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F3, a Stories-style Q&A app for Gen Z teens, raises 3.9M

F3, an anonymous QA app targeting Gen Z teens which blends a Tinder-style swipe-to-friend gamification mechanic, Stories-esque rich media responses and eye-wateringly expensive subscriptions to unlock a Plus‘ version that actually lets you see who wants to friend you has raised a 3.9M seed round, including for a planned push on the US market. []

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Altana raises 7M to protect supply chains from disruptions, child labor

Supply chains used to be one of those magical elements of capitalism that seemed to be designed by Apple: they just worked. Minus the occasional salmonella outbreak in your vegetable aisle, we could go about our daily consumer lives never really questioning how our fast-fashion clothes, tech gadgets, and medical supplies actually got to our []

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Adobe expands customer data platform to include B2B sales

The concept of the customer data platform (CDP) is a relatively new one. Up until now, it has focused primarily on pulling data about an individual consumer from a variety of channels into a super record, where in theory you can serve more meaningful content and deliver more customized experiences based on all this detailed []

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Two-year-old Day One Ventures raises new 52.5M fund to invest in Valley startups

Back in 2018 Day One Ventures launched in Silicon Valley specifically designed to be both a VC and an investor that would also lead marketing and communications for its portfolio. Two years on, Day One has invested in numerous startups to do just that and has today filed with the SEC its new 52.5M fund. []

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5 top investors in Dutch startups discuss trends, hopes and 2020 opportunities

The Netherlands‘ ecosystem has been flourishing; more than 85 million was invested in regional startups in 2019 alone. The nation‘s proximity to the U.K., Belgium, France and Germany makes Amsterdam a natural gateway to those markets. Long ago the savvy Dutch realized this, and built up Schiphol to become the world‘s twelfth-busiest airport. Indeed, Amsterdam‘s []

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India bans another 43 Chinese apps

India is not done banning Chinese apps. The world‘s second largest internet market, which has banned over 175 apps with links to the neighboring nation in recent months, said on Tuesday it was banning an additional 43 such apps. Like with the previous orders, India cited cybersecurity concerns to block these apps in the nation. []

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Europe‘s data strategy aims to tip the scales away from big tech

Google wants to organize the world‘s information but European lawmakers are in a rush to organize the local digital sphere and make Europe the most data-empowered continent in the world, internal market commissioner Thierry Breton said today, setting out the thinking behind the bloc‘s data strategyduringa livestreamed discussion organized by the Brussels-based economic think tank, []

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New TikTok feature allows users to avoid videos with epileptic seizure triggers

TikTok announced today it is rolling out a new feature that will allow people with photosensitive epilepsy to automatically skip videos that can trigger seizures. The Skip All option will be introduced to all users over the next few weeks and comes a few months after TikTok began automatically warning creators if a video contains []

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Looking to emulate Venmo, JoomPay preps a Euro launch for easy bill splitting and cash payments

JoomPay, a startup with a similar product to PayPayl-owned Venmo in the US, is set to launch in Europe shortly after being granted a Luxembourg Electronic Money Institution (EMI) license. The app allows people to send and receive money with anyone, instantly and for free. ‘Venmo me‘ has become a common phrase in the US, []

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Industrial drone maker Percepto raises 45M and integrates with Boston Dynamics‘ Spot

Consumer drones have over the years struggled with an image of being no more than expensive and delicate toys. But applications in industrial, military and enterprise scenarios have shown that there is indeed a market for unmanned aerial vehicles, and today, a startup that makes drones for some of those latter purposes is announcing a []

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Calling VCs in Israel: Be featured in The Great TechCrunch Survey of European VC

TechCrunch is embarking on a major new project to survey the venture capital investors of Europe, and their cities. Our a href=https://forms.gle/k4Ji2Ch7zdrn7o2p6‘>survey of VCs in Israel will capture how the country is faring, and what changes are being wrought amongst investors by the coronavirus pandemic. (Please note, if you have filled the survey out already, []

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Caura, the app for U.K. car owners, begins offering insurance

Caura, the U.K. startup that wants to take the hassle out of car ownership, is launching car insurance unveiling its insurtech ambitions. Dubbed Caura Protect, the new insurance product claims to reduce the cost and time taken to insure a car, building on the app‘s existing car management features. Launched earlier this year by []

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Kahoot drops 50M on Drops to add language learning to its gamified education stable

After raising 215 million from SoftBank to double down on the surge of interest in online learning, Kahoot has made an acquisition to expand the scope of subjects that it covers. The popular startup, which lets people build and share educational games, has picked up Drops, a startup that helps people learn languages by way []

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Google-backed Chinese truck-hailing firm Manbang raises 1.7 billion

The Chinese Uber for trucks Manbang announced Tuesday that it has raised 1.7 billion in its latest funding round, two years after it hauled in 1.9 billion from investors including SoftBank Group and Alphabet Inc‘s venture capital fund CapitalG. The news came fresh off a Wall Street Journal report two weeks ago that Manbang was []

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N26 launches mid-tier subscription plan for 4.90 per month

Challenger bank N26 is adding a third subscription product called N26 Smart. N26 Smart is designed to be a mid-tier subscription plan with advanced banking features but without a travel insurance package. In Europe, in addition to the free plan, N26 already provides two subscription tiers called N26 You and N26 Metal. N26 You costs []

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Biden-Harris team finally get their transition .gov domain

Finally. It only took almost three weeks, but the Biden-Harris transition has officially begun. On Monday, the General Services Administration gave the green light for the Biden-Harris team to transition from political campaign to government administration, allowing the team to receive government resources like office space, but also classified briefings and secure computers. And, with []

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Biden-Harris finally get their transition .gov domain

Finally. It only took almost three weeks, but the Biden-Harris transition has officially begun. On Monday, the General Services Administration gave the green light for the Biden-Harris team to transition from political campaign to government administration, allowing the team to receive government resources like office space, but also classified briefings and secure computers. And, with []

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Recycling robotics company AMP Robotics could raise up to 70M

AMP Robotics, the recycling robotics technology developer backed by investors including Sequoia Capital and Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, is close to closing on as much as 70 million in new financing, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company‘s plans. The new financing speaks to AMP Robotics‘ continued success in pilot projects and with new []

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YC-backed Cashfree raises 35.3 million for its payments platform

Cashfree, an Indian startup that offers a wide-range of payments services to businesses, has raised 35.3 million in a new financing round as the profitable firm looks to broaden its offering. The Bangalore-based startup‘s Series B was led by London-headquartered private equity firm Apis Partners (which invested through its Growth Fund II), with participation from []

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Recycling robotics company AMP Robotics could raise up to 70 million sources say

AMP Robotics, the recycling robotics technology developer backed by investors including Sequoia Capital and Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, is close to closing on as much as 70 million in new financing, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company‘s plans. The new financing speaks to AMP Robotics‘ continued success in pilot projects and with new []

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AliveCor, which helps its users manage their heart health, scores another FDA approval

Last week, AliveCor, a nine-year-old, 92-person company whose small, personal electrocardiogram devices help users detect atrial fibrillation, bradycardia, and tachycardia from heart rate readings they can take at their own kitchen table, raised 65 million from investors. Today, it‘s clearer why investors who‘ve now provided the Mountain View, Ca., company with 169 million altogether []

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Trump didn‘t concede, but he will move Biden‘s transition forward

With an unprecedented number of mail-in ballots, election results took a bit longer this year than usual. But if Americans were expecting an election week, November stretched on into a month of election drama, with President Trump mounting an unprecedented effort to undermine election results and stall the transition process, even as states certified Biden‘s []

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Gift Guide: 22 STEM toy gift ideas for every little builder

In 2020, parents and guardians are super spoilt for choice in the STEM toys gift department which is great news in the midst of a pandemic that‘s supercharging homeschooling needs. The category has matured to offer an interesting range of options for children across a wide span of ages, shedding some of its earlier []

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Gift Guide: 7 perfect gifts for podcasters and streamers

So, this one is going to be a different from last year. Because everything is different from last year. I know 2020 has been a pretty big change for my own personal podcast. I always prefer conducting interviews in person when I‘m able - in fact, around 400 or so episodes were done exactly like []

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