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Tech

UNICEF launches free app that converts your daily steps into life-saving nutrition

UNICEF is ramping up its efforts to help American kids get active and save lives, and it’s using tech to do it. Two years after it officially launched its Kid Power fitness bands , which help kids convert their daily steps into life-saving nutrition for malnourished children in the developing world, the organization has launched…

Mobile

Pinterest brings full dish recognition to its Lens camera search

 In a move that may seem like an early step toward hitting a ridiculously high valuation, Pinterest is now adding the ability to recognize complete dishes to its Lens camera search. Next time you’re out at a restaurant and you find something that you thought was delicious at the first bite, Pinterest is now going to…

Mobile

Snapchat’s latest feature that Facebook will surely steal: group stories

Snap’s marquee feature is getting an upgrade. Snapchat stories are like disappearing photo albums you can share with friends. But until today, there was no easy way to create these stories for a group event — like, say, for a glossy trip to the Grand Canyon. That’s Snap’s pitch for the new feature, which it calls custom stories…

Mobile

Microsoft launches new Surface Pro with LTE, starting at $799 and shipping globally on June 15

At an event in Shanghai earlier today, Microsoft officially unveiled the all-new Surface Pro. The launch comes five days after we exclusively gave a first glimpse of the refreshed Windows 10-powered tablet. A “refresh” is actually maybe something of an understatement. Compared to the previous version of the device — the Surface Pro 4 which…

Cloud

Pot luck: Hound Labs raises $8.1 million to combat stoned drivers with cannabis breathalyzers

Law enforcement agencies have been using breathalyzers to test motorists’ sobriety for decades, but a new startup is staking a claim to bring its cannabis version of the technology to market. So far, the only reliable ways to test for cannabis use have been through saliva, blood, or urine, which aren’t always practical in a…

Tech

CDN provider Fastly raises $50 million to help online companies deliver content at speed

Fastly , a content delivery network (CDN) provider, has announced a $50 million series E round of funding led by Sorenson Capital, with participation from Sapphire Ventures, Iconiq Capital, Amplify Partners, August Capital, O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV), and IDG Ventures. Founded out of San Francisco in 2011, Fastly’s cloud-based edge platform helps content-focused companies, including the New…

Start Ups

Zenefits introduces level-funded insurance plans and more mobile updates

 Zenefits, in a further attempt to find its way into small businesses as a human resources management service that can outmaneuver larger and more complex platforms, is releasing a suite of new updates today. Much of these updates revolve around trying to simplify the process of managing an employee base, from benefits to payroll, to…

Tech

Scribd adds newspapers to its subscription reading service, including the NYT, FT, and WSJ

Subscription reading service Scribd  is adding another string to its bow today with the news that it’s now including “select” articles from a number of premium newspapers. Founded out of San Francisco in 2007, Scribd offers subscribers unlimited cross-platform access to a selection of reading materials — including ebooks, audiobooks, documents, and, as of last November…