• Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections

    Google’s new project aims to clean up comment sections

    If you read stuff on the internet (and obviously you do because hi, you’re reading a blog) then you know the golden rule: never read the comments. Scrolling past the end of a story is an adventure into a realm of racism, conspiracy theories and ad hominem attacks that will quickly make you lose your faith in humanity. But instead of encountering Godwin’s Law in the comments, you… Read More

  • SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

    SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions

    Born out of technology designed to help price a musician or band’s live performance, based on their social media presence, SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions at events or in venues. Like so many social media management products, the promise is less noise and more signal. Read More

  • Google.org is committing $11.5 million to racial justice

    Google.org is committing $11.5 million to racial justice

    There is generally a lack of data in the criminal justice system. At the national level, for example, there is very little data about police behavior and criminal sentencing. That’s why Google.org is re-upping its commitment to racial justice through its $11.5 million in new grant money to ten racial justice organizations. This comes after Google.org awarded $3 million to… Read More

  • Samsung to unveil massive Galaxy S8 handset

    Samsung to unveil massive Galaxy S8 handset

    Samsung is about to release a version of the S8 with an even bigger screen than the Note 7. According to this leaked spec page, the S8+ will have a 6.2-inch curved screen. That’s about the size of a phone book. The phone is apparently called the S8+ and is said to be a variant of the S8 — sort of like what Apple offers with the iPhone and iPhone Plus. Samsung, always the creative… Read More

  • Lyft launches in 54 more cities across the U.S.

    Lyft launches in 54 more cities across the U.S.

    Lyft said it was going to grow fast in 2017, and on Thursday it doubled down on that promise with a launch across 54 cities in the U.S. The launch is the largest simultaneous expansion for the ride-hailing company, second to its earlier kick-off in 40 U.S. cities announced in January, which is also when it first made clear that this would be the year it sought to grow to 100 new… Read More

  • SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully attaches to the ISS

    SpaceX’s Dragon cargo spacecraft successfully attaches to the ISS

    SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft, which launched on Sunday and is filled with 5,500 pounds of supplies and experiment materials for the crew of the International Space Station has successfully docked. The Dragon craft had missed its first attempt at meeting up with the station, due to a GPS error. It’s the first time since 2012 that SpaceX has had to abort an attempt to dock one of… Read More

  • Indoor farming startup Bowery raises $7.5 million from investors including ‘Top Chef’ Tom Colicchio

    Indoor farming startup Bowery raises $7.5 million from investors including ‘Top Chef’ Tom Colicchio

    As pollution, extreme weather, and over-population threaten the viability of large, outdoor farms, a startup called Bowery Farming Inc. has raised $7.5 million in total venture funding to grow food indoors, even in the middle of a city. The startup’s high-tech approach uses robotics, LED lighting, computer vision, sensors and data analytics to grow leafy greens with no pesticides and… Read More

  • Now part of Nielsen, Gracenote has unified its video, music and sports databases

    Now part of Nielsen, Gracenote has unified its video, music and sports databases

    Media metadata company Gracenote is looking to be the one-stop data provider for TV providers, device manufacturers and various media distribution services. To do so, the company has unified its vast stores of music, TV and sports data into a single database with a common schema and set of APIs to access it. Read More

  • ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color

    ColorWare will paint your Apple AirPods any color

    White AirPods are fine. I guess. If you like boring. But for the rest of us, ColorWare is now offering its aftermarket painting service for Apple’s wireless earbuds and there’s a multitude of color options. The company will even paint the case for an extra few dollars. ColorWare has been around since the early 2000s. These folks know what they’re doing, offering a variety… Read More

  • Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M

    Website builder Wix acquires art community DeviantArt for $36M

    Wix.com has made another acquisition to build out the tools that it provides to users to build and administer websites: it has acquired DeviantArt, an online community for artists, designers and art/design enthusiasts with some 325 million individual pieces of original art and more than 40 million registered members, for $36 million in cash, including $3 million of assumed… Read More

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