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  • Balderton Capital raises new $400M fund to back European tech startups at Series A - Balderton Capital, one of the so-called “big four” early-stage VC firms in London (the others being Accel, Atomico and Index), has raised a new $400 million fund to continue backing European tech startups at Series A. Dealroom recently released a report that pegged Balderton as the most active Series A investor in Europe (between 2014-2018), […]
  • A16Z-backed Shift.org announces veterans hiring pipeline partnership with Better.com - While across much of Asia, November 11th is either “singles day” (a $38 billion Alibaba extravaganza this year) or Pepero Day (named because 11/11 looks like a bunch of chocolate dessert sticks), here in the United States and parts of Europe, November 11th also marks the end of World War I and the commemoration of […]
  • Smartphone maker Realme is taking India and other emerging markets by storm - As Xiaomi widens its smartphone lead over Samsung in India, a new competitor is increasingly posing a challenge. Realme, a one-and-half-year-old smartphone vendor that spun out of Oppo, commanded 14.3% of the world’s second largest smartphone market in the quarter that ended in September, research firm IDC said on Monday. While Xiaomi, with 27.1% of […]
  • Uber CEO stokes #boycottuber fire with ‘mistakes happen’ comment - Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s comments during an interview with Axios — and his subsequent apology — have done more than hand the company’s critics more ammunition in the renewed #boycottUber campaign. (Although, mission accomplished on that front.) They also exposed a weakness that if left uncorrected threatens to bring back the toxic culture Khosrowshahi promised […]
  • Adidas backpedals on robotic shoe production with Speedfactory closures - An expensive experiment in global distribution has been abandoned by Adidas, which has announced that will close its robotic "Speedfactories" in Atlanta and Ansbach, Germany, within 6 months. The company sugar-coated the news with a promise to repurpose the technology used at its existing human-powered factories in Asia.
  • D2C companies deliver customer delight and simplicity - D2C brands personalize the buying experience, optimize customer delight, educate users at the right cadence and ultimately, help consumers successfully harvest the emotions they were seeking.
  • ‘Death Stranding’ brings back appointment gaming - Game launches these days are frequently the very worst time to play them. Plagued by bugs, server issues, balance problems, and a lack of content, many "games as a service" titles are best consumed after a month or two. Not so with Hideo Kojima's long-awaited Death Stranding, which if you're going to play at all... you should probably play now.
  • Facebook machine learning aims to modify faces, hands and… outfits - The latest research out of Facebook sets machine learning models to tasks that, to us, seem rather ordinary — but for a computer are still monstrously difficult. These projects aim to anonymize faces, improvise hand movements and — perhaps hardest of all — give credible fashion advice. The research here was presented recently at the […]
  • Facebook finally lets you banish nav bar tabs & red dots - Are those red notification dots on your Facebook home screen driving you crazy? Sick of Facebook Marketplace wasting your screen space? Now you can control what appears in the Facebook app’s navigation bar thanks to a new option called Shortcut Bar Settings. Over the weekend TechCrunch spotted the option to remove certain tabs like Marketplace, […]
  • Google Chrome to identify and label slow websites - Is it the web page that’s slow or is it your network connection? In the future, Google’s Chrome web browser may have an answer for you. Google announced today a plan to identify and label websites that typically load slowly by way of clear badging. The company says it may later choose to identify sites […]