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Lighthouse‘s 3D sensing, AI-powered camera is now available for 299

What happens if you take a home security camera, throw it out, and head back to the drawing board with engineers from the world of self-driving cars behind the wheel? That‘s the basic premise behind Lighthouse. They‘re trying to build a camera that, thanks to its 3D-sensing lasers and a mountain of machine learning chops, has some sense of what it‘s looking at. After years in Read More

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The FCC‘s order gutting net neutrality is now official - but the fight is just getting started

The FCC‘s Restoring Internet Freedom order, which vastly curtails the agency‘s 2015 net neutrality rules, has officially taken effect in the Federal Register. It may sound like the end of the line, but in fact this is the green light for everyone in the country, from citizens to attorney generals to senators, to begin the official battle against this ill-advised Read More

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Travel activities platform KKDay raises 10.5M led by Japanese travel firm H.I.S.

KKDay, a startup from Taiwan that operates a platform that helps travelers to Asia find local activities, has raised 10.5 million. The funding round was led by Japanese travel operator H.I.S. with participation from existing backer MindWorks Ventures, the Hong Kong-based VC. KKDay is one of a number of services that cater to Asia‘s burgeoning regional tourism market. The idea is to Read More

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Falcon.io buys Komfo from Sitecore as social media management consolidates

Falcon.io, a startup out of Denmark that helps businesses manage their presence across social media and messaging platforms, has acquired a competitor in a wider trend of consolidation in the market for such services. It is buying Komfo from customer experience software developer Sitecore, which itself was acquired by EQT for 1.1 billion in 2016. Falcon.io is not disclosing the terms of Read More

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Apple said to debut voice-activated Siri AirPods in 2018, water-resistant model in 2019

Apple is preparing a couple of updating models of AirPods, according to Bloomberg. The popular fully wireless earbud-style headphones that Apple introduced last year are currently on track for a refresh in 2018 with the addition of a new version of the W line of chips that Apple created specifically to manage and improve Bluetooth-based connections between gadgets. The 2018 Read More

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Pitching a wearable to make cattle farming more sustainable, Vence raises 2.7 million

A new startup called Vence from sunny San Diego is aiming to make cattle farming more sustainable with a wearable device to create virtual fences for livestock. The company has raised 2.7 million in new funding to bring its product to market and develop new services for farmers in a round led by Eniac Ventures with participation from the venture capital arm of the Dutch investment bank Read More

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Watch the Airbus Project Vahana prototype autonomous air taxi take flight

Airbus recently had the first ever successful flight of its Vahana autonomous air vehicle, and now it‘s released video of that pivotal moment in the aircraft‘s development. The flight took place at the end of January in Pendleton, Oregon, when the flying, passenger-capable drone took off and hovered off the ground about 16 feet in the air, all while piloting itself. The next step Read More

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Harley Davidson‘s EV debut could electrify the motorcycle industry

Harley Davidson will launch its first production e-motorcycle in 2019. Yes, the iconic symbol of American steel and piston popping internal combustion is shifting to voltage. We announced we‘ll invest more aggressively inelectric technology in premium motorcycles,Harley Davidson CEO Matt Levatich said on the company‘s recentearnings call. You‘ve Read More

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Uber CEO plans to ‘invest aggressively‘ to compete with rivals Southeast Asia

Uber CEODara Khosrowshahi has distanced the company from reports that it might exit Southeast Asia and India. Currently in India on his maiden visit to Asia as Uber boss,Khosrowshahi told an audience that the company plans to continue to invest in Southeast Asia, where Uber has slipped behind Grab and Indonesia-based Go-Jek. We expect to lose money in Southeast Asia and expect to Read More

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Pop star turned entrepreneur Starshell raises 1 million for her Birthday Girl World

For the singer-songwriter Starshell, a one-time protege of Mary J. Blige, success comes in many guises and the latest is startup entrepreneur. Her song Birthday Girl, resonated so strongly with fans, says the singer born LaNeah Menzies, that it became something of an anthem. And Menzies has turned that anthem into a business. Her site,Birthday Girl World, saw 208,740 Read More

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Gartner reports first ever global decline in smartphone sales

Global smartphone sales have not been firing on all cylinders for several years now but Gartner‘s latest figures record the first ever decline since the analyst began tracking the market all the way back in 2004. Read More

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Startups! Come to the TechCrunch Barcelona ‘Meet & Greet‘ during MWC

Come and Meet and greet with TechCrunch Editorial staff while they are in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress! The event will be on Mon 26 February 2018m 19:30 - 22:30, at Cloud Coworking. It is necessary to get a free ticket here. Senior journalists will be there to make contacts with you and your startup. Drinks will be sponsored by Aptoide. Venue kindly provided by Read More

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Tel Aviv, TechCrunch is coming back, this time with a conference

The third time is a charm, Tel Aviv. After holding a Meetup + Pitch-off the last two years in Israel, TechCrunch is returning on 7 June 2017 for a day-long conference. As much fun as networking on a roof facing the Mediterranean Sea is, we‘re ready to dig deeper into the tech that is coming out of Israel, focusing on mobility. The mobility industry is ripe for disruption. It is gaining Read More

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Twitter is (finally) cracking down on bots

Twitter is cracking down on bots after it announced changes to its API that will massively reduce the impact of services that allow links and content to be shared across multiple accounts, i.e. the software that powers Twitter bots. So that means an end to services that let those controlling large numbers of accounts to batch tweet, follow users, retweet or like tweets. Twitter will continue Read More

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Tinyclues, the AI-driven campaign marketing solution, scores 18M Series B

Tinyclues, the French startup that offers an intelligent campaign marketing solution that uses AI to help push the right products to the right customers, has closed 18 million in Series B investment. Leading the round is EQT Ventures, with participation from existing backers Alven, Elaia Partners, and ISAI. Read More

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Pandora‘s improving financials help it recover from a bad day

Pandora tumbled almost 9% on the stock market Wednesday. And then it bounced back over 6% after the day ended. The music streaming business, which has had a terrible past year on the stock market,surprised investors when it revealed a 63% rise in subscription revenue, totaling 97.7 million. Subscribers also jumped 25%, to 5.48 million. Overall revenue was 395 million, beating Wall Read More

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ParkBee closes 5M funding to open up private car parks to public bookings

ParkBee, a Netherlands-founded startup that lets private car parks monetize underutilized spaces by making them bookable to the public, has picked up 5 million in new funding Read More

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The SEC says companies must disclose more information about cybersecurity risks

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission issued new guidance calling on public companies to be more forthcoming when disclosing cybersecurity risks, even before a breach or attack happens. The statement, which expands on previous guidance issued in 2011, also warns that corporate insiders must not trade shares when they have information about cybersecurity issues that isn‘t public yet. Read More

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India‘s Capillary Technologies raises 20M from Warburg Pincus and Sequoia

Capillary Technologies, an India-based startup that helps e-commerce businesses manage their marketing and customer engagement, has pulled in 20 million in fresh funding from existing investorsWarburg Pincus and Sequoia. The company said it plans to use the capital to develop its products and RD, including a new focus on the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) space where it works Read More

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Walmart launches a new home shopping site for furniture and home dcor

Following a slowdown in e-commerce sales over the holidays, Walmart today is readying a new strategy to attract online shoppers with an increased focus on home goods. The retailer is now launching a redesigned Home shopping experience on the web which will better highlight home products, like furniture, accessories, and other decorative items. The new site‘s home page will feature Read More

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Intel ships update for newest Spectre-affected chips

Intel has announced that the fix is out for its latest chips affected by Spectre, the memory-leakage flaw affecting practically all computing hardware. The patch is for the Skylake generation (late 2015) and newer, though most users will still have to wait for the code to be implemented by whoever manufactured their computer (specifically, their motherboard). Read More

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Camera rental startup KitSplit raises 2.1M

KitSplit, which operates amarketplace for creative equipment, is announcing that it‘s raised 2.1 million in seed funding. The equipment available for rental can include cameras, lights and lenses, but also VR gear and drones. Renters get access to this equipment for a lower price, while the equipment owners get to make some extra money from equipment when they‘re not using it. Read More

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Hear360 begins shipping its ASMR-ready omni-binaural microphone, the 8ball

8-balls have been known to hold some generalized, trivial answers to life‘s hardest questions, but one LA startup is hoping to find success in them. Hear360 has just begun shipping pre-orders of 8ball, a souped-up binaural 360 microphone rig geared towards professionals that are all about experimenting in new immersive mediums. The 8ball is an omni-binaural microphone Read More

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Startup that sells your salary data to VCs gets bought by Solium

Investors don‘t want their portfolio companies to pay you too much, or too little. So they pay Advanced-HR for its compensation data pulled from 2,500 startups. With a generic name, the service has flown somewhat under the radar since launching 20 years ago. As startups grow more professional while staying private longer, they‘re getting serious about how they structure equity Read More

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