• Disney just launched the new mobile-only version of Club Penguin

    Disney just launched the new mobile-only version of Club Penguin

    Club Penguin Island, the mobile-only replacement for the original Club Penguin (which shut down last night) has launched. Started in 2005, Club Penguin was one of the first successful virtual worlds for children and, as they grew up, teens and adults. At its peak the platform had 200M users, and a few months ago was still seeing upwards of 5M visitors to the Club Penguin website each month. Read More

  • Looker catches the fancy of CapitalG, Goldman and Geodesic with $81.5M Series D

    Looker catches the fancy of CapitalG, Goldman and Geodesic with $81.5M Series D

    Business intelligence platform Looker is announcing an $81.5 million Series D today led by CapitalG. Rather than compete in segmented markets against visualization and data preparation startups, Looker wants to own the vertical of business intelligence. The company supports the adoption of enterprise machine learning by providing a source of clean and reliable data. Read More

  • OneLogin brings some smarts to multi-factor authentication

    OneLogin brings some smarts to multi-factor authentication

    Multi-factor authentication or MFA is designed to protect your identity by forcing you to enter a second independent security method to determine it’s really you. Yet like every security system, there is a fine-line between usability and safety. That’s why OneLogin rolled out a new version of its mobile MFA tool today that uses machine learning to determine your typical usage… Read More

  • Audi to acquire rental provider Silvercar to expand its mobility services

    Audi to acquire rental provider Silvercar to expand its mobility services

    Audi plans to acquire Silvercar, a U.S.-based car sharing startup that was founded specifically to address the high-end airport rental car market. The company’s fleet is already made up exclusively of Audi A4 cars, so it’s not exactly going to be a dramatic upheaval in terms of Silvercar’s offering. Audi also already has a minority stake in the company, since an investment… Read More

  • HelloSign moves into digital workflow with new HelloWorks product

    HelloSign moves into digital workflow with new HelloWorks product

    HelloSign, founded in 2011, has been best known to this point as an e-signature company, but today it announced something a bit more substantial, a new product called HelloWorks, which allows the company to move into workflow, digitizing processes that involve complex forms. For many years now, HelloSign CEO Joseph Walla said, the way we moved paper processes into the digital realm was… Read More

  • Uber adds post-request pickup fixes and more driver-side support

    Uber adds post-request pickup fixes and more driver-side support

    Uber talked about a few of the changes coming to help improve its relationship with drivers during a press call last week held to address a number of concerns, including regarding its leadership and culture. Now, it’s releasing a few of those features it discussed, including pickup corrections users can make after they’ve already booked a driver, and a number of new customer… Read More

  • Toyota Research Institute puts $35M into AI-powered materials research

    Toyota Research Institute puts $35M into AI-powered materials research

    Toyota’s dedicated research organization, Toyota Research Institute (TRI), is investing $35 million into collaborative research efforts with a number of university and corporate partners focused on materials science. TRI believes progress in artificial intelligence can help further efforts in this key area of basic research, specifically around three key areas, including fuel cell… Read More

  • JoyRun, a food delivery app with a twist, raises $8.5 million

    JoyRun, a food delivery app with a twist, raises $8.5 million

    A Santa Clara, Calif. startup called JoyRun has raised about $10 million in Series A and seed funding for its peer-to-peer food and drinks delivery app. Floodgate led the $8.5 million Series A round in JoyRun, and Norwest Venture Partners led the company’s earlier $1.3 million seed round. Other investors joining both rounds included: Visionnaire Ventures, Morado Ventures, CrunchFund… Read More

  • Tesla’s latest Easter Egg is an in-dash sketch pad

    Tesla’s latest Easter Egg is an in-dash sketch pad

    The latest Tesla software update brings anticipated new features to Autopilot 2.0 cars, including Summon, which calls your car to you from its parking spot – but it also has a lighter side, as Tesla software updates tend to. Tesla added a new Easter Egg (a goofy software gag generally slightly hidden from view) to its vehicles with the 8.1 update, and this time it’s a sketch pad. Read More

  • Telegram introduces voice calls, touting end-to-end encryption

    Telegram introduces voice calls, touting end-to-end encryption

    Telegram is the latest messaging app to get a major new feature, but unlike Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Hike and countless others, it isn’t cribbing from Snapchat. That’s because Telegram is introducing voice calls. Admittedly the company is a little late to the audio calling party, but that is likely because of its focus on security, and in particular end-to-end… Read More

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