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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UK government debuts Autumn Budget with new tech-focused initiatives: looser rules for testing self-driving cars, AI advisory body, £2.5B+ investment fund, more   —  With the UK government continuing to face down criticism over how it is handling plans to remove the UK from the European Union …
Nov 22, 2017, 11:45 AMIn context
TechCrunch:
Sources: Apple acquired Vrvana, Canadian augmented reality headset startup, for $30M   —  As Apple reportedly ramps up work to ship an augmented reality headset in 2020, it has acquired a startup from Montreal, Canada that could help it get there.  TechCrunch has learned that Apple has acquired Vrvana …
Nov 21, 2017, 6:22 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Airbnb acquired adtech startup AdBasis on Nov. 13; AdBasis will be available to customers until Feb. 2018, and team will be brought into Airbnb   —  It looks like accessibility isn't the only thing that Airbnb wants to upgrade on its platform.  On the same day that Airbnb announced …
Nov 16, 2017, 7:40 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UK plans $80M in tech initiatives, doubles tech visas to 2,000 to shore up support amid Brexit anxiety   —  While the UK continues to try to find solid ground to begin its contentious Brexit negotiations, the government has launched several initiatives to try to shore up support to (and from) the country's technology industry.
Nov 14, 2017, 7:50 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
As part of a broader effort to diversify its revenue streams outside of streaming, Spotify is now selling beauty products through its partnership with Merchbar   —  Spotify, the $16 billion digital music “startup” that is hotly tipped for an IPO, continues to lay the groundwork to diversify its platform beyond basic streaming.
Nov 13, 2017, 9:10 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Carrier billing startup Boku to raise $60M at a post-money valuation of $164M in London IPO on November 20   —  Boku, the startup that partners with Apple in its rollout of carrier billing for the App Store, expects to raise £45 million ($60 million) on a post-money valuation of £125 million …
Nov 13, 2017, 6:15 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Apple confirms it acquired InVisage Technologies, which makes imaging tech for low-light conditions   —  As Apple continues to work on ever-smaller but more powerful computing devices, it has acquired a startup focusing on nanotechnology, and specifically as it relates to image sensors.
Nov 9, 2017, 11:30 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Real estate startup Compass raises $100M Series E at a $1.8B valuation, plans to build new CRM tech to integrate client, listings, and transactions data   —  Today, the real-estate startup Compass is announcing that it has raised another $100 million — money that it plans to use to expand …
Nov 8, 2017, 10:00 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SaaS provider Proofpoint acquires Cloudmark, which provides messaging security for ISPs and mobile carriers, for $110M   —  As malicious groups continue to become more sophisticated in their hacking techniques, cybersecurity efforts are attempting to expand in their reach, and that is leading to some consolidation in the field.
Nov 7, 2017, 6:15 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Kobalt Capital, subsidiary of royalty tracker Kobalt, unveils $600M music royalties fund to buy new copyrights   —  Kobalt, the music tech startup that has built a platform for rights holders to track incremental and full plays of music across a wide sea of platforms (in order to collect royalties …
Nov 6, 2017, 10:20 PMIn context

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