This is Your Life in Silicon Valley: Former Pinterest president, Moment CEO Tim Kendall on smartphone addiction

Welcome to this week’s transcribed edition of This is Your Life in Silicon Valley. We’re running an experiment for Extra Crunch members that puts This is Your Life in Silicon Valley in words – so you can read from wherever you are. This is Your Life in Silicon Valley was originally started by Sunil Rajaraman and Jascha Kaykas-Wolff in 2018. Rajaraman is a serial entrepreneur and writer (Co-Founded Scripted.com, and is currently an EIR at Foundation Capital), Kaykas-Wolff is the current CMO at Mozilla and ran marketing at BitTorrent. Rajaraman and Kaykas-Wolff started the podcast after a series of blog posts that Sunil wrote for The Bold Italic went viral. The goal of the podcast is to cover issues at the …

Skubana raises $5.4M for its e-commerce operations software

Skubana, a startup promising to help e-commerce business manage what can be a dizzying array of logistical challenges, is announcing that it has raised $5.4 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Defy Partners, with participation from Advancit Capital and FJ Labs. Early Skubana backer Brian Lee — who co-founded The Honest Company, ShoeDazzle and LegalZoom, and is also involved as a Defy Sage — is joining Skubana’s board of directors. “When I first launched Shoedazzle and The Honest Company, one of our primary challenges was understanding how our products performed across channels,” Lee said in a statement. “Skubana solves a core problem that thousands of brands face and no other competitor solves well.” CEO Chad Rubin …

Residents of Americas Cancer Town confront chemical plant owner in Japan

Residents of Reserve, Louisiana, met with environmental groups and stakeholders in Denka in their campaign for clean air Residents of Reserve, Louisiana, have travelled to Tokyo to confront the executives and shareholders of a Japanese company which runs a chemical plant they say is responsible for a spike in cancers and a litany of other diseases in their home town the town at the highest risk of cancer due to airborne toxicity anywhere in the US, according to the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Their trip involved a series of public and private meetings with environmental groups and stakeholders in the chemicals giant Denka, which operates the Pontchartrain Works facility in Reserve. It marks a significant escalation in the residents campaign …

Apple just released the first iOS and iPadOS 13 beta to everyone

This is your opportunity to get a glimpse of the future of iOS — and iPadOS. Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, the next major version of the operating systems for the iPhone and iPad. Unlike developer betas, everyone can download those betas without a $99 developer account. But don’t forget, it’s a beta. The company still plans to release the final version of iOS and iPadOS 13.0 this fall (usually September). But Apple is going to release betas every few weeks over the summer. It’s a good way to fix as many bugs as possible and gather data from a large group of users. As always, Apple’s public betas closely follow the release …

Specially trained dogs try to save threatened turtle species

John Rucker of Montana with his dogs at Nachusa Grasslands in Franklin Grove, Illinois looking for ornate box turtles. (FOX NEWS/ MITTI HICKS) The turtles have become endangered because farms have been encroaching on their property. They need tall grass to live and little of it is left. “The ornate box turtles are a really important part of the prairie ecosystem, which once covered the majority of states like Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas,” said Elizabeth Bach, ecosystem restoration scientist for Nachusa Grasslands. “With settlement from European settlers, most of that land was converted to agriculture practices. The result is we’ve lost over 99 percent of the historic range of that tall grass prairie here in Illinois. Species like the ornate box …

Brexit: Johnson says Britain will leave EU on 31 October ‘do or die’

Tory leadership frontrunner hardens position as Eurosceptics extend influence on faltering campaign Boris Johnson has hardened his position on leaving the EU do or die by the end of October, as hardline Eurosceptics extended their influence on his altercation with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds. In a round of interviews designed to put the focus back on his EU policy and away from his personal life, Johnson appeared to signal there was an increasing prospect of a no-deal Brexit three months after he would take office. Profile Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign Show Hide Personal style A late-night altercation between Tory leadership favourite, Boris Johnson, and his partner, Carrie Symonds have changed the dynamics of Johnson’s campaign. He had been either …

Hard Rock’s Dominican Republic resort, where two U.S. tourists died, pulls minibars from all rooms

Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died in April after suddenly falling ill at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.  “Today, June 21, 2019, the Ministry of Public Health in the Dominican Republic has released further information on the American tourists who passed away in 2019, including autopsy findings that reveal these deaths were unrelated and from natural causes and pre-existing conditions,” the resort statement said. “We are deeply saddened by these unfortunate incidents, and extend our sincerest sympathy to the families of those affected. We will continue to respect the privacy of our guests and their families.” “The safety and health of our guests is now, and has always been, our highest priority,” the statement continued. “Hard Rock Hotel & …

The 140-tonne, fire-breathing crane: inside Glastonbury’s hottest attraction

Powered by chip fat, this enormous crane rescued from Bristol docks is about to become the festivals dance hotspot. We have no idea if it will work, say the duo behind it The idea, says Pip Rush, is to take over the sky. Were standing on a 140-tonne crane, 30 metres above the Glastonbury festival site. Rush and his collaborator Bert Cole are sanguine as they take in the view, but Im clutching the railings, summer breeze blowing through the jasmine of my freaking mind. From its birth in 1975 until it was rendered obsolete by bigger kit, this crane lifted loads at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol. Rush and Cole bought it for an undisclosed sum, chopped it into two …

This Hilariously Honest Pregnancy FAQ From An OBGYN Is Going Viral

An obstetrician-gynecologist, or OBGYN, has expertise in female reproductive health, pregnancy, and childbirth. And since there are quite a few folks who lack common knowledge in these areas, they are being asked every question in the book. And then some. Luckily, though, they also seem to have a good sense of humor to get them through it. This ‘pregnancy FAQ’ from a particularly sarcastic OB, for example, showcases how one might respond to the things they hear far too often. Before giving a legit answer, of course. The sign with these pearls of wisdom was shared on Reddit’s Baby Bumps thread by a user named YellowWoodenTable, whose legendary OB had it posted on their office wall. Whoever this genius is, …

Woman Who Suffered Stomach Pains For Years Turned Out To Have A Foot-Long Worm

A 41-year-old woman in China who visited the hospital multiple times over the years complaining of mysterious stomach pains has finally been diagnosed and treated. It turns out, a 30-centimeter (foot-long) parasitic worm had set up camp in her digestive system, Fox News reports. The unwelcome worm was found to belong to the Ascaris genus, a group of roundworms. These slimy freeloaders are the most common cause of parasitic worm infections in humans. The biggest to infect humans is Ascaris lumbricoides, sometimes called the “giant roundworm”, which grows up to 35 centimeters (14 inches) in length. The worms spread from person to person in the form of eggs found in human poop. Poor hygiene and eating contaminated fruit and veg that hasn’t been …

Dominican health minister says drugs, alcohol, medical problems may have killed US couple; lawyer calls it ‘ludicrous’

Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day died last month in the Dominican Republic. (Facebook) Several medications were found in the room, including an anti-inflammatory drug, an opioid and blood-pressure medicine, Dominican officials said at a news conference last Friday. Autopsies for many of the tourists showed pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in the lungs frequently triggered by heart disease. Among nearly a dozen U.S. tourists who have died in the country in the last 18 months, Dominican investigators said most died of a heart attack. Autopsies for Day and Holmes showed they had enlarged hearts, internal bleeding and pulmonary edema. Day was said to have fluid in the brain. On the radio show, the health minister said that Holmes was “morbidly obese.” DOMINICAN …

Purr-thday celebrations for village cat

Image copyright Lesley Harper Image caption Wilbur’s fans take photos of him and post them on his official Facebook page Cathy Appelbee, Wilbur’s original owner, explained he “took umbrage, packed his bags and left home” about five years ago when she brought home a pair of rescue kittens. Image copyright Nicola Burton Image caption Wilbur has admirers wrapped around his little paw She calls him “Six Dinner Sid” after the children’s story about a cat who has six meals a day from various owners. “I do miss him a lot but it’s nice to see the community embracing him,” she said. “One lady came down from West Yorkshire to visit her grandson and said ‘I’ve come to see Wilbur’.” Ms …

Missouri’s lone abortion clinic loses license to perform procedure

Earlier this month, anti-abortion advocates gather outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in St. Louis. Missouri’s only abortion clinic. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File) The Missouri health department notified Planned Parenthood the license would not be renewed because it had failed to correct 30 deficiencies identified by the department during inspections, Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, said at a press conference. Additionally, health department investigators said the clinic was responsible for three “failed abortions” requiring additional surgeries and a fourth that led to life-threatening complications for the mother, The Associated Press reported this week, citing a now-sealed court filing. The state agency allowed the clinic’s license to lapse as of June 1, but St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer …

How do we combat the global measles revival? Its a matter of trust | Charlie Weller

Our report shows that lower vaccination rates are linked to a lack of trust in institutions in general, not just in science, says Wellcomes Charlie Weller Theres no vaccine against distrust in vaccines. Millions of children in the world used to die each year from infections like measles. Now, thanks to routine immunisation programmes, they dont. But just because we hardly see these infections in the UK any more, it doesnt mean we can be complacent. Although nearly all British parents vaccinate their children, one in five people in the UK arent convinced that vaccines are safe, according to the worldwide spike in measles last year was largely due to sharp increases in just 10 countries. Most, like Yemen and …

Creandum closes $300M fund for early-stage investments out of Europe

As one European VC raises a fund to double down on bigger growth rounds in Europe, another has closed a fund to continue focusing on early-stage investments. Stocklhom-founded Creandum, an early backer of companies like Spotify and iZettle, has closed a fifth fund €265 million ($300 million). The plan is to use the money to continue investing in European startups and startups with European founders (Creandum also has offices in San Francisco and Berlin) with a focus on seed and Series A rounds. European venture capital has closely mirrored the trajectory that the startup ecosystem has taken in the region. A strong culture of research in technical fields in public universities has meant no shortage of interesting ideas and talent …

How Best To Optimize Your Caffeine Habit, According To The US Military

Every coffee drinker has their own routine when it comes to satisfying the caffeine craving, whether that is five cups of filter before lunch, a mid-morning latte, or a flat white before work. Now, the US military has calculated a better way to do coffee – or at the very least, a way to maximize alertness while keeping caffeine intake to a minimum. According to The Times, studies have shown the system (“2B-Alert” – see what they did there?) has enabled people to slash their caffeine consumption by as much as two-thirds without dampening their alertness. The research abstract has been published in the journal Sleep and was presented at the 33rd annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC (APSS) in San Antonio on June 12. The …