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1500+ startups graduate Y Combinator’s first online Startup School

Today is the world’s biggest startup demo day ever, but it’s not happening in Silicon Valley. It’s happening all over the world as 1,584 companies complete Y Combinator’s online Startup School Founders Track program. 797 of them have posted demo videos anyone can watch. That’s out of 2,820 startups accepted from the 13,321 companies...

Genius pet owner DIY-ed a beautiful dog bed out of an old school TV

A very good dog deserves a very good bed, not the boring ones you can buy at a pet store. Fortunately, that's where some good ole crafting comes in. Dog owner Jonathan shared on Reddit the ultimate DIY project that'll make you the hero your dog already thinks you are. To treat his pups,...

Microsoft cofounder pledges $30 million to help Seattle’s homeless

Paul Allen speaks at the Americans for the Arts National Arts Awards benefit dinner in New York City on Oct. 15, 2012. Billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen, who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, has committed $30 million to a new initiative that will help establish permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness in Seattle....

Take that, dudes: Female astronaut breaks record for most time spent in space.

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on the International Space Station. Stand up and take notice of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson. Not only is Whitson the first woman to command the International Space Station twice, she's the oldest woman to fly to space for NASA, and we think she might be the record holder for most...

Find out what Gilly is reading in new ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 photo

HBO has just released the first official photos from the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Among the collection of familiar stoic faces bracing themselves for winter was one curious entry featuring Sam and Gilly poring over books and texts in what has to be Oldtown. Image: hbo One look at the photo, and...

Michelle Obama blessed WWDC with her presence and unleashed a trove of wisdom

Former FLOTUS Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. Michelle Obama did Tim Cook a serious solid for WWDC this year. Cook announced on Monday that attendees would be getting a big surprise for day 2 of the company's annual developer conference: a fireside chat with none other than the former first...

Argentina’s government is wooing entrepreneurs with a new law

Despite years of economic uncertainties and the lack of a proper legal framework to help promising startups obtain capital, Argentine entrepreneurs are building a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem. The country is home to many of Latin America’s biggest startup success stories and with the introduction of one new law, the pathway to success is about...

Facebook’s first social VR app is cool — but there’s a problem

Image: facebook Facebook just took a big step forward in its bid to make virtual reality more social. The company released Facebook Spaces at its F8 developer conference Tuesday, a new app for Oculus Rift that lets you hang out with friends in virtual reality. We took the app, which is available now in...

Petasense emerges from stealth to help companies monitor machine health

Industrial IoT startup Petasense emerged from stealth today, officially announcing $1.8 million in seed funding and a hardware/software solution designed to help industrial customers understand when equipment needs maintenance by “listening” to its vibrations. As it turns out, machines vibrate at a certain frequency when they are operating smoothly, but as parts begin to...

Jeremy Liew: Forget the critics; watch “Planet of the Apps” for its window onto pitch meetings

Reviewers have not been kind to Apple’s first TV offering, “Planet of the Apps.” Variety had a particularly entertaining, if biting, take, with writer Maureen Ryan likening the show to “something that was developed at a cocktail party, and not given much more rigorous thought or attention after the pitcher of mojitos was drained.”...