Jim: Barbra Streisand said in an interview that she cloned her dog. WHAT?! Since when has cloning your pets been a thing? It apparently happened after her 14-year-old Coton de Tulear died last year, and the procedure resulted in two cloned puppies. The whole thing set her back about $50,000.
I am, as the kids say, shook. Anyway, let’s move on from the sci-fi lifestyles of the rich and famous and kick a Beat…
The Big One
A breakdown on the day’s biggest Inno story.
Jim: Sprint customers in Chicago will be among the first wave of people to get access to super-fast 5G.
Sprint announced Tuesday that it plans to begin installing the technology in six U.S. cities, which will lay the foundation for 5G to be deployed in 2019. The cities include Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C.
Starting in April, Sprint says it will start rolling out Massive MIMO radios in Chicago, an advanced network technology that the company calls “a critical bridge” to 5G. Massive MIMO can deliver up to 10-times the capacity of current LTE systems, the company said, which is important for people in high-traffic areas like dense city centers.
Sprint says its 5G mobile network will be available in the first half of 2019.
Customers will need a 5G-compatible device to access the increased data speeds, and those devices are expected to be available next year.
Read More: Chicago Among First Cities to Get Super-Fast 5G From Sprint
Inside the people, companies and organizations making moves in Chicago.
Chicago’s SIM Partners Acquired
Sim Partners, a Chicago-based marketing tech company founded in 2006, has been acquired by Reputation.com, an online reputation management company based in Redwood City, California. SIM Partners had raised $13M from Jump Capital and River Cities Capital Funds. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. More here.
Motorola Solutions Invests in Startup Bringing AR to Cars and Drones
The venture arm for Chicago-based Motorola Solutions has invested in the $5.5M seed round for Santa Clara-based Edgybees, a startup that’s helping cars and drones use augmented reality. The startup’s AR drone technology was used by first responders during the recent Northern California wildfires and flooding in Florida. More here.
Palantir Sought to Work With Chicago PD
Secretive Silicon Valley startup Palantir, co-founded by Peter Thiel, has built a predictive policing technology that claims to be able to predict which people are likely to commit a crime–or be the victim of a crime. It quietly worked with the City of New Orleans, according to The Verge, and the company attempted to sell its technology to the Chicago Police Department. However, a deal was ultimately never reached with the City of Chicago. Chicago does have its own version of a predictive policing strategy, which has been criticized by some as racist and ineffective. More here.