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Airbnb’s new open source library lets you design with React and render to Sketch

2017, April 26 - 8:57am
 Today, Airbnb’s design team open sourced its internal library for writing React components that easily render directly to Sketch. Instead of trying to get Sketch to export to code, the Airbnb team spent its time on the opposite — putting the paintbrush in the hands of the engineer. Everyday engineers and designers have the luxury of operating without design systems, but large… Read More
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A chat with Imzy co-founder Jessica Moreno on building a kinder online community

2017, April 26 - 8:06am
 Jessica Moreno and her co-founder Dan McComas couldn’t find the kind of inclusive online community they were looking for when they left Reddit in the summer of 2015 so they left the Bay Area and headed east to Salt Lake City to start Imzy, a community platform encouraging kinder interactions with like-minded individuals. Moreno and McComas spent six years prior to… Read More
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Sense360 raises $7 million to track customers in fast food restaurants

2017, April 26 - 5:00am
 Physical tracking in shops has been a global trend since at least 2013. Using a cell phone’s location data and video monitoring, retailers have been tracking customers’ movements through stores in an effort to regain some of the ground lost to the online retail experience. At least, that’s the argument from stores. And now fast food restaurants are picking up the rallying cry. Read More
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Lyrebird is a voice mimic for the fake news era

2017, April 26 - 2:16am
 A Montreal-based AI startup called Lyrebird has taken the wraps off a voice imitation algorithm that the team says can not only mimic the speech of a real person but shift its emotional cadence — and do all this with just a tiny snippet of real world audio. Read More
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Oscar Health rolls out its small business product Oscar for Business

2017, April 26 - 1:45am
 Oscar Health, a startup rethinking health insurance for the digital age, is rolling out a new product for small businesses called Oscar for Business. The rollout comes as Oscar struggles with its original bet on individual insurance through the Affordable Care Act, a move which vaulted the company, now valued at $2.7 billion, to initial success. Oscar was the only startup that had the approval… Read More
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Desktop Metal reveals how its 3D printers rapidly churn out metal objects

2017, April 26 - 1:35am
 Desktop Metal revealed pricing and other details for its 3D printers today which can make objects out of hundreds of different alloys including steel, aluminum, titanium and copper. In terms of quality, the parts produced by Desktop Metal systems compare to injection-molded items, says the startup’s CEO and cofounder Ric Fulop. While metal 3D printers have been around for decades… Read More
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Greg Mark of Markforged talks about putting metal into the microwave

2017, April 26 - 1:06am
 When a guy like Greg Mark emails it pays to reply. Mark, who is the eccentric and excitable founder of Markforged, a 3D printer systems that spits out ready-made carbon fiber and metal products, is always good for a glimpse into the future. This week he pinged me with a quick message: “We’re putting metal in the microwave.” And boy is he ever. His current system prints metal… Read More
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MikMak is using mini infomercials to help retailers turn their stories into sales

2017, April 26 - 12:09am
 MikMak, the New York-based startup that is trying to make short and catchy infomercials (aptly named minimercials) the future of commerce, is launching a new feature to help retailers monetize their stories on Instagram and Snapchat. The new product is called Attach, and serves as a middleman between a retailer’s daily story on a platform like Instagram and the actual product available… Read More
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Axios co-founder Mike Allen will discuss the evolution of media at Disrupt NY

2017, April 25 - 11:48pm
 Thanks to his work at Politico, Mike Allen has been described as “The Man the White House Wakes Up To.” But he left the site last year and teamed up with Politico’s Jim VandeHei to launch Axios, a media startup that combines brevity with real reporting. Axios (the name comes from the Greek word for “worthy”) isn’t the only site focusing on short,… Read More
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Collaboration startup Splice introduces sound effects to its library

2017, April 25 - 11:00pm
 At his startup Splice, Steve Martocci said he’s aiming to build “the creative hub for the modern musician.” And with the latest addition to the service, he’s looking to work with sound designers and sound editors, too. Splice offers both collaboration tools and a library of royalty-free music samples, which it calls Splice Sounds. More recently, it’s expanded… Read More
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Banking app Pockit picks up further £2.9M as it readies new remittance service

2017, April 25 - 10:49pm
 Pockit, a mobile banking app that provides current account functionality and is targeting the U.K.’s “underbanked,” has picked up £2.9 million in further funding and will soon begin rolling out a remittance service to make it easier for its users to send money abroad. Read More
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Dave wants to save you from expensive overdraft fees

2017, April 25 - 8:38pm
 Meet Dave: an AI dressed up in a bearsuit that’s just launched to save you from the evils of expensive overdraft fees. Hand Dave access to your checking account and the app’s machine learning algorithms will get busy crunching your spending data so the bear can warn you about pending transactions which might push you into the red and incur an expensive bank penalty. Read More
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Immuta adds accountability and control for project-based data science

2017, April 25 - 8:00pm
 Fresh off $8 million in Series A financing, Immuta is releasing the second version of its data science governance platform. With the democratization of machine learning comes new risks for businesses that have too many workers manipulating data sets and models without oversight.  The Immuta platform helps companies maintain an understanding of how digital assets are applied and shared across… Read More
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HR and employee benefits platform Hibob raises $17.5M led by U.S.-based Battery Ventures

2017, April 25 - 7:00pm
 Hibob, a HR and employee benefits platform for small to medium-sized businesses, has raised $17.5 million in Series A funding. Leading the round is U.S. VC firm Battery Ventures, with participation from Arbor Ventures, and Fidelity’s Eight Roads Ventures. Existing backer Bessemer Venture Partners also joined the round, which brings total funding for the U.K. and Israel-based startup to… Read More
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Babylon Health raises further $60M to continue building out AI doctor app

2017, April 25 - 5:16pm
 Babylon Health, the U.K. startup that offers a digital healthcare app using a mixture of artificial intelligence (AI) and video and text consultations with doctors and specialists, has raised $60 million in new funding. Read More
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Juicero may be the absurd avatar of Silicon Valley hubris, but boy is it well-engineered

2017, April 25 - 8:33am
 The Juicero story is a funny one in some ways and a sad one in others, so let’s just assume they cancel each other out and admire the machine itself in a nice judgment-free moral vacuum. Read More
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Dairy might have snuck into Soylent 1.8 powder, prompting recall

2017, April 25 - 8:10am
 Soylent, the meal replacement drink/powder that frees people from the pesky task of eating so they can “use less, do more,” has recalled its Soylent 1.8 powder over the potential presence of dairy. Soylent 1.8 is specifically listed on the company’s website as “lactose-free.” Whoops. Read More
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Scrumpt now offers fresh, healthy lunches for kids

2017, April 25 - 5:24am
 Scrumpt, the healthy lunch for kids startup that debuted at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco in 2015, recently launched lunch meal kits with fresh food. Before, Scrumpt was only focused on non-perishable foods and required parents to supplement the lunches with items from home. Read More
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Flush with funding, Instacart accelerates US expansion

2017, April 25 - 5:12am
 Grocery delivery startup Instacart recently closed a $400 million Series D round of funding at a valuation of $3.4 billion. Now, the company is putting that capital to work by accelerating its expansion across the U.S., and offering free Instacart Express memberships to entice new users wherever it goes. Read More
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Facebook launches telco infrastructure accelerator with Orange

2017, April 25 - 1:30am
 Back in February, the Facebook-led Telecom Infrastructure Project led a call to put $170 million into startups focusing on solutions to improve infrastructure: the switching technologies, engineering, cabling and other components that go into building networking for internet and other communications services. Today comes one more advance on that front: Facebook and the TIP are working… Read More
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