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Apple launches COVID-19 screening website –

Big tech companies are looking to ensure that people have easy access to key information on COVID-19. Today, Apple launched its own coronavirus screening site (apple.com/covid19) developed alongside the White House, CDC and FEMA. The site is pretty simple with basic information about best practices and safety tips alongside a basic screening tool which should […] → Read More

Groupon axes CEO and COO as company looks to mount a recovery during a crisis –

While plenty of tech stocks have seen their market caps dive in the past month, Groupon has taken a harder hit than most. The company’s share price has dropped over 70% in the past five weeks. The reckoning came for Groupon’s leadership today with both CEO Rich Williams and COO Steve Krenzer ousted. In an […] → Read More

Y Combinator is fast-tracking investments in startups tackling COVID-19 –

Y Combinator wants to bring more startups through its accelerator that can help with the COVID-19 crisis and the firm is looking to speed the pace of its application process so it can put money behind the efforts sooner. The accelerator’s most recent batch “presented” just last week in a virtual demo day that was […] → Read More

Swiss startup Creal is building display tech for the next generation of AR/VR headsets –

After years of hype, the AR/VR space has certainly grown quieter as of late, but some investors are still coalescing behind a vision that the technologies could one day replace mobile if the technical kinks can be worked out. Creal is a Swiss startup that’s working on some fundamental display technologies that could make VR […] → Read More

YouTube launches dedicated COVID-19 homepage section –

In an effort to ensure that the latest updates related to COVID-19 are as visible as possible, YouTube announced today that they’re launching a dedicated hub on the YouTube homepage for stories related to the coronavirus outbreak. For YouTube, the dedicated shelf is a means of promoting “authoritative content” to users. In the U.S. most of […] → Read More

‘Cloud-first’ game studio Mainframe raises $8.1M led by Andreessen Horowitz –

With most new social media startups seeming to dial in on specific communities to thrive in a still Facebook-dominated sphere, some of the more broadly focused social investments from top VCs are going into online gaming. The latest is Mainframe Industries, a Nordic game studio building a massively multiplayer online title. The team doesn’t have […] → Read More

The 20 best startups from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day –

With world events overtaking the tech world’s preferences to meet for coffees and convene at events, Y Combinator skipped its famous two-day live Demo event and went for a radical experiment: no demos at all, but instead a long list of the nearly 200 startups in its Winter 2020 batch, with links to their sites […] → Read More

Can Apple keep the AR industry alive? –

Augmented reality still has Apple’s enthusiasm behind it, but can that keep the whole industry afloat? On Wednesday, Apple debuted a new iPad Pro, the hallmark feature of which was a lidar time-of-flight sensor baked into the camera, which is designed to make augmented reality experiences more realistic and immersive. For most potential users, the […] → Read More

Virtual reality scales back its real world presence –

While few things may me feel more like social distancing than suiting up in a haptic feedback suit and strapping a computer to your face, location-based virtual reality startups have begun closing up shop alongside a host of other entertainment businesses. The closures came quickly Monday as city governments began announcing far-reaching measures. Disney-backed VR […] → Read More

Lightspeed-backed WorkOS launches to help startup services become enterprise-ready –

With the explosive popularity of B2B services startups, it was only natural that a B2B startup would come along that’s offering a service to help startups become enterprise services themselves. WorkOS, which is launching out of stealth with seed funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and others, is building a toolkit to help startups meet the […] → Read More

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part IV: Healthcare, Biotech, Fintech and Nonprofits –

With YC's W20 Demo Day coming in at nearly 200 companies, we've decided to split our recap into multiple posts for easier reading. These are the Healthcare/Biotech, Fintech, and Non-profit companies. → Read More

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part III: Hardware, Robots, AI and Developer Tools –

With YC's W20 Demo Day coming in at nearly 200 companies, we've decided to split our recap into multiple posts for easier reading. These are the hardware, AI/ML, and developer-focused companies → Read More

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part II: Consumer Companies –

With YC's W20 Demo Day coming in at nearly 200 companies, we've decided to split our recap into multiple posts for easier reading. Here are this cohort's consumer-focused companies → Read More

All the companies from Y Combinator’s W20 Demo Day, Part I: B2B Companies –

Y Combinator’s Demo Day was a bit different this time around. As concerns grew over the spread of COVID-19, Y Combinator shifted the event format away from the two-day gathering in San Francisco we’ve gotten used to, instead opting to have its entire class debut to invited investors and media via YC’s Demo Day website […] → Read More

Peloton stock spikes as the at-home fitness company finds potential customers stuck at home –

As governments across the country weigh whether to push non-essential public venues like gyms to close, more people are searching out expensive gear from Peloton . The public markets are obviously seeing some pretty substantial swings in recent days, but newly public Peloton is proving more aptly positioned than other tech stocks. Today, the exercise […] → Read More

Where’s the Zoom of VR? –

Remote collaboration tools like Zoom are gathering massive amounts of attention as people begin working from home en masse. But, as with most trends, virtual reality seems to be sitting out this boom. This should be surprising to absolutely no one, but the lack of widespread adoption is not for lack of trying. Virtual reality […] → Read More

Epic Games buys UK facial mapping startup Cubic Motion –

Epic Games announced today that it’s buying Cubic Motion, a computer vision startup that’s been building out a platform for capturing more realistic facial animations with a complex camera rig and software platform. The game studio behind Fortnite and the Unreal Engine has already done plenty of work with the UK-based startup, creating a number of […] → Read More

Coda CEO Shishir Mehrotra on the future of the document –

Productivity tools have been a white-hot space, with new startups seeming to nab funding on a daily basis. Coda has been one of the more impactful productivity tools, pitching a richer and deeper collaborative document builder. The startup has picked up $60 million in funding from top investors like NEA, General Catalyst, Greylock Partners and […] → Read More

Unity acquires Dublin-based deep learning startup Artomatix –

Unity has acquired AI game developer tools startup Artomatix. The Dublin startup builds developer tools that allow game studios to more easily create deep learning-enhanced textures that scale more convincingly. Developers can use the startup’s ArtEngine platform to bring real-world materials to their game worlds, adapting the visual patterns to their 3D worlds more quickly […] → Read More

SF poised to pass Prop E, which could significantly reduce new supply of startup office space –

San Francisco is poised to pass a controversial proposition that would almost certainly limit further office space development in the city, perhaps pushing more tech companies and startups to set up their HQs elsewhere. Prop E‘s passing, which seemed likely Wednesday afternoon following Tuesday’s election, ties office development approval to the city’s ability to meet […] → Read More