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CodeSpark raises $4.1 million for games that teach kids how to code

A Los Angeles startup called codeSpark has raised $4.1 million in seed funding for web and mobile games that teach kids how to code, even before they know how to read and write effectively. CodeSpark’s games were developed for kids 4 to 9 years old, and with a goal of not just teaching them STEM concepts, but engaging boys and girls equally well. Show More Summary

Lystable adds Max Levchin to the list of investors backing its gig economy SaaS

Helping businesses better manage gig economy workers is turning out to be a pitch with serious pulling power for Lystable, the UK startup which closed an $11 million Series A this summer, led by Peter Thiel’s Valar Ventures — following fast from its $3.5M seed round last year, which Thiel’s fund also participated in. Read More

What the heck is going on with Palmer Luckey? (FB)

Palmer Luckey, the millionaire brains behind Facebook's $2 billion bet on virtual reality, is in a bad place. In one week, he's gone from being the enigmatic, shockingly young head of a company that Facebook acquired for billions ofShow More Summary

Amid all the hot cars at the Paris Motor Show, Infiniti has introduced a breakthrough new engine

The Paris motor show doesn't lack for sexy cars and exciting new concepts. But while all that's been going on, Infiniti revealed a breakthrough new engine technology. It's called the VC-Turbo, and it's important.The world is very busy...Show More Summary

A Tesla Model S was driving with Autopilot when it got into a bus crash in Germany (tsla)

A Tesla Model S driver in Germany got into an accident while Autopilot was activated, but the semi-autonomous feature may not be to blame. The Tesla Model S crashed into a tourist bus in Germany, slightly injuring the driver in the process, the AP reported. Show More Summary

This supersonic car will shatter a world record by going from zero to 1000 mph in under a minute

The world is about to get a new land speed world record. The former record, set in 1997 is about to be broken by the Bloodhound, a new supersonic car that can hit 1,000 miles per hour, with the help of a rocket engine borrowed from a...Show More Summary

Amazon is giving college kids a chance to win up to $2.5 million with a voice-controlled app (AMZN)

If you're in college and have the chops to build an Alexa-based "socialbot," Amazon wants your help — so much so that the company's launching a new year-long contest for a chance to tap into a prize pool worth $2.5 million. The contest...Show More Summary

This robot-made pizza in Silicon Valley should terrify Domino's and Pizza Hut

A Silicon Valley-based startup wants to take a slice out of the nearly $40 billion pizza industry in the most Silicon Valley-way possible — using robots to make its pies. Zume Pizza, founded in 2015, set out to make better pizza faster by streamlining the process through technology. Show More Summary

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lost one of his key lieutenants: Qi Lu (MSFT)

Qi Lu, the man in charge of Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group, is leaving the company due to health reasons. His departure was first reported by Recode's Kara Swisher and Ina Fried and confirmed by Microsoft to Business Insider. Lu...Show More Summary

Squarespace's New York offices are as sweet as the best Silicon Valley tech offices

Squarespace is one of the most prominent New York tech startups, and it recently moved into an office that wouldn't look out of place among its peers in California. The new office, like many of the best New York offices, is based in a historic building. Show More Summary

Millennials are so interested in Snapchat's camera glasses, demand could surpass 3 million this year

Snapchat (now called Snap) is releasing its camera glasses, called Spectacles, later this year, the company announced over the weekend after Business Insider published a then-secret promotional video about them. So will anybody care? According to a Business Insider Intelligence survey of over 300 millennials, the answer is yes. Show More Summary

Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is launching his group fitness startup in December

Dick Costolo's next act after leaving Twitter is a group fitness startup called Chorus that's launching in beta this December. The former Twitter CEO first teased the startup in January, and now a new profile of Costolo in Vanity Fair...Show More Summary

How one ex-Googler convinced developers to leave Silicon Valley to work on Hillary Clinton's campaign (GOOG, GOOGL)

Silicon Valley companies are known for their unmatched employee perks and their lucrative salaries. Google has free gourmet lunches. Facebook has an on-site barber and free laundry services. Apple employees get big discounts on company...Show More Summary

Meet the new exec who wants to make the music industry stop hating YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL)

YouTube has hired its first “Global Head of Music”: Lyor Cohen, a powerhouse music exec who ran Def Jam and Warner Music Group before starting his own label. Cohen’s big job is going to be smoothing relations between YouTube and theShow More Summary

The FCC’s plan to kill the cable box just hit a roadblock

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday announced that it is delaying its vote on a proposal that would require pay-TV providers to make their programming available through free apps, effectively ending the need to rent a cable...Show More Summary

A cybersecurity firm is telling two very different stories of the Yahoo hack to news organizations

A cybersecurity firm that analyzed the Yahoo data breach affecting at least 500 million user accounts has told competing news organizations two very different stories of who actually carried out the hack. In an analysis posted on its...Show More Summary

FCC delays cable TV apps vote, needs time to work out licensing

You'll have to wait longer for free TV apps that replace rented set-top boxes.

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