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River, the latest venture from Wander founder Jeremy Fisher, launches with $10.4 million in funding

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River, the latest venture from Wander founder Jeremy Fisher, has today announced the close of a $10.4 million funding round from Founders Fund, .406, BoxGroup, Josh Kushner and Scooter Braun.

River is meant to rethink the way we consume content across the internet. The app pulls stories and content from across the entire internet, including from publishers, Twitter and other social media, etc. and organizes that content based on the topic.

For example, the confirmation hearings for Hon. Amy Coney Barrett were in my River feed this morning, with stories from a wide variety of publishers. River clips the story down to a headline, but gives users the ability to click through to the full text of the story. The app also prioritizes video content, giving users a chance to get more context on the story without clicking through at all.

What’s most interesting about River, however, is that there is no user account or profile, and no following. That means that the behavior of an individual user (or a phone, as Fisher calls it) will be the only influence on the content they’re served, rather than their social graph playing a role. According to PEW, 55 percent of U.S. adults get their news either ‘often’ or ‘sometimes’ from social media. The combination of the social graph with information consumption can cause echo chambers and social media has been a place where misinformation can proliferate quickly.

River serves up content from publishers and across the web without using account information, a social graph, or past browsing history, which allows those users to discover a broader range of perspectives. The more users get on the platform, the better it gets at serving them the content that’s relevant to them.

Onboarding to River simply includes ticking boxes for categories that interest you and you’re off to the races.

Rather than understanding everything about the user, River tries to understand everything it can about the content itself.

“We look at things like: who published that content, whether they’re a professional or a regular consumer, whether they are part of an organization that’s a subsidiary of another organization, what placement in that publication do they typically get, how are they connected to other people, what are the topics that are in that tweet or that video or that article,” said Fisher. “We look at how all those things are related to one another.”

Fisher and his cofounders Lev Brie and Leland Maschmeyer had originally planned to launch River before the pandemic struck with a variety of social sharing features. However, as the pandemic hit and protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder grew into a global movement, the team realized that both consumption and content sharing were evolving rapidly.

This led the team to rethink the sharing features inside River and ultimately build a standalone, separate app called Overflow.

Overflow allows users to post a selfie video alongside news content out to other social networks. Overflow has an editorially selected feed of content from users, but users can also put their videos on their Instagram Stories or TikTok.

With $10 million+ in funding, River is not currently planning any specific revenue models.

The team is made up of 12 people and Fisher says that a third of the team is “diverse,” but declined to specify the breakdown by gender and/or ethnicity.

Fisher has been building products for nearly ten years, most notably coming from Wander, which sold to Yahoo back in 2014.

When asked what he learned from Wander that carries into River, he said that it’s about building a product that fits into the gaps of already established user behavior and keeping things as simple as possible.

“Often, you start with a really overdetermined product and an attitude that ‘more is more’,” said Fisher. “What I’ve learned over the years is that a product is the average of its features and not the sum of its features. Incremental things actually detract from the experience. You want every feature to be a ’10’.”

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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