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The Morning After: Apple's new AirPods look very familiar
Engadget

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Apple's slow reveal of refreshed hardware continued yesterday with the new AirPods many people have been waiting for. There's also a flood of news coming in from the Game Developers Conference, and our first real trailer … more…

Everything we think we know about Google’s mystery gaming announcement
The Verge

Google is having its first-ever GDC keynote next week, where it’s expected to announce some form of gaming hardware and cloud gaming service designed to stream software to any screen. We don’t have a lot of details, but there’s been quite a few clues hinting … more…

Google is reportedly shutting down its in-house VR film studio
TechCrunch

Google is shutting down its Emmy Award-winning VR film division, Spotlight Stories, after six years of building out content, Variety reports. We’ve reached out to Google for confirmation. “Google Spotlight Stories means storytelling for VR. We are artists and… more…

Alcohol e-commerce startup Thirstie raises $7M
TechCrunch

Thirstie announced today that it has raised $7 million in Series A funding, and that it’s partnering with Drinkworks to power the e-commerce experience for the cocktail-making machine created by Keurig and Anheuser-Busch. Co-founder and CEO Devaraj Southworth… more…

Patreon ups its revenue cut, but grandfathers in old creators
TechCrunch

Patreon couldn’t survive charging all creators just a 5 percent rake on the monthly subscriptions they earn from fans while building commerce tools like CRMs and merchandise to stay ahead of Twitch, YouTube, and Google. But it also didn’t want to screw all it… more…

Korean e-commerce unicorn Coupang hires Walmart’s former global chief compliance officer
TechCrunch

Coupang, the unicorn that is defining e-commerce in Korea, announced today that it has hired Jay Jorgensen, Walmart’s former global chief ethics and compliance officer, to serve as its general counsel and chief compliance officer. Jorgensen will relocate to S… more…

Erectile pharmacy app Ro launches telehealth service for women
TechCrunch

Called Rory, the new line will target menopausal women with treatments for hot flashes, insomnia and more. more…

Glossier triples valuation, enters unicorn club with $100M round
TechCrunch

The direct-to-consumer beauty brand has secured new investment from Sequoia Capital at a valuation of $1.2 billion. more…

Here are the 85+ startups that launched today at Y Combinator’s W19 Demo Day 1
TechCrunch

Y Combinator’s incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It’s so large, in fact, it’s had to … more…

Seven Africa-focused startups present at Y Combinator’s Demo Day
TechCrunch

The seven African-focused companies which presented as part of Y Combinator’s 200 strong cohort of Winter 2019 class of 200 startups may seem like a small percentage for such a large class, but it represents the growing significance of African ventures in YC’… more…

The top 10 startups from Y Combinator W19 Demo Day 1
TechCrunch

Electric vehicle chargers, heads-up displays for soldiers, and the Costco of weed were some of our favorites from presitigious startup accelerator Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Demo Day 1. If you want to take the pulse of Silicon Valley, YC is the place to be. B… more…

To fund Y Combinator’s top startups, VCs scoop them before Demo Day
TechCrunch

Meet the startups that raised venture capital, or got acquired, before Demo Day. more…

Pentagon Brass Bafflingly Accuses Google of Providing 'Direct Benefit' to China's Military
Gizmodo.com

There are many reasons to be critical of Google. But on Thursday, General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stopped just short of accusing the tech giant of treason. Read more... more…

Ring deals: Save up to $90 on select smart home security devices on Amazon
Mashable

Hot deal alert: You can save up to $90 on select devices from Ring on Amazon, while Prime members can save even more with exclusive discounts and sales on Ring products. (Not a Prime member? Get a free trial here.) The home security company's lineup of smart … more…

TV, magazines, and maybe iPads: What to expect from Apple’s March 25 event
Ars Technica

Apple's TV play has been a long time coming, but there might be new hardware, too. more…

Unity unveils new ties to Nvidia RTX pipeline, takes shots at Unreal
Ars Technica

CEO: "We have no interest in competing with your hobbies or your businesses." more…

Digital News Innovation Fund: three years in, and 662 total projects supported
Blog.google

In 2015, Google launched the DNI Fund, an initiative open to publishers of all sizes in Europe that financially supports high-quality journalism through technology and innovation. After three years and six successful rounds of funding, we’re taking a look at … more…

The Google News Initiative, one year in
Blog.google

In the first year of the Google News Initiative, our efforts have centered around a spirit of experimentation, with programs focused on three pillars: working with the news industry to evolve their business models, raising up quality journalism and driving ne… more…

Watch This Robot Snake Climb Vertical Walls
Makezine.com

...as for its wall-climbing abilities, I got a one-word response: "Magnets." Read more on MAKE The post Watch This Robot Snake Climb Vertical Walls appeared first on Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers. more…

Apple's streaming TV service: Expected release date, price, shows and launch content - CNET
Cnet.com

Apple has been putting more than $1 billion into TV programming -- just where is it going to go? Apple will reveal its plans at a March 25 event. more…