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$3B mapping company Here is making moves with Naver Labs

A $3B mapping and locations platform just joined forces with a 3D mapping company to map indoor spaces.

Wes Schlagenhauf • March 2, 2018

Why do brands want to be the ‘official sponsor’ of the NFL?

Eager to tap into a highly loyal and demographically consistent audience, Pizza Hut quickly replaces Papa John’s as official pizza sponsor of the NFL.

Conor Grant • March 1, 2018

Spotify is finally going public

Spotify finally files for a direct listing IPO, giving us a look into some of their big numbers.

Wes Schlagenhauf • March 1, 2018

Palantir has been secretly testing ‘Minority Report’-like predictive policing technology 

Palantir has secretly been testing a predictive policing technology in New Orleans since 2012, and the public had no idea.

Wes Schlagenhauf • March 1, 2018

In the EU, people have a right to be removed from certain search results

The EU’s “right to be forgotten” allows individuals to request that links be removed from Google results. But it comes with a high price.

Zachary Crockett • March 1, 2018

Amazon acquires smart doorbell maker, Ring, for $1B

Amazon ponies up $1B for what could be its second-largest acquisition, the smart doorbell maker Ring, and enters the smart-home race with Google.

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 28, 2018

Rage against the humans

Devices that use data to make their own decisions are increasingly beep-beep-booping their way into the mainstream. Need further proof? Yesterday, autonomous technology made a rumble in the automotive world — and, surprisingly, the blue jean business. California gave the green light to driverless cars Until now, the state that gave rise to autonomous vehicles […]

Zachary Crockett • February 28, 2018

Smartphone sales posted their first-ever decline in Q4 of last year

Smartphones sales recorded their first decline ever, while 'dumbphones' are on the rise...

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 28, 2018

Microsoft’s Supreme Court case could determine if the feds can access your data 

The highest court in the land will decide whether the US government has the right to seize Microsoft’s data stored overseas.

Lindsey Quinn • February 28, 2018

The vegan food company trying to alleviate malnutrition in Africa

The company formerly known as Hampton Creek thinks they have the answer to malnutrition in West Africa.

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 27, 2018

Can declining pregnancy rates predict a recession?

New research suggests that falling pregnancy rates have preceded times of economic strife in the US for nearly 3 decades.

Zachary Crockett • February 27, 2018

Gobee peels out of France after ‘mass destruction’ of their dockless bike fleet

Dockless bikes are proof that we can’t have nice things, and Gobee is taking their toys out of France and going home.

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 27, 2018

The Venezuelan government launches their own cryptocurrency… wait a minute…

To avoid defaulting on the country’s $60B debt, the Venezuelan president opened up trading of a cryptocurrency supposedly backed by the country’s oil.

Lindsey Quinn • February 27, 2018

Real-life sports stars invest $38m to build esports empire

New esports team Vision Esports LP (VELP for short?) just closed a $38m round from investors led by VC firms Creative Artists Agency and Evolution Media — plus some huge names in real-life sports, who can no long deny that this esports thing is, well… a thing. Professional gaming leagues are gaining viewers faster than […]

Lindsey Quinn • February 26, 2018

Wannabe “Vantablack” art installation created in Pyeongchang for the Olympics

The art installation in Pyeongchang used an off-brand version of the blackest black in the world... because one guy owns the copyright to the color.

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 26, 2018

General Mills is coughing up big dough for the natural pet food company Blue Buffalo

In what would be the second-largest pet food deal ever, General Mills looks to shell out some major cash for Blue Buffalo.

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 26, 2018

One of Asia’s biggest companies just got steamrolled by the Chinese government

With $300B in assets, Anbang Insurance Group attracted the wrong kind of attention from the Chinese government.

Zachary Crockett • February 26, 2018

BYO-Dank: Colorado has the nation’s first “bud and breakfast” hotel

A savvy businessman capitalizes on the concept of “wake and bake.”

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 23, 2018

SpinLaunch is raising $30m to catapult cargo into space

The startup aims to cut the price of space launch to $500k, using a high-tech catapult.

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 23, 2018

Snap’s market value fell $1.3B after a single tweet by Kylie Jenner

Yet another reminder of just how dependent Snap is on influencers.

Zachary Crockett • February 23, 2018

Glossier’s future gets a brand-new $52m coat of lipstick

Glossier currently launches a new product every 6 weeks, and they just raised a brand new round to expand their line even faster.

Lindsey Quinn • February 23, 2018

UK KFC’s chicken supplier drops the drumstick, leaving 640 branches birdless 

KFC locations are closed thanks to “operational issues” involving their new delivery partner, DHL, which left the chain up a gravy river without a nugget.

Lindsey Quinn • February 22, 2018

Elon Musk leaves OpenAI to avoid conflict of interest

After a report came out about the dangers of AI in self-driving cars, Elon Musk had no choice but to resign from OpenAI -- an organization he co-founded.

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 22, 2018

Fortune 500s skip big consultancies… and ask college clubs for crypto advice instead

Frustrated by a lack of industry experts, large companies are turning to college kids for help building out their blockchain technology.

Conor Grant • February 22, 2018

Apple wants to buy up cobalt for its batteries before electric carmakers deplete it 

A spike in electric vehicles has stoked fears of a cobalt shortage -- and Apple is leaving nothing to chance.

Zachary Crockett • February 22, 2018

What’s that smell? Ham — and a booming Spanish economy

The EU is seeing great economic growth, in part displayed through the rise of Iberian ham prices, up 40% from the previous year.

Mia Hagerty • February 21, 2018

JNCO, the terrible jeans brand from the ‘90s, finally goes out of business

After doing hundreds of millions in sales in the ‘90’s, JNCO is closing its doors this year.

Zachary Crockett • February 21, 2018

Albertsons buys orphaned Rite Aid stores to form $24B joint venture

The grocery conglomerate will buy the 2.5k Rite Aid stores left over from Walgreens’ attempted full buyout.

Lindsey Quinn • February 21, 2018

Jeff Bezos is building a massive, 10,000-year clock inside a Texas mountain

After more than half a decade of construction, Bezos and company finally begin installing their massive, $42m clock inside a West Texas mountain.

Wes Schlagenhauf • February 21, 2018

One of the most iconic guitar brands in history is facing potential bankruptcy

Gibson faces $145m in unpaid bank loans and a shrinking market for electric guitars -- and they're not the only rock icons in trouble...

Zachary Crockett • February 20, 2018

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