Ikea’s smart light bulbs will work with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant

Wed, 24 May 2017 05:16:00 +0000
 Ikea’s smart light bulbs will answer to voice commands starting this summer. The company announced in a Swedish-language press release that its smart lighting product line, called Trådfri, will work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri and HomeKit. Read More
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Unity, whose software powers half of all new mobile games, lands $400 million from Silver Lake

Wed, 24 May 2017 03:40:22 +0000
 Unity Technologies, a 13-year-old, San Francisco-based company that makes development tools for video game creators, has raised $400 million in fresh funding from the private equity firm Silver Lake. A “big chunk” of the round went toward purchasing the shares of longtime employees and earlier investors, John Riccitiello told Bloomberg earlier today, explaining that he thinks… Read More
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Our favorite startups from Alchemist Accelerator batch 15

Wed, 24 May 2017 02:11:17 +0000
 Founded as an enterprise alternative to accelerator stalwarts like Y Combinator, Alchemist Accelerator has managed to assemble a solid track record in its five years of operation.  Going into batch 15, 159 companies have graduated from Alchemist, of which 89 have closed institutional rounds and 15 have been acquired. The latest batch of 19 companies surely hopes to push those numbers even higher. Read More
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Crunch Report | Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:48 +0000
Crunch Report May 23 Microsoft announces new Surface Pro, Apple and Nokia settle patent dispute, Uber underpaid NYC drivers, Snapchat allows custom stories for friend groups and Pinterest adds dish recognition. All this on Crunch Report. Read More
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Quiqup, a London-based on-demand delivery startup, raises £20M Series B

Tue, 23 May 2017 23:01:46 +0000
 Quiqup, a London-based delivery startup that operates a “shop on your behalf” app similar to Jinn in Europe or Postmates in the U.S., in addition to a growing B2B business, has raised £20 million in Series B funding. Leading the round is Jobi Capital, a New York-based fund, with participation from Transmed, a leading distributor of fast-moving consumer goods, and existing investors. Read More
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Uber loses its general counsel for EMEA

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:01:05 +0000
 Another high-up person at Uber has left the company. Jim Callaghan, Uber’s general counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, recently stepped down. Read More
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Watch Alchemist Accelerator’s Demo Day right here

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:00:28 +0000
Alchemist is one of those rare programs that focuses on enterprise startups. These aren’t your parents’ enterprise companies. Pitches today will span products that help businesses with crowdfunding, wearables, sustainable farming and managing meetings with the power of AI. TechCrunch is pleased to bring you Alchemist Accelerator‘s demo day. Read More
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Minibrew raises $2.8 million to help you make your own beer

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:42:21 +0000
 The Minibrew is a little keg with a big brain. When we first met the company in 2015 they offered a whiff of high tech to the brewing process, adding a monitored brew vessel and mobile app to the age-old technique of slopping a bunch of wheat, yeast and hops together until something tasty came out. Read More
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WTF is an ICO?

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:17:54 +0000
 A newly famous transaction type we need to understand is called the “Initial Coin Offering.” An ICO is akin to an IPO, but in temporal reverse (sort of). Although confusing, it has recently acquired prominence as a favored way to launch a new cryptocurrency. Read More
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1Password adds a travel mode to frustrate snooping customs agents

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:29:58 +0000
 If you travel a lot, especially internationally, a new worry being added to the pile is the threat of being forced to unlock your phone for a customs agent. 1Password has a handy solution for this in the form of Travel Mode, which temporarily deauthorizes a device to access your passwords and accounts. Read More
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Merlon Intelligence raises $7.65 million in seed financing to combat money laundering

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:05:29 +0000
 Flightcaster, Prismatic and now Merlon Intelligence. Bradford Cross, founder of the venture capital firm Data Collective is a known figure in the ranks of VCs who have caught the entrepreneurship bug, abandoning what could have been a cushy lifestyle for one with considerably more volatility. His third startup, Merlon Intelligence, services banks, helping them cut down on risk and put a… Read More
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The FCC’s case against net neutrality rests on a deliberate misrepresentation of how the internet works

Tue, 23 May 2017 19:50:07 +0000
 The FCC has just published the notice of proposed rulemaking that would roll back the 2015 Open Internet Order establishing net neutrality. Their first and primary justification for doing this is a way of defining broadband access that’s so backwards it’s ridiculous. It would be funny, if the future of the internet didn’t depend on this incredibly disingenuous maneuvering. Read More
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