DealBook Briefing: Business Heads Back to Saudi Arabia
Six months on from the Jamal Khashoggi tragedy, the international business community is revving up its work with the Arab kingdom.
Boston Dynamics debuts the production version of SpotMini
Last year at our TC Sessions: Robotics conference, Boston Dynamics announced that SpotMini will be its first commercially available product. A revamped version of the product would use the company’s decades of quadrupedal robotics learnings as a basis for a robot designed to patrol office spaces. ... ... See more
How do startups actually get their content marketing to work?
Even the best growth marketers fail to get content marketing to work. Many are unwittingly using tactics from 4 years ago that no longer work today.
The Debate in HR: What’s the Best Way to Fire Someone? (WSJ)
A reckoning of sorts is under way in human resources departments as executives ponder how best to terminate staffers, remaining sensitive to their needs while avoiding the potential for a conflict—or even violence. ... See more
Uber’s self-driving car unit raises $1B from Toyota, Denso and Vision Fund ahead of spin-out
Uber has confirmed it will spin out its self-driving car business after the unit closed $1 billion in funding from Toyota, auto-parts maker Denso and SoftBank’s Vision Fund. The development has been speculated for some time — as far back as October — and it serves to both remove a… ... See more
SoftBank launches $5 billion Latin America tech fund
SoftBank announced Thursday the launch of a $5 billion fund that will invest in technology start-ups across Latin America.
The next frontier for cannabis vapes: mood-specific formulas
Curated and customized cannabis highs are coming.
China’s P2P lending crisis worsens as second firm runs into trouble in a week
Hangzhou-based Xinhehui says it will not be able to repay investors a total of US$330 million
The era of ‘price-insensitive buying’ has led to this troubling chart
The top-heavy valuations of the likes of Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google — known as the FANG stocks — has been a steady theme as the bull market continues to prove resilient. But longtime investor Jesse Felder of the popular Felder Report says there’s another, oft-overlooked angle illustr... ... See more
MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors
The days when you could simply grow a basil plant from a seed by placing it on your windowsill and watering it regularly are gone — there's no point now that machine learning-optimized hydroponic "cyber-agriculture" has produced a superior plant with more robust flavors. The future of pesto is her... ... See more
Wayve claims ‘world first’ in driving a car autonomously with only its AI and a SatNav
Projects like Google’s Waymo, Uber, Cruise and Aurora are developing autonomous vehicles by throwing engineers at the problem, basing most of their platforms on rule-based systems that try to pre-empt and deal with every edge case, whilst also peppering the cars with more sensors to capture more d... ... See more
What Boston Dynamics' Rolling 'Handle' Robot Really Means
It's about the hardware, yes. But more and more it's about the AI inside the scarycute dogs and humanoids.
For the first time ever, electric cars outsold gas and diesel vehicles in Norway
Electric vehicles outsold gas and diesel models in Norway for the first time ever last month, accounting for 58.4% of all vehicle sales.
Deutsche Bank CRISIS: Drop in table in latest blow for Germany's biggest lender
DEUTSCHE BANK has slipped down the ranks of a benchmark investment bank league table as the German lender comes under pressure to merge with rival Commerzbank.
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All 88 companies from Y Combinator’s W19 Demo Day 2
Today was the second half of Y Combinator’s two-day Demo Day for its Winter 2019 class. Over 85 startups pitched on stage yesterday, and another huge batch launched today. Previously held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, this YC Demo Day instead took over a massive warehouse i… ... See more
FarmWise turns to Roush to build autonomous vegetable weeders
FarmWise wants robots to do the dirty part of farming: weeding. With that thought, the San Francisco-based startup enlisted the help of Michigan-based manufacturing and automotive company Roush to build prototypes of the self-driving robots. An early prototype is pictured above. Financial details o.... ... See more
Apple TV+ Is Here—but It Has a Long Way to Go
The streaming service has big names, and deep pockets, but must-watch programming? Dunno.
Morgan Stanley: Get defensive because the inverted yield curve is sending a message
Investors should "remain defensively positioned" on stocks, Morgan Stanley's equity strategist Michael Wilson says.