Tide Tips: Technology, Innovation, Patents and Startups C2: Volume 18


Tide TIPS: Volume 18

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Casings to Convictions

With the rise of shootings in the United States, a new method of DNA testing could help to solve more of these crimes and put the right people behind bars. With the previous methods for extracting DNA from bullet casings having a success rate of less than 1 percent, San Diego Police Crime Lab decided to test out a new technique. Police have found that bullet casings really are their best evidence, so it’s no wonder attempts were made to improve their testing. This new method of soaking is now able to get DNA from 30 percent of the casings it tests, so it’s been pretty successful. (Wired)

SF is the new SV

Silicon Valley used to be the place to go for startups and investors alike, but now many are heading north to San Francisco. Y Combinator, a Silicon Valley institution, is one of the more recent to pack up shop. As more of their partners and portfolio companies were based in San Francisco, they started small with a satellite office up there. This is not uncommon for companies, as they are realizing that Silicon Valley is not what it used to be, with more of the business coming from San Francisco now more than ever. Ironically, many of the people moving north are the same ones that shouted to the rooftops about how great Silicon Valley was… (Tech Crunch)

Zuckerberg’s Newest Plan

With the aftermath of Facebook’s privacy scandal with Cambridge Analytica, they are now coming out with a controversial approach to gain back customer trust. Mark Zuckerberg says that Facebook now wants to focus on being a “privacy-focused communications platform”. They plan to do this by offering disappearing messages, similar to Snapchat, and using “end-to-end encryption”. This inability to store user data may anger some governments and lead to Facebook being blocked in certain countries, but clearly Zuckerberg is more worried about regaining his customers’ trust than being available in every country. (Business Insider)

The First “Selfie-made” Billionaire

At the age of 21, Kylie Jenner is now the youngest self-made billionaire. “It’s the power of social media”, she says, that helped her brand become so successful. For such a huge company, it’s amazing how few people are actually behind it. Jenner only employs only seven full-time and five part-time employees, as well as her momager Kris. Now that Kylie Cosmetics is available in Ulta, as well as online, sales have skyrocketed even higher with no signs of stopping and Kylie has plans to expand her brand even more. All of these changes will, of course, be well-documented on her social media. (Forbes)

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