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You’ll look ridiculous playing Snapchat’s new AR games, and maybe that’s OK

When the iPad first came out, people looked kinda ridiculous using it out and about.  That doesn’t quite compare to Snapchat’s new AR games feature, ...

Snapchat is testing 6-second unskippable ads

Snap’s chase for ad dollars will see the company trying to get you to watch something called, wait for it, “Commercials.” The six-second unskippable ads ...

5 things Pinterest changed to make its app better for people who are blind

It may be playing catch-up, but Pinterest is finally making its platform more accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. On Wednesday, ...

Facebook's new ad wants you to forget about that whole subverting democracy thing

This time, it will be different. This time, and I know you’ve heard this before, but this time Facebook’s really going to change.  Yes, I ...

9 companies trying to be the 'Tesla of China'

Electric car maker Tesla has pushed the car market to develop more sedans, SUVs, and even luxury sports cars with batteries. In China, any headway ...

Digital banking startup Revolut raises $250M at a valuation of $1.7B

Revolut, the London-based fintech that offers a digital banking account and sprawling set of other financial services, is disclosing that it has raised a whopping ...

Adtech company BuySellAds acquires a majority stake Digg

It looks like Digg has found a new owner: digital advertising company BuySellAds, which has acquired a majority stake in the news aggregator. It seems that ...

Rookout raises $4.2M for its rapid production debugging platform

Few people get into coding because they enjoy debugging, but since there’s no such thing as perfect code, issues inevitably pop up. Israeli startup Rookout ...

The FDA is cracking down on Juul e-cig sales to minors

The FDA has its eye on Juul Labs, the e-cigarette company that has captured nearly half of the $2 billion e-cig market. Yesterday, the U.S. ...

Dolo delivers on the Foursquare prophecy of hyper-local tips

Dolo is the kindness of strangers as an app. Where’s the prettiest place in the park? What’s the best thing on the menu? How do ...

A look at China's "programmer motivators", attractive women hired at tech firms to chat up, fan, and calm male coders, as well as give massages to ease stress (Sui-Lee Wee/New York Times)

Sui-Lee Wee / New York Times:A look at China’s “programmer motivators”, attractive women hired at tech firms to chat up, fan, and calm male coders, ...

Revolut raises $250M led by DST Global, bringing its valuation to $1.7B, says it has 250K daily active users (Arjun Kharpal/CNBC)

Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:Revolut raises $250M led by DST Global, bringing its valuation to $1.7B, says it has 250K daily active users  —  – DST ...

OECD working paper: 14% of jobs across 32 developed countries are highly vulnerable to automation and 32% are vulnerable, equaling ~210M jobs in total (Economist)

Economist:OECD working paper: 14% of jobs across 32 developed countries are highly vulnerable to automation and 32% are vulnerable, equaling ~210M jobs in total  —  ...

Samsung, the exclusive supplier of iPhone X OLED screens, says its Q1 profits for its display business were "affected by slow demand for flexible OLED screens" (Bloomberg)

Bloomberg:Samsung, the exclusive supplier of iPhone X OLED screens, says its Q1 profits for its display business were “affected by slow demand for flexible OLED ...

A look at nine influential women in cryptocurrency, who are working towards making the technology more inclusive and less biased by closing the gender gap (Morgen Peck/Glamour)

Morgen Peck / Glamour:A look at nine influential women in cryptocurrency, who are working towards making the technology more inclusive and less biased by closing ...

Google's big Gmail update makes your inbox smarter and more secure

Google’s big Gmail update is finally here.  Today the company unveiled one of the biggest Gmail updates in recent memory, adding a slew of new ...

Mercedes-Maybach concept car is electric, ultra-luxurious, and ready for tea time

A concept car from Mercedes is revving up car enthusiasts ahead of this year’s Beijing Auto Show. The Vision Mercedes-Maybach Ultimate Luxury is an electric ...

Honestly, what the heck is happening on YouTube?

One of the internet’s most famed catchphrases is about porn: that any sort of erotica you could want or imagine, no matter how niche or ...

I copied the daily habits of the world's most successful people

Whether it’s waking up at 5 a.m. every morning or keeping yourself hydrated, becoming successful is a difficult task. But what is success? Max Knoblauch ...

7 mind-soothing apps that will help you sleep better

Sleeping is a lot harder than it used to be. There are countless distractions in this world. So many television shows to watch. So much ...

Real-time developer tool startup Pusher pulls in $8M in Series A funding

Pusher, the London startup that provides tools and cloud infrastructure for developers to add real-time functionality to their apps, such as push notifications and messages, ...

German insurance ‘robo-advisor’ Clark scores $29 million Series B

Clark, one of a plethora of so-called ‘insurtech’ startups offering something akin to a digital insurance brokerage all delivered through a convenient mobile app, has ...

Vacation rental management service Guesty raises $19.75M

As the vacation rental sector heats up — with Airbnb making even more moves to expand its portfolio of services to include multiple tiers of ...

New numbers illustrate how fast fundraising has changed for young startups

Fundraising is never easy, but it’s even harder when the goal posts are being moved around. Such is the challenge facing today’s youngest startups, which ...

Bose acquires Andrew Mason’s walking tour startup, Detour

Groupon founder Andrew Mason’s audio tour startup Detour has been sold to Bose. The acquisition, which involves only the software and tour content — not ...

Google is changing its pistol emoji into a squirt gun in Android P, following Apple, Twitter, and Samsung (Ryan Whitwam/Android Police)

Ryan Whitwam / Android Police:Google is changing its pistol emoji into a squirt gun in Android P, following Apple, Twitter, and Samsung  —  A few ...

Sources: SoftBank to move $20B+ of investments in ride-hailing services like Uber, Ola, Grab, and Didi Chuxing into the Vision Fund within months (Aliya Ram/Financial Times)

Aliya Ram / Financial Times:Sources: SoftBank to move $20B+ of investments in ride-hailing services like Uber, Ola, Grab, and Didi Chuxing into the Vision Fund ...

Facebook VP Kevin Martin replaces Erin Egan as the company's head of policy in the US on an interim basis; Erin Egan will remain as chief privacy officer (Cecilia Kang/New York Times)

Cecilia Kang / New York Times:Facebook VP Kevin Martin replaces Erin Egan as the company’s head of policy in the US on an interim basis; ...

Oath, which owns Yahoo and AOL, is changing its terms of service to force users to give up their class action lawsuit rights in the US (Ina Fried/Axios)

Ina Fried / Axios:Oath, which owns Yahoo and AOL, is changing its terms of service to force users to give up their class action lawsuit ...

USCIS tells Senate of its plans to stop letting spouses of H-1B visa holders apply for work permits and is working to rescind "International Entrepreneur Rule" (Monica Nickelsburg/GeekWire)

Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire:USCIS tells Senate of its plans to stop letting spouses of H-1B visa holders apply for work permits and is working to ...

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