Yo Facebook & Instagram, stop showing Stories reruns

Thursday, 23/January/2020 - at 8:55 AM

If I watch a Story cross-posted from Instagram to Facebook on either of the apps, it should appear as “watched” at the back of the Stories row on the other app. Why waste my time showing me Stories I already saw? It’s been over two years since Instagram Stories launched cross-posting to Stories….

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This ultrasonic gripper could let robots hold things without touching them

Thursday, 23/January/2020 - at 8:36 AM

If robots are to help out in places like hospitals and phone repair shops, they’re going to need a light touch. And what’s lighter than not touching at all? Researchers have created a gripper that uses ultrasonics to suspend an object in midair, potentially making it suitable for the most delicate tasks. It’s…

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Memphis Meats raised $161 million from SoftBank Group, Norwest and Temasek

Thursday, 23/January/2020 - at 7:42 AM

Memphis Meats, a developer of technologies to manufacture meat, seafood and poultry from animal cells, has raised $161 million in financing from investors, including Softbank Group, Norwest and Temasek, the investment fund backed by the government of Singapore. The investment brings the company’s total financing to $180 million. Previous investors include individual and…

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Here are the six startups in Betaworks’ new Audiocamp

Thursday, 23/January/2020 - at 5:28 AM

Back in September, Betaworks put out a call for startups to participate in its latest “camp,” this one focused on audio. Danika Laszuk, the head of Betaworks Camp, told me at the time that the startup studio was looking for companies that are trying to build “audio-first” experiences for smart speakers and wireless…

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