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Sci-Fi Writers Are Grappling with a Post-Trump Reality

The latest edition of ‘The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy’ proves it.
Source: Wired

The 'Twinning' Fad, the Weather Channel, and More Security News

A rogue PewDiePie fan, Marriott hack details, and more of the week’s top security news.
Source: Wired

Startups Weekly: VCs celebrate the new year the only way they know how

Venture capitalists swore in the new year the only way they know how… by submitting SEC paperwork for new funds! insert party hat/confetti emoji here.

As many of us brainstormed our New Year’s resolutions and let our hangovers wear off, several firms began this week what for some is a long and arduous process of raising a VC fund and for others is as simple as a few phone calls to LPs. What else happened this week? Pokémon GO creator Niantic secured $190 million, Mary Meeker announced the name of her fund and a whole bunch of people played with Popsugar’s somewhat sketchy twinning app.

Fresh funds:

Mary Meeker will raise up to $1.5 billion for Bond, her new VC fund. Union Square Ventures raised $429 million across two new funds. Lightspeed Venture partners announced a $560 million China fund. And biotech firm Atlas Venture brought in $250 million.

AR startups are failing:

TechCrunch’s Lucas Matney takes a look at struggling augmented reality startups and questions some of the larger players, from Magic Leap to Snap and Niantic. And speaking of Niantic, the Pokémon GO developer closed a $190 million funding round this week at a $3.9 billion valuation.

Indian startups start the year off strong:

Startups based in India raised more than $10 billion in 2018, per Venture Beat, a record amount of capital for the country. Already this year one company has closed a round larger than $100 million. CarDekho, an online marketplace for car sales in India, has pulled in a new $110 million Series C funding round this week to push deeper into financial services and insurance.

Future tech:

Boom Supersonic, which is building and designing what it calls the “world’s first economically viable supersonic airliner,” announced a $100 million Series B funding round led by Emerson Capital. Other investors include Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund, Caffeinated Capital, SV Angel, Sam Altman, Paul Graham, Ron Conway, Michael Marks and Greg McAdoo.

A startup disrupting the … bottled water business:

FloWater has raised $15 million for its reusable water bottle refilling stations to produce purified water. Bluewater, a Swedish company that sells water purifiers, among other things, led the round.

VC subsidized vending machines:

Vengo makes wall-mounted mini-vending machines the size of large picture frames that it then sells to vending machine distributors, asking for a small fee per month in exchange for access to its software. Now it has $7 million to build out its business.

A VC gets a second chance:

After SpaceX filed more SEC paperwork as part of its $500 million upcoming fundraise, TechCrunch’s Connie Loizos noticed a familiar name on the document: Steve Jurvetson. Jurvetson is a longtime board member of both Tesla and SpaceX, but after he left DFJ, the venture capital firm he co-founded, in 2017 amid questions about his personal conduct, there was uncertainty around whether he would keep those director positions. Well, it looks like Elon Musk is standing by Jurvetson.

And finally, are you smarter than a TechCrunch reporter?

Let this test decide.

 

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Source: TechCrunch

Space Photos of the Week: A Cosmic Light Show Rings in 2019

We start with a view of Earth, then speed out past the Kuiper Belt into deep space.
Source: Wired

14 Tech and Outdoors Deals: Mario Kart, Apple HomePod , Lift Tickets, Garmin

From smart speakers to PopSockets, we have your weekend shopping covered.
Source: Wired

Marie Kondo Is All of Us in This Year of Self-Optimization

In 2018, all we wanted was tea and sympathy. But by the look of Twitter, 2019’s vibe is slanting towards dogged, intentional improvement.
Source: Wired

What Is XR, and How Do I Get It?

A new shiny thing called XR—an umbrella term encompassing augmented, virtual, and mixed reality technologies—is the industry’s new favorite buzz word.
Source: Wired

Windows 10 now leads marketshare, Apple issues rare warning video – CNET

Windows 10 takes command of the OS marketshare, Apple issues a rare warning in regards to sales and Roku starts offering premium channel subscriptions.
Source: CNET

Top 5 reasons why the DCEU will not die video – CNET

DC’s movie universe is not doomed despite its rocky record.
Source: CNET

The 5 biggest laptop trends to look out for at CES 2019

CES 2019 will offer a lot of surprises and news from some of the biggest names in laptop makers. But before officially getting into CES, here’s a rundown of what we think will be major themes in laptops at this year’s show.

The post The 5 biggest laptop trends to look out for at CES 2019 appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

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