• Supercell acquires 62% of London’s Space Ape Games for $55.8M

    Supercell acquires 62% of London’s Space Ape Games for $55.8M

    Some consolidation is afoot in the world of gaming. Today, Space Ape Games — a London social and mobile games studio founded by alums from Playfish, Mind Candy and EA — announced that Supercell has acquired 62 percent of the company for $55.8 million, as part of a long-term strategic partnership. The deal gives Space Ape a total equity valuation of $90 million. Space… Read More

  • Twitter is giving brands a new way to promote their chatbots

    Twitter is giving brands a new way to promote their chatbots

    Twitter has found its own way to participate in the growing chatbot trend. The company announced today a new feature for advertisers, which allows businesses on Twitter to promote ads designed to pull consumers into personalized experiences within Direct Messaging  – including interactions with chatbots. For example, one brand is running a bot that can help you with a cocktail… Read More

  • Innoviz debuts an aftermarket LiDAR product for self-driving car development

    Innoviz debuts an aftermarket LiDAR product for self-driving car development

    LiDAR is a key ingredient in the overall sensing package required to make autonomous cars a reality (though Tesla would disagree), but it’s also prohibitively expensive, especially for companies just starting out, and researchers not tied to companies with deep pockets. That’s why Innoviz has created a new aftermarket LiDAR unit offering good performance at more budget-friendly… Read More

  • Benchmark just backed an ER doctor who wants to keep stoned people off the road

    Benchmark just backed an ER doctor who wants to keep stoned people off the road

    Many people enjoy several careers over their lifetimes. Then there’s Mike Lynn, an emergency room doctor in Oakland, Calif.; a reserve deputy sheriff; a faculty member at UCSF; a former venture capitalist; and the founder of Hound Labs, a three-year-old, Oakland, Calif.-based company at work on a breathalyzer for marijuana. Read More

  • Vyte makes it easy to invyte people to your calyndyr

    Vyte makes it easy to invyte people to your calyndyr

    Planning a meeting with me used to take hours. First you must bathe yourself in the ritual Spring of Understanding and then, once completely clean, you must enter the room of Writing Down The Appointment. Once that was complete, I required all those requesting a meeting to complete the three trials including the Making of the Hoagie and the Understanding (And Explaining) Of Django Programming. Read More

  • Long Game raises $6.6 million for a savings account that doubles as a lottery ticket

    Long Game raises $6.6 million for a savings account that doubles as a lottery ticket

    Long Game is a bank account, with a twist. Every dollar saved can go toward winning a lottery. The personal finance app allows users to play games and win cash prizes. It may sound like a gimmick, but these are FDIC-insured accounts backed by Blue Ridge Bank in Virginia. And now Thrive Capital and Collaborative Fund are betting $6.6 million that Long Game will provide a windfall. Read More

  • FanDuel investor Pentech raises new £88M fund for more early-stage startups

    FanDuel investor Pentech raises new £88M fund for more early-stage startups

    You know it’s spring when VC funds start to announce their new fund raises. But it’s buoying to see a new mid-sized fund appear, which over the years has been highly geared toward early-stage startups just starting out on their journey. Pentech has closed its third fund, saying it was oversubscribed at £88 million, surpassing the original target fund size of £70 million. Read More

  • The FAA gets a case study with a drone crash inside an MLB stadium

    The FAA gets a case study with a drone crash inside an MLB stadium

    PSA: Flying your drone over a baseball stadium with tens of thousands of fans is a really, really bad (and probably illegal) idea. Yesterday someone flew their drone (which appears to be a GoPro Karma) into Petco Park, the stadium belonging to the San Diego Padres, an MLB team. And yes, it was during a game, so of course the event was captured on camera. Read More

  • Pinterest brings full dish recognition to its Lens camera search

    Pinterest brings full dish recognition to its Lens camera search

    In a move that may seem like an early step toward hitting a ridiculously high valuation, Pinterest is now adding to its Lens camera search the ability to recognize complete dishes. Next time you’re at a restaurant and you find something delicious, Pinterest is now going to give you a way to take a quick photo of that dish through its Lens feature and find recipes related to it. Read More

  • Tesla’s next Autopilot update is all about the smooth ride

    Tesla’s next Autopilot update is all about the smooth ride

    Tesla is improving Autopilot with a forthcoming update, with a focus on making the ride smoother while the autonomous highway driving system is engaged. Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted news of the update on Monday night, indicating that the new software would be rolling out beginning in June. While Musk was not super forthcoming regarding additional details, the update will focus on the… Read More

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