• SolarCity accused of misappropriating solar company Cogenra’s trade secrets

    SolarCity accused of misappropriating solar company Cogenra’s trade secrets

    Solar company Cogenra is suing Elon Musk’s SolarCity over the use of shingling technology the company alleges SolarCity took from Cogenra and used to create a world-record breaking solar panel. Cogenra says it shared its “most precious and confidential trade secrets, manufacturing processes, and other intellectual property with Silevo and SolarCity” between 2010 and… Read More

  • Avoid the startup graveyard Crunch Network

    Avoid the startup graveyard

    The startup world moves at breakneck speed — what’s hot one minute is old news the next, and it can feel like the rules of the game change every day. For successful startups, rapid growth often attracts the attention of incubators and accelerators. However, there are other options. Namely, partnering with tech “titans” — bigger tech companies that used to be… Read More

  • Facebook At Work is launching next month

    Facebook At Work is launching next month

    Facebook is ready to make work as addictive as socializing. The company plans to launch its enterprise communication and collaboration network Facebook At Work in the next few weeks on a per seat pricing model, The Information (paywall) first reported and a source close to Facebook confirmed to TechCrunch. Facebook believes it can keep individual employees engaged with the product, so… Read More

  • SpaceX shows off its Interplanetary Transport System in new video

    SpaceX shows off its Interplanetary Transport System in new video

    SpaceX has released a new video showing a CG concept of its Interplanetary Transport System, the rocket and spacecraft combo it plans to use to colonize Mars. The video depicts a reusable rocket that can get the interplanetary spacecraft beyond Earth’s orbit, and a craft that uses solar sails to coast on its way to a Mars entry. The booster returns to Earth after separating from the… Read More

  • Facebook ordered to stop harvesting data on WhatsApp users in Germany

    Facebook ordered to stop harvesting data on WhatsApp users in Germany

    Facebook has been ordered to stop harvesting the data of WhatsApp users in Germany. The move follows the latter’s shock announcement last month that it would start sharing user data from its messaging platform with parent company, Facebook, including users’ phone numbers and last seen time in the app. Read More

  • Nissan’s autonomous chair is your line waiting buddy

    Nissan’s autonomous chair is your line waiting buddy

    Nissan’s ProPILOT tech might mostly be used to help provide its cars with autonomous driving features, but a new project puts it into a chair. Yes, a chair. The chair propels itself, detecting the chair ahead of it and keeping a fixed distance between itself and its neighbor, as it moves along a predefined path. It’s less flexible than the chairs in Wall-E (kudos to Megan for… Read More

  • Udacity wants to get you a job in the nascent VR industry

    Udacity wants to get you a job in the nascent VR industry

    Udacity – the online school started by Google X founder and self-driving car pioneer Sebastian Thrun— is offering a new “nanodegree” online to prepare students for jobs in the still emerging industry of virtual reality. Udacity promises to give online learners with no prior programming experience the skills to create mobile phone and desktop-based virtual reality… Read More

  • Gusto rushes to release new features ahead of rival Zenefits

    Gusto rushes to release new features ahead of rival Zenefits

    In the world of HR and payment software, things are heating up this fall. In the one corner: Zenefits, the high-flying software company that admitted to having an array of compliance issues and that asked its cofounder to resign as CEO earlier this year. The company has been heavily promoting an all-new, fully complaint, next-generation version of its offerings that it plans to unveil on… Read More

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