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Twitch acquired video indexing platform ClipMine to power new discovery features

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:09:12 GMT
 In an announcement about a set of new discovery tools, Amazon-owned video game streaming site Twitch also unveiled that it recently acquired Palo Alto-based video indexing platform ClipMine. The startup’s technology is now being put to use to translate visual information in videos – like objects, text, logos and scenes – into metadata that can help people more easily find… Read More

Original Tech helps banks offer better loan applications

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 23:00:43 GMT
 Americans apply for more than 250 million new financial products each year, but the majority of those applications are completed on paper or over the phone. A startup called Original Tech wants to change that by providing white-label software to improve loan applications completed online. Read More

‘Airbnb for boats’ startup Boatsetter buys competitor Boatbound

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 22:20:07 GMT
 You don’t have to be rich or T-Pain to be “on a boat.” You can rent one plus a captain for the day from Boatsetter. And now it’s got boats in more than 300 locations around the U.S. since it just acquired rival maritime marketplace Boatbound. Read More

LiftIgniter raises $6.4M to bring website personalization to the rest of the internet

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:00:11 GMT
 You’ve probably had the experience of going to a website and seeing a lot of content that’s not really relevant. For the most part, a lot of this is organized in a way that’s either pre-defined or based on a limited number of signals that aims to sort of personalize the experience for a normal user. But as time goes on and the competition for eyeballs continues to heat up,… Read More

A defense company put a machine gun on a drone

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:43:39 GMT
 Duke Robotics, a military contractor, has produced a video for their unique and uniquely dangerous new tool, TIKAD. This drone platform looks fairly basic – a custom multi-rotor drone with a chassis on the bottom to hold what looks like a stripped down machine gun, sniper rifle, or grenade launcher – but what it suggests about the future of warfare is pretty scary. A gimbal at… Read More

Ripcord’s $40 million Series B will pay for more file digitizing robots and human jobs

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:05:56 GMT
 Bay Area startup Ripcord just scored a $40 million Series B, following its successful launch earlier this year. By all accounts, the company has apparently hit the ground running with its decidedly unsexy goal of using robots to digitize paper records for large corporations and organizations. According to CEO Alex Fielding, Ripcord already has a number of Fortune 100 companies on board,… Read More

Alibaba leads $1.1B investment in Indonesia-based e-commerce firm Tokopedia

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:55:55 GMT
 Alibaba has continued its push into Southeast Asia after it led a $1.1 billion investment in Tokopedia, an e-commerce firm based in Indonesia. A valuation for the deal was not announced, but the companies did say that Alibaba has become a minority shareholder. Tokopedia, which was founded in 2009, operates a marketplace that allows small retailers and large brands to sell to consumers in… Read More

Codacy, a platform that helps developers check the quality of their code, raises $5.1M

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:36:04 GMT
 Codacy, a startup based in Lisbon, Portugal that offers what it calls an “automated code review platform,” has raised $5.1 million in Series A funding. EQT Ventures led the round, with participation from existing investors Faber, Caixa Capital, Join Capital, and Seedcamp. Read More

Alibaba, Tencent, Didi and other tech firms pour $12B into mobile operator China Unicom

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:05:26 GMT
 China is about to take net neutrality to the next level after a group of influential tech companies that includes Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, Didi Chuxing and JD.com agreed to invest nearly $12 billion into state-run mobile operator China Unicom. China Unicom is the country’s second largest operator with 269 million mobile customers, which makes it one of the largest in the world. The… Read More

Confirmed: Color Genomics is in the final stages of an $80 million Series C financing round

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:06:20 GMT
 Genetic health screening startup Color Genomics has raised $52 million so far in what could end up totaling just over $81 million in equity financing, according to a recent SEC filing. Color is similar to other genetics startups in that it provides information to you based on the DNA given in a spit tube test. Read More

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