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Genetic engineering startup Ginkgo Bioworks just raised another $275 Million

The company designs and prints DNA to build microorganisms for use in everything from fragrances to living medicines. The latest round of investment comes from Viking Global and Y Combinator’s Continuity Fund, reports SynBioBeta. The funds are being used to support Ginkgo’s Bioworks3, the company’s third foundry for building engineered organisms. Show More Summary

Disney buys 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion

The purchase was lower than the $75 billion reported by Reuters earlier. As part of the deal, Disney will assume over $13 billion of Fox’s debt and Disney CEO Bob Iger will stay on until at least 2021. In addition to acquiring Fox’sShow More Summary

These Former Oil Industry Workers Now Teach Their Old Colleagues How To Install Solar

As the oil industry collapses, Iron and Earth wants to use oil workers skill sets to create a more renewable energy system. As oil prices crashed in 2015 and jobs began to disappear in Canada’s tar sands, a group of local workers started thinking about a new opportunity: how to retrain fellow oil and gas workers to work in renewable energy instead. Read Full Story

Disney will reportedly buy 21st Century Fox for $75 billion

The massive deal is expected to be announced later today, according to a source who spoke to Reuters. At $75 billion, the deal equates to about $40 a share–a premium on Fox’s current share price, which is currently around $33. The deal...Show More Summary

The DOJ has opened a criminal investigation into Uber vs. Waymo

The case had been a civil matter between the two companies, with Waymo alleging that a former Uber exec stole self-driving car technology from them, used those secrets to start a competing company, and then sold that company to Uber for $680 million. Show More Summary

Microsoft is giving Bing more intelligence—and a dash of Reddit

At an event in San Francisco, Microsoft just unveiled a bunch of AI-related enhancements for its Bing search engine. Research honcho Harry Shum also welcomed Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian onstage to introduce a deal between the two companies which will integrate material from Reddit’s communities into Bing results. Show More Summary

Redbox is giving digital video another shot

Redbox is once again trying to move beyond DVD and Blu-ray rentals, this time with a digital on-demand video service. Similar to other a la carte stores like iTunes and Vudu, Redbox will offer 48-hour rentals for $4, and purchases starting at $10, though it won’t support 4K HDR video at the moment. Show More Summary

If We Want Renewable Energy, We Need Fully Digitized Power Systems

The New York Power Authority is pioneering an effort to monitor every one of its assets, from generating facilities to transmission lines to buildings, in real time–and to figure out how new influxes of wind and solar can fit into the...Show More Summary

Now T-Mobile wants to take on the cable TV bundle

After shaking up the wireless business, T-Mobile is taking aim at cable with the acquisition of pay TV startup Layer3 TV. The plan is to use Layer3’s technology and team to launch a new television service in 2018. Layer3 TV is an unusual...Show More Summary

33 Incredibly Useful Things You Didn’t Know Google Photos Could Do

Google’s photo-organizing service offers plenty of powerful possibilities beyond its widely known basics. Ready to take your image library to the next level? With its seamless cloud storage, platform-agnostic syncing, and simple options...Show More Summary

Here’s How Trump Has Waged War On Women Since Taking Office

The tweet at Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was just the latest in an ongoing pattern: Trump’s consistent antagonizing of women. Yesterday morning, like most mornings in 2017, a substantial portion of Americans woke up and wondered, “Oh no, what did he tweet now?” Read Full Story

Microsoft’s Cortana can now manage your Gmail and your Google Calendar

Microsoft is doing some very compelling work infusing its various productivity tools with artificial intelligence. But the audience for all that work has been limited by the small number of email and calendar services Cortana could talk to. Show More Summary

Amid Net Neutrality Debate, Biggest ISPs Spent At Least $26.3 Million On Lobbying

The three largest internet service providers and their trade association spent an amount equivalent to $1.12 for every public comment filed with the government on a repeal of net neutrality rules. This story was produced by MapLight Read Full Story

Up to 10 million net neutrality comments were bogus: NY attorney general

California, Texas, New York and Florida leading states where people’s identity was stolen. Children, the elderly, and dead people are among the most active in submitting input to the FCC about its net neutrality policy. That’s the conclusion...Show More Summary

Former Facebook exec: I didn’t mean social networking is all bad

During a recent talk at Stanford, Chamath Palihapitiya, the early Facebook executive who now runs venture capital firm Social Capital, spoke of the dangers of social networks—such as their ability to efficiently spread false information—and said that he felt “tremendous guilt” for his role in the medium’s rise. Show More Summary

We Are Starting To See The Shape Of A Fashion Industry Without Plastic

Two organizations–Parley for the Oceans and Biofabricate–are teaming up to prove that sustainable, naturally derived materials can and should replace plastics across industry supply chains. Behind every environmental crisis currently...Show More Summary

Target just bought on-demand delivery startup Shipt for $550 million

As grocery stores scramble to figure out online delivery strategies, Target is placing a $550 million bet on Shipt, according to Bloomberg. The Birmingham, Alabama, startup provides same-day delivery of groceries using an on-demand workforce. Show More Summary

Tina Smith: 4 things to know about Al Franken’s Senate replacement

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to take over Al Franken’s seat in the U.S. Senate. As you may recall, Franken stepped down from the Senate last week in the wake of sexual harassment allegations made against him. Show More Summary

What We Can Learn From About Effective Social Change

The fossil fuels divestment effort founded by Bill McKibben seems to some to have been a failure, but it dramatically re-framed the terms of the debate. “We need to view the fossil-fuel industry in a new light. It has become a rogue industry, reckless like no other force on Earth. It is Public Enemy Number One to the survival of our planetary civilization.” Read Full Story

Do Corporations Want To Save America?

In “The Business of Change,” a new series, Capital & Main looks at the rise in CEO activism in response to the Trump administration. Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues. Read Full Story

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