A new lawsuit alleges anti-aging startup Elysium Health hasn’t paid its sole supplier

elysium health Chromadex, the sole supplier of anti-aging startup Elysium Health‘s two main product ingredients pterostilbene and Nicotinamide Riboside (NR), is suing the startup for failure to make payments on those ingredients and for breach of a trademark and royalties agreement. According to a document on Chromadex’s website, dated December 29, 2016, Elysium “made… Read More

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OpenAI has admirable intentions, but its priorities should change

Photo: asafta/iStock Artificial intelligence is one of the hottest topics in business and science. Developers and industry analysts are all-in, building castles in the sky with tales of an impending AI “awakening.” In preparation for this sea change, Elon Musk and Sam Altman founded OpenAI, a nonprofit with the dual mission of ensuring that AI stays safe and its benefits are widely and evenly distributed. Read More

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Baidu opens augmented reality lab, begins integrating AR into search

baidu_ar_demo Chinese search giant Baidu is looking to further entrench itself in the world of augmented reality, announcing today that it is establishing an AR lab to research and build experiences that more tightly integrate the digital experiences we have on our devices with the world around us.
The institution is the fourth such lab to be established under the Baidu Research division, joining the… Read More

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Joe Lonsdale moves forward with 8VC’s new fund and more

Joe+Lonsdale+TechCrunch+Disrupt+NY+Day+3+LHxvIP6S9sxl Lonsdale declined to comment on 8VC’s fundraising last year. But last week, we spoke with him about the new fund and, to a much lesser extent, about Formation 8 Partners, which Lonsdale famously cofounded in 2011 with Stanford classmate Brian Koo and longtime venture investor Jim Kim before the three abruptly disbanded in 2015. One oft-cited reason for the firm’s demise:… Read More

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Twitter’s latest feature prompts you to tweet your updated profile picture

twitter-iphone-photo Twitter is rolling out a new feature designed to increase the amount of visual content in users’ timelines and encourage more tweets and replies: it’s prompting users who have just updated their profile picture to post a hashtagged tweet about the change. The tweet will be appended with #NewProfilePic, which can then be seen by all the users’ Twitter followers.… Read More

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How tech companies are honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Personalities, Civil Rights, USA, pic: 1965, Philadelphia, Black Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King showing his call for justice outside the "all white" Girard College  (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images) Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day! In celebration of Dr. King’s birthday and his major contributions to the civil rights movement, Twitter, Asana, Etsy, Google, Box, Slack, GitHub and several other tech companies have closed their offices in honor of MLK Day, according to their employees. Some tech employees are taking that time to march in MLK Day parades. At Salesforce, the… Read More

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