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Meet Prelude Fertility, The $200 Million Startup That Wants To Stop The Biological Clock

EVEN AMONG THE HYPERACTIVE OVERACHIEVING TECHIES in his cohort, Martin Varsavsky stands out. He’s built more successful businesses–six–than all but the most prolific serial entrepreneurs. He’s also fathered more children–six as well–than all but the most prolific dads. Yet at 56 Varsavsky, one of the most recognizable figures in Europe’s tech scene, is going for something of a “lucky seven.” Twice. [ Forbes ]

Airbnb sues New York City

Another city, another Airbnb lawsuit. Airbnb sued the city of New York, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio today over legislation that would make it illegal to advertise accommodations that can’t legally be rented out for less than 30 days. The bill was passed in June and signed into law by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier today.
[ Tech Crunch ]

Visa Taps Blockchain for Cross-Border Payment Plan

Visa Inc. is putting a bitcoin-style network to work as it aims to take on a new market, the large and complex cross-border payments made between businesses. The new offering, Visa B2B Connect, will use technology developed in partnership with Chain Inc., a tech startup in which Visa is an investor. Chain is one of a handful of firms aiming to use the same type of network that records moves of cryptocurrency bitcoin, known generally as a blockchain, for other assets such as stocks and payments. [ WSJ ]

Facebook Employees Pushed to Remove Trump’s Posts as Hate Speech

Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside the social media company over the past year, with some employees arguing certain posts about banning Muslims from entering the U.S. should be removed for violating the site’s rules on hate speech, according to people familiar with the matter. The decision to allow Mr. Trump’s posts went all the way to Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, who ruled in December that it would be inappropriate to censor the candidate, according to the people familiar with the matter. That decision has prompted employees across the company to complain on Facebook’s internal messaging service and in person to Mr. Zuckerberg and other managers that it was bending the site’s rules for Mr. Trump, and some employees who work in a group charged with reviewing content on Facebook threatened to quit, the people said. [ WSJ ]

41 Companies Imagining the Future From a Brooklyn Shipyard

Down in an old shipbuilding factory at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 41 different companies are busy imagining the future. Their leaders include roboticists with Ph.D.’s from MIT, baby-faced CEOs from Long Island, and futurists with a penchant for mid-century furniture. There’s a six-foot-cubed 3-D printer on-site and all manner of advanced tools that tenants can use to execute their designs. [ Select/all ]

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