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Sonos One is the speaker to beat for those that want great sound and smarts

The connected speaker wars are upon us, and one day they will be detailed in history books for all to remember. But here now, it can be hard to cut through the various narratives surrounding the options out there and pick a winner. Now that the cards are on the table in terms of offerings from the major players, however, it‘s pretty clear that Sonos has the best option available for Read More

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Edtech company Kidaptive raises 19.1 million for its adaptive learning platform

Edtech startup Kidaptive, an adaptive-learning company that begin its life with a suite of curriculum-focused iPad games for kids, announced today it has closed on 19.1 million in Series C funding, in a round led by Formation 8 and Korean education companyWoongjin ThinkBig. The investment follows a deal with Woongjin that will see Kidaptive powering an English language learning system Read More

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Stride, Atlassian‘s Slack competitor, opens its API to all developers

The arrival of Stride, Atlassian‘s Slack competitor, was probably the company‘s biggest launch of 2017. While the company generally allows developers to easily integrate with its products, Stride‘s API remained in closed beta for significantly longer than the product itself, which exited beta last September. Today, however, Atlassian is opening the Stride API to all Read More

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Hypergiant helps big brands look beyond the AI buzzwords

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are phrases that get tossed around a lot these days, to the point where they‘re starting to seem meaningless. In fact, Ben Lamm said he‘s seen the problem firsthand at his chatbot startup Conversable. We kind of noticed this huge gap, Lamm said. Everybody has an emotional reaction to AI, everybody wants AI, nobody Read More

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Tresorit adds file restore to its e2e encrypted cloud storage service

Europe-based cloud storage startupTresoritwhich mainly focuses on selling to small to medium size businesses has added a file restore feature to its e2e encrypted cloud storage platform which it‘s touting as a helpful feature if you‘re trying to recover from a ransomware attack. Read More

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xMatters snares 40 million Series D led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing

When a crisis happens and your system is down, it‘s easy for panic and chaos to ensue. Large companies use a range of tools to monitor system health, and finding the source of the problem and ensuring the proper personnel are involved is not always easy. That‘s where xMatters comes in. It acts as an uber monitoring tool allowing you to understand the source of your problem and Read More

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Qualcomm now plans to close the NXP acquisition for 44 billion as quickly as possible

Qualcomm, Broadcom and NXP are on a boat. Broadcom wants to acquire Qualcomm, Qualcomm wants to acquire NXP. While Qualcomm has planned on buying NXP for over a year, NXP shareholders were a bit disappointed by Qualcomm‘s initial price. Qualcomm just raised its bid and is now willing to pay 127.50 per share instead of 110 per share. It values NXP at 44 billion instead of 38 Read More

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Snapchat adds GIF stickers via Giphy, plus new Friends and Discover screen tabs

Snapchat is bringing one of the best recent features of Instagram Stories to its own app, with the ability to add GIF stickers from Giphy to your posts. This is a notable reversal of the typical pattern we‘ve seen of Instagram cloning Snapchat features, but it‘s a good one for users since GIF stickers for Stories are basically the greatest thing ever invented on social media. The Read More

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Chariot co-founder and CEO Ali Vahabzadeh left Ford at the beginning of February

As automakers continue to work on their strategies for the next generation of transportation, one of the biggies is making a change to its leadership structure. Ali Vahabzadeh, the CEO and co-founder of ride-sharing startup Chariot, which Ford acquired Chariot in September 2016, has left the company. We thank Ali for his passion and dedication to buildingChariotinto the growing Read More

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Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay

As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. On Android, however, theAndroid Payapp stuck with its existing brand. That‘s changing today, though, with the launch of Google Pay for Android. With this, Google is rolling out an update to Android Pay and introducing some new functionality that the company hopes will make Read More

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Spotify job listing hints the company‘s ‘first physical products‘ are coming

Spotify so far has been content to partner far and wide on hardware, via its Spotify Connect platform, which allows anyone building a connected speaker, mobile device or piece of AV equipment to turn their gadget into a Spotify speaker. But a new job listing suggests it will soon build hardware of its own, and it‘s looking for people to help make that happen. The job listing, spotted by Read More

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Culture juggernaut Hypebeast takes a majority stake in The Berrics to make skating huge again (still)

In the middle of LA there is a tin roofed warehouse that houses a machine shop. Behind that there‘s a brick building dotted with loading dock doors. Behind this is are a row of taller, better looking warehouse slots spottily occupied by businesses and non profits. Tucked up against the Los Angeles River behind all of this is a obscure, low slung office building with no markings that, Read More

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SpaceX to use a net boat called ‘Mr. Steven‘ to recover next rocket fairing

SpaceX is all about reducing the cost of launching things into space, and right now one of those costs it think it can eliminate is having to use a new fairing every time it launches a rocket. The fairing is basically the shell at the top of the rocket that protects whatever cargo‘s being launched (for instance, it housed the Tesla Roadster and SpaceX‘s Starman mannequin during Read More

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Chef InSpec 2.0 helps automate security compliance in cloud apps

How many times do you hear about a company exposing sensitive data because they forgot to lock down a data repository on Amazon? It happens surprisingly often. Chef wants to help developers and operations teams prevent that kind of incident. Today, the company released InSpec 2.0, which is designed to help automate applications security and compliance in the cloud. InSpec is a free open Read More

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Tandem launches a credit card that offers cashback and no fees when spending abroad

Tandem, the U.K. challenger bank that recently acquired the banking arm of the famous Harrods department store partly in order to get its banking license back on track, has launched its first banking product: a credit card that offers cashback on every purchase and no exchange fees when spending abroad. Read More

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Nuance ends development of the Swype keyboard apps

Nuance, the company that acquired veteran swipe-to-type keyboard maker Swype all the way back in 2011, shelling out a cool 100M has ended development of its Swype+Dragon dictation Android and iOS apps. Read More

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Uber parks its service in Morocco

Uber is pulling the brakes on its service in Morocco, which will cease on February 23, as it waits (and hopes) for local regulators to accommodate app-based ride-hailing. Read More

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Sony Corp. to launch an AI-based taxi-hailing service in Japan

Sony Corporation said today that it will build an AI-based ride-hailing system in Japan in partnership with five taxi companies. The service will use artificial intelligence to manage taxi dispatches and forecast demand based on factors like weather, traffic and local events. Sony‘s announcement came just before Uber chief executive officer Dara Khosrowshahi, who is currently visiting Read More

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Homie raises 4M to help London‘s ‘Generation Rent‘ find their next property

Another nascent proptech startup targeting Generation Rent‘ is London-based Homie, which might best be described as a concierge-style service that promises to save Londoner‘s time, hassle and money when going in search of their next rental property. Today the company is disclosing that it has raised a further 4 million in Seed funding in a round led by Connect Ventures. Read More

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Amazon‘s Prime Rewards Visa cardholders now get 5% back at Whole Foods if they pay for Prime

Amazon has already rolled out price cuts for Whole Foods shoppers as a result of its acquisition of the grocery chain. It has also rolled up its Treasure Truck deals service to Whole Foods locations, and began delivering Whole Foods groceries through Prime. Now, it‘s offering Prime members 5 percent back at Whole Foods when they shop using the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa card, too. The Read More

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