Naya Health raises $3.9 million to build a better breast pump

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 Redwood City-based Naya Health has raised $3.9 million in seed funding to make a breast pump that is sleeker, quieter and more comfortable for moms than the devices already on the market. Investors co-leading the round were Tandem Capital and Bojiang Capital, who were joined by S-Cubed Capital, Astia Angels, Stanford’s StartX and individual angels. According to married co-founders… Read More Read more »

Clarkson, Hammond and May to launch DriveTribe motoring content platform

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 In an age when completely driverless cars (probably electric) seem to be just around the corner, the idea of starting a brand new online community aimed at petrolheads seems like an ill-timed one. But that’s not about to stop Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, best known as the former presenters of the globally famous Top Gear TV show. After leaving the BBC last year,… Read More Read more »

Surveillance as a tool for racism

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 I’ve been working in the privacy space for the last six years, and privacy never really mattered that much to me. I can’t say I was ever in the “if-you’re-not-doing-anything-wrong, you’ve-got-nothing-to-hide” camp, but I also wasn’t arms-up-in-the-air outraged that some corporation potentially handed my data over to the police. Then I attended an… Read More Read more »

Female Founders, apply now for Include Office Hours with BBG Ventures

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 It’s happening! Include Office Hours are coming to New York City. On Friday May 6 from 5-7 p.m., Susan Lyne and Nisha Dua of BBG Ventures will join TechCrunch in hosting the first ever Include Office Hours, New York Edition. Read More Read more »

After struggling with rising costs, Sequoia-backed PepperTap pivots from grocery deliveries to e-commerce logistics

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 Times are getting tougher for food delivery startups in India. Over the weekend, PepperTap—which has raised more than $50 million from backers including Sequoia Capital and SAIF Partners—announced that it will shut its grocery delivery business and switch to e-commerce logistics. Read More Read more »

Gestigon and Renault know if you’re ready to take the wheel

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 Between the current advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and the future, the completely autonomous car rests in some potentially treacherous semi-autonomous territory. Renault has enlisted the help of gesture-control experts at gestigon to help ease the transition from vehicles taking care of driving tasks to humans taking over driving duties. Read More Read more »

Airbnb’s VP of engineering on the sharing economy

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The sharing economy, which is sometimes referred to as collaborative consumption, has become a household term — at least in the tech industry — that signifies peer-to-peer exchanges through technology. “The fact that there are so many terms going around these things is almost a function of the fact the industry is so new,” Airbnb VP of Engineering Mike Curtis told me… Read More Read more »

Facebook will soon be able to automatically tag your friends in videos

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 Facebook is making big strides in using its artificial intelligence systems for image recognition, but it’s also working on bringing this technology to video. As the company demoed at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, it has a team working on automatically tagging people in videos. As Facebook’s director of machine learning Joaquin Quiñonero Candela said during… Read More Read more »

Facebook releases Bot Engine to create much smarter bots

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 Messenger is all about bots now. As expected, Facebook unveiled the Send and Receive API at its F8 conference. It lets you create bots for Messenger to search for things and interact with businesses. But what if you want to use machine learning and create more complex scenarios? Meet the Bot Engine, Facebook’s more powerful bot framework. Read More Read more »