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Robotics startup Picnic, known for its automated pizza assembly system, raises $5 million

November 20, 2019

Picnic, a robotics startup that focuses on food production, announced today that it has raised $5 million in additional seed funding. The new round was led by Creative Ventures, with participation from Flying Fish Partners and Vulcan Capital. The company

New 5G flaws can track phone locations and spoof emergency alerts

November 13, 2019

5G is faster and more secure than 4G. But new research shows it also has vulnerabilities that could put phone users at risk. Security researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa have found close to a dozen vulnerabilities,

Wearable spending forecasted to increase 27% in 2020

October 30, 2019

Wearable spending forecasted to increase New numbers from Gartner mark another major increase for global wearable spending in 2020. The analyst firm forecasts a 27% jump in end-user spending over this year, from $40.5 billion to $51.5 billion. Once again,

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A set of new tools can decrypt files locked by Stop, a highly active ransomware

October 18, 2019

Thousands of ransomware victims may finally get some long-awaited relief. New Zealand-based security company Emsisoft has built a set of decryption tools for Stop, a family of ransomware that includes Djvu and Puma, which they say could help victims recover

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App revenue climbs 23% year-over-year to $21.9B in Q3

October 10, 2019

Global app revenue continues to climb, thanks to the growth in mobile gaming and the subscription economy. In the third quarter of 2019, consumer revenue grew 22.9% year-over-year from $17.9 billion to reach an estimated $21.9 billion across both the

Alibaba reportedly near finalizing a deal to acquire NetEase’s cross-border e-commerce unit 59m

September 4, 2019

After weeks of media reports, Alibaba may finally be nearing an agreement to acquire NetEase’s cross-border e-commerce unit, Kaola. Chinese tech news website 36kr reports that a deal may be announced as early as this week and is expected to

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Facebook will require political advertisers provide further credentials, or have their ads paused

August 28, 2019

Ahead of the 2020 elections, Facebook today announced it’s tightening requirements for groups buying political ads on the social network. The company last year began requiring advertisers get authorized to run ads about social issues, elections, or politics, which involves advertisers

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