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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Parental control service “Circle with Disney” to help with distracted driving, social media, kids’ chores & more

Circle with Disney, a device that helps parents managetheir homes internet rules and restrictions, wants to be more than just a modern-day net nanny. Already, it had differentiated itself from competing software solutions, by offering a licensed selection of Disney content like games, videos, trailers and more to make its service more appealing.
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A new, affordable naming startup for startups

A few years ago, I launched a daily email newsletter, and I was ecstaticto be striking out on my own for the first time. Alas, just a few weeks after filing to secure a trademark, an officious-soundingnote appeared in my inbox, and soon after, I found myself shelling out$10,000 in lawyers fees over a short-lived trademark dispute.
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Udacity adds robotics and digital marketing Nanodegree programs, 21 new hiring partners

Today at the inauguralUdacity Intersect conference, the online education startup announced new robotics and digital marketing variants of its popular Nanodegrees an effort to expand its corpus of 21st century skills-based courses. In addition to the new degrees, Udacity is adding 21 new hiring partners spanning the automotive, defense, tech, hardware and telecommunicationsindustries.
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Astro raises an $8 million Series A for its AI-powered email solution for teams

On the surface, Astro, launching its public beta today, is a nifty but not completely necessary email client that combines machine intelligence and a bot interface to improve workflows and increase the signal to noise ratio of mail for power users. But the real story is thatthe startup, backed with a new $8 million Series A led by Redpoint, is gearing up to pitchenterprises on itscollaboration platformthat combines AI, social graphs and integrations withcommon CRM, ticketing and group messaging tools.
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