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    Jeff Bezos, Mayo Clinic back anti-aging startup Unity Biotechnology for $116 million

    Jeff Bezos, Mayo Clinic back anti-aging startup Unity Biotechnology for $116 million

    Every once in a while someone in Silicon Valley brings up the possibility of living forever, or at least a really long time, but first we’re going to need to figure out a way to enjoy all those extra years. Unity Biotechnology is a startup focusing on medicines to help us do that by slowing the effects of age-related diseases. And the company announced it has pulled in a whopping… Read More

  • Wink 2 Hub Review: A smart home hub built for the future

    Wink 2 Hub Review: A smart home hub built for the future

    If the Amazon Echo is the face of home automation, a smart home hub is the brains. It sits silently, stuffed under a couch or on a bookshelf, connecting all the smart devices around a person’s home. There are a few competing hubs available, but the latest from Wink packs the most connectivity options. This is the second Hub from Wink. Called the Hub 2, it costs $99. The changes are… Read More

  • AWS launches region in Ohio

    AWS launches region in Ohio

    Amazon’s AWS cloud computing service today announced launched a region in Ohio. The aptly-named “US East (Ohio) Region” brings Amazon’s total region count to 14. The region will feature three separate availability zones for increased fault tolerance. AWS now offers 38 availability zones across its data centers. Amazon’s CTO Werner Vogels noted in… Read More

  • Print and ebook revenue down as Amazon slashes prices

    Print and ebook revenue down as Amazon slashes prices

    It’s good news and bad news for the publishing industry. The good news is that print revenue was up 3.4 percent in April, primarily in trade paperbacks, with some solid grown in young adult print and religious titles. The bad news is that revenue is down 4.3 percent year-to-date with a 7 percent loss in April compared to 2015. Further, ebook sales were down 22.7% compared to last year. Read More

  • Amazon to spend $2.5M on university competition to build “socialbot”

    Amazon to spend $2.5M on university competition to build “socialbot”

    If you need an Uber, Amazon Alexa has your back. Unfortunately if what you need is a conversation buddy, the personal assistant isn’t quite up to the task. In an effort to bolster Alexa’s social intelligence, Amazon is putting $2.5 million into a new university competition to design and build “socialbots” for the platform. Engineers will use the Alexa Skills Kit to… Read More

  • Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create the Partnership on AI

    Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create the Partnership on AI

    The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever company owns the data, effectively owns AI. Right now that means companies like Facebook… Read More

  • Movie pirate? Don’t trust Plex Cloud

    Movie pirate? Don’t trust Plex Cloud

    Plex is a pirate’s best friend. It’s by far the best way to get movies downloaded illegally from the computer to TV. Sure, Plex has a handful of useful, legal features, but let’s be honest, its big claim to fame is hosting and serving downloaded movies. And now the company behind the software announced a service where users can stream movies, photos and music stored on… Read More

  • The Ripple Rug: You know, for cats

    The Ripple Rug: You know, for cats

    Of all the products I’ve seen this year, none are more worthy of our time and attention than the Ripple Rug. Created by Fred and Natasha Ruckel, the Ripple Rug is a rug with holes and lumps in it. Your cat can climb inside, stick its paws out, and generally get all up inside that business. It’s 35 inches on each side and made of recycled plastic bottles. Why is the Ripple Rug… Read More

  • Dooze is an alarm clock with consequences

    I’m not a morning person and the snooze button on my alarm clock regularly gets a workout. If you suffer from the same issue (and own an Amazon Echo or similar Alex-enabled device), then maybe Dooze is for you. Jade Feng, Junshu Okamoto and Muhammed Gü built the project during our Disrupt SF Hackathon this weekend. It gives you a strong incentive to avoid your snooze button because… Read More

  • Daimler begins testing Smart car trunk delivery service with DHL

    Daimler begins testing Smart car trunk delivery service with DHL

    Packages delivered to the trunk of your car isn’t an entirely new concept; last April, Amazon started testing a service to do just that in partnership with Audi and DHL in Munich. Now, Daimler is getting in the action, with a pilot project also including DHL and Amazon, as well as Allyouneed fresh and Fashion ID that will drop packages in the trunk (“boot” for the Europeans… Read More

  • After boosting FedEx, is Amazon about to pull an AWS in shipping?

    After boosting FedEx, is Amazon about to pull an AWS in shipping?

    Amazon’s growing shipping operation is profiled at length in a new Bloomberg feature, and the article paints a picture of the e-commerce giant putting together the pieces to build one of the largest and most effective global shipping operations in the world, from centralized distribution hubs, to bulk air transport, to last-mile front door delivery. While on the surface, Amazon is still… Read More