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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Leaked screenshots show Facebook's influencer search engine for connecting marketers and creators to make branded content; Facebook confirms it is testing it   —  Facebook's next money-maker could be this tool for connecting marketers to social media creators so they can team up on sponsored-content Facebook ad campaigns.
May 18, 2018, 12:20 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
PayPal confirms it is acquiring Swedish payments company iZettle for $2.2B in an all-cash deal, making it PayPal's biggest-ever transaction   —  PayPal is taking its biggest bet yet on point-of-sale transactions, small businesses, and markets outside of the US, as it looks to raise its game against Square …
May 17, 2018, 4:42 PMIn context
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Intel's Mobileye has started testing 100 self-driving cars in Jerusalem with plans to deploy the fleet in the US and other regions in coming months   —  Intel and its subsidiary Mobileye have started testing 100 self-driving cars in Jerusalem.  In the “coming months,” the plan is to deploy …
May 17, 2018, 4:10 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook to start testing ads in Stories today in the US, Mexico, and Brazil, says Stories has 150M daily users, defines a user as anyone who watches one story   —  After 14 months of silence since launching, Facebook Stories has finally announced a 150 million daily active user count for its Snapchat Stories clone.
May 17, 2018, 3:00 PMIn context
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Whistleblower Christopher Wylie says Cambridge Analytica ran voter suppression campaigns for Bannon, targeted African-Americans with “disengagement tactics”   —  Appearing before the Senate Judiciary committee today as part of the ongoing investigation of Cambridge Analytica …
May 16, 2018, 11:15 PMIn context
Matthew Lynley / TechCrunch:
PluralSight, which offers software development courses, prices IPO at $15/share, raising $310M+   —  Pluralsight priced the shares in its IPO at $15 this afternoon, above its previously set target range of between $12 and $14, and will raise as much as $357 million ahead of its public debut tomorrow morning.
May 16, 2018, 10:15 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Cask Data, a startup that builds solutions to run big data analytics services based on Hadoop, joins Google Cloud; terms not disclosed; Cask had raised $40M   —  Google is pushing hard on its efforts to build out a deeper enterprise business around Google Cloud, which continues …
May 16, 2018, 7:15 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Compound, a startup that's building a money market for crypto assets, raises $8M seed led by a16z and gets the first investment from Coinbase's new venture fund   —  Compound wants to let you borrow cryptocurrency, or lend it and earn an interest rate.  Most cryptocurrency is shoved in a wallet …
May 16, 2018, 4:25 PMIn context
Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
San Francisco-based Parsable raises $40M Series C led by Future Fund to expand its platform that aims to digitize documents used by industrial workers   —  As we increasingly hear about automation, artificial intelligence and robots taking away industrial jobs, Parsable …
May 16, 2018, 3:10 PMIn context
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
French online course platform OpenClassrooms raises $60M Series B and says it has 3M monthly users   —  French startup OpenClassrooms is raising $60 million from General Atlantic, with existing investors Citizen Capital, Alven and Bpifrance also participating.
May 16, 2018, 2:53 PMIn context

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