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Jirnexu pulls in 11M for its financial comparison service in Southeast Asia

It‘s been a busy week for startup funding in Southeast Asia. Following big deals for Carro and Carousell, financial comparison startup Jirnexu is the latest to announce new capital after it closedan 11 million Series B round. The new investment comes courtesy of Japan‘sSBI Group a returning investor which led the round having co-led []

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Pick up some moving insights into the future of mobility with Gett chief executive Dave Waiser in Tel Aviv

Dave Waiser has been at the forefront of the mobility technology revolution in Israel for the past eight years, ever since he launched Gett in 2010. One of the last companies standing in the ultra-competitive global ride-sharing market, Gett has withstood competition from Didi Chuxing, Grab, Ola, Lyft and Uber and kept pace with those []

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YouTube revamps its Red subscription service to offer standalone music streaming

Like Google‘s messaging focus, YouTube‘s efforts to spin out successful streaming and music products has felt confusing and haphazard. Now the company is simplifying and consolidating that play by decoupling the music and film components with the launch of a new service. YouTube Music is, as the name suggests, a music streaming service that will []

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I‘m in love with Astell&Kern‘s crooked, beautiful, ridiculously expensive MP3 player

It may be old-fashioned, but I find dedicated MP3 players wonderful little devices. I‘ve used tons over the years (the Zune HD is still the best) and I‘m glad to see they live on in some fashion, even if it‘s as an objet d‘art jammed with audiophile knick-knacks a 700 price tag: AstellKern‘s Anorma SR15.

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Pluralsight prices its IPO at 15 per share, raising over 300M

Pluralsight priced the shares in its IPO at 15 this afternoon, above its previously set target range of between 12 and 14, and will raise as much as 357 million ahead of its public debut tomorrow morning. Pluralsight offers software development courses, specifically ones targeting employees that are looking to advance in their careers by []

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Former YouTube exec unveils Next 10 Ventures, a 50M fund to back online creators

Next 10 Ventures is a new firm that‘s raised 50 million to invest in new digital content, and also in new tools and services for the creators of that content. The firm was founded by Benjamin Grubbs, previously global director of top creator partnerships at YouTube, who also serves as Next 10‘s CEO. He‘s joined []

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Google acquires Cask Data to beef up its tools for building and running big data analytics

Google is pushing hard on its efforts to build out a deeper enterprise business around Google Cloud, which continues to trail behind Amazon‘s AWS and Microsoft‘s Azure when it comes to revenues and usage among organizations. In the latest development, Google has picked up Cask Data, a Palo Alto startup that specialises in building solutions []

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Bannon and Cambridge Analytica planned suppression of black voters, whistleblower tells Senate

Appearing before the Senate Judiciary committee today as part of the ongoing investigation of Cambridge Analytica and various forms of meddling in the 2016 elections, former employee and whistleblower Christopher Wylie said that the company and its then-VP Steve Bannon were pursuing voter suppression tactics aimed at black Americans.

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This jolly little robot gets goosebumps

Cornell researchers have made a little robot that can express its emotions through touch, sending out little spikes when its scared or even getting goosebumps to express delight or excitement. The prototype, a cute smiling creature with rubber skin, is designed to test touch as an I/O system for robotic projects. The robot mimics the []

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How ZTE became the focal point of US/China relations

Here in the States, ZTE has been content with a kind of quiet success. The Chinese smartphone maker has landed in the top five quarter after quarter (sometimes breaking the top three, according to some analysts), behind household names like Apple, Samsung and LG. Suddenly, however, the company is on everyone‘s lips, from cable news []

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