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Starting with Michigan, Sidewalk Infrastructure is looking to build roads specifically for autonomous cars – TechCrunch

Starting with Michigan, Sidewalk Infrastructure is looking to build roads specifically for autonomous cars – TechCrunch

, which spun out of Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs to fund and develop the next generation of infrastructure, has taken the covers off its first big project — the launch of a subsidiary called to develop roadways for connected and autonomous vehicles.Starting in Michigan, will be working with partners including Ford, GM, Argo AI, Arrival, BMW, Honda, Toyota, TuSimple and on standards to develop the physical and digital infrastructure needed to move connected and autonomous cars out of pilot projects and onto America’s highways, freeways, interstates and city streets.The starting point for Cavnue...

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New bidders reportedly emerge for TikTok in the US as powerful critics assail the process – TechCrunch

New bidders reportedly emerge for TikTok in the US as powerful critics assail the process – TechCrunch

that TikTok and Twitter have held talks about a potential merger, even as the video sharing company defends itself against President Donald Trump’s pressure to force the sale of the business or potentially ban it.As the internationally distributed video streaming version of Chinese technology developer Bytedance’s social media app, TikTok has amassed a global user of avid consumers for its short form videos, including at least 100 million users in the US.According to The Wall Street Journal, and Bytedance have had preliminary talks about a merger of TikTok’s US operations with the publicly...

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The Not Company, a maker of plant-based meat and dairy substitutes in Chile, will soon be worth $250M – TechCrunch

The Not Company, a maker of plant-based meat and dairy substitutes in Chile, will soon be worth $250M – TechCrunch

, Latin America’s leading contender in the plant-based meat and dairy substitute market, is about to close on an $85 million round of funding that would value it at $250 million, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans.The latest round of funding comes on the heels of a series of successes for the Santiago-based business. In the two years since NotCo, the company has into milk, ice cream and hamburgers. Other products, including a chicken meat substitute, are also on the product roadmap, according to people familiar with the company.NotCo is already selling several products...

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Higher Steaks brings home the bacon, revealing lab-grown pork belly and bacon strips – TechCrunch

Higher Steaks brings home the bacon, revealing lab-grown pork belly and bacon strips – TechCrunch

In what could be a starting gun for the commercialization of the cell-based meat business, upstart cultivated meat company said it has managed to produce samples of its first products — bacon strips and pork belly made in a lab from cellular material.With the revelation, a bootstrapped Cambridge, U.K.-based company, leapfrogs into a competitive position with a number of far larger companies that have raised far more capital.The remaining ingredients in Higher Steaks bacon and pork belly are a mixture of plant base, proteins, fats and starches to bind the cellular material together. To...

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From bioprinting lab-grown meat in Russia to Beyond Meat in the US, KFC is embracing the future of food – TechCrunch

From bioprinting lab-grown meat in Russia to Beyond Meat in the US, KFC is embracing the future of food – TechCrunch

From a partnership with the Russian company to make chicken meat replacement using plant material and lab-cultured chicken cells to an expansion of its pilots to Southern California, is aggressively pushing forward with its experiments around the future of food.In Russia, that means providing 3D Bioprinting with breading and spices to see if the company’s chicken replacement can match the taste, . As the company said, there are no other methods available on the market that can allow for the creation of complex products from animal cells.“3D bioprinting technologies, initially widely...

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White Castle becomes the first fast food chain to test out the robot fry cook, Flippy, from Miso Robotics – TechCrunch

White Castle becomes the first fast food chain to test out the robot fry cook, Flippy, from Miso Robotics – TechCrunch

The next time , there may be a robot making their French Fries.In one of the first trials of a robotic fry cook at a national burger chain, White Castle said it would work with Pasadena, Calif.-based to test that company’s robotic chef at a restaurant in the Chicago area. It’s a  trial run for potentially bringing the robot to other White Castle kitchens across the country, the company said.Already a success on social media, where videos of Robotics’ Flippy robot have racked up hundreds of thousands of views, White Castle was intrigued about the prospects of a burger flipping, chicken,...

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Magic Leap has a new chief executive and it’s former Microsoft exec Peggy Johnson – TechCrunch

Magic Leap has a new chief executive and it’s former Microsoft exec Peggy Johnson – TechCrunch

the former executive vice president of business development at Microsoft, has been named as the new chief executive of Magic Leap, the company said in a statement.Johnson, who will begin her new role on August 1, 2020, comes to after a 30-year career in the technology industry.It’s been a tumultuous 2020 for Magic Leap. Struggling to survive amid a cash crunch and facing bankruptcy, the company laid off most of its staff in April and was casting around for a white knight investor to come in and keep the company afloat. While the Paradise, Florida-based company found the $375 million in...

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Menten AI’s combination of buzzword bingo brings AI and quantum computing to drug discovery – TechCrunch

Menten AI’s combination of buzzword bingo brings AI and quantum computing to drug discovery – TechCrunch

has an impressive founding team and a pitch that combines some of the hottest trends in tech to pursue one of the biggest problems in healthcare — new drug discovery. The company is also $4 million richer with a seed investment from firms including Uncork Capital and Khosla Ventures to build out its business.Menten AI’s pitch to investors was the combination of quantum computing and machine learning to discover new drugs that sit between small molecules and large biologics, according to the company’s co-founder Hans Melo.A graduate of the Y Combinator accelerator, which also participated in...

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As advertisers revolt, Facebook commits to flagging ‘newsworthy’ political speech that violates policy – TechCrunch

As advertisers revolt, Facebook commits to flagging ‘newsworthy’ political speech that violates policy – TechCrunch

As advertisers pull away from to protest the social networking giant’s hands-off approach to misinformation and hate speech, the company is instituting a number of stronger policies to woo them back.In a livestreamed segment of the company’s weekly all-hands meeting, CEO recapped some of the steps Facebook is already taking, and announced new measures to fight voter suppression and misinformation — although they amount to things that other social media platforms like Twitter have already enahatected and .At the heart of the policy changes is an admission that the company will continue to...

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Techstars doubles down on space with a new Starburst cohort and European space program – TechCrunch

Techstars doubles down on space with a new Starburst cohort and European space program – TechCrunch

Techstars has got the stars in its eyes, and space on the brain as it doubles down on investment programs that aim to enable the commercial space industry to boldly go where it has never gone before.On the heels of , the space industry feels newly invigorated and its prospects loom large in the minds of early stage investors.“I believe strongly that the commercial market is emerging,” said Matt Kozlov, the Managing Director of the . “The flight last weekend was a very important milestone. We’ve had commercial flights for putting satellites into orbit for years. and I’ve got several startups...

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Mark Zuckerberg commits Facebook to $10 million donation to ‘groups working on racial justice’ – TechCrunch

Mark Zuckerberg commits Facebook to $10 million donation to ‘groups working on racial justice’ – TechCrunch

Even as continues to take a to monitoring violent rhetoric and disinformation on its platform, the company will make a $10 million donation “to groups working on racial justice” in the U.S., .The commitment from Facebook follows a week of protests around the country challenging police brutality — spurred by the dissemination of a video on Facebook showing the death of George Floyd, an African American man who was killed by police officers in Minneapolis.Zuckerberg’s pledge comes after with their company’s response on Twitter and only a few hours before a number of the company’s workers...

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Former Lime exec launches Cabana, a company that merges #vanlife and hotels – TechCrunch

Former Lime exec launches Cabana, a company that merges #vanlife and hotels – TechCrunch

on wheels? Hotel #vanlife?It’s , a new startup from a former Lime executive that’s bringing tricked-out vans with all the amenities of a Holiday Inn hotel room to cities on the West Coast, starting in Seattle.“Because of Lime I spent 54 consecutive weeks on the road staying at hotels,” recalls Scott Kubly, the co-founder and chief executive of Cabana. “I got this bug that there needed to be a better way.”So with the benefit of a few years of startup salary in the bank, Kubly launched Cabana. “The way I would describe it is vanlife meets car sharing meets a boutique hotel. It’s a hotel room...

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CryptoKitties developer launches NBA TopShot, a new blockchain-based collectible collab with the NBA – TechCrunch

CryptoKitties developer launches NBA TopShot, a new blockchain-based collectible collab with the NBA – TechCrunch

When launched back in November 2017, the company’s take on Tamagotchi was seen as the first popular use of blockchain-based applications. It was the first popular use case outside of Bitcoin as a speculative investment.Like all fads, CryptoKitties didn’t last, but the app proved that could build a compelling collectible — and that brought the company the attention of the National Basketball Association.Now Dapper Labs is finally launching a beta version of the app it has worked on since it began discussions with the league and Players Association back in 2018.Built on the company’s own...

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Immunai wants to map the entire immune system and raised $20 million in seed funding to do it – TechCrunch

Immunai wants to map the entire immune system and raised $20 million in seed funding to do it – TechCrunch

For the past two years the founding team of had been working stealthily to develop a new technology to map the immune system of any patient.Founded by Noam Solomon, a Harvard and MIT-educated postdoctoral researcher, and former Palantir engineer, Luis Voloch, Immunai was born from the two men’s interest in computational biology and systems engineering. When the two were introduced to Ansuman Satpathy, a professor of cancer immunology at and Danny Wells, who works as a data scientist at the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy the path forward for the company became clear.“Together we...

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