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Open offices have driven Panasonic to make horse blinders for humans


At what point do we just give up and admit we’re living in exactly the dystopian nightmare speculative fiction warned us about? It probably ought to be these horse blinders for people, which look like something straight out of a Terry Gilliam movie. Panasonic design studio Future Life Factory desig…

By Brian Heater

Health insurance startup Alan covers meditation app subscription


French startup Alan wants to be a bit better than your good old health insurance. That’s why the company is trying something new and now covers part of your Petit Bambou subscription. Petit Bambou is a popular meditation app. It’s a sort of Headspace, but with French content. You download an app, p…

By Romain Dillet

Stripe hires Niels Provos away from Google to be its new head of security


On the heels of raising new funding on a $20 billion valuation, payments and financial services startup Stripe is making a key hire to reinforce its message to the world that it’s taking security of its cloud-based services seriously. Today the company is announcing that it has hired Niels Pr…

By Ingrid Lunden

Skully AR motorcycle helmlet returns from the dead under new ownership


It’s been a long, bumpy road for the Skully augmented reality motorcycle helmet brand. But under the leadership of Ivan Contreras, who acquired the assets of Skully in 2017, the helmet is finally shipping to its early backers. That means anyone who paid $1,800 as part of the original Skully c…

By Megan Rose Dickey

Twilio launches Autopilot to help developers build better bots


Bots went through the hype cycle faster than a speeding roller coaster, as the promise of chatting with a computer quickly turned sour. Now, Twilio wants to take another stab at this market with the launch of Autopilot, a new developer service for building omnichannel bot experiences. ‘Omnich…

By Frederic Lardinois

Twilio makes it easier to take payments over the phone


Making a payment over the phone, maybe because you are trying to change an airline ticket or to pay a last-minute bill, still feels like an antiquated process. You read your credit card number to an agent, then your expiration date and then your security code. In the process, some number will inevi…

By Frederic Lardinois

New York on Tech is helping under-resourced students become future tech leaders


Jessica Santana and Evin Robinson were riding the subway home from a college leadership conference when they realized they were getting off at the same stop.  It turned out, they had grown up in the same neighborhood, no more than 5 blocks apart. Years later, both Santana and Robinson were working …

By Arman Tabatabai

After raising $25M in XRP, Omni lets you earn it renting stuff out


“I think any company scaling today has to have a crypto strategy. This is the start of ours” Omni founder and CEO Tom McLeod tells me. His on-demand property storage and rental marketplace raised $25 million in XRP coins back in January in what some saw as an opportunist move to capital…

By Josh Constine

N26 faces criticism regarding its identification processes


Fintech startup N26 is growing quite rapidly. Building a startup is hard, but building a startup that manages your bank account is even harder given the increased scrutiny. German weekly magazine Wirtschaftswoche published an article that questioned N26’s identification processes. According to Wirt…

By Romain Dillet

Twitter makes it easier to see enforcement taken on reported tweets


Twitter is making a change to how its tweet reporting procedures will work. Before, Twitter had experimented with both showing or hiding the tweet you reported, but users told the company they sometimes needed to refer back to the tweet – like when they’re trying to report it to law enf…

By Sarah Perez