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Nielsen‘s TV ratings now include Hulu and YouTube TV

Nielsen is taking a big step in measuring streaming TV today with the addition of Hulu and YouTube TV to its ratings. Nielsen‘s President of Product Leadership Megan Clarken said that the company‘s ratings (the best-known measurement of TV viewership) have included some streaming data before, but it was usually when traditional networks distributed their content Read More

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Mobile banking startup Varo Money has applied for a bank charter

Varo Money, which provides a mobile-first banking product to consumers, wants to take on the big banks.In an effort to offer similar but better checking, savings and lending products to consumers, the company has applied for a national bank charter with theOffice of the Comptroller of the Currency. Read More

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Vacation home pricing engine Beyond Pricing picks up a startup for nearby comparisons

While Airbnb may have started off the wave of renting out a room in your house periodically to travelers for some extra income, that industry has blown up to include a lot of other competitors like VRBO. That‘s led to many vacation rental owners putting their homes on multiple sites, which has led to the emergence of startups like Beyond Pricing which helps vacation home Read More

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Facebook, Twitter, Google warned over EU consumer rights

U.S. social media giants have been warned by Europe‘s consumer rights commissioner that she‘s running out of patience with their failure to comply with the region‘s consumer protection standards. Read More

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SimilarWeb raises 47M at valuation approaching 800M to take on Nielsen in digital market intel

Companies are increasingly dependant on digital platforms for their business growth, and that is giving a boost to analytics businesses that are helping them make better sense of that digital landscape. SimilarWeb which offers analytics and insights about the performance of websites and apps, as well as competitive intelligence about how other apps and sites are doing (covering80 Read More

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Hungarian hacker arrested for pressing F12

The Budapest Transport Authority (BKK, in Hungarian) recently launched an online payment system with the help of a T-Systems, Deutsche Telekom‘s consulting arm. The system, which took three months to build, was supposed to be installed in time for the FINA world championships in Budapest. The software, not unexpectedly for such a project, was full of bugs including the discovery of an Read More

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Duolingo raises 25M at a 700M valuation

Duolingo, the popular language learning service that was co-founded by reCAPTCHA founder Luis von Ahn, today announced that it has raised a 25 million Series E round led by Drive Capital. This brings Duolingo‘s total funding to 108.3 million and the company says that its valuation in this last round was 700 million. Read More

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Iguazio nabs 33M to bring big data analytics to IoT, finance and other enterprises

Big data analytics where vast troves of information are structured and used to help businesses gain more insights into their operations and customers, to develop new products, and to run more efficiently are a cornerstone of how many tech-centric enterprises run their businesses today. Now the focus is on building solutions that the rest of the enterprise world can use, even if Read More

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From growing pains to growing up, the startup hardware industry gets real in 2017

Last month, the international Sino-US hardware technology accelerator and investment firm HAXreleased its state of the union address on trends in the hardware industry to a select group in San Francisco. The massive 243 slide-long deck and accompanying over-an-hour presentation included a few nuggets that we were able to comb through today. Primarily for the folks at HAX, these are the Read More

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Google launches SOS Alerts in Search and Maps to help its users during a crisis

Google is launching a new feature for both Search and Maps today that is meant to give its users better information when a natural disaster or other crisis hits their area. These new so-called SOS Alerts will now prominently feature at the top of the company‘s search results and in Maps when a user looks for information about an incident or an affected area. The company Read More

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Artificial intelligence is not as smart as you (or Elon Musk) think

DeepMind‘s AlphaGobeat Lee Sedol, the best human Go player in the world. It was a defining technological moment not unlike IBM‘s Deep Blue beating chess champion Garry Kasparov, or IBM Watson beating the world‘s best Jeopardy players. As mind-blowing as they seemed, these victories were more about training algorithms and using brute-force computational strength than any Read More

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Former Voodoo PC head Rahul Sood talks about the road to real token sales

This week on Technotopia I interview Rahul Sood, former founder of Voodoo PC and the current CEO of Unikrn, an e-sports betting service. Sood, who spent a number of years at Microsoft Ventures, started Unikrn because he was the e-sports space was exploding in popularity. His company allows people to bet on gaming events and even bet on themselves as they get better at games. Sood‘s Read More

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SF-based Grabr grabs 2.7M to scale its traveller-driven shopping community

Grabr, an SF-based platform with a convenient way for people to buy international goods, has secured a 2.7M funding round led by SignalFire. FF Angel (Founders Fund‘s early stage investment vehicle), NFX, Global Founders Capital and multiple angel investors including Diana Moldavsky and Charles Songhurst also participated. Grabr plans to use the cash to scale up its operations and Read More

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Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg‘s understanding of the future of AI is ‘limited‘

It‘s fascinating to imagine the conversations that happened behind closed doors between the world‘s richest and most powerful, so when they occur in the open and over topics that impact the future of the world it‘s hard to do anything but grab the popcorn and watch intensely. Billionaire business icon Elon Musk of Tesla, SpaceX and more fame Read More

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Elon Musk says Mark Zuckerberg‘s understanding of artificial intelligence is ‘limited‘

It‘s fascinating to imagine the conversations that happened behind closed doors between the world‘s richest and most powerful, so when they occur in the open and over topics that impact the future of the world it‘s hard to do anything but grab the popcorn and watch intensely. Billionaire business icon Elon Musk of Tesla, SpaceX and more fame Read More

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Startup hub builder Factory plans gargantuan new campus in Lisbon

This year Lisbon is roaring along with noted startups like Uniplaces, Aptoide, Farfetch, Seedrs and Unbabel putting the Portuguese capital on the map. Vast annual startup conference Web Summit arrived last year with 53,000 people, and entrepreneurs and investors have been increasingly eyeing-up the city as a viable alternative to equally cheap Berlin, especially since the government allowed Read More

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Korean startup Urbanbase gets 1.8M to turn apartment floor plans into virtual reality

Urbanbase, a Seoul-based startup that makes virtual reality tools for interior planning and design, plans to expand in Asia after raising 1.8 million in Series A funding. Its investors are CKD Venture Capital, Magellan Technology and Capstone Partners. Read More

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SoftBank is reportedly keen to buy ‘multi-billion dollar stake‘ in Uber

Less than a day after it agreed to put 2 billion into Southeast Asia‘s Grab alongside Didi, now SoftBank is being linked with an investment in Uber, the U.S. firm that rivals those two aforementioned ride-sharing companies. A Wall Street Journal report claims SoftBank has been in touch with Uber with the apparent goal of buying a multi-billion dollar stake in the company. Read More

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Crunch Report | KKR Buys WebMD for 2.8 Billion

KKR is buying WebMD for 2.8 billion, Didi and SoftBank invest 2 billion into Grab, Daimler and Bosch create a driverless parking garage and the next Microsoft HoloLens gets an AI chip. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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SF-based Grabr grabs 2.6M to scale its traveller-driven shopping community

Grabr, an SF-based platform with a convenient way for people to buy international goods, has secured a 2.6M funding round led by SignalFire. FF Angel (Founders Fund‘s early stage investment vehicle), Global Founders Capital and multiple angel investors including Diana Moldavsky and Charles Songhurst also participated. Grabr plans to use the cash to scale up its operations and Read More

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Facebook acquires Source3 to get content creators paid

Facebook is on the cusp of a big push to lure independent content creators to share their art through the News Feed. It needs to prove it can help creators monetize their content without allowing piracy to run rampant. That‘s why it‘s acquired content rights management startup Source3, including its team and technology. The startup explains that At Source3, we set out to Read More

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SnapTravel raises 8 million for a hotel booking service that works over chat

Chatbots - automated bots that let you interact with a service or brand via messaging apps or SMS - haven‘t yet become breakout hits, as a group. But that hasn‘t stopped investors from pouring in 8 million into a hotel booking startup called SnapTravel, which lets users find and book rooms via SMS texts and Facebook Messenger. The 8 million Series A round was led Read More

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Alphabet keeps printing money despite a hefty 2.7B fine from the EU

Alphabet‘s advertising business continues to grow at a mammoth pace despite a very hefty setback from the EU in the form of a massive fine but all the signs might not be pointing to a perfect future for Google. The EU slapped Google with a 2.7 billion fine at the end of Junefor antitrust violationspertaining to itsGoogle‘s Shoppingsearch comparison service. Read More

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Alphabet continues printing money despite a hefty 2.7B fine from the EU

Alphabet‘s advertising business continues to grow at a mammoth pace despite a very hefty setback from the EU in the form of a massive fine but all the signs might not be pointing to a perfect future for Google. The EU slapped Google with a 2.7 billion fine at the end of Junefor antitrust violationspertaining to itsGoogle‘s Shoppingsearch comparison service. Read More

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