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Scary robot Elmo and 8 other links to haunt your dreams

by Alex Dalenberg Elmo

R ead this article about the business behind Dots and TwoDots, the wildly popular mobile games to come out of New York's Betaworks. But do not download either unless you are prepared to surrender this weekend to screen-tapping oblivion. Don't say we didn't warn you.

And now, your Thursday Uplinks.

Career advice. Twitter's editorial director: “You don't have to know how to code to make it big in  ...

7 hours ago

​A big slice of the pie: Mod Pizza brings in $40M for national expansion

by Rachel Lerman Scott & Ally Svenson   MOD Pizza

S eattle's latest company to go national is a restaurant — and it just raised more than many local tech companies.

Mod Pizza announced Thursday it has closed deals on a financing round expected to raise more than $40 million. The round is led by PWP Growth Equity with participation from existing shareholders.

That brings total funding for the fast-casual pizza company to more than $70  ...

7 hours ago

Are digital startups' health claims true? GE, Stanford launch startup of their own to find out

by Cromwell Schubarth Deborah Kilpatrick  Evidation Health

S tanford Health Care and GE Ventures have launched an independent startup that plans to use Big Data to validate the products and services offered in the burgeoning digital health sector.

Evidation Health is based in the Menlo Park incubator run by GE Ventures and is led by CEO Deborah Kilpatrick, who previously was chief commercial officer at CardioDX and headed new ventures at Guidant  ...

8 hours ago

Why defense, intelligence agencies love this startup

by Dan Miner Thomas Slowe[3]

I magine that an intelligence analyst is presented with thousands of hours of footage from various sources — including drones and satellites — and that they're searching for images of white cars.

The task is incredibly time-consuming for humans. It's a good thing they don't have to do it anymore.

Buffalo-based NerVve Technologies was founded in 2011 and spent two years building its software  ...

9 hours ago

Tech veterans jump on Andreessen-Horowitz-backed startup aiming to overhaul education

by Patrick Hoge Max Ventilla, AltSchool founder and CEO

H igh-powered veterans of Google, Uber, Rocket Fuel and Zynga have joined a startup that aims to help educators reinvent elementary and middle school teaching.

AltSchool aims to use technologies ranging from data analysis to wearable devices combined with private sector entrepreneurial tactics to change the way schools operate. In addition to creating its own chain of private schools, the company  ...

9 hours ago

Dots game studio wants to build a brand, not just more games

by Ben Fischer

F or Paul Murphy, 2015 is about making the leap from phenomenon to reliable stalwart.

Murphy, cofounder and CEO of PlayDots Inc., knows his mobile game startup has two solid hits in its back pocket with Dots and its successor TwoDots. With 45 million international downloads and subway cars still full of enthusiasts tapping away, those two games could keep churning revenue for quite awhile,  ...

9 hours ago
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McPitch wanted: Ailing fast-food giant hosts SXSW contest to 'reinvent the restaurant'

by Michael Theis McDonalds

M cDonald's Corp. is hoping that someone at this year's South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, can show it how to reverse its recent spate of troubles that threaten to knock it off the throne as America's king of fast food.

In late February, McDonald's announced that it would host a pitch contest at SXSW Interactive 2015 looking for game-changing ideas to revamp the restaurant.  ...

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