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  • Autonomous driving startup turns its AI expertise to space for automated satellite operation July 7, 2020
    Hungarian autonomous driving startup AImotive is leveraging its technology to address a different industry and growing need: autonomous satellite operation. AImotive is teaming up with C3S, a supplier of satellite and space-based technologies, to develop a hardware platform for performing AI operations onboard satellites. AImotive’s aiWare neural network accelerator will be optimized by C3S for […]
    Darrell Etherington
  • Kerry Washington is coming to Disrupt 2020 July 7, 2020
    Kerry Washington’s fingerprints are all over Hollywood. The Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominated actor, director and producer has touched myriad projects, from her role as Olivia Pope on “Scandal” (where she was the first African-American woman since 1974 to headline a network drama) to her production of Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere” and Netflix’s AMERICAN […]
    Jordan Crook
  • How European seed firm Connect Ventures finds ‘product-first’ founders July 7, 2020
    Connect Ventures, the London-based seed-stage VC that was an early investor in Citymapper and Typeform announced a new $80 million fund last month to continue investing in “product-led” founders. Launched back in 2012, when there was a shortage of institutional capital at seed stage in Europe and micro VC was a novelty in the region, […]
    Steve O'Hear
  • Sunrun’s $3.2 billion Vivint Solar bid challenges Tesla’s energy ambitions July 7, 2020
    Tesla’s 2014 acquisition of SolarCity turned the electric vehicle manufacturer into the undisputed largest player in residential solar, but that lead has steadily eroded as its major competitor, Sunrun, surged ahead with more aggressive plans. Now with the $3.2 billion dollar acquisition of the residential solar installation company, Vivint Solar, Sunrun looks to solidify its […]
    Jonathan Shieber
  • Adobe tests an AI recommendation tool for headlines and images July 7, 2020
    Team members at Adobe have built a new way to use artificial intelligence to automatically personalize a blog for different visitors. This tool was built as part of the Adobe Sneaks program, where employees can create demos to show off new ideas, which are then showcased (virtually, this year) at the Adobe Summit. While the […]
    Anthony Ha
  • Decrypted: Police hack criminal phone network; Randori raises $20M Series A July 7, 2020
    Last week was, for most Americans, a four-day work week. But a lot still happened in the security world. The U.S. government’s cybersecurity agencies warned of two critical vulnerabilities — one in Palo Alto’s networking tech and the other in F5’s gear — that foreign, nation state-backed hackers will “likely” exploit these flaws to get […]
    Zack Whittaker
  • NY-based autonomous reusable rocket startup lands Air Force contract July 7, 2020
    New York-based startup iRocket has landed a contract award from the U.S. Air Force to develop and build its fully autonomous small payload rockets, which the company says will be able to launch and propulsively land both its first and second stages, with the potential of launching small payloads on demand in as little as […]
    Darrell Etherington
  • Everything you need to know about the virtual TC Sessions: Mobility 2020 July 7, 2020
    You may have heard that we’re taking our events virtual this year. And that means TC Sessions: Mobility is going virtual as well. This won’t just be one long webinar. We have some technical tricks up our sleeves that will bring all of what you’d expect from our in-person events from the informative panels and […]
    Kirsten Korosec
  • Nvidia’s Ampere GPUs come to Google Cloud July 7, 2020
    Nvidia today announced that its new Ampere-based data center GPUs, the A100 Tensor Core GPUs, are now available in alpha on Google Cloud. As the name implies, these GPUs were designed for AI workloads, as well as data analytics and high-performance computing solutions. The A100 promises a significant performance improvement over previous generations. Nvidia says […]
    Frederic Lardinois
  • Microsoft secretly seized domains used in COVID-19-themed email cyberattacks July 7, 2020
    A court granted Microsoft's request to take control of the domains used by the scammers.
    Zack Whittaker
  • Amazon adds ‘hands-free’ Alexa to its Alexa mobile app July 7, 2020
    Amazon is making it easier for mobile users to access its Alexa virtual assistant while on the go. The company announced today it’s making it possible to use Alexa “hands free” from within its Alexa mobile app for iOS and Android, meaning customers will be able to use Alexa to make lists, play music, control […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Amazon Prime Video finally launches user profiles to all customers worldwide July 7, 2020
    Amazon’s Prime Video is finally adding a feature that’s long since become a standard for streaming video services: user profiles. With profiles, Prime Video users will have access to their own Watchlist, personalized recommendations, and they’ll be able to track their own viewing progress, similar to rival services, like Netflix. Customers can create up to […]
    Sarah Perez
  • Quaestor is reinventing business metric collaboration for the startup party round era July 7, 2020
    Business is the foundation, of, well, business. For startups, finding a working business model and honing it through decision-making, smart hires, and relentless focus on the right metrics can be the difference between building a scalable company and collapsing into the next Luckin Coffee. Given how important business performance and finance is, it’s not uncommon […]
    Danny Crichton
  • Zoom announces new Hardware as a Service offering to run on ServiceNow July 7, 2020
    Zoom announced a new Hardware as a Service offering today that will run on the ServiceNow platform. At the same time the company announced a deal with ServiceNow to standardize on Zoom and Zoom Phone for its 11,000 employees in another case of SaaS cooperation. For starters, the new Hardware as a Service offering allows […]
    Ron Miller
  • As Palantir preps IPO, a look back at its growth history July 7, 2020
    Yesterday evening Palantir, the quasi-secretive data mining and analysis firm, publicly announced that it has privately filed to go public. The disclosure came in the wake of Palantir raising new capital, taking on hundreds of millions of dollars before its planned public offering. According to Crunchbase data, Palantir has raised billions while private, making its […]
    Alex Wilhelm
  • Watch an army of Spot and Pepper robots cheerlead a baseball game in an empty stadium July 7, 2020
    NPB games are known for engaging antics that extend well beyond the play on the field. But what’s to be done in the era of COVID-19 when baseball is played in front of an empty stadium? For many — including Korea’s KBO League and the upcoming shortened MLB season — cardboard cutouts are an attempt […]
    Brian Heater
  • Nayya, bringing transparency to choosing and managing healthcare plans, raises $2.7 million July 7, 2020
    Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator -backed Nayya is on a mission to simplify choosing and managing employee benefits through machine learning and data transparency. The company has raised $2.7 million in seed funding led by Social Leverage with participation from Guardian Strategic Ventures, Cameron Ventures, Soma Capital, as well as other strategic angels. The process of choosing […]
    Jordan Crook
  • High Earth Orbit Robotics uses imaging satellites to provide on-demand check-ups for other satellites July 7, 2020
    Maintaining satellites on orbit and ensuring they make full use of their operational lifespan has never been more important, given concerns around sustainable operations in an increasingly crowded orbital environment. As companies tighten their belts financially to deal with the ongoing economic impact of COVID-19, too, it’s more important than ever for in-space assets to […]
    Darrell Etherington
  • 8 Black investors discuss the intersection of race, tech and funding July 7, 2020
    Since the killing of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers heightened awareness about racial justice, the experiences of Black people in tech — and the industry’s lack of racial diversity — are getting new attention. In the tech ecosystem at large, the industry is still predominantly white and male, and venture capital […]
    Megan Rose Dickey
  • Motorola announces €349 5G phone for Europe, promises a sub-$500 model for US this year July 7, 2020
    Last year Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 765, promising to usher in an era of low-cost 5G devices. Motorola, naturally, was more than happy to take advantage of the technology. While the company has been flirting with premium devices (with mixed results), budget devices will almost certainly be the company’s bread and butter for the foreseeable […]
    Brian Heater