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  1. Citizens Reserve, a Bay Area startup, has a broad goal of digitizing the supply chain. Last fall, the company launched the Alpha version of Suku, a Supply Chain as a Service platform built on the blockchain. Today, it announced a partnership with Smartrac, an RFID tag manufacturer, based in Amsterdam, as a key identity piece for the platform. Companies use RFID to track products from field or factory to market. Eric Piscini, CEO at Citizens says this partnership helps solve a crucial piece of digitizing the supply chain. It provides a way to trace products on their journey to market, and ensure their provenance, whether that is to be sure no labor was exploited in production, environmental standards were maintained or that the products were stored under the proper conditions to ensure freshness. One of the big issues in track and trace on the supply chain is simply identifying the universe of items in motion across the world at any given moment. RFID tagging provides a way to give each of these items a digital identity, which can be placed on the blockchain to help prevent fraud. Once you have an irrefutable digital identity, it solves a big problem around digitizing the supply chain. He said this is all part of a broader effort to move the supply chain to the digital realm by building a platform on the blockchain. This not only provides an irrefutable, traceable digital record, it can have all kinds of additional benefits like reducing theft and fraud and ensuring provenance. There are so many parties involved in this process from farmers and manufacturers to customs authorities to shipping and container companies to logistics companies moving the products to market to the stores that sell the goods. Getting all of the various parties involved in the supply chain to move to a blockchain solution remains a huge challenge. Today’s partnership offers one way to help build an identity mechanism for the Citizens Reserve solution. The company is also working on other partnerships to help solve other problems like warehouse management and logistics. The company currently has 11 employees based in Los Gatos, California. It has raised $11 million, according to Piscini. View the full article
  2. After launching apparently successful pilot runs in San Francisco and New York, UPS announced today plans to expand its in-building delivery service to 10 additional U.S. cities. In mid-2019, the parcel service will be adding Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Miami and Seattle to the list. UPS’s program was launched last summer, utilizing smart locks designed by New York-based startup, Latch. The Initial roll out was a clear attempt by UPS to take on Amazon’s own efforts in the space. Key by Amazon started as an in-house delivery service partnership with Kwikset, which has since expanded out to included cars, businesses and garages. UPS service is designed to let delivery people enter into common areas, rather than individual apartments, so they can leave packages in lobbies and foyers when residents are out. Latch currently has a sign up form on its site for those interested in taking part in the program. The move is another key win for Latch, which has been carving out a name for itself in the crowded smart lock space, through deals with retailers like Jet and a recent $70 million raise. View the full article
  3. Starship, an autonomous delivery robot startup, is deploying its first batch of robots as part of a commercial service. Starting today, Starship will begin delivering food to the 40,000 students, faculty and staff at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. in partnership with Sodexo, a food and facilities management company. Starship says the deliveries take 15 minutes or less, on average, depending on which items the customer ordered and where they’re located on campus. Each robot can carry up to 20 pounds of food. “University dining programs are evolving their strategies to meet this generation’s elevated expectations, such as better quality, variety and service delivery,” said Sodexo CEO of Universities East Jim Jenkins said in a press release. “George Mason University’s culture of innovation and early adoption makes it the perfect campus for Sodexo and Starship to introduce this cutting-edge technology and enhance the campus experience for the entire school community.” At launch, there will be 25 bots roaming around campus delivering food from Blaze Pizza, Starbucks, Dunkin’ and other food retailers. Each on-demand delivery will cost $1.99 To date, Starship’s robots have completed over 25,000 deliveries. Back in October, Starship began delivering packages to residents in the U.K. town of Milton Keynes. Starship has also previously partnered with on-demand food delivery companies like DoorDash and Postmates to test out its robot delivery service. Last January, Starship partnered with the companies mentioned above for a pilot program in Redwood City, Calif. and Washington, D.C. What makes this deployment at George Mason unique is that it’s Starship’s first truly commercial deployment of autonomous food delivery. In June, Starship raised $25 million from Matrix Partners and Morpheus Ventures. New investors included Airbnb co-founder Nathan Blecharczyk, Skype founding engineer Jaan Tallinn and others. Starship has raised $42.2 million in total. View the full article
  4. Adjust, a Berlin-headquartered company focused on mobile ad measurement and fraud prevention, is acquiring bot detection startup Unbotify. Founded in 2012, Adjust has become increasingly focused on ad fraud, and in fact created an industry group called the Coalition Against Ad Fraud a little over a year ago. Co-founder and CTO Paul Müller argued that although the industry has become increasingly concerned about fraud, Adjust has led the way in taking a more proactive approach: “Instead of just telling our clients, ‘Hey, you just spent money on fraud,’ we actively intervened and rejected attribution to a fraudulent source.” In Müller’s view, Unbotify fits in with the company’s broader philosophy because the Israeli startup isn’t just trying to detect bots — it also “produces explainable results,” providing a clear explanation of why an impression couldn’t have come from a real human being. “We strongly believe fraud isn’t a problem that can be solved with a magical black box or eight ball,” he said. “Fraud should not be an opinion. We believe in clear, transparent measurement of why something is fraud.” Adjust co-founder and CEO Christian Henschel said the entire 25-person Unbotify team will be joining the company, and will continue working as an independent office in Tel Aviv. In fact, Adjust plans to double the size of the team by the end of the year. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Unbotify was founded in 2015 by Yaron Oliker and Alon Dayan. According to Crunchbase, it raised $2 million in funding from Maverick Ventures Israel. Ultimately, Henschel said, “What we’d like to achieve is to end fraud for digital media.” Not that they think that Adjust alone can put a stop to all fraud. Instead, they hope to simply make it too costly and difficult for fraudsters to target Adjust customers. “If you have a lot of houses on the street, and some of the doors are heavily fortified, most of the time [the thieves] will go with the door leaning open,” Müller said. “For us, the goal is not to eliminate fraud on idealistic level, but actually to make it financially unviable.” The announcement comes just a month after Adjust announced it was buying data aggregation company Acquired.io. View the full article
  5. Invisible labor is a benign way of describing the never-ending, sometimes soul-crushing to-do list that women manage in order to keep their children thriving and households running smoothly. You might recognize the broader concept of unappreciated yet essential household work from a 2017 digital comic strip on "mental load." Countless women saw their own exhaustion and simmering resentment in the comic's feminist rendering of why women end up taking on tiny tasks like unloading the dishwasher to huge decisions like choosing a nanny. Of course, it went viral. A new study, published Tuesday in the journal Sex Roles, offers original data to illustrate the widespread phenomenon of invisible labor — and its depressing impact on women's emotional and psychological well-being. Read more... More about Women, Moms, Gender Equality, Mental Load, and Social GoodView the full article
  6. Make way for more robots bearing lattes and doughnuts for college students. Starship Technologies has a fleet of 25 mini robots descending upon the George Mason University campus, in Fairfax, Virginia, on Tuesday. The bots will deliver food and drinks to the 40,000 students, faculty, and staff. The first retailers to bring hungry college kids supplies are Starbucks, Blaze Pizza, and Dunkin'. The food and beverages come in what looks like a white cooler on six wheels. SEE ALSO: Delivery robot catches fire at university campus, students set up vigil The fleet autonomously (naturally) brings food to students and teachers on a campus meal plan run through food services company Sodexo. Students order through an app; within a few minutes, a bot rolls by with a breakfast sandwich and iced coffee. Delivery to anywhere on campus costs $1.99. Read more... More about Robots, Food Delivery, Autonomous Vehicles, Tech, and TransportationView the full article
  7. Amazon devices are great, but you know what's better? An Amazon device loaded with accessories. Accessories can make devices easier to use, look cooler (or just more personal), and keep them better protected. So what's not to like? Some devices just don't look complete without a Ferrari cover and you know it. There's now 25% off Kindle, Fire, and Echo accessories with the promotional code NEWYEAR25. That means you can finally add a personal touch to your Kindle, or simply protect its screen, at a reduced price. Likewise, you may have been in need of a new adapter or power cable, and now you can get them in the knowledge that you're getting a good deal. Read more... More about Amazon, Accessories, Kindle, Fire, and Amazon Echo View the full article
  8. Black Panther, A Star Is Born, BlacKkKlansman, The Favourite, and more are up for the Academy Award View the full article
  9. Bradley Cooper is nominated for Best Actor View the full article
  10. Also nominated: Bradley Cooper, Willem Defoe, Viggo Mortensen, Christian Bale View the full article
  11. Black Panther’s “All the Stars,” A Star Is Born’s “Shallow,” and more have been recognized View the full article
  12. Is it already Oscar season? Was it not just yesterday, or perhaps 10 years ago, that we watched the epic Moonlight/La La Land flub and then called it a night? That was actually almost two full years ago, so time is a construct and we're back to the Hollywood hills in preparation for the 2019 ceremony. The 2019 nominees were announced Tuesday morning by black-ish star Tracee Ellis Ross and The Big Sick's Kumail Nanjiani. Golden Globe winner Bohemian Rhapsody made quite a showing, as did Black Panther, marking a massive achievement for Marvel Studios (even Infinity War was represented). Despite recent controversy, Green Book appeared in multiple categories, and Bradley Cooper's much-tauted adaption of A Star Is Born didn't earn the actor a Best Director nomination. Read more... More about Entertainment, Movies, Oscars, Academy Awards, and Oscars 2019View the full article
  13. Scores for If Beale Street Could Talk and Mary Poppins Returns have also been recognized View the full article
  14. LCD iPhones might be a thing of the past by year 2020, The Wall Street Journal claims. The outlet's report focuses on Japan Display — a major supplier of LCD screens for Apple — which might land in financial trouble due to the "disappointing performance" of Apple's iPhone XR, which is the only iPhone released in 2018 that has an LCD screen. SEE ALSO: It's official: iPhones are too expensive According to the report, Japan Display might seek a bailout from investors in China and Taiwan, to the tune of $550 million or more. The biggest problem that the company has is relying too much on Apple, which was responsible for more than half of Japan Display's yearly revenue as of March 2018. Read more... More about Apple, Iphone, Lcd, Oled, and Japan Display View the full article
  15. Leon Bridges might have one of the most mellifluous singing voices around. But sometimes even the most honeyed of voices can't distract from truly terrible lyrics. On Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Grammy-nominated singer belted out some of Donald Trump's tweets, which — let's be honest — aren't exactly known for their lyricism. Sorry, but "Congratulations to Rex Tillerson on being sworn in" just doesn't have ear worm potential. Read more... More about Donald Trump, Tweets, Kimmel, Culture, and MusicView the full article