Google’s Fitbit acquisition is official

Following regulatory scrutiny on both sides of the pond, Google this morning announced that it has completed its acquisition of wearables pioneer, Fitbit. Google’s use of the vast amount of user health data has long been the key sticking point of regulatory concern of the deal. After all,

Lean Hardware: Breeding Hardware Unicorns

About a year ago, Aileen Lee from Cowboy Ventures wrote her seminal piece on billion-dollar startups, now widely called “unicorns.” At the time, she found 39 U.S.-based software companies fewer than 10 years old in that category. As early-stage investors and hopeful hardware unicorn breeders,

Prime Movers Lab raises $245 million for second fund to invest in early stage science startups

After revealing its first fund just last year, a $100 million pool of investment capital dedicated to early stage startups focusing on sustainable food development, clean energy, health innovation and new space technologies, Prime Movers Lab is back with a second fund.

DriveNets nabs $208M at a $1B+ valuation for its cloud-based alternative to network routers

People and businesses are relying on the internet to get things done more than ever before, an opportunity but also an infrastructure headache for service providers that need to scale quickly and reliably to meet that demand. Today, a startup that has built a clever,

Booksy raises $70M war chest to acquire salon appointment apps, expand internationally

Beauty and wellness appointment booking apps have proliferated of the last few years, but it appears the race is still on as today one of the leaders, Booksy, raises $70 million in a Series C round led by Cat Rock Capital, with participation from Sprints Capital. 

Lime adds shared electric mopeds to the mix

Lime is adding electric mopeds — painted in the company’s signature green — to its micromobility platform as the startup aims to own the spectrum of inner city travel from jaunts to the corner store to longer distance trips up to five miles.

Gardin raises $1.2M pre-seed to use ‘optical phenotyping’ tech to improve food production

Gardin, a ‘deep tech’ hardware and software startup developing optical phenotyping technology and analytics to optimise food production, has raised $1.2 million in pre-seed funding. Leading the round is LDV Capital, with participation from Seedcamp, and MMC Ventures.

Corporate card startup Mooncard challenges American Express in France with miles

French startup Mooncard is partnering with Flying Blue to offer Air France miles to its customers. This is the first time you can earn miles with a payment card in France that isn’t an American Express card. Mooncard provides corporate payment cards to streamline your expenses.

Joanne Chen just became the first woman GP at Foundation Capital since founder Kathryn Gould

Joanne Chen just became the second general partner in the history of the now 26-year-old, Silicon Valley venture firm, Foundation Capital. Were she still alive, Foundation’s founder, Kathyrn Gould, would undoubtedly cheer the development. Known for her big personality,

Carbyne raises $25M for a next-generation platform to improve emergency 911 responses

Emergency services continue to be a major force when it comes to coping with the Covid-19 health pandemic, and today a company that is building technology to help them run better is announcing a round of funding to continue expanding its business.

X1 Card raises $12 million for its credit card with limits based on your income

X1 Card is raising a $12 million funding round. The company is building a credit card that sets limits based on your current and future income, not your credit score. Spark Capital is leading the round with Jared Leto, Aaron Levie, Jeremy Stoppelman, Max Levchin and Ali Rowghani also participating.

Watch Blue Origin launch a rocket with an upgraded crew capsule live

Blue Origin is launching its New Shepard suborbital rocket for the first time in 2021, with a liftoff planned for 9:45 AM CST (10:45 AM EST/7:45 AM PST) from its launch facility in West Texas. This is the 14th flight of New Shepard,

Researchers Build the First Stretchy, Bendy Light Circuit

Stretchable circuits are going to enable our wearable tech future, but they're super finicky to create. It was just under two years ago that scientists nailed stretchable electronic circuitry; now,

SoFi Closes On $80 Million To Expand Its Lending Business

Confirming our earlier reporting, the peer-to-peer lender Social Finance said it closed on $80 million in fresh funding, as it looks to expand its lending operations to mortgages and personal loans. Read More

火星航行或使宇航员承受过度风险

据物理学家组织网站报道,本周三,一个独立医学研究组织表示,他们的研究显示,将人类宇航员送往火星可能将面临超过美国宇航局目前所设定允许范围的辐射暴露风险。

US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

jfruh writes: In 1998, the U.S. Congress passed a law that temporarily banned all taxes imposed by federal, state, and local governments on Internet access and Internet-only services, a ban that has been faithfully renewed every year since. Now the U.S.

1 分鐘速攻略 ! Apple Online Store 預訂 iPhone 6 成功率提升

筆者知道很多讀者想買 iPhone 6 來自用,可是今天 3:00pm 又要在 Apple 網站跟一大班炒家打仗,如何可以提升成功率呢? 我們 unwire 特地為你們寫了一個超簡短易明的秘技,不花一分鐘便看完。

NBASTAT:美职篮菠菜利器

体育的魅力在于挑战,在于化不可能为可能,但是没谁敢说「以弱胜强向来是常态」。从科学的角度看体育,球员的状态,球队的风格,赛程的安排……也许都会对比赛结果产生影响。

苹果新专利:iPhone Home键转换成游戏摇杆

今天美国专利和商标局公布了苹果的新专利,揭示了iPhone或iPad的home键可以变成一个游戏摇杆。

This Real-Life "Mr. Fusion" Can Turn Leftovers Into Energy

Well, it's 2015, and right on cue, humanity has apparently invented its very own Mr. Fusion. The s0-called "Biobattery", designed by German scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Energy and Safety Technology,

微软居然官方吐槽Windows 7过时,这是为什么?

微软的核心增长策略从操作系统和Office软件的按量销售,调整为软件生态系统和扩张,以及订阅式收费的软件与云服务。

交互设计技巧:创造好的用户体验(1)(翻译)

一个好的用户界面具有较高的转化率和易用性。换句话说,它既能满足商业用途也便于使用。以下是我们发现的一些想法清单 ...

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