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    Biotech Startup Pembient Is Making Rhino Horns, Sans Rhino

    Biotech Startup Pembient Is Making Rhino Horns, Sans Rhino

    There’s a startup called Pembient that is 3D printing rhinoceros horns in a lab on the far edge of San Francisco. These are not horns that look like rhino horns. These are genetically identical rhino horns, according to the startup. Pembient just didn’t need a rhino in order to make them. That’s good news for the very few rhinoceroses around the world. There are only five… Read More

  • ESPN Sues Verizon Over Its TV Packages Aimed At Cord Cutters

    ESPN Sues Verizon Over Its TV Packages Aimed At Cord Cutters

    Verizon has apparently hit a snag with regard to its efforts aimed at cord cutters. The cable TV provider recently introduced a way to purchase TV channel packages via à la carte bundles. But today, ESPN filed a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Verizon, arguing that Verizon’s move to break out ESPN’s channels into a separate sports tier that isn’t a part of the core package… Read More

  • Watch SpaceX Launch A Satellite In Today’s Falcon 9 Thales Mission

    Watch SpaceX Launch A Satellite In Today’s Falcon 9 Thales Mission

    SpaceX is launching a satellite for customer Thales Alenia Space today. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket should blast off at around 6:14 ET today, provided the launch window sees favorable conditions once it opens. The mission will see the first satellite operated by Turkmenistan enter orbit, if all goes as planned. The SpaceX mission will involve deploying the commercial satellite around… Read More

  • Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster

    Instagram Gets Emoji Hashtags And 3 New Filters, Future Filters To Arrive Faster

    Instagram has added three new filters to its app, including Lark, Reyes and Juno. These filters are designed to brighten images and seem generally appropriate for spring time photos. Alongside the new filters, Instagram is also adding support for emoji in hashtags, letting you tag your photos with those tiny pictographs that have come to dominate text conversations, and click on them to find… Read More

  • BuzzFeed Pitches Advertisers On “Pound” Tech That Tracks A Story’s Viral Spread

    BuzzFeed Pitches Advertisers On “Pound” Tech That Tracks A Story’s Viral Spread

    BuzzFeed is known as the king of viral content, and today it’s sharing more details about a new technology showing how that content actually spreads. By using what it calls Pound (short for Process for Optimizing and Understanding Network Diffusion), BuzzFeed promises to go beyond just counting social media shares and clicks. In a blog post, BuzzFeed Publisher Dao Nguyen writes: Read More

  • Watch This X-Wing Make It To Space In Star Wars Premiere Ticket Bid

    Watch This X-Wing Make It To Space In Star Wars Premiere Ticket Bid

    An X-Wing has made it to space in real life, thanks to a project by a two-person space photography outfit from Essex, UK launched as an attempt to get tickets to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens VIP premiere. Project Helium Tears, which uses weather balloons to take pictures of Earth from the very edge of space, fixed an X-Wing model to one of their balloons and sent it up, capturing the flight… Read More

  • Android Surpasses iOS In Revenue, If China’s Android App Stores Are Combined

    Android Surpasses iOS In Revenue, If China’s Android App Stores Are Combined

    A new study out this morning upsets the traditional thinking that iOS applications make more money for mobile developers when compared to those that run on Android devices. Instead, after taking into account the large number of non-Google Play Chinese Android app stores in existence, advisory firm Digi-Capital found that not only did Android dominate download volumes in 2014, it also made… Read More

  • Google Launches A Marketplace To Buy Patents From Interested Sellers

    Google Launches A Marketplace To Buy Patents From Interested Sellers

    Google announced this morning the launch of an experimental program that will allow it to purchase patents from businesses and other patent holders who wish to sell. The company says its new “Patent Purchase Promotion,” opening next month, is an effort to “remove friction” from a patent market that is fraught with patent trolls, lawsuits and other wasted efforts. Read More

  • Pinterest Adds Tools For Marketers To Post Better Pins

    Pinterest Adds Tools For Marketers To Post Better Pins

    Pinterest today said that it would launch what it’s calling its Marketer Developer Program, in which a set of partners will get access to new tools that allow them to better deliver more engaging content on Pinterest. The tools consist of things like pin scheduling and optimization in the form of APIs for companies that post branded content across a variety of channels, and work with… Read More

  • Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

    Consider Pitching A “Virtual Startup” To Your Boss

    Over the years I’ve been part of several of startups, and I love the energy, excitement and sense of risk that comes with launching into uncharted waters. My last startup was acquired in 2007, and I’ve been working at the acquirer ever since. A bit over two years ago, I got the itch to do something entrepreneurial again. When I talked with my boss about quitting to build a new… Read More

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