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  • Tesla drops request for restraining order against allegedly dangerous short seller - Tesla has withdrawn its request for a court-ordered restraining order against Randeep Hothi, documents submitted to the court where the complaint was filed revealed Friday. Hothi, an individual who is very vocal on social media about his short position in Tesla, had gone to extreme and potentially dangerous lengths in his avid attempts to collect […]
  • Google is adding Find My Device and battery features to Fast Pair headphones - Introduced a few I/Os back, Fast Pair is Google’s attempt to make its own mark on the post-AirPod headphone landscape. Many of the features are similar to Apple’s offerings, but Google’s got a leg up in one key way: third-party hardware. Like Android, the company’s focused on bringing Fast Pair to as many manufacturers as […]
  • Moon bricks could keep the lights on and the heat up in Lunar colonies - There may be no "dark side" of the Moon, but when and where it is dark, it's dark — and stays that way for two weeks. If we're going to have colonists up there, they'll need to stay warm and keep the lights (among other things) on for the long lunar night. Turns out bricks made of Moon dust could be part of the solution.
  • Medallia stock up 76% following first day trading on the NYSE - Sequoia's Medallia stake was worth upwards of $1.8 billion on Friday.
  • TikTok tests an Instagram-style grid and other changes - Short-form video app TikTok, the fourth most downloaded app in the world as of last quarter, is working on several new seemingly Instagram-inspired features — including a Discover page, a grid-style layout similar to Instagram Explore, an Account Switcher and more. The features were uncovered this week by reverse-engineering specialist Jane Manchun Wong, who published […]
  • Deadline extended! Apply to the All Raise female founder program at Disrupt SF 2019 - We’ve got great news for all the time-strapped female founders out there. Yeah, we’re looking at you, sister. We’re extending the application deadline to apply for the All Raise “ask me anything” (AMA) sessions at Disrupt SF 2019. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to meet with a leading female VC and, well, ask her anything. […]
  • Google’s SMILY is reverse image search for cancer diagnosis - Spotting and diagnosing cancer is a complex and difficult process even for the dedicated medical professionals who do it for a living. A new tool from Google researchers could improve the process by providing what amounts to reverse image search for suspicious or known cancerous cells. But it's more than a simple matching algorithm.
  • India’s Oyo valued at $10B after founder purchases $2B in shares - Ritesh Agarwal has reportedly purchased back $2 billion in shares from VC firms Sequoia and Lightspeed Venture Partners.
  • Self-driving startup AutoX expands beyond deliveries and sets its sights on Europe - AutoX, the Hong Kong and San Jose, Calif.-based autonomous vehicle technology company, is pushing past its grocery delivery roots and into the AV supplier and robotaxi business. And now, it’s taking its business to Europe. AutoX has partnered with NEVS — the Swedish holding company and electric vehicle manufacturer that bought Saab’s assets out of […]
  • How to go to market in middle America - There comes a time for many startup companies where they either realize they need to do a nationwide roll-out, or they need to actively target buyers in the middle of the country...