eBay acquires visual search engine Corrigon, reportedly for $30M

eBay — the soup to nuts marketplace for new and used goods — has made another acquisition to build out its search and discovery technology for customers to find what they need among the 1 billion or so items that are listed on the site. The company today announced that it has acquired Corrigon, an Israel-based startup that has is a specialist in computer vision and visual…

techcrunch.com 5 months ago

The NBA’s first hackathon: How is the future coming for the league?

The NBA recently held an invite-only event in Midtown Manhattan: Its first hackathon. Their goal: establishing a new way of looking at game stats, both internally for team. But that goal entails far more than just a new software hack. Read More

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Facebook apologizes for drugs, guns, and animals that appeared in Marketplace

After Facebook launched its new Marketplace feature — read: Craigslist competitor — on Monday, people quickly noticed that the service wasn't exactly being put to its intended use. Rather than used furniture, bikes, and appliances being put up for sale, people posted offers purporting to sell guns, animals, and weed, among other prohibited items.

theverge.com 5 months ago

Expect More Nasty Hurricanes Like Matthew as the Earth Warms

Scientists have pointed to Hurricane Matthew as the sort of fierce lashing that will become more common due to climate change. The post Expect More Nasty Hurricanes Like Matthew as the Earth Warms appeared first on WIRED.

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Typographic Trickery Shifts a Font from Paper to Pixels

Ace typographer Tobias Frere-Jones brings Retina, his iconic typeface, from stock listings to phone screens. The post Typographic Trickery Shifts a Font from Paper to Pixels appeared first on WIRED.

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Trust Us: Luke Cage and Westworld Are Better Off on TV

One started as a movie. The other started in comics. Have they both found the right medium with television? The post Trust Us: Luke Cage and Westworld Are Better Off on TV appeared first on WIRED.

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Pixel’s best features aren’t coming to the new version of Android

At Google’s hardware event this week, the new version of the Android operating system, Android 7.1 (Nougat 7.1), was barely mentioned. As it turns out, there was a reason for that: some of the new Pixel smartphones‘ best features won’t be arriving in the new OS. This includes features like Google Assistant, the built-in customer support service, unlimited and free backup… Read More

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Evercar mashes up car sharing and ride hailing

Say you’d like to make a few extra bucks by driving for ride hailing services Lyft and Uber or on-demand delivery services like Postmates, but your old car won’t pass muster with these companies. Or maybe you don’t want to put the miles on your personal car. Or maybe you don’t even have a car of your own. That’s where Evercar comes in. It maintains a

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Zenefits makes licensing compliance app available for free in the Salesforce App Exchange

Zenefits announced this week, it was making a licensing compliance app it created in-house to ensure its sales people are properly licensed to sell insurance in a given state, available for free to anyone to download from the Salesforce App Exchange. Last winter Zenefits was sailing along providing HR services in the cloud for small and medium businesses when a bombshell hit. Buzzfeed… Read More

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Madefire, a digital comics startup with an eye on virtual reality, raises $6.5M

Just in time for New York Comic Con, Madefire is announcing that it has raised $6.5 million in Series B funding. Madefire co-founder and CEO Ben Wolstenholme said the funding — which was led by Santa Monica-based Plus Capital — will help his company build more connections with the media and entertainment world. It’s not that Madefire (which previously raised $6.3 million… Read More

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