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Amazon launches second Alexa Accelerator for voice-driven startups

February 21, 2018 Editor 0

Amazon today announced the launch of its second Alexa Accelerator. The 13-week program for creators of voice experiences is held primarily in Seattle and is managed by TechStars. For the first time, three startups from TechStars’ London offices will be allowed to participate. Each of the up to 13 early-stage startups and companies chosen to participate in the program will receive an undisclosed investment from the Alexa Fund, an Amazon spokesperson told VentureBeat. The accelerator is paid for by the Alexa […]

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Jeff Bezos’ 10,000 Year Clock offers a dash of tech optimism

February 21, 2018 Editor 0

Almost two decades in the making, the Long Now Foundation’s 10,000 Year Clock is finally being built deep inside a giant hole in the Middle of Nowhere, Texas. The nonprofit has received $42 million in funding from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. But the idea for the clock was actually hatched by computing pioneer Danny Hillis. Way back in the mid-90s, Hillis suggested the clock as a way to inspire people to take a long-term view of technology and life on the […]

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Vectra raises $36 million for its AI cybersecurity technology

February 21, 2018 Editor 0

Vectra, a company that helps enterprises detect cyberattacks by applying machine learning to their network traffic, announced today that it has raised $36 million in series D funding to fuel international expansion. The startup’s software uses machine learning to detect anomalies in a customer’s network traffic metadata and other sources and provide security analysts with warnings if something seems amiss. Ultimately, the company aims to automate the detection of all cyberattacks targeting its customers so that they can defend themselves […]

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Qualcomm’s ‘Always On’ PCs are coming to T-Mobile and AT&T

February 21, 2018 Editor 0

Qualcomm’s forthcoming LTE-enabled PCs are coming to a new set of U.S. phone carriers, adding T-Mobile and AT&T to a growing list of vendors. But will widespread availability be enough to sway customers? The post Qualcomm’s ‘Always On’ PCs are coming to T-Mobile and AT&T appeared first on Digital Trends. Powered by WPeMatico

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Moovit raises $50 million for its public mobility platform in round led by Intel Capital

February 21, 2018 Editor 0

Moovit announced today that it has raised $50 million in venture capital as the company seeks to leverage its crowdsourced transportation data into a service for local governments. The company intends to use the money to expand its global sales team as well as for additional product development. The round was led by Intel Capital, and Moovit noted that Amnon Shashua, a senior vice president of Intel and the CEO of Mobileye, will join Moovit’s board of directors as an observer. […]

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Gabi raises another $9.5 million to disrupt consumer insurance markets

February 21, 2018 Editor 0

Gabi has raised $9.5 million in a first institutional round of funding to make sure you get the best rates when it comes to car, homeowner’s, or renter’s insurance. The San Francisco company automates insurance shopping and provides more visibility into insurance rates, allowing people to compare all the major insurance companies’ rates and instantly get a quote. And it does so without forcing you to go to multiple web sites and fill out a bunch of forms. “We estimate roughly […]

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The rise of contingent workers: Hiring the best talent or courting risk?

February 21, 2018 Editor 0

SPONSORED: Presented by Trinet It would be an understatement to say the preferences of the nation’s workforce have evolved over the last decade. Our technology-driven, digitally connected and increasingly mobile society has spurned an increasing interest in more flexible and remote working arrangements. For many, the concept of working full-time for one organization is not an attractive option. This has led to a significant rise in the number of contract or contingent workers, especially in professional markets such as accounting, […]

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Bosch acquires B2B rideshare startup SPLT and establishes mobility service arm

February 21, 2018 Editor 0

 Bosch has acquired a ridesharing startup called SPLT that offered employers, universities and municipal authorities workforce-focused ridesharing services to help them offer shared commute as a means of increasing convenience and alleviating route congestion. Bosch, a leading global automotive industry supplier, is also establishing a new dedicated mobility services division, a sign of the… Read More Powered by WPeMatico

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Bright Pattern Announces Record 2017 Financial Performance, Expects Accelerated Growth in 2018

February 21, 2018 Editor 0

PRESS RELEASE: Bright Pattern, a global provider of cloud communications platforms and contact center solutions, delivers record year 2017 results SAN BRUNO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–February 21, 2018– “Bright Pattern today announced record results and milestones for fiscal year 2017, including record bookings, revenue, and customer wins,” said Michael McCloskey, CEO of Bright Pattern. “Our customer base, driven by strong customer adoption, increased by 64%, revenue grew by 97%, and bookings grew by more than 160, thus demonstrating the strength of our […]