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 2021-09-10 03:22 

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Uber Eats, Grubhub, DoorDash sue NYC for limiting fees the apps can charge restaurants...

Food ordering and delivery platforms DoorDash, Caviar, Grubhub, Seamless, Postmates and Uber Eats have banded together to sue the City of New York over a law that would permanently limit the amount of commissions the apps can charge restaurants to use the...

 2021-09-09 23:51 

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Snyk snags another $530M as valuation rises to $8.4B...

Snyk, the Boston-based late-stage startup that is trying to help developers deliver more secure code, announced another mega-round today. This one was for $530 million, with $300 million in new money and $230 million in secondary funding, the latter of wh...

 2021-09-09 22:42 

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Apple has reportedly appointed wearable chief Kevin Lynch to lead its car division...

Apple has reportedly appointed a new executive to lead the development of its secretive self-driving car division. According to Bloomberg, the company has tapped Kevin Lynch to oversee Project Titan....

 2021-09-09 22:10 

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Daily Crunch: Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses are latest step in Facebook's AR ambitions...

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 2021-09-09 22:09 

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The 2022 Chevrolet Silverado gets a tech upgrade, hands-free trailering and a new ZR2 off-road flagship...

GM unveiled Thursday the 2022 Chevrolet Silverado, a full-sized pickup truck that received a major technology upgrade, including its hands-free Super Cruise advanced driver assistance system and an infotainment system with embedded Google services, as wel...

 2021-09-09 22:09 

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What China's new data privacy law means for US tech firms...

Modeled after the EU's GDPR, China's PIPL imposes protections and restrictions on data collection and transfer that companies both inside and outside of China will need to address....

 2021-09-09 21:31 

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Squad Mobility eyes shared platforms as target for its compact solar electric quadricycle...

Squad Mobility's vision of the perfect urban vehicle is a low-cost EV equipped with solar panels, swappable batteries and enough zip and range in its diminutive 6.5-foot package to meet the needs of city drivers. The early stage Dutch startup, which r...

 2021-09-09 21:30 

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UK dials up the spin on data reform, claiming 'simplified' rules will drive 'responsible' data sharing...

The U.K. government has announced a consultation on plans to shake up the national data protection regime, as it looks at how to diverge from European Union rules following Brexit. It's also a year since the U.K. published a national data strategy in ...

 2021-09-09 20:30 

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DoNotPay's 'robot lawyer' can now help report potholes or fallen trees to the city, file damage claims...

Tired of swerving around the same pothole every day but don't know how to report it to your city? Already reported it but feel like said report was fired off into the ether, never to be read much less fixed? DoNotPay, a company that makes annoying pro...

 2021-09-09 20:27 

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Twitter introduces a new label that allows the 'good bots' to identify themselves...

Twitter today is introducing a new feature that will allow accounts to self-identify as bots by adding a label to their profile. This feature is designed to help people better differentiate between automated accounts — like bots that retweet the new...

 2021-09-09 19:52 

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Google and Jio delay their India smartphone launch...

The JioPhone Next, the much-awaited smartphone designed by Google and Jio Platforms, will now launch in early November....

 2021-09-09 19:51 

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Investors are doubling down on Southeast Asia's digital economy...

Southeast Asian tech companies are drawing the attention of investors around the world. In 2020, startups in the region raised over $8.2 billion, about four times more than they did in 2015....

 2021-09-09 19:29 

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Box wins proxy board battle with activist investor Starboard Value...

A battle between Box and its majority shareholder Starboard Value over control of the board ended today when the company's slate of directors easily defeated Starboard's. It culminated months of maneuvering on both sides as they battled for contro...

 2021-09-09 18:59 

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Epic Games to shut down Houseparty in October, including the video chat 'Fortnite Mode' feature...

Houseparty, the social video chat app acquired by Fortnite maker Epic Games for a reported $35 million back in 2019, is shutting down. The company says Houseparty will be discontinued in October when the app will stop functioning for its existing users; i...

 2021-09-09 18:57 

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Some of the biggest names in private equity think this go-go market has another year or two (at least)...

Earlier today, as part of a private event, this editor was afforded the opportunity to talk with some of the biggest names in the world of private equity, including Carlyle co-founder David Rubenstein; Bain Capital co-chair Steve Pagliuca; Jean Salata, th...

 2021-09-09 18:11 

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Sustainable jet fuel company Alder Fuels seals investments from United, Honeywell...

The aviation industry is notoriously difficult to decarbonize, in part because airplanes use a petroleum-based fuel to fly. Alder Fuels wants to change that. The new cleantech company, headed by Bryan Sherbacow, is developing a low-carbon jet fuel that ca...

 2021-09-09 18:06 

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GM extends Chevy Bolt EV production shutdown another two weeks...

GM has extended a shutdown at its Orion Assembly Plant another two weeks due to a battery pack shortage related to the widespread Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV safety recall. GM said the extended downtime at the Orion plant will last through September 20...

 2021-09-09 17:10 

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Laser-initiated fusion leads the way to safe, affordable clean energy...

Fusion power plants will eventually replace most conventional power plants and related large-scale energy infrastructure that are still so dominant today. There will be no need for coal or gas....

 2021-09-09 17:00 

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Open source backend-as-a-service startup Supabase raises $30M...

Supabase, the backend-as-a-service startup, announced this week that it raised a $30 million Series A. Supabase is often described as an open source alternative to Google's Firebase ... which is a pretty good way to put it for those who know what Fire...

 2021-09-09 16:42 

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The Marvel Unlimited comics app just got a major overhaul...

Marvel is rolling out a brand new version of its Marvel Unlimited comics subscription app. Among the updates are exclusive Infinity Comics: high-res vertical comics designed for phones and tablets....

 2021-09-09 16:36 

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Plentywaka founder Onyeka Akumah on African startups and global expansion...

Plentywaka, a combination of English and Nigerian that means "plenty movement,...

 2021-09-09 16:25 

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Roku's first original film continues NBC's canceled series 'Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist'...

Roku's expansion into original content continues with news that the streaming platform and device maker will debut its first original feature-length film during the 2021 holiday season. In partnership with Lionsgate, Roku announced it will introduce a...

 2021-09-09 16:18 

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Ford builds leadership team of commercial vehicle unit ahead of E-Transit launch...

Ford has hired six senior-level executives to its newly minted commercial vehicles and services business unit as the automaker prepares to bring to market the E-Transit cargo van and the F-150 Lightning Pro pickup truck — two electric vehicles it...

 2021-09-09 16:02 

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Review: Facebook's Ray-Ban Stories make the case for smart glasses...

Facebook's first pair of smart glasses doesn't feel like much of a Facebook product. You won't find the Facebook logo emblazoned on them or even its name in small print by the serial code. They aren't Facebook Stories or Ray-Ban's Face...

 2021-09-09 16:01 

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Facebook debuts its Ray-Ban Stories smart sunglasses...

Facebook announced their long-awaited foray into the smart glasses space Thursday morning, launching the Ray-Ban Stories smart glasses in partnership with eyewear giant EssilorLuxottica. The svelte frames are some of the most low-profile yet available to ...

 2021-09-09 16:00 

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Storz & Bickel new Mighty+ vape features faster heating, USB-C and UL certification...

Storz & Bickel finally updated the Mighty vaporizer. The original hit the market in October 2014 and quickly became a fan favorite despite its unwieldy form factor and market-topping price. Users point to the quality of the vapor, airflow, and its certifi...

 2021-09-09 16:00 

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With $55M third fund, Scout Ventures is funding veterans ready to tackle the hardest technical challenges...

When it comes to people pushing the frontiers of science, few institutions can match the talent of the Department of Defense, the intelligence agencies, and the U.S. national laboratory system. With ample budgets and flexible oversight under that aura of ...

 2021-09-09 15:44 

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Shared micromobility can help build communities residents deserve...

One of the most surprising yet impactful roles that shared micromobility has filled recently is that of a supporter of racial justice initiatives and events....

 2021-09-09 15:23 

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iRobot's poop problem...

I'm all for encouraging more young people to enter STEM, to explore engineering and perhaps ultimately pursue a career in robotics. It's a field whose importance will only grow with time, as more of the world looks toward automated solutions. And ...

 2021-09-09 15:03 

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LinkedIn doubles down on development with new learning hub, free courses and new search fields for hybrid working...

The wider world of employment has seen a huge shift in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Looking for a job, finding someone to fill a role, or simply developing professionally are just not the same as they used to be for many of us. So it's no surpri...

 2021-09-09 15:00 

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Wisetack closes on $45M to bring 'buy now, pay later' to in-person services...

Buy now, pay later is growing globally — with various companies expanding to, and in, different parts of the world, such as Africa, Latin America and Asia. Here in the U.S., Affirm and Klarna are big players, and Square recently announced plans to a...

 2021-09-09 15:00 

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Wisetack closes on $45M to bring 'buy now, pay later' to in-person services...

Buy now, pay later is growing globally — with various companies expanding to, and in, different parts of the world, such as Africa, Latin America and Asia. Here in the U.S., Affirm and Klarna are big players, and Square recently announced plans to a...

 2021-09-09 14:38 

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Dispo launches a test to gauge user interest in selling their photos as NFTs...

The photo-sharing app that emulates disposable cameras, Dispo started rolling out a test yesterday that will record user interest in selling photos as NFTs. Some users will now see a sell button on their photos, and when they tap it, they can sign up to b...

 2021-09-09 13:50 

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Quicken, one of the 'first fintechs,' is being sold again...

Five and a half years after being acquired by a private equity firm, personal finance software company Quicken is announcing that it is being acquired by another private equity firm. In April 2016, an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital acquired Quicken from Intu...

 2021-09-09 13:32 

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Tinder adds a new home for interactive, social features with launch of Tinder Explore...

Tinder is redesigning its app to put a larger emphasis on its social, interactive features with the launch of "Explore," a new section that will feature events, like the return of the popular "Swipe Night" series, as well as ways to discov...

 2021-09-09 13:15 

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Better.com acquires UK-based Property Partner ahead of SPAC close...

The deal could give Better a way to augment its lending business with the potential to enable fractional ownership of properties in the U.S. and other markets....

 2021-09-09 13:15 

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Anatomy of a SPAC: Inside Better.com's ambitious plans...

"We aren't so easily categorized," said Better CEO Vishal Garg....

 2021-09-09 13:00 

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DotCom Therapy raises $13M to provide therapy for kids, in and out of school...

DotCom Therapy, a pediatric teletherapy company, just closed a $13 million series A round. It's far from the only teletherapy company looking to capitalize on a boom in venture capital investment in mental health startups, but it's operating in a ...

 2021-09-09 13:00 

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Affinity, a relationship intelligence company, raises $80M to help close deals...

Affinity is focused on industries like investment banking and venture capital, where there aren't CRMs or networking platforms that cater to the specific needs of the long-term relationship....

 2021-09-09 13:00 

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Twitter users in Turkey can now emoji-react to tweets...

Starting today, Twitter is testing Tweet Reactions in Turkey for a limited time. Users in the region will be able to react to tweets using , , , , in addition to . But if you can't remember the chaos that ensued when the heart react replaced the favor...

 2021-09-09 13:00 

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Varo Bank raises massive $510M Series E at a $2.5B valuation as it eyes the public markets...

Varo Bank, which last year became the first U.S. neobank to be granted a national bank charter, announced this morning it has raised a staggering $510 million in a Series E funding round at a $2.5 billion valuation. The massive "oversubscribed" fi...

 2021-09-09 13:00 

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Breakout "CRISPR platform" company Mammoth Biosciences is officially a unicorn...

The CRISPR-based biotech startup Mammoth Biosciences is officially a unicorn, the company says. The billion dollar valuation comes on the back of a $150 million series D round led by Redmile Group, with participation from Foresite Capital, Senator Investm...

 2021-09-09 13:00 

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Amazon is releasing its own TVs with Alexa built in...

This has felt like an inevitability at least since Amazon teamed with South Carolina-based Element Electronics to bring the world a 43-inch Amazon Fire TV Edition back in 2017. The company has also teamed with several third-party TV makers to build its po...

 2021-09-09 13:00 

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Allianz backs AV8 Ventures' second fund focused on AI technologies...

AV8 supports entrepreneurs developing artificial intelligence-driven technologies in the areas of health, mobility, enterprise and deep-tech....

 2021-09-09 13:00 

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Solar-powered aircraft developer Skydweller Aero adds $8M to Series A, partners with Palantir...

Airplanes and drones today, regardless of size or fuel type, all face the same limitation: eventually they have to land. Skydweller Aero, the U.S.-Spanish aerospace startup, wants to break free from that constraint by developing an autonomous solar-powere...

 2021-09-09 12:39 

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Edtech leans into the creator economy with cohort-based classes...

Edtech's boom is rivaled by that of the creator economy, which promises to help creators monetize and democratize their passions, all while maintaining their identity....

 2021-09-09 12:09 

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Scalapay raises $155M at a $700M valuation as buy-now, pay-later services continue to boom...

Scalapay, a buy-now, pay-later (BNPL) technology provider that has made significant headway with retailers and consumers in Europe and in categories like fashion, has closed a round of funding that it will be using to fuel its expansion ambitions. The sta...

 2021-09-09 12:00 

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Teatis, low-sugar superfood powders developer for diabetics, closes seed round...

A serial entrepreneur Hiroshi Takatoh recognized the need for convenient and nutritious food for critically ill consumers after losing his late wife to cancer. Takatoh founded Teatis, a plant-based sugar blocking superfood powder for diabetic consumers, i...

 2021-09-09 12:00 

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CookUnity whips up nationwide expansion following $47M round...

CookUnity combines the ready-to-eat meal category with a chef-focused business model that provides restaurant-quality meals at home....

 2021-09-09 12:00 

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Fin names former Twilio exec Evan Cummack as CEO, raises $20M...

Fin's software captures employee workflow data from across applications and turns it into productivity insights to improve the way enterprise teams work and remain engaged....

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