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Meta reports takedowns of influence ops targeting US midterms, Ukraine war

Another bit of self-reporting from Meta today vis-a-vis internal efforts to identify and shut down political disinformation networks operating on its social platforms (aka “coordinated, inauthen

Calendly, the $3B+ scheduling startup, acquires Prelude to drive into the recruitment sector

Calendly, the scheduling startup that landed with a splash last year when it raised a huge round out of nowhere at a $3 billion+ valuation, has made a name for itself for tools that are used by more t

Microsoft’s M12 led $20M investment in web3 platform Space and Time

Space and Time, a decentralized data platform, has raised $20 million in strategic funding to help businesses grow through smart contract technology. “Our mission is to make smart contracts smarter

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Downsizing, layoffs, reducing redundancy — to paraphrase the Bard, this “rose” by any other name simply stinks. If you fall into this category, take heart — when one door closes, another door

What can the 2000 dot-com crash teach us about the 2022 tech downturn?

“When you no longer believe, if you're not buying what you're selling anymore, then it is time to stop," said M13 Partner Anna Barber.

WhatsApp fixes ‘critical’ security bug that put Android phone data at risk

WhatsApp has published details of a “critical”-rated security vulnerability affecting its Android app that could allow attackers to remotely plant malware on a victim’s smartphone during

Iliad launches its own payments processing platform Stancer

Iliad, the telecom company owned by French billionaire and startup investor Xavier Niel, is launching a payment subsidiary called Stancer. The team has focused on one thing in particular — lowe

Arthur.ai machine learning monitoring gathers steam with $42M investment

It’s widely understood that after machine learning models are deployed in production, the accuracy of the results can deteriorate over time. Arthur.ai launched in 2019 with the goal of helping compa

The Freewrite Alpha boldly asks: Can a small screen be too small?

If you’re reading this, you almost certainly have a complicated relationship with screens. Every year that passes, they become larger and increasingly present in our lives. Meanwhile, we continue to

Use predictive marketing to cut CAC at your PLG B2B startup

To help you better evaluate your campaigns early on, here's a very special tool: the Ad Group Likelihood Simulator.

Avidbots, maker of autonomous industrial cleaning robots, nabs $70M

Avidbots, a Canadian robotics manufacturer that develops autonomous cleaning robots, has raised $70 million in a Series C round of funding. Founded out of Kitchener, Ontario, in 2014, Avidbots has bui

Penpot inks $8M, as signups for its open source spin on Figma jump 5600% after Adobe’s $20B acquisition move

Adobe’s intention to acquire Figma for $20 billion, announced earlier mid-September, sent shockwaves through the design industry, and not all of them positive. On a business level, it’s a

GlossGenius triples valuation, raises $25M to give beauty industry’s tech stack a makeover

Danielle Cohen-Shohet developed a tech platform to help spa, studio and salon industry owners manage their operations. She had seen firsthand the challenges of running a small business as a freelance

Cake slices into new capital as it expands sexual wellness product placement

Four of its products are now in CVS, and Cake is also doubling its products in Walmart to 11 SKUs, the company said.

Robinhood debuts new non-custodial crypto wallet with Polygon to 10K beta users

Robinhood is finally rolling out a beta version of its non-custodial crypto wallet to 10,000 customers on its waitlist after announcing the product in May, its CTO and general manager of crypto, Johan

Tactic’s $11M raise shows even when cryptocurrencies are down, companies still need to count ’em up

No matter what mayhem is going on in the markets, every company needs to stay on top of its accounting practices — especially in crypto, where the decentralized nature of transactions and the re

The OG App promises you an ad-free Instagram feed

Instagram is currently a mess and users — including Kim Kardashian — are unhappy about it. The company is trying to cram too many features like Reels, Remixes, an algorithmic feed and NFTs into th

Kumo aims to bring predictive AI to the enterprise with $18M in fresh capital

Kumo, a startup offering an AI-powered platform to tackle predictive problems in business, today announced that it raised $18 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia, with participation from A Capi

Cloud storage startup Wasabi raises $250M to reach unicorn status

The cloud services sector is still dominated by Amazon and the other so-called “hyperscalers” — e.g. the Microsoft Azures, Google Cloud Platforms and IBM Clouds of the world. Accordi

Fed’s Powell says real need for DeFi regulation because of ‘significant structural issues’

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell ramped up his criticism of decentralized finance on Tuesday, saying the monetary policy normalization worldwide has “revealed significant structural issues in
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