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How curbside pickup caused Wing to rethink its approach to drone delivery

In many ways, drone delivery still feels very pie in the sky in terms of scalable e-commerce. In smaller, controlled pockets, however, the concept is going swimmingly. Among the spots is a small Googl

How well are SaaS, e-commerce, fintech and health tech startups doing in 2023?

If you can successfully navigate the tough times ahead, you’ll be in an advantageous position when investment increases again.

Carvana nirvana? Shorted stock surges 56% as company predicts record profits

On Thursday, online car retailer Carvana announced an especially rosy outlook (i.e., forecasted record profits) for the second quarter of 2023, and investors responded by driving the company’s s

GM follows Ford’s lead and adopts Tesla chargers

General Motors will integrate Tesla’s electric vehicle charging standard in its future EVs, CEO Mary Barra said Thursday during a Twitter Spaces with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. The agreement between t

‘The Witcher’ Season 3 drops full trailer

The full trailer for “The Witcher” season 3 was released on Thursday, giving viewers a taste of what to expect in the next installment of the hit Netflix series. In the new trailer, Geralt continu

Firefly buys Spaceflight Inc. to boost on-orbit services

Firefly Aerospace has acquired launch and in-space transportation service provider Spaceflight Inc. in a bid to expand its on-orbit capabilities for customers. Firefly did not disclose the terms of th

The Porsche Mission X dreams of a faster, electric sports car future

Porsche kicked off its 75th anniversary Thursday with an electrifying reveal: a battery electric hypercar concept the automaker described as a “technology beacon for the sports car of the future

AI startup Cohere, now valued at over $2.1B, raises $270M

In a sign that there’s plenty of cash to go around for generative AI startups, Cohere, which is developing an AI model ecosystem for the enterprise, today announced that it raised $270 million a

The SEC’s situationship with Binance and Coinbase keeps getting messier

Unless you live under a rock, you know that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission came out guns blazing on Monday and Tuesday, by suing the two largest crypto exchanges, Binance and Coinbase, re

Winging it

Once again, your intrepid robotics reporter finds himself in the warm embrace of the Bay. To paraphrase Mark Twain, the warmest I was ever embraced was early summer in Santa Clara. I’m writing this

Investors take note: Wildfire smoke will spark a surge in East Coast climate tech startups

Next year we might expect anywhere between 30 and 35 new climate tech companies to emerge.

Popular third-party Reddit app Apollo is shutting down as a result of Reddit’s new API pricing

The popular third-party Reddit app Apollo is shutting down on June 30, 2023, as a direct result of Reddit’s recently announced new API pricing plans which would end up costing Apollo $20 million

Mercedes first to sell vehicles in California with hands-free, eyes-off automated driving

Mercedes-Benz received a permit from California regulators that will allow the German automaker to sell or lease vehicles in the state equipped with a conditional automated driving system that allows

Bluesky’s growing pains strain its relationship with Black users

Bluesky, the decentralized social network and frontrunner alternative to Twitter, has been hailed as a wonderland of funny posts and good vibes. But a moderation policy change that followed a death th

Toyota to spend $48M on new US-based EV battery lab

Toyota plans to build a lab at its North American research and development headquarters in Michigan to develop and evaluate the quality of its EV batteries. The $48 million lab, which is expected to b

North Korean hackers linked to Atomic Wallet crypto hack

Crypto researchers say North Korean state-backed hackers are likely behind a recent hack on Atomic Wallet customers, resulting in millions of dollars in estimated losses. Estonia-based Atomic Wallet i

ChatGPT comes to iPad, adds support for Siri and Shortcuts

Less than a month after its release on the App Store, OpenAI’s ChatGPT app is getting its first big update. The new version, out today, brings native iPad support to the AI chatbot app, as well

How one software company is beating the SaaS growth blues

Samsara, which went public in late 2021, recently proved that it is still possible to expand fast and hold on to value.

Meta warned it faces ‘heavy sanctions’ in EU if it fails to fix child protection issues on Instagram

The European Union has fired a blunt warning at Meta, saying it must quickly clean up its act on child protection or face the risk of “heavy sanctions”. The warning follows a report by the

Google’s Password Manager gains biometric authentication on desktop

Google’s aiming to make it easier to use and secure passwords — at least, for users of the Password Manager tool built into its Chrome browser. Today, the tech giant announced that Passwor
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