Genesis Partners spins out $50 million fund, F2 Capital, to back early-stage startups in Israel


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Tel Aviv Skyline Three members of the senior investing team at Genesis Partners, a major Israeli venture firm, are stepping out with a new, early-stage fund of their own called F2 Capital. For the unfamiliar, Genesis Partners’ portfolio companies have been acquired by the likes of Apple, IBM, Microsoft and Sapiens over the past decade, and have gone public on the Nasdaq exchange in the U.S. as well.… Read More

Online real estate service OpenDoor raises $210M Series D despite risky financing model


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Home and money on hand This afternoon, Norwest Venture Partners announced that it led a massive $210 million Series D investment round in OpenDoor. With the new capital, the startup is looking to expand the usage of its marketplace platform for buying and selling real estate to 10 cities. OpenDoor is unique in that it owns its own inventory of homes. While the predictive analytics the company employs to project… Read More

Sensor-studded suit helps track recovery of stroke patients


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dc0ba10102634532000b8726022a3c0b0046c7e9010701c3dc05000080 Millions of people suffer from strokes every year worldwide, and severe ones can require long-term care — but as with other rehabilitation regimens, it can be hard for doctors to track the everyday activities of their patients. A high-tech suit created by a Dutch grad student may be a powerful new way to help keep better tabs on those in recovery. Read More

The Highlands Desktop


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This landscape may look like it’s steaming or on fire, but it’s just bright, rich colors of the time of day the photo was shot—and it makes for a beautiful wallpaper. Add a little customization, and Nicolas has a great desktop worth sitting down at every day. Here’s how it’s all set up.

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Remains of the Day: Uber Wants to Track Your Location Even When You’re Not Using It


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Uber recently started asking permission to collect your location data even when you aren’t using the app, and some people are understandably concerned. Uber says that they won’t literally track you everywhere you go; they just need a little more data about your pick-up and drop-off.

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Tesla will move to open Richmond store after DMV win


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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  People look at a Tesla Motors vehicle on the showroom floor at the Dadeland Mall on February 19, 2014 in Miami, Florida.  Tesla said today it earned $46 million in the fourth quarter on a non-adjusted basis, or 33 cents a share, causing shares in the company to jump 12 percent.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Tesla has won the right to open and operate its own dealership in Virginia, after the state Department of Motor Vehicles commissioner reversed a ruling from September denying it a license. In his decision, the commissioner cited overwhelming public support, as well as unique sales and service requirements as reasons for his finding that “no dealer independent of Tesla” in… Read More

Motorola ‘likely’ to launch a Project Tango module for the Moto Z


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Moto Z Slowly but surely the Moto Z is getting an ecosystem. The promising handset launched with some solid specs and a handful of add-ons that made it the most fully-formed modular handset to date — which, granted, isn’t say a whole heck of a lot.
And Motorola’s been working to add to those offerings by opening up its Mods to developers and even launching a handful or hackathon… Read More

Skillz wins two new patents, is now helping brands sponsor e-sports tournaments


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A Skillz user plays in a Real Money Pool tournament. Game tech startup Skillz today launched a service that allows brands to easily sponsor and host mobile e-sports tournaments for any game titles that they like, as long as they are already part of the Skillz platform. As we’ve previously reported, Skillz enables developers to turn mobile games into tournament-playable titles, without writing a ton of new code. Its technology operates as… Read More

Referees will wear hats with built-in GoPros during the Big Ten Championship Game


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SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 5:  The Oregon Ducks wait for the signal by umpire Matt Jordan to begin a play against the Arizona Wildcats in the second quarter on December 5, 2014 during the Pac-12 Championship at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.  Oregon won 51-13.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) Are you upset your team isn’t playing in a championship game this weekend and need a reason to watch? Well here’s a reason to watch at least one game on Saturday: Referees will wear hats with built-in GoPros during this weekend’s NCAA Football Big Ten Championship Game between Penn State and Wisconsin. The project is part of a deal between FOX Sports Lab and GoPro to offer… Read More

Apple acknowledges the new Calendar spam problem, says its working on it


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spam If you use iCal and have noticed a weird, sudden influx of calendar invites suggesting you buy bootleg purse knockoffs… you’re not alone.
Just before Black Friday, spammers started tapping a relatively new technique: sending spam as event invites to iCloud email addresses, rather than sending standard emails. By default, iCloud processes these and tries to add them to your… Read More

Dusk’s new app lets you live stream anonymously


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dusk-ios Online anonymity can be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it can give people a voice when they’d otherwise be afraid to speak up – whether that’s because of fear of government surveillance, discussing a topic that’s known to provoke cyberbullying, or because the topic itself is sensitive – like a personal confession or health issue. But anonymity also… Read More

Founder Collective easily finds $75 million for fund three


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screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-2-07-03-pm Founder Collective, the seven-year-old, Cambridge, Ma.-based seed-stage venture fund, has closed its third fund with $75 million in capital from a small group of limited partners whose so-called anchor investors are the the firm’s three partners: David Frankel,  Micah Rosenbloom, and Eric Paley. “Unlike most funds, the partners are, in fact, the the single-largest investor in [our… Read More

MusicNet aims to give machine learning algorithms a taste for Beethoven


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musical notes We’ve got machine learning systems captioning images, synthesizing speech, and translating between languages, but it seems we’ve been neglecting their cultural development. Would you believe the future rulers of this planet are largely ignorant of classical music? A new project looks to change that with a dataset of pieces from great composers, annotated so the computers can… Read More