENFP.

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  • Google[x] Reveals Nano Pill To Seek Out Cancerous Cells

    Google[x] Reveals Nano Pill To Seek Out Cancerous Cells

    Detecting cancer could be as easy as popping a pill in the near future. Google’s head of life sciences, Andrew Conrad, took to the stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference to reveal that the tech giant’s secretive Google[x] lab has been working on a wearable device that couples with nanotechnology to detect disease within the body. “We’re passionate about… Read More

  • Jack Ma’s AliPay Might Partner With Apple Pay

    Jack Ma’s AliPay Might Partner With Apple Pay

    Jack Ma and Tim Cook both repeatedly teased a possible partnership between The Paypal-like AliPay and Apple Pay in two separate talks while on stage at the Wall Street Journal Digital conference in Laguna Beach, California this evening. Cook joked with the WSJ’s editor-in-chief Gerard Baker that he was going to go discuss a marriage between AliPay and Apple Pay after his talk. He said… Read More

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    This Scientist Is Using Open Sourced Software Techniques To Turn Bugs Into Patent-Free Drugs

    This Scientist Is Using Open Sourced Software Techniques To Turn Bugs Into Patent-Free Drugs

    Chemist and “semi-recreational” codemonkey Isaac Yonemoto is running a crowdfunding campaign called Project Marilyn to create open sourced, patent-free cancer drugs. Yonemoto proposes a $75,000 stretch goal to fund an experiment he hopes will prove we can use a compound sequenced from microscopic bug cultures to treat cancer. It’s a plan that could liberate pharmaceuticals… Read More

  • Whisper Suspends Editorial Team Involved In Guardian Visit

    Whisper Suspends Editorial Team Involved In Guardian Visit

    Anonymous messaging app Whisper has suspended its editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmerman and other staff members after Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller wrote a letter summoning Whisper execs to an in-person meeting to discuss the app’s privacy practices. “While Whisper provides users a unique social experience, the allegations in recent media accounts are serious and… Read More

  • Here’s A Sneak Peek At MotionSavvy’s UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device

    Here’s A Sneak Peek At MotionSavvy’s UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device

    MotionSavvy, the San Francisco startup working on tech to help the deaf communicate, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to commercialize its first product, UNI. The UNI app works with Leap Motion technology to translate each hand sign from American Sign Language and translates it into audible words on a tablet. Read More

  • Mint’s Aaron Patzer Launches Beta Version Of An On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million In Funding From Shasta And First Round

    Mint’s Aaron Patzer Launches Beta Version Of An On-Demand Answers App With $4 Million In Funding From Shasta And First Round

    Aaron Patzer, the founder and former CEO of Mint is placing his next bet with the on-demand info space. He and co-founder Jean Sini (another former Minter) are launching the beta of Fountain, an app that gives you advice from a curated set of experts. The app is currently focusing on the home improvement space and in alpha testing phase with a bunch of friends and family, but Patzer tells us… Read More

  • Luxe Aims To Solve San Franciscans’ Parking Woes

    Luxe Aims To Solve San Franciscans’ Parking Woes

    The situation was already bad when I first moved to San Francisco with my Jeep Cherokee three years ago. The hills were enough with the clutch, but one too many times spent looking for parking for more than an hour in my own neighborhood and my once useful Utah snow vehicle was sold to a nice old man in the East Bay. Circling round and round the block actually accounts for up to 30% of… Read More

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    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    SOSVentures Takes On Y Combinator With A Pure Biotech Accelerator

    International VC firm SOSVentures is capitalizing on the now buzz worthy biotech investment trend with the creation of IndieBio, the first accelerator to focus on just life sciences. Y Combinator raised a few eyebrows when it accepted five biotech companies out of the 80 startups in its program this last summer. That was a first for the Silicon Valley accelerator. But IndieBio partners tell… Read More

  • Yelp Strikes Hotel Bookings Partnership With Hipmunk

    Yelp Strikes Hotel Bookings Partnership With Hipmunk

    Yelp has partnered with Hipmunk to allow people to book hotels within the business review platform. While this is not the first time Yelp has offered a way for users to purchase from businesses right on its site, it is the first time it’s done this with hotel bookings. Yelp says the idea is that people will book a place to stay immediately after reading the Yelp reviews on it. This creates… Read More

  • Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M

    Yahoo In Talks To Buy Video Ad Platform BrightRoll For Around $700M

    Yahoo has been building up its video and video advertising content, and we have heard that it may make another key acquisition in the area to further raise its game. The company is in talks to acquire BrightRoll, the cross-platform digital video advertising service. TechCrunch has heard that term sheets have been signed, and that the price, if the deal is completed, could be anywhere from… Read More

  • Dynosense Launches A Tricorder-Size Health Scanner That Measures Up To 56 Vitals In Less Than 60 Seconds

    Dynosense aims to be a leader in digital health with a multi-function, cloud-based health scanner that founder and CEO, Saeed Azimi, lovingly refers to as a tricorder. “For those Star Trek fans, you know what I’m talking about,” he jokes. It’s similar to Scanadu in that it’s a mobile device that measures certain vitals such as blood pressure and heart rate. The… Read More

  • Loly Adds A Supersized Emoji Sparkle To Your iPhone

    Loly Adds A Supersized Emoji Sparkle To Your iPhone

    Move over boring old static smiley face and wine glass emoticons, Loly is a new, bigger, prettier emoji app now available on the App Store. Online fashion pioneer Gina Pell created the new app to fill a need for the “chic and stylish” to have a better way to express themselves. Pell is the founder of early e-commerce fashion site Splendora. That got acquired by Joyus a few… Read More

  • New Apple Releases, HBO Streaming And Dreamforce 2014

    CrunchWeek: Apple Releases New Stuff, HBO Streaming And The Gang Talks Dreamforce

    This week we discuss all the iPads and other announcements out of Apple, the shows we are excited to watch on HBO sans cable and that time we met will.i.am and when Arianna Huffington told us to do a “digital detox” at a technology conference. Our video producer Felicia Williams joins Kyle Russell and myself this week on Crunchweek for her second appearance on the show. Read More

  • Tagged Ditches IPO Plans, Acquires Tinode And Renames Itself If(we)

    Tagged Ditches IPO Plans, Acquires Tinode And Renames Itself If(we)

    Social networking site Tagged is no longer going for an IPO. Instead it’s renamed itself if(we), acquired little known startup messaging app startup Tinode for an undisclosed amount and has completely changed direction to become a social app incubator instead. If(we) is essentially a brand new company, now acting as a parent brand to Tagged and social gaming site Hi5. Read More

  • Whisper Denies Tracking User Info And Sharing It With The U.S. Government

    Whisper Denies Tracking User Info And Sharing It With The U.S. Government

    Anonymous social media app Whisper might be tracking the location of users via GPS or IP address on their smartphones and then handing that info over to the U.S. Department of Defense, according to the Guardian. The Guardian says that during a three-day trip to discuss a partnership with Whisper, it discovered that the L.A.-based startup was pinpointing user locations within 500 meters, even… Read More

  • Will.i.am’s New Wearable Can Call And Text Without A Phone

    Will.i.am’s New Wearable Can Call And Text Without A Phone

    Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am revealed his new wearable device and company to the world in a Dreamforce keynote today. He’s been talking about this device for a while now, referring to it as more of a fashion technology than a watch. And he’s right. The device, called the PULS, is much more than a watch. It’s definitely a wearable that has a watch in it, but it also has… Read More

  • Will.i.am’s Plan To Bring Fashion And Technology Together With The Creation Of i.am+

    Will.i.am’s Plan To Bring Fashion And Technology Together With The Creation Of i.am+

    Many know will.i.am as a musician and frontman for the Black Eyed Peas, but he’s more than embedded himself in technology in the last several years. He’s invested in several startups, appeared at the FIRST robotics competition, Intel made him the Director of Creative Innovation, and he just revealed his new wearable technology company i.am+ on the Dreamforce stage for the first… Read More

  • Y Combinator-Backed Greentoe Now Lets You Haggle Prices On Your iPhone

    Y Combinator-Backed Greentoe Now Lets You Haggle Prices On Your iPhone

    The online shopping experience is usually one of comparison: You visit numerous sites to find the best deal. Today, e-commerce negotiation site Greentoe puts a spin on that process with an iOS app that lets you name the price you’re willing to spend on that camera or watch you’ve had your eye on. With the app, you search or flip through categories to find the item you are… Read More

  • Facebook And Apple Offer To Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

    Facebook And Apple Offer To Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

    Facebook and Apple are making it easier for female employees to delay having kids and focus on their careers instead. Both companies have now offered to pay to freeze their eggs. Many tech companies offer wild perks such as unlimited vacation, a casual work environment, and meals from five-star chefs. Google even offers massage and on-site laundry services to keep employees working. This… Read More

  • Hillary Clinton Urges Community To Close The Tech Gap In Our Own Backyard

    Hillary Clinton Urges Community To Close The Tech Gap In Our Own Backyard

    Hillary Clinton took to the stage at Dreamforce Tuesday to discuss the economic divide around the world and in San Francisco’s own backyard. “We need to make sure the benefits of tech outweigh the pitfalls, and that tech is most evenly distributed,” the potential 2016 Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State told the audience. Clinton rattled off grim statistics… Read More

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