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Google Lunar XPrize down to 5 finalists aiming to fly to the moon in 2017
Google’s Lunar XPrize competition is nearing its zenith – the slate of competitors is down to five finalists, all of whom are competing to be the first private company to launch a spacecraft destined for the moon by the end of 2017. The five remaining teams include SpaceIL, Moon Express, Synergy Mo...
Google says its G Suite for Education now has 70M users
Google announced that its G Suite for Education, which was previously known as Google Apps for Education, now has 70 million users worldwide. That’s up from 60 million a year ago and 50 million in October 2015. That’s a pretty steady growth rate for Google’s student/teacher-centric productivity sui...
Google is making Chromebooks even more useful for schools
Google made a number of major announcements about its Chromebook program at the Bett education technology conference in London today. Besides disclosing that there are now over 20 million teachers and students that use Chromebooks at least weekly — and that there are now over 70 million G Suite for...
Amazon nabs the first best picture Oscar nomination for a streaming service
Amazon has beat Netflix to a considerable honor for its efforts to create high-quality original film and TV content; the company picked up a nomination for best picture from the Oscars Tuesday, for Manchester by the Sea. The Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams-starrer was acquired by Amazon at Sund...
Automotive executives see 10 times more revenue potential in connected cars
Connected vehicles are booming – they’re often mentioned in the same breath as autonomous cars, but are much more achievable from a technical perspective. Car makers are increasingly making on-board cellular data connections a standard option, too, and now we have some insight into why – a survey o...
Secret Double Octopus nabs $6M for a stronger, easier alternative to regular 2FA
Israel is home to around 450 active startups in the field of cybersecurity, according to a recent report in Reuters. Now, the one with perhaps the most distinctive name of them all is announcing some funding for a novel approach to authentication. Secret Double Octopus — which borrows a concept fro...
LiquiGlide raises $16 million to get every last drop out of packages or tanks
If you think it’s frustrating trying to get that last drop of ketchup out of the bottle, or toothpaste out of the tube, imagine having to waste and clean valuable and sticky substances from pipes or tanks in a factory. A startup called LiquiGlide has raised $16 million in a new round of venture fun...
Kreisel’s fully electric Mercedes G-Class is the Terminator’s off-road vehicle of choice
Electric vehicles tend to be designed with a certain customer in mind, and typically this imagined buyer is probably bookish, possibly vegan and mostly concerned with getting around in maximum efficiency. Tesla shook up this stereotype a bit with its speedy sports cars, but the new Kreisel customiz...
EquipmentShare, the Airbnb of construction, raises $26 million
It hasn’t even been a year since EquipmentShare raised a Series A round of funding, but the “Airbnb of construction rentals,” has closed a $26 million Series B round. The Columbia, Missouri-based startup helps contractors rent out their under-utilized equipment, or rent safety tested equipment that...
Alibaba’s local commerce platform, Koubei, raises $1.1 billion
Alibaba just reported a very impressive quarter of business, but there was a small nugget of notable funding news tucked away in its announcement. Koubei, an Alibaba affiliate company focused on enabling local commerce, closed a $1.1 billion financing round this month. The funding was led by Silver...
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Trump's America: Cartoon views from around the world
Samsung states official cause of Note 7 fires
Search for MH370 ends, but husband's journey goes on
This time, the terrible news came in an email.
Syria could be Trump's biggest problem
President Donald Trump has dodged his first big foreign policy challenge.
Italy avalanche: All known survivors pulled from rubble
The total number of survivors is now at 11 as four people have been found dead and 20 others are still missing from Hotel Rigopiano.
Japan's 1st passenger jet delayed 2 more years
Japan's first ever homegrown commercial jetliner is facing yet another big delay.
Gambia's defeated leader Jammeh leaves country
Gambia's longtime leader, Yahya Jammeh, has left the country after stepping down as president, following tense negotiations amid the prospect of West African military intervention.
Relatives of MH370 victims to appeal
The families of victims on board the missing flight MH370 said Sunday they planned to hand-deliver a petition and personal letters to Malaysia's transportation minister urging the search for the plane be resumed.
7.9 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea
A magnitude 7.9 earthquake has struck west of Papua New Guinea.
Protesters across globe rally for women's rights
Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Washington, D.C., and cities around the world Saturday to show support for women's rights and anger over the election of President Donald Trump.