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This bizarre reality special from Netflix tries to get people to commit ‘murder’

This bizarre reality special from Netflix tries to get people to commit ‘murder’ Netflix’s original programming is some of the best content out there, but an upcoming reality special called The Push looks bizarre at best and disturbing at worst. The company just released a trailer detailing the premise of the show, which you can watch below. According to host Derren Brown, a mentalist and illusionist (who, in the words of his website, has become “synonymous with the art of psychological manipulation”), the show is about “how readily we hand…

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC-D.C. Hyperloop

Elon Musk’s Boring Company gets preliminary permit for NYC-D.C. Hyperloop A 29-minute trip from D.C. to New York may seem too good to be true. And it very well may be. But that isn’t stopping Elon Musk from pushing forward with plans to build a Hyperloop along the eastern corridor. And while it’s a very small, very vague step forward, Musk’s Boring Company has received a permit for preparation and preliminary excavation of a site in the nation’s capital. The exact location is 53 New York Avenue NE, next to…

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H-E-B acquires Texas-based on-demand company Favor

H-E-B acquires Texas-based on-demand company Favor H-E-B has acquired Favor, the on-demand delivery service out of Texas. Favor will continue to operate as an independent wholly-owned subsidiary of the grocery chain. The company first launched in 2014 at SXSW, bringing a Texas-tailored approach to on-demand delivery. While many on-demand services, such as Postmates, focus on high-density areas like NYC and San Francisco, Favor built a product that serves the sprawling cities of Texas. Users could order food from a restaurant, or any item from a local store, to be purchased…

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betaworks Studios is a membership club for builders

betaworks Studios is a membership club for builders betaworks, the 10-year-old startup studio out of NYC, is today introducing a brand new business in the form of betaworks Studios. Think of betaworks Studios as a membership club for builders, offering entrepreneurs, artists, enginneers/developers, and creatives the space to work on their projects and get to know one another. Builders is the word that betaworks uses to describe its core demographic for Studios. The premise for betaworks Studios is to give developers and creative-focused individuals a chance to be a part…

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iHeartUs helps couples grow their relationship

iHeartUs helps couples grow their relationship Today’s Valentines Day, and while it’s become a consumer-driven holiday, it’s also a day where many couples take stock of their relationship. iHeartUs, a new app for couples, is launching today to help those couples keep and grow their relationships. Using a proprietary ‘love language’ algorithm, iHeartUs offers personalized recommendations for date ideas, gifts, special occassion reminders and other suggestions to help you remember to cherish your sweetie. The five love languages first grew to prominence with the publication of Gary Chapman’s book The…

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Varsity Tutors lands $50 million in Series C funding

Varsity Tutors lands million in Series C funding Varsity Tutors, the learning platform founded in 2011, today announced the close of a $50 million Series C funding round led by Learn Capital. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and existing investor TCV also participated in the round. Varsity Tutors started as an offline service, connecting the best tutors on campus with those who needed help for IRL study sessions. Fast forward seven years and the company now offers a full-fledged online platform for learning, including free on-demand content via Varsity Learning Tools….

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Amazon greenlights the fifth season of Bosch

Amazon greenlights the fifth season of Bosch Amazon Prime Video’s longest running hour-long original series is back for yet another season. The company has greenlit Season 5 of Bosch, the Emmy-nominated series based on Michael Connelly’s detective/crime fiction novels. Bosch follows LAPD Detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch as he tries to solve the most elusive cases. The fifth season is based on the novel Angels Flight. An attorney is murdered the night before his civil rights trial begins, and the explosive case threatens to throw LA into chaos. The twist? The…

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Frank and Oak picks up $16 million Series C

Frank and Oak picks up million Series C Frank and Oak, the direct-to-consumer clothing brand based out of Canada, is today announcing the close of a $16 million USD Series C funding round led by Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, with participation from Goodwater Capital and Investissement Québec. Frank and Oak launched in 2012 offering personalized menswear, with a recommendations newsletter that let users shop without much thought and pay for only what they love. Since then, the company has expanded beyond the internet to 16 retail locations…

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Quit Genius, backed by Y Combinator, wants to help you quit smoking

Quit Genius, backed by Y Combinator, wants to help you quit smoking Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things a person can do. But despite the products out there to help, from nicotine patches and gum to ecigarettes to scary PSAs and government programs, few of these products actually get people to the point where they feel confident in their new nicotine-free life. That’s where a new YC-backed company, Quit Genius, comes in. Yusuf Sherwani (cofounder and CEO), Maroof Ahmed (cofounder and COO), and Sarim Siddiqui (cofounder and…

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WeWork Labs, startup-focused co-working space, relaunches

WeWork Labs, startup-focused co-working space, relaunches In 2011, WeWork ran an accelerator-type program called WeWork Labs. That program was a bit neglected as the company began to focus on other initiatives, such as international expansion, Powered By We, and acquisitions. But today, WeWork is relaunching WeWork Labs, with 27 spaces secured in 16 markets for 2018. WeWork Labs, which will be run by Chief Product Officer Roee Adler, wants to offer super early stage startups a place to work and learn. There will be a loose curriculum and access to…

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