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Manish Singh / VentureBeat:
Truecaller report: worldwide spam calls increased 300% YoY, reaching 17.7B in 2018; Brazil led with more than 37 spam calls per user per month   —  According to the yearly report published by Stockholm-based phone number-identification service Truecaller, spam calls grew by 300 percent year-over-year in 2018.
Dec 18, 2018, 6:50 PMIn context
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Toronto-based Ada, which helps companies develop their own AI-powered customer service chatbots, raises $14M Series A led by FirstMark Capital   —  Ada, a Canada-based startup that is setting out to help companies develop their own automated customer service tools, has raised CAD$19 million …
Dec 18, 2018, 10:28 AMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Datacamp, which offers customizable online data science courses to 3.3M+ users in 190+ countries and business customers like Uber and HSBC, raises $25M Series B   —  Data engineers and researchers are in demand.  According to LinkedIn, as of August 2018 in the U.S., the tech industry …
Dec 17, 2018, 9:50 AMIn context
Khari Johnson / VentureBeat:
AI Index Report for 2018 shows global growth of the field, a sharp rise in papers published from China, and an increase in VC funding of AI startups   —  The AI Index 2018 report is out, and if you're interested in AI enough to read this newsletter, you really should read the report through for yourself.
Dec 16, 2018, 11:15 PMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Latticework, which is working on a consumer focused $550 NAS device called Amber and a cloud backup platform, has raised a $13M seed round   —  It seems nary a week goes by without a breach that compromises millions of personal files.  On Monday, Google revealed that it will shut down its social network …
Dec 16, 2018, 5:00 AMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Synthace, the developer of Antha OS for automating laboratory processes for biological experiments, raises $25.6M Series B led by Horizons Ventures   —  U.K.-based startup Synthace wants to automate laboratory processes with a programming language designed for biological experiments, and it's getting the financial backing to do it.
Dec 15, 2018, 11:10 PMIn context
Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat:
Discord says its PC game store will offer a 90/10 revenue split when it opens for all game developers in 2019   —  The video game industry is witnessing the death of the standard revenue split for distribution platforms.  For years, stores like Steam have taken 30 percent of every sale.
Dec 14, 2018, 11:15 AMIn context
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Square says Appointments, its service for SMBs like salons to schedule appointments and take payments in advance, will now integrate with Instagram and Google   —  Square is perhaps better known for its core payments product that allows any merchant to accept card payments through a mobile device.
Dec 13, 2018, 1:30 PMIn context
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Chorus.ai, which uses AI to analyze sales calls, raises $33M Series B led by Georgian Partners, bringing its total raised to $55.3M   —  Salespeople, on the whole, are enthusiastic about artificial intelligence (AI).  In a survey of 2,900 teams conducted by Salesforce earlier this year …
Dec 13, 2018, 8:25 AMIn context
Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Microsoft launches Clarity, a new web analytics product in beta, to compete with A/B testing tools like Google Optimize   —  Microsoft today launched a new web analytics product in beta.  Clarity is designed to help developers understand user behavior at scale, including why users struggle …
Dec 12, 2018, 2:25 PMIn context

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