- Robot Toilets, Vibrating Headbands, and Other Oddities at CESby WIRED Staff on January 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm
This week, we recap the news, trends, and stand-out gadgets from the first-ever virtual CES.
- 2020 Was the One of the Hottest Years on Recordby Eric Niiler on January 15, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Officials from NASA and NOAA say the warming of both the planet’s air and water are driving weather disasters.
- AI-Powered Text From This Program Could Fool the Governmentby Will Knight on January 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm
A Harvard medical student submitted auto-generated comments to Medicaid; volunteers couldn’t distinguish them from those penned by humans.
- Wikipedia Is Basically a Massive RPGby Stephen Harrison on January 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Sure, the metaphor is imperfect. But as the encyclopedia enters its 20th year, it's worth reflecting on the "rules of the game"—and how they might change.
- How to Preorder the Samsung Galaxy S21—and Which One to Getby Julian Chokkattu on January 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Should you go Ultra or snag the S21+? We break down the differences between the company’s new phones and round up the best deals.
- Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19by Megan Molteni on January 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Researchers are finally getting good data on how severely SARS-CoV-2 affects children and how they transmit it. What does it mean for reopening classrooms?
- I Am Not a Soldier, but I Have Been Trained to Killby Rachel Monroe on January 15, 2021 at 12:00 pm
A sprawling tactical industry is teaching American civilians how to fight like Special Ops forces. By preparing for violence at home, are they calling it into being?
- Why TikTok (and Everyone Else) Is Singing Sea Chanteysby Angela Watercutter on January 15, 2021 at 4:55 am
It has a lot to do with unity—and a little something to do with earworms.
- CES 2021 Highlights: 79 Gadgets and Glimpses Into the Futureby Gear Team on January 14, 2021 at 7:19 pm
The consumer electronics show was virtual this year, and the WIRED Gear crew watched all the Zooms to bring you this list of nearly 80 products, trends, musings, and photos.
- Can an AI Predict the Language of Viral Mutation?by Gregory Barber on January 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Computational biologists used an algorithm meant to model human language to instead predict how viruses could evolve to evade the immune system.
- Harness snags $85M Series C on $1.7B valuation as revenue grows 3xby Ron Miller on January 14, 2021 at 3:15 pm
Harness, the startup that wants to create a suite of engineering tools to give every company the kind of technological reach that the biggest companies have, announced an $85 million Series C today on a $1.7 billion valuation. Today’s round comes after 2019’s $60 million Series B, which had a […]
- Samsung Has New Galaxy Phones (and New Earbuds Too)by Julian Chokkattu, Parker Hall on January 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm
A trio of new Android phones—the S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra—are joined by new Bluetooth earbuds and a Tile-like tracker.
- The DC Riot Is the Sandy Hook of the Disinformation Crisisby Philip M. Napoli on January 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm
After the 2012 mass shooting, many asked: If this doesn’t lead to change, can we ever expect change? We should be asking the same of the insurrection.
- How Old-School Text Adventures Inspired Our Virtual Spacesby Elizabeth Landau on January 14, 2021 at 2:00 pm
MMORPGs and even social media can trace their roots to games that used simple text commands to construct vivid, fantastical worlds.
- An Algorithm Is Helping a Community Detect Lead Pipesby Sidney Fussell on January 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm
The model had shown promise in Flint before officials rebelled. Now Toledo is using it, while incorporating more public input.
- Crime Rates Dropped in 2020—Just as They Did in 1918by David S. Abrams on January 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm
An economist looks at public safety during the Covid lockdowns and also at the time of Spanish Flu.
- The Next Gen Console Games You Should Actually Care Aboutby Brittany Vincent on January 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm
The Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 have some great games coming this year—assuming schedules hold. Here's a quick rundown of some great ones.
- The 15 Best Devices From CES That You Can Buy Nowby Adrienne So on January 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Much of the trade show’s flashy tech will never hit store shelves, but here are a few gadgets that are already available.
- The Local Politics of Airbnb’s Ban on DC Rentalsby Aarian Marshall on January 14, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Residents and city officials traumatized by last week’s unrest fear a repeat for Biden’s inauguration.
- Germany’s Xentral nabs $20M led by Sequoia to help online-facing SMBs run back offices betterby Ingrid Lunden on January 14, 2021 at 6:00 am
Small enterprises remain one of the most underserved segments of the business market, but the growth of cloud-based services — easier to buy, easier to provision — has helped that change in recent years. Today, one of the more promising startups out of Europe building software to help SMEs run […]
- Adorable Fish Bots Get Schooled in How to Swarmby Matt Simon on January 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Meet Bluebot, a friendly swimming robot with big camera eyes. Put a few in a tank together and they’ll collaborate to complete surprisingly complex tasks.
- The Future of Phone Design: Flexible Screens That Roll Upby Julian Chokkattu on January 13, 2021 at 6:58 pm
At CES 2021, two companies showed off concepts for a rollable phone. This year, expect this new category of devices to greatly expand.
- Pat Gelsinger stepping down as VMware CEO to replace Bob Swan at Intelby Ron Miller on January 13, 2021 at 6:15 pm
In a move that could have wide ramifications across the tech landscape, Intel announced that VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger would be replacing interim CEO Bob Swan at Intel on February 15th. The question is why would he leave his job to run a struggling chip giant. The bottom line is he has a long history
- Vdoo raises $25M more to develop its AI-based security for IoT and connected devicesby Ingrid Lunden on January 13, 2021 at 3:34 pm
It’s estimated that there were some 50 billion connected devices globally in 2020, and while that really says a lot about how far we’ve come in tech, for many it also speaks to a big issue: security vulnerabilities, with the devices themselves, plus all the components and services running on […]
- Stacklet raises $18M for its cloud governance platformby Frederic Lardinois on January 13, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Stacklet, a startup that is commercializing the Cloud Custodian open-source cloud governance project, today announced that it has raised an $18 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Addition, with participation from Foundation Capital and new individual investor Liam Randall, who […]
- ‘Brand tech’ company You & Mr. Jones adds $60M to its Series Bby Anthony Ha on January 12, 2021 at 8:53 pm
You & Mr. Jones announced today that it has added $60 million in new funding from Merian Chrysalis, bringing the Series B round announced in December to a total of $260 million. The round values the company at $1.36 billion, post-money. You & Mr. Jones takes its name from CEO David Jones, […]
- Gett raises $115M for its on-demand ride-hailing platform for business usersby Ingrid Lunden on January 12, 2021 at 7:13 pm
As ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft continue to find their feet in a new landscape for transportation services — where unessential travel is being actively discouraged in many markets and people remain concerned about catching the coronavirus in restricted, shared spaces — a smaller […]
- Slim.ai announces $6.6M seed to build container DevOps platformby Ron Miller on January 12, 2021 at 5:00 pm
We are more than seven years into the notion of modern containerization, and it still requires a complex set of tools and a high level of knowledge on how containers work. The DockerSlim open-source project developed several years ago from a desire to remove some of that complexity for developers. […]
- Cockroach Labs scores $160M Series E on $2B valuationby Ron Miller on January 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Cockroach Labs, makers of CockroachDB, have been on a fundraising roll for the last couple of years. Today the company announced a $160 million Series E on a fat $2 billion valuation. The round comes just eight months after the startup raised an $86.6 million Series D. The latest investment was led […]
- Extra Crunch roundup: 2 VC surveys, Tesla’s melt up, The Roblox Gambit, moreby Walter Thompson on January 8, 2021 at 10:08 pm
Thanks very much for reading Extra Crunch this week. I hope we can all look forward to a nice, boring weekend with no breaking news alerts.
- F5 snags Volterra multi-cloud management startup for $500Mby Ron Miller on January 7, 2021 at 11:14 pm
Applications networking company F5 announced today that it is acquiring Volterra, a multi-cloud management startup, for $500 million. That breaks down to $440 million in cash and $60 million in deferred and unvested incentive compensation. Volterra emerged in 2019 with a $50 million investment from […]
- RedHat is acquiring container security company StackRoxby Ron Miller on January 7, 2021 at 10:08 pm
RedHat today announced that it’s acquiring container security startup StackRox. The companies did not share the purchase price. RedHat, which is perhaps best known for its enterprise Linux products has been making the shift to the cloud in recent years. IBM purchased the company in 2018 for a […]
- Glia raises $78M for its integrated, hands-on, AI-based customer service platformby Ingrid Lunden on January 7, 2021 at 1:14 pm
The ongoing push for social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19 has meant that more people than ever are using internet-based services to get things done. And that is having a direct impact on digital customer service, which is seeing unprecedented traffic and demands when things are not […]
- Lacework lands $525M investment as revenue grows 300%by Ron Miller on January 7, 2021 at 1:00 pm
As the pandemic took hold in 2020, companies accelerated their move to cloud services. Lacework, the cloud security startup, was in the right place at the right time as customers looked for ways to secure their cloud native workloads. The company reported that revenue grew 300% year over year for […]
- Atlanta’s SalesLoft raises $100M for its digital sales platform, now valued at $1.1Bby Ingrid Lunden on January 6, 2021 at 11:05 am
The COVID-19 pandemic and specifically need for social distancing to slow the spread of the virus have continued to keep many of us away from the office. Now, increasingly, many organizations and people believe that it could usher in a more permanent shift to remote, distributed and virtual work. […]
- How Segment redesigned its core systems to solve an existential scaling crisisby Ron Miller on January 5, 2021 at 6:30 pm
The systemic issues became apparent the way they often do -- when customers began complaining.
- Chronosphere nabs $43M Series B to expand cloud native monitoring toolby Ron Miller on January 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm
Chronosphere, the scalable cloud native monitoring tool launched in 2019 by two former Uber engineers, announced a $43.4 million Series B today. The company also announced that their service was generally available starting today. Greylock, Lux Capital and venture capitalist Lee Fixel, all of whom […]
- 2020 was a record year for Israel’s security startup ecosystemby Walter Thompson on January 4, 2021 at 7:45 pm
The start of a new year presents the perfect opportunity to reflect on the annual performance of our focus, the Israeli cybersecurity ecosystem.
- How artificial intelligence will be used in 2021by Kirsten Korosec on December 31, 2020 at 4:35 pm
"We're going to start to see a lot of real value and ROI generated by AI across more and more businesses,"
- Salesforce has built a deep bench of executive talent via acquisitionby Ron Miller on December 31, 2020 at 3:32 pm
When Salesforce acquired Quip in 2016 for $750 million, it gained CEO and co-founder Bret Taylor as part of the deal. Taylor has since risen quickly through the ranks of the software giant to become president and COO, second in command behind CEO Marc Benioff. Taylor’s experience shows that […]
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