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05.12.16 | 12:08 pm

Starting Monday, you’ll be able to buy shares in startups through crowdfunding sites

As of Monday, startups can sell up to $1 million in shares to everyday investors through approved brokers and crowdfunding sites, thanks to the JOBS Act, a 2012 law that Sarah Kessler covered for Fast Company here.

Crowdfunding portal IndieGogo says it plans to let startups offer securities starting later this year, and investor portal AngelList is working with on its own such site. Kickstarter, on the other hand, has no plans to offer securities as funder rewards, reports the Wall Street Journal.

09.27.16 | an hour ago

Elon Musk’s Mars colonization speech: Live stream, start time, and details

This afternoon at 2:30 p.m. (EST) during an event at the International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico., Elon Musk will give his much-anticipated speech about his plans to colonize Mars. He is expected to describe his "Interplanetary Transport System," an ambitious spacecraft architecture that he says will be able to carry loads of cargo—or people—on the 33.9 million-mile trek to Mars.

We'll be covering the speech, so check back for more updates.

09.27.16 | 2 hours ago

DJI launches a selfie drone called the Mavic Pro

Drone maker DJI debuted a new model today aimed at capturing aerial selfies. The new device follows a trend of making drone technology more accessible to consumers who are interested in flying cameras, but don't want to invest in big, expensive drones. The small drone (about a third the size of a sheet of paper, according to Michael Perry, the company's director of strategic partnerships,) folds up and is much easier to carry around than DJI's previous devices. 

The Mavic Pro features human tracking and gesture control to take pictures. Like other DJI devices, it has collision avoidance and a 4K, 12 megapixel camera. The drone will able to stay in flight for 27 minutes before needing a recharge.

The company also revealed the DJI goggles, a viewing headset that's supposed to give users "that immersive flight feeling," says Perry.  Two headsets can be bound to one drone, so friends can have the drone perspective at the same time. The new device will  start shipping in mid October with an in-store experience coming to Apple stores on  November 2. The Maverick Pro will start at $749, using DJI Go platform to navigate the drone. The drone plus remote control will go for $999 and the company will sell a bundle including the Mavic Pro, extra propellers, carrying case, and charging hub for $1,299. 

09.27.16 | 2 hours ago

Industrious, a premium WeWork alternative, is growing fast

Industrious, a co-working space designed not just for young freelancers but for more mature professionals, recently closed a $37 million Series B funding round and is rapidly expanding across the country. Jamie Hodari, the company's cofounder and CEO, says the money will be used to expand to 12 new properties in addition to the 11 cities it currently serves. The company was launched in 2013 and has seen its year-over-year revenue grow by five times over the past year, reaching 90% occupancy.

The brand distinguishes itself with aesthetics and services that would make older professionals just as comfortable as younger ones. This means offering amenities such as nursing rooms, fitness centers, and concierges who are looking out for the needs of individual members. "It's having someone notice that you're stressed and bringing you hot cocoa, or bringing you a shawl when you look cold on a marathon conference call," Hodari says.  "These are things that people are used to experiencing at hotels, but aren't used to experiencing when they are at work."

09.27.16 | 2 hours ago

Senators demand answers from Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer about the massive hack

Six Democratic U.S. senators wrote a joint letter to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer asking for details about the company's probe into the massive hack of 500 million user accounts. In the letter, Sens. Patrick Leahy, Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Wyden, and Edward Markey said they were "disturbed" that the hack, which happened in 2014, was just announced by Yahoo last week:

"That means millions of Americans' data may have been compromised for two years. This is unacceptable. This breach is the latest in a series of data breaches that have impacted the privacy of millions of American consumers in recent years, but it is by far the largest."

09.27.16 | 3 hours ago

Uber has a “ghost driver” problem in China

As Didi takes over the company's operations in China, passengers have reported booking rides through the app with drivers who never show up ("ghost drivers"). The app still charges customers for a short ride, and one scammed customer told Forbes that the "drivers' profile pictures all looked zombie-like."

09.27.16 | 3 hours ago

Morning intel: America survived the first debate, Google announces video app for India

• This morning, Americans are waking up late, bleary-eyed but relieved that the country survived "the debate of the century," as the face-off between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has been dubbed. Fast Company covered all the angles—from Trump's conflicting answers about whether he pays taxes to the candidates' heated exchanges over whether Ford is really moving jobs to Mexico, Clinton's use of the term "super predators," the night's most-retweeted tweet, what the early polls said, Trump blaming his performance on a "defective mic," and even Howard Dean's odd theory for why Trump kept sniffling, and much more.

Google announces YouTube Go, a data-saving video app for India.

• Hundreds of tech companies, including Spotify and, are letting their employees skip work on Election Day.

26 people were killed, including 6 children, in airstrikes targeting rebel-held areas in Aleppo, Syria

09.27.16 | 4 hours ago

Lands’ End CEO is out, after a rocky year

Last year, Federica Marchionni became the CEO of Lands' End after a career at high-end companies like Ferrari and Dolce & Gabbana. She was tasked with repositioning Land's End as a luxury brand, but her efforts fell flat. On Monday, she announced that she was stepping down immediately. 

Earlier this year, Lands' End made Gloria Steinem the face of the brand, but this sparked widespread outrage from pro-lifers. Several schools boycotted the brand, which was a serious loss since Lands' End supplies many school uniforms. The company ended up apologizing for using Steinem in marketing, only to face the ire of feminists. 

Read more in Fortune.

 [Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Lands' End]

09.27.16 | 8:00 am

The company behind talking Barbie will let anyone make a chatbot, with  no coding required

PullString, the company that developed the technology for Mattel's talking Hello Barbie and the Call of Duty Facebook chatbot Lt. Reyes, is launching a tool to let other companies develop their own talking bots with no programming required.

The PullString Author platform will let writers create dialogue trees for bots that can speak through text or audio through an interface similar to popular screenwriting tools. Then, they can publish them to PullString's cloud platform and automatically integrate them with platforms including Facebook's Messenger, Skype, and Telegram, or with other interfaces through a programmer interface. Pricing will depend on factors such as peak and average use, says founder and CEO Oren Jacob.

09.27.16 | 7:26 am

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement union is endorsing Trump

For the first time in its history the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has endorsed a presidential candidate, reports Politico. ICE represents that nation's immigration officers and staff and given Trump's hardline stance on immigration, it's no wonder the union is endorsing him. "In his immigration policy, he has outlined core policies needed to restore immigration security—including support for increased interior enforcement and border security, an end to sanctuary cities, an end to catch-and-release, mandatory detainers, and the canceling of executive amnesty and non-enforcement directives," an ICE statement said.

[Photo: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Wikimedia Commons]

09.27.16 | 6:43 am

Google announces YouTube Go, a data-saving video app for India

The search giant has announced that it will soon launch the new app, which is designed for India's mobile users, who often see harsher prices for large data plans and less reliable connectivity than users in the States do. YouTube Go will enable users to view YouTube's catalog without eating up lots of data. Viewers can then preview videos and choose what MB size they want to view them at and download the videos for offline viewing later in places where internet connectivity isn't so good. The YouTube Go app even allows users to shares videos with other users via a Bluetooth connection—saving other people from having to use their data plans to download the same video.

[Image: Google]

09.27.16 | 6:08 am

NASA finds water vapor plumes on Europa

It's not quite as exciting as finding alien life, but it makes it much more likely. NASA accounted that its Hubble telescope has confirmed sightings of water vapor plumes "spewing water jets" from the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, reports the BBC. The finding is significant because it is believed that Europa has a liquid water ocean underneath the moon's icy crust, and such water vapor plumes are a good sign this ocean exists. This liquid ocean could contain microbial life–or even forms of life more advanced. The fact that water jets are being spewed into space makes finding out if life exists on the moon somewhat easier, too. Instead of actually needing to land a rover on the moon, a NASA spacecraft could theoretically do a flyby through the vapor plumes to see if it can detect signs of microbial life.

09.27.16 | 5:55 am

It’s probably Google’s 18th birthday today

If you've gone to the Google home page today you'll notice a new doodle—one celebrating the company's 18th birthday. However, as Wired points out, Google's birthday has shifted over the years. The company was officially incorporated on September 4, 1998 (but the research that led to Google began two years earlier), yet the company has never celebrated that date. In 2004 Google celebrated its birthday on September 7. In 2005 it celebrated its birthday on September 26. One year it celebrated its birthday on September 8. But hey, now that the doodle is out, Google says September 27 is its birthday—at least for this year.

[Image: Google]