• React Demolishes Engineering Silos So Facebook Can Reuse Code For Web, iOS, And Android

    React Demolishes Engineering Silos So Facebook Can Reuse Code For Web, iOS, And Android

    It was supposed to take 18 months. But with React Native, Facebook built its iOS Ads Manager app in 5 months, and then ported it to Android in just 3 more months. That’s because React Native let Facebook’s engineers work faster and reuse the JavaScript backend. Coders have dreamed of a system that would let them ‘write once, run anywhere’. But Facebook… Read More

  • NASA’s 3D-Printed Rocket Parts Actually Work

    NASA’s 3D-Printed Rocket Parts Actually Work

    Today, NASA tested a 3D-printed turbopump, one that was put together with 45 percent fewer parts than pumps made any other way. This obviously saves time and money, but come on…NASA is slowly 3D printing an entire freaking rocket. That’s cool. Read More

  • Lugg, An App For On-Demand, Short-Distance Moves, Raises $3.8 Million

    Lugg, An App For On-Demand, Short-Distance Moves, Raises $3.8 Million

    While Uber, Lyft, and similar ride-sharing services can help you get from one place to the next, they aren’t practical for hauling your large purchases – like those from an IKEA shopping spree, or a sofa you found on Craigslist, for example. That’s where a service called Lugg comes in. If Lyft is like your friend with a car, then Lugg is like your friend with a truck. The… Read More

  • Riding The Funding Wave Crunch Network

    Riding The Funding Wave

    When we observed an increase in Series A fundings in the first quarter of 2015, we had two theories as to what was happening. First, people are attracted to the Series A figures more than Series B or beyond. This is similar to how people bid on mid-market houses in San Francisco, overbidding on houses around $2 million, but the $5 million houses see much less competition. Second, we might see… Read More

  • Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

    Facebook Goes Nuclear On The Messaging War With Its M Assistant

    All messaging apps are the same no more. A few years ago, there were few differences between SMS and a slew of chat apps like WhatsApp, WeChat, Kik, Line, KakaoTalk and Facebook Messenger. But each have slowly defined themselves differently, whether through simplicity, connections to businesses, media, stickers, games, location, and other features. Read More

  • Breaking: Vegemite May Power The Electronics Of The Future

    Breaking: Vegemite May Power The Electronics Of The Future

    Ok, not really, but this is pretty cool. Vegemite is a disgusting yeast paste beloved by far too many people. While I wouldn’t recommend actively eating it, Professor Marc in het Panhuis at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science figured out that you can 3D print the paste and use it to carry current, effectively creating Vegemite bio-wires. What does this mean? Soon… Read More

  • YC Answers The Questions You Ask (“A Lot”)

    YC Answers The Questions You Ask (“A Lot”)

    Earlier today, Y Combinator President Sam Altman posted the type of numbers about which he gets asked “a lot” — calling them (humbly and probably rightly) “very imperfect indicators of success.” Here’s the lowdown, if you missed them: Excluding companies like Quora that didn’t get their start with the incubator, Altman says that YC has now backed… Read More

  • BlackRock Acquires Sequoia-Backed FutureAdvisor

    BlackRock Acquires Sequoia-Backed FutureAdvisor

    BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, is acquiring FutureAdvisor, a five-year-old, San Francisco-based online financial advisory firm that aims to help people manage their investment accounts. According to the Financial Times, FutureAdvisor was picked up for between $150 million and $200 million. The company had raised $21.5 million from investors, shows CrunchBase. Read More

  • This One-Afternoon Project Could Change How You Meet Friends

    This One-Afternoon Project Could Change How You Meet Friends

    Frustrated by how difficult it was to have spur of the moment get-togethers with friends, Stanford classmates Joseph Lau and Nikil Viswanathan spent a Friday afternoon in San Francisco’s SoMa district building what they called Down To Lunch. “I want to emphasize how simple or silly it was,” said Lau. “We didn’t know who was free, and who was where, and who was able… Read More

  • Contrary To Reports, Android Pay Not Launching This Week

    Contrary To Reports, Android Pay Not Launching This Week

    Android Pay, Google’s forthcoming payments platform and rival to Apple Pay, will soon launch, allowing consumers to pay using their Android smartphones at point-of-sale as well as make purchases within mobile applications. However, according to sources familiar with Google’s plans, Android Pay is not arriving today – or any time this week, in fact – despite a handful… Read More

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