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Line invests $45 million into Snapchat clone Snow
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 6:10 am

 Line, the messaging company that went public in the year’s highest IPO to date, is diversifying its business and focusing on social after it invested $45 million (50 billion KRW) in Snow, a Snapchat clone focused on Asia. Read More

Edtech startup Lingumi raises cash for its games teaching foreign languages to toddlers
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 5:45 am

 LocalGlobe, founded by former Index Partners investors Robin Klein and Saul Klein, has taken the lead in a GBP500,000 financing for the education technology startup, Lingumi. A member of the 5th cohort of the Entrepreneur First accelerator, Lingumi has not only raised its first capital, but also launched its first product this week. Created by an Oxford University graduate Toby Mather and… Read More

Sign up to volunteer at Disrupt London 2016
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 5:00 am

 Are you interested in rolling up your sleeves and get to work helping the TechCrunch Disrupt team put on the best startup show in Europe? If so, you should definitely sign up to be a Work Exchange Volunteer at Disrupt London 2016. Applications are now open, and you can submit one here. Volunteers selected for the Work Exchange program are required to work up to 16 hours during the conference. Read More

Singapore’s Greyloft lands $1.1M to build a real estate agency for the digital era
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 2:57 am

 Greyloft is a Singapore based startup running what it describes as an estate agency for the digital era. Read More

Lydia grabs $7.8 million for its peer-to-peer payment service
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 2:17 am

 French startup Lydia raised $7.8 million (€7 million) from New Alpha AM and Oddo & Cie in order to expand to other European countries. The startup lets you easily pay back your friends without any fee using a mobile app — among other things. Think about it as a sort of Venmo for France. While Lydia has only been available in France, with today’s funding round, the company… Read More

Meet the I.D., Volkswagen’s first purely electric car on track for 2020
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 2:00 am

 Volkswagen did indeed debut its first dedicated electric car at the Paris Motor Show, as heavily teased. The I.D. revealed at the show is still labeled a “concept,” but VW says it’s due to become a buyable car in 2020, with a total range of ups to 373 miles per charge, driven by a 168hp electric motor. The concept design for the I.D., which will be Volkswagen’s… Read More

Spotify finally launches in Japan, the world’s second largest music market
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 12:42 am

 Afters years of waiting, Spotify has finally launched its music streaming service in Japan. We reported earlier this month that the launch would happen before September is out, and the company just about delivered on that timeframe. Read More

Didi Chuxing makes information security push with new U.S. research lab and hires
Posted: 29 September 2016 | 12:13 am

 Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company, has hired two distinguished security experts to lead a new U.S.-based research center as part of a major push to increase its data security efforts. Read More

Crunch Report | Facebook’s futuristic frozen facility
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 11:00 pm

Uber’s self-driving trucks are coming in 2017, BlackBerry will stop making its own hardware, Facebook gives us a behind-the-scenes look at its server farm in Sweden, Nvidia researchers teach a car to drive from studying humans, Twitter opens up Moments so they can be created by anyone. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

A look inside how Here Be Dragons is pioneering VR storytelling
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 9:16 pm

 Here Be Dragons is a term for describing dangerous or unexplored areas. It’s also the name of Chris Milk’s new VR creative studio that’s looking to explore the dangerous world of spherical video. The VR production studio is aiming to continue rediscovering storytelling techniques for the immersive medium. With filmmaker Chris Milk taking the role of Creative Director at… Read More

With a new Costco partnership, Ticketmaster’s developer outreach hits the right notes
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 8:34 pm

 Living in San Francisco for a few years, you learn a few things about the fall: First, the weather tends to be hotter and sunnier than the summer months. Second, you learn to avoid the area around the area around the Moscone Convention Center in late September and early October. That’s when the software giants Oracle and Salesforce hold their almost back-to-back annual conferences that… Read More

FBI director warns that hackers have been ‘poking around’ voter registration systems
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 7:36 pm

 The systems underlying our elections process are more important than ever this year, and the bad guys know it too. FBI director James Comey said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing today that “bad actors have been poking around” voter registration systems lately. Read More

Why have some of Silicon Valley’s top investors started investing in Latin America?
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 6:30 pm

 Latin America just might be the most overlooked emerging market on the planet. The venture dollars in Latin America can’t hold a candle to India or China (compare China’s $11.8 billion in new VC funds for the first half of 2016, down 14 percent according the WSJ, to Latin America’s $218 million), and the region’s 600 million inhabitants get overlooked by investors who… Read More

Some of Samsung’s washing machines are reportedly exploding now, too
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 5:11 pm

 Probably not the kind of thing Samsung was hoping it would be dealing with in the wake of a massive Galaxy Note 7 recall, but here we are. And here’s the statement from the company’s media relations wing: It is important to note that Samsung customers have completed hundreds of millions of loads without incident since 2011. That message comes after the U.S. Consumer Product… Read More

Facebook, Amazon, Google, IBM and Microsoft come together to create historic Partnership on AI
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 5:01 pm

 The world’s largest technology companies hold the keys to some of the largest databases on our planet. Much like goods and coins before it, data is becoming an important currency for the modern world. The data’s value is rooted in its applications to artificial intelligence. Whichever company owns the data, effectively owns AI. Right now that means companies like Facebook,… Read More

Better ingredients, better companies
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 5:00 pm

 Papa John’s has a catchy motto: “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza.” This analogy works in technology, as well. As better ingredient technologies arrive on the scene, they open the door for new, iconic companies to be formed that meet our needs in fundamentally better ways. Read More

Facebook’s F8 2017 conference outgrows SF, hits San Jose April 18th-19th
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 5:00 pm

 Facebook couldn’t fit all the developers for its F8 conference into San Francisco’s Fort Mason any more, so F8 will take place at San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center on April 18th and 19th, 2017. Registration hasn’t started yet but will follow the same rules as last year, which you’ll want to follow if you’re trying to get a seat as it always sells out quickly. Read More

Google’s home delivery service, Google Express, hits New England
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 4:35 pm

 Google today announced an expansion of its home delivery shopping service Google Express, which is now available across a large part of the East Coast. The service lets online shoppers order consumer products like electronics, clothing, health and beauty items, home décor and even dry good groceries, from either the web or a dedicated mobile app. With the expansion, Google Express will… Read More

Aetna will help cover the cost of customers’ Apple Watches
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 3:47 pm

 Aetna just threw in with Apple in a big way. The healthcare provider announced a number of different iOS-only apps aimed at quantifying wellness and streamlining the healthcare management process that are set to arrive early next year. It’s also investing a ton in the Apple Watch, providing the wearable for all of its 50,000 or so employees (who are, naturally, enrolled in its own… Read More

Skymind raises $3M to bring its Java deep-learning library to the masses
Posted: 28 September 2016 | 3:18 pm

 Skymind, a company developing an open-source deep-learning library for Java, along with tools for implementation, today closed $3 million in financing from Tencent, SV Angel, GreatPoint Ventures, Mandra Capital and Y Combinator. Skymind was previously part of Y Combinator’s Winter 2016 batch and has taken money from Joe Montana’s Liquid 2 Ventures and a number of other… Read More

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