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  • Google contributes its gRPC framework to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

    Google contributes its gRPC framework to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation

    Google today announced that it is donating gRPC, its high performance remote procedure call (RPC) framework, to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The CNCF is already the open-source home of the Google-incubated Kubernetes container orchestration tool and similar projects that all aim bring software containers and microservices to the mainstream. GRPC is the sixth project in the… Read More

  • Carriers banking on cars to drive 5G, rev up a new growth engine

    Carriers banking on cars to drive 5G, rev up a new growth engine

    Wander the flashy hall 3, where smartphone makers have traditionally bagged most of the prime carpet-space to show off their latest glass slabs, and you’ll find a sprawling Ford booth and a slew of parked cars being used as props by carriers and chip companies keen to flog the 5G future. Read More

  • Class Action lawsuit alleges PayPal diverts charitable donations from intended recipients, misleads consumers

    Class Action lawsuit alleges PayPal diverts charitable donations from intended recipients, misleads consumers

    PayPal was targeted with a class action lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Chicago which focuses on the way the payments company handles charitable donations. The suit alleges the company’s charitable arm, the PayPal Giving Fund, is misleading consumers who believe they are giving directly to the charities listed on the company’s homepage, but whose funds are sometimes being redirected… Read More

  • Apple and Samsung are set to reignite the fanboy wars

    Apple and Samsung are set to reignite the fanboy wars

    The latest rumors put Apple and Samsung on a direct collision course. If they pan out, the next iPhone and Galaxy will look very similar with curved screens and thin bezels. But then there’s the price. One option is going up market, while the other will probably stay mainstream. Once upon a time Samsung blatantly copied Apple to the point the courts agreed and forced Samsung to pay… Read More

  • Unicorn valuations remain elusive for politics-focused startups

    Unicorn valuations remain elusive for politics-focused startups

    In the last couple of years, venture and seed investors have backed at least twenty companies deploying technology in the political realm, according to Crunchbase data. Funded companies are developing tools to provide higher accuracy alternatives to polling, monitor geopolitical sentiment, and improve civic engagement. Read More

  • Snap reportedly looked at drones as a product option

    Snap reportedly looked at drones as a product option

    Snap’s camera company ambitions included exploring drones as a possible product line, according to a new report from the New York Times. The drone plans would’ve given users the potential to take photos and videos from an eagle-eye perspective to share on Snapchat, its social network, and would’ve offered another hardware option alongside Spectacles as a way to help users… Read More

  • In liquid biopsy race, Freenome lands $65 million, led by Andreessen Horowitz

    In liquid biopsy race, Freenome lands $65 million, led by Andreessen Horowitz

    Freenome, a two-year-old liquid biopsy diagnosis platform that detects the cell-free DNA sequencing of cancer, has raised a huge Series A round — $65 million — led by Andreessen Horowitz, which also led the company’s $5.5 million seed round less than a year ago. Other investors in the deal include GV, Polaris Partners, Innovation Endeavors, Spectrum 28, Asset Management… Read More

  • Cobalt takes the wraps off its indoor security robots

    Cobalt takes the wraps off its indoor security robots

    Palo Alto-based Cobalt Robotics Inc. today introduced a new line of robot security guards for indoor use. The roving robots use the same kind of components you’d expect in a self-driving car to sense people and problems in a building. Cofounders Travis Deyle and Erik Schluntz, who are former GoogleX and SpaceX engineers, say they designed the robots to complement, not replace, human… Read More

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