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Microsoft accessibility grants go out to companies aiming to improve tech for the disabled
October 17, 2019
The tech world has a lot to offer those with disabilities, but it can be hard to get investors excited about the accessibility space. That's why Microsoft's AI for Accessibility grants are so welcome: equity-free Azure credits and cash for companies looking to adapt AI to the needs of those with disabilities. The company just announced ten more, including education for the blind startup ObjectiveEd.
Work management platform Asana launches new automation tools
October 17, 2019
Work management platform Asana today announced the launch of a new feature that will take the work out of some of the most mundane and repetitive tasks on its platform. Asana Automation, as the new feature is called, allows users to create their own “if this then that” rules, but also features a new voice […]
Ekos announces $8M Series A to build software for craft breweries
October 17, 2019
Ekos, a Charlotte, NC startup that creates software to help craft breweries and other beverage companies organize their businesses, announced an $8 million Series A today led by Noro-Moseley Partners, an Atlanta  venture firm. Prior to taking this funding, the company had bootstrapped for the previous five years, building a business with 1700 customers in […]
Pendo scores $100M Series E investment on $1 billion valuation
October 17, 2019
Pendo, the late stage startup that helps companies understand how customers are interacting with their apps, announced a $100 million Series E investment today on a valuation of $1 billion. The round was led by Sapphire Ventures . Also participating were new investors General Atlantic and Tiger Global, and existing investors Battery Ventures, Meritech Capital, […]
Pendo scores $100M Series E investment on $1 billion valuation
October 17, 2019
Pendo, the late stage startup that helps companies understand how customers are interacting with their apps, announced a $100 million Series E investment today on a valuation of $1 billion. The round was led by Sapphire Ventures . Also participating were new investors General Atlantic and Tiger Global, and existing investors Battery Ventures, Meritech Capital, […]

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STARTUP • Business
Sensor Tower: Fortnite’s Chapter 2 gives it a big boost on mobile
October 17, 2019
The excitement of Chapter 2 helped to give the mobile version of Fortnite a big financial boost, according to market analyst Sensor Tower.
Venture Deals
Fitt Adds New Funding
October 17, 2019
PITTSBURGH, PA, Fitt has completed an investment round led by Mountain State Capital.
Sendspark Snares $300K in Pre-Seed Funding
October 17, 2019
SAN ANTONIO, TX, Sendspark has closed $300,000 in Pre-Seed funding led by Active Capital.
Rentgrata Secures $1M Funding
October 17, 2019
CHICAGO, IL, Rentgrata has secured $1M in financing led by M25.
Sistine Solar Lands Investment
October 17, 2019
CHICAGO, IL, Sistine Solar announced an investment from Energy Foundry.
CRE Simple Announces Seed Investment
October 16, 2019
OAKLAND, CA, CRE Simple announced a series seed investment led by Grand Ventures and Fin Venture Capital.
Adroit Worldwide Media Closes $11M Series A
October 16, 2019
ALISO VIEJO, CA, Adroit Worldwide Media announced the closing of its $11 million Preferred Series A financing round.
Venture Capital
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STARTUP • Trends
Samsung to patch the Galaxy S10’s fingerprint sensor over screen protector concerns
October 17, 2019
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Earlier this week, a report published in The Sun claimed that the Samsung Galaxy S10’s in-display fingerprint sensor has a security flaw. Apparently, certain “gel cover”-style screen protectors can confuse the ultrasonic sensor, and if you register a fingerprint while the cover is applied, then the phone can start unlocking itself for anyone’s fingerprint, not just those you’ve registered.

After initially issuing a statement saying that customers should only use “Samsung authorized accessories” with their device, Samsung now says it’s going to fix the issue. The company told BBC News that it is “aware of the case of S10’s malfunctioning fingerprint recognition and will soon issue a software patch.” One Twitter user claimed that the Note...

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NASA finally launches unisex spacesuit — preventing more spacewalk let-downs
October 17, 2019

In March, NASA announced plans to conduct its first ever all-women spacewalk with astronauts Christina Koch and Anne McClain. However, what would have been a giant leap for womankind was canceled because NASA hadn’t packed enough spacesuits. Now, seven months later, the space agency has rescheduled the what-will-be historic moment and introduced a new spacesuit that will fit every human body, regardless of gender.  On Tuesday, NASA’s administrator Jim Bridenstine showed off the space agency’s latest, most diverse spacesuit yet. The red, white, and blue colored-suit — which took two years to design — was created specially for NASA’s 2024…

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STARTUP • Insights
Startup headed by ex-Apple engineer aims to eliminate smartphone buttons
October 17, 2019
Oct 17- Sentons, a startup led by chip industry veterans, on Thursday began marketing technology that aims to do away with gadget buttons and said it is working with two smartphone makers in addition to an existing contract with Asus Computer Inc.. Headed by Jess Lee, an engineer who sold his previous company to Apple Inc, Sentons announced a sensor system that uses...
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STARTUP • Hints
Black Market Weed Is Still Popular In Some States, But It's Also Very Dangerous
October 17, 2019
If you want to stay safe when using cannabis, then stay out of the black market.
9 Finance Personality Types -- Which Is Yours?
October 17, 2019
Determining your investment style is key to connecting with your financial advisor.

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STARTUP • Stories
Facebook’s Libra is a threat to sovereignty
October 17, 2019
The company has shown economic and political ambitions with its plan for a digital currency
YouGov’s “blockchain-based” sell-your-own data platform makes no sense (*update) 
October 17, 2019
And is not actually, in any meaningful way, blockchain-based.
Global fight against life-changing fraud begins at home
October 17, 2019
How can campaigners and companies stem a rising tide of scams targeting the elderly?
Do budgeting apps really work?
October 17, 2019
Users often miss overambitious targets but can make significant savings in specific areas
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