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Tips for Puking in Microgravity and Staying Healthy in Space

To avoid medical debacles in orbit, don’t forget your quarantine or daily trips to the zero-g gym aboard the ISS.
Source: Wired

The Apple MacBook Pro 13 is back to its lowest price on Amazon after $99 cut

Amazon drops the base Apple MacBook Pro 13 model to its best price with a $99 price cut. You can also get the 256GB variant for $95 less. Grab these MacBook deals while they last.
Source: Digital trends

Pixelbook Go hands-on review: A return to Chromebook tradition

Combining a form factor that everyone has come to love with the addition of a 4K touch panel, and some unique design choices, the new Pixelbook Go marks a return to Chromebook tradition.
Source: Digital trends

A Trove of Mouse Data Points Toward Brain-Computer Interfaces

Some 850 gigabytes of mouse brain data just got released. That’s great for reading the minds of mice now, and for building brain-controlled computers later.
Source: Wired

Cambridge Analytica, Whistle-Blowers, and Tech's Dark Appeal

Christopher Wylie was the architect of Cambridge Analytica’s big plans and also its whistle-blower. His new book explores how he ended up being both.
Source: Wired

Fortnite Chapter 2 begins after game returns from black hole – CNET

Season 1 of a Fortnite’s new age brought a whole new map and features Tuesday.
Source: CNET

Walmart’s Flipkart confirms it is entering the food retail business in India

India’s Flipkart is entering the food retail business as the e-commerce giant looks to expand its reach in the nation, its chief executive said on Tuesday.

Flipkart, which sold majority stake in the company to Walmart for $16 billion last year, has registered an entity called ‘Flipkart Farmermart Pvt Ltd’ — in compliance with local laws — that will focus on food retail, said Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Flipkart Group CEO, in a statement to TechCrunch.

The extended business represents “an important part of our efforts to boost Indian agriculture as well as food processing industry in the country,� he said, adding that the company is already working with hundreds of thousands of small farmers for the business.

In a regulatory filing earlier this week, Flipkart revealed that it has authorized to invest $258 million in the new venture. Krishnamurthy said the company has secured approvals from the board to enter the food retail business.

Indian newspaper Economic Times and outlet CNBC TV 18 first reported about the filing.

“We’re looking forward to invest more deeply in local agri-ecosystem, supply chain and working with lakhs of small farmers, Farmer Producers Organisations (FPOs), food processing industry in India, helping multiply farmers’ income and bring affordable, quality food for millions of customers across the country,â€� Flipkart chief executive added.

The announcement comes as Flipkart’s chief rival Amazon begins to expand its food retail business in the country. The company has already committed to invest about $500 million in the course of next five years to build its own private label food products and engage with third-party sellers. In recent years, Amazon India has established or started Amazon Now, Prime Now, and Amazon Fresh businesses in the nation.

Food and grocery are compelling categories for e-commerce businesses as people buy their grocery and perishable supplies much more frequently than they buy office supplies and gadgets. And the opportunity is big. According to research firm Forrester, online food and grocery market remain significantly tiny, accounting for just 1% of the overall sales.

Indian laws permit e-commerce companies to sell food items directly to consumers. For other category of items, e-commerce businesses work with third-party sellers.

For Flipkart, having the backing of Walmart could prove immensely useful as it scales its food retail business. The U.S. retail giant could help Flipkart with charting out the play for how it should source and maintain the supplies and how to improve margins, the research firm said.


Source: TechCrunch

Newly-rebranded Thimble raises $22M to bring flexible insurance to the gig economy

Thimble, which offers flexible, short-term insurance to small businesses and freelancers, is announcing that it has raised $22 million in a Series A funding round led by IAC.

Until today, the startup was known as Verifly, a name tied to the company’s initial aim of providing insurance to drone pilots. However, founder and CEO Jay Bregman (who previously founded ridesharing company Hailo) said that thanks to customer demand, the team kept adding insurance for different types of businesses — and now it’s rebranding to reflect that broader vision.

While it’s easy to talk about Thimble customers as being part of the “gig economy,” Bregman noted that these aren’t just people driving for Uber or delivering for Postmates — only 4% of the company’s customers identify as gig economy workers.

“There is this larger thing called the gig economy: People working in flexible ways, on their own terms,” he said.

In fact, Thimble now says it provides liability coverage for customers in more than 100 professions, including handymen, landscapers, DJs, musicians, beauticians and dog walkers. Policies can be purchased directly from the Thimble website or app by the hour, day, week, month or year.

Thimble Policy Overview iPhone

The idea, Bregman said, is that as work becomes shorter term and “more transactional,” it doesn’t make sense to buy an annual insurance policy. To illustrate that point, he noted that 75% of customers didn’t have insurance before buying from Thimble, and that 50% of customers are buying policies to cover a single day or less. And the company says it’s on-track to sell 100,000 by the end of the year.

Thimble’s policies are underwritten by Markel, an insurance company that Bregman praised for its “infrastructure and talent.”

At the same time, he said, “We have always been the owner of the product itself. Basically, we worked with carrier partners to bring [our products] to market; the way we do that may evolve slightly as we get older and more mature.”

Thimble has received regulatory approval to sell insurance in 48 states so far. Asked whether the broader political debates about whether gig workers are employees could affect the company’s business, Bregman pointed again to the fact that the vast majority of Thimble customers don’t consider themselves gig workers.

“Our only fear here is that in trying to solve a very particular problem with long-term gig employment, that some of these laws may actually unintentionally scare off or capture legitimate freelancers,” he said.

As for the investment, IAC’s chief strategy officer Mark Stein acknowledged that the digital media holding company doesn’t make many early-stage, minority investments. But he said that deals like this are about “planting seeds.”

“What we think about at IAC is: How can we go about planting seeds of growth for the future? What will become the next ANGI Homeservices? What will become the next Match Group?” Stein said, alluding to two IAC-owned businesses that may get spun off.  “We need to find these kinds of large, addressable market opportunities now in the hopes of creating very large, industry-changing companies in the future.”

Previous investors Slow Ventures, AXA Venture Partners and Open Ocean also participated in the round, bringing Thimble’s total funding to $29 million.


Source: TechCrunch

2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R first drive review: Prescription strength grip and balance – Roadshow

New steering and suspension components from the GT500 sharpen the GT350R’s handling chops.
Source: CNET

It’s Time to Push Tech Forward, and Rebuild What It Broke

Making progress means making (sometimes devastating) mistakes. And then learning from them.
Source: Wired

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