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Pinpoint grabs $13.5M Series A to bring data discipline to engineering

Sales and marketing are steeped in data to explain just how well they are doing, but engineering, the department charged with creating the products these departments sell has lacked the tools to measure engineering effectiveness. Pinpoint wants to change that by making engineering a more data-driven endeavor. Today it announced a $13.5 million Series A round. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from seed investors ... Full story

HyperSciences wants to ‘gamechange’ spaceflight with hypersonic drilling tech

It’s no coincidence that Elon Musk wants to both tunnel down into and soar above the Earth. If you ask the team at HyperSciences , the best way to get to space is to flip drilling technology upside down and point it at the sky. In the process, that would mean ditching the large, expensive fuel stages that propel what we generally think of as a rocket — massive cylindrical thing, tiny payload at the tip — into space. This month, the company hit ... Full story

Xnor’s saltine-sized, solar-powered AI hardware redefines the edge

“If AI is so easy , why isn’t there any in this room?” asks Ali Farhadi, founder and CEO of Xnor, gesturing around the conference room overlooking Lake Union in Seattle. And it’s true — despite a handful of displays, phones, and other gadgets, the only things really capable of doing any kind of AI-type work are the phones each of us have set on the table. Yet we are always hearing about how AI is so accessible now, so flexible, so ubiquitous. ... Full story

How To Short NYC Real Estate After Amazon's Shock Decision To Abandon Its HQ2 In Queens

It's not often that I am embarrassed to say I am a New Yorker, but today is one of those days. The astounding stupidity of a cadre of local politicians and their fight against 25,000 high-paying jobs finally reached its fruition today with Amazon's announcement that it would not locate one of its HQ2 facilities in Long Island City, Queens. Amazon’s investment was to be in two phases. First was to be the acquisition by Amazon of a block of space ... Full story

Opportunity Mars Rover goes to its last rest after extraordinary 14-year mission

Opportunity, one of two rovers sent to Mars in 2004, is officially offline for good, NASA and JPL officials announced today at a special press conference. “I declare the Opportunity mission as complete, and with it the Mars Exploration ROver mission as complete,” said NASA’s Thomas Zurbuchen. The cause of Opportunity’s demise was a planet-scale sandstorm that obscured its solar panels too completely, and for too long, for its onboard power ... Full story

Near-field photonic cooling through control of the chemical potential of photons

Photonic cooling of matter has enabled both access to unexplored states of matter, such as Bose–Einstein condensates, and novel approaches to solid-state refrigeration 1 , 2 , 3 . Critical to these photonic cooling approaches is the use of low-entropy coherent radiation from lasers, which makes the cooling process thermodynamically feasible 4 , 5 , 6 . Recent theoretical work 7 , 8 , 9 has suggested that photonic solid-state cooling may be ... Full story

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias

Are machines racist? Are algorithms and artificial intelligence inherently prejudiced? Do Facebook, Google, and Twitter have political biases? Those answers are complicated. But if the question is whether the tech industry doing enough to address these biases, the straightforward response is no. Wired Opinion. About. Yaël Eisenstat is a former CIA officer, national security adviser to vice president Biden, and CSR leader at ExxonMobil. She was ... Full story

St Leonards homes cleared amid industrial building fire

Image caption Six fire engines were sent to fight the flames. About 50 people have been evacuated from their homes after a fire broke out in an industrial building. Locals reported hearing a "very loud explosion" after the blaze in Drury Lane, St Leonards-on-Sea, started at about 21:00 GMT on Saturday. Justine Davis said on Twitter the blast "shook our building and our souls". East Sussex fire service advised people to keep windows and doors ... Full story

Softbank bets big on autonomous delivery – TechCrunch

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here:. 1. SoftBank’s next bet: $940M into autonomous delivery startup Nuro. Nuro has raised $940 million in financing from the SoftBank Vision Fund, a whopping amount that will be used to expand its delivery service, add new partners, hire employees and scale up ... Full story

Google Docs gets an API for task automation

Google today announced the general availability of a new API for Google Docs that will allow developers to automate many of the tasks that users typically do manually in the company’s online office suite. The API has been in developer preview since last April’s Google Cloud Next 2018 and is now available to all developers. As Google notes, the REST API was designed to help developers build workflow automation services for their users, build ... Full story