Looking to become the “OS” for financial services OpenFin raises $15 million

00  Some of the biggest financial services firms in the world are coming together to back a small New York-based technology company called OpenFin with aspirations to become the “operating…

Tinder acquires Wheel, an app for creating Snapchat-like video stories

00  Dating app Tinder is looking to get into video. The company announced today it’s acquiring an L.A.-based startup called Wheel, which had developed a social network for sharing “video…

Semi-finalists named in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize

00  The Shell Oil-sponsored Ocean Discovery XPrize moves to the semi-finalist stage this week with 21 teams from 25 countries, including Canada, China, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, New Zealand, Portugal, South…

VC Mike Hirshland has some (very early) seed-stage investing advice

00  Mike Hirshland has been a Boston-based investor for 17 years, first with the venture firm Polaris Partners and, for the last five years, at the firm he co-founded, Resolute Ventures, which has…

Verbling adds native apps to expand access to its marketplace of language tutors

00  YC-backed Verbling, a language learning business that’s been active for around five years, has finally launched native Android and iOS apps, along with a refreshed brand and look for…

After Last 8 Years, Media in No Position to Complain

00 Philip Wegmann, ExaminerAs soon as President Trump began fielding press questions, liberal reporters started developing a new pastime: balking at their conservative counterparts for lobbing softball questions. But a…

The Journalism Empire Strikes Back

00 Lloyd Grove, The Daily BeastAfter weeks of mocking the mainstream media as “fake news” and “the opposition party”—an attempt to delegitimize an essential participant in American democracy in order…

'Whatever': Trump's Not-Bad Rx for Mideast Peace

00 Benny Avni, New York PostCall it the whatever approach to peacemaking. At a White House press conference Wednesday designed to display renewed warmth in the US-Israel relationship, President Trump…

Trump Shrugs Off the 2-State Solution

00 Adam Chandler, The AtlanticBy most accounts, July will mark the 80th anniversary of the two-state solution. It was in 1937 that the British Peel Commission set about to understand…

North Korea: Macbeth With Nukes

00 Gordon Chang, The Daily BeastOn my Thursday, Malaysian authorities arrested the second of two women in connection with the death Monday of Kim Jong Nam, once in line to…