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The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept is the everything-to-everyone crossover

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:05
 Lexus is showing off a new luxury crossover concept at the North American International Auto Show this week: The LF-1 ‘Limitless,’ which has a sleek, sporty look, and a range of features designed around alternatives tailored to a potential owner’s drivetrain preferences and more. The Lexus LF-1 is designed to potentially house either a fuel cell, plug-in hybrid, gasoline… Read More

Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:39
 NA-KD, the Swedish fashion e-commerce company that sells women’s clothes direct to consumers, has raised $45 million in Series B funding. Noteworthy, $5 million of that is secondary investment as some early shareholders, not including the founders or management team, partially cash in. Read More

Ford will boost electric vehicle spending to $11B and offer 40 electrified models by 2022

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:18
 Ford Motor will boost its investment in electric vehicles to $11 billion by 2022, said chairman Bill Ford at the Detroit Auto Show today. This is a huge increase from the $4.5 billion by 2020 the automaker announced in December 2015 that it planned to invest. Read More

True Fit, the personalisation platform for apparel and footwear, raises $55M Series C

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:00
 If the funding fits, keep it. True Fit, the Boston-based “personalisation platform for apparel and footwear” that helps online shoppers find clothes that fit and are to their liking, has raised $55 million in Series C funding. Read More

One year old Pony.ai raises $112 million Series A to build autonomous car future

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:00
 No that’s not a typo. Yes, that is larger than the median IPO fundraise last year. But few problems are as daunting as trying to build a fully autonomous car, particularly without the large resources of technology giants like Google, Uber, or Baidu behind you. So for Pony.ai, which was founded a little more than a year ago in late 2016 by James Peng and Tiancheng Lou, the company decided… Read More

PSA: Google’s art selfie feature is US only for now

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 07:04
 Google’s Arts & Culture app has been around for about a year and half. But it’s taken an art selfie feature to generate a bit of viral interest in the app… Read More

Rappler, a new media organization critical of the Philippines government, faces closure

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:41
 Rappler, a high-profile new media news organization in the Philippines, is facing closure after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revoked its registration for an alleged breach of the country’s constitution. Rappler was started in 2012 by Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and it is a global case study for media in the 21st century with a digital-first platform and focus… Read More

Softbank invests €460M in Germany’s Auto1 car dealer platform

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 05:13
 Softbank’s Vision Fund has made another investment: The Japanese conglomerate has agreed to invest €460M in Berlin-based online car dealer Auto1. Read More

London proptech startup Goodlord appoints LoveFilm co-founder William Reeve as CEO

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 04:30
 London ‘proptech’ startup Goodlord, which offers cloud-based software to help estate agents, landlords and tenants manage the rental process, has announced the appointment of serial entrepreneur and investor William Reeve as CEO. It follows a recent restructuring of the company that saw nearly 40 people laid off, and the stepping down of co-founder Richard White, news that… Read More

Alibaba blames politics as Taobao retains place on US government naughty list

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 04:28
 It hasn’t been a great couple of weeks for Alibaba in the U.S.. First affiliate Ant Financial’s proposed acquisition of MoneyGram collapsed due to objections from the U.S. government, now its Taobao service has the dubious honor of again featuring on the USTR (United States Trade Representative) naughty list. Taobao, Alibaba’s hugely popular marketplace, is among 25… Read More

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ returns to Hulu on April 25 (and here’s a new trailer)

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 17:00
 The first season of The Handmaid’s Tale has been a home run for Hulu — the series has been embraced by awards voters, and it was one of the streaming service’s most-watched dramas last year. This weekend, Hulu has been working to build up anticipation for the 13-episode second season, with the release of the first images and the announcement that the show will return sometime… Read More

The state of Israel’s cybersecurity market

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 15:30
 The Equifax breach, WannaCry, NotPetya, the NSA leak, and many more cyber incidents – 2017 was certainly a busy year for hackers, illustrating yet again just how vital innovative cybersecurity solutions are in the fight against cyber threats. Second only to the U.S., in terms of cybersecurity investment 2017 was another excellent year for Israeli cybersecurity startups, with dozens of… Read More

Everyone hates us, and it’s not because of our sex parties

Sun, 01/14/2018 - 09:00
 It was, briefly, the zeitgeist’s perfect Silicon Valley story: a sex-and-drugs party hosted hosted by since-ousted top-tier VC Steve Jurvetson, at an official Draper Fisher Jurvetson event,attended by multiple billionaires including Elon Musk. So said Paul Biggar, founder of CircleCI, in a widely read Medium post, expanding on Vanity Fair’s excerpt of Emily Chang’s new book.… Read More

Brit + Co had a round of layoffs this month as part of a ‘reorganization’

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 23:26
 Brit + Co laid off some employees earlier this month as part of a reorganization, TechCrunch has learned. Brit + Co declined to comment on the number laid off, but the women’s lifestyle and digital media company’s employee base went from 92 people in September 2017 to just 78 today, according to its team page. “It’s been a very unpredictable time in the media industry,… Read More

Gillmor Gang: Smart Speakers

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 19:02
 The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Frank Radice, Denis Pombriant, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 12, 2018. G3: Last Hope — Mary Hodder, Halley Suitt Tucker, Francine Hardaway, Tina Hui, and Tina Chase Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, January 12, 2018. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @fradice, @kteare, @DenisPombriant Produced and directed by Tina Chase Gillmor… Read More

Why is health care so damn expensive?

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 17:15
 Never has there been more talk of innovation and yet more disappointment in the future than in the health care industry. AngelList shows almost a thousand startups just in the digital health space alone, and VCs invested $3.5 billion in digital health startups in just the first half of 2017 according to Rock Health’s industry analysis. There are dozens of health innovation conferences… Read More

The secret to avoiding CES cynicism is never really going

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 15:46
 I’ve been going to CES for almost ten years now, and it amazes me that really, nothing has changed. The same people are saying the same things on the same stages, selling the same people the same junk with… well, slightly different numbers attached. But this year I had a great time and found some amazing companies — because I avoided at all costs actually stepping foot on… Read More

‘Inexcusable’ false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii was caused by human error

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 14:57
 Hawaiian residents were briefly but intensely disturbed this morning by a state-wide alert via TV and phone warning of an incoming ballistic missile. It was, however, shortly afterwards confirmed to be a mistake caused by “human error.” Hawaiian Senator Brian Schatz called the false alarm “inexcusable” and said to expect “tough and quick accountability and a… Read More

US & Canada VCs favor late-stage giants over upstarts in Q4

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 13:42
 Startup investors in the U.S. and Canada have been putting a little less money to work across a lot fewer deals in recent months. After three quarters of rising investment at early through growth stage, VCs have cut back in the fourth quarter of 2017. We look at some of the key data points for the just-ended quarter and year, including early and late-stage funding, round counts, M&A and IPOs. Read More

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