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Sense8 finale trailer gets the gang back together – CNET

Netflix releases a trailer for the series finale of the sci-fi drama.
Source: CNET

Gruesome Jihadi Content Still Flourishes on Facebook and Google+

Despite improvements to algorithmic filtering, Facebook and Google+ still host scores of ISIS and related content and accounts that sometimes stay up for months.
Source: Wired

In the next few weeks, you can spend time with any one of these VCs and it will all go to charity

Five years ago, we told you about a venture capital auction, wherein dozens of VCs donated their time toward a greater good — helping fund research at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, one of the world’s largest voluntary health organizations dedicated to funding research and access to treatments for blood cancer patients. The auction was centered around then five-year-old Rhett Krawitt, a pink-cheeked, bright-spirited boy who’d been diagnosed with leukemia is 2010 and “fought a really hard battle,” recalls his father, Carl Krawitt, who works in the Bay Area for Tata, the enterprise information management consultancy.

“For three-and-a-half years, he was undergoing chemotherapy, and his doctors would say, ‘Here are the 20 complications you can have, though most kids have three or four.’ But Rhett had all 20 of them. He was between a rock and a hard place. I had to tell my daughter that her little brother was probably going to die.”

Rhett was still actively battling his blood disease back in 2013, when longtime VC David Lee — who himself fought Stage IV lymphoma when he was just 24 years old — helped organize what was then the annual “Venture Capital Master’s Lunch Series,” an auction program that benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Keith Rabois, Megan Quinn, and Tim Draper, were among many who donated their time, helping raise more than $200,000 for LLS in the process.

Today, thank goodness, Rhett is nearing his fifth year of remission, thanks largely to treatments funded in part of entirely by LLS, says his father. To show thanks for all of the organization’s support, and to help it continue on its mission, Rhett and Lee banded together again this year with founder Pete Quinzio of the drug testing service Notable Labs to sign up a host of new VCs who are donating their time. (Quinzio became involved after LSS approached him about supporting its fundraising efforts. When he reached out to Lee for a little moolah — Lee’s venture firm, Refactor Capital, is an investor in Notable — Lee told him about Rhett and the 2013 auction, and Quinzio thought it would be a great idea to involve both in a broader fundraising campaign.) 

Lee and Rhett were brought together for the first time in years just last week, in fact. Asked afterward how he was feeling about the meeting, Lee said it was “amazing. Five years is a significant milestone for cancer patients; for some cancer patients, that is when you are effectively ‘cured.’” Rhett is “so mentally and emotionally tough,” continued Lee. “He looks and sounds like any other 10 year old – loves playing with his friends, loves to be active. He and his parents are so courageous.”

You can read more from Lee about his own health scare and the importance of this auction to him here. If you’re interested in helping with the effort (and we hope you will!), you can head over here to bid on time with a long (and, we’re seeing in real time, growing) list of VCs, including: Lee himself, Emily Melton of DFJ, Hunter Walk and Satya Patel of Homebrew, Mark Suster and Kara Nortman of Upfront Ventures, Alex Rampell of Andreessen Horowitz, Paul Buchheit of Y Combinator, Kim-Mai Cutler  of Initialized Capital, and Bill Trenchard of First Round Capital.

Photo: Rhett Krawitt in 2016 with former Vice President Joe Biden, who lost his son Beau to cancer in 2015.


Source: TechCrunch

Find lost keys (and phones) with the KeySmart Pro for $40 – CNET

A great gift for dads and grads, this handy key organizer includes a rechargeable Tile tracker. Plus: A cool DJI drone clone!
Source: CNET

Pluralsight pops more than 30% in its public debut

Pluralsight is having a pretty good day in its debut as a public company, with its shares popping more than 30% after its first trade following its IPO.

There’ll be a little bit of debate as to whether Pluralsight might have left some money on the table in its IPO after raising its price last night above its original target range. After looking at a range between $12 and $14 per share, the company settled on $15 in an IPO that would raise as much as $357 including additional shares offered to underwriters. But the significant pop this morning suggests that there is both a lot of demand for the company, and also that it could have potentially captured more capital in its IPO.

Still, Pluralsight will be considered a pretty successful one this morning, much like zScalar and Dropbox before it. Pluralsight, like many other enterprise-focused companies, offers investors an opportunity to tap a business model that can grow more consistently and methodically than a consumer company subject to the whims of fickle consumers. While Dropbox has more of a hybrid model, it was considered a substantially successful enterprise IPO, as was zScalar and others earlier this year.

Pluralsight offers companies a way to run courses that help their employees pick up new software engineering skills. That’s important for larger companies that can have a sprawling employee base, offering them an opportunity to find talent in their own workforces that might be missing a few skills instead of having to look out in a very competitive landscape. That minted another successful unicorn startup in the Utah tech scene, and now the company is going to potentially offer a nice return for its investors and an opportunity for investors with some appetite for risky early IPOs .

The company launched in 2004 and was largely bootstrapped until its first financing round in 2013, and raised nearly $200 million total prior to going public. Having a successful IPO like this one is also going to have the ancillary effect of keeping up morale at the company, as well as attracting talent with generous compensation packages. Pluralsight can point to the pop in its IPO and ongoing performance as a public barometer of its success, and the interest Wall Street has in it going forward as a good investment.


Source: TechCrunch

Yanny or Laurel? This tool lets you hear both – CNET

The New York Times lets you easily hear both sides of the debate.
Source: CNET

Jack Dorsey says the internet will have its own currency one day – CNET

At a blockchain conference in New York, the CEO of Twitter and Square stays bullish on digital money.
Source: CNET

Mesmerizing Photos of Finland's Icebound Archipelago

These drones-eye aerial shots capture a Scandinavian summer destination in off-season transition.
Source: Wired

More Artists Are Writing Songs in the Key of AI

Collaborating with the likes of Sony’s Flow Machine and IBM’s Watson, music producers, K-pop stars, and YouTubers are enlisting AI to crank out hits.
Source: Wired

Spermbots Offer a Promising New Way to Target Cancer

After discovering that sperm could be coaxed into carrying chemotherapy drugs, researchers shifted their focus from inducing life to slaying reproductive cancer.
Source: Wired

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