This week, the Equity duo of Kate Clark and Alex Wilhelm convened to get some quick hits in about Slack’s WORK, Luckin Coffee and Sam Altman’s departure from Y Combinator.They then dug a bit deeper into the money around food: DoorDash and Sun Basket both raised this week.And finally, TransferWise illustrates how not to IPO.In all of this, they considered a world without the word “unicorn” as it relates to billion-dollar valuations — before admitting they are probably responsible for a good amount of its use.Alex: So I think that the real unicorns now are companies that are growing, and are profitable, while also been worth over a billion dollars.And that makes them actually as rare as unicorn should be, in my view.
Linear Tube Audio is an American high-end company that specializes in producing tube electronics designed by David Berning.Both companies offer designs that are radically different from traditional tube amplifiers, and don't have the euphonic sound most people associate with tubes.Case in point: The LTA Z10 is a stereo tube integrated amp that produces incredibly clear sound with speakers or headphones.The Z10 by the numbersThe Z10 has five analog-only inputs (four RCA, one XLR balanced), tape input and output jacks, two 6.3mm headphone jacks, an LED that's easy to read from across the room and a linear power supply.The Z10's black aluminum chassis is designed and made by Fern & Roby in Richmond, Virginia; the electronics are hand crafted by LTA in Takoma Park, Maryland.
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Their efforts seem to be having an impact, as Amazon has finally promised to share its carbon-footprint data and to reduce the impact of its massive shipping operations.But one leader of the employee protest explains that thousands of employees don't think Amazon is doing all it can, and haven't given up the fight.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.They also wanted it to stop going after customers in the oil and gas industries."Given the scale and urgency of the climate crises, we can't be helping to extract and expand fossil fuel," Rajit Iftikhar, a software developer for Amazon and one of the employees involved in this push, told Business Insider.While Iftikhar acknowledges that oil and gas industry are also some of the biggest R investors in alternative, sustainable energy, he doesn't think that outweighs their negative climate contributions.
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Top smartphones from the biggest companies like Apple and Samsung used to cost around $650, but now they cost $1,000.And that's totally fine, because those smartphone companies also now offer "cheaper" versions of their top smartphones.Just three years ago, in 2016, top smartphones like the iPhone 6S and the Galaxy S7 had a starting price tag of around $650.Just the year before, Apple was selling the iPhone 7 for $650!Much of the attention went toward the iPhone X, as it sported a new design and features.The iPhone 8 had the same powerful chips and performance as the iPhone X, and it still offered the excellent iOS experience.
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The Otterbox name has long been synonymous with smartphone protection, and it teamed up with Corning, the company behind Gorilla Glass, to create the Amplify screen protector.It’s made from high-strength aluminosilicate, and Otterbox claims it offers up to five times greater scratch-resistance than soda lime glass screen protectors.The strong glass protects against drops as well as scratches, and it’s backed by Otterbox’s limited lifetime warranty.It even comes with a selection of tools to make installing it a breeze.Still, it’s an excellent choice if you can take the hit to your finances.RhinoShield Impact Protection Film Protector
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In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.The Myth of ‘Learning Styles’A look at why the theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.The 7 Fastest Ways Leaders Kill Company Cultures Without Realizing ItCulture is critical for your business’s growth and profitability, here’s how to avoid killing it.
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.Today’s Raspberry Pi deal isn’t just a measly circuit board or an eBook.We’re excited to see that this complete starter kit includes all the hardware and online training you need to master this wonderful electronics pastime.Not only that, it’s the lowest price we’ve ever seen, thanks to the promo code below.A Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer designed as a fun way to learn to code.The Complete Raspberry Pi 3B Plus Starter Kit and Course Bundle includes a Raspberry Pi 3B Plus, a TF Card, and 37 newly-designed sensor modules for you to assemble in whatever way you please.
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On Thursday, the US government indicted Wikileaks founder Julian Assange for violating the Espionage Act.At a hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, lawmakers on both sides agreed that the US needs to regulate the technology, fast.Bluetooth is officially so complex that it’s a security risk.Each week we round up the news that we didn’t break or cover in depth but that you should know about.As always, click on the headlines to read the full stories.Before you completely panic: Motherboard also emphasizes that Snapchat has since cracked down on who can access SnapLion—though it has also expanded what SnapLion can do and how it is used—and has since introduced end-to-end encryption.
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On Wednesday, Seattle-based startup studio Madrona Venture Labs announced it raised $11 million in funding to help build between 8 and 12 startups.Madrona Venture Labs is a startup studio backed by Madrona Venture Group and specializes in artificial intelligence and machine learning technology.Mike Fridgen, Managing Director at Madrona Venture Labs, told Business Insider that Seattle is full of top technical talent from Amazon and Microsoft that he hopes to recruit to the startup studio as founders and mentors.According to Fridgen, many of the legacy companies' top executives have made enough money to be financially secure enough to take the leap into entrepreneurship.Amazon, Microsoft, and Boeing all call it their homes, while just about every other major tech company under the sun has set up shop in the city in a big way.The fund will go towards building 8 to 12 companies over the next year.
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But when no one did, he decided to start the Long-Term Stock Exchange, a competitor to Nasdaq and the New York Stock Exchange that requires companies to look beyond quarterly earnings.On May 10, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved the LTSE's application.Now it can finally get to work.Read more on the Business Insider homepage.Nearly a decade ago Ries, the author of the Lean Startup, purposed an idea for a new stock exchange that would force companies to think and act based on how decisions would impact investors 10, 25, and 100 years down the road.Read more: A Silicon Valley stock exchange backed by Peter Thiel and Andreessen Horowitz just got SEC approval
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A wave of Wall Street reassessment is now underway, as analysts cut their target prices and develop new arguments for whether Tesla will succeed or fail.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.As Tesla's stock price slides 35% year-to-date, dropping below $200, its market cap sheds billions, and the dreaded 'B-word' is once again uttered, analysts are racing to reaffirm some semblance of their former optimism — or slashing their target prices and offering new, rather bearish (some would say hibernating) worst-cases.For example, longtime Tesla bull Adam Jonas suggesting that if things get ugly the stock could go to $10.Read more: Tesla is facing scrutiny for its cars catching on fire, but electric cars could actually end up being safer than gas-powered carsI've been saying this for years, but the idea that Tesla is worth more than, at most, $150 per share is sort of silly.
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The weather has improved and grilling season is upon right in time for Memorial Day, but don’t head over to the butcher just yet.Before you grab your cooking tools, you should dive into Gamestop’s Memorial Day Sale that is running up until the end of the day on May 27.During the sale, you can take advantage of deals like saving up to 50% on used games like Horizon Zero Dawn or Bayonetta 2 and discounts on used consoles bundled with select games.So if you’re looking for savings on Xbox One, PS4, or Nintendo Switch this weekend, dive into these deals and check out the other best Memorial Day 2019 sales.Blast from the Past Console BundlesIf you’re in the market for one of the standard current-gen consoles from Sony or Microsoft, the Memorial Day sale at Gamestop has got you covered.
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Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games!Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com.The nominees for board gaming's biggest award, the German "Spiel des Jahres" trophy, were announced this week and feature a total absence of entries from designers Wolfgang Warsch and Michael Kiesling.(If you have no idea what I'm talking about, those two absolutely dominated last year's awards).This year, the jury of German critics went with light, easy-to-teach games for the family-friendly "Spiel des Jahres" award.Just One and Werwörter (Werewords in English) are word-based party games, while L.A.M.A.
SpaceX has raised more than $1bn (£786m) in financing over the last six months, including $535.7m in an offering that began in April, its regulatory filings on Friday showed.Elon Musk's company is aiming to roll out a high-speed internet service by using a number of satellites in space.It had already raised $486.2m in an equity offering, starting back in December, but has now surpassed $1bn.On Thursday, SpaceX launched its first batch of 60 small satellites into Earth's lower orbit as Musk unveiled his new Starlink internet service.The Billionaire entrepreneur sees it as an important new revenue stream, expecting to make around $3bn a year.Currently Starlink is only authorised for US operations.
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If you're like me, you may have poked around Amazon looking for cheaper alternatives to Apple's AirPods, which start at $159 and hit $199 if you want wireless charging.There are plenty of bargain models out there with high user ratings, but are they really any good?In my experience, most of the time they're just all right -- and some aren't good at all.However, an increasing number are managing to rise above "meh" classification, and a few are actually quite decent.Here's a look at the best among the current crop of budget true-wireless earphones I've tested (all are under $100, while some are under $50).All of these models feature Bluetooth 5.0 and maintained solid wireless connections (I encountered minimal Bluetooth hiccups with them).
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The World Health Organization moved forward with a proposal to classify “gaming disorder” as an illness.After a consideration period starting in June 2018, the 194 members of the WHO decided to enact the proposal, known as ICD-11, at the World Health Assembly today.WHO added gaming disorder to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems.This refers to gaming disorder as a kind of addiction, or “a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline.It is manifested by “impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context); Increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences.The behavior pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning.”
Facebook bought Oculus and has spent the last five years killing what it was and reinventing it as a Facebook-scale company.It has dumped most of the co-founders, brought in Zuck loyalists to take over the most important decisions and shifted towards accessibility over appeasing the company’s early supporters.It’s probably the best VR product that’s been built yet, and one that has the mainstream firmly in view.Facebook needs to lean in on the new device and move away from what got it there.With past VR releases, there’s always been a key technology to blame or a key feature that was missing, but if the Oculus Quest fails, Facebook may just have to consider that the whole product category doesn’t hold the mass appeal it hoped for.As the closing of the Oculus acquisition approaches its fifth birthday, one wonders where Facebook’s 10-year-plan for virtual reality begins to show some signs of critical success.
Multiple times per week, our patients ask us where technology might play a role in their care — from apps that they’ve downloaded on their phones for depression to virtual reality-based games for help with their addictions.Our field — mental health — is waiting for academia and industry to enter a relationship — and to do so ASAP, as it might be the best match any medical field has yet seen.Other areas of medicine, including cancer immunology and HIV, have already seen prime examples of large-scale academic-industry collaborations.Google and Stanford Medicine, for example, have teamed up to create something called the Clinical Genomics Service.This could finally mean societal-level improvements to mental health as new, high-quality tools are infused into the population to support the help that right now is mostly limited to the health sector.We need each other’s expertise
Health officials say ingesting it can cause nausea, severe dehydration, and can even prove fatal in large doses.An advocate of MMS admitted picking Africa as a target because drug safety laws are less strict and many people have poor access to conventional medicine.The film shows officials in Red Cross-branded shirts treating men, women and children who have been diagnosed with malaria in Iganga, a town in eastern Uganda.The results of the treatment are miraculous, declares narrator Klaas Proesmans, who describes himself as a charity executive.Filmed in 2012, the video seems to offer a glimpse of a new breakthrough in malaria treatment, pioneered by the world's most famous aid organization.MMS advocates with ties to a US religious group told local Red Cross staff they were working on a water treatment project.
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Powerbeats Pro, the first truly wireless workout headphones from Beats, launched earlier this month.I've been using the Powerbeats Pro headphones for about 24 hours now, and I have some thoughts about my experience so far.I can definitely see Powerbeats Pro dethroning my current exercise headphones, but I'm not sure if they will become my "everyday" headphones like my AirPods are.Those photos of the yet-to-be-announced headphones generated lots of excitement online.The ear hooks are key.By wrapping around your outer ear, Powerbeats Pro have a level of stability I've yet to experience in other headphones.
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