Location data platform Factual raises $42M

Factual announced this morning that it has raised $42 million in new funding. The company launched in 2009 and now provides location data to customers like Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft. And it’s still adding new capabilities, like the ability for advertisers to measure whether their campaigns drove in-store visits. Founder and CEO Gil… Continue reading Location data platform Factual raises $42M

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AnchorFree, maker of Hotspot Shield, raises $295 million in new funding

AnchorFree, a maker of a popular virtual private networking app, has raised $275 million in a new round of funding, the company announced Wednesday. The Redwood City, Calif.-based app maker’s flagship app Hotspot Shield ranks as one of the most popular VPN apps on the market. The app, based on a freemium model, allows users across… Continue reading AnchorFree, maker of Hotspot Shield, raises $295 million in new funding

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Snapchat adds new styles as Spectacles V2s get used 40% more than V1

Snapchat isn’t revealing sales numbers of version 2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses, but at least they’re not getting left in a drawer as much as the V1s. The company tells me V2 owners are capturing 40 percent more Snaps than people with V1s. And today, Snapchat is launching two new black-rimmed hipster styles of… Continue reading Snapchat adds new styles as Spectacles V2s get used 40% more than V1

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German mobility startup Wunder Mobility raises $30M Series B

Wunder Mobility, the Hamburg-based startup that provides a range of mobility services, from carpooling to electric scooter rentals, has raised $30 million in Series B funding. The round was led by KCK Group, with participation from previous backer Blumberg Capital and other non-disclosed investors. The German company says the investment will be used to expand… Continue reading German mobility startup Wunder Mobility raises $30M Series B

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WSJ reports that Theranos will finally dissolve

Theranos is reportedly finally closing down for good, nearly three years after a Wall Street Journal investigation called its blood testing technology into question. The WSJ said the company, whose dramatic downfall spawned a best-selling book that’s set to be filmed with Jennifer Lawrence starring as Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, sent shareholders an… Continue reading WSJ reports that Theranos will finally dissolve

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Meditation app Headspace bets on voice and A.I. with Alpine.AI acquisition

Headspace, a meditation app with 31 million users that is valued at $320 million, is doubling down on voice and A.I. technology to help differentiate itself from the rest of the wellness pack. The company today has announced that it has acquired Alpine.AI (previously called VoiceLabs), one of the early players in the digital assistant market,… Continue reading Meditation app Headspace bets on voice and A.I. with Alpine.AI acquisition

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The Xbox Adaptive Controller goes on sale today and is also now part of the V&A museum’s collection

In an important move for inclusion in the gaming community, the Xbox Adaptive Controller, created for gamers with mobility issues, is now on sale. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) also announced today that it has acquired the Xbox Adaptive Controller for display in its Rapid Response gallery dedicated to current events and pop culture.… Continue reading The Xbox Adaptive Controller goes on sale today and is also now part of the V&A museum’s collection

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SynapseFi raises $17M to develop its fintech and banking platform

SynapseFi, a startup that helps banks and fintech companies work together to develop technology, has announced that it raised a $17 million Series A funding round. The funding actually closed at the back end of last year, but CEO Sankaet Pathak said the company has been so busy developing new products, hiring and more than that… Continue reading SynapseFi raises $17M to develop its fintech and banking platform

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Thoma Bravo buys majority stake in Apttus in unexpected ending

Apttus, a quote-to-cash vendor built on top of the Salesforce platform that looked to be heading toward an IPO in recent years has taken a different tack, instead being acquired by private equity firm Thoma Bravo today. The company did not reveal the purchase price, but said it could be ready to share more details… Continue reading Thoma Bravo buys majority stake in Apttus in unexpected ending

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The Pansar watch hides it smarts behind an analog face

The Pansar is a Swedish smart watch that looks like a standard three-handed wristwatch. However, with the tap of a button, you can view multiple data points including weather, notifications, and even sales data from your CRM. The watch is fully funded on Kickstarter. It costs $645 for early birds. The watch mostly displays the… Continue reading The Pansar watch hides it smarts behind an analog face

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