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Teams autonomously mapping the depths take home millions in Ocean Discovery Xprize

By |May 31st, 2019|

There’s a whole lot of ocean on this planet, and we don’t have much of an idea what’s at the bottom of most of it. That could change with the craft and techniques created during the Ocean Discovery Xprize, which had teams competing to map the sea floor quickly, precisely and autonomously. The winner just --> READ MORE

Slack narrows losses, displays healthy revenue growth

By |May 31st, 2019|

Workplace messaging powerhouse Slack filed an amended S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday weeks ahead of a direct listing expected June 20. In the document, Slack included an updated look at its path to profitability, posting first-quarter revenues of $134.8 million on losses of $31.8 million. Slack’s Q1 revenues represent a --> READ MORE

Facial recognition startup Kairos settles lawsuits with founder and former CEO Brian Brackeen

By |May 31st, 2019|

Facial recognition startup Kairos, founded by Brian Brackeen, has settled its lawsuit with Brackeen following his ouster from the company late last year. In addition to forcing him out of the company he founded, Kairos sued Brackeen, alleging the misappropriation of corporate funds and misleading shareholders. In response, Brackeen countersued Kairos, alleging the company and --> READ MORE

Only 72 hours left to save an extra €200 on Disrupt Berlin 2019

By |May 31st, 2019|

The shot clock on serious savings is running out. You have just 72 hours left to sign up for the mailing list to receive €200 off the super early-bird price on any pass to Disrupt Berlin 2019. The official registration opens in three days, and once that happens, the clock runs out. Sad! Here’s how --> READ MORE

Groupon co-founder Eric Lefkofsky just raised another $200 million for his newest company, Tempus

By |May 31st, 2019|

When serial entrepreneur Eric Lefkofsky grows a company, he puts the pedal to the metal. When in 2011 his last company, the Chicago-based coupons site Groupon, raised $950 million from investors, it was the largest amount raised by a startup ever. It was just over three years old at the time, and it went public --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Leap Motion waves goodbye

By |May 31st, 2019|

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Once poised to kill the mouse and keyboard, Leap Motion plays its final hand Leap Motion raised nearly $94 million for --> READ MORE

Targeted ads offer little extra value for online publishers, study suggests

By |May 31st, 2019|

How much value do online publishers derive from behaviorally targeted advertising that uses privacy-hostile tracking technologies to determine which advert to show a website user? A new piece of research suggests publishers make just 4% more vs if they were to serve a non-targeted ad. It’s a finding that sheds suggestive light on why so --> READ MORE

Diving deep into Africa’s blossoming tech scene

By |May 31st, 2019|

Jumia may be the first startup you’ve heard of from Africa. But the e-commerce venture that recently listed on the NYSE is definitely not the first or last word in African tech. The continent has an expansive digital innovation scene, the components of which are intersecting rapidly across Africa’s 54 countries and 1.2 billion people. --> READ MORE

An insider’s look into venture with Andreessen Horowitz’s Scott Kupor

By |May 31st, 2019|

After a decade in the peculiar world of venture capital, Andreessen Horowitz managing director Scott Kupor has seen it all when it comes to the dos and don’ts for dealing with Valley VCs and company building. In his new book Secrets of Sand Hill Road (available on June 3), Scott offers up an updated guide --> READ MORE

Amazon confirms acquisition of Sizmek’s ad server

By |May 31st, 2019|

Amazon just announced that it’s acquiring Sizmek’s ad serving and dynamic content optimization businesses. “Sizmek and Amazon Advertising have many mutual customers, so we know how valued these proven solutions are to their customer base,” Amazon said. “Sizmek has been searching for a buyer for Sizmek Ad Server and Sizmek DCO, and we are both --> READ MORE