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VW reimagines the microbus as an all-electric cargo hauler

  • Among them is an all-electric cargo van that’s meant to be the commercial equivalent of the I.D. Buzz microbus revealed in 2017.
  • The others include a commercial-grade cargo e-bike, an electric concept van called the Crafter HyMotion that’s powered by hydrogen fuel cell system, a Transporter concept van with a 48-volt mild hybrid drive system that combines a turbodiesel engine with an electric drive and finally, the ABT e-Caddy, a small van that will to arrive on market in mid-2019.
  • The I.D. Buzz cargo microbus concept is equipped with 20-inch wheels (smaller than the I.D. Buzz passenger van) and a solar roof that can extends the battery’s range another 9 miles a day.
  • The following year, VW unveiled an electric all-wheel drive microbus called I.D. Buzz, a futuristic take on the family camper van.

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India's Livspace raises $70M for its one-stop-shop for interior design

  • Livspace, an India-based startup that helps consumers manage home renovations and interior design, has pulled in a $70 million Series C deal that’s led by Goldman Sachs and TPG Growth.
  • That makes it an e-commerce business that integrates multiple pieces of the interior ecosystem: consumers, designers and the supply chain.
  • Interior designers need to be local to customers and supply chain partners need to have the capacity to ship to a location, too, but Livspace actually goes beyond that by mapping buildings in a city to enable virtual mockups and 3D models to be rendered to help show a consumer a compelling preview of what their home could look like.
  • Consumers, of course, shop around for deals and the completion rate of projects is at around one-third, Srivastava said, with an average of about $15,000 per consumer.

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SparkLabs is launching a cybersecurity and blockchain accelerator program in the US

  • Investment firm SparkLabs has run accelerator programs across APAC, now it has announced its first that’ll be based on U.S. soil and it’s a cybersecurity and blockchain program that’ll be located in Washington, D.C. from next year.
  • Named “SparkLabs Cybersecurity + Blockchain,” the program will kick off with an inaugural batch of companies in March next year, with applications opening accepted from January.
  • That’s very deliberate, Moon said, because SparkLabs wants to grow its network in the blockchain space outside of SparkChain, although he did explain that the program will be “a vetted deal source” for the fund, so graduates could potentially look it to when they want follow-on funding.
  • Outside of SparkChain Capital, SparkLabs is active in crypto, primarily through its presence in Asia — especially Korea where it operates its first accelerator program.

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Google brings vulnerability scanning to its Cloud Build CI/CD platform

  • Google today announced an important update to its Cloud Build CI/CD platform that brings vulnerability scanning to all container images built using the service.
  • Container Registry vulnerability scanning, which is now in beta, is meant to ensure that as businesses adopt modern DevOps practices, the container they eventually deploy are free of known vulnerabilities.
  • In this case, all new Cloud Build images are automatically scanned when Cloud Build creates an image and stores it in the Container Registry.
  • The service uses the standard security databases to find new issues.
  • When it finds an issue, the service will notify the user, but businesses can also set up automatic rules (using Pub/Sub notifications and Cloud Functions) to take actions automatically.
  • Users also get detailed reports about the severity of the vulnerability, VCSS scores, which packages were affected and whether there’s a fix available already.

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Google's Cloud Memorystore for Redis is now generally available

  • After five months in public beta, Google today announced that its Cloud Memorystore for Redis, its fully managed in-memory data store, is now generally available.
  • The service, which is fully compatible with the Redis protocol, promises to offer sub-millisecond responses for applications that need to use in-memory caching.
  • And because of its compatibility with Redis, developers should be able to easily migrate their applications to this service without making any code changes.
  • Cloud Memorystore offers two service tiers — a basic one for simple caching and a standard tier for users who need a highly available Redis instance.
  • For the standard tier, Google offers a 99.9 percent availability SLA.
  • Since it first launched in beta, Google added a few additional capabilities to the service.
  • As for pricing, Google charges per GB-hour, depending on the service level and capacity you use.

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Google's GitHub competitor gets better search tools

  • This new search feature is based on the same tool that Google’s own engineers use day in and day out and it’s now available in the beta release of Cloud Source Repositories.
  • Code Search allowed you to search through any open-source code on the internet.
  • It’s just as fast as Google’s own search, though, and allows you to use regular expressions and other advanced search features.
  • As Google also notes, you can mirror your code from GitHub and Bitbucket with Cloud Source Repositories.
  • I’m not sure a lot of developers will do this only to get the advanced search tools, but it’s definitely a way for Google to get more users onto its platform, which is a bit of an underdog in an ecosystem that’s dominated by the likes of GitHub.

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Facing sexual assault charges, 3D-printed gun advocate Cody Wilson evades US authorities

  • The gun rights activist who waged a very public legal war over the right to freely distribute 3D-printed gun schematics over the internet is facing serious charges that have nothing to do with firearms.
  • According to a law enforcement press conference today, Cody Wilson, 30, is believed to have traveled to Taipei after learning that he was under investigation for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old.
  • The two continued talking via iMessage and Wilson allegedly identified himself to the victim and mentioned that he was a “big deal,” prompting her to find his name featured in recent news stories.
  • The affidavit, published in full on Ars Technica, details how the two met in person on August 15 at a local coffee shop and Wilson then took the victim to a hotel in a vehicle registered to his company, Defense Distributed.
  • The victim alleges that the sexual assault took place at Austin’s Archer hotel, after which Wilson paid her $500.

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'Jackrabbot 2' takes to the sidewalks to learn how humans navigate politely

  • That’s what Stanford’s Jackrabbot project aims to learn, and now a redesigned robot will be cruising campus learning the subtleties of humans negotiating one another’s personal space.
  • The first robot was put to work in 2016, and has been hard at work building a model of how humans (well, mostly undergrads) walk around safely, avoiding one another while taking efficient paths, and signal what they’re doing the whole time.
  • The new robot has a vastly improved sensor suite compared to its predecessor: two Velodyne lidar units giving 360 degree coverage, plus a set of stereo cameras making up its neck that give it another depth-sensing 360 degree view.
  • It will also give the researchers a chance to see how the movement models created by the previous robot integrate with this new imagery.

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Lime is pissed at San Francisco for denying it an e-scooter permit, claims 'unlawful bias'

  • Lime is waging a war against the San Francisco Municipal Transporation Agency (SFMTA), claiming that the organization acted with “unlawful bias” and “sought to punish Lime” when it chose not to award the e-scooter and dockless bike startup a permit to operate in San Francisco last month.
  • San Francisco’s permit process came as a result of Lime and its competitors, Bird and Spin, deploying their scooters without permission in the city this March.
  • Lime thinks the selection process was unfair and that because it deployed scooters in the city without asking permission — the Uber model of expansion — SFMTA intentionally rejected its application despite its qualifications.
  • Though Lime wasn’t able to successfully sway San Francisco authorities, it was given permission to operate in Santa Monica last month alongside Bird, Lyft and JUMP Bikes.

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Entrepreneurs: It’s time to put corporate VCs back on your short list

  • Financially focused corporate venture firms have a close working relationship with their corporate parent, which allows them access to technology, industry operators and visionaries, giving them proprietary insights to which normal venture firms simply don’t have access.
  • These proprietary insights give financially focused corporate venture capital partners the ability to see the market and technology landscape in a different, more informed, way.
  • To illustrate the advantages of working with a financially focused corporate venture capital firm, let’s look at a real example — my investment in blockchain.
  • Outside of blockchain, there are a number of examples within Comcast Ventures that also show advantages of leveraging resources at a corporate venture capital firm: EdgeConneX successfully pivoted its business model with the help of Comcast; Brightside was incubated and spun out, securing Comcast as its first customer; Zola developed partnership opportunities with NBCU; Comcast became one of DocuSign’s largest customers; and Icontrol was acquired by Comcast.

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