February 2019

Deploy the space harpoon

By | February 16th, 2019|Technology|

Watch out, starwhales. There’s a new weapon for the interstellar dwellers whom you threaten with your planet-crushing gigaflippers, undergoing testing as we speak. This small-scale version may only be good for removing dangerous orbital debris, but in time it will pierce your hypercarbon hides and irredeemable sun-hearts. Literally a space harpoon. (Credit: Airbus) However, it [...]

Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

By | February 16th, 2019|Technology|

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has reportedly acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan Primack and Ina Fried. The company makes voice experience design tools, artificial intelligence to power those experiences, and toys like [...]

Opendoor files to raise another $200M at a $3.7B valuation, documents show

By | February 15th, 2019|Technology|

The housing market is predicted to cool this year, but the market for startups selling houses? It seems to be heating up. Opendoor, the company that aims to bypass real estate agents and brokers by providing an online platform — by way of a mobile app — for people to buy and sell properties direct, has [...]

ChargedUp picks up £1.2M seed to grow its mobile charging network across UK

By | February 15th, 2019|Technology|

ChargedUp, a U.K. startup that offers a mobile charging network that takes inspiration from bike-sharing, has closed £1.2 million in seed investment. Leading the round is Sir John Hegarty’s fund The Garage, and the ex-Innocent Smoothie founders fund JamJar. The funding will be used to grow the offering across the U.K. and for international expansion. [...]

Kleiner’s Mamoon Hamid thinks we could be in a 15-year-long bull market (and other insights from the firm)

By | February 15th, 2019|Technology|

Late last month, the venture firm Kleiner Perkins began an official reboot, with a new, $600 million fund, as well as some new faces blazing the trail for the outfit going forward, including Mamoon Hamid and Ilya Fushman, investors who joined Kleiner from Social Capital and Index Ventures, respectively. Their roles at the 47-year-old firm [...]

Postscript wants to be the Mailchimp for SMS

By | February 15th, 2019|Technology|

Email is certainly not dead, despite many such exclamations, but there’s no question that it’s a bloated, seeping hog of a platform on which it’s incredibly difficult for businesses to develop meaningful relationships with customers. Postscript, a startup launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class, wants to learn from what email marketing got right and [...]

Atrium, Justin Kan’s legal tech startup, launches a fintech and blockchain division

By | February 14th, 2019|Technology|

Atrium, the legal startup co-founder by Justin Kan of Twitch fame, is jumping into the blockchain space today. The company has raised plenty of money — including $65 million from A16z last September — so rather than an ICO or token sale, this is a consultancy business. Atrium uses machine learning to digitize legal documents and develops applications [...]

Alibaba’s Ant Financial buys UK currency exchange giant WorldFirst reportedly for around $700M

By | February 14th, 2019|Technology|

Ant Financial, the financial services behemoth affiliated with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, has made its first big move into Europe. It’s acquired London-headquartered payments company WorldFirst in a deal that sources tell us is valued at around $700 million. (That price would also line up with multiple reports from December claiming the two were in [...]

Tesla ‘Dog mode’ and ‘Sentry mode’ are now live to guard your car and pets

By | February 14th, 2019|Technology|

Tesla has officially released two features for its electric vehicles aimed at protecting what owners love: their car and pets, as the company looks to leverage its ability to deliver a continuous stream of new capabilities via over-the-air software updates. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been tweeting about these two features, known as Dog mode [...]

Nintendo makes the old new again with Mario, Zelda, Tetris titles for Switch

By | February 14th, 2019|Technology|

The afternoon brought an eventful series of announcements from Nintendo in one of its Direct video promos, and 2019 is looking to be a banner year for the Switch. Here’s everything the company announced, from Super Mario Maker 2 to the unexpected remake of Game Boy classic Link’s Awakening. The stream cold opened with a [...]


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