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Binded raises another $950K for its copyright-protecting tools

blockchain. The startup was you need to register it with the U.S. Copyright Officeif you want to file a lawsuit. Lands has pitched Bindeds platform as an intermediate step less time-consuming and expensive than registration, but still creating an independent record that should have legal weight. We want to democratize copyright, he said. In fact, Lands pledged that the core Binded product will always be free. The plan is to…

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Zuckerberg tells Harvard we need a new social contract of equal opportunity

Mark Zuckerbergs Harvard commencement Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard his sophomore year in 2004 to scale up Facebook as it rapidly grew. But today he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree, apparently to the delight of his parents, and became the youngest commencement speaker in Harvards history. Todays speech gave Zuckerberg a chance to speak directly to the world about the philosophy of building community that he outlined…

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Judge orders Uber to hand over to Waymo unredacted term sheet with Otto

Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley told Thursdaythat Uber needs to hand over to Waymo, by the end of the day, the full, unredacted term sheet between Uber and Otto. Corley ultimately ended “there werent” basis for Uber to redact the information because there was no privileged information shared with Otto prior to the acquisition. I dont ascertain any basis whatsoever for those working redactions to be made and for that…

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Rulai launches low-code chatbot development tool and raises $6.5 million

Customer experience chatbot developer Rulai has launched a new low-code chatbot development tool and raised $6.5 million to roll it out. The development team at Rulai, with offices in Beijing and Campbell, Calif., is helmed by the renowned University of California, Santa Cruz, computer science professor Yi Zhang. Professor Zhang, the companys chief technologist, and her team are launching a productthat customer service managers can use to develop chatbots that…

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A U.S. senator has introduced the first bill to give gig workers benefits

While some in Silicon Valley indulge in free meals, laundry service and egg freezing, an proposed a bill requiring a benefitsprogram for gig workers, Warner has just proposed thefirst-ever piece of national legislationaimed athelping on-demand and other non-traditional workers without traditional benefits, like paid sick days or a retirement plan, have some sort of a safety net. The billasksthefederal government toset aside$20 million in funding fororganizations to use to look…

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Watch Mark Zuckerbergs Harvard commencement speech here

College dropout-turned-Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally got his degree today, and now hes about to give Harvards 366th commencement speech. You can watch him speak here now, where well embed the Facebook Live broadcast on TechCrunch, and provide frequent updates on any news or insights he mentions. For a deeper look at the substance of his talk, read our follow-up: Zuckerberg tells Harvard we need a new social contract of…

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Montana special House election: Tight race expected as polls close

Polls shut Thursday evening in a Montana special House election that was jolted by a last-minute misdemeanor onslaught charge filed against the Republican candidate. The contest between Greg Gianforte and Democrat Rob Quist had been viewed as another in a series of neighbourhood referenda on President Donald Trump’s young administration. But the investigation intensified after Gianforte was accused of criticizing Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs at Gianforte’s campaign headquarters Wednesday evening,…

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Airbnb is running its own internal university to teach data science

Tech companies, and increasingly even non-tech companies, are struggling with the fact that there are not enough trained data scientists to fill market demand. Every company has their own strategy for hiring and training, but Airbnb has taken things a step further running its own university-style program, complete with a custom course-numbering system. Data University is Airbnbs attempt to make its entire workforce more data literate.Traditional online programs like Coursera…

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Flexible retail startup Bulletin raises $2.2M

Bulletin Broads, which co-founder and CEO Alana Branston said is selling 30 of our favorite female-run brands making products for and about women things like feminist T-shirts and pins and The seed round comes from Flybridge, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Afore Capital, Tim Draper, Kevin Hale, Y Combinator (where a retail apocalypse, Branston said stores have to focus on experiences rather than products its something she argued Apple is…

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This ultra-twee soft robotic gripper was inspired by Venus flytraps

The problem with insignificant robots, if there can really be said to be one, is that you cant put enough trash on them. Cameras and motors dont reduce down very well, implying if you want your robot to grab something, youd better “re coming” with a brand-new mode to see it and hold onto it. And thats just what Finnish researchers have done with this bio-inspired, super-small gripper. appears in…

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