• Trove raises $8 million to store your clothing and furniture

    Trove raises $8 million to store your clothing and furniture

    There are inefficiencies in the giant self-storage market, and startups like MakeSpace and Clutter have been gaining traction by offering a more consumer-friendly approach. Now there’s another startup entering the picture, with Trove formally launching in the San Francisco Bay Area after a few months of testing the concept in beta. Read More

  • James Corden is getting his own Snapchat show, the first from CBS

    James Corden is getting his own Snapchat show, the first from CBS

    Thanks to James Corden, CBS will now join a number of other major media publishers in creating content for Snapchat’s Shows – the social service’s smattering of short-form original video series found in the app’s “Discover” section. The network announced this morning that James Corden will star in a new show on Snapchat called “James Corden’s… Read More

  • Apple names Denise Young Smith as VP of diversity and inclusion

    Apple names Denise Young Smith as VP of diversity and inclusion

    In a not-so-surprising move, Apple has appointed Denise Young Smith as its first-ever head of diversity and inclusion, 9 to 5 Mac first reported. TechCrunch has since confirmed that Smith officially started in this role yesterday. Smith previously served as head of worldwide human resources at Apple for three years, and has been involved in diversity programs at Apple for years. In her new… Read More

  • Facebook shakes up Live with new social chat features

    Facebook shakes up Live with new social chat features

    Facebook Live might be about bringing the entire community together around events, but sometimes you just want to know the reactions of your buddies. Facebook has already announced that its AR camera effects platform will be coming to Live, an announcement today brings a couple of other changes to the platform surrounding social interactions in Live: Live Chat with Friends and Live… Read More

  • Supercell acquires 62% of London’s Space Ape Games for $55.8M

    Supercell acquires 62% of London’s Space Ape Games for $55.8M

    Some consolidation is afoot in the world of gaming. Today, Space Ape Games — a London social and mobile games studio founded by alums from Playfish, Mind Candy and EA — announced that Supercell has acquired 62 percent of the company for $55.8 million, as part of a long-term strategic partnership. The deal gives Space Ape a total equity valuation of $90 million. Space… Read More

  • Twitter is giving brands a new way to promote their chatbots

    Twitter is giving brands a new way to promote their chatbots

    Twitter has found its own way to participate in the growing chatbot trend. The company announced today a new feature for advertisers, which allows businesses on Twitter to promote ads designed to pull consumers into personalized experiences within Direct Messaging  – including interactions with chatbots. For example, one brand is running a bot that can help you with a cocktail… Read More

  • Innoviz debuts an aftermarket LiDAR product for self-driving car development

    Innoviz debuts an aftermarket LiDAR product for self-driving car development

    LiDAR is a key ingredient in the overall sensing package required to make autonomous cars a reality (though Tesla would disagree), but it’s also prohibitively expensive, especially for companies just starting out, and researchers not tied to companies with deep pockets. That’s why Innoviz has created a new aftermarket LiDAR unit offering good performance at more budget-friendly… Read More

  • Benchmark just backed an ER doctor who wants to keep people off the road while stoned

    Benchmark just backed an ER doctor who wants to keep people off the road while stoned

    Many people enjoy several careers over their lifetimes. Then there’s Mike Lynn, an emergency room doctor in Oakland, Calif.; a reserve deputy sheriff; a faculty member at UCSF; a former venture capitalist; and the founder of Hound Labs, a three-year-old, Oakland, Calif.-based company at work on a breathalyzer for marijuana. Read More

  • Vyte makes it easy to invyte people to your calyndyr

    Vyte makes it easy to invyte people to your calyndyr

    Planning a meeting with me used to take hours. First you must bathe yourself in the ritual Spring of Understanding and then, once completely clean, you must enter the room of Writing Down The Appointment. Once that was complete, I required all those requesting a meeting to complete the three trials including the Making of the Hoagie and the Understanding (And Explaining) Of Django Programming. Read More

  • Long Game raises $6.6 million for a savings account that doubles as a lottery ticket

    Long Game raises $6.6 million for a savings account that doubles as a lottery ticket

    Long Game is a bank account, with a twist. Every dollar saved can go towards winning a lottery. The personal finance app allows users to play games and win cash prizes, up to $1 million. It may sound like a gimmick, but these are FDIC-insured accounts backed by Blue Ridge Bank in Virginia.  And now venture capitalists from Thrive Capital and Collaborative Fund are betting $6.6 million that… Read More

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