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Apple Watch apps now track ski performance

Skiers, rejoice! It just got a lot easier to track your mountain treks. Due to an Apple Watch update that combines GPS and altimeter (altitude) measuring, ski apps are now able to quantify performance. If you’re wondering how many calories you’ve burned or how fast you were going, all that data is available and more. The new features are rolling out today, with Ski Tracks, Slopes, Snocru, Snoww, and Squaw Valley’s apps all getting updates. They are most compatible with Apple Watch Series 3 and an updated operating system of watchOS 4.2. TechCrunch…

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The secret to a rich life ~ Get Rich Slowly

There’s this idea in our society that if you want something amazing, there’s got to be some secret to getting it. People want “magic bullet” answers. They think if they look long enough and hard enough then maybe, just maybe, they’ll stumble upon the SECRETS “THEY” DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW. I’m not judging. I used to be like this too. But now I know different. Now I know there aren’t any secrets. The truth is often hidden in plain sight; you just have to learn to see it. The…

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eBay boosts its Japanese business with an acquisition

eBay is ramping up its presence in Japan via its latest investment in Asia. The U.S. online retail giant announced today that it has acquired the Japan-based business of pan-Asia e-commerce company Giosis, which is called Qoo10.jp, in an undisclosed deal. eBay originally set up Singapore-based Giosis in 2010 alongside Korea’s Gmarket, and as part of today’s deal it will give up its equity in the Giosis business outside of Japan. In particular, that refers to Giosis’ network of e-commerce sites that cover Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and China. Giosis…

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Fitbit’s next smartwatch will probably look like this

It sure seemed like Fitbit was all in on the Ionic. The company’s first true smartwatch was the result of multiple acquisitions and CEO James Park was talking up the device as a sort of lifeline for the struggle company. But the product stumbled for both hardware and software reasons, and the company acknowledged during its earnings call that sales weren’t near what it had hoped. Once again, Park attempted to cushion the blow by offering a teaser of what’s to come. This time out, Fitbit promised a smartwatch with…

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Aurora raises $90M Series A, adds Reid Hoffman and Mike Volpi to its board

Self-driving car startup Aurora has raised $90 million in a Series A round, with participation from both Greylock Partners and Index Ventures. The new funding adds to its available cash and will make it possible for the young startup to scale more quickly, but Aurora CEO Chris Urmson told me that the most important part of this deal from his perspective is that Aurora gets two, high-profile new board members out of the deal. Joining Aurora’s board are Greylock’s Reid Hoffman, former founder of LinkedIn, and Index’s Mike Volpi, who…

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Amazon launches its Prime Music service in India

Amazon has quietly launched its Prime Music service in India today. The retailer brought its Prime service to India some 18 months ago, but at the time it was lacking the free music and video streaming services. Amazon added the Prime Video months later, but it has taken some time for the music service to be deemed ready for the market. Medianama — where we first read of today’s launch — reported that Amazon has inked deals with five labels for India, including Sony Music. Previously, the music service was…

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Kindred Capital, an £80M seed VC firm in London, is giving founders it backs a share of fund profits

Kindred Capital, a London-based VC firm that has actually been up and running since 2015, is announcing that it has closed its first seed fund of £80 million, money it has already been deploying in around 20 tech startups throughout Europe over the last two years. Portfolio companies include FiveAI, which is building a software layer for autonomous vehicles; Paddle, the software sales platform; Qriously, which conducts surveys via mobile apps; and Fairwill, a will-writing startup. However, what makes Kindred Capital stand out from most seed investors or other sized…

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Uber’s SVP of leadership is leaving her day-to-day role

Frances Frei, who joined Uber last June as the company’s first-ever SVP of leadership and strategy, is leaving the company, Recode first reported. Frei’s plan is to remain as an advisor at Uber while moving on to create a new leadership development program for people of color and women at other companies. “Frances has made an incredible contribution to Uber at a critical time in our company’s history, from building and running a first-of-its-kind leadership and education program to helping our new leaders be set up for success,” an Uber…

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These will be the first cities getting 5G from Sprint and T-Mobile

Just last week, AT&T announced the first handful of cities where it’ll roll out its 5G network later this year. Today at Mobile World Congress, T-Mobile and Sprint did the same. Sprint’s first 5G networks will go live in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Washington, DC and Houston. T-Mobile will fire up 5G in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Dallas first, promising to have it up and running in 30 cities total by the end of the year. So what does this mean for you? Right now… not…

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Amazon is buying smart doorbell maker Ring

With Nest’s first smart video doorbell right around the corner, Amazon is busy buying up the competition. After acquiring Blink just two months ago, Amazon is now acquiring Ring, makers of the self-titled Ring doorbell (plus a bunch of other security gear, like solar security cameras, floodlight cams and an in-home alarm system). GeekWire broke the rumor this afternoon, and we’ve just received independent confirmation. Details on the deal are still pretty light; the financial terms of the deal, for example, haven’t trickled out just yet. Update: Reuters is reporting,…

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