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T-Mobile plans pay TV service in 2018 field by Layer3 acquisition

T-Mobile is getting into the paid TV business, with the acquisition of Layer3 TV, a TV tech company, and plans announced to launch its own offering sometime next year. T-Mobile‘s John Legere revealed the pay TV ambitions for the so-called Un-carrier on its YouTube channel today. The plan involves building a service that avoids long-term contracts, as well as complex bundles Read More

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This app will help you figure out if you can fit that Costco-sized paper towel box in your apartment

You‘re probably going to get a better deal when you buy consumer products like paper towels wholesale, but at the same time you‘re also buying a very, very large package of said consumer products. So, they might not always fit in your apartment. Wholesale goodsare the primary play for a startup called Boxed, a retailer looking to play the sort of Read More

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Amazon expands same-day delivery and one-day shipping to thousands more cities

Amazon announced today it has expanded its same-day delivery and one-day shipping service to thousands more markets across the U.S., just in time for last-minute holiday shopping. Before, these services were available to Prime members in 5,000 cities and towns, the retailer tells us. Now, they‘re available in over 8,000. The market expansion is not just focused on serving major metros, Read More

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Indiegogo now lets you fund via token sale

Crowdfunding service and Kickstarter-competitor Indiegogo is now offering an ICO service alongside its partner, MicroVentures. The company will allow users to participate in SEC-complaint ICOs and, like its slow-burning equity crowdfunding service, will pick and choose startups that match certain exacting criteria. These tokens sales will be SEC complaint and the sales are performed within Read More

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Amazon Echo‘s multi-room music streaming feature now supports Spotify and SiriusXM

Just in time for all of those ridiculous holiday playlists, Amazon‘s added two key players to the Echo‘s multi-room streaming feature. Spotify and SiriusXM now join the ranks of TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Pandora and, naturally, Amazon‘s own Music Unlimited service. The feature, which hit the smart speakers over the summer, makes it possible to stream songs to multiple Echos on Read More

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Events management platform Bizzabo raises 15M Series B

Just eight months after its last round of funding, events management platform Bizzabo has raised a 15 million Series B. The new round, which brings Bizzabo‘s total funding so far to 30 million, was led by Pilot Growth Equity, with participation from Maor Investments and returning investors. Read More

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Nvidia and construction giant Komatsu partner on AI for job site safety

Nvidia is teaming up with Komatsu, one of the largest manufacturers of heavy equipment for construction and mining in the world, to deploy AI at worksites across these industries in order to promote safety and increase efficiency. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced the partnership at GTC Japan today, and described how it‘ll make use of Nvidia GPU hardware to provide virtual Read More

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Mixbook photo book service acquires WedPics

In 2012, a Raleigh, NC-based company called WedPics launched on to the scene to make wedding photos a little less of a headache. Five years and seven million users later, WedPics is being acquired by Mixbook, the platform for digitally collecting and editing physical photo books. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. WedPics is an app that lets a bride and groom aggregate all the photos Read More

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Commerce platform iZettle raises 47M at a 950M valuation

iZettle the commerce platform based out of Stockholm that competes against companies like Square, Paypal and SumUp to provide card transactions using smartphones and tablets as well as related accounting services has raised another 40 million (47 million) as it approaches a 1 billion valuation. CEO and co-founder Jacob de Geer told TechCrunch the money will go towards Read More

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NSI Ventures hits first close on new 125M fund for Southeast Asia

There‘s been pause since Southeast Asia last welcomed fresh venture capital, but one reload is on its way afterNSI Ventures, an early investors in Indonesian unicorn and Uber rival Go-Jek, announced a first close of its second fund, which is targeted at 125 million. The firm, which is part of Singapore-based PE firmNorthstar Group, said it has pulled in 75 million of committed Read More

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Blue Origin flies its Crew Capsule 2.0 for the first time

Jef Bezos‘ space company Blue Origin recorded a new milestone today - an inaugural flight for Crew Capsule 2.0, the latest version of the vehicle it‘s creating to bring astronauts into space for its first passenger flights. The Crew Capsule 2.0 craft flew atop a New Shepard reusable booster, traveling up to an altitude of over 322,000 feet. The New Shepard rocket, which Read More

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Payments startup iZettle raises 47M at a 950M valuation

iZettle the commerce platform based out of Stockholm that competes against companies like Square, Paypal and SumUp to provide card transactions using smartphones and tablets as well as related accounting services has raised another 40 million (47 million) as it approaches a 1 billion valuation. CEO and co-founder Jacob de Geer told TechCrunch the money will go towards Read More

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Apple invests 390 million in TrueDepth component maker Finisar

Apple announced a substantial investment in Finisar. Apple is giving Finisar 390 million to build a new 700,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Sherman, Texas. Finisar is going to hire 500 people to work on the laser sensor in the TrueDepth camera in the iPhone X. Today‘s investment is part of Apple‘s commitment to invest 1 billion in U.S.-based companies with its Advanced Read More

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Line adds unsend for recalling missent messages

Messaging platform Line has added the ability for users to retrieve messages they‘ve sent in error. Read More

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FreightHub, a European ‘digital freight forwarder‘, scores 20M Series A

FreightHub, a Berlin and Hamburg-based startup that claims to be Europe‘s first fully digital freight forwarder, has raised a 20 million Series A round, just 1.5 years since launch. The round is led by VC firm Northzone, with participation from existing investors. The latter includes Rocket Internet‘s Global Founders Capital (GFC), Cherry Ventures, Cavalry Ventures, and La Famiglia. Read More

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Payments startup iZettle raises 47M, reportedly at a 950M valuation

iZettle the payments startup based out of Stockholm that competes against companies like Square, Paypal and SumUp to provide card transactions using smartphones and tablets as well as related accounting services has raised another 40 million (47 million), money that CEO and co-founder Jacob de Geer told TechCrunch would be used to expand into more markets beyond the 12 where Read More

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Uber doubles down on Indonesia after hiring its first country president

As part of its new approach to Asia, Uber has announcedits first president for its business in Indonesia,Southeast Asia‘s largest economy and the world‘s fourth most populous country. Monika Rudijono will take up the role in January, joining from advertising and marketing firm Grey where she had been presidential director. She‘ll report directly to Brooks Entwistle, Read More

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Payments startup iZettle raises 47M as it plots expansion in Europe and LatAm

iZettle the payments startup based out of Stockholm that competes against companies like Square, Paypal and SumUp to provide card transactions using smartphones and tablets as well as related accounting services has raised another 40 million (47 million), money that CEO and co-founder Jacob de Geer told TechCrunch would be used to expand into more markets beyond the 12 where Read More

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Here‘s what people were Googling in 2017

There are few metrics in the world that offer as much insight into our society as Google‘sannual Year in Search. More than any of the other year-end download and streaming roundups, Google‘s offers a clear snapshot of the things that captured our imaginations and baffled us during what felt like a particularly turbulent year. Read More

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Google is opening a China-based research lab focused on artificial intelligence

Google has officially announced that it is opening an AI center in Beijing, China. The confirmation comes after months of speculation fueled by a major push to hire AI talent inside the country. Google‘s search engine is blocked in China, but the company still has hundreds of staff in China which work on its international services. In reference to that workforce, Alphabet chairman Read More

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Techstars is launching its first accelerator program in Asia in partnership with Rakuten

Techstars is bringing its global accelerator program to Asia for the first time in partnership with Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten and its chat app Viber. The companies will run a three-month program in Singapore starting in July, according to a joint announcement made today. The focus will be on social messaging and, in particular, technologies and startups that align with Viber, the Read More

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Google opening a China-based research lab focused on artificial intelligence

Google has officially announced that it is opening an AI center in Beijing, China. The confirmation comes after months of speculation fueled by a major push to hire AI talent inside the country. Google‘s search engine is blocked in China, but the company still has hundreds of staff in China which work on its international services. In reference to that workforce, Alphabet chairman Read More

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Google opening a China office focused on artificial intelligence

Google has officially announced that it is opening an AI center in Beijing, China. The confirmation comes after months of speculation fueled by a major push to hire AI talent inside the country. Google‘s search engine is blocked in China, but the company still has hundreds of staff in China which work on its international services. In reference to that workforce, Alphabet chairman Read More

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Google opening an office in China focused on artificial intelligence

Google has officially announced that it is opening an AI center in Beijing, China. The confirmation comes after months of speculation fueled by a major push to hire AI talent inside the country. Google‘s search engine is blocked in China, but the company still has hundreds of staff in China which work on its international services. In reference to that workforce, Alphabet chairman Read More

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