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Business messaging service Eko picks up $2M to fuel push into Japan, US and UKBusiness%20messaging%20service%20Eko%20picks%20up%20%242M%20to%20fuel%20push%20into%20Japan%2C%20US%20and%26nbsp%3BUKOffice meetingJon

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 08:50:42 +0000

(image)  Eko Communications, a U.S.-Thailand company that operates a messaging app targeted at businesses, has closed a strategic investment of $2 million to grow in Japan and expand into Europe and the U.S.. The funding was led by Japanese corporate Itochu, which provided $1 million and will partner to help expand sales. Existing backers of the company, which include Gobi Ventures, also took part.… Read More(image)

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SparkLabs launches $50M fund for promising early-stage startups in KoreaBrian Kangcatherineshu

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:54:27 +0000

(image)  SparkLabs Group started in 2012 with a Seoul-based accelerator dedicated to boosting South Korea’s then-nascent startup ecosystem. Now it’s going back to its roots with the launch of a $50 million fund for early-stage Korean startups that want to expand globally. Read More(image)

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Cubic Telecom gets $46.5M to connect cars and other devices globallyCubic%20Telecom%20gets%20%2446.5M%20to%20connect%20cars%20and%20other%20devices%26nbsp%3Bgloballyaudi-barcelona-a8-interior-nvidia-technologyingridlunden

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:50:48 +0000

(image)  As automakers ramp up their connected car initiatives, a company that has built a solution to link vehicles up to mobile networks globally has raised a significant round of funding from a group of investors that includes Audi and Qualcomm. Cubic Telecom, a startup out of Dublin, Ireland, that has built a virtual networking solution that lets cars (and other devices) automatically connect to… Read More(image)

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Social Capital to help startups go public without an IPOSocial%20Capital%20to%20help%20startups%20go%20public%20without%20an%26nbsp%3BIPOTechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013 - Day 1roofkatie

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 07:01:40 +0000

(image)  Silicon Valley venture firm Social Capital plans to help startups go public without the dreaded IPO process. And it’s something different than what Spotify is doing.  Social Capital is creating a shell company known as a “SPAC” that exists solely to merge with a startup. These types of transactions are not rare outside of the venture world but have little precedent with… Read More(image)

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Google expands its public Wi-Fi program for emerging markets to IndonesiaGoogle%20expands%20its%20public%20Wi-Fi%20program%20for%20emerging%20markets%20to%26nbsp%3BIndonesiagoogle signJon

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 06:23:04 +0000

(image)  Google is launching its public Wi-Fi program, which offers free connectivity at railway stations and other locations such as universities, in Indonesia, the company announced today. The Indonesia launch is the first expansion of ‘Google Station’ — as the program is called — since it debuted in India some 18 months ago. The project is quite simple, it offers a free way… Read More(image)

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Flytrex launches an autonomous on-demand drone delivery service in Iceland’s capitalFlytrex%20launches%20an%20autonomous%20on-demand%20drone%20delivery%20service%20in%20Iceland%26%238217%3Bs%26nbsp%3BcapitalFlytrexcatherineshu

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 05:40:54 +0000

(image)  Flytrex wants to prove that drones are a realistic option for on-demand logistics with a new delivery program that took off in Iceland’s capital today. While other companies, including Amazon, have tested drone deliveries, Flytrex says this is the first time a fully operational on-demand drone delivery service has launched in an urban area. Drones will take orders from online… Read More(image)

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Crunch Report | Galaxy Note 8 Makes Its ReturnCrunch%20Report%20%7C%20Galaxy%20Note%208%20Makes%20Its%26nbsp%3BReturntitohamze

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 03:00:35 +0000

We get a look at SpaceX’s Spacesuit, Galaxy Note 8 makes its return, a recap of YC Demo Day 2 and Apple’s latest iPhone could come on September 12th. All this on Crunch Report. Read More(image)

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Facebook’s Andrew Bosworth is taking over the company’s consumer hardware effortsFacebook%26%238217%3Bs%20Andrew%20Bosworth%20is%20taking%20over%20the%20company%26%238217%3Bs%20consumer%20hardware%26nbsp%3BeffortsBoz_1lucasmatney2015

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:30:32 +0000

(image)  Veteran Facebook exec Andrew “Boz” Bosworth is taking over consumer hardware efforts at the company, including projects under groups like Building 8 and Oculus. The announcement was made internally by Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer, Business Insider reports. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the appointment to TechCrunch. Bosworth, who joined Facebook in January of 2006, has been… Read More(image)

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Susan Fowler’s lawyers just told the Supreme Court why tech cos should eliminate arbitration agreementsSusan%20Fowler%26%238217%3Bs%20lawyers%20just%20told%20the%20Supreme%20Court%20why%20tech%20cos%20should%20eliminate%20arbitration%26nbsp%3Bagreements168015456connieloizos

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:48:38 +0000

(image)  Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer whose blog post about the company’s troubling internal workings eventually led to the ouster of its CEO Travis Kalanick, has a new message for the Supreme Court: get rid of arbitration agreements. In a development first reported on by The Recorder, Fowler’s legal team at the San Francisco-based firm Baker Curtis & Schwartz has filed an… Read More(image)

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This algorithm cleverly recreates 3D objects from tiny 2D imagesThis%20algorithm%20cleverly%20recreates%203D%20objects%20from%20tiny%202D%26nbsp%3Bimagesvoxelrendersdevin

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:13:31 +0000

(image)  With a lifetime of observing the world informing our perceptions, we’re all pretty good at inferring the overall shape of something we only see from the side, or for a brief moment. Computers, however, are just plain bad at it. Fortunately, a clever shortcut created by a Berkeley AI researcher may seriously improve their performance. Read More(image)

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Three things that every startup should consider before the fundraising tide goes outThree%20things%20that%20every%20startup%20should%20consider%20before%20the%20fundraising%20tide%20goes%26nbsp%3Boutdollar-surfing-wavedavidalanriggs

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:00:51 +0000

(image)  Now is the time for startups to engage in strategic planning so that future liquidity needs will be met. This article discusses market trends and how debt financing and other protective measures can engineer optionality that can help a startup not only survive, but potentially thrive during a period of financial distress. Read More(image)

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In iOS 11, Safari will strip out Google AMP links for shared storiesIn%20iOS%2011%2C%20Safari%20will%20strip%20out%20Google%20AMP%20links%20for%20shared%26nbsp%3Bstoriessafari-iostaylortechcrunch

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:58:40 +0000

(image)  Anyone haunted by annoying link cruft will be relieved to hear that iOS 11 will transform Google AMP links back into their original forms when sharing a story from Safari. MacStories editor Federico Viticci first spotted the change, which appears to be live in the new iOS 11 beta 7. Very nice: when sharing AMP pages to iMessage or Reading List, iOS 11 Safari automatically removes… Read More(image)

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After Magic Leap acquisition, Dacuda founder forms PXL VisionAfter%20Magic%20Leap%20acquisition%2C%20Dacuda%20founder%20forms%20PXL%26nbsp%3BVisionpxlvisiondevin

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:05:56 +0000

(image)  Swiss startup Dacuda’s 3D scanning division was acquired by Magic Leap in February, but it seems the company’s founder, Michael Born, is just getting started with computer vision. He and three others who didn’t go over to the much-hyped and intensely secretive AR company have formed a new one: PXL Vision AG, focused on real-time image classification and Read More(image)

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Judge sides with YouTubers Ethan and Hila Klein in copyright lawsuitJudge%20sides%20with%20YouTubers%20Ethan%20and%20Hila%20Klein%20in%20copyright%26nbsp%3BlawsuitH3H3 Productionsanthha

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 22:50:13 +0000

(image)  Ethan and Hila Klein, the husband-and-wife team behind the popular H3H3 YouTube channel, appear to have won their legal battle against Matt Hosseinzadeh, a.k.a. Matt Hoss. A New York judge today issued a summary judgement in favor of the Kleins. Read More(image)

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Uber’s financials show company is still growing, despite the dramaUber%26%238217%3Bs%20financials%20show%20company%20is%20still%20growing%2C%20despite%20the%26nbsp%3BdramaUber lets customers plan rides a month aheadroofkatie

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:20:05 +0000

(image)  Uber’s past six months have been tumultuous, with lawsuits and allegations of harassment. The company doesn’t even have a CEO right now, but newly released financials suggest that most users don’t care. First reported by Axios, Uber has confirmed to us that Uber’s $8.7 billion in gross bookings were up 17 percent in the second quarter. Global trips increased 150… Read More(image)

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Ojo wants to be the electric scooter for commuters, but it’s not there yetOjo%20wants%20to%20be%20the%20electric%20scooter%20for%20commuters%2C%20but%20it%26%238217%3Bs%20not%20there%26nbsp%3Byetmdickey

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:19:56 +0000

Commuting in a busy city like San Francisco can be annoying — between all the cars, bikes, Boosted Boards and other electric gizmos zipping and weaving through lanes. The Ojo Electric scooter, while it might help with your personal traffic woes, won’t do much to help reduce the overall annoyance commuters experience. Read More(image)

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Does it really matter how much your startup raises?Does%20it%20really%20matter%20how%20much%20your%20startup%26nbsp%3Braises%3Fus-china-aialexjameswilhelm

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:13:41 +0000

(image)  “How much money does it take to get a startup off the ground?” Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists are faced with this question all the time, and the only right answer — it depends — is also the least satisfying. For any particular startup to succeed, it might take a lot of outside funding or very little. It’s contingent on the business a team is trying to build. Read More(image)

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FTC greenlights Amazon and Whole Foods dealFTC%20greenlights%20Amazon%20and%20Whole%20Foods%26nbsp%3Bdealamazon-whole-foods-bannerroofkatie

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 21:08:07 +0000

(image)  The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is allowing Amazon to move forward in the process of purchasing Whole Foods. The $13.7 billion acquisition, which was announced in June, combines the e-commerce behemoth with a major grocery chain. The FTC has since been investigating whether the tie-up would decrease competition, ultimately deciding it needn’t pursue the matter further. Read More(image)

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Former CIA agent hopes to buy Twitter to kick Trump offFormer%20CIA%20agent%20hopes%20to%20buy%20Twitter%20to%20kick%20Trump%26nbsp%3BoffPresident Trump Views The Eclipse From The White Houseroofkatie

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:20:49 +0000

(image)  Remember Valerie Plame Wilson? The former CIA agent, who got involved in what became known as the “Plame Affair,” has a solution for ridding Twitter of America’s favorite troll. Wilson launched a fundraiser last week to buy the social media service. Read More(image)

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