Urban farming incubator Square Roots raises $5.4M

 Square Roots isn’t your normal startup incubator. Sure, the people who participate are entrepreneurs — but instead of sitting at desks building new gadgets or smartphone apps, they’re growing food in hydroponic farms housed inside long, metal containers. Founded by executive chairman Kimbal Musk (brother of Elon Musk, and board member at SpaceX, Tesla and ...

Amazon’s TenMarks releases a new curriculum for educators that teaches kids writing using digital assistants, text messaging and more

 Amazon is expanding its efforts in the education technology space today with the launch of a new curriculum from TenMarks, the company it acquired several years ago which previously only focused on math lessons and related activities. Now, the business is offering an online curriculum for teachers designed to help students learn how to be ...

Art19 gets $7.5 million in funding to build out its podcasting platform

 Even in many podcasting circles, Art19 isn’t exactly a household name. The startup has largely operated behind the scenes, without much in the way of active promotion. Even so, the companies that have enlisted its hosting and ad technologies are among some of media’s largest. The New York Times, Vox and iHeartMedia all take advantage ...

Microsatellite radar imaging startup raises $13M to launch new constellation

 Finland-based ICEYE is launching a constellation of microsatellites with the aim of helping provide a view from space where traditional imaging cannot, with images delivered within a few hours using a technology that is typically very expensive and difficult to deploy. The startup uses something called synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) to observe Earth even through clouds ...

Truss raises $7.7M for its commercial real estate tech platform

 Truss, a Chicago-based commercial real estate (CRE) tech platform, today announced that it has raised a $7.7 million Series A round led by Navitas Capital, with participation from Hyde Park Venture Partners, which also invested in Truss’ seed round. The round also includes debt financing from The PrivateBank. This round brings Truss’ total funding to ...

Sliver.tv raises $9.8M to make eSports spectating less passive

 Twitch and YouTube Gaming have reigned supreme in the eSports viewing space, but the services have struggled to find ways to make the action of watching other people play video games into a more interactive experience. Sliver.tv is bringing 360-degree views to traditional 2D eSports PC content via their patented technologies which gives viewers courtside ...

Forward Networks nets $16M to help prevent network outages

 As IP networks continue to grow and become ever more complex, and people become ever more dependent on them staying up all the time, a startup that is building software tools to help administrators keep networks running has landed a round of funding. Forward Networks — a startup that only emerged from stealth last November ...

BAE Systems’ new radiation-hardened computer is ready to serve in space

 Aerospace and defense technology company BAE Systems is debuting its next-generation hardened computer designed for space-based use. The new RAD5545 single-board computer beats its predecessor in size, speed and efficiency, BAE says, with “exponential” improvements in all categories – all in a package that’s hardware hardened against ambient radiation, which means it… Read More Source: ...

Danny Glover (yes, *that* Danny Glover) is now advising Airbnb

 Actor Danny Glover, known for his roles in ‘Lethal Weapon,’ and, my personal favorite, ‘Angels in the Outfield,’ is working with Airbnb in an advisory role to help engage communities of color. “I know Airbnb has had its own share of challenges in this arena—but working with them, I’ve seen first-hand how committed they are ...

Nintendo’s SNES Classic Mini will let you rewind games to tackle tricky spots

 The SNES Mini is already causing heaps of FOMO anxiety thanks to pre-orders that are selling out near-instantly, but if any of us DO end up getting our hands on one, the console will have a neat trick up its sleeve for players: In-game rewind. This would allow players to set a suspend point (up ...