• M&A
    FTC greenlights Amazon and Whole Foods deal

    FTC greenlights Amazon and Whole Foods deal

    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is allowing Amazon to move forward in the process of purchasing Whole Foods. The $13.7 billion acquisition, which was announced in June, combines the e-commerce behemoth with a major grocery chain. The FTC has since been investigating whether the tie-up would decrease competition, ultimately deciding it needn’t pursue the matter further. Read More

  • Former CIA agent hopes to buy Twitter to kick Trump off

    Former CIA agent hopes to buy Twitter to kick Trump off

    Remember Valerie Plame Wilson? The former CIA agent, who got involved in what became known as the “Plame Affair,” has a solution for ridding Twitter of America’s favorite troll. Wilson launched a fundraiser last week to buy the social media service. Read More

  • Amazon opens its grocery delivery service to Amazon Business customers

    Amazon opens its grocery delivery service to Amazon Business customers

    Amazon Business, the retailer’s free program for business customers offering fast shipping, discounts and purchase approvals, is now expanding to include grocery delivery from AmazonFresh. That means businesses can stock their employee break rooms with fresh goods, like produce, plus groceries and other items from local stores. Read More

  • This Disney AR app could be a stealth play for smart coloring books

    This Disney AR app could be a stealth play for smart coloring books

    In our perambulations through the halls of museums, who hasn’t wanted to give paintings we pass by a little touch-up in a spontaneous act of yellowism? Disney has created an augmented reality app to allow just this, but given the company’s core competencies I can’t help but wonder if the museum use case is just a smokescreen for another: the smartification of millions of… Read More

  • The top 7 startups from Y Combinator S’17 Demo Day 2

    Day 2 of YC S’17 brought us autonomous store checkout, cannabis genomics and at-home fertility testing. We whittled down the strong day of pitches to just seven hot companies. These are the startups our writers and the investors we spoke with were most excited about. Read More

  • Bio
    IBM has launched a study on the human microbiome and its role in disease

    IBM has launched a study on the human microbiome and its role in disease

    How the bugs in our gut and elsewhere on our body affect our overall health still remains largely a mystery. But IBM is hoping to shed some light on the human microbiome and its role in autoimmune diseases using crowdsourced supercomputers through its World Community Grid. IBM has partnered up with the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, University of… Read More

  • Roku is the top streaming device in the U.S and still growing, report finds

    Roku is the top streaming device in the U.S and still growing, report finds

    Roku isn’t only maintaining its lead as the top streaming media player device in the U.S., it’s increasing it. That’s the conclusion from the latest industry report out today from market intelligence firm Parks Associates, which states that 37 percent of streaming devices in U.S. households are Roku devices, as of the first quarter of this year. That’s up from 30 percent… Read More

  • English teaching service VIPKID raises $200M and reportedly hits a $1.5B valuation

    English teaching service VIPKID raises $200M and reportedly hits a $1.5B valuation

    VIPKID, an online English teaching tool, announced today that it has raised $200 million in financing. That financing round values the company at $1.5 billion, according to a report by Bloomberg. That wouldn’t just give VIPKID unicorn status — it also exposes a huge amount of demand there is in China and other countries as a tool to learn English from English speakers. VIPKID… Read More

  • Samsung’s virtual reality strategy has an upgrade problem

    Samsung’s virtual reality strategy has an upgrade problem

    Today, Samsung showed off its flagship Note 8, the device has a big, beautiful screen, the S Pen and a battery that’s a little bit smaller. The company also announced that there’s a new $130 Gear VR on the way that you’ll have to buy if you want to try Samsung’s brand of VR on the Note 8. What’s new over past models? Not much. Samsung has made several upgrades to… Read More

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