Niantic’s postponed European Pokémon Go events will now take place in October

Good news for Pokémon Go fans in Europe: Niantic has announced new dates for the events in Europe that were postponed following the disastrous outcome of the first-ever Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago in July. The events — dubbed ‘Pokémon GO Safari Zone’ — will be held as follows: October 7, 2017 Fisketorvet—Copenhagen, Denmark Centrum Černý Most—Prague,… Read More

Grindr launches INTO, a new media property

If content is king these days, then everyone really wants to wear the crown. The latest business to throw itself into the media melee is Grindr, the popular gay social networking app which has just launched a new media site called INTO. Pitching itself as the millennial response to Out Magazine, INTO features a similar mix of culture, lifestyle, entertainment, news and features … and… Read More

Uber Freight expands to multiple new markets and adds new features

Uber Freight, the on-demand trucking service created by Uber and introduced earlier this year, is expanding from its initial market of Texas to areas in California, Arizona, Chicago, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Uber has also updated the app with new features that personalize the driver app with custom settings and recommendations based on their use. The Uber Freight app will… Read More

A disappointed Pokémon GO Fest attendee has proposed class-action lawsuit against Niantic

For many, Pokémon GO is so summer 2016. But at least 20,000 people are still die-hard fans of the game, as proven by their participation in Pokémon GO Fest in Chicago’s Grant Park last week. Unfortunately, the event was a disappointment to many attendees, who could not get data service and ended up waiting on long lines without the AR-based game to keep them entertained. And beyond… Read More

Pokémon Go Fest attendees to get refunds as technical issues break the event

Heading into Niantic’s Pokémon Go Fest — a gathering of roughly 20,000 Pokémon Go players in Chicago’s Grant Park — everyone seemed to have the same concern: the weather reports said a thunder storm was coming. The weather turned out fine. Most other things, unfortunately, did not. Read More

Shyp is reducing headcount and suspending all operations outside of SF

Shyp, the on-demand shipping service launched in 2013, has announced in a blog post that they are withdrawing from all but one city and “reducing headcount at headquarters” in an effort to “prove their business model and set Shyp up for long-term success”. As of today the company will suspend operations in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, and only operate in… Read More

Trump hotel guests had their credit card information hacked (again)

According to a new report from the Washington Post, Trump Hotels has been hacked again. The 14 affected properties include Trump Central Park, Trump Chicago, Trump Las Vegas and Trump DC with most of the hacks occurring between November 2016 and March 2017. The hack, confirmed by the luxury hotel chain, reportedly compromised the credit card numbers, names, addresses and phone numbers of… Read More

The hunted becomes the hunter: how Cloudflare’s fight with a “patent troll” could alter...

The paperwork would itself arrive shortly after from a registered agent in a thick white envelope. The claim: patent infringement. The firm going after Cloudflare: Blackbird Technologies, a three-year-old, Boston- and Chicago-based firm founded by two former attorneys with white-shoe law firms who’d previously litigated intellectual property cases on behalf of some of the largest tech… Read More

MIT researchers used a $150 Microsoft Kinect to 3D scan a giant T. rex...

MIT’s Camera Culture group has been able to successfully capture a high-resolution 3D scan of a Tyrannosaurus rex skull using about $150 worth of equipment and some free software. The skull, which belongs to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, was discovered in 1990 and is the largest and most complete T. rex skull yet found. However, it has some strange holes in the… Read More

YouTube TV expands to 10 more U.S. markets, adds more YouTube Red series

YouTube TV, Google’s $35 per month streaming service aimed at a younger demographic of cord cutters and cord-nevers, is expanding to ten more markets, the company announced this week at VidCon. The service had initially launched in April offering streaming live TV and DVR functionality to just five major metros: San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. In just… Read More

Facebook equips admins to protect and analyze their Groups

Facebook sees Groups as the core of its push to “build community”, as Mark Zuckerberg detailed in his 6,000-word humanitarian manifesto. So today at its Communities Summit in Chicago where it assembled 300 admins of top Groups, Facebook is making good on Zuckerberg’s promise to give admins more tools to manage their flocks. These include Group analytics, membership request… Read More

MongoDB launches Stitch, a new backend as a service, and brings Atlas to Azure...

MongoDB is hosting its annual developer conference in Chicago this week and no good developer conference would be complete without a few product launches. MongoDB used today’s keynotes to announce an update to its Atlas managed database-as-a-service offering, which now also runs on Microsoft Azure and Google’s Cloud Platform, as well as two completely new products: Stitch, a new… Read More

Snapsheet raises $12 million to save you time after a car accident

Chicago-based Snapsheet has raised $12 million to streamline the process after car accidents. The company has built a mobile application that surveys the vehicle damage and serves as a virtual appraiser. The latest round of funding is led by Tola Capital and comes just months after a $20 million Series C. “Snapsheet’s virtual claims platform streamlines and simplifies the… Read More

US regulators hammer down on unauthorized drone use

The Federal Aviation Administration and Skypan International in Chicago have settled a civil suit that was closely watched by the nascent commercial drone industry. The government agency said the privately held company flew its drones over New York City and Chicago, violating its rules which bar drone operators from flying over densely populated areas without special government… Read More

In farewell speech, Obama urges Americans to step outside online ‘bubbles’

Tonight in Chicago, President Obama bid his final goodbye. The 44th president’s political career began in the city, soaring with his election to the Illinois State Senate, and he fittingly addressed a mournful audience in the place he still calls home. “Every day, I have learned from you. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.” —@POTUS… Read More