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LG shakes up its struggling mobile division with new top executives

By |November 30th, 2017|

 If you’ve stopped paying attention to LG in the last couple of years, you’ll learn everything you need to know from the first paragraph of its latest press release that highlights a “sweeping realignment to better address the challenges ahead.” The company’s in a tough spot. It makes good and innovative phones, but just seem --> READ MORE

WeWork has big plans for Alexa for Business

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Amazon is soon to announce Alexa for Business, and WeWork is one of the first partners to have hopped on the platform. WeWork’s vision is to use technology to help businesses make the most out of their physical space, all while customizing that space to each individual’s personal needs. The co-working giant has been on --> READ MORE

Farmers Business Network just raked in a whopping $110 million in Series D funding

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Farmers Business Network has raised $110 million in new venture funding to support a business that may sound boring to some Silicon Valley technologists but which appears to have addressed a very real need: it’s a social network for farmers that invites them to share their data, pool their know-how, and bargain more effectively for better --> READ MORE

Volvo’s car subscription service sounds like good way to get the new XC40

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Volvo has a subscription car service, whereby you can get a new vehicle for a flat monthly fee, including insurance, maintenance and service. It’s not the first carmaker to provide this kind of ownership alternative, but it may have the best deal in the business at the moment, with its ‘Care by Volvo’ exclusively for --> READ MORE

There are now 25M active business profiles on Instagram

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Instagram announced this morning that it now has 25 million active business profiles, up from 15 million in July. The company throws out a lot of different statistics (back in September it said it had 800 million monthly active users, 500 million daily active users and 2 million advertisers), but this one’s significant as a --> READ MORE

New Destiny 2 Alexa skills let you ask Ghost to do stuff in-game

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Destiny 2 fans will know that you get your own virtual assistant of source in the game world – Ghost, who sort of floats around and guides you. The new Alexa skill for Destiny 2 allows you to ask Ghost to do a number of things for you, including provide guidance about your in-game mission, --> READ MORE

Take to the skies with Alex Zosel and Yann de Vries at Disrupt Berlin

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Passenger drones could be traversing city skies sooner than you think – German aircraft maker Volocopter recently flew its first autonomous passenger drone tests in Dubai, flying for five minutes at around 650 feet in a trial with no one on board. Long-term, the plan is to have aircraft zipping around at between 30 and --> READ MORE

Innovid acquires Taykey to provide more data to video advertisers

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Video advertising company Innovid has acquired another advertising startup, Taykey. We’ve written about Taykey as a tool that companies can use to target their ads based on the topics that their desired audience is interested in. Innovid says that by combining Taykey’s analysis with its own data about video engagement, it can show advertisers how targeting --> READ MORE

Uptake nabs $117M at $2.3B valuation for industrial predictive analytics

By |November 30th, 2017|

 A company that is seizing the opportunity to provide predictive analytics to the industrial world — regardless of whether a business has made the (often costly) transition to internet-of-things “smart” systems — is today announcing that it has raised a significant round of growth funding to double down on the opportunity. Uptake, a SaaS startup --> READ MORE

Fractyl Labs raises $44 million in Series D to develop a treatment for type 2 diabetes

By |November 30th, 2017|

 Fractyl Labs, a Lexington, Massachusetts-based startup developing treatments for diabetes, has raised $44 million in Series D financing from a slew of VC firms, including GV, True Ventures, the IDO Fund, General Catalyst, Bessemer Venture Partners, Domain Associates, Mithril Capital Management, Emergent Medical Partners, L.P., and Deerfield Management Company, L.P. Fractyl has been working on… --> READ MORE