Archive for March, 2017

PyPy powers up Python 3.5

Pythonistas will be happy to hear that new versions of PyPy, the runtime for the Python language that provides just-in-time compilation and a major speed boost, will now support versions 2.7 and 3.5 of Python, including the new language syntax features found in version 3.5. Even more valuable to many developers: New versions of PyPy will have better support for popular packages that use C extensions, such as Numpy, in the Python 2.7-compatible version of the runtime.

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Verizon Ventures and R/GA partner to launch a digital media ‘venture studio’

Verizon Ventures and R/GA are announcing a new program called the Verizon Media Tech Venture Studio. Stephen Plumlee, R/GAs global COO and managing partner of R/GA Ventures, explainedthat the interactiveagencysventure studios started out similar to other startup accelerator programs, but theyve expanded to provide access to financial capital, creative capital and client relationship capital.

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Google ignites Python library for command lines

With its Python Fire library, Google is offering Python developers a mechanism to easily generate command-line interfaces. Newly available via open source, Python Fire turns code into a CLI without developers needing to do any more work, so it’s easier to transition between the Bash Linux CLI and Python.

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Scoot wants to expand its electric scooter operations globally with a white-label service

San Francisco-based electric scooter sharing network Scoot tells TechCrunch it plans to share its back-end software with third-party scooter operators in congested cities around the world. The idea, as Scoots founder Michael Keating explained it, is to allow those in other cities who have vehicles tohook into Scoots back-end operation system, allowing them to also run a scooter sharing network in their area.

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The Kairos Society, an organization for young entrepreneurs, has raised its own venture fund

The Kairos Society isnt just trying to bring the next generation of entrepreneurs together its investing in their companies, too. The organization today announced a seed fund called Kairos Society Ventures, and the portfolio already includes Abaris (which offers a private-sector alternative to social security), Brazilian education startup Me Salva, Colombian transporation startup Mi guila, and Radish, which delivers serialized fiction in mobile apps.

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Tutoring startup Toot launches into twin policy storms around education and immigration

Earlier this week, as President Donald Trump was readying his second attempt to block immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, two entrepreneurs a refugee from Iran and the daughter of an Iranian immigrant, were laying the groundwork for the launch of their business aiming to transform educational access. The dichotomy between the founders of Toot, who are trying to expand access to tutoring via simple text messaging a service that could potentially help students around the globe and the anti-immigration ideology of the current administration could not be starker.

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