Drone analytics startup Aria Insights suddenly shutters

Earlier this year, Helen Greiner-founded drone startup CyPhy Works announced a major change. The company was rebooting and renaming itself Aria Insights, a move that arrived with a newfound AI/data-driven focus. Now, just over two months later, the company is no more. Reports that Aria had shuttered began surfacing earlier this week. Moments ago, the…

Pinterest drops its IPO filing

Pinterest, the nearly decade-old visual search engine, has unveiled its S-1 as it prepares for an initial public offering expected in April. Valued at $12.3 billion in 2017, Pinterest took its first official step toward a 2019 IPO two months ago, hiring Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase as lead underwriters for its NYSE offering. Now…

What to expect from Apple’s ‘Show Time’ event

The biggest surprise about next week’s Apple event may be the fact that the company has anything left to announce. This week, several core pieces of Apple hardware received upgrades, including the iPad Air and mini, iMac and AirPods. Given the company’s rush to get all of that out the door, we don’t expect to…

CFTC: We’re ‘Diligently’ Working on All Crypto-Related Applications, Including Bakkt’s

United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is actively working to approve multiple crypto-related applications, including for Bitcoin (BTC) futures from institutional trading platform Bakkt. A CFTC commissioner revealed the news in remarks to cryptocurrency news network Blocktv in an interview on March 19. Answering a question about the status of Bakkt’s application,…

Crypto Markets Report Slight Gains While Gold Rises

Friday, March 22 — All the top 20 cryptocurrencies, except Tether (USDT), are in the green, having overcome yesterday’s drop. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) is up 0.31 percent over the past 24 hours, and is trading at around $4,045 at press time. The coin started the day at $4,029, with a jump to…

Gates-backed Lumotive upends lidar conventions using metamaterials

Pretty much every self-driving car on the road, not to mention many a robot and drone, uses lidar to sense its surroundings. But useful as lidar is, it also involves physical compromises that limit its capabilities. Lumotive is a new company with funding from Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures that uses metamaterials to exceed those…

Blockchain Art Registry Acquires Database With Info From 4K Auction Houses

The blockchain-based art registry startup Artory has acquired auction house database Auction Club, according to a tweet from Artory on March 21. Auction Club is a subscription-only database containing sales information from more than 4,000 international auction houses. According to industry media outlet The Art Newspaper, the move is set to make Auction Club’s sales…

Mailchimp and Shopify break up

Shopify and Mailchimp today announced that the Mailchimp app, which let its users use their Shopify data to create targeted email campaigns, for example, is no longer available in its marketplace. The reason for this, Shopify says, is that it “had growing concerns about Mailchimp’s app because of the poor merchant experience and their refusal…

Firefox is now a better iPad browser

Mozilla today announced a new iOS version of Firefox that has been specifically optimized for Apple’s iPad. Given the launch of the new iPad mini this week, that’s impeccable timing. It’s also an admission that building a browser for tablets is different from building a browser for phones, which is what Mozilla mostly focused on…