The FTC is attempting to block the DraftKings-Fanduel merger

 The Federal Trade Commission just announced they will authorize legal action to block the merger of DraftKings and FanDuel, the two largest daily fantasy sports sites in the U.S. Specifically, the commission will jointly file a complaint with the Attorneys General in California and the District of Colombia seeking a preliminary injection to stop the deal. They will also issue an… Read More

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Streaming sports startup FuboTV raises $55 million

 To expand its channel lineup and grow its customer base, FuboTV has raised $55 million in Series C funding led by Northzone, with participation from 21st Century Fox, Sky and Scripps Networks Interactive. That brings total funding to $75 million since being founded in 2014. Read More

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Shape-shifting ‘4D’ printed objects could pave the way for outer space structures

 It takes a lot of money to launch stuff into space — even by NASA terms. The cost ranges from around $9,000 to more than $40,000 per pound. With that sort of price tag, weight and space are at a major premium with shuttle missions, causing NASA to look for innovative new ways to create more compact payloads. A team at Georgia Institute of Technology is exploring a method that uses 3D… Read More

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Drone Racing League raises a $20M Series B ahead of its 2nd season

 Drone Racing League has closed on $20M in Series B funding, led by U.K telecommunications company Sky, Liberty Media Corporation (which owns the Formula 1 racing brand) and Lux Capital. This new funding means that the league has now raised over $32M in three rounds. Allianz (who is also the title sponsor of DRL) and World Wrestling Entertainment also joined the round as new investors in… Read More

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Let’s meet in Columbus this week

 It’s a bit short notice but I’ll be in Columbus this week and I’d love to meet you all on Thursday at 5pm at the Wolf’s Ridge Tap Room. You can RSVP here. There is limited space so please pick up a ticket early. We’ll have a quick pitch-off in preparation for Disrupt SF and 10 companies will have 90 seconds to pitch and then have a few minutes of questions from… Read More

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All hail this autonomous stone-stacking robot

 Robots are good at a few simple things. They can lift and carry huge objects, fly around like dragonflies, and murder our families while we watch, their cold circuits flitting with nascent feelings of remorse and anger. But they can’t stack rocks very well. This is because rocks are all different. However, imagine a situation when a robotic arm needs to move rubble or build a foundation… Read More

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