The top 5 startups from Y Combinator Fellowship’s Virtual Demo Day

Pre-natal genetic testing, VR drones, and fracking nanoparticles were a few of the products featured in Y Combinator’s first Virtual Demo Day. They come from the YC Fellowship, a program designed to let the startup school help idea- or prototype-stage companies, beyond the full-fledged businesses in its main accelerator. The 8-week full-time fellowship mostly offers… Continue reading The top 5 startups from Y Combinator Fellowship’s Virtual Demo Day

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Slack is work chat’s runaway train, raises $200M at $3.8B

The Slack rocketship won’t slow down. The business messaging startup has raised $200 million at a $3.8 billion post-money valuation, the company confirms to TechCrunch. The round was led by Thrive Capital, with participation by GGV, Comcast Ventures and Slack’s existing investors, including Accel, Index Ventures and Social Capital. This brings the total funding for the three-year-old company… Continue reading Slack is work chat’s runaway train, raises $200M at $3.8B

Reddit’s missing ‘warrant canary’ suggests classified data requests from feds

Reddit issued its annual transparency report Thursday morning, listing the amount and type of data requested by various authorities. There’s plenty of interesting info, but perhaps most interesting is what’s not there: the site’s “warrant canary.” Regular data requests via subpoenas or court orders are more or less public information, and can be tallied up… Continue reading Reddit’s missing ‘warrant canary’ suggests classified data requests from feds

Don’t hand over EV charging in Northern California to PG&E

Northern California has become a test bed for electric vehicle charging. It’s no accident; the region is home to more electric vehicles and EV charging stations than anywhere else in the country. Like other innovative industries, the EV charging models, products and services that prove successful over time will scale around the state, the country and the world.… Continue reading Don’t hand over EV charging in Northern California to PG&E

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Microsoft now lets developers embed Power BI visualizations into their own apps

Power BI is Microsoft’s tool for analyzing data and building interactive data-based dashboards and reports. At its Build developer conference in San Francisco, the company today announced the preview of Power BI Embedded. With this, developers will be able to integrate Power BI and its interactive dashboards right into their own apps. Power BI already allowed… Continue reading Microsoft now lets developers embed Power BI visualizations into their own apps

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Watch the Microsoft Build 2016 Day 2 keynote live right here

Microsoft is holding its annual Build developer conference in San Francisco this week and after focusing on Windows, Xbox, HoloLens, and Cortana yesterday, the company will shine the spotlight on its cloud and developer tools today. You can watch the live stream right here. The keynote is scheduled to start at 8:30am Pacific, 11:30am Eastern, and… Continue reading Watch the Microsoft Build 2016 Day 2 keynote live right here

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Airware snatches $30M to sell complete drones to the Fortune 500

Airware used to sell drone operating systems. Now it’s swiveling to sell the whole flying kit and caboodle: drone hardware, the software to control them, and the cloud where their data goes. It discovered that big enterprise companies didn’t know how to piece together drone systems themselves, so they were slow to adapting to the… Continue reading Airware snatches $30M to sell complete drones to the Fortune 500

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Microsoft: Windows 10 now runs on 270M monthly active devices

Following from the unmitigated disaster that was Windows 8, Windows 10 has been doing rather well for Microsoft. After announcing that its flagship operating system ran on 200 million monthly active devices in January, the company today used its Build keynote to announce that this number is now up to 270 million monthly active devices. Satya spoke… Continue reading Microsoft: Windows 10 now runs on 270M monthly active devices

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FTC files false advertising lawsuit against VW

This morning, the Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against Volkswagen Group of America, charging that it “deceived customers with the advertising campaign it used to promote its supposedly ‘clean diesel’ VWs and Audis,” according to the FTC press release. As I’m sure you recall, these are the vehicles that were caught cheating on emissions tests… Continue reading FTC files false advertising lawsuit against VW

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