Lilium unveils five-seater air taxi prototype after a successful maiden flight for its latest jet

Lilium, the Munich-based startup developing an on-demand “air taxi” service, has unveiled a new five-seater prototype and is announcing to the world that a maiden flight for the new device was successfully completed earlier this month. It’s not the first time a Lilium Jet — the company’s all-electric vertical take-off …

Researchers developed a sensing system to constantly track the performance of workers

Researchers have come up with a mobile-sensing system that can track and rate the performance of workers by combining a smartphone, fitness bracelets and a custom app. The mobile-sensing system, as the researchers call it, is able to classify high and low performers. The team used the system to track …

Legal experts say Rihanna's music rights battle with Trump may not be over yet

Rihanna has struck a blow to the Donald Trump team by denying their rallies the rights to play her music. But the fight may not be over yet. The music publishing company Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) has backed up Rihanna’s efforts to stop President Trump from using her songs at …

How landlords can maintain their mojo and retain tenants

Flexibility is rocking the foundations of the traditional commercial real estate world. It’s entering our workforces, our offices and the shock waves are extending to the relationship between landlord and tenant. This demand for increased flexibility from the world’s workforces is due to a convergence of social and economic factors. …

Lack of cohesion in many organisations on adoption of digital workplace

The majority of organisations (58 percent) do not have a have a clearly defined strategy in place when it comes to adopting and integrating digital workspace technology which suggests that implementing and making use of such technology is still being carried out in something of a haphazard manner. The findings …

Show them you know them with personalized email marketing

Of all the different marketing channels, personalized email marketing stands above the rest. In fact, email marketing, in general, has been shown to produce a return on investment of $44 for every $1 invested because it stimulates both new and return sales. If you’re not a believer, take a look at …

Brex valued at $2.6B with new cash from Kleiner Perkins

Reports published late last month indicated Brex, the fast-growing fintech startup, was raising yet another round. Today, the San Francisco-based company is confirming it’s closed on $100 million in Series C-2 funding at a valuation of $2.6 billion. Kleiner Perkins has lead the round via former general partner Mood Rowghani, …

It’s open season for poaching talent in Silicon Valley

Nick Saenz & John Frost Contributor Nick Saenz and John Frost are attorneys at at Lewis & Llewellyn LLP, a boutique litigation firm in San Francisco specializing in complex corporate litigation. Several recent court decisions have changed the landscape of California’s competition law, concluding that employee non-solicitation provisions are per …

Energy Vault raises $110 million from SoftBank Vision Fund as energy storage grabs headlines

Imagine a moving tower made of huge cement bricks weighing 35 metric tons. The movement of these massive blocks is powered by wind or solar power plants and is a way to store the energy those plants generate. Software controls the movement of the blocks automatically, responding to changes in …

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It’s lucky number seven as the TechCrunch posse returns yet again to Berlin, Europe’s vibrant international hub, to host Disrupt Berlin 2019 on 11-12 December. We just can’t get enough of this city’s startup spirit and, apparently, neither can you. Our Disrupt Berlin events have attracted participants from more than …

A bug in Microsoft’s login system made it easy to hijack anyone’s Office account

A string of bugs when chained together created the perfect attack to gain access to someone’s Microsoft account — simply by tricking a user into clicking a link. Sahad Nk, an India-based bug hunter, discovered that a Microsoft subdomain, “success.office.com,” had not been properly configured, allowing him to take it …

Racial bias observed in hate speech detection algorithm from Google

Understanding what makes something offensive or hurtful is difficult enough that many people can’t figure it out, let alone AI systems. And people of color are frequently left out of AI training sets. So it’s little surprise that Alphabet/Google -spawned Jigsaw manages to trip over both of these issues at …

Skills for the future of work laid out by new task force

Because qualifications are only part of the story for employers, who are placing more emphasis on essential skill sets, like teamwork, presenting and problem-solving, but these are often difficult to assess at the recruitment and selection stage. In response, leading organisations from the education and employment sectors (the CIPD, The …

The Casio Secret Sender JD-6000 was the *original* messaging gadget

Poor ’90s tweens! They never used Facebook Messenger. They couldn’t text people from their iPhones, they couldn’t add GIFs to their WhatsApp messages, and they were far too young for any Twitter DMs.  Somehow, they survived. And a lucky few of them even had access to one of the most …

Walmart passes Apple to become No. 3 online retailer in U.S.

Walmart has overtaken Apple to become the No. 3 online retailer in the U.S., according to a report this week from eMarketer. While Amazon still leads by a wide margin, accounting for 48 percent of e-commerce sales in 2018, Walmart – including also Sam’s Club and Jet.com – is poised …

TransferWise’s debit card launches in Australia and New Zealand, with Singapore to follow

International money transfer startup TransferWise’s debit card is now available in Australia and New Zealand, with a Singapore launch expected by the end of this year as the company expands its presence in the Asia-Pacific region. TransferWise’s debit card, which features low, transparent fees and exchange rates, first launched in …