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Minio scores 20 million Series A to build a neutral object storage layer

Minio has a plan to become the neutral object storage layer, while still maintaining Amazon S3 object storage compatibility. That may seem like an odd strategy, but as CEO Anand Babu Periasamy, co-founder and CEO of Minio points out, there is a clear market need. By building a solution that enables customers to store data across a variety of solutions including S3, he believes he is giving Read More

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Finnish marketing automation startup Smartly.io targets U.S. growth after 20M secondary funding

Smartly.io, a Helsinki-based company that makes automated marketing software for Facebook advertisers, announced today that it has raised 20 million by selling existing stakeholder‘s shares to venture capital firm Highland Europe. Read More

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Amazon‘s new tablet doubles as a cheap Echo Show with hands-free Alexa

the company doesn‘t really care how Alexa gets out into world, so long as it gets out there. The smart assistant has been available on the company‘s Fire tablets for some time now, but this latest implementation on the new Fire HD 10 presents an interesting new use for the assistant. Hands-free Alexa is admittedly a bit counterintuitive for a device designed to be used with Read More

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Adobe brings paid premium features for brands to its Spark design apps

Adobe is launching a major update to its Spark graphic design apps today that brings paid premium features for companies and individuals that want to bring their own logo to the service as they create social media posts with Spark Posts, web pages with Spark Page and video with you guessed it Spark Video. Read More

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Real-time data analytics startup Incorta raises 15M Series B led by Kleiner Perkins

Incorta, the startup that wants to make big data analytics faster by eliminating the need for data warehouses, has raised a 15 million Series B led by new investor Kleiner Perkins. Existing investors GV and Ron Wohl, former executive vice president of applications development at Oracle, also participated. Read More

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8fit, a health and fitness app that offers tailored workout and meal plans, closes 7M Series A

8fit, a popular health and fitness app that offers tailored workouts and meals plan, has raised 7 million in Series A funding. Backing the round are VCs Creandum and Eight Road Ventures. It brings total funding for the Berlin and Palo Alto-based startup to 10 million. Read More

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Hinge‘s new app lets your friends play matchmaker

Hinge is launching a way for people in relationships to get in on the dating app craze alongside their single friends. No, not like that! The company today is introducing a new, standalone app called Hinge Matchmaker that will allow people to see which of their friends are on Hinge, and then make recommendations by suggesting potential matches. According to Hinge founder Justin McLeod, the new Read More

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MealPal gobbles 20M for its restaurant meal subscription service

We‘ve seen a huge wave of food-on-demand startups hit the market in the last several years: those who deliver restaurant food, those who deliver meal kits to you, those who bring groceries, and those who are building machines to help you eat better at home are just a few of the variations on the theme that have come (and gone). In one of the latest variations, a startup called MealPal Read More

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Salesforce Ventures launches 50 m fund to encourage AI development on Salesforce platform

Salesforce Einstein, the AI toolset for Salesforce.com,turned one todayand to celebrateSalesforce Venturesannounced a 50 million fund to encourage startups to build AI-fueled applications on top of Salesforce. Over the years many successful companies have been built on top of Salesforce including FinancialForce.com, Apttus and Veeva. The purpose of this fund is to coax a new generation Read More

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Salesforce Einstein celebrates its first birthday with a couple of new features

Salesforce launched Einstein, its artificial intelligence platform just one year ago this week. As it celebrates its first birthday, it‘s worth taking a look back at the first year and looking at a couple of enhancements they‘re adding as a birthday surprise. It‘s easy to lose sight of the fact that Einstein isn‘t actually a product at all, even though Salesforce markets Read More

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Wikileaks releases documents it claims detail Russia mass surveillance apparatus

Wikileaks has released a new cache of documents which it claims detail surveillance apparatus used by the Russian state to spy on Internet and mobile users. It‘s the first time the organization has leaked (what it claims is) material directly pertaining to the Russian state. Read More

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Review: The iPhone 8 is a look into the augmented future of photography

This is a camera review. There are a number of updates that should appeal in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but the one question most upgraders are going to be asking is how good is the camera?The camera system in the iPhone is becoming the central focus of its technological advancements. And it‘s not just about pictures anymore. With augmented reality and computer vision emerging as Read More

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Threat Stack snares 45 million investment as spotlight shines brightly on security

Threat Stack, the Boston-based security startup that helps companies stay protected in the cloud, reeled in a 45 million investment today. It seems that they are in the right place in the right time as news of the Equifax breach swirls on mainstream media. The round includes a big institutional backer, as fellow Boston firm Fidelity Investments participated through their investment arm, Read More

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iZettle raises 36M from Europe, earmarked for AI and other new tech

iZettle, the startup based out of Sweden that competes against the likes of Square and Paypal to provide card transaction services from smartphones and tablets, is adding a little more money to its coffers today, specifically to ramp up in emerging technologies like artificial intelligence. The company has announced that it has received 30 million (36 million) funding from theEuropean Read More

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Raise gets 60 million for gift card marketplace

Have you ever gotten a gift card for a store you don‘t shop at? Or have you made a purchase and don‘t know what to do with the remaining balance? It turns out you can sell and trade unwanted or partially unused gift cards on a marketplace called Raise. If you don‘t want a Starbucks gift card, you can sell it or get one for Macy‘s. They also have iTunes, Sephora and Read More

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Review: iPhone 8

This is a camera review. There are a number of updates that should appeal in the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but the one question most upgraders are going to be asking is how good is the camera?The camera system in the iPhone is becoming the central focus of its technological advancements. And it‘s not just about pictures anymore. With augmented reality and computer vision emerging as Read More

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Douxmatok lets you use 30 percent less sugar without affecting sweetness

Our resistance to good nutrition is causing lasting problems within the population. Part of the problem is that the best-tasting food is usually the worst for our health, and bad eating habits beget worse eating habits. That‘s where DouxMatok comes in it has found a way to make sugar more efficient and potent so people can eat less of it and still get the same effect. Read More

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Funnel raises 10M led by Balderton Capital to help companies analyse online marketing spend

Funnel, a startup headquartered in Stockholm that sells a SaaS to help companies analyse the effectiveness of online marketing spend across multiple channels, has raised 10 million in Series A funding. London VC Balderton Capital led the round, with participation from existing investors including Industrifonden and Zobito. Read More

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BP Ventures, BP‘s investment arm, leads 20M in private jet charter marketplace Victor

Victor, which bills itself as the largest on-demand‘ marketplace for private jet charter, has raised 20 million in new funding, bringing total raised to date to 44.45 million since launching in 2011. BP Ventures, BP‘s investment arm, led the round, putting in 10 million, whilst the London headquartered startup says it plans to use the additional capital Read More

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Tech companies must do more to fight misogyny in the wider culture

Over the past few months Silicon Valley‘s treatment of women has made several headlines. Thanks to the incredible women who have found the courage to speak up, we are beginning to have the serious conversation around misogyny in the technology industry and end its complacency in the face of injustice. But the problem of harassment is much bigger than the culture withinparticular Read More

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Acquia Javascript support lets developers build web apps that combine content, data

Acquia, the commercial arm of the open-source Drupal web content management tool, has long offered a cloud-based user interface designed to make it easier for customers to build web sites. Today, the company announced a new way of interacting with Drupal where it will be exposing the different parts of the platform as a set of services, while supporting node.js for scripting. This will Read More

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GoCardless, a fintech that makes recurring payments easy for subscription businesses, raises 22.5M

Well, GoCardless co-founder and CEO Hiroki Takeuchi knows how to work a non-denial denial. When I interviewed him a few weeks ago for an extensive profile piece we ran yesterday, he wouldn‘t be drawn on if the hot London fintech was raising a new round. Today, the company is announcing 22.5 million in new funding. Read More

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Before you update to iOS 11 here‘s how to check which apps won‘t work

Before you hit the update button to grab iOS 11it‘s worth checking which apps you‘ll be consigning to the digital dustbin of history. All old 32-bit apps are incompatible which means a lot of content is going to reach the end of the road here Read More

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Twilio Studio lets you build communication services without having to code

Twilio has long made a name for itself as a service that lets developers easily add audio, video and text communication to their applications, but with Twilio Studio, which is launching as a closed preview today, the company is now also targeting non-developers. Read More

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