January 23, 2020

The FBI searched the offices of microbiome startup uBiome

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By Jonathan Shieber From TechCrunch Last Friday (26), agents from the FBI searched the offices of uBiome, the medical testing company that sells analyses of an individual’s microbiome — the bacteria that live in the gut,according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The FBI is reportedly investigating uBiome’s billing practices, the WSJ reported. “I […]

A fight is brewing between two machine intelligence startups, and neither side looks all that smart

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By Connie Loizos From TechCrunch Sometimes, reading a lawsuit, it’s tempting to pick sides, to judge who is more right than wrong based on its contents. But a new lawsuit involving two venture-backed companies — both of which are rooted in machine intelligence — makes both sides sound surprisingly careless given their line of work. […]

Cyber-agriculture

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MIT’s ‘cyber-agriculture’ optimizes basil flavors By Devin Coldewey From TechCrunch The days when you could simply grow a basil plant from a seed by placing it on your windowsill and watering it regularly are gone — there’s no point now that machine learning-optimized hydroponic “cyber-agriculture” has produced a superior plant with more robust flavors. The […]

The World Health Organization is setting up rules and oversight for human gene editing

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By Jonathan Shieber From TechCrunch On March 19, the World Health Organization wrapped up its first meeting of a new advisory committee set up to create global governance and oversight standards for human gene editing. The committee was hastily pulled together in December after the revelation last year that a Chinese scientist had genetically modified two embryos using […]

Gadget of the week

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Erectile pharmacy app Ro launches telehealth service for women By Kate Clark From techcruch Six months ago, Roman, the cloud pharmacy for erectile dysfunction, dropped the “man” to become “Ro.” At the same time, the company raised a monstrous Series A funding round of $88 million and unveiled Zero, a product meant to help people quit smoking, a […]

The responsibility for a sustainable digital future

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By Mounir Mahjoubi From TechCrunch On March 12, 2019, we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the “World Wide Web,” Tim Berners-Lee’s ground-breaking invention. In just 30 years, this flagship application of the internet has forever changed our lives, our habits, our way of thinking and seeing the world. Yet, this anniversary leaves a bittersweet taste […]

China continues 5G push despite economic slowdown and Huawei setbacks

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By Rita Liso From TechCrunch China will fast-track the issuance of commercial licenses for 5G as part of a national plan to boost consumer spending, said anotice published this week by the National Development and Reform Commission. The move appears to be multifaceted, for 5G plays a key role in China’s bid to lead the global […]

Turns out the science saying screen time is bad isn’t science

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By Devin Coldewey From TechCrunch A new study is making waves in the worlds of tech and psychology by questioning the basis of thousands of papers and analyses with conflicting conclusions on the effect of screen time on well-being. The researchers claim is that the science doesn’t agree because it’s bad science. So is screen […]

American Express acquires Japan-based restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge

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By Jon Russell From TechCrunch American Express  has made an acquisition in Japan after it picked up restaurant booking service Pocket Concierge in an undisclosed deal. The acquisition was announced in Japanese and in English by James Riney, the head of 500 Startups Japan which invested in Pocket Concierge as one of its first deals in the country. The service was […]

China’s lunar probe makes history by successfully soft-landing on the far side of the moon

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By Catherine Shu From TechCrunch It’s not Lunar New Year yet, but there is something new on the moon. In a major milestone for space exploration, China announced that its lunar program has successfully soft-landed a probe on the far side of the moon, making it the first country to do so. The historic landing […]