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This startup says its AI can better spot a healthy embryo — and improve IVF success – TechCrunch

This startup says its AI can better spot a healthy embryo — and improve IVF success – TechCrunch

With every year, AI is beginning to bring more standardized levels of diagnostic accuracy in medicine. This is true of , for example, and .Now, a startup in Israel called says its AI can improve the odds of successfully implanting a healthy embryo during in vitro fertilization. What the company has been developing, in essence, is an algorithm to predict embryo implantation probability, one they have trained through IVF time-lapsed imaging of developing embryos.It’s just getting started, to be clear. So far, in a pilot involving 11 women ranging in age from 20 to 40, six of those individuals...

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Two ex-Sequoia VCs: The most ‘compelling emerging market’ may be America, outside of Silicon Valley – TechCrunch

Two ex-Sequoia VCs: The most ‘compelling emerging market’ may be America, outside of Silicon Valley – TechCrunch

Roughly eight years ago, investors Mark Kvamme and Chris Olsen left Silicon Valley to open a venture firm, , in Columbus, Ohio. It wasn’t an easy decision. Leaving California wasn’t exactly fashionable at the time. In fact, While Olsen had grown up in Cincinnati, the Yale grad had landed at Sequoia Capital a couple of years out of college — a dream job — and had no interest in going anywhere. Meanwhile, Kvamme is a California native who attended UC Berkeley, grew up immersed in the world of startups (his dad was , and co-founded four companies before himself landing at Sequoia, where among...

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These brothers just raised $15 million for their startup, Dutchie, a kind of Shopify for cannabis dispensaries – TechCrunch

These brothers just raised $15 million for their startup, Dutchie, a kind of Shopify for cannabis dispensaries – TechCrunch

Ross Lipson comes from an entrepreneurial family, so perhaps it’s no wonder that as a college student, he dropped out of school to jump into the online food space, including co-founding, , one of Canada’s first online food ordering service startups.It’s even less surprising that having gone through that experience, Lipson would use what he learned in the service of another startup: , a two-year-old, 36-person, Bend, Ore.-based startup whose software is used by a growing number of cannabis dispensaries that pay the startup a monthly subscription fee to create and maintain their websites, as...

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These Stanford students are racing to get laptops to kids around the U.S. who most need them – TechCrunch

These Stanford students are racing to get laptops to kids around the U.S. who most need them – TechCrunch

The digital divide is not a new phenomenon. Still, it largely took Americans by surprise when, as the U.S. began to shut down to slow the spread of Covid-19 in March, schools grappled with how to move forward with online classes.It wasn’t just a matter of altering students’ curriculum. Many lacked either internet access or home computers — and some lacked both. According to USAFacts, a non-partisan organization funded by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer,  with children have not had consistent access to computers for online learning during the pandemic.It’s a problem that two Stanford...

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AOL founder Steve Case, involved early in Section 230, says it’s time to change it – TechCrunch

AOL founder Steve Case, involved early in Section 230, says it’s time to change it – TechCrunch

founder was there in Dulles, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., when in 1996 the Communications Decency Act was passed as part of a major overhaul of U.S. telecommunications laws that President Bill Clinton signed into law. Soon after, in its first test, a provision of that act which states that, “[n]o provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider,” would famouslyThat wasn’t coincidental. In a wide-ranging call earlier today with Case — who has become an...

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