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Apple launches support for hotel keys in Apple Wallet, initially with Hyatt Worldwide

At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference in June, the company teased its plans to incorporate support for home, office, and hotel keys into Apple Wallet, as well as state driver’s license

Volkswagen closes three new partnerships to amp up EV production

Volkswagen has entered into three new partnerships related to electric vehicle batteries, as the German automaker looks to transition its entire portfolio of cars, trucks and SUVs to zero-emission veh

Passbase gets $10M as it refocuses its ID verification tools on crypto

Digital identity startup Passbase, which offers SDKs for running remote identity checks, has raised $10 million in Series A funding as it dials up attention on crypto compliance — touting tools

Synthesia raises $50M to leverage synthetic avatars for corporate training and more

Synthesia, a startup using AI to create synthetic videos, is walking a fine, but thus far prosperous, line between being creepy and being pretty freakin’ cool. Today, it announced the close of a

Polestar will increase its EV’s horsepower with a €1,000 software update

Polestar has released an over-the-air update that boosts the Polestar 2’s torque and horsepower. It bumps up the EV’s oomph to 469 horsepower (an increase of 67hp) and 502 lb. ft of torque

Roku and Google reach a deal for the continued distribution of YouTube and YouTube TV on Roku devices

After months of nasty contract disputes, Roku this morning announced it’s come to an agreement with Google which will allow it to continue to carry both YouTube and YouTube TV on its platform. R

NewtonX secures $32M to power your next business decision

NewtonX developed search engine technology to match questions to only those who would know the answer among an open network of over 1 billion professionals.

HelloHero raises $7.7M seed round for an online ‘healthcare system’ for kids’ therapy

In a field that ranges from text therapy and AI chat bots, to guided meditation, some mental health startups are pursuing a different niche: therapy for kids. And kids only.  HelloHero, a company foc

Wiz unveils new security tool to protect code in development pipeline

You will be excused if you haven’t heard of Wiz, an 18-month-old Israeli security startup from Microsoft Azure vets, but it has already been turning heads by raising $550 million on a $6 billion

Facebook tests a new ‘Professional’ mode for creator profiles

Meta (formerly Facebook) today is introducing a new “Professional” mode for user profiles, designed to be used by creators looking to monetize their followings on the social network. The n

Gotham Greens opens a 10-acre farm/research facility in California

During the good number of hours I’ve spent researching and writing about vertical farming in recent months, one key word keeps popping up: proximity. So many of the resources spent on modern farming

Afero raises $50M Series C for its security-focused IoT platform

With the Samsara IPO heading toward pricing, it’s a good moment to spend a little more time digging into the IoT market. There’s a lot more going on than merely the liquidity point of one

As corporate venture accelerates, Twilio jumps into the fray

Twilio is a company that works directly with developers, so having an in-house investment arm that helps these developers who are building companies on top of Twilio, makes a lot of sense. Today the c

Accounts payable automation startup Tipalti raises $270M, quadruples valuation to $8.3B

Tipalti, once a fintech unicorn, is now nearing decacorn status. The company, which automates accounts payables for mid-market companies, announced today that it has raised $270 million in a Series F

Shared micromobility company Bird launches two retail scooters, available at Target

Bird, the shared micromobility company that recently went public by merging with a special purpose acquisition company, has launched two new kick scooters for sale. The Bird Flex, a foldable personal

The peculiar investment management industry

Asset management is a highly unusual and somewhat baffling industry. Here are six main examples of just how peculiar this industry is.

Arch nabs $5.5M to aggregate private market data for investors

More capital has been raised in the private markets than the public markets for over a decade, and this staggering growth has shown no signs of slowing. As private investment booms, companies are deve

Reddit to roll out personalized end-of-year recaps with stats about users’ habits

Reddit is launching a new personalized Spotify Wrapped-like recap feature for all users tomorrow. The new recaps will include a variety of stats, including a summary of the time you spent on the platf

Intellihot stokes a more efficient fire under your office boilers

Founded in 2009, Intellihot has been on a mission to make commercial buildings more efficient, by improving the cost and physical footprint of keeping building H2O nice and toasty. The company just an

Quinio jumps into world of e-commerce aggregators with $20M seed

The aggregator model has proved to be very successful in Latin America as the e-commerce market explodes in the region.
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