New pre-seed fund powered by First Round Capital will target recent graduates

In 2012, early Uber investor First Round Capital decided it needed an avenue to access the best companies brewing inside dormitories across the U.S. So the seed-stage venture capital firm launched Dorm Room Fund, a pool of capital managed by students for students. The project has brought 250 startups, including Harper Wilde and Brooklinen, and more than 400 entrepreneurs into the First Round network to date.

“But there’s an even bigger community of founders just on the other side of that graduation threshold; and if students can make great founders, then recent graduates make great founders as well,” wrote Bruno Faviero, a former managing partner of Dorm Room Fund and current co-founder and chief executive officer of Synapse Technology, in a recent blog post. “Yet the level of resources and support drops off when you’re no longer in school.”

Faviero, in partnership with product manager Lauren Reeder, Totemic [...]  read more

Patent suggests the Google Pixel 4 will be notch-free and all-screen

Since its first Pixel handset, Google hasn’t messed too much with the design language of its flagship handset, but if this latest leak is to be believed, the Google Pixel 4 could be going all-screen.

According to 91mobiles, a patent has been filed by Google with a number of figures that show off the all-too-familiar design of the Pixel range of handsets, with the rear sporting the same glass top, two-tone design featuring a fingerprint scanner and single camera as can be found on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3.

The edges, similarly, are unchanged, with volume and power buttons on the right-hand side, a SIM-card slot on the left, and a USB-C port on the bottom. The display, however, has practically no bezels and is completely notch-free.

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All-screen front and familiar rear

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There doesn’t seem to be any trace of a pop-up mechanism or pinhole cutout for the selfie camera, nor for the dual speakers found on the Pixel [...]  read more

Facebook urged to give users greater control over what they see

Academics at the universities of Oxford and Stanford think Facebook should give users greater transparency and control over the content they see on its platform.

They also believe the social networking giant should radically reform its governance structures and processes to throw more light on content decisions, including by looping in more external experts to steer policy.

Such changes are needed to address widespread concerns about Facebook’s impact on democracy and on free speech, they argue in a report published today, which includes a series of recommendations for reforming Facebook (entitled: Glasnost! Nine Ways Facebook Can Make Itself a Better Forum for Free Speech and Democracy.)

“There is a great deal that a platform like Facebook can do right now to address widespread public concerns, and to do more to honour its public interest responsibilities as well as international human rights norms,” writes lead author Timothy Garton Ash.

“Executive decisions made by Facebook [...]  read more

5 reasons Xiaomi Mi 5 is a great deal and 5 reasons it’s not

After almost two years of wait, Xiaomi has finally launched its flagship smartphone in India. The Xiaomi Mi 5 comes at a price of Rs 24,999 and will be looking at giving a good  competition to conventional flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung, LG on one hand and to new age flagship killers from Lenovo, OnePlus on the other.

The phone was first showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 and went on sale in China. The Xiaomi Mi 5 has been getting an outstanding response in the China market and India is the first international country to offer this smartphone. The Xiaomi Mi 5 smartphone that packs in Snapdragon 820 CPU, 3GB of RAM, a 16MP Sony sensor and a sleek design that weighs just 129g. In the China market the company is also offering a limited edition ceramic back model, which we will not be seeing in India for now.

The Xiaomi Mi 5 has a metal and glass combo for the chassis, with a seamless design that does feel really nice when sliding your finger along the side – [...]  read more

Ford’s iconic F-series trucks are going electric

Ford’s legendary and popular F-series pickup line will soon have electric options, the company announced today. The move is intended to “future-proof” the enormous truck business against rising gas prices and regulations favoring electric vehicles over internal combustion.

Jim Farley, Ford’s president of global markets, announced the news at a press conference in Detroit. As reported in the Detroit Free Press, he specified that there will be both pure/battery electric and hybrid options — they aren’t dipping their toe but jumping in at the deep end.

Ford has been leaning into electric harder than ever over the last year, detailing an ambitious $11 billion plan to offer 40 electrified vehicles by 2022; some of those are entirely new cars, like the “Mustang-inspired electric crossover” coming next year, while others will be electric versions of classic lines like the F-series.

Tesla is also planning [...]  read more

Caso mense, la sindaca di Lodi fa ricorso: “Condanna ingiusta, non c’è stata discriminazione”

Il Comune di Lodi cerca la rivincita sul caso mense: dopo aver perso in primo grado, l’amministrazione si rivolge ai giudici dell’Appello: il provvedimento è stato depositato la scorsa settimana. Il regolamento che rendeva alle famiglie extracomunitarie difficile l’accesso ai servizi sociali agevolati, come mensa e scuolabus, torna materia d’attualità dopo aver suscitato nei mesi scorsi polemiche, proteste e flash mob che dalle piazze erano finite in un’aula di tribunale.

Il tribunale ordina: “Condizioni uguali per tutti”

Il regolamento era stato giudicato “discriminatorio” dal tribunale di Milano che il 13 dicembre aveva ordinato al Comune di modificarlo. La sindaca Sara Casanova ha sempre difeso il suo provvedimento. E adesso ha presentato ricorso rivolgendosi alla Corte d’Appello di Milano ritenendo “ingiusta la condanna per condotta discriminatoria”.

Il giudice di primo grado, Nicola Di Plotti aveva accolto il [...]  read more