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TechCrunch:
Sources: UiPath raises ~$120M Series B at $1B+ valuation for enterprise back-office automation bots; UiPath raised $30M at estimated $109M valuation in April   —  The initial hype around bots — applications that run partly or entirely using natural language processing, machine learning …
Mar 2, 2018, 3:40 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Rovio misses on Q4 revenue of €73.9M vs €77.33M estimated and announces closure of a year-old London office, departure of head of games unit; stock down 9%+   —  Gaming and entertainment company Rovio continues to have a very hard time of it as it faces the music on the waning popularity …
Mar 2, 2018, 9:40 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Viber announces Viber Community group chats, with virtually no limit on group sizes and option for moderators to monetize, and says it has 1B registered users   —  Messaging apps have seen a surge of popularity in recent years as people seek ways to communicate more directly than on social networks.
Mar 1, 2018, 11:05 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten will roll its $9B loyalty program into a new blockchain-based cryptocurrency, Rakuten Coin   —  Back in 2016, Amazon's Japanese rival Rakuten acquired Bitnet, a bitcoin wallet startup that it had previously invested in, to help it work on blockchain technology and applications.
Feb 27, 2018, 12:20 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook signs music licensing deal with Europe's ICE Services, covering 290K rights holders for music used on Facebook, Instagram, Oculus, and Messenger   —  Facebook today took its latest step towards making good on paying out royalties to music rightsholders around tracks that are used across its multiple platforms and networks.
Feb 21, 2018, 3:00 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Amazon opens applications for second Alexa Accelerator program cohort, in partnership with TechStars, with option to work in London, the first non-US location   —  Amazon continues to tap into the developer community to expand the ubiquity of its Alexa voice-based assistant, and it's taking the strategy international.
Feb 21, 2018, 2:00 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Crunchbase launches subscription service for third-party data called Crunchbase Marketplace with four launch partners, including SimilarWeb and Apptopia   —  Last year, when tech-company database Crunchbase (once a part of TechCrunch but since spun out) announced a funding round of $18 million …
Feb 21, 2018, 11:50 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Mobility analytics company Moovit raises $50M Series D led by Intel Capital, plans integration with Mobileye, Intel's $15.3B autonomous driving subsidiary   —  The race for pole position in the next generation of transportation services continues to gain speed, and today a startup providing data …
Feb 21, 2018, 8:00 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google launches AdSense Auto ads that use machine learning to optimize placement and monetization choices   —  Google is today unveiling a new ad unit for AdSense that taps into the company's big push to add more artificial intelligence into its business, and to potentially bring on more publishers …
Feb 21, 2018, 7:50 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
OLED microdisplay maker eMagin disputes reports, says it's not aware of Apple, Valve, or LG investing in recent secondary offering; source: Apple did not invest   —  Update : A source very close to Apple says that the company has not invested in OLED display maker eMagin — and …
Feb 12, 2018, 5:30 PMIn context

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