All 51 startups that debuted at Y Combinator W17 Demo Day 2

 Over 15,000 founders from 7,200 startups applied to this batch of Y Combinator. It chose just over 100 with founders from 22 countries to go through its accelerator program. Today, the second half of those companies launched on stage, and we have breakdowns of all 51 of these businesses. Oh, and the ACLU. The 97-year old legal activism non-profit is far from a startup, but went through YC to… Read More

Wright Electric unveils its commercial electric plane business

 Gas is the biggest cost for airlines. The easiest way to reduce these costs? Don’t use gas at all. That was the pitch from Wright Electric, a startup building an commercial passenger plane that runs on batteries and can handle flights under 300 miles. These short-haul trips make up 30 percent of all flights and a $26 billion market. Today Wright Electric gave its first preview to the… Read More

Uber details early steps to change culture, and ongoing COO search

 Uber held a special press call on Tuesday, hosted by board member Arianna Huffington and staffed with three of its highest ranking female staff. The call was pretty clearly an attempt to counter-message some of the negative press Uber has faced, specifically around its culture and accusations of sexism. Read More

The Mednet launches its ‘Quora for cancer,’ an online medical knowledge base

 A New York City startup called The Mednet today launched a platform that gives physicians a knowledge-sharing tool that’s as easy to use as Quora, but provides them with expert answers about the latest research in their field. The site has focused, so far, strictly on cancer. Read More

Uber says rides grew more in early 2017 than in early 2016 despite issues

 Uber held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss some of its ongoing issues, including what it’s doing to rectify its workplace cultural problems and the state of its business. The press conference also saw Uber share some details about the business impact of its string of bad news from early in 2017. Read More

Kindle for iOS finally gets the “Send to Kindle” feature, challenging Pocket and Instapaper

 Amazon has quietly rolled out the “Send to Kindle” feature to its Kindle for iOS application that allows you to save to the app articles and documents found on the web. That means your Kindle device or app can replace your preferred “read it later” application — like Pocket or Instapaper, for example — apps where regular web readers often store the longer… Read More

What happened to tablet sales?

 Apple and Samsung have refreshed their flagship tablets for the first time since 2014. Much has changed in the space — mostly for the worse, as overall sales have continued to slip. There’s room for debate as far as precisely how down the overall market is, but there seems to at least be a consensus that early predictions of the tablet space eclipsing PCs missed the mark. Read More

Twitter nixed 635k+ terrorism accounts between mid-2015 and end of 2016

 Twitter has revealed it suspended a total of 376,890 accounts between July 1 through December 31 last year for violations related to promotion of terrorism. It says the majority of the suspensions (74 percent) were surfaced via its own “internal, proprietary spam-fighting tools.” Read More

The Gladius underwater drone will shoot in 4K as it reaches the briny deep

 First drones took to the air. Now they take to the sea! The Gladius is basically a remote-controlled submarine with a 4K camera that can dive to 100 meters. A big, yellow double-barreled monster, the beast is controlled via a phone-connected remote and it is semi-tethered, which means it can roll out about 500 meters with the right gear. Read More

UK also bans large electronics on flights from 6 Middle Eastern and Northern African countries

 After the U.S. today instituted a ban on bringing any electronics larger than a smart phone into the passenger cabin of direct flights that leave from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.K. today followed suit with a very similar ban. Read More

Google launches the first developer preview of Android O

 It’s been just about a year since Google unexpectedly announced the first preview of Android Nougat. Today, the company is launching the first developer preview of the next version of its mobile operating system, currently code-named Android O (but we’re really hoping it’ll become Android Oreo once it’s released). Read More