Back Market raises $48 million for its refurbished device marketplace

If you’ve tried selling your old smartphone on a refurbishment website, chances are you ended up with a dozen browser tabs comparing prices. French startup Back Market is taking advantage of this fragmented industry to create a marketplace and aggregate all refurbishers on a single online platform.

Distinguished VCs back wholesale marketplace Faire with $100M at a $535M valuation

Kirsten Green of Forerunner Ventures, Keith Rabois of Khosla, Alfred Lin of Sequoia and Alex Taussig of Lightspeed are backers of Faire.

Anki’s Vector is getting Alexa access next week

Vector’s already got the adorable bit down, courtesy of a team staffed by former Pixar and Dreamworks animators. But Anki’s grownup version of Cozmo can use a bit of help when it comes to smarts. Starting next week, the desktop robot will be able to tap into Amazon Alexa’s deep base of answers.

IMAX pulls the plug on its dream of VR arcades

The company behind the biggest screens in cinema is giving up on bringing VR screens within a few inches of users’ faces. The company announced today in a SEC filing that it will be shutting down its three remaining virtual reality centers including its flagship location in Los Angeles.

They scaled YouTube — now they’ll shard everyone with PlanetScale

When the former CTOs of YouTube, Facebook and Dropbox seed fund a database startup, you know there’s something special going on under the hood. Jiten Vaidya and Sugu Sougoumarane saved YouTube from a scalability nightmare by inventing and open-sourcing Vitess,

Scammers are sending bomb scares to nab BTC

A new scam is making the rounds that promises to disrupt countless offices and schools. The scam is simple: the scammers send an email threatening to detonate a bomb if they don’t get a certain amount of Bitcoin within a specified time frame.

Jennifer Garner and J.J. Abrams are making a limited series for Apple

More than a decade after the end of “Alias,” J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Garner are teaming up on a new limited series for Apple. The show, titled “My Glory Was I Had Such Friends,” will be based on the Amy Silverstein memoir of the same name,

These face-generating systems are getting rather too creepily good for my liking

Machine learning models are getting quite good at generating realistic human faces — so good that I may never trust a machine, or human, to be real ever again. The new approach, from researchers at Nvidia,

Audit of NHS Trust’s app project with DeepMind raises more questions than it answers

A third party audit of a controversial patient data-sharing arrangement between a London NHS Trust and Google DeepMind appears to have skirted over the core issues that generated the controversy in the first place.

Twitter’s next big move is a revamped hub for everything you want to see

The chronological news feed has been a bit of a looming specter for Twitter . Sure, it’s their bread-and-butter but it only works for users who are willing to put in the time to prune their own feeds and strip away follows while constantly keeping an eye out for new accounts. For Twitter,

Ring’s $199 security system will finally ship next month

Way back in October of last year, Ring announced “Ring Protect” — a modular, no contract, DIY home security system. After a few delays, a bit of legal drama, and Ring being acquired for a billion dollars by Amazon,

想做基于语义分析的移动搜索引擎,“出门问问”确认获得SIG领投的近千万美金B轮融资

出门问问创始人李志飞今天向36氪确认,出门问问在2013年年底获得近千万美金的B轮融资,由SIG(海纳亚洲)领投,A轮投资方红杉资本和真格基金跟投,目前资金已全部到位。

今日头条获得1亿美元C轮融资:未来持续加大技术投入,增强系统学习能力

走个性化推荐路线的资讯客户端今日头条获得了1亿美元的C轮融资,此次融资由红杉资本领投,微博跟投。今日头条方面表示,融资之后今日头条的估值超过5亿美元。

[图]土卫六烷烃降雨循环或为生命诞生前奏

据国外媒体报道,科学家发现土卫六上存在甲烷循环系统,存在于地下的“含水层”可通过某种途径转化为甲烷雨,对此科学家模拟土卫六上甲烷雨的形成过程,发现存储地下沼气的“含水层”组分可能随着时间的变化而变化,形成包合络合物,这是导致土卫六上出现甲烷降雨的主要原因。

Telegraph :调查显示超过三分之一的英国人曾经蹭过邻居家的无线网

在宽带覆盖率达 100% 的国家,为什么还有人去蹭网呢?来 自 Telegraph 网站的调查报告称,三分之一的人成功入侵了邻居家的 WiFi,而曾经有此这想法并尝试过的则有 40%。

When Singing to No One In Particular Was The Hot New Thing

Back in 1910 the highest paid singer in the world was blazing trails into the future. Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso reportedly pulled in a quarter of his $200,000 income (about $4.8 million adjusted for inflation) from singing to an audience of nobody. Which is to say,

一加的「H2 OS」可能会在 2 月 12 日登场亮相

随着与 Cyanogen 团队的合作出现问题,一加推出自己 Android ROM 的计划就被更早地提上了公司的议事日程。

美媒盘点比马桶圈还脏的五种电子产品

《福布斯》杂志网站8月13日刊文称,说起细菌,最恶心的莫过于卫生间里的细菌。公用马桶圈每平方英寸的细菌数量超过1000个。然而,有些电子产品携带了没有“冲掉”的更多细菌。做好恶心的准备!

iPhone 6s / 6s Plus 內地價格曝光!幾乎所有型號全面減價

還有大約一星期全民期待的 iPhone 6s 及 iPhone 6s Plus 應該便會發表,而且根 據早前的消息顯示,今次該兩款新機的硬件規格將會有頗明顯的提升,有別於以往 s 系列的小幅度升級。

玩视频游戏对我们的大脑有何影响:保持灵敏

视频游戏业的兴起已经成为了一种全球性的现象。全世界有超过12亿人玩视频游戏,销售额预计不久便会超过每年1000亿美元(约合6367亿人民币)。视频游戏常常被控为引起暴力和上瘾的元凶。

I Wanted to Hate This Dumb, Amazing iPad Stand

When you first look at the Tstand, you’ll have doubts that it can hold an iPad. When someone shows you how it holds a tablet over your face, you’ll marvel that anyone ever thought it was a good idea. But then you’ll try it, and realize that it will change Netflix in bed forever. Read more...

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