Sarah Buhr

Sarah Buhr

Reporter

I write about the wild new frontier of biotechnology (3D printed organs, one drop blood tests, or hamburgers grown in a lab? I’m your gal), also a bit of politics, gender and diversity and sometimes they put me on camera at TechCrunch so send your fun gadgets and gizmos my way.

The Latest from Sarah Buhr

Arizona residents are getting refunds on Theranos tests

Theranos is issuing refund checks to all Arizona residents who used the company's blood-testing services, thanks to a recent settlement by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Between 2013 and 201

Celebrity hologram startup 8i to lay off half its staff

8i, the New Zealand and Los Angeles-based augmented reality startup bringing celebrity personalities into immersive experiences, is laying off about half of its 70-person staff, according to a report

Don’t keep cell phones next to your body, California Health Department warns

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a warning against the hazards of cellphone radiation this week. Yes, the thing we are all addicted to and can't seem to put down is leaking ele

Genalyte hires Facebook and Google exec Kevin Lo as company president

Khosla-backed one drop blood test startup Genalyte has hired former Facebook exec Kevin Lo as president of the company. Lo comes to Genalyte after leading “connectivity efforts” at Faceboo

Ginkgo Bioworks secures $275 million in Series D, valuing the company at over $1 billion

Boston biotech startup Ginkgo Bioworks has announced the raise of $275 million in Series D funding to build out its Bioworks3 production facility. The funding comes from previous investors Viking Glo

Security robots are being used to ward off San Francisco’s homeless population

Is it worse if a robot instead of a human is used to deter the homeless from setting up camp outside places of business? One such bot cop recently took over the outside of the San Francisco SPCA, an a

Babierge might just be the answer to your baby gear travel nightmares

Traveling with a baby for the holidays? First you've got your own gear to worry about, then a stroller, something for the baby to sleep in, a baby carrier, toys, snacks, a diaper bag, possibly a car s

Why gear rental marketplace Lumoid shut down

Lumoid, a tech gear rental startup is no longer in business and its founder Aarthi Ramamurthy is moving on to Facebook. The startup launched as just a “crazy idea,” when it came out of Y C

Leesa mattresses are now in Pottery Barn

You can now find Leesa mattresses, one of the many mattress-in-a-box startups, at Pottery Barn online. Pottery Barn parent company Williams-Sonoma announced the partnership today, saying in a press re

Mashable laying off 50 people as it refocuses toward tech news after fire sale to Ziff Davis

Publishing conglomerate Ziff Davis has officially bought online news site Mashable for a mere $50 million, according to Recode. The all-out sale of Mashable comes after the publisher reportedly tried

SEC’s new cyber unit takes its first action to halt an initial coin offering ‘scam’

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Canadian crypto company PlexCorp with violating securities laws by selling up to $15 million in an initial coin offering (ICO). ICOs have seen explos

Shervin Pishevar responds to allegations of sexual misconduct, calling it a ‘smear campaign’

Early yesterday evening, a story broke on Bloomberg alleging Uber investor and Hyperloop One co-founder Shervin Pishevar had used his position of power to make unwanted sexual advances to at least fiv

Apple launched a study to look for irregular heart rhythms on the Apple Watch

Apple and Stanford have teamed up for a new heart health study. Using a new Apple Watch app and the Apple Watch’s built-in sensor, researchers will work to identify irregular heart rhythms and n

Fractyl Labs raises $44 million in Series D to develop a treatment for type 2 diabetes

Fractyl Labs, a Lexington, Massachusetts-based startup developing treatments for diabetes, has raised $44 million in Series D financing from a slew of VC firms, including GV, True Ventures, the IDO Fu

FDA clears AliveCor’s Kardiaband as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch

The Food and Drug Administration has just cleared AliveCor’s Kardiaband EKG reader as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch. Europe has been able to use a version of the Kardiab

GE Ventures unveils new blood collection startup Drawbridge Health

Drawbridge Health wants to make it easier for doctor’s offices and clinics to collect small samples of your blood for testing on site with a handheld device. The device uses proprietary technolo

Ello’s spam problem

Remember Ello? I recently wrote about this social networking site's comeback. Since then, a handful of you have pinged me about its spam bot problem. Just yesterday, another person came forward to tel

The White House wants to ban cell phones, citing security risk

The Donald can't seem to keep his hands off the phone while in the White House, but the same rules may not apply to his staff in the near future. The White House is mulling a personal cell phone ban f

Mattress startup Purple launches in 13 Mattress Firm store locations

A number of bed-in-a-box startups have taken different approaches to selling their mattresses and bed ware in the last year. Casper and Tuft and Needle, for instance, launched their own branded physic

This website will generate apologies for men accused of sexual harassment

Are you a celebrity who's sexually harassed a bunch of people and are now in need of an apology to subdue an angry mob? Look no further than the Celebrity Perv Apology Generator. The desktop app packa
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