- How to Watch Jeff Bezos Go to Spaceby Boone Ashworth on July 18, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Whether you’re here for the history or you’re watching passive-aggressively as the world’s wealthiest man plays with toys, here’s how to tune in.
- What Causes Gamma-Ray Bursts? Their 'Afterglows' Hold Cluesby Jonathan O'Callaghan on July 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm
These high-energy explosions, brighter than billions and billions of suns, have recently been tracked for days, upending ideas about the cataclysms that create them.
- How to Stay Under Your 15 GB of Free Storage From Googleby David Nield on July 18, 2021 at 12:00 pm
If you’re smart about how you use your space in the cloud, you don’t have to pay extra.
- When the Game Is Over, Where Do Our Avatars Go?by Zak Jason on July 18, 2021 at 11:00 am
The player characters from childhood video games were conceived in glory. Where are they now?
- Give Every Remote Control a Trackerby Brian Barrett on July 18, 2021 at 11:00 am
A world where you never lose the remote ever again seems well within reach.
- Are Humans the Meanest Species in the Universe?by Geek's Guide to the Galaxy on July 17, 2021 at 5:20 pm
Melinda Snodgrass' novel The High Ground examines human cruelty in an alien first-contact scenario.
- Biden Puts a $10M Bounty on Foreign Hackersby Brian Barrett on July 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm
Plus: REvil goes dark, spyware runs amok, and more of the week's top security news.
- Looking for a Tablet? These Are Our Absolute Favoritesby Julian Chokkattu, Jeffrey Van Camp on July 17, 2021 at 2:00 pm
We’ve tested all the top slates, from Apple’s iPads to Android and Windows devices.
- Bash Your Way to Fitness With FightCamp's Home Workoutsby Billy Brown on July 17, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Learn real boxing and kickboxing skills at home with this fitness system that marries punch-tracking tech with streaming video workouts.
- Can Swimmers and Sharks Coexist? Smarter Maps Might Helpby Sarah Sax on July 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Great whites have returned to Cape Cod, a conservation success story and a hazard. Can new, predictive tools help keep beachgoers safe?
- The 15 Best Weekend Deals on Headphones, TVs, and Techby Gear Team on July 17, 2021 at 11:00 am
We’ve scoured the internet to find you the best weekend discounts on everything from MacBooks to air fryers.
- Biden’s Cybersecurity Team Gets Crowded at the Topby Garrett M. Graff on July 17, 2021 at 11:00 am
It’s a lot of talent, but the US now has five overlapping roles jockeying for limited budgets, authorities, and bureaucratic victories.
- Private Espionage Is Booming. The US Needs a Spy Registryby Paul Starobin on July 17, 2021 at 11:00 am
From Black Cube to Fusion GPS, the operatives-for-hire industry has recklessly exploded. Disclosure requirements could keep things in check.
- Hackers Got Past Windows Hello by Tricking a Webcamby Lily Hay Newman on July 16, 2021 at 10:00 pm
The security researchers used infrared photos and third-party hardware to best Microsoft’s facial-recognition tech.
- ServiceMax promises accelerating growth as key to $1.4B SPAC dealby Ron Miller on July 16, 2021 at 8:08 pm
ServiceMax, a company that builds software for the field-service industry, announced yesterday that it will go public via a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, in a deal valued at $1.4 billion. The transaction comes after ServiceMax was sold to GE for $915 million in 2016, before being […]
- Vaccines for Kids, a Global Surge in Cases, and More Newsby Eve Sneider on July 16, 2021 at 6:04 pm
Catch up on the most important updates from this week.
- Robert Sheckley Was the Master of Dark, Funny Sci-Fiby Geek's Guide to the Galaxy on July 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm
The Dimension of Miracles author paved the way for Philip K. Dick and Harlan Ellison.
- Intel rumored to be in talks to buy chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries for $30Bby Ron Miller on July 16, 2021 at 2:08 pm
When it comes to M&A in the chip world, the numbers are never small. In 2020, four deals involving chip companies totaled $106 billion, led by Nvidia snagging ARM for $40 billion. One surprise from last year’s chip-laced M&A frenzy was Intel remaining on the sidelines. That would change […]
- Taste intelligence startup Halla closes $4.5M Series A1 to predict which grocery items shoppers will buyby Christine Hall on July 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Halla wants to answer the question of how people decide what to eat and now has $4.5 million in fresh Series A1 capital from Food Retail Ventures to do it.
- The Rocket Billionaire Who Hated Space Tourismby Steven Levy on July 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Plus: a lifelong love of the cosmos, future dispatches from West Texas, and routinely unprecedented weather events.
- The Best Pizza Ovens to Make the Perfect Sliceby Adrienne So on July 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm
In times of trouble, our nation turns to carbs. We picked our favorite portable ovens for backyards, countertops, or camping.
- ‘We’re Sorry or You’re Welcome’ Should Be Twitter’s Mottoby Angela Watercutter on July 16, 2021 at 1:00 pm
This week the company announced it would shut down Fleets with an extremely apt tweet.
- Why WeWork Didn't Workby WIRED Staff on July 16, 2021 at 12:00 pm
We talk to the authors of a new book about the notorious coworking startup and its charismatic cofounder, Adam Neumann.
- The CockroachDB EC-1by Danny Crichton on July 15, 2021 at 3:02 pm
Database technology can change the world, but the world in these parts changes very, very slowly. That’s made building a startup in the sector a tough equation.
- CockroachDB, the database that just won’t dieby Danny Crichton on July 15, 2021 at 3:01 pm
There is an art to engineering and sometimes engineering can transform art. For Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis, the two worlds collided when they created the open-source graphics program, GIMP.
- How engineers fought the CAP theorem in the global war on latencyby Danny Crichton on July 15, 2021 at 3:01 pm
The founders of Cockroach Labs wanted to ensure data written in one location would be viewable immediately anywhere on the planet. The use case was simple, but the work needed was herculean.
- “Developers, as you know, do not like to pay for things”by Danny Crichton on July 15, 2021 at 3:01 pm
Cockroach Labs has many things going for it. The company’s approach to distributed database technology is novel, and it has the potential to gain significant market share internationally.
- Scaling CockroachDB in the red ocean of relational databasesby Danny Crichton on July 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm
CockroachDB’s success is not guaranteed. It has to overcome significant hurdles to secure a profitable place among well-established database technologies owned by companies with very deep pockets.
- Lightyear nabs $13M Series A as online network procurement takes shapeby Ron Miller on July 15, 2021 at 2:26 pm
It seems like everything is being pushed online now, but network procurement stubbornly has remained an in-person or phone-based negotiation. Lightyear, an early-stage New York City startup, decided to change that last year, and the company announced a $13.1 million Series A today. The round was […]
- You can see fires, but now Qwake wants firefighters to see through themby Danny Crichton on July 14, 2021 at 4:51 pm
When it comes to tough environments to build new technology, firefighting has to be among the most difficult. Smoke and heat can quickly damage hardware, and interference from fires will disrupt most forms of wireless communications, rendering software all but useless. From a technology […]
- Simpplr raises $32M for its intranet platformby Frederic Lardinois on July 14, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Simpplr, a modern platform for building intranet sites (or “employee communications and enablement platforms,” as the company calls it), today announced that it has raised a $32 million Series C round led by Tola Capital. Norwest Ventures, which led the company’s Series B round last year, as […]
- Former Nutanix execs launch new startup with $50M seed roundby Ron Miller on July 14, 2021 at 1:43 pm
Today a new software company from two former Nutanix executives called DevRev emerged from stealth with a $50 million seed round from Mayfield Fund, Khosla Ventures and several industry luminaries. The company, which aims to bring the coding and revenue processes closer together, already has 75 […]
- YuLife nabs $70M at a $346M valuation for its gamified, wellness-oriented approach to life insuranceby Ingrid Lunden on July 14, 2021 at 11:11 am
Life insurance — financial protection you buy against your death — may not read like the liveliest of industries on paper. But a life insurance startup that believes it can turn that stigma around, by infusing the concept with gamification and a push toward wellness and health — and change […]
- Railsbank raises $70M to build out its fintech-as-a-service platformby Ingrid Lunden on July 14, 2021 at 9:21 am
Financial services as a service — where entities like neobanks, retailers and others can create and sell their own financial products by way of a few lines of code and APIs — has been one of the bigger trends in the world of fintech in recent years, with embedded finance on its way to being
- Build a digital ops toolbox to streamline business processes with hyperautomationby Annie Siebert on July 13, 2021 at 10:50 pm
Using a medley of technologies in a digital operations toolbox helps businesses achieve key performance indicators through hyperautomation.
- ZoomInfo drops $575M on Chorus.ai as AI shakes up the sales marketby Ron Miller on July 13, 2021 at 12:42 pm
ZoomInfo announced this morning it intends to acquire conversational sales intelligence tool Chorus.ai for $575 million. Shares of ZoomInfo are unchanged in premarket trading following the news, per Yahoo Finance data. Sales intelligence, Chorus’s market, is a hot space that uses AI to […]
- Product-led sales startup Endgame raises over $17Mby Christine Hall on July 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm
Endgame, enabling software companies to turn customer observations into go-to-market strategies, raised a total of $17 million raised in back-to-back seed and Series A funding rounds.
- Remote raises $150M on a $1B+ valuation to manage payroll and more for organizations’ global workforcesby Ingrid Lunden on July 13, 2021 at 11:58 am
For many of us, going to work these days no longer means going into a specific office like it used to; and today one of the startups that’s built a platform to help cater to that new, bigger world of employment — wherever talent might be — is announcing a major round of funding on
- Quantexa raises $153M to build out AI-based big data tools to track risk and run investigationsby Ingrid Lunden on July 13, 2021 at 6:34 am
As financial crime has become significantly more sophisticated, so too have the tools that are used to combat it. Now, Quantexa — one of the more interesting startups that has been building AI-based solutions to help detect and stop money laundering, fraud and other illicit activity — has […]
- Cloud security platform Netskope boosts valuation to $7.5B following $300M raiseby Christine Hall on July 9, 2021 at 9:05 pm
Netskope, focused on Secure Access Service Edge architecture, announced Friday a $300 million investment round on a post-money valuation of $7.5 billion.
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