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  • A running tab of what tech people think about whether we’re living in a simulation

    A running tab of what tech people think about whether we’re living in a simulation

    Are we living in a simulation? For whatever reason, this is a hot topic in Silicon Valley these days. It all more or less started when Tesla Motors CEO (and soon to be SolarCity CEO — check one off for the simulation argument there) Elon Musk made a claim at the Code Conference that there’s such a high chance that we’re living in a simulation that it’s more likely we… Read More

  • 360fly’s new ad is a racist mess. I thought we were better than this.

    360fly’s new ad is a racist mess. I thought we were better than this.

    What do you do when nobody is paying attention to your shiny new line of cameras? You could put together a campaign that shows how good your tech is and how it is the perfect match to your target audiences. Or you could go the other way, enlisting a Trump impersonator and an inexcusable dollop of stereotypes to try to get the word out. Guess which option 360fly chose. Yeah. Let’s talk… Read More

  • Flirtey delivers drugs by drone from ship to shore in New Jersey

    Flirtey delivers drugs by drone from ship to shore in New Jersey

    The Jersey Shore is finally famous for something besides fake tanning. A Reno, Nevada-based startup called Flirtey Inc. conducted the first domestic “ship to shore” drone delivery this week along the New Jersey coastline. The company’s proprietary drone is a six-rotor system constructed from carbon fiber, aluminum and 3-d printed components. No, they weren’t… Read More

  • iZotope, Photoshop for sound, closes another $7.5M in financing

    iZotope, Photoshop for sound, closes another $7.5M in financing

    What does the trailer to Inception, a re-mastered Rolling Stones record and the podcast Serial all have in common? They’re all awesome. Their creators also all used iZotope products in the background to make them shine. iZotope, started by a group of MIT undergrads in 2001, hustled their way onto the competitive music scene by first releasing a free plug-in of a record simulator. Read More

  • MassChallenge sets up camp in Switzerland Crunch Network

    MassChallenge sets up camp in Switzerland

    Lausanne, a small town in the Western part of Switzerland, has emerged as a surprising melting pot of innovative technology, and the latest feather in the town’s tech nest will be hosting the first Swiss chapter of MassChallenge. A large Boston-based accelerator program that is rapidly expanding across the globe, MassChallenge is a nonprofit and does not take an equity stake in… Read More

  • Malala Fund co-founder Shiza Shahid, AngelList partner to back “mission-driven” startups

    Malala Fund co-founder Shiza Shahid, AngelList partner to back “mission-driven” startups

    During the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2016) at Stanford University today, AngelList, the equity fundraising platform, and activist Shiza Shahid announced a partnership to form a fund called NOW Ventures that will back what they’re calling “mission-driven” startups. That’s the latest label for businesses that want to make a positive social and environmental… Read More

  • Storyboard helps you turn mobile photos into digital stories and books

    Storyboard helps you turn mobile photos into digital stories and books

    Even though printing photos is no longer the only means of viewing and sharing them with others, people still often want to do something more meaningful with these images — especially those of their family and children — than simply sharing them via ephemeral social media posts. A new application called Storyboard, launching today from the Disney-backed startup Twigtale, aims… Read More

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