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April 11, 2019
[TECH NEWS] The creation of the algorithm that made the first black hole image possible was led by MIT grad student Katie Bouman

[TECH NEWS] The creation of the algorithm that made the first black hole image possible was led by MIT grad student Katie Bouman

The development of the algorithm that made it possible to create the first image ever of a black hole was led by computer scientist Katie Bouman while she was still a graduate student at MIT. Bouman shared a photo on Facebook of herself reacting as the historical picture was processing. The algorithm, which Bouman named…
April 11, 2019
[TECH NEWS] A fight is brewing between two machine intelligence startups, and neither side looks all that smart

[TECH NEWS] A fight is brewing between two machine intelligence startups, and neither side looks all that smart

Sometimes, reading a lawsuit, it’s tempting to pick sides, to judge who is more right than wrong based on its contents. But a new lawsuit involving two venture-backed companies — both of which are rooted in machine intelligence — makes both sides sound surprisingly careless given their line of work. The plaintiff is Quid, a…
April 11, 2019
[TECH NEWS] With consumer G+ dead, Currents hopes to make waves in the enterprise

[TECH NEWS] With consumer G+ dead, Currents hopes to make waves in the enterprise

Google today announced that Google+ in G Suite, the last remaining remnants of what was once Google’s attempt to rival Facebook and Twitter, will now be called Currents. We don’t need to belabor the fact that Google+ was a flop and that its death was probably long overdue. We’ve done that. Now it’s time to…
April 11, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Hulu orders Theranos miniseries starring Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Holmes

[TECH NEWS] Hulu orders Theranos miniseries starring Kate McKinnon as Elizabeth Holmes

Silicon Valley may have dealt with some rough hubris throughout the saga of Theranos, but Hollywood is basking in its downfall. Weeks after the premiere of an HBO documentary chronicling Elizabeth Holmes’s grand blood-testing charade and in the midst of development of a film starring Jennifer Lawrence, Hulu has ordered its own Theranos limited series…
April 11, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Vector, Virgin and a mystery team will compete in DARPA’s $34M launch challenge

[TECH NEWS] Vector, Virgin and a mystery team will compete in DARPA’s $34M launch challenge

DARPA wants to be able to launch anywhere, any time, and several times in a row. Is that too much to ask? Not for Vector Space, Virgin Orbit, and an unnamed startup that just qualified to take place in the agency’s Launch Challenge, which will push their responsive and mobile launch capabilities to the limit.…
April 11, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Coinbase launches debit card in the UK

[TECH NEWS] Coinbase launches debit card in the UK

When you buy cryptocurrencies on Coinbase, many users simply don’t know what to do with them. Customers in the U.K. can now get a good old plastic card and spend cryptocurrencies in-store and on any online website. This is a Visa card so it should work with any merchant on the Visa network. The company…
April 11, 2019
[TECH NEWS] Democrats draw up bill that would require tech platforms to assess algorithmic bias

[TECH NEWS] Democrats draw up bill that would require tech platforms to assess algorithmic bias

Democratic lawmakers have proposed a bill to address the algorithmic biases lurking under the surface of tech’s biggest platforms. The bill, known as the Algorithmic Accountability Act, was introduced by Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY) will sponsor parallel legislation in the House. The bill is well timed. Over…
April 11, 2019
[TECH NEWS] The IPO wave of 2019 won’t upend the Bay Area housing market

[TECH NEWS] The IPO wave of 2019 won’t upend the Bay Area housing market

Issi Romem Contributor Issi Romem is chief economist for Trulia and a fellow at the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at the University of California at Berkeley. His work has been featured in the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and more. The impending wave of San Francisco tech IPOs is substantial…
April 11, 2019
[TECH NEWS] GoDaddy acquires Sellbrite to launch cross-marketplace tools

[TECH NEWS] GoDaddy acquires Sellbrite to launch cross-marketplace tools

GoDaddy is making it easier for small businesses to list their products across Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Jet and Walmart.com today with the launch of GoDaddy Marketplaces. As part of the launch, GoDaddy is also announcing that it has acquired Sellbrite, the company whose technology is powering these new capabilities. Greg Goldfarb, GoDaddy’s vice president of…
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