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Woman complaining of eye pain had four live bees in her eye, doctors say
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When a 28-year-old woman arrived at Taiwan's Fooyin University Hospital with complaints of eye pain, doctors approached it like a normal, run-of-the-mill case of eye discomfort. Her eye, which was badly swollen, was unable to completely shut, so Dr. Hong Chi Ting peered into the small slit between her eyelid and cheek. That's when he realized this wasn't like anything he had seen before.

As BBC reports, what the doctor saw through the tiny gap was a small, slender black leg. He tugged on the leg and out popped a bee. It was one of four such bugs to that had made a home inside the woman's eye, drinking her tears for sustenance.

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Woman complaining of eye pain had four live bees in her eye, doctors say originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 23:07:24 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Newly-discovered ancient crab species is like nothing science has seen before
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When researchers discover fossils of species that are new to science it's only natural that they attempt to find a place for them in the colossal tree of life, matching them up with related species that may even exist today. A newly-discovered species of ancient creature is pushing that practice to its absolute limit.

Tiny fossils discovered in both Columbia and the United States reveal the existence of a pint-sized marine animal that lived some 90 million years ago. It's being called a crab, but the researchers who discovered it are quick to point out how dramatically different it is from any other known crab species.

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Newly-discovered ancient crab species is like nothing science has seen before originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 22:05:33 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


One of Stan Lee’s last projects before his death is an upcoming Audible drama
Stan Lee new superhero

Before he passed away in November, one of the final projects legendary comic book creator Stan Lee was working on was an all-new superhero universe set outside of the world of Marvel. The just-announced project, Stan Lee's Alliances: A Trick of Light, is actually an audio drama that will be released by Audible on June 27 -- and instead of sci-fi superpowers, the story will put modern technology at its core.

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One of Stan Lee’s last projects before his death is an upcoming Audible drama originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 21:03:46 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


China pledges to have the first Moon base within a decade
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The Chinese space agency has spent the first few several months of 2019 exploring the far side of the Moon after being the first nation to successfully perform a soft landing on the half of Earth's neighbor that we never get to see. It deployed a rover — which is likely nearing the end of its brief exploration journey — and it even grew plants there for a brief time.

The country has rapidly caught up to nations like the United States and Russia, which have been exploring off-world for decades, and it's pioneered some new advancements along the way. Now, China is pledging to focus on what would surely be one of its greatest scientific accomplishments to date: building a lunar base.

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China pledges to have the first Moon base within a decade originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 20:08:18 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Apple insider says 5G will come to the iPad Pro after the iPhone in 2021
iPad Pro 5G support

In all the excitement over the possibility of Apple adopting 5G for its 2020 iPhone lineup, the company's other major mobile device has been all but forgotten about. It stands to reason that if the iPhone is getting 5G, the iPad is as well, but according to Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the top Apple analysts, it might be some time before Apple's tablets are able to take advantage of the new technology that has just begun to roll out around the world.

Citing a note from Kuo, Economic Daily News reports that Apple will make significant internal changes to the iPad Pro in the coming years, with the goal of eventually bringing full 5G support to its tablets. Some of these changes may be implemented as early as this year, but Kuo believes 5G won't come to the iPad until at least 2021.

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Apple insider says 5G will come to the iPad Pro after the iPhone in 2021 originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 19:06:10 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


Xiaomi designs a truly all-screen phone by just turning the notch into an ugly bump
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Following the introduction of the iPhone X two years ago, smartphone manufacturers keep finding new ways to give users incrementally more screen real estate in part by housing front-facing sensors in a small notch at the top of the phone, with some notches as small as the shape of a teardrop. It's a design that's more a function of limited space options, and not so much a reflection of this being a design choice that users actually want, which is why we've seen handset makers experiment a bit with the positioning and shape of the notch over time.

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Xiaomi designs a truly all-screen phone by just turning the notch into an ugly bump originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 18:04:46 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


OnePlus 7 Pro’s triple-lens camera was just confirmed
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OnePlus is about to launch its first ever smartphone with a triple-lens rear camera, joining the likes of Huawei, Samsung, Nokia, and other companies that have already placed more than two cameras on the back of a phone. That’s hardly a surprise for anyone following OnePlus 7 rumors, but the Chinese company just confirmed the feature.

In typical OnePlus fashion, the company is slowly revealing the features of its newest Android phone, seemingly confirming what other rumors have claimed so far.

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OnePlus 7 Pro’s triple-lens camera was just confirmed originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 17:33:12 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


The Universe is getting bigger at a faster rate than scientists predicted
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The Universe is growing. Scientists have known as much for decades, but the rate at which it is getting bigger has been the topic of debate, with different measurements pointing to different rates of growth. Now, in an attempt at ruling out anomalies in the data, researchers have solidified their findings and published them in a new paper in Astrophysical Journal Letters.

The research effort, led by professor Adam Riess of The Johns Hopkins University, used data gathered by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to pin down the rate at which the Universe is ballooning. The team has come to the conclusion that the Universe is growing at a rate that's approximately nine percent faster than previous estimates.

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The Universe is getting bigger at a faster rate than scientists predicted originally appeared on BGR.com on Thu, 25 Apr 2019 at 17:06:31 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.


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FAA Greenlights Wing Aviation Drone Deliveries
The Federal Aviation Administration has given its first air drone delivery certification in the United States to Alphabet's Wing Aviation, paving the way for the service to begin commercial package delivery in Blacksburg, Virginia. "This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy," said U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. "Safety continues to be our No. 1 priority as this technology continues to develop and realize its full potential," she added.

EU Gives Nod to 'Big Brother' Biometrics Database
The EU Parliament overwhelmingly approved two measures that would integrate the region's fragmented law enforcement and home affairs databases into a centralized one that would include biometric information on some 350 million EU and non-EU citizens. It approved creation of the new system on two votes. One was to merge systems related to visas and borders, approved 511-123, with nine abstentions. The other was to merge systems with law enforcement, judicial, migration and asylum information, approved 510-130, also with nine abstentions.

Samsung Applies Brakes to Galaxy Fold Launch
Foldable phones have been dealt a setback by Samsung's announcement that it has postponed indefinitely the release of its Galaxy Fold. Samsung pumped the brakes on the $1,980 phone's release after several reviewers reported problems. Samsung acknowledged that their experiences indicated the device needed further improvements for the best possible user experience. The company decided to delay the Galaxy Fold release in order to evaluate the feedback and run further internal tests, and said it would announce the release date in the coming weeks.

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How Customer Expectations Contribute to Fraud and Losses
Contemporary online retail enables faster, smoother and more profitable interactions between consumers and merchants. Individuals can shop and make purchases at any time, from any location, with the help of the devices resting in their pockets. Plus, with innovations like same-day shipping, IoT-connected devices, and much more, it's never been easier to be a consumer. As a merchant, you have a vested interest in streamlining the customer experience and minimizing friction wherever possible in the purchasing process.

What Social Can Learn From CRM
There's been a chorus of calls from all corners for social media regulation -- from pundits like me to the halls of Congress and even from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself. The social media community seems tied up in knots over what to do about all the abuse happening within their communities, but if you look elsewhere you might see signs of solutions that could solve some fundamental problems. A solution that works well has arisen almost by accident in CRM, and it offers a few ideas that the greater social media community could emulate.

Is Your Business Ready for a 2019 Recession?
For those of you who have an ear to the ground on American economic trends, you've probably heard the whispers of a recession heading our way, starting as early as this year. Everyone remembers how hard their finances were hit back in '08 -- no one better than small business owners, some of whom lost everything during that time. Even top economists cannot predict how big an impact the next recession will have on small American businesses, rendering it difficult for business owners to prepare adequately.

New Apriva Partnerships Promise Mobile Shopping Innovations
Apriva has announced partnerships with AveriGo and Vagabond to offer innovative mobile shopping and payment solutions. Apriva offers an adaptive platform for secure mobile communications and omnichannel payments. Both its new partners are in the vending and F&B service industries. AveriGo offers the Averiware business platform -- a cloud-based suite of software solutions ranging from financial management and CRM to asset, inventory, delivery, and field service management, as well as a complete micro-market system.

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7 tax scams to watch out for this year

7 tax scams to watch out for this yearIn case wringing your hands over the tax man weren’t enough, criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.



Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone Calls

Avowed Apple Fan Jeb Bush Realizes His Apple Watch Can Take Phone CallsJeb Bush's love of Apple products has been widely documented, and the Republican presidential candidate continues to wear his Apple Watch on the campaign trail. Yesterday, in a meeting with The Des Moines Register editorial board documented by USA Today, Bush stumbled upon a feature he didn’t realize his smartwatch was capable of: taking phone calls. Somehow Bush managed to take a call without picking up his iPhone, and the sound of a person’s voice saying hello breaks through the meeting noise, to which Bush responds, “My watch can’t be talking.”



Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United States

Social media welcomes Pope Francis to the United StatesPope Francis gets the social media treatment upon arriving in the U.S. Tuesday. As Pope Francis’s flight touched down in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Twitter unveiled a new batch of emojis created for the highly anticipated papal visit. Until his departure from the United States on Sunday, Twitter users chronicling the Catholic leader’s East Coast journey will be able to include a cartoon image of the Pope’s face in front of the American flag on all Pope-related tweets by using the hashtag #PopeinUS.



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Sinemia's theater subscription shuts down in the US
As MoviePass stumbled, Sinemia presented itself as an all-you-can-eat moviegoing alternative. Now, after quickly rushing through a series of plan changes and account terminations, the service has announced it's shutting down. A note on the front page...

The CIA is now on Instagram
The CIA launched its Instagram account on Thursday afternoon; in a bid for transparency that will probably only reveal how thirsty it is for likes. Sure enough, America's top spy agency's debut post on Instagram is an obviously staged shot of a fake...

Amazon Prime shipping could shrink to just one-day
One of the perks of Amazon's Prime membership is free two-day shipping on Prime-eligible purchases. That, however, might change. In a call to investors following Amazon's first quarterly earnings report today, CFO Brian Olsavsky said that the company...

Windows 10's May update won’t work on PCs with USB storage or SD cards
Microsoft notified its users that the May Windows 10 update won't install on PCs using USB storage or SD cards. The company says it's blocking the installation on those PCs because "inappropriate drive reassignment" might occur and could impact both...

Apple fixes 'terms and conditions' iOS bug that blocked app downloads
If you're one of the people who has been unable to install new apps or download updates from Apple's iOS App Store, don't worry. A fix is on the way. Apple has issued a server-side fix to address a bug that has prevented people from completing downlo...

New York AG is investigating Facebook over email contact scraping
The New York attorney general's office will investigate Facebook's "unauthorized collection of 1.5M of their users' email contact databases." Earlier this month, it emerged the company had been scraping the contact lists of some users who joined the...

AI-analyzed tweets could help Europe track floods
The European Commission's Joint Research Center is working on a tool that could use tweets and artificial intelligence to collect real-time data on floods. In a paper released on Arvix.org, EU scientists explain how their Social Media for Flood Risk...

Google makes it easier for employees to report harassment
Google is making it easier for employees to file harassment and discrimination complaints by setting up a dedicated site for them to do so. Melonie Parker, the company's chief diversity officer, wrote in a letter to employees that Google has firmed u...

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Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues
Facebook and the agency have been in negotiations over a financial penalty for claims that the company violated a 2011 consent decree.
Tech Fix: You Can’t Stop Robocalls. You Shouldn’t Have To.
Today’s solutions for fighting spam and scam calls are ineffective. But the onus should be on the phone companies, not you, to solve this problem.
Made in China, Exported to the World: The Surveillance State
In Ecuador, cameras capture footage to be examined by police and domestic intelligence. The surveillance system’s origin: China.
Tech We’re Using: Sliding Backward on Tech? There Are Benefits
Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, decided to downgrade her tech two years ago. It has worked out, with paper and DVDs instead of the latest apps and gizmos.
Regulators Around the World are Circling Facebook
Facebook revealed that it expects a record fine from the F.T.C. That could be one of many moves against the company by governments on four continents.
Amazon Expanding One-Day Prime Shipping as Sales Growth Slows
Most revenue still comes from website sales, but other services, including cloud computing and advertising, provide an outsize chunk of profits.
Nils Nilsson, 86, Dies; Scientist Helped Robots Find Their Way
He was part of a Stanford team whose work in artificial intelligence has found its way into smartphones, Siri and other hallmarks of the algorithmic age.
Uber Said to Plan I.P.O. Price Range Valuing Company as High as $90 Billion
The world’s largest ride-hailing company was said to be planning an initial pricing of $44 to $50 a share.
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Avengers: Endgame is done -- My 59-hour Marvel movie marathon's reached its end - CNET
I'm was holed up in a theater watching 22 Marvel films back to back. I'm hating that it has to end (but loving Captain America).
Avengers: Endgame review -- Marvel's ultimate love letter to fans tops Infinity War - CNET
Spoiler free: The Russos' wholly satisfying superhero epic, a sequel to every MCU movie ever, doesn't waste a second.
Taylor Swift announces ME! single and music video after Instagram countdown - CNET
The TS7 era is upon us, and ME! is our first glimpse of what to expect.
Dark matter scientists observe the 'rarest event ever recorded' - CNET
The universe is almost 14 billion years old. This process takes a trillion times longer.
Death Stranding will make you cry, Hideo Kojima tells Tribeca 2019 - CNET
Developer Kojima and actor Norman Reedus talked about the upcoming action game's emotional impact and connectivity.
iFixit's Galaxy Fold teardown showing screen problems removed after Samsung request - CNET
iFixit says the phone's screen is fragile and that gaps along the spine may let in dirt. It's now removed its teardown at Samsung's request.
Google's Avengers Easter egg unleashes Thanos' destructive power on the web - CNET
Be very careful if you're confronted by Google's Avengers: Endgame Easter egg.
Apple-Qualcomm settlement led to Intel's exit from 5G phone modem market - CNET
Chip giant's CEO tells the Wall Street Journal that the decision was directly related to the settlement.
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Scientists Discover What Powers Celestial Phenomenon STEVE
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: The celestial phenomenon known as STEVE is likely caused by a combination of heating of charged particles in the atmosphere and energetic electrons like those that power the auror

Caffeine Gives Perovskite Solar Cells An Energy Boost, Study Says
UCLA professor Yang Yang's lab chock-full of coffee drinkers spent several years searching for a stability-enhancing additive to turn famously unstable perovskite PV cells into a useful product. Then, on a lark, Yang's graduate st

New York Attorney General To Investigate Facebook Email Collection
The New York State attorney general's office plans to open an investigation into Facebook's unauthorized collection of more than 1.5 million users' email address books, according to The New York Times, citing two people briefed on

Ask Slashdot: Would a Separate, Walled-Off 'SafeNet' Help Reduce Cybercrime?
dryriver writes: Imagine for a second that a second, smaller internet infrastructure is built parallel to, but separate from, the regular internet. Lets call this the SafeNet. The SafeNet, which does not allow anonymous use, is no

People Who Claim To Work 75-Hour Weeks Usually Only Work About 50 Hours
An anonymous reader quotes a report from New York Magazine: I want to thank Kevin Drum from Mother Jones for surfacing a 2011 Bureau of Labor Statistics study that confirms something I've long suspected: Virtually anyone you know

Microsoft Drops 60-Day Password Expiration Policy
Microsoft is dropping its 60-day password expiration policy starting with the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. "Once removed, the preset password expiration settings should be replaced by organizations with more modern and better passw

LG Halts Phone Manufacturing In South Korea For 2019, Relocating To Vietnam
LG, the South Korean electronics and phone company, is relocating their mobile production facility in South Korea for the year, and focusing instead on one of its plants in Haiphong, Vietnam. CNET reports: Though LG overall is pro

Wireless Carriers Fight Ban On Throttling Firefighters During Emergencies
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: The U.S. mobile industry's top lobbying group is opposing a proposed California state law that would prohibit throttling of fire departments and other public safety agencies d


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Amazon raises stakes for rivals with one-day delivery goal after profit surge
Amazon.com Inc plans to deliver packages to members of its loyalty club Prime in just one day, instead of two days, part of a spending ramp-up that may curb near-term profits and will up the ante for retail rivals such as Walmart
U.S. adds another China e-commerce site to 'notorious' IP blacklist
The United States on Thursday added China's third-largest e-commerce platform to its list of "notorious markets" for violations of intellectual property rights and kept China on its priority watch list for piracy and counterfeitin
Nintendo shares fall as much as five percent after conservative guidance
Nintendo Co Ltd's shares fell as much as 5 percent in early Tokyo trading, a day after the gaming company offered conservative earnings guidance and urged caution on the roll-out of its Switch console in China.
Uber, Didi slam Mexico City's new rules on ride-hailing, including cash ban
Uber, Didi Chuxing and other ride-hailing firms on Thursday criticized a host of new regulations of the sector in Mexico's capital city, which include a ban on cash fares that could exclude many potential customers who lack bank a
Tesla's Elon Musk, SEC again ask for more time to reach deal over CEO's Twitter use
Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday sought a second delay and requested to provide the court another joint submission on or before April 30, indicating whether they have
Uber to kick off investor road show with IPO terms on Friday
Ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc will unveil terms for its initial public offering on Friday, telling investors it will seek to be valued at between $80 billion and $90 billion, according to people familiar with the matt
Sex website shuts down in U.S, blaming 'dumb' trafficking laws
A popular sex classified website said this week that it was shutting down its services in the United States, citing the likelihood that legal challenges would fail to overturn a landmark package of federal sex trafficking laws pas
Intel cuts forecast as China data centre sales remain weak
Chipmaker Intel Corp on Thursday cut its full-year revenue forecast and missed analysts' estimates for first-quarter sales for the data centre business that has driven growth as PC sales declined in recent years, sending its share
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Wireless broadband startup Starry files to raise up to $125 million

The never-ending quest to kill Comcast is poised to receive some renewed investment as an ambitious startup readies to secure some new cash.

Starry, a Boston-based wireless broadband internet startup, has filed to raise up to $125 million in Series D funding according to a Delaware stock authorization filing uncovered by Pitchbook. If Starry closes the full authorized raise it will hold a post-money valuation of $870 million.

A spokesperson for the company confirmed it had already raised new capital, but disputed the numbers. The company has already raised over $160 million from investors including FirstMark Capital and IAC. The company most recently closed a $100 million Series C this past July.

The internet startup takes a different approach from fiber-toting competitors by relying on radio tower and high rise-mounted transmitters that dispatch millimeter wavelength signals to receivers connected to a building’s existing wiring. Customers with Starry’s slick touchscreen routers can whirl through setup, contact customer service, tailor parental controls and conduct speed tests. The company claims its solution can provide up to 200 mbps up/download service for just $50 per month with no data caps or long-term contracts.

The technology is not without its skeptics, while laying fiber optic cable has proven to be an expensive task for internet companies, going over the airwaves with the company’s high-frequency radio waves has its own set of problems. Signal can be affected by harsh weather and obstacles, though Starry has indicated they are content with their performance in less-than-ideal conditions.

We’ve built a robust network in Boston and our technology is working well,” CEO Chet Kanojia told us last year. “We’ve gone through a full year of seasonality to test various weather and foliage conditions and we’ve been very happy with our network’s performance.”

Last year marked a major period of expansion for Starry, which expanded beyond its home market of Boston and now holds a presence in Los Angeles, New York City, Denver and DC.

Kanojia previously founded Aereo, which raised $97 million in VC funding with the dream of letting consumers watch live TV over the web. The company proved a little too disruptive for its time, and was shut down as the result of a Supreme Court case brought about by major broadcasting networks.


Carbon, the fast-growing 3D printing business, is raising up to $300M

Carbon, the poster child for 3D printing, has authorized the sale of $300 million in Series E shares, according to a Delaware stock filing uncovered by PitchBook. If Carbon raises the full amount, it could reach a valuation of $2.5 billion.

Using its proprietary Digital Light Synthesis technology, the business has brought 3D printing technology to manufacturing, building high-tech sports equipment, a line of custom sneakers for Adidas and more. It was valued at $1.7 billion by venture capitalists with a $200 million Series D in 2018.

Carbon declined to comment on its upcoming fundraising plans.

Redwood City-based Carbon is well-capitalized. To date, it’s raised a total of $422 million from investors like Sequoia, GV, Fidelity, General Electric, Hydra Ventures and Adidas Ventures, not including the incoming round of capital.

Carbon wants to help designers and manufacturers be more efficient, cut costs and waste less energy and materials. Under the leadership of co-founder and chief executive officer Joseph DeSimone, the company recently promoted Craig Carlson, their former vice president of engineering, to chief technology officer.

“We are at the forefront of digital manufacturing, creating a new standard for the industry. In order to continue pushing the boundaries of what our technology can do and to execute our global growth strategy, we need to have the best team at the top,” DeSimone said in a statement following news of the promotion.


Amazon beats optimistic profit expectations for Q1

Amazon announced today that it has beat Wall Street’s already optimistic Q1 projections. The e-commerce giant’s revenues have slowed a bit, contributing to moderate fluctuations in after-hours trading, but the company greatly benefits by ever-increasing profit margins.

Net income for the quarter hit $3.6 billion, a new record for the company. Much of those inflated margins can be chalked up to online services, including advertising and, most notably, cloud services through AWS.

The earnings report demonstrates just how much the site has diversified its portfolio, with earnings that now include results from Whole Foods, which Amazon absorbed last year. The grocery store chain has seen the impact of multiple rounds of price cuts since becoming a part of Amazon, though growth on that side is slow compared to the company’s cloud offerings.

Jeff Bezos took the opportunity to note the company’s increased investment in education. Amazon’s been pushing to highlight its softer side of late, as it has been the target of negative publicity over working conditions in its fulfillment centers and has since shuttered plans for opening an HQ2 in Queens.

“The son of a working single mom, Leo Jean Baptiste grew up speaking Haitian Creole in a New Jersey home without internet access. He’s also one of our inaugural group of 100 high school seniors to receive a $40,000 Amazon Future Engineer scholarship and Amazon internship,” he said in a statement. “Our passion for invention led us to create Amazon Future Engineer so we could help young people like Leo from underrepresented groups and underserved communities across the country.”

It’s a rosy picture for a company that’s been killing it on earnings, though the company was less bullish when it comes to Q2 as its growth has been slowing. Amazon offered guidance of as much as $1.6 billion below Wall Street’s $4.2 billion expectations. As CNBC notes, that could well point to the company’s intentions of making additional investments going forward.


Movie subscription service Sinemia is ending US operations

Over the past few months, Sinemia has gone from promising MoviePass competitor to the source of frustration for moviegoers across the country. After rumors surfaced earlier this week that it would be backing away from its troubled subscription-based movie ticket offering, it posted official word tonight that it will be shutting down operations in the U.S.

“Today, with a heavy heart, we’re announcing that Sinemia is closing its doors and ending operations in the US effective immediately,” the company writes in a statement posted to its front page.

The service has also struggled with issues of monetization (not unlike MoviePass), leading onlookers to wonder ultimately how sustainable the subscription model is. Those issues have been coupled by increased competition from movie theater chains like AMC offering up their own services, even as Sinemia attempted to create a white label version for theaters.

In recent months, the company has been plagued by lawsuits from both MoviePass and moviegoers, the latter of whom took issue with app problems, hidden charges and policies of shuttering accounts.

“While we are proud to have created a best in market service, our efforts to cover the cost of unexpected legal proceedings and raise the funds required to continue operations have not been sufficient,” the company writes. “The competition in the US market and the core economics of what it costs to deliver Sinemia’s end-to-end experience ultimately lead us to the decision of discontinuing our US operations.”

Sinemia has expressed surprise at the breadth of negative reactions its received from users. In a recent interview CEO Rifat Oguz told TechCrunch, “We are taking it seriously. We are looking at every comment. We didn’t found the company a year ago. It started about five years ago. We are taking every negative comment very seriously.”

To that end, the company has set up multiple sites aimed at addressing user problems. Ultimately, however, operations were just not sustainable here in the States. The note doesn’t clarify whether the service will continue to operate abroad in places like the U.K., Canada, Australia and Turkey, where much of its staff is currently based. Nor is it clear when the end of operations in the U.S. will mean for those customers who are owed money on their accounts. From the note, however, it does sound as if active accounts will be terminated immediately.

We’ve reached out for additional clarification.


Uber will reportedly seek up to $90 billion valuation in IPO

Uber is reportedly looking to sell shares between $44 to $50, aiming to raise $8 to $10 billion in the offering. This would value the company between $80 billion to $90 billion, Bloomberg reports.

Previous reports had pegged Uber’s valuation at around $120 billion. Still, that valuation is higher than its last valuation of $76 billion following a funding round.

It’s likely this decrease in valuation is influenced by Lyft’s performance on the public market. Since its debut on the Nasdaq, Lyft’s stock has suffered after skyrocketing nearly 10 percent on day one.

While Uber has yet to officially set the terms of its IPO, the company is reportedly expected to do so as early as tomorrow. Even if Uber seeks the low end of the expected range, it would be more than three times the amount of Lyft’s $2.34 billion IPO. It would also make Uber’s IPO the largest one in the U.S. since Alibaba’s in 2014.

In 2018, Uber reported 2018 revenues of $11.27 billion, net income of $997 million and adjusted EBITDA losses of $1.85 billion. Uber, which filed for its IPO two weeks ago, is expected to list on the New York Stock Exchange in May.


Facebook hit with three privacy investigations in a single day

Third time lucky — unless you’re Facebook .

The social networking giant was hit Thursday by a trio of investigations over its privacy practices following a particularly tumultuous month of security lapses and privacy violations — the latest in a string of embarrassing and damaging breaches at the company, much of its own doing.

First came a probe by the Irish data protection authority looking into the breach of “hundreds of millions” of Facebook and Instagram user passwords that were stored in plaintext on its servers. The company will be investigated under the European GDPR data protection law, which could lead to fines of up to four percent of its global annual revenue for the infringing year — already some several billions of dollars.

Then, Canadian authorities confirmed that the beleaguered social networking giant broke its strict privacy laws, reports TechCrunch’s Natasha Lomas. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada said it plans to take Facebook to federal court to force the company to correct its “serious contraventions” of Canadian privacy law. The findings came in the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which vacuumed up more than 600,000 profiles of Canadian citizens.

Lastly, and slightly closer to home, Facebook was hit by its third investigation — this time by New York attorney general Letitia James. The state chief law enforcer is looking into the recent “unauthorized collection” of 1.5 million user email addresses, which Facebook used for profile verification, but inadvertently also scraped their contact lists.

“It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” said James in a statement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”

Facebook spokesperson Jay Nancarrow said the company is “in touch with the New York State attorney general’s office and are responding to their questions on this matter.”

You might think a trifecta of terrible news would be crushing for the social network. Alas, its stock is up close to 6 percent at market close, adding some $40 billion to its value.


Tesla to open up Model 3 orders in UK

Tesla is poised to open up orders for the Model 3 in the U.K. by early May, as well as other markets that have right-hand drive vehicles, according to a tweet from CEO Elon Musk.

The Model 3 order page will go live May 1 or 2 in the U.K., followed by Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Tesla’s U.K. web page says “deliveries in right-hand drive markets will begin in the second half of 2019.”

The first Model 3 vehicles were handed over to U.S. customers beginning in July 2017 at a splashy event at its factory in Fremont, Calif. Those first vehicles went to Tesla employees and deliveries limped along for months due to production bottlenecks. Deliveries began in earnest in 2018.

The expansion into more right-hand drive markets follows a disappointing first quarter for Tesla.

The company reported Wednesday wider-than-expected loss of $702 million, which included $188 million of non-recurring charges.

Tesla’s Q1 revenues fell to $4.5 billion, compared to $7.2 billion in the fourth quarter, in part due to its failure to efficiently deliver Model 3 vehicles to customers overseas.

About 50 percent of Tesla deliveries in the first quarter occurred in the final 10 days of the period. “That’s insane,” Musk said Wednesday during an earnings call.

Musk said the company is changing how it delivers vehicles as a result of the challenges it faced last quarter. Instead of building cars in batches and sending that dedicated bunch to one region, Tesla plans to blend vehicle production customers throughout the quarter, said Musk, who added this strategy will put less strain on its logistics system.

“We don’t want a situation again like we had in Q1, where essentially, all the cars were arriving to customers worldwide, all at the same time,” Musk said. “So it just makes sense to plan production according to demand moving forward.”


Amazon Prime’s dominance is spurring new startup opportunities

E-commerce is one of the economy’s bright spots; U.S. e-commerce sales have nearly doubled in five years, and now exceed $500 billion. Unsurprisingly, Amazon has swooped in to claim a disproportionate share of the riches, gobbling up nearly 50 percent of the market share, driving competitors out of business and solidifying its position as one of the world’s most valuable companies.

As part of its complete transformation of the e-commerce landscape, Amazon has made two-day shipping the new industry standard — a standard which most would-be competitors can’t meet on their own without either investing millions in infrastructure or partnering with their greatest competitive threat. Fortunately for merchants, some exciting new logistics startups are emerging to help them compete with Amazon.

Amazon’s chokehold

In classic coopetition form, Amazon now enables more than a million merchants to sell through  Amazon Marketplace. It offers these merchants two-day shipping via a cheap flat fee per package — a fee so cheap, in fact, that no shipping provider can come close to matching it. Amazon is doubling down on its advanced fulfillment network by investing $700 million in Rivian, an electric truck company; augmenting its fleet of 50+ delivery planes; and rolling out 20,000 Mercedes-Benz delivery vans.

Two-day delivery is so compelling, often doubling sales, that many merchants are becoming increasingly dependent on Amazon despite the obvious risks of partnering with the juggernaut. This in itself is spurring startups that help merchants thrive on Amazon. Amazon forces those merchants who work with them to compete side-by-side with other brands, including the company’s own private-label collection that it promotes aggressively. Amazon also pressures merchants to provide their lowest prices on Amazon — despite the fact that Amazon takes a significant revenue percentage. Even then, Amazon still might suddenly kick merchants off its platform without prior notice.

Once merchants sell on Amazon, they often find it impossible to diversify to other platforms with higher margins and more control because they become reliant on Amazon’s unbeatable two-day delivery price. This pressure is making merchants increasingly nervous as Amazon squeezes them from all sides. Merchants are desperately seeking solutions to help them get out of Amazon’s chokehold. A new batch of startups is seizing the opportunity to provide just that.

Aggregated delivery routes

Transportation accounts for more than 75 percent of delivery costs. Merchants can save millions by pooling together their shipping, trucking and last-mile delivery costs. Traditionally, this pooling was done by expensive freight brokers on pen and paper. Today, companies like Flexport, which just raised $1 billion, and Convoy, which was just valued at more than $1 billion, can more effectively match shippers and carriers to combine packages and lower costs.

Addicted to convenience, consumers keep demanding that their merchandise arrive ever more quickly.

Last-mile delivery companies like ShipBob, which recently closed a $40 million investment round, are also beginning to offer Amazon-like two-day shipping solutions. Deliv* takes an even more aggressive approach by offering same-day shipping for retailers via its couriers. By combining volume, these startups allow merchants to save more than 20 percent by negotiating for larger bulk discounts with carriers and by optimizing routes.

Distributed warehousing

To deliver within two days, merchants must have access to warehouses located near their customers. While companies like Walmart and Amazon might be able to invest billions in multiple distribution centers located throughout the U.S., smaller merchants and distributors can rely on startups like Flexe and Darkstore to provide on-demand storage in pooled warehouses across the country. Rather than keeping everything in a central warehouse thousands of miles away, merchants can use artificial intelligence to predict consumer demand and ship inventory to nearby distribution centers. These startups will become increasingly important as retailers seek to go beyond two-day shipping and offer one-day and even same-day shipping.

Robotics and automation

Despite the heavy upfront costs, robotics offer a cheaper long-term alternative to manual labor in many distribution centers. RightHand Robotics, which just landed $23 million, uses a robotic arm to help pick and place items at warehouses. Each arm can operate at the same speed as an experienced packer, while working around the clock. Other startups use automation to reduce last-mile delivery costs through a variety of methods, ranging from self-driving cars to delivery drones. Starship Technologies, for instance, is building a fleet of small self-driving robots to deliver locally. Although individual merchants may not purchase robotic arms, they can leverage logistics startups to reduce costs and improve efficiencies via these new automation techniques.

Addicted to convenience, consumers keep demanding that their merchandise arrive ever more quickly. Amazon is king of convenience and is constantly pushing the bar higher — or faster in this case. Merchants are struggling to keep up. Fortunately for them, a new generation of logistics startups are helping them compete. By creating solutions for the logistics infrastructure of the future, these startups are helping merchants stay in the race against Amazon.

* Denotes Trinity portfolio company


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