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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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Stae helps cities take advantage of their data

Story Ventures, Samsung Next. I first covered Stae back in introduced a bill that asks city agencies to share their data using an API. Second, Stae provides a single interface to access data and manage authorizations. For instance, you can share data with your citizens by turning some information into open data. The police department could also access some sets of data while the city could restrict access to other…

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Just some of the investors youll run into at #TheEuropas, June 13, London

In partnership with TechCrunch, tickets here. Even better, theres a special TechCrunch Disrupt in Berlin, later this year. The Europas conference is followed by a All the speaker bios and No secret VIP rooms, which means you get to interact with the Speakers Key Founders and investors speaking; featured attendees invited to just network Expert speeches, discussions, and Q&A directly from the main stage Intimate breakout sessions with key players…

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Time Travel: A Conversation Between A Scientist And A Literature Professor

Literature prof Simon John James and physicist Richard Bower were both involved in the curating the exhibition, Time Machine the past, the future, and how narratives take us there. Their dialogues immediately revealed to them the many, wildly numerous, meanings of occasion cros. Now, they discuss how occasion walking in literary and scientific expressions might, one day, coincide . Simon John James : Richard, what does the term occasion cros…

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Facebook shrinks filter bubbles with alternate news sources in Trending

Youre vulnerable to bias and polarization if you only get your news from one source. So instead of highlighting a single news outlet when you click through to a Trending topic, Facebook tells TechCrunch that the Trending sources carousel isnt personalized to purposefully show you publishers you dont follow or that might have a contrasting view point to what you typically click and share. But by swiping through to different…

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Report: Microsoft to buy security firm Hexadite for $100M as Cloudyn still in progress

While we wait to get more news on Microsoft Calacalist reported earlier today that Microsoft is paying $100 million to acquireacquire Cloudyn, a company that monitors and optimises a companys operations across multi-vendor cloud architectures. Contacted for a response, Microsoft declined to comment on the latest report earlier today. And Hexadite and its co-foundersBarak Klinghofer, $10.5 million in funding, according to Crunchbase, with investors including HP Ventures, YL Ventures, TenEleven…

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Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake

told Bloomberg earlier today, explaining that he thinks it makes sense to let employees buy cars. The financingfollows on the heels of the companys last round, closed just 10 months ago, in which the company had raised $181 million from investors led by DFJ Growth. Others of Unitysearlier investors include China Investment Corporation, FreeS Fund, Thrive Capital, WestSummit Capital, serialentrepreneur Max Levchin, and Sequoia Capital, which remains its largest shareholder….

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The Perfect Place To Travel This Summer, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

Who needsautonomy when astrology can make your decisions for you? I havent planned a vacation in years. In fact, I consider astrology to be a better parent than my own parents were. Everythings all worked out already, and all my decisions are made for me. Imbeing slightly sarcastic because I actually do love astrology, but thought it would be fun to write like someone who hates it for a minute….

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