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Arable Labs raises $4.25 million to bring predictive analytics to farming

9 minutes agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Arable Labs has raised $4.25 million to bring data-driven analysis and predictions to farming. The Princeton, N.J.-based startup uses sensors for the Internet of Things, or making everyday objects smart and connected, to collect data on a farm, measuring everything from air temperature to moisture on a micro level. Agriculture is about 10 percent of […]

Spotify acquires and shutters MightyTV, a content recommendation startup founded by Admeld’s Brian Adams

40 minutes agoTechnology : Venture Beat

Spotify has acquired MightyTV, a New York-based startup specializing in providing video recommendations using personal preferences and opinions of friends. MightyTV was founded in 2015 by Brian Adams (not Bryan Adams), the founder of adtech company Admeld which he sold to Google in 2011. Show More Summary

Cloudvirga raises $15 million for automated mortgage applications

Cloudvirga, a platform that automates many of the processes involved in applying for a mortgage, has raised $15 million in a series B funding round led by Incenter. Founded out of Irvine, California, in 2016, Cloudvirga’s core raison d’être is to “find order in the mortgage chaos,” as the company puts it, using data and […]

As Amazon prepares to buy Middle East rival, Emaar Malls makes $800 million offer of its own

(Reuters) — Dubai’s Emaar Malls, operator of glitzy Middle East shopping centers, has made an $800 million offer for regional online retailer, setting up a potential bidding war with Emaar Malls’ bid has so far not been accepted by shareholders, the Dubai-listed firm said in a stock exchange announcement on Monday. Reuters […]

Mezzanie Teamwork enables collaboration in small work spaces

John Underkoffler was the science advisor behind the gesture-controlled computer in the film Minority Report, and he spent a lot of time trying to realize the user interface in the real world so that enterprises can collaborate more easily. Show More Summary

Toyota partners with Japanese telecom giant NTT to harness connected car data

Toyota has announced a partnership with Japanese telecom giant NTT to collaborate on the development, verification, and standardization of technology across the connected car realm. The deal represents one of many in recent months, as Japanese companies forge ahead with initiatives to further the connected car and autonomous vehicle revolution. Show More Summary

A new $100 million Russian investment fund is targeting AI startups globally

Global AI investment fever has hit Russia, with a recently launched $100 million fund making its inaugural investments. Announced in late 2016, the fund is backed by Larnabel VC, the venture arm of the Gutseriev family, one of the richest in Russia, and VP Capital, the investment vehicle of Belarussian businessman Viktor Prokopenya. Show More Summary

HTC will be VR partner for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ film

HTC Vive will be the official partner for virtual reality content, experiences, and offline activations for the highly anticipated film Ready Player One, which is coming in 2018 from Steven Spielberg. Warner Bros. Pictures and HTC have created a strategic partnership for the theatrical release of the sci-fi action thriller, which has a video game […]

HTC adds 30 more companies to its virtual reality accelerator

HTC is announcing that 30 new startups have joined the second batch for its global virtual reality accelerator program. Maker of the HTC Vive VR headset, HTC wants to ensure that VR becomes the next-generation platform of computing by seeding startups to make software for the Vive. With that in mind, it started the Vive […]

Why internet companies are celebrating the Senate’s privacy rule rollback

On Friday, the Senate blocked the implementation of rules that would have restricted internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon’s ability to monetize users’ internet browsing history and other data. This doesn’t in itself mark a sea change—the rule in question wasn’t due to go into effect for nearly a year. But it does preempt […]

AI and insurance: Exchanging privacy for a cheaper rate

GUEST: Do you have car insurance? Health insurance? Homeowners insurance? Chances are you are a customer of at least one insurance company and a policyholder on one or more types of insurance. If so, you should pay particular attention to the fact that the global insurance industry is seeking to harness artificial intelligence solutions. While the […]

Why it’s back to basics with bots

GUEST: I occasionally meet with a company that worries they’re not ready for bots. They think of bots as an emerging technology fraught with complexity. In some cases, they worry they don’t have the skillset internally to deploy and get ROI out of the technology. Others want the technology to “mature” a bit more before they […]

Google Play gets a Free App of the Week section

Google has added a new section to the Google Play store for promoting a free app every week. If you can’t see it in your Play store (I certainly don’t get it on my phone), you can access it directly, both on desktop and on mobile, by clicking the following link: Free App of the […]

European startups need help from family-office investors

GUEST: The history of family offices – private wealth management vehicles established by high net worth families – has long been entwined with that of venture capital. Indeed, several leading VC firms, including Bessemer Venture Partners,...Show More Summary

Vainglory’s spring championships to take place at London’s O2

Vainglory’s spring season championships will take place at London’s O2 venue. Teams from North America and Europe will compete in the first unified championships for Vainglory, which is Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) esport game. The event will take place in London from May 19 to May 21. The best six teams from […]

7 criteria for choosing a startup advisor

GUEST: One of the first questions many founders ask is whether and when they should form an advisory board. Advisors can be valuable extended members of the management team. Good advisors can share their experience on a range of subjects – technology, go-to-market, personnel, etc. – and they can make introductions to customers and employees. They […]

Don’t soft-launch your app in Canada

GUEST: I always feel sorry for Canadian smartphone users. Every time they open the app store they find dozens of new apps, sometimes buggy, sometimes lacking important features. That’s because almost every mobile marketer targeting an international release has the same idea: “Let’s do a soft launch in Canada!” It made sense in the past: Canada is an […]

Game pioneers Jason Rubin and Ted Price discuss the lessons of early VR games

Ted Price and Jason Rubin were pioneers at the start of the console video game business. Price started Insomniac Games in 1994, making games, such as Spyro the Dragon and Ratchet & Clank. Rubin cofounded Naughty Dog, maker of titles, such as Crash Bandicoot, in 1986. Now they’re pioneering another new medium for games, virtual […]

How Chinese-led globalization will impact tech

GUEST: The politics of protectionism are turning America inward at roughly the same moment high valuations have forced Chinese firms to seek profits abroad. From a macro perspective, globalization marches on, albeit with a different leader. But if Chinese firms will increasingly be at the center of a global economy, the nature of that market will […]

Samsung is risking a lot by overselling AI assistant Bixby

Bixby, announced this week and scheduled to make its debut on March 29, is Samsung’s new intelligent assistant. The service is expected to be inside the Galaxy S8 at launch and to eventually be included with all Samsung appliances. Samsung is setting high expectations for Bixby. That’s a risky move, as anyone who has spent time interacting with bots — […]

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