• Strange signals coming from space every 16 days are puzzling scientists

    An odd radio signal is coming from space, starting and stopping in regular 16-day cycles. A team of Canadian astronomers was the first to report finding the source, which they discovered using a novel radio telescope. This newly-discovered burst of radio waves, called FRB 180814.J0422+73, does not fit any known cause, leading to range-ranging speculations on its nature, ranging from simple interactions between stars, to suggestions the waves are signals from intelligent lifeforms. The four cylinders of the CHIME radio telescope, where this unusual signal was first detected. Image credit: CHIME. A burst of inspiration In 2007, the first fast radio burst (FRB) —a short-lived radio signal from space — was…

  • ‘TV host Max Keiser says Bitcoin will go to $400k, not $100k’

    Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin BTC every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Baudriallard used to say: Let’s whip up a knowledge omelette! Bitcoin price We closed the day, February 17 2020, at a price of $9,690. That’s a notable 2.47 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$246.42. It was the lowest closing price in eleven days. We’re still 51 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $176,585,280,987. It now commands 63 percent…

  • E-scooters are just as safe as cycling, but that’s not saying much

    A study just released by an intergovernmental group has found that using an e-scooter is no more dangerous than cycling. The study, from intergovernmental organization the International Transportation Forum (ITF), says fears over e-scooter safety “have been exaggerated.” What’s more, the ITF says that if alternative forms of transport like bikes and e-scooters get people out of cars it will make the roads safer further still. [Read: The UK is finally ready to discuss legalizing e-scooters, with consultations starting February] Figures cited by the ITF suggest most (80%) fatal e-scooter and bicycle crashes involve a motor vehicle (car or motorbike) too. A trip by car or motorbike is more likely…

  • Skype co-founder raises €757M fund to back European tech startups

    Atomico, the venture capital firm set up by Skype‘s co-founder Niklas Zennstrom, has raised an additional €757 million ($820 million) to back “mission-driven” European tech startups, targetting Series A and beyond. The firm raised the funds from several institutional investors, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, banks, family offices, insurance companies, and government-backed entities from all over the world. [Read: What’s venture capital and why does it matter to startups] It also drew support from several founders and early team members from some of Europe’s most well-known tech companies including Adyen, Transferwise, Klarna, Spotify, and Zoopla. The new raise brings Atomico’s total assets under management to a staggering €2.4 billion ($2.7…

  • Define the ‘why’ and plan ahead

    Fundraising can be daunting at the best of times, but when you’re an early-stage startup founder looking to raise your first million, the idea of having to pitch to investors can be even more intimidating. How exactly do you go about planning your raise while also trying to get a business off the ground? I spoke to three tech founders to get a better idea about what the process entails. Pleo’s Jeppe Rindom: Think about the ‘why’ Jeppe Rindom is the co-founder of Danish fintech startup Pleo, which offers a company payment card solution in hope of automating expense reports and simplifying company spending. [Read: Your first step to raising…

  • Samsung might launch the Galaxy Fold 2 with an under-the-display camera by July

    Last week, Samsung launched its second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Now, new reports are suggesting that the company might be already preparing to launch its next foldable — a sequel to the Galaxy Fold. Korean news outlet Ajunews and the founder of Display Supply chain Consultants (DSCC), Ross Young, separately reported this development. Both sources said the Korean tech giant is working on the Galaxy Fold 2 under the project name Champ. [Read: Surprise: The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip’s ultra-thin folding ‘glass’ scratches like plastic] The new device will reportedly have a huge 7.7-inch screen when unfolded. Samsung is also testing an under-the-screen camera technology to provide a notchless display.…