Shopkick’s rewards shopping app expands to grocery stores

 Shopkick, a shopping rewards app that’s currently ranked only #1233 on the App Store, is expanding its focus. The company today is launching a new feature called Shopkick Grocery, to move its business into the area of grocery awards. The app will dole out gift cards to consumers who engage with brands’ content, including by scanning barcodes on products, making purchases,… Read More

Slack developers get another small tool to fill out their bot functionality

 Slack, which at times can sometimes seem allergic to product changes, is making an alteration and giving developers the ability to add a drop-down menu to give additional responses and actions to Slackbot messages. Read More

Stripe acquires Indie Hackers, a knowledge-sharing community for entrepreneurs

 Stripe has acquired Indie Hackers, a website and community focusing on helping entrepreneurs become profitable while remaining independent. News of the acquisition broke through a blog post by Indie Hackers founder Courtland Allen and was quickly confirmed by Stripe’s twitter account. “When I set out to build Indie Hackers last July, there weren’t many places that put… Read More

Why do airlines overbook their flights?

 We’ve all been there: You turn up to the gate and there are more passengers than there are seats on the plane. You wouldn’t be the first person to think, “If you only have 200 seats, why would you sell more than 200 tickets?” It turns out there are excellent reasons for doing this, powered by money, efficiency and a whole lot of statistical analysis. Read More

Gravity Jack’s PoindextAR tracks objects’ smallest details for augmented reality anywhere

 Augmented reality is a difficult proposition, both in the methods used to do it right and the resources required to do it at all. A new AR system from Gravity Jack makes some serious advances in the field, tracking real-world objects and their components in true 3D, not via tags or trickery. The company thinks it could figure prominently in industrial applications and spread from there. Read More

Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

 Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing. Read More

The surprising rise of China as IP powerhouse

 Given China’s determination to advance its IP systems and stature, China may well eclipse U.S. and Europe as the global center for intellectual property in just a few decades. This radical paradigm shift should be of utmost importance to Silicon Valley, particularly companies whose models and profits are based on proprietary intellectual property. Read More

Google’s adversarial AIs could lead to less reliance on real-world data

 One of the biggest challenges facing the development of AI is that it requires a huge amount of human input, both in terms of the involvement of people when it comes to identifying and inputting data up front, and in terms of the nature of data sets required to even make training AI systems possible to begin with. Google AI research Ian Goodfellow, who recently headed back to Google Brain after… Read More

Lyft raises $600M at $7.5B valuation

 Lyft has raised a total of $600 million in new funding, with a post-money valuation of $7.5 billion, the company announced via its blog on Tuesday. Reports had indicated the raise was in process, though the most recent figure pinned the total at $500 million, though that was prior to its closing. Lyft’s investment included new funding partners including Canada’s Public Sector… Read More