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Tastemakers raises $1.4M to sell Africa experiences to the world
August 23, 2019
New York based startup Tastemakers has raised a $1.4 million seed-round—led Precursor Ventures—for its business that connects Africa adventures to global consumers. Tastemakers’ platform curates, prices, and lists African travel and cultural experiences—from paragliding tours to wine-tasting to concerts. The startup generates revenues by taking a 20% commission on each transaction. Community managers in Africa […]
Summer flash sale ends tonight: 2-for-1 Disrupt Berlin 2019 passes
August 23, 2019
Summer’s fading fast, but our 2-for-1 summer flash sale on Innovator, Founder or Investor passes to Disrupt Berlin 2019 is fading even faster. Today’s the final day you can get 2-for-1 tickets to join us in Berlin for two jam-packed days of startup goodness and opportunity. Why not do it for the lowest price? Our 2-for-1 summer flash […]
Silicone 3D printing startup Spectroplast spins out of ETHZ with $1.5M
August 22, 2019
3D printing has become commonplace in the hardware industry, but because few materials can be used for it easily, the process rarely results in final products. A Swiss startup called Spectroplast hopes to change that with a technique for printing using silicone, opening up all kinds of applications in medicine, robotics, and beyond.
This Thiel Fellow thinks he can help scooters, drones and delivery robots charge themselves with sunlight
August 22, 2019
From the time he was a high school student, Rohit Kalyanpur thought it was peculiar that although it’s possible to create energy from a solar panel, the panels have long been used almost exclusively on rooftops and as part of industrial-scale solar grids. “I hadn’t seen [anything solar-powered] in the things people use every day […]
DoorDash reveals details of its new tipping model
August 22, 2019
DoorDash announced last month that it would be changing its controversial tipping model. Today it’s revealing the basics of how the new system will work. Under the past model, Dashers (DoorDash drivers and other delivery people) were guaranteed a minimum payment per delivery, with DoorDash paying a $1 base, then providing an additional payment boost […]

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YouTube disables 210 channels tied to Hong Kong disinformation campaigns
August 23, 2019
Google's YouTube is the latest digital platform to confirm it has been manipulated to spread disinformation about the Hong Kong protests.
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Aperiomics Announces $1.8M Series A Financing
August 22, 2019
STERLING, VA, Aperiomics announced today that they have closed a successful Series A funding round totaling $1.8 million.
Windfall Data Receives $9M
August 22, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Windfall Data, a company that determines the net worth of global households, announced that it raised $9 million in venture funding.
Tibit Communications Secures $25M
August 22, 2019
PETALUMA, CA, Tibit Communications announces $25 million Series B funding.
Remediant Scores $15M Series A
August 22, 2019
SAN FRANCISO, CA, Remediant, a leading provider of Privileged Access Management (PAM) software, today announced it has received $15 million in a Series A investment round.
DemystData Receives $12.5M Growth Funding
August 22, 2019
NEW YORK, NY, DemystData, the largest external data marketplace, has closed $12.5 million in growth capital.
Knotel Receives $400M
August 22, 2019
NEW YORK, NY, Knotel, the world's leading flexible workspace provider, confirmed today that it has completed a $400 million financing.
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Chicago police pilot Samsung DeX as replacement for bulky in-car computers
August 23, 2019
Police offers in one district will be given Samsung smartphones which can be docked in their cars. | Image: Samsung

Police in Chicago’s West Side 11th district are piloting Samsung DeX as a replacement for their existing in-car computer systems, the Chicago Police Department and Samsung announced this week. Officers will have a Samsung Galaxy Smartphone which they can use to access dispatch alerts, notifications from gunshot detection systems, and real-time viewing and control of security cameras. Officers can then dock their phones in the car or police station to benefit from a larger screen and keyboard when entering collected evidence. All officers in Chicago’s 11th should be using the DeX system by the end of the year.

At a press conference announcing the initiative, Chicago Police Department Chief Jonathan Lewin said that the main benefit of the...

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Google follows Apple with its own anti-tracking policy for Chromium-based browsers
August 23, 2019

Google has announced a new initiative that aims to “fundamentally enhance privacy on the web.” The proposal — dubbed “Privacy Sandbox” — is a stab at preventing extensive tracking of users on the web through cookies and other covert techniques like tracking pixels, link decoration, and device fingerprinting. In creating a new standard that puts users in control over their data, Google hopes it would strike a balance between personalization and privacy. “Technology that publishers and advertisers use to make advertising even more relevant to people is now being used far beyond its original design intent — to a point where…

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How this Singaporean university supports lifelong learning
August 23, 2019
Tan Eng Chye of the National University of Singapore tells CNBC's Squawk Box Asia about resources that the university has made available to working adults. He also explains the school's overseas internship programs for undergraduates.
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Free Webinar: How Mobility Is Revolutionizing Transportation and Business
August 22, 2019
Are you ready to start a business in the fast-moving mobility industry?
Why Execution Is More Important Than Strategy
August 22, 2019
Good ideas are only half the battle. Strategy means nothing if you don't execute.

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DeepMind co-founder’s leave of absence signals transition
August 23, 2019
Mustafa Suleyman’s retreat suggests AI group’s autonomy has been curtailed by its parent
Why the US has a lot to lose in a tech war with China
August 23, 2019
The FT's James Kynge says the US and China are decoupling
Libra/Facebook: friends disunited
August 23, 2019
Association members are wise to let this remain a project led by the social network
YouTube disables channels linked to HK disinformation
August 22, 2019
Google-owned platform says ‘discovery consistent with recent actions related to China’
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