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Google Leads $542 Million Deal in Secretive Startup Magic Leap

blogs.wsj.com — Google Inc. is hedging its bets as it prepares for a future when our laptops and smartphones will be antiquated technology.In one of the largest venture-capital deals on record, the tech giant and a slew of well-heeled firms are investing $542 million in Magic Leap Inc., a secretive visual-display company near Miami.

Stanford professor’s company adds secret ingredient to veggie burgers: plant ‘blood’

marketwatch.com — Patrick Brown, a 60-year-old Stanford University professor turned first-time entrepreneur, says he has found the secret to replicating the taste of red meat: plant "blood." SLIDE SHOW: Building a meat-free burger in the Impossible Foods laboratory. On a recent afternoon in his company's expansive laboratory, Brown poured a deep-red liquid into a plastic cup.

How a Startup Founded by a Nobel Laureate Nearly Went Bust

blogs.wsj.com — Since last Monday, Shuji Nakamura's phone has been ringing nearly nonstop. His email inbox is overflowing and his voicemail is full. Mr. Nakamura, a co-winner of this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, and Soraa, the LED lighting startup he co-founded, are suddenly, very popular. That wasn't always the case.

Will This Veggie Burger Work in India?

blogs.wsj.com — Patrick Brown, a 60-year-old Stanford University professor turned first-time entrepreneur, says he has found the secret to replicating the taste of red meat: plant "blood." On a recent afternoon in his company's expansive laboratory, Mr. Brown poured a deep-red liquid into a plastic cup.

Taste-Test: A Veggie Burger That Looks and Cooks Like Meat

blogs.wsj.com — Go ahead, touch it," says Patrick Brown, the Stanford professor whose company, Impossible Foods, is on a quest to create the perfect meatless hamburger. In a small conference room in Redwood City, Calif., a giddy Mr. Brown is prodding me to poke what looks like a raw, bloody beef patty, proud to show off his company's creation to the press for the first time.

The Secret of These New Veggie Burgers: Plant Blood

Startups Spend With Abandon, Flush With Capital

online.wsj.com — San Francisco real-estate agent Jeffrey Moeller wants tech entrepreneurs to spend less. "A four-person startup will tell me, 'We need a 10,000-square-foot office for future growth,'" he explains. "I'll say, 'No, you need 1,000 square feet.'" "Generally, they just get angry at me," says Mr. Moeller, who during the dot-com-bust had clients...

Yahoo Nears Investment in Snapchat

marketwatch.com — Yahoo Inc. plans to reinvest some of the cash it made from an early bet on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in another fast-growing startup: Snapchat Inc. The Internet portal and Snapchat have held talks that are expected to lead to an investment in the mobile-messaging startup's next funding round, three people familiar with the matter said.

Yahoo Nears Investment in Snapchat

online.wsj.com — Yahoo Inc. plans to reinvest some of the cash it made from an early bet on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. in another fast-growing startup: Snapchat Inc. The Internet portal and Snapchat have held talks that are expected to lead to an investment in the mobile-messaging startup's next funding round, three people familiar with the matter said.

Status-Seekers and ‘Wantrepreneurs’: Still Far From Thiel’s Tech Utopia

blogs.wsj.com — In "New Atlantis," one of venture capitalist Peter Thiel's favorite books, the author Sir Francis Bacon describes a utopian society filled with enlightened people driven by a passion for scientific discovery. The center of this fictional world is a scientific research institute named Salomon's House, known as the "very eye of the kingdom."
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Oct 21, 2014

@chessninja @Jason @fmanjoo who knows how this tech will work out, but i'm glad some people are trying to change visual display tech

Oct 21, 2014

@Jason @fmanjoo magic leap told me they are also working on tactile tech--to round out the senses-- for fuller multi-dim. experiences

Oct 21, 2014

@Jason @fmanjoo what about comms? A new kind of telephone, where the person seems to be standing right in front of you, tho physically far

Oct 21, 2014

@Jason not sure if magic leap will work out, but i reserve judgment on their tech and the use of digital light field signals --

Oct 21, 2014

@Jason you realize there are fundamentally different approaches to "vr" one is stereoscopic and the other is light field displays

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