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Snap makes a deal with Universal Music Group, adding its catalog to Sounds – | #Tech
Snap makes a deal with Universal Music Group, adding its catalog to Sounds – | #Tech
Snap today announced a multi-year deal with Universal Music Group, one of the largest music companies in the world. From Queen to Justin Bieber, users can clip songs from the expansive UMG catalog to use in their Snaps and on Spotlight, the app’s TikTok competitor. This announcement comes after Snapchat added its Sounds feature in October, which lets users enhance their Snaps with music that Snap…
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shopkairos-blog · 19 hours ago
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AdTech startup Tomi raises Seed funding to make real estate ads perform as well as ecommerce – | #Tech
AdTech startup Tomi raises Seed funding to make real estate ads perform as well as ecommerce – | #Tech
Industries like real estate, automotive, and financial services have long and offline sales cycles and digital advertising tends not to perform well in these areas. The conversion rates are low and because the real-world assets are offline the temptation of advertisers is to buy leads and clicks, which can inflate customer acquisition costs. People are browsing but they end up buying offline,…
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shopkairos-blog · a day ago
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PairTree speeds adoption process with an online, self-matching platform and $2.25M seed – | #Tech
PairTree speeds adoption process with an online, self-matching platform and $2.25M seed – | #Tech
Making the choice to adopt, or to find an adopting family, is a legally complex, emotionally taxing, expensive and time-consuming process. PairTree aims to make one part at least considerably easier and faster with its online matching platform where expectant mothers and hopeful adopters can find each other without the facilitation of an agency or other organization. The company has just raised a…
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Mitiga raises $25M Series A to help organizations respond to cyberattacks – | #Tech
Mitiga raises $25M Series A to help organizations respond to cyberattacks – | #Tech
Israeli cloud security startup Mitiga has raised $25 million in a Series A round of funding as it moves to “completely change” the traditional incident response market. Mitiga, unlike other companies in the cybersecurity space, isn’t looking to prevent cyberattacks, which the startup claims are inevitable no matter how much protection is in place. Rather, it’s looking to help organizations manage…
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Chinese robotaxi unicorn WeRide bags over $600M in 5 months – | #Tech
Chinese robotaxi unicorn WeRide bags over $600M in 5 months – | #Tech
It’s hard to keep up with the fundraising spree in China’s autonomous driving industry these days. Guangzhou- and California-based robotaxi company WeRide, which counts Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance as one of its strategic investors, has raised over $600 million in just under five months from its Series B and C financing rounds. The four-year-old upstart said in May that its valuation leaped…
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Holy Grail raises $2.7M seed fund to create modular carbon capture devices – | #Tech
Holy Grail raises $2.7M seed fund to create modular carbon capture devices – | #Tech
The founders of Holy Grail, a two-year old startup based in Cupertino, California, are taking a micro approach to solving the outsized problem of capturing carbon. The startup is prototyping a direct air carbon capture device that it is modular and small — a departure from the dozens of projects in the U.S. and abroad that aim to capture CO2 from large, centralized emitters, like power plants or…
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shopkairos-blog · 2 days ago
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10 ways founders can manage their mental health while fundraising – | #Tech
10 ways founders can manage their mental health while fundraising – | #Tech
Adonica Shaw is founder of Wingwomen, a health-and-wellness-focused social media platform for professional women. Entrepreneurs’ mental health and stress management started to be more widely discussed amid the pandemic, but for many seasoned entrepreneurs, the topic is still taboo. Now that the world seems to be inching toward a new normal, some founders, investors and mental health experts find…
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shopkairos-blog · 2 days ago
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Facebook’s entry into VR advertising isn’t going too well – | #Tech
Facebook’s entry into VR advertising isn’t going too well – | #Tech
Facebook’s efforts to bring advertising to the Oculus virtual reality platform it has spent billions of dollars building out doesn’t seem to be off to a great start. The company announced last week that they were planning to roll out their first in-game ads inside the title Blaston from the prolific VR game developer Resolution Games, and just days later the game studio has shared that after…
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shopkairos-blog · 3 days ago
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Can the military academies compete with Stanford and Harvard in venture? Two veterans are raising $50M to find out – | #Tech
Can the military academies compete with Stanford and Harvard in venture? Two veterans are raising $50M to find out – | #Tech
Soldier-entrepreneurs are unfortunately still a rare breed in Silicon Valley, despite the region’s origins in Cold War defense spending. While the courage and perseverance required to fight in an overseas battlefield (or the office bureaucracy on base) would seem a perfect fit for the travails of the founder, the reality is that the journey from solider to CEO is a long and arduous transition. A…
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shopkairos-blog · 3 days ago
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Apple’s App Store to face scrutiny in Germany as FCO opens ‘market power’ proceeding – | #Tech
Apple’s App Store to face scrutiny in Germany as FCO opens ‘market power’ proceeding – | #Tech
Germany’s competition authority, the FCO, has completed its Big Tech GAFA ‘bingo’ card by opening a proceeding against Apple. As with similar investigations already opened this year — into Amazon, Facebook and Google — the proceeding will determine whether or not the iPhone maker meets the threshold of Germany’s updated competition law. The 10th amendment to the law, which came into force in…
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technologylifenet · 3 days ago
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Daily Crunch: Google’s first retail location opened today in NYC
Daily Crunch: Google’s first retail location opened today in NYC
To get a roundup of TechCrunch’s biggest and most important stories delivered to your inbox every day at 3 p.m. PDT, subscribe here. Welcome back to the Daily Crunch for Thursday, June 17. Thank you to Walter Thompson and the Extra Crunch staff for taking the reins I took from Alex. I was released from jury duty, so I’ll be seeing you through the remainder of the week, and we’ll be back to…
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shopkairos-blog · 4 days ago
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Tiger Global in talks to back BharatPe at $2.5 billion valuation – | #Tech
Tiger Global in talks to back BharatPe at $2.5 billion valuation – | #Tech
Indian fintech startup BharatPe is in advanced stages of talks to raise about $250 million in a new financing round led by Tiger Global, two sources familiar with the matter told TC. The new round, a Series E, is giving the three-year-old New Delhi-headquartered firm a pre-money valuation of $2.5 billion, sources said, requesting anonymity as the matter is private. The round hasn’t closed, so…
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shopkairos-blog · 4 days ago
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Investors say Eindhoven poised to become Netherlands’ No. 2 tech hub – | #Tech
Investors say Eindhoven poised to become Netherlands’ No. 2 tech hub – | #Tech
Eindhoven might not immediately spring to mind as a high-tech hub, but the Netherlands city is keen to position itself as a center for deep tech in Europe. The Technical University of Eindhoven, High Tech Campus Eindhoven, and locally based corporates like ASML and Philips have been eyeing initiatives across Europe and applying what they’ve learned to the region’s strategy. Philips launched in…
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shopkairos-blog · 6 days ago
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Ford acquires Electriphi as it prepares to woo EV fleet customers – | #Tech
Ford acquires Electriphi as it prepares to woo EV fleet customers – | #Tech
Ford has two electric vehicles in the pipeline —  the E-Transit cargo van and F-150 Lighting Pro —aimed at commercial customers. Now, the automaker is rounding out its future EV commercial business with the acquisition of battery management and fleet monitoring software startup Electriphi. Terms of the acquisition weren’t disclosed. Ford is betting that the software developed by the…
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shopkairos-blog · 6 days ago
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Canoo wants to connect owners to all of their vehicles — not just Canoo’s – | #Tech
Canoo wants to connect owners to all of their vehicles — not just Canoo’s – | #Tech
Electric vehicle startup Canoo detailed some of the features that may be on its app on Thursday, foremost of which is a one-stop shop functionality that customers could use for their Canoo vehicles – and all their other cars, as well. This unusual approach to its branded vehicle app could potentially pay off big-time for Canoo in terms of user data and revenue via sales on services like tire…
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shopkairos-blog · 7 days ago
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Tractable raises $60M at a $1B valuation to make damage appraisals using AI – | #Tech
Tractable raises $60M at a $1B valuation to make damage appraisals using AI – | #Tech
As the insurance industry adjusts to life in the 21st century (heh), an AI startup that has built computer vision tools to enable remote damage appraisals is announcing a significant round of growth funding. Tractable, which works with automotive insurance companies to let users take and submit photos of damaged cars that are then “read” to make appraisals, has raised $60 million, a Series D that…
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shopkairos-blog · 7 days ago
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A look inside Google’s first store, opening in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood tomorrow – | #Tech
A look inside Google’s first store, opening in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood tomorrow – | #Tech
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shopkairos-blog · 8 days ago
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Trigo bags $10M for computer-vision based checkout tech to rival Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ – | #Tech
Trigo bags $10M for computer-vision based checkout tech to rival Amazon’s ‘Just Walk Out’ – | #Tech
While Amazon continues to expand its self-service, computer-vision-based grocery checkout technology by bringing it to bigger stores, an AI startup out of Israel that’s built something to rival it has picked up funding and a new strategic investor as a customer. Trigo, which has produced a computer vision system that includes both camera hardware and encrypted, privacy-compliant software to…
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shopkairos-blog · 8 days ago
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Uberall raises $115M, acquires MomentFeed to scale up its location marketing services – | #Tech
Uberall raises $115M, acquires MomentFeed to scale up its location marketing services – | #Tech
Location-based services may have had their day as a salient category for hot apps or innovative tech leveraging the arrival of smartphones, but that’s largely because they are now part of the unspoken fabric of how we interact with digital services every day: we rely on location specific information when we are on search engines, when we are using maps, or weather apps, or taking and posting…
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shopkairos-blog · 9 days ago
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Australian ID verification startup OCR Labs raises $15M Series A to expand into UK/Turkey/Europe – | #Tech
Australian ID verification startup OCR Labs raises $15M Series A to expand into UK/Turkey/Europe – | #Tech
With the gig economy came the need for ID verification, thus startups like OnFido (raised $188.8 million) appeared, alongside several others. But this sector is by no means ‘done’ yet. Now, OCR Labs, which emerged from Australia, has announced a €12.5M / $15 million Series A funding round led by Turkish investors Oyak Group, to expand its services and team to the UK, Turkey and Europe. Halkin…
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