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HBO documentary on Theranos' rise and fall premieres March 18th
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You may be familiar with the gist of Theranos' rapid rise and equally rapid decline, but HBO is betting that you don't know the whole story. The broadcaster is premiering a documentary on the former medical technology darling, The Inventor: Out for…

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Privacy is a commons
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“The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society,” quoth Wikipedia, “held in common, not owned privately.” We live in an era of surveillance capitalism in a symbiotic relationship with advertising technology, quoth me. And I put it to you that privacy is not just a virtue, or a […]

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Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?
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The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was commenting in a personal capacity, described it as “clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, […]

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Companies raising supergiant VC aren’t getting any younger
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Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Coastal startups don’t have a monopoly on raising big at early-stage Following a record year, Illinois startups kick off 2019 on a strong foot This week, point-to-point “microtransit” service company Lime announced it raised $310 million in a […]

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AI Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestor
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Zorro shares a report from the Smithsonian: A recent study used machine learning technology to analyze eight leading models of human origins and evolution, and the program identified evidence in the human genome of a “ghost population” of human ancestors. The analysis suggests that a previously unknown and long-extinct group of hominins interbred with Homo […]

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Transportation Weekly: Amazon’s secret acquisition and all the AV feels
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Welcome to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. I cover all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future — whether it’s by bike, bus, scooter, car, train, truck, robotaxi or rocket. Sure, let’s include hyperloop and eVTOLs, or […]

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Reddit, Banned In China, Is Reportedly Set To Land $150 Million Investment From a Chinese Censorship Powerhouse
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Reddit is about to get a huge new round of investment of up to $300 million. As Gizmodo points out, “the first $150 million is reportedly expected to come from the Chinese tech giant Tencent, the first ever Asian technology company to pass a $500 billion market value.” The investment is complicated since Reddit is […]

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Researchers Develop a Non-Toxic Thermoelectric Generator For Wearable Tech
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Researchers from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, have developed a new method of harvesting electricity from body heat to power wearable devices. “The new, wearable thermoelectric generator is also sourced from non-toxic and non-allergenic substances, making it a viable candidate for wearable technology,” reports IEEE Spectrum. Furthermore, “the substrate on which the generator is built […]

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Facebook's head of PR leaves amid ongoing crises
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Facebook is seemingly bouncing from crisis to crisis. It might not be happy, then, that the company's leading communications exec is heading for the exit. Recode has learned that Technology Communications VP Caryn Marooney (pictured at right) is le…

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