• Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

    Snapchat acquires social map app Zenly for $250M to $350M

    Snapchat’s newest feature, Snap Map, is based on its latest acquisition, social mapping startup Zenly. TechCrunch has learned that Snapchat has bought Zenly for between $250 million and $350 million in mostly cash and some stock in a deal that closed in late May. Snapchat will keep Zenly running independently, similar to how Facebook lets Instagram run independently. Read More

  • Home robot Kuri can now recognize pets, see and stream in HD

    Home robot Kuri can now recognize pets, see and stream in HD

    The domestic robot that looks like an extra cut from Disney’s Wall-E is coming along nicely, after debuting at CES this year with a Holiday 2017 release window. Mayfield Robotics’ Kuri is an expressive bowling pin that will steal your heart and hopes to become a key element of your family’s home life, and its latest updates make it better at capturing cherished memories… Read More

  • Founder’s Corner: Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff on growing a business Crunch Network

    Founder’s Corner: Wealthfront’s Andy Rachleff on growing a business

    Omidyar Network’s Emerging Tech team has launched the second season of its podcast, Founder’s Corner, with lessons from today’s premier founders and CEOs. We will be speaking with some of the top executives in tech. Read More

  • Don’t cry for me, Ubertina

    Don’t cry for me, Ubertina

    Uber has been in trouble for a while. The company was built on a bro-tastic, anything goes attitude that goes way back to God View and the targeted harassment of journalists. In short, it was built on an original sin that was never washed clean. There are two takeaways circulated in the Valley this week regarding Travis Kalanick’s departure. The first is similar to this one: Travis… Read More

  • Navya driverless shuttles to begin ferrying University of Michigan students this fall

    Navya driverless shuttles to begin ferrying University of Michigan students this fall

    Navya will deploy two of its driverless multi-passenger shuttles this fall at the University of Michigan, moving students autonomously between Michigan’s North Campus Research Complex and its Lurie Engineering Center across a two-mile route. The 15-passenger vehicles are being deployed in conjunction with Mcity, the University of Michigan-led partnership with autonomous private… Read More

  • Uber’s toxic culture risks its driverless future, too

    Uber’s toxic culture risks its driverless future, too

    Investors, first and foremost, are concerned with the value of a company. So make no mistake, Uber’s investors have calculated the company’s toxic culture under Kalanick’s leadership is a risk to their long term investment… Read More

  • Snap copied location sharing app Zenly to build Snap Map

    Snap copied location sharing app Zenly to build Snap Map

    Snap just announced a brand new feature today called Snap Map, which lets you view your friends on a map in real time and browse stories around you. If this sounds familiar, it’s because French startup Zenly has been working for years on a location sharing app so that you can see what your friends have been up to. According to multiple sources, Snap approached Zenly late last year about… Read More

  • Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1

    Virgin Mobile goes iPhone-only, offers a year of service for $1

    In attempt to woo customers away from competitors, Virgin Mobile USA today announced a deal that will see it transitioning to become an iPhone-only carrier. The company is also partnering with Apple to activate Virgin’s services in Apple’s stores. To kick off this change, Virgin introduced a limited time promotion that will see it giving away a year’s worth of unlimited… Read More

  • The Baggizmo Wiseward is more than a wallet

    The Baggizmo Wiseward is more than a wallet

    In a hole in your pants there lived a wallet. Not a nasty, dirty, wet wallet, filled with the receipts and cigarette papers and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, boring wallet that fit nothing and there nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a Baggizmo wallet, and that meant lots of gadgetry. It had a perfectly flat folder design, with a programmable NFC chip installed. The wallet… Read More

  • Ticketmaster’s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible

    Ticketmaster’s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible

    A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that I’ve been forced to work with. Normally I avoid reaching out to businesses through Facebook (it still doesn’t seem like a natural channel to me), but there’s real utility in Ticketmaster’s bot if you’re willing to give up a certain amount… Read More

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