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Anorak scores £4M funding to make life insurance more accessibleAnorak%20scores%20%C2%A34M%20funding%20to%20make%20life%20insurance%20more%26nbsp%3BaccessibleAnorak Co-foundersSteve O'Hear

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:40:14 +0000

(image)  VCs continue to pump money into startups attempting to inject life into the legacy and lucrative insurance industry. The latest ‘insurtech’ company to pick up funding in the U.K. is Anorak Technologies, which is on a self-described mission to “build the world’s smartest independent insurance adviser,” starting with life insurance. Read More(image)

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Facebook expands ‘Community Boost’ digital skills training program to EuropeFacebook%20expands%20%26%238216%3BCommunity%20Boost%26%238217%3B%20digital%20skills%20training%20program%20to%26nbsp%3BEuropeFacebook Exhibits Technologies At Innovation Hubnelomas

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:17:03 +0000

(image)  Facebook has announced it’s expanding a free training program that teaches Internet-skills, media literacy and online safety to Europe. It says its “ambition” is to train 300,000 people across six EU countries by 2020 — specifically in the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland. Read More(image)

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D-ID nabs $4M to protect images from being read by facial recognition algorithmsD-ID%20nabs%20%244M%20to%20protect%20images%20from%20being%20read%20by%20facial%20recognition%26nbsp%3Balgorithmsshutterstock_124919048ingridlunden

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:00:30 +0000

(image)  As people become more aware of how their data is used — and abused — in our digital world; and regulations (like GDPR in Europe) are leading more organizations to implement better data protection policies, a startup that is hoping to protect that data found in images — by making it impossible for algorithms to read it — has raised a seed round to help it bring its… Read More(image)

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Korea’s Kakao eyes overseas acquisitions following $1 billion raiseKorea%26%238217%3Bs%20Kakao%20eyes%20overseas%20acquisitions%20following%20%241%20billion%26nbsp%3BraiseIMG_9570Jon

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:50:18 +0000

(image)  Korea’s Kakao, the internet giant behind the country’s top messaging app, is actively seeking overseas investment opportunities after it raised $1 billion via a placement. Kakao is valued at over $7 billion and its services are used by more than 40 million people. The company, which counts Tencent as an early investor, now appears to be making good on its long-standing plan to… Read More(image)

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ViViDoctor raises €400,000 to bring teleconsultations to Belgium hospitalsViViDoctor%20raises%20%E2%82%AC400%2C000%20to%20bring%20teleconsultations%20to%20Belgium%26nbsp%3BhospitalsDSCF0086Steve O'Hear

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:41:23 +0000

(image)  ViViDoctor, a healthtech startup out of Brussels that offers teleconsultations with doctors, has raised €400,000 in seed funding as it continues to sell its service into hospitals. The company enables patients to consult with doctors and other specialists online, including via video conference. Read More(image)

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Selfie app Snow, once a Snapchat clone, raises $50M from SoftBank and Sequoia ChinaSelfie%20app%20Snow%2C%20once%20a%20Snapchat%20clone%2C%20raises%20%2450M%20from%20SoftBank%20and%20Sequoia%26nbsp%3BChinasnow app ughJon

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:23:21 +0000

(image)  It’s been a while since we heard from Snow, the Snapchat clone app in Asia that Facebook once tried to buy, but today the company behind it has scooped up a $50 million investment from SoftBank and Sequoia China. Snow was started by Naver, the Korean firm behind popular messaging app Line, and it had proven popular in Japan, Korea, China and other markets in Asia thanks to a focus on… Read More(image)

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Grab is adding bike-sharing to its ride-hailing service in Southeast AsiaGrab%20is%20adding%20bike-sharing%20to%20its%20ride-hailing%20service%20in%20Southeast%26nbsp%3BAsiagrab cycle 1Jon

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:01:58 +0000

(image)  Grab, Uber’s chief rival across Southeast Asia, appears to be getting into bike-sharing after plans for a joint service with oBike surfaced in Singapore. Last week, an eagle-eyed resident in Singapore shared photos of Grab Cycle bikes — which show an oBike logo, too — being loaded into a van. Grab declined to comment when we asked about an integration, but it wouldn’t be… Read More(image)

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Apple partners with Malala Fund to help girls receive quality educationApple%20partners%20with%20Malala%20Fund%20to%20help%20girls%20receive%20quality%26nbsp%3BeducationTim_Cook_and_Malala_Yousafzai_01212018mdickey

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:00:08 +0000

(image)  Apple has teamed up with Malala Fund to support girls’ education, becoming Malala Fund’s first Laureate partner. Founded by Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin, the Malala Fund aims to empower young girls and help them access the quality education they deserve. With the support of Apple, Malala Fund expects to double the number of grants awarded through its Gulmakai Network and… Read More(image)

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Sphero lays off dozens as it shifts focus to educationSphero%20lays%20off%20dozens%20as%20it%20shifts%20focus%20to%26nbsp%3BeducationSPRK LAHR-3240bheaterSphero Spider-Man

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 23:19:36 +0000

(image)  Sphero was ready to conquer the world last year. The company quintupled its product release schedule, flying high with the help of a Disney licensing deal that gave the world several Star Wars droids and talking Spider-Man and Lightning McQueen robots. But following a holiday season that failed to live up to expectations, the company recently laid off 45 staff members globally, TechCrunch… Read More(image)

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Startups, high-speed rail and California’s infrastructure futureStartups%2C%20high-speed%20rail%20and%20California%26%238217%3Bs%20infrastructure%26nbsp%3BfutureAUGUST 7, 2000. ANAHEIM, CA. Project manager Sam Sims points out features of the futuristic Anaheimdancric

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 20:35:37 +0000

(image)  California is home to two very different innovation worlds. For the readers of TechCrunch, there is the familiar excitement of the startup world, with startups working on longevity and age extension, rockets to Mars, and cars that drive themselves. Hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs, engineers, and product managers are building these futures every day, often on shoestring budgets all in… Read More(image)

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Diversifying the blockchainDiversifying%20the%20blockchainblockchainmdickey

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:54:50 +0000

(image)  “The consensus is that because blockchain is so niche and it’s mostly early adopters who come from tech and finance, that it’s actually less diverse than those industries that are already struggling to be representative of the population at large,” Raine Revere, co-founder of blockchain education startup Maiden, told me on an episode of the CTRL+T podcast. In… Read More(image)

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2018 might be Amazon’s year to take a leading role in online advertising2018%20might%20be%20Amazon%26%238217%3Bs%20year%20to%20take%20a%20leading%20role%20in%20online%26nbsp%3BadvertisingScreen Shot 2018-01-21 at 8.47.40 AMshieberj

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 17:30:16 +0000

(image)  With WPP’s over 200,000 employees and a $75 billion media book, Sir Martin Sorrell has a uniquely privileged insight into the future of the online advertising industry. And he believes that 2018 might be the year that a third company joins what he calls the Facebook/Google “duopoly” in online advertising and search. Read More(image)

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Inside Amazon’s surveillance-powered no-checkout convenience storeInside%20Amazon%26%238217%3Bs%20surveillance-powered%20no-checkout%20convenience%26nbsp%3BstoreOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdevin

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 15:01:18 +0000

(image)  By now many have heard of Amazon’s most audacious attempt to shake up the retail world, the cashless, cashierless Go store. Walk in, grab what you want, and walk out. I got a chance to do just that recently, as well as pick the brain of one of its chief architects. My intention going in was to try to shoplift something and catch these complacent Amazon types napping. But it became clear… Read More(image)

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Sex, the final frontier: Cindy Gallop raises $2M from mysterious investor for social sex techSex%2C%20the%20final%20frontier%3A%20Cindy%20Gallop%20raises%20%242M%20from%20mysterious%20investor%20for%20social%20sex%26nbsp%3BtechTribeca Talks Daring Women Summit - 2016 Tribeca Film Festivalrezendi

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 14:00:44 +0000

(image)  “Everything’s a battle,” Cindy Gallop sighs, although it’s clear she relishes those battles. What she means is that the entire Internet has long been divided into two separate, walled fiefdoms: one labelled “pornography,” the other marked with those three dread words “no adult content.” The territory between those two worlds, which she is trying… Read More(image)

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Why inclusion in the Google Arts & Culture selfie feature mattersWhy%20inclusion%20in%20the%20Google%20Arts%20%26amp%3B%20Culture%20selfie%20feature%26nbsp%3Bmattersmissing-match-arts-culture2catherineshu

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 13:00:38 +0000

(image)  When Google Arts & Culture’s new selfie-matching feature went viral earlier this week, many people of color found that their results were limited or skewed toward subservient and exoticized figures. In other words, it pretty much captured the experience of exploring most American or European art museums as a minority. Read More(image)

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The Chinese think Palo Alto is dumpyThe%20Chinese%20think%20Palo%20Alto%20is%26nbsp%3BdumpyStanford University Expansion Projectsdancric

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 21:09:39 +0000

(image)  Good news! The great Raw Water Story of 2017 is finally over. Google tells me that searches went up ten-fold over the raw water craze, but thankfully, humans seem to have filtered out any more stories or follow ups. Silicon Valley can rest easy. But wait! There is another crisis brewing, and it isn’t the animal fecal matter in your algae water. Over the past few days, we’ve seen… Read More(image)

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Mike Moritz and the declining America workerMike%20Moritz%20and%20the%20declining%20America%26nbsp%3BworkerThe Odd Squaddancric

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 20:17:28 +0000

(image)  Storied Sequoia investor Mike Moritz threw fire into the tech Twitter gumbo with his observations of hard-working Chinese workers and slothful Silicon Valley engineers. Moritz, a billionaire, clearly needs page views to fund his retirement. The major money quote about Silicon Valley is this: “In recent months, there have been complaints about the political sensibilities of speakers… Read More(image)

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Katalyst.Ventures, a new firm led by Susan Choe, has raised $34 millionKatalyst.Ventures%2C%20a%20new%20firm%20led%20by%20Susan%20Choe%2C%20has%20raised%20%2434%26nbsp%3BmillionScreen Shot 2018-01-20 at 11.53.20 AMconnieloizos

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 19:59:31 +0000

(image)  There aren’t a lot of venture funds that are led by a single general partner who happens to be a woman. Sonja Hoel Perkins is one. The longtime Menlo Ventures managing director founded her own venture firm two years ago. Cindy Padnos, who spent four years with Outlook Ventures as a director before founding her own firm, Illuminate Ventures, nine years ago, is another. Now Silicon Valley… Read More(image)

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Startup fundraising and exits look bullish for bio and healthStartup%20fundraising%20and%20exits%20look%20bullish%20for%20bio%20and%26nbsp%3Bhealthhealthcarejglasner

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 18:10:56 +0000

(image)  After nearly a year, venture capitalists nabbed their first U.S. acquisition for more than a billion dollars. And it wasn’t a tech startup. Nor was it a company on the list of known unicorns. And it had nothing to do with blockchain. Read More(image)

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Women’s March embraces collaborative social app CrunchetWomen%26%238217%3Bs%20March%20embraces%20collaborative%20social%20app%26nbsp%3BCrunchetUS-POLITICS-WOMEN'S-MARCHjoshsc

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 17:05:32 +0000

(image)  Today’s nationwide Women’s March attendees will advocate for voter registration through every conceivable social network, so one of its planning organizations has allied with a new app that lets you combine posts from across apps. Crunchet will help the Women’s March Alliance and Chicago march create collages of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, Spotify, and… Read More(image)

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