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Dropbox beefs up mobile collaboration in latest release

Dropbox announced several enhancements today designed to beef up its mobile offering and help employees on the go keep up with changes to files stored in Dropbox . In a typical team scenario, a Dropbox user shared a file with a team member for review or approval. If they wanted to check the progress of []

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Circle Invest lets you buy the cryptocurrency market

Circle Invest is one of the easiest products when you want to get started with cryptocurrencies. When Circle first launched the app, I compared it to Coinbase. And Circle is making it even easier to get started as you can just ‘buy the market‘ now. Circle Invest started with just a handful of cryptocurrencies - []

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Starbucks‘s mobile payment service is slightly outpacing Apple‘s

People really love getting their coffee more quickly. Starbucks, which has operated its own mobile payments service since 2011, is the market leader in terms of mobile payments users, beating out Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, according to a new reporter from eMarketer out this morning. However, Starbucks‘ lead over Apple Pay is []

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Instagram now lets you mute accounts

Instagram today introduced a way to mute accounts, giving users a way to continue following accounts without seeing their posts all the time. Muted accounts will not be made aware that they‘ve been muted, and users can unmute accounts at any time. Users can still see posts on the muted account‘s profile page and get []

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Researchers recreate a brain, piece by piece

Researchers at the the University of Tokyo have created a method for growing and connecting single neurons using geometric patterns to route the neurons more precisely, cell by cell. The article, Assembly and Connection of Micropatterned Single Neurons for Neuronal Network Formation, appeared in Micromachines, a journal of molecular machinery. Thus far researchers have created []

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Reese Witherspoon‘s Hello Sunshine teams with Amazon‘s Audible on audiobooks and originals

Reese Witherspoon‘s media empire, Hello Sunshine, has teamed up with Audible to work on an audiobook project. The collaboration will initially see the launch of a showcase of Audible audiobooks as selected by Reese‘s Book Club, which focus on strong but complex female characters. However, the two companies said that further down the line Hello []

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OpenPath raises 7M to help you access your office with your phone

If you‘ve ever worked in an office building, chances are somebody issued you a keycard or NFC-enabled badge to open the doors to the building. Those cards and badges do their job, but they can be both cumbersome and prone to problems. OpenPath wants to do away with all of these issues and add a []

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Amuse scores 15.5M for its free music distribution service and ‘next gen‘ record label

Amuse, the Swedish startup that offers a free distribution service for artists wanting to get their music on Spotify, Apple Music et al., coupled with what it‘s calling a next generation record label, has raised 15.5 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Lakestar, and Raine Ventures, and will be used to []

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Quit Genius, helping smokers quit, picks up an extra 1.1 million in seed

Quit Genius, the YC-backed app that helps users quit smoking, has today announced the close of an additional 1.1 million, bringing their seed round to a cool 2 million. Village Global VC, Pioneer Fund, Arab Angel VC, Max Mullen of Instacart, Olivia Teich of Dropbox, Paul Rosania of Slack, Ariel Polar of Strava, Eric Reis, []

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Everence transforms hair, ash and DNA into material for tattoos

Everence co-founder Patrick Duffy knows you might be skeptical about the company‘s technology, which takes a DNA sample and using it to synthesize a substance that can be added into tattoo ink. In other words, you can have the DNA (and soon hair or cremated ash) from a loved one included in a tattoo on []

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Parabola raises 2.2 million to simplify programming for employees stuck in Excel all day

While knowledge workers are handling increasingly difficult tasks - ones that may be much easier to handle with just a Python script -Alex Yaseen thinks that in the future not everyone will actually need to learn how to code. Instead, he hopes that tools like the one he‘s building, called Parabola, will bridge that gap []

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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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