After announcing Galaxy Fold release date, Samsung cancels older preorders

The good news: Samsung says it has addressed the early problems with the Galaxy Fold and finally has a release date (in Korea at least). The bad news: the company is canceling the first round of U.S. preorders. The gooder news: if you were among those early adopters, the it’s …

Parallel Markets is trying to make it easy to buy and sell private stock

Parallel Markets is a new startup aiming to make it as easy to buy and sell private company shares as it is for public company stock. COO Nicholas Goss said this is becoming issue for startups as they stay private for longer, which means early employees can find their equity …

300M-user meme site Imgur raises $20M from Coil to pay creators

Meme creators have never gotten their fair share. Remixed and reshared across the web, their jokes props up social networks like Instagram and Twitter that pay back none of their ad revenue to artists and comedians. But 300 million monthly user meme and storytelling app Imgur wants to pioneer a …

BigID announces $50M Series C investment as privacy takes center stage

It turns out GDPR was just the tip of the privacy iceberg. With California’s privacy law coming on line January 1st and dozens more in various stages of development, it’s clear that governments are taking privacy seriously, which means companies have to as well. New York-startup BigID, which has been …

Israel’s Beresheet spacecraft is lost during historic lunar landing attempt

Israel’s SpaceIL almost made history today as its Beresheet spacecraft came within an ace of landing on the surface of the Moon, but suffered a last minute failure during descent. Israel missed out on the chance to be the fourth country to make a controlled lunar landing, but getting 99 …

Zume buys packaging company, with eyes on plant-based plastic alternative

Zume Inc. (they of the robotic pizza) has acquired Southern California-based Pivot, designer of plant-based packaging material. Along with the deal, Zume will be opening up a 70,000 square foot manufacturing plant in the area. Zume notes that it has actually been in the food packaging industry in one form …

RippleMatch nabs $6M for a diversity-focused graduate recruitment platform powered by AI

LinkedIn, with 645 million users in 200 countries, is the undisputed leader when it comes to being the world’s biggest network of professionals, a position that it uses to leverage products in areas like recruitment and e-learning. But in achieving that size, it hasn’t really developed products for a more …

Spirable refuels with $7.4M to serve more personalized video ads in the US

London based adtech startup Spirable has closed a £6M Series A. The round was led by Smedvig Capital, with existing backers Frontline Ventures, Downing Ventures and 24 Haymarket also participating. The startup is one of several playing in the customized video ads space — offering a platform that simplifies and …

Apple could add in-screen fingerprint reader to 2020 iPhone

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple has been working on in-screen fingerprint readers. But that feature won’t be ready for the new iPhone that will be announced next week. It could be released in 2020, or maybe 2021 if Apple’s suppliers can’t meet deadlines. If you’ve played with …

Lime stops working with freelancers in Paris

Scooter startup Lime is ending the juicer model in Paris. The company has announced that it will stop working with freelancers to recharge scooter batteries at night. Lime is switching to Amazon’s model by partnering with third-party companies. Lime has often been criticized for relying on freelancers to take care …

Google Assistant, navigation and apps coming to GM vehicles starting in 2021

GM is turning to Google to provide in-vehicle voice, navigation and other apps in its Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles starting in 2021. GM began shipping vehicles with Google Android Automotive OS in 2017, starting with the Cadillac CTS and expanding to other brands. Android Automotive OS shouldn’t be confused …

We Company reportedly mulls slashing its valuation ahead of its initial public offering

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the company formerly known as WeWork is considering slashing its valuation as it looks to woo public market investors. The company is reportedly considering a valuation of somewhere in the $20 billion range for its initial public offering, a figure that’s far less than …

TCL adopts Tempow’s multi-device bluetooth streaming tech

Here’s an interesting bit of news out of IFA today. TCL this morning announced a deal with Tempow that will bring the French company’s clever bluetooth streaming protocol to its forthcoming Plex flagship device. TCL follows Motorola in adopting the Tempow Audio Profile (TAP) technology. The protocol, which Tempow showed …

Cooks Venture picks up $12 million to rethink agriculture from the ground up

“You are what what you’re eating eats,” says Matthew Wadiak, cofounder and CEO of Cooks Venture and former Blue Apron COO. The company, which just received $12 million in funding, is looking to rethink the way we grow crops, feed our livestock, and ultimately take better care of our planet. …

WordPress Multisite: Setting up, configuring, and managing the network

Editor’s Note: This WordPress Multisite article was first published on February 23, 2016. It was updated on October 20, 2018. A WordPress Multisite network makes site administration much easier. It lets you run multiple websites on a single WordPress installation, which allows you to updated and manage all of your …

Facebook Dating launches in the U.S., adds Instagram integration

Are Americans ready to trust Facebook with their dating life? Barely more than a month has passed since the U.S. Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook a record $5 billion over its privacy lapses, and imposed a modified corporate structure to hold the company more accountable for its decisions over user …