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Fresh off a $2.65B valuation, Plaid co-founder William Hockey is leaving

"This conclusion was neither a rash nor a recent decision," Hockey explains.

Cruise is sharing its data visualization tool with robotics geeks everywhere

Cruise is sharing a software platform with roboticists that was initially created to give its own engineers a better understanding of the petabytes of data generated every month from its fleet of auto

SafeAI raises $5M to develop and deploy autonomy for mining and construction vehicles

Startup SafeAI, powered by a founding talent team with experience across Apple, Ford and Caterpillar, is emerging from stealth today with a $5 million funding announcement. The company’s focus i

House lawmakers demand end to warrantless collection of Americans’ data

Two House lawmakers are pushing an amendment that would effectively defund a massive data collection program run by the National Security Agency unless the government promises to not intentionally col

Google now lets you flag deceptive sites with a new Chrome extension

Google today launched a new Chrome extension that allows you to flag suspicious sites for inclusion in the company’s Safe Browsing index, which is used by Chrome and a number of third-party brow
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Review: Focals by North smart glasses

The concept of an IRL heads-up display has been a part of science fiction since basically the beginn

Google announces $1B, 10-year plan to add thousands of homes to Bay Area

The housing crisis in the Bay Area, particularly in San Francisco, is a complex and controversial topic with no one-size-fits-all solution — but a check for a billion dollars is about as close as yo

Roli’s newest instrument, the Lumi, helps you learn to play piano with lights

There has been a longstanding gulf between the consumption of music and the creation of it: not everyone has the time or money to spend on lessons and instruments, and for those in school, many music

Leaving for a competitor? Onboarding new employees? Avoid accusations of trade secret theft

When a company hires talent away from a competitor, onboarding the new employee can pose significant legal risks for both the company and the new employee. A fundamental aspect of Silicon Valley is...

Daily Crunch: Facebook unveils Libra cryptocurrency

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Apple launches a Beddit beta program focused on improving its app

Apple is launching a new beta program for Beddit, the sleep-tracking company it acquired just over two years ago after selling Beddit products in Apple Stores for years. According to the beta program&

The Geesaa automates (but overcomplicates) pourover coffee

Making pourover coffee is a cherished ritual of mine on most mornings. But there are times I wish I could have a single cup of pourover without fussing about the kitchen — and the Geesaa, a new gadg

Advertisers and digital media companies form a new Global Alliance for Responsible Media

Many of the major players in online advertising have come together to create an organization called the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, which is supposed to focus on “digital safety.&#822

Simone Giertz’s converted Tesla Model 3 pickup truck is wonderful

YouTuber Simone Giertz, celebrated DIY inventor, roboticist and general maker of cool stuff, decided not to wait for Tesla’s forthcoming pickup truck. Instead, she bought a Tesla Model 3 direct

Verified Expert Growth Marketing Agency: NoGood

NoGood CEO Mostafa Elbermawy describes how they evaluate a client’s growth challenges by quoting Zen teacher Hunryu Suzuki: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’

Microsoft PowerPoint gets an AI presentation coach

Love it or hate it, Microsoft’s PowerPoint is a ubiquitous tool in the corporate world. Over the course of the last few years, Microsoft started to bring some of its AI smarts to PowerPoint to h

How Facebook’s Libra is similar in concept and motivation to Kik’s Kin cryptocurrency

Facebook unveiled its Libra cryptocurrency initiative today, which is part of an alternative financial system (including new subsidiary and wallet Calibra) it aims to build alongside industry and acad

Focals by North review: The future is (almost) here

The concept of an IRL heads-up display has been a part of science fiction since basically the beginning. Big players have tried their hand at it with less than stellar results — most notably Google

4 days left to score the best price on Disrupt SF 2019

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you an important message: You have just four days left to buy your pass to Disrupt San Francisco 2019 before the super early-bird price expir

Google Calendar is down, it’s not just you — Update: It’s back

Snow day. All meetings are canceled until further notice. Google Calendar has been hit with what appears to be some pretty widespread issues. The company has confirmed service interruptions via its G
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