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Techstars in Detroit outgrows Ford Field and is moving to WeWork

Techstars Mobility has a new home. The accelerator program is moving from its in Ford Field to the 7th floor of WeWork Merchant‘s Row. This puts the program in a central location in Detroit‘s growing tech scene, giving participants the opportunity to interact with other entrepreneurs looking to be, as they say in Detroit, a []

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Fiix raises 12M to smooth out the asset maintenance process

As sensors become cheaper and easier to install, the whole process of maintaining equipment and assets is starting to shift from just scrambling to fix problems to getting a hold of issues before they get out of control. That‘s opened the door for startups like Fiix, which are creating workflow software that helps companies manage []

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Okera raises 12M to simplify data governance within companies

As companies start to gather more and more data on their users and customers, including a firehose of information from a nigh-endless flow of tests, managing and maintaining that data isn‘t the only place companies are hitting a wall - and figuring out who can actually access it is becoming just as big of a []

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Email client Spark becomes collaborative

Readdle, the company behind popular email client Spark, is releasing a major new version of Spark on iOS and macOS. Spark is expanding beyond a personal email client. You can now work on emails with your team. While some of the features made me think about Front, the company says that it wasn‘t the inspiration []

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For Madrona Venture Group, four IPOs in 20 months and a brand-new fund

Madrona Venture Group typically flies under the radar of Silicon Valley reporters, partly because it‘s in Seattle. But the 23-year-old, early-stage venture firm has been having a pretty good run of late success it just used to close its seventh fund with 300 million, the same amount it raised for its sixth fund in []

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Valimail raises 25M in additional funding for its email authentication service

Valimail helps businesses ensure that nobody can impersonate them over email. That‘s not a sexy business to be in, but very much a necessary one. The company‘s email authentication service, which uses standards like SPF, DKIM and DMARC, is currently in use by the likes of Yelp, Uber, Fanni Mae and WeWork. Today, the company []

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Packet teams up with Platform 9 and Datera to launch its new private cloud platform

Packet, the bare metal cloud provider, today announced that it has partnered with open source hybrid cloud specialist Platform9 and storage and data management service Datera to launch a new private cloud solution for businesses that want to have greater control over their platforms. Packet argues that this new solution can save businesses up to []

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Yubico launches an SDK that lets iOS devs add support for its NFC keys

Yubico, the company behind the increasingly popular YubiKey security keys, today announced the launch of a new SDK for iOS developers that allows them to add support for two-factor authentication over NFC with the company‘s YubiKey NEO keys. With this, the company now offers solutions for all the major platforms. The first company to support []

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Tango Card raises 35M for its ‘rewards as a service‘ gift card aggregation platform

Gift cards today are a 100 billion business annually, and as they continue to grow as a key way for companies to incentivise people in our too-often unengaged digital world, a startup that is helping corral the long tail of retailers, and match that up to the wave of businesses that want to offer the []

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This UK startup thinks it can win the self-driving car race with better machine learning

A new U.K. self-driving car startup founded by Amar Shah and Alex Kendall, two machine learning PhDs from University of Cambridge, is de-cloaking today. Wayve backed by New York-based Compound, Europe‘s Fly Ventures, and Brent Hoberman‘s Firstminute Capital is building what it describes as end-to-end machine learning algorithms to make autonomous vehicles a []

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RED‘s new camera will use its Hydrogen One phone as a viewfinder

Let‘s be honest, the RED Hydrogen One is destined to be a niche product. With a ‘holographic display‘ and a 1,200 starting price point, the thing wasn‘t really designed with mainstream consumers in mind. An announcement of a forthcoming camera from the company doesn‘t do a lot to change that, but it does shed a []

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Tencent leads 50M investment in NewsDog, an app vying to be India‘s Toutiao

The growth of China‘s Bytedance, an ambitious 30 billion tech firm, and its highly-addictive Toutiao news aggregator app has set off a search for services with similar growth potential across the world. India, second in population only to China with rapidly-growing internet access, is an obvious place to look, and would-be pretender to the Toutiao []

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Realeyes, which uses AI and a front-facing camera to read viewers‘ emotions, raises 16.2M

One of the more interesting applications of AI to the world of advertising and marketing has been in how it‘s being used to help measure and ultimately shape campaigns. Now, a company providing the technology to do that has raised a round both to expand its business in adtech as well as to tackle new []

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Maze turns your InVision prototypes into flexible testing tools

Meet Maze, a startup building a user interface testing tool for your app prototypes. Maze is a simple web-based service that lets you turn InVision and Marvel files into UX tests. While most designers work with InVision and Marvel, it‘s hard to turn those designs into a quantitative test. Maze isn‘t a video recording tool []

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Announcing the last judges for the TC Startup Battlefield Europe at VivaTech

VivaTechis starting in a couple of days, which means TechCrunch‘s Startup Battlefield Europe is also starting on Thursday. So let me introduce you to the last batch of judges that will come to Paris for the event. If you haven‘t been to TechCrunch Disrupt, the StartupBattlefieldis arguably the most interesting part of the show. Before []

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Razer‘s new external graphics enclosure is compatible with Macs

A couple of gaming hardware announcements just dropped from team Razer. What makes the Core X graphics enclosure arguably the most notable of the bunch is the inclusion of a standard Thunderbolt 3 connection on the rear of the device. In addition to Razer‘s own systems and Windows 10 PCs, the new enclosure is compatible []

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U.S. and China reportedly working on a deal to save ZTE

The United States and China are said to be working on a deal that would keep ZTE from going out of business. According to the Wall Street Journal, the two countries have agreed on a ‘broad outline‘ of a deal to settle a trade dispute sparked when the Commerce Department banned American companies from selling []

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Former software engineer accuses Uber of ‘degrading conduct‘ toward women in new lawsuit

A former Uber software engineer filed a lawsuit against the company today in the Superior Court of California, accusing it of retaliating against her for after she reported sexual harassment and discrimination. The complaint byIngrid Avendao, who worked at Uber from 2014 to 2017, alleges that Uber‘s workplace ‘was permeated with degrading, marginalizing, discriminatory and []

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Subscription video services‘ recommendations aren‘t working, study claims

Streaming video services invest heavily in technology to improve their ability to show users a set of personalized recommendations about what to what next. But according to a new research study released today by UserTesting, it seems that consumers aren‘t watching much recommended content - in fact, only 29 percent of the study‘s participants said []

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Amazon to launch a new app store with tools for its two million sellers

Amazon is launching new app store with tools created specifically to help its sellers manage their listings and orders. Called the Marketplace Appstore, it will feature apps made using Amazon Marketplace Web Service (Amazon MWS) by Amazon and third-party developers screened by the company. According to a report by CNET, the Marketplace Appstore launches to []

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Facebook and Qualcomm will bring fast Wi-Fi to cities in mid-2019

Facebook‘s been talking Terragraph since way back during its 2016 F8 keynote. The social media giant‘s ambitious plan to bring fast Wi-Fi to cities is taking another key step toward real world trials with the addition of Qualcomm. The chipmaking giant announced today that it will add the 60Ghz tech to its future chipsets, with []

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Comcast‘s mesh Wi-Fi system, xFi Pods, launches nationwide

Comcast today is officially launching its own Wi-Fi extender devices called xFi Pods that help to address problems with weak Wi-Fi signals in parts of a customer‘s home due to things like the use of building materials that disrupt signals, or even just the home‘s design. The launch follows Comcast‘s announcement last year that it []

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Epic Games will pump 100 million into Fortnite eSports competitions

Epic Games doesn‘t want the party to stop. The gaming company announced today that it plans to funnel 100 million into Fortnite eSports competitions for the 2018-2019 season, a move which will undoubtedly drive talent and enthusiasm to the battle royale title. The company announced the investment in a short blog post: In the 2018 []

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Don‘t expect Ubuntu maker Canonical to IPO this year

Canonical, the company best known for its Ubuntu Linux distribution, is on a path to an IPO. That‘s something Canonical founder and CEO Mark Shuttleworth has been quite open about. But don‘t expect that IPO to happen this year. We did decide as a company and that‘s not just my decision but we []

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