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 2021-09-07 00:35 

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After years of inaction against adtech, UK's ICO calls for browser-level controls to fix 'cookie fatigue'...

In the latest quasi-throwback toward 'do not track', the UK's data protection chief has come out in favor of a browser- and/or device-level setting to allow Internet users to set "lasting" cookie preferences — suggesting this as ...

 2021-09-07 00:03 

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Commerce platform ShopUp raises $75 million led by Valar in Bangladesh's largest funding...

ShopUp, a startup that is digitizing neighborhood stores in Bangladesh, has raised $75 million in a new financing round that is also the largest in the South Asian market. Peter Thiel's Valar Ventures led ShopUp's $75 million Series B round. Prosu...

 2021-09-06 23:00 

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H2O Hospitality secures $30M Series C to expedite hotel digital transformation...

The pandemic has triggered more demand for contactless and staff-less operations in the hospitality sector, and now H2O Hospitality, the unmanned hotel management company, has closed a $30 million round on the back of that boost. The South Korea and Japan...

 2021-09-06 20:37 

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A.ID closes Pre-Seed funding for ID verification platform aimed at high-risk clients...

A.ID, an identity and compliance platform with a focus on high-risk clients, has closed a pre-seed investment round of $500,000 from angel investors including former employees of RobinHood, Square and Snap. The startup says it is addressing a market that ...

 2021-09-06 19:54 

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Financial automation startup Aurelia raises $3M Seed round led by Blossom Capital...

Financial automation platform, Aurelia has raised $3 million in seed funding, led by Blossom Capital. Billing itself as a sort of "IFTTT for finance" aimed at small businesses that want to integrate their bank accounts with financial tools, Aureli...

 2021-09-06 17:02 

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Fractory raises $9M to rethink the manufacturing supply chain for metalworks...

The manufacturing industry took a hard hit from the Covid-19 pandemic, but there are signs of how it is slowly starting to come back into shape — helped in part by new efforts to make factories more responsive to the fluctuations in demand that come...

 2021-09-06 15:26 

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The Station: Lyft, Uber take action in Texas, Van Moof charges up with capital, an eVTOL SPAC deal gets knocked...

The Station is a weekly newsletter dedicated to all things transportation. Sign up here — just click The Station — to receive it every weekend in your inbox. Hello readers: Welcome to The Station, your central hub for all past, present and fut...

 2021-09-06 13:19 

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Mobius Labs nabs $6M to help more sectors tap into computer vision...

Berlin-based Mobius Labs has closed a 5.2 million (~$6.1M) funding round off the back of increased demand for its computer vision training platform. The Series A investment is led by Ventech VC, along with Atlantic Labs, APEX Ventures, Space Capital, Luna...

 2021-09-06 11:46 

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ProtonMail logged IP address of French activist after order by Swiss authorities...

ProtonMail, a hosted email service with a focus on end-to-end encrypted communications, has been facing criticism after a police report showed that French authorities managed to obtain the IP address of a French activist who was using the online service. ...

 2021-09-06 11:44 

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Lee Fixel's Addition invests over $75 million in Delhivery...

Indian logistics firm Delhivery has courted one more high-profile investor before its expected IPO in the next two quarters: Lee Fixel's Addition. The Gurgaon-headquartered firm has disclosed in a regulatory filing that Addition has invested $76.4 mil...

 2021-09-06 08:00 

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Founders Factory and G-Force launch Seed program for climate-focused startups...

UK tech accelerator Founders Factory is joining forces with a European counterpart to launch the Founders Factory Sustainability Seed program. Launched in partnership with G-Force (the G is for Green) based out of Bratislava, Slovakia, the program will lo...

 2021-09-06 07:56 

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Nigeria's Autochek acquires Cheki Kenya and Uganda from ROAM Africa...

Nigerian automotive tech company Autochek today is announcing the acquisition of Cheki Kenya and Uganda from Ringier One Africa Media (ROAM) for an undisclosed amount. Per a statement, Autochek will finalize the deal in the coming weeks. With the acquisit...

 2021-09-06 05:46 

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Spain's Factorial raises $80M at a $530M valuation on the back of strong traction for its 'Workday for SMBs'...

Factorial, a startup out of Barcelona that has built a platform that lets SMBs run human resources functions with the same kind of tools that typically are used by much bigger companies, is today announcing some funding to bulk up its own position: the co...

 2021-09-06 05:04 

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Dukaan raises $11 million to help merchants in India set up online stores...

Dukaan, a one-year-old Bangalore-based startup that enables merchants to set up online stores and sell products digitally, said on Monday it has raised $11 million in a new financing round as it looks to broaden its offerings and deepen footprints in the ...

 2021-09-06 02:51 

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Mercedes-Benz throws down the EV gauntlet at IAA Mobility...

Mercedes-Benz introduced a slew of electric vehicles ahead of the IAA Mobility show in Germany, including its first AMG-branded high-performance EV, a sedan and a G-Class SUV concept — all part of the company's bid to become an electric-only aut...

 2021-09-06 02:38 

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Singapore-based caregiving startup Homage raises $30M Series C...

Homage, the caregiving-focused startup, has raised a $30 million Series C led by Sheares Healthcare Group, which is wholly-owned by investment firm Temasek. Other participants included new investors DG Daiwa Ventures and Sagana Capital, and returning back...

 2021-09-06 00:18 

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Volkswagen and Argo AI reveal first ID Buzz test vehicle for autonomous driving...

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, a standalone VW brand responsible for the development and sales of light commercial vehicles, and Argo AI, an autonomous driving technology company, unveiled the first version of the ID Buzz AD (Autonomous Driving) on Sunda...

 2021-09-05 23:00 

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Food sharing app OLIO raises $43M Series B, as the world switches on to the food waste crisis...

It was curious enough that OLIO, a UK startup with an app that lets users post a photo of unwanted food and share it with the local neighborhood, picked up $6 million in Series A funding back in 2018. Many outside observers wondered what was going on with...

 2021-09-05 23:00 

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Quantum Machines plans to expand quantum orchestration platform with $50M investment...

Quantum Machines, an Israeli startup that is building the classical hardware and software infrastructure to help run quantum machines, announced a $50 million Series B investment today. Today's round was led by Red Dot Capital Partners with help from ...

 2021-09-05 17:13 

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The time Animoto almost brought AWS to its knees...

Today, Amazon Web Services is a mainstay in the cloud infrastructure services market, a $60 billion juggernaut of a business. But in 2008, it was still new, working to keep its head above water and handle growing demand for its cloud servers. In fact, 15 ...

 2021-09-05 15:36 

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China roundup: Beijing wants tech giants to shoulder more social responsibilities...

This week, the gaming industry again became a target of Beijing, which imposed arguably the world's strictest limits on underage players. On the other hand, China's tech titans are hastily answering Beijing's call for them to take on more soci...

 2021-09-04 18:10 

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Apple's dangerous path...

Hello friends, and welcome back to Week in Review. Last week, we dove into the truly bizarre machinations of the NFT market. This week, we're talking about something that's a little bit more impactful on the current state of the web — Apple&...

 2021-09-04 18:01 

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What 377 Y Combinator pitches will teach you about startups...

Along with a cadre of other TechCrunch folks, I spent this week extremely focused on one event: Y Combinator. The elite accelerator announced a staggering 377 startups as its Summer 2021 cohort. We covered every single on-the-record startup that presented...

 2021-09-04 17:30 

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This Week in Apps: Another App Store settlement, Apple asks to personalize ads, Twitter launches Super Follows...

Welcome back to This Week in Apps, the weekly TechCrunch series that recaps the latest in mobile OS news, mobile applications and the overall app economy. The app industry continues to grow, with a record 218 billion downloads and $143 billion in global c...

 2021-09-04 17:01 

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From passion to hobby to startup...

Welcome back to The TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter for your weekend enjoyment....

 2021-09-04 01:40 

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Catching up with Twitter's most recent head of corp dev -- and new VC -- Seksom Suriyapa...

Seksom Suriyapa was seemingly destined to land at a venture firm. A Stanford Law graduate, he began his career at two blue-chip investment banks before joining the cybersecurity company McAfee as a senior corp dev employee, later logging six years at the ...

 2021-09-03 22:10 

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Daily Crunch: Fintech startup Jeeves snags $500M valuation after $57M Series B...

Hello friends and welcome to Daily Crunch, bringing you the most important startup, tech and venture capital news in a single package....

 2021-09-03 21:35 

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Rivian's electric R1T pickup truck, R1S SUV get their official EPA ranges...

Rivian announced Friday that the first edition version of its all-electric R1T pickup truck has an official EPA range of 314 miles, while its R1T SUV comes in a skosh higher at 316 miles. The official range and fuel economy values have been posted on the ...

 2021-09-03 20:41 

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Make accessibility part of your startup's products and culture from day one...

Startups have an advantage here: They do not bear years of inaccessible baggage. It's not written into the code of their products. It's not woven into the business culture....

 2021-09-03 18:34 

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The cocktail party problem: Why voice tech isn't truly useful yet...

Our voice technologies have not been engineered to confront the messiness of the real world or the cacophony of our actual lives....

 2021-09-03 15:00 

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NYC-based insurance underwriting platform Kalepa raises $14M Series A led by Inspired Capital...

Kalepa, an insurance underwriting platform based out of New York, has raised a $14 million Series A funding round led by Inspired Capital, with participation from previous investor IA Ventures. Also participating was Gokul Rajaram of Doordash, Coinbase, a...

 2021-09-03 14:47 

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A founder's guide to effectively managing your options pool...

In today's cash rich environment, options are more valuable than cash. Founders have many guides on how to raise money, but not enough has been written about how to protect your startup's option pool....

 2021-09-03 14:41 

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Acquired by Mercedes-Benz, YASA's revolutionary electric motor is set for big things...

Back in July, YASA (formerly Yokeless And Segmented Armature), a British electric motor startup with a revolutionary 'axial-flux' motor, was acquired by Mercedes-Benz. The acquisition didn't exactly garner enormous press attention, as scant ot...

 2021-09-03 14:30 

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Instagram may not be a photo-sharing app anymore, but Glass is...

Instagram made headlines (including this one) when product head Adam Mosseri said in June that the app is "no longer just a square photo-sharing app," since it's pivoting its focus to shopping and video. But where does that leave photographers...

 2021-09-03 14:00 

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Private equity giveth, and private equity taketh away...

Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch's venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. Natasha and Alex and Grace and Chris gathered to dig through the week's biggest happenings, including some news of ou...

 2021-09-03 13:51 

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Playbyte's new app aims to become the 'TikTok for games'...

A startup called Playbyte wants to become the TikTok for games. The company's newly launched iOS app offers tools that allow users to make and share simple games on their phone, as well as a vertically scrollable, fullscreen feed where you can play th...

 2021-09-03 13:26 

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Australia's TechnologyOne acquires UK-based higher-ed platform Scientia for $16.6M...

TechnologyOne, an Australian SaaS enterprise, has agreed to acquire UK-based higher education software provider Scientia for 12 million /$16.6 million in cash. TechnologyOne claims to have 75% of Higher Education institutions in Australia using its softwa...

 2021-09-03 13:15 

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Extra Crunch roundup: cohort analysis, YC Demo Day recaps, building your supply chain...

We're off on Monday, September 6 to celebrate America's Labor Day holiday, but we'll be back with new stories (and a very brief newsletter) on Tuesday morning....

 2021-09-03 13:14 

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Apple delays plans to roll out CSAM detection in iOS 15...

The CSAM detection technology was due to launch with iOS 15....

 2021-09-03 13:00 

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Barbershop technology startup theCut sharpens its platform with new $4.5M round...

The mobile app that provides information and reviews on barbers for potential customers while also managing appointments, mobile payments and pricing on the back end for barbers....

 2021-09-03 12:29 

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The Loot project flips the script on NFTs...

Editor's note: Kyle Russell is the founder of Playbyte, a startup building an app that lets people make games on their phones. Last Friday, Dom Hofmann tweeted the launch of Loot, one of his new projects looking at games and game creation through the ...

 2021-09-03 12:00 

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Customer experience startup Clootrack raises $4M, helps brands see through their customers' eyes...

Clootrack is a real-time customer experience analytics platform that helps brands understand why customers stay or churn...

 2021-09-03 08:00 

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SimpliFed serves up $500,000 pre-seed toward infant nutrition support...

SimpliFed's platform is a judgement-free zone providing evidence-based information on nutritional health for babies....

 2021-09-03 07:26 

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Zip acquisition of Payflex means Africa is ripe for BNPL disruption...

Australian buy now, pay later (BNPL) company Zip this week acquired South Africa-based BNPL player Payflex for an undisclosed amount. It's a piece of news that once again highlights the hype around BNPL services and the quest for global dominance amon...

 2021-09-03 06:23 

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For VCs, the game right now is musical chairs...

In many ways, there has never been a better time to be a venture capitalist. Nearly everyone in the industry is raking in money, either through long-awaited exits or because more capital flooding into the industry has meant more money in management fees &...

 2021-09-03 02:11 

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Firefly launches its first rocket, but loses the launch craft in mid-flight explosion...

Firefly launched its first rocket from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California, and on board it carried a number of payloads with an intended destination of low Earth orbit. The rocket took off as planned, and seemed to be doing fairly well during the i...

 2021-09-03 02:09 

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DoorDash workers protest outside CEO Tony Xu's home demanding better pay, tip transparency and PPE...

California DoorDash workers protested outside of the home of DoorDash CEO Tony Xu on Thursday, prompted by a recent California Superior Court Judge ruling calling 2020's Proposition 22 unconstitutional. Prop 22, which was passed last November in Calif...

 2021-09-03 02:00 

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Bangkok-based insurtech Sunday banks $45M Series B from investors like Tencent...

Sunday, an insurtech startup based in Bangkok, announced it has raised a $45 million Series B. Investors include Tencent, SCB 10X, Vertex Growth, Vertex Ventures Southeast Asia & India, Quona Capital, Aflac Ventures and Z Venture Capital. The company says...

 2021-09-02 23:57 

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BMW Group's Neue Klasse lineup to focus on circular economy to achieve reduction in CO2 emissions...

The BMW Group announced Thursday its intentions to commit to a 50% reduction from 2019 levels in global carbon dioxide emissions during the use-phase of its vehicles by 2030, as well as a 40% reduction in emissions during the life cycle of the vehicle. Th...

 2021-09-02 23:56 

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Startups should look to state-of-the-art tech to tackle diseases affecting women...

Using state-of-the-art technologies on complex women's diseases will allow the field to advance much faster and can put drug candidates into clinics in a few short years....

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