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Acorns to launch new retirement accounts after buying Portland fintech startup, Vault

 Micro-investment service, Acorns, which automatically invests small amounts from its customers’ bank accounts into investment funds, has bought Vault, a Portland-based developer of retirement fund investment services. Vault’s application lets its users set aside part of their paychecks into retirement funds.

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Hayley Barna just became the first female GP in First Round’s history

 Founder turned investor Hayley Barna is now a general partner with the early-stage venture firm First Round Capital. The appointment comes roughly one-and-a-half years after Barna — who cofounded the seven-year-old Birchbox, a start-up that mails monthly packages of beauty samples

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Utility company commits to 10,000 European charging points by 2020

The electric vehicle revolution is well and truly underway. Not only are most major auto manufacturers now making EVs, they’re also banding together to roll out charging stations to support them. Announcing the “Freedom is Electric” publicity campaign, utility company

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Utility company commits to 10,000 European charging points by 2020

The electric vehicle revolution is well and truly underway. Not only are most major auto manufacturers now making EVs, they’re also banding together to roll out charging stations to support them. Announcing the “Freedom is Electric” publicity campaign, utility company

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An Essential Novel About Poverty, Bigotry, and Sexual Abuse, Twenty-Five Years Later

David Cantwell on “Bastard Out of Carolina,” the author Dorothy Allison’s début novel, set in nineteen-fifties Greenville, South Carolina. Go to Source

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The iPhone X has the best display of any smartphone

DisplayMate — the display calibration and benchmarking firm — has put the iPhone X through its paces and has come to the conclusion that it has the best smartphone display ever. This is an accolade that DisplayMate handed to the

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Orbital backpack maker gets parents swinging

Brit engineer David Wolffe first launched his award-winning orbital backpack in 2014, which made use of clever trapeze cord technology that allowed the wearer to access the contents of the backpack with taking it off – by swinging the main

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Orbital backpack maker gets parents swinging

Brit engineer David Wolffe first launched his award-winning orbital backpack in 2014, which made use of clever trapeze cord technology that allowed the wearer to access the contents of the backpack with taking it off – by swinging the main

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I Swear That I, Justin Trudeau, Am Not Trying to Hurt You

Riane Konc jokes about the activities of Justin Trudeau, the Canadian Prime Minister, which stand in stark contrast to those of Donald Trump. Go to Source

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New partner program lets service providers offer erasure as a service

One of the areas that can often be overlooked when companies are formulating data protection strategies is what happens to information at the end of its life. It’s important to dispose of unneeded information securely and data erasure specialist Blancco

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Get three tickets with your Startup Alley Exhibitor package at Disrupt Berlin

 TechCrunch Disrupt is coming to Arena Berlin on 4-5 December, and and we’re looking for rockstar startups to be a part of Startup Alley. If you’ve never been to a Disrupt before, Startup Alley is where hundreds of early-stage companies

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Tiny house maximizes space with flexible interior

We were impressed with the work that Handcrafted Movement put into its Urban Craftsman earlier this year, and the firm’s recently-completed tiny house, named the Pacific Harmony, appears to be similarly well made. The towable home’s interior is relatively roomy

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Tiny house maximizes space with flexible interior

We were impressed with the work that Handcrafted Movement put into its Urban Craftsman earlier this year, and the firm’s recently-completed tiny house, named the Pacific Harmony, appears to be similarly well made. The towable home’s interior is relatively roomy

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Amazon launches Alexa-less Fire TV Stick for international users of its Prime video service

 We’re approaching one year since Amazon expanded its Prime video service to over 200 countries internationally, and today the company is doubling down on that global audience with the introduction of a ‘Basic Edition’ of its popular Fire TV Stick

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Volkswagen sponsoring old-school Beetle in Baja 1000

VW of America has announced that it will be sponsoring the ProjectBaja.com Class 11 VW Beetle in the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 race in mid-November. The race team is based in Denver, Colorado and plans to take the

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Volkswagen sponsoring old-school Beetle in Baja 1000

VW of America has announced that it will be sponsoring the ProjectBaja.com Class 11 VW Beetle in the 50th BFGoodrich Tires SCORE Baja 1000 race in mid-November. The race team is based in Denver, Colorado and plans to take the

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Big tech goes five for five

 As October came to a close, three of the five largest American tech companies beat earnings expectations. The quarterly results of Amazon, Microsoft, and Alphabet were impressive, with each firm bringing in both more revenue and profit than analysts had expected.

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Xbox One X celebration giveaway — win a Microsoft console and free video game!

Tomorrow is Xbox One X release day, and we here at BetaNews are very excited. Microsoft has created the most powerful video game console of all time. Besides playing 4K video — including UHD Blu-ray — it can handle 4K

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Neos launches IoT-powered home insurance UK-wide

 What do you get if you combine the Internet of Things with the business of home insurance? U.K. startup Neos is hoping the answer is damage and/or theft prevention rather than just after-the-unfortunate-fact payouts. Read More Go to Source

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Plagued by unwanted thoughts? You may be low on hippocampal GABA

Whether they take the form of worries, unpleasant memories or hallucinations, recurrent unwanted thoughts are a key feature of conditions such as anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and schizophrenia. Now, in a step towards better-treating these disorders, scientists from

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