What is user-generated content and can it help your business?

It might be hard to imagine, but there was a time when people got the bulk of their news and information from one primary source. Whether that information came from your daily newspaper, favorite radio station or TV channel — you had limited options for content consumption. Back then, user-generated …

How to use Instagram sponsored posts to sell clothes

It’s funny to think that only a handful of years ago, Instagram was primarily devoted to blurry photos of your food and candid shots of you and your friends gorging yourselves on pizza. Would we even recognize ourselves now? Instagram has become a powerhouse social media platform where “everyday photos” …

MIT’s recycling sorting robot can ‘feel’ the difference between materials

RoCycle is, naturally, short for “recycling robot,” the latest offering out of MIT’s CSAIL lab. The pick and place ‘bot utilizes a unique combination of sensors to help distinguish the material differences of objects, in order to sort them ahead of the recycling process. Built on top of a Rethink …

International students face immigration hurdles under Trump

Xiao Wang Contributor Xiao Wang is CEO at Boundless, a technology startup that has helped thousands of immigrant families apply for marriage green cards and U.S. citizenship while providing affordable access to independent immigration attorneys. More posts by this contributor Which immigration headlines should you care about? Why you should …

Bird CEO Travis VanderZanden to talk scooters, unit economics and multibillion-dollar valuation

Travis VanderZanden is perhaps one of the best known electric scooter startup founders in the business. Although his business, Bird, competes with the likes of Uber and Lyft these days, VanderZanden has been all-in on micromobility since 2017, when Bird deployed its first batch of scooters on the streets of …

Microsoft hints at a new “modern” operating system designed to support different form factors

In a week where AMD, Intel and Qualcomm have already made major announcements, Microsoft’s keynote yesterday at Computex in Taipei was relatively lowkey. Instead of revealing new products, the company hinted at what it wants in a modernized operating system. Intriguingly, Microsoft’s blog post about the keynote does not mention …

Microsoft says Iranian hackers targeted a 2020 presidential candidate

Microsoft said it has found evidence that hackers associated with Iran have targeted a 2020 presidential candidate. The tech giant’s security and trust chief confirmed the attack in a blog post, but the company would not say which candidate was the target. The threat group, which Microsoft calls Phosphorous — …

How to save an additional €200 off passes for Disrupt Berlin 2019

It might feel strange to think about December in May, but the smart money goes to startuppers who do just that. Why? Because we’re returning — for the seventh time — to Europe’s international city extraordinaire to host Disrupt Berlin 2019, which takes place on 11-12 December. And what better way …

For less than $10, anyone can make an AI write a fake UN speech

Using less than $8 and thirteen hours of training time, researchers from the United Nations were able to develop a program that could craft realistic seeming speeches for the United Nations’ General Assembly. The study, first reported by MIT’s Technology Review, is another indication that the age of deepfakes is …

T4 wants to transform market research data with a combination of AI and humans

When T4 co-founder and CEO Maks Khurgin was working at Bain and Company, he ran into a common problem for analysts looking for market data. He spent way too much time searching for it and felt there had to be a better way. He decided to build a centralized market …

Where are all the biotech startups raising?

Jason Rowley Contributor Jason Rowley is a venture capital and technology reporter for Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Ride-hailing, bike and scooter companies probably raised less money than you thought To get big faster, younger unicorns start buying startups sooner Where are all the biotechnology companies raising these …

Putting the responsibility into personal and corporate social responsibility

You’re probably aware of the experiment performed by Stanley Milgram in which volunteers were asked by men in white coats to administer what they believed to be electric shocks to another person, who they could not see, but could hear, from behind a screen. Around two-thirds of the volunteers agreed …

Labor Day Special: One extra week on early-bird pricing for Disrupt SF 2019

Happy (almost) Labor Day to all the hardworking members of the early-startup community — entrepreneurs, founders, investors, engineers and everyone in between. We know how hard you work to build your dream, so we’re cutting you a break and extending our early-bird pricing on passes to Disrupt San Francisco 2019 …

Amazon develops a new way to help Alexa answer complex questions

Amazon’s Alexa AI team had developed a new training method for the virtual assistant that could greatly improve its ability to handle tricky questions. In a blog post, team lead Abdalghani Abujabal details the new method, which combines both text-based search and a custom-built knowledge graph, two methods which normally …

Apple could build macOS feature to use your iPad as extra Mac display

According to a report from 9to5mac’s Guilherme Rambo, Apple is working on a feature that would let you pair your iPad with your Mac to turn your iPad into a secondary Mac display. That feature codenamed Sidecar could ship with macOS 10.15 this fall. If you’ve been using Luna Display …

Brazilian unicorn Ebanx will hit $2 billion in payments processed by the end of the year

Ebanx, the newly minted Brazilian financial services unicorn, expects to process $2 billion in payments by the end of the year and is looking to expand its offerings into domestic payments as it grows. Since its launch in 2012, Ebanx has primarily focused on helping international merchants sell locally in …