Panopto acquires Ensemble Video to bolster enterprise video management platform

(Panopto Image) Seattle-based enterprise video platform Panopto has acquired Syracuse, N.Y.-based Ensemble Video, which also operates a platform to help customers manage and publish video content. Ensemble launched in 2005 after a group of Syracuse University employees came up with a new way to manage video content for the institution. It mainly works with K-12, higher education, and enterprise customers. Panopto, founded in 2007, first targeted universities that wanted a way to capture, store, stream, and sort through videos of lectures. It later found demand in enterprise video content management — organizations ranging from financial institutions to appliance manufacturers that wanted a way to manage videos and slides for training,… Read More

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Lina Khan’s timely tech skepticism makes for a refreshingly friendly FTC confirmation hearing

One never knows how a confirmation hearing will go these days, especially one for a young outsider nominated to an important position despite challenging the status quo and big business. Lina Khan, just such a person up for the position of FTC Commissioner, had a surprisingly pleasant time of it during today’s Senate Commerce Committee confirmation hearing — possibly because her iconoclastic approach to antitrust makes for good politics these days. Khan, an associate professor of law at Columbia, is best known in the tech community for her incisive essay “Amazon Antitrust’s Paradox,” which laid out the failings of regulatory doctrine that have allowed the retail giant to progressively dominate… Read More

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Medical device startup Nanodropper raises $1.4M for eye drop bottle adapter

(Nanodropper Photo) Nanodropper, a medical device startup founded by University of Washington and Seattle University grads, announced a $1.4 million seed round this week. The company makes an FDA-approved adapter for eye drop bottles that reduces the size of eye drops to save money and medication. Co-founders Allisa Song, Elias Baker, Mackenzie Andrews, and Jennifer Steger were inspired to solve the problem outlined in a 2017 article by ProPublica about how larger-than-necessary eyedrops were increasing costs for glaucoma patients. Eyedroppers often deliver more medication than the eye can physically absorb, and the Nanodropper reduces the size of drops by a quarter or more. Golden Seeds, an investment firm focused on women-led businesses,… Read More

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Brave Care raises $10M to expand its primary and urgent care clinics for kids, grow remote services

A Brave Care provider in Portland, Ore. treating a family. (Ali Rae / Brave Care Photo) New funding: Portland, Ore.-based pediatric health startup Brave Care raised a $10 million Series A round. How it works: Brave Care is akin to ZOOM+Care clinics but specifically targets kids. The startup offers around-the-clock remote care through an app and via phone lines staffed with pediatric nurses. Its primary and urgent care clinics are open every day, all year from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and include on-site pharmacies. Brave Care has one mobile healthcare unit with plans to add mobile units in Texas and North Carolina. Background: After pediatrician Dr. Corey Fish treated Darius Monsef’s… Read More

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Look at this tiny new Polaroid camera can you believe it

A lot has changed in the last decade-ish of instant photography, yet all the while the boxy build of instant cameras has stayed more or less intact. Modern instant shooters have slimmed down and put on a variety of calming pastel tones, but they’re not exactly slender. But lo, Polaroid — the new Polaroid, not the old Polaroid — has done a thing. The company says its latest camera, the Polaroid Go, is the world’s smallest analog instant camera. And you know, yeah, it looks really quite small. How small is small? It’s 4.1 inches long, 2.4 inches tall and a little over 3 inches wide. The Go is undeniably… Read More

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How to put your PS4 in Safe Mode to troubleshoot issues, or get out of Safe Mode if you’re stuck

Summary List Placement The PlayStation 4’s Safe Mode is a great option for troubleshooting problems you might have with your console.  Starting your PS4 in Safe Mode can help you resolve an issue or troubleshoot a bug the device may be having. The Safe Mode menu includes options to change your console’s resolution, rebuild its storage database, and restore the device to factory settings.  Note: Before switching your PS4 out of Safe Mode, make sure to back up your data because some Safe Mode options will result in data loss.  How to put PS4 in Safe Mode 1. Turn off your console by holding the power button for 3 seconds. After… Read More

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As UiPath closes above its final private valuation, CFO Ashim Gupta discusses his company’s path to market

After an upward revision, UiPath priced its IPO last night at $56 per share, a few dollars above its raised target range. The above-range price meant that the unicorn put more capital into its books through its public offering. For a company in a market as competitive as robotic process automation (RPA), the funds are welcome. In fact, RPA has been top of mind for startups and established companies alike over the last year or so. In that time frame, enterprise stalwarts like SAP, Microsoft, IBM and ServiceNow have been buying smaller RPA startups and building their own, all in an effort to muscle into an increasingly lucrative market. In… Read More

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As UiPath closes above its final private valuation, CFO Ashim Gupta discusses his company’s path to market

After an upward revision, UiPath priced its IPO last night at $56 per share, a few dollars above its raised target range. The above-range price meant that the unicorn put more capital into its books through its public offering. For a company in a market as competitive as robotic process automation (RPA), the funds are welcome. In fact, RPA has been top of mind for startups and established companies alike over the last year or so. In that time frame, enterprise stalwarts like SAP, Microsoft, IBM and ServiceNow have been buying smaller RPA startups and building their own, all in an effort to muscle into an increasingly lucrative market. In… Read More

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NASA’s Perseverance rover just turned CO2 into oxygen. The technology could help future astronauts breathe on Mars.

Summary List Placement NASA sent the Perseverance rover to Mars with some bonus technology: a device that can turn carbon dioxide into oxygen, much like trees do on Earth. The device, called the Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment (MOXIE), pulled carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere to produce its first oxygen on Tuesday. It’s a small amount — 5.4 grams, enough to keep an astronaut healthy for 10 minutes — but it’s proof that the technology works on the red planet. That’s good news for the prospect of sending human explorers to Mars. Oxygen takes up a lot of room on a spacecraft, and it’s very unlikely that astronauts… Read More

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