Snap’s earnings this week will once again test its place in the advertising universe

 Snap will report its second earnings report this week, which will once again look to answer the question: is there room on the advertising spectrum for Snap? The answer during its last earnings report (its first as a public company) was a resounding to be determined. The company’s stock has been hammered in the past several months falling well below its IPO price, which is not great… Read More


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Markets are strong, but big startup M&A deals just aren’t happening

 Public markets are riding high, and many big tech acquirers are flush with cash. However, it’s a very dull year for big acquisitions of private technology companies. The unicorn M&A scene looks particularly sluggish and valuation-challenged: seven months into 2017 and we’ve seen just one big unicorn M&A deal. But it’s not just the unicorn space where big deals… Read More


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How Apple could become a $1 trillion company

 Apple reported its earnings this week, and with a surprisingly positive report the shares spiked again as Apple signaled a potential huge iPhone release. With that jump, Apple’s market cap is now over $800 billion. This year alone, shares of Apple are up almost 35%. If Apple’s promise plays out — or exceeds — what Wall Street hopes for the September quarter, we may soon… Read More


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Amazon launches ‘Themes,’ a feature for filtering Customer Reviews by popular terms

 Amazon has quietly launched a new feature called “Themes,” designed to make it easier for shoppers to navigate a product’s customer reviews. Now, in the Amazon mobile app, you’re able to see which words have been used the most frequently across the reviews left by other customers, and then tap a button to hop straight to a filtered selection of reviews that include… Read More


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Google said to launch AMP-based Snapchat Discover-like feature

 Google is creating a visual publication format for media companies similar to Snapchat’s “Discover,” based on its AMP mobile optimization technology for webpages and called “Stamp,” according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The program is said to be announced as soon as next week, and could include a range of publishing partners including Vox, CNN, The… Read More


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These tiny modular ‘microbots’ can change shape to capture single cells

 In a video out of North Carolina State University and Duke, five tiny cubes float freely under a microscope. Suddenly two pairs snap together, before all five combine into a single unit. Once together, they bend around a hinge, snapping together like Pac-Man’s jaws. The cubes approach a small, circular object — a single yeast cell — using the opening and closing motion to… Read More


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The CJR Commander adds some aviationpunk to your wrist

 Another weekend, another mechanical watch. This time we have the Commander from CJR, the company that brought us the Airspeed last year. This unique piece features an unusual curved dial and rotor-like seconds wheel that harkens back to some strange alternate future where airplanes become sentient. Early bird watches cost $449 and come on a thick leather strap. “The aircraft industry is… Read More


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Google reportedly offered $30 billion to acquire Snapchat

 Nerdy Google has failed at social time and time again, so it considered buying teen sensation Snapchat. The search giant held informal talks with Snap and floated an offer of $30 billion in 2016 before Snap’s last funding round, and just before its IPO this year, according to Business Insider’s Alex Heath. That offer was apparently an open secret inside Snap, and was on the table… Read More


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Cadillac’s Super Cruise ‘autopilot’ is ready for the expressway

 “Wait for the green light and let go,” the Cadillac engineer instructed. That’s it. The car was driving itself. I, the person behind the steering wheel, was no longer the driver. Cadillac’s Super Cruise system was driving. The 2018 Cadillac CT6 sped along US-23 under the direction of Super Cruise. Traffic was light and the weather was perfect. The system held the… Read More


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