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StumbleUpon is closing down after 16 years

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

StumbleUpon, the social content discovery platform founded way back in 2001, is closing down. Cofounder Garrett Camp made the announcement in a blog post earlier today, stating that StumbleUpon accounts can be ported over to another of Camp’s products, Mix.com, “over the next couple of months.” “We have built Mix to work on…Read More

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Reltio raises $45 million for enterprises to gain insights from their data

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

Reltio, a company that serves enterprises with data-powered insights and recommendations via a cloud-based platform, has raised $45 million in a series D round of funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from Sapphire Ventures, Crosslink Capital, and .406 Ventures. Founded in 2011, Reltio’s “self-learning…Read More

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Why India’s investors need to get over their inferiority complex

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

GUEST: Walmart’s acquisition of Flipkart has created shockwaves in India, with the realization that the vast majority of its $16 billion price will go to foreign investors, namely Tiger Global, SoftBank, Naspers, and Accel Partners. Now Indian investors are kicking themselves for missing out on the largest e-commerce exit ever. And they have no one…Read More

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Heartland Tech Weekly: The serial entrepreneur’s dilemma

May 24, 2018 Editor 0

This week, I wrote about a new startup out of Fayetteville, Arkansas called Engine. Cofounder John James had previously founded another startup in the area called Acumen Brands, which raised about $100 million during its history. After selling a majority stake in the company, he began using that money to invest in other startups, but he wondered wh…Read More

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Pandora rolls out ‘personalized playlists’ to all Premium subscribers

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Pandora is taking a leaf out of Spotify’s book today with the launch of personalized playlists for its Premium subscribers. The music-streaming company first announced this feature back in March and has been trialing it with a “small number” of Premium users over the past couple of months. Now it’s ready for prime time. Spot…Read More

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Tempow raises $4 million to let you stream on multiple Bluetooth speakers at once

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Tempow, a company that’s developing a new protocol to improve Bluetooth, announced it has raised $4 million in a series A round of funding led by Balderton Capital, with participation from C4 Ventures. Founded out of Paris in 2016, Tempow is seeking to bring one of the key benefits of Wi-Fi-connected speakers to the Bluetooth world. While the…Read More

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Gracenote taps machine learning to classify individual song styles

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Media metadata company Gracenote is embracing machine learning and audio analysis as it focuses on helping music-streaming providers identify music styles on a track-by-track basis. Genre classification is a relatively easy task for most music-obsessed humans. But in the music industry, it’s usually applied at a broad artist level, which does…Read More

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IBM announces 1,800 jobs in France at Macron’s ‘Tech for Good’ summit

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

IBM today announced it would create 1,800 new jobs in France as part of a wide-ranging set of initiatives that include training programs for “new collar” jobs. The disclosure was made at a summit called “Tech for Good” hosted by French president Emmanuel Macron, who has tried to position the country as a fast-moving, tech-fr…Read More

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GV invests in medical machine learning startup Owkin

May 23, 2018 Editor 0

Owkin, a medical research machine learning startup, has announced a new investor in the form of GV (formerly Google Ventures), which has now joined as a late entrant to Owkin’s series A round. Founded in 2016, Owkin’s platform leverages deep learning algorithms to help clinical researchers across academia, medicine, and the pharmaceutic…Read More