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Sources: Slack is actively preparing for an IPO in the first half of 2019, with an expected valuation of more than $7B (Maureen Farrell/Wall Street…

Maureen Farrell / Wall Street Journal : Sources: Slack is actively preparing for an IPO in the first half of 2019, with an expected valuation of more than $7B   —  Messaging company, recently valued at roughly $7 billion, aims to debut in the first half  —  Slack Technologies Inc. is actively preparing for an initial public offering …

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Steve Ballmer’s USAFacts unveils Voter Center, an online resource showing what positions Congress members take publicly and compares them with…

Monica Nickelsburg / GeekWire : Steve Ballmer's USAFacts unveils Voter Center, an online resource showing what positions Congress members take publicly and compares them with government data   —  Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's nonprofit group USAFacts today debuted a new Voter Center, an online resource that shows …

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Sources: media startup Tech In Asia, which runs a blog and events business in Southeast Asia, laid off a third of its staff in July after canceling…

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Sources: media startup Tech In Asia, which runs a blog and events business in Southeast Asia, laid off a third of its staff in July after canceling planned ICO   —  Earlier this month, media startup Tech In Asia surprised its readers when it announced plans to implement an $18 per month paywall.

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AWS rolls out new EC2 high memory instances for in-memory databases like SAP HANA, with 6, 9, and 12 TB memory, plans instances with 18 TB and 24 TB…

Mike Wheatley / SiliconANGLE : AWS rolls out new EC2 high memory instances for in-memory databases like SAP HANA, with 6, 9, and 12 TB memory, plans instances with 18 TB and 24 TB for 2019   —  Amazon Web Services Inc. today offered some revved-up cloud computing instances aimed at customers running resource-intensive “in-memory” databases such as SAP SE's HANA.

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Butterfly, maker of ultrasound-on-a-chip device iQ that produces clinical-quality images uploaded to the cloud via iPhone, raises $250M at a $1.25B…

Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat : Butterfly, maker of ultrasound-on-a-chip device iQ that produces clinical-quality images uploaded to the cloud via iPhone, raises $250M at a $1.25B valuation   —  In the decades following the deployment of the first clinical ultrasound machine in 1956, the high-frequency scanners have become …

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FCC limits the time local authorities get to review 5G applications to 90 days, caps annual fees to $270 per small cell, unless cities can prove…

Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica : FCC limits the time local authorities get to review 5G applications to 90 days, caps annual fees to $270 per small cell, unless cities can prove higher costs   —  FCC orders cities and towns to slash permit fees for 5G equipment.  —  The Federal Communications Commission today finalized …

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Didi Chuxing launches a taxi-hailing service in Osaka, Japan that links passengers with drivers from 10 local taxi companies (Jon Russell/TechCrunch)

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Didi Chuxing launches a taxi-hailing service in Osaka, Japan that links passengers with drivers from 10 local taxi companies   —  China's Didi Chuxing is fighting fires at home around passenger safety, but overseas the ride-hailing giant has moved into another new market after its taxi-booking service began operations in Japan.

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SEC seeks to bar Elon Musk from serving as an officer or director of a publicly traded company if found guilty; Musk calls SEC action unjustified…

Sara Salinas / CNBC : SEC seeks to bar Elon Musk from serving as an officer or director of a publicly traded company if found guilty; Musk calls SEC action unjustified   —  - The SEC complaint alleges that Musk issued “false and misleading” statements and failed to properly notify regulators of material company events.

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Coinbase adds Coinbase Bundle, a new offering that lets users buy a market-weighted sampling of its 5 available cryptocurrencies, for as little as $25…

Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch : Coinbase adds Coinbase Bundle, a new offering that lets users buy a market-weighted sampling of its 5 available cryptocurrencies, for as little as $25   —  Coinbase is shaking things up quite a bit lately and its latest tools are geared toward cryptocurrency traders just getting their toes wet.

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Swiss-based Seba has secured ~$104M in funding, dependent on being granted a banking license from Finma, to create a cryptocurrency-focused regulated…

Nour Al Ali / Bloomberg : Swiss-based Seba has secured ~$104M in funding, dependent on being granted a banking license from Finma, to create a cryptocurrency-focused regulated bank   —  - Seba raises $104 million from private, institutional investors  — Company in talks with Swiss financial regulator since April

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Fossil announces new update to Android Wear watches with HR tracking, GPS

Fossil’s Q watch line is an interesting foray by a traditional fashion watchmaker into the wearable world. Their latest additions to the line, the Fossil Q Venture HR and Fossil Q Explorist HR , add a great deal of Android Wear functionality to a watch that is reminiscent of Fossil’s earlier, simpler watches. In other words, these are some nice, low-cost smartwatches for the fitness fan. The original Q watches included a clever hybrid model with analog face and step counter . As the company expanded into wearables, however, they went the Android Wear route and created a number of lower-powered touchscreen watches. Now, thanks to a new chipset, Fossil is able to add a great deal more functionality in a nice package. The Venture and the Explorist adds untethered GPS, NFC, heart rate and 24-hour battery life. It also includes an altimeter and gyroscope sensor. The new watches start at $255 and run the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, an optimized chipset for fitness watches. The watch comes in multiple styles and with multiple bands and features 36 faces, including health and fitness-focused faces for the physically ambitious. The watch also allows you to pay with Google Pay — Apple Pay isn’t supported — and you can store content on the watch for runs or walks

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This 3D-printed camp stove is extra-efficient and wind-resistant

I love camping, but there’s always an awkward period when you’ve left the tent but haven’t yet created coffee that I hate camping. It’s hard not to watch the pot not boil and not want to just go back to bed, but since the warm air escaped when I opened the tent it’s pointless! Anyway, the Swiss figured out a great way to boil water faster, and I want one of these sweet stoves now. The PeakBoil stove comes from design students at ETH Zurich, who have clearly faced the same problems as myself. But since they actually camp in inclement weather, they also have to deal with wind blowing out the feeble flame of an ordinary gas burner. Their attempt to improve on the design takes the controversial step of essentially installing a stovepipe inside the vessel and heating it from the inside out rather than from the bottom up. This has been used in lots of other situations to heat water but it’s the first time I’ve seen it in a camp stove. By carefully configuring the gas nozzles and adding ripples to the wall of the heat pipe, PeakBoil “increases the contact area between the flame and the jug,” explained doctoral student and project leader Julian Ferchow in an ETH Zurich news release. “That, plus the fact that the wall is very thin, makes heat transfer to the contents of the jug ideal,” added his colleague Patrick Beutler. Keeping the flames isolated inside the chimney behind baffles minimizes wind interference with the flames, and prevents you having to burn extra gas to keep it alive. The design was created using a selective laser melting or sintering process, in which metal powder is melted in a pattern much like a 3D printer lays down heated plastic. It’s really just another form of additive manufacturing, and it gave the students “a huge amount of design freedom…with metal casting, for instance, we could never achieve channels that are as thin as the ones inside our gas burner,” Ferchow said. Of course, the design means it’s pretty much only usable for boiling water (you wouldn’t want to balance a pan on top of it), but that’s such a common and specific use case that many campers already have a stove dedicated to the purpose. The team is looking to further improve the design and also find an industry partner with which to take it to market. MSR, GSI, REI… I’m looking at you. Together we can make my mornings bearable

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Goodwall gets $10.8M to expand its ‘LinkedIn for students’

Goodwall , a US-focused student and graduate professional network which aims to connect young people with college and employment opportunities, has closed a $10.8 million Series A funding raise. The round was led by Randstad Innovation Fund , a strategic corporate VC fund that focuses on recruitment, and Swiss private equity firm Manixer. Additional investors include Francis Clivaz, Zurich Cantonal Bank and Verve Capital Partners. The 2014 founded startup says it will be using the new funding to grow the professional network, which has a core demographic of 14-24 year-olds, and more than one million members at this stage. “Our main initiative with this round of funding is hiring new talent in New York to support our expansion,” says  Taha Bawa, co-founder and CEO . “The funding will be used to grow our product team to provide better features for our two demographics: Highschool and college students. We are growing our sales team as well, to handle the demand that enterprises have shown in our talent.” “The United States is our current focus and will continue to be the focus throughout 2018. We will be growing with our students and serving them in college,” he adds. “ We intend to widen the appeal to the college/post-grad segment by focusing on driving value in terms of being found easily (via a mobile-first experience) by the companies that are interesting to them, whether they be startups or larger companies, for internships or first jobs. Beyond this, as with high school students, we will provide current college students the ability to connect and support each other.” Goodwall’s business model is based on generating  revenue from colleges and enterprises looking to recruit students on the platform.  For its target young people, the pull is an online platform where they can connect with fellow students and try to get ahead by showcasing their skills and experience, networking, and learning about education and employment opportunities. Goodwall says it matches its college student and graduate users to employers for job and internship opportunities, while its high school students get connected to colleges and scholarships. The startup is competing with traditional college and larger job boards but Bawa argues that its matching process offers an advantage to employers because it’s screening candidates so they get more relevant applications, rather than scores of irrelevant ones which they then have to sift themselves. The platform generally offers employers a way to source, connect and engage with a pool of motivated students and graduates — with employers able to pay Goodwall to get their brand in front of the types of students or recruits they’re looking for. “The typical Goodwall user is an English speaking, aspirational go-getter that is either college-bound or in college,” says Bawa. “Goodwall does not aim to only serve the 1% in terms of grades and achievements, though we have many students in this category, from Robotics Fairs winners to Olympic Champions

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