How to Wish Somebody a Happy Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday night marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, one of the Jewish High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown and lasts for two full days after tonight. It also marks the start of the Jewish holiday season and includes a number of festive traditions. Here is what you need to know about the Jewish holiday:

via How to Wish Somebody a Happy Rosh Hashanah — TIME

Toronto startup working to sniff-out food-borne pathogens

Mitigating risk of food-borne illnesses can be a costly and time-consuming business for food manufacturers — but one that is necessary. With what it calls an electronic “sniffer,” Olfaguard, a new Toronto-based startup, is working to reduce the time it takes food manufacturers to discover food-borne pathogens like Salmonella and E. Coli in the food…

via Olfaguard is an electronic nose for smelling pathogens in food factories — TechCrunch

Corporate venture in Brazil gains steam as giants amp up startup investments

What a difference one year makes. Since showing noteworthy signs of a maturing tech ecosystem last summer, corporate venture in Latin America has begun to crescendo in just 12 months, led by Brazil. Read More

via Corporate venture in Brazil gains steam as giants amp up startup investments — TechCrunch

Social Capital to take startups public without an IPO

Silicon Valley venture firm Social Capital just completed the first step in its mission to take startups public without an IPO. The team has listed something called a special purchase acquisition company, known as a SPAC. More common outside of the tech industry, these blank-check companies are specifically designed to buy private companies.

via Social Capital to take startups public without an IPO — TechCrunch

Apple donates $5M to Hand in Hand Hurricane Irma/Harvey relief, sets up iTunes donations

Apple today announced a substantial $5M donation to Hand in Hand, a relief fund that is providing Hurricane relief in the wake of two huge hurricanes hitting the US South. Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “We applaud Hand in Hand for bringing together people from all over the country to help one another at a time… Read more…

via Apple donates $5M to Hand in Hand Hurricane Irma/Harvey relief, sets up iTunes donations — 9to5Mac

‘It’s All Hands on Deck.’ Inside Miami’s Hurricane Response Hub

This isn’t Juan Perez’s first rodeo. As the director of the Miami-Dade Police Department and a law enforcement officer in the county for 27 years, he’s experienced his fair share of hurricanes and their aftermath—highway overpasses collapsed, infrastructure ruined, houses blown from their foundations. His own parents were forced to take shelter in a closet. more…

via ‘It’s All Hands on Deck.’ Inside Miami’s Hurricane Response Hub — TIME

23andMe hits $1.5B pre-money valuation in latest huge funding round

Following up on the news of 23andMe’s huge upcoming financing round, TechCrunch has learned that the company is raising the new financing at a $1.5 billion pre-money valuation. This compares to a $1 billion valuation in its last private round…

via 23andMe hits $1.5B pre-money valuation in latest huge funding round — TechCrunch