• Spotify acquires blockchain startup Mediachain to solve music’s attribution problem

    Spotify acquires blockchain startup Mediachain to solve music’s attribution problem

    Spotify has acquired the Brooklyn-based blockchain startup Mediachain Labs, whose team will join the company’s office in New York where they will work on developing better technology for connecting artists and other rights holders with the tracks hosted on Spotify’s service. Prior to its acquisition, the startup had developed several technologies that could aid in these… Read More

  • Amazon’s new Echo Look has a built-in camera for style selfies

    Amazon’s new Echo Look has a built-in camera for style selfies

    With the addition of a camera, Amazon’s new Echo Look device can now see and hear all. The device is a sort of standalone selfie machine so users can take full-length photos and videos of themselves specifically for the sake of checking their fashion choices in the morning. The new home assistant answers to commands like “Alexa, take a picture” and “Alexa, take a… Read More

  • Investor Chris Sacca is retiring from venture capital

    Investor Chris Sacca is retiring from venture capital

    Chris Sacca, a former Google lawyer who rose to fame by betting heavily on Twitter and Uber, says he’s “hanging up his spurs,” and getting out of the investing game. In a new post, Sacca explains that he achieved what he set out to do when he created his venture firm, Lowercase Capital, in 2009, an outfit that was helped along by early checks from Industry Ventures, Yahoo… Read More

  • Twitter plans to eventually air live video 24/7

    Twitter plans to eventually air live video 24/7

    Is Twitter the new TV? The social network hopes to become something resembling that, with plans revealed by CFO and COO Anthony Noto to eventually be airing live video content 24 hours a day, 7 days per week via both its website and app. Noto discussed the plans with BuzzFeed News, ahead of the company’s earnings report Wednesday morning. Twitter already plays host to a number of live… Read More

  • Synthego co-founder Paul Dabrowski is coming to Disrupt New York 2017

    Synthego co-founder Paul Dabrowski is coming to Disrupt New York 2017

    Genetic engineering startup Synthego makes synthetic ribonucleic acid (RNA), an important genetic component found in all living cells and also used in CRISPR Cas9, a technology enabling scientists to rip out unwanted genetic code with scissor-like precision. The company was founded four years ago by brothers Paul and Michael Dabrowski. Read More

  • Mobile now accounts for the majority of digital ad spending, according to IAB

    Mobile now accounts for the majority of digital ad spending, according to IAB

    Digital ad revenue grew to $72.5 billion in 2016, up 22 percent from the year before. That’s according to the latest Internet Advertising Revenue Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Interactive Advertising Bureau (a trade group for online publishers and advertisers). The report also says that for the first time, mobile ads accounted for more than half of that spending —… Read More

  • Anki brings ‘Fast & Furious’ branding to its Overdrive line of smart toy cars

    Anki brings ‘Fast & Furious’ branding to its Overdrive line of smart toy cars

    Before its adorable little robot Cozmo arrived on the scene, Anki was in the business of making smart toy cars. The hardware startup’s robotic race car line Overdrive is getting a pretty high profile promotional boost in the form one of the most profitable franchises in film history. In September, the company will be launching Anki Overdrive: Fast & Furious Edition, a racing kit… Read More

  • Taylor Farms wants to make food without fossil fuels

    Taylor Farms wants to make food without fossil fuels

    As industries go, agriculture represents one of the worst environmental offenders. Besides all the fertilizers, pesticides and water they use, farms also burn a lot of fossil fuels and money to keep the lights on, tractors rolling and refrigerators humming. Taylor Farms is making an effort to make food without fossil fuels, and shrink its environmental footprint. Read More

  • Token, with $2.5 million in funding, wants to help you find the perfect gift

    Token, with $2.5 million in funding, wants to help you find the perfect gift

    There is nothing better than giving someone the perfect gift. So it’s only natural that giving the wrong gift, for which you searched tirelessly and still came up short, is one of the worst feelings in the world. That’s where Token comes in. The startup, launching publicly today from the Human Ventures startup studio, wants to take on the challenge of gift-giving with a little… Read More

  • Air Tailor, an ERA-backed startup, offers on-demand clothing alterations

    Air Tailor, an ERA-backed startup, offers on-demand clothing alterations

    Almost nobody looks forward to going to the tailor. For one, you have to trek your clothes to and from this place — in metropolitan centers where walking/biking is a primary source of transportation, this becomes compounded. Plus, pricing isn’t always clear at local tailors and turnaround time is anyone’s guess. Enter Air Tailor, a new startup graduating from the… Read More

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