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At ‘Lens Fest,’ Snap debuts creations tools for more sophisticated augmented reality experiences

As Snap’s creators begin to experiment with the company’s augmented reality Spectacles hardware, the company is delving deeper into juicing the capabilities of its Lens Studio to build aug

Therify hopes to build a more diverse and inclusive therapist network with $1.3M seed round

Finding the right therapist is never an easy task, but it gets even harder when, as a person of color or someone with disabilities, there are few or no people sharing your experience available. Therif

Ursa Major raises $85M to disrupt the vertically integrated launch sector

The launch sector is getting crowded. Many of the biggest players are building their own rocket engines, but space startup Ursa Major is betting that many new launch providers would rather outsource t

Google disrupts Russian botnet that infected 1 million Windows machines

Google is suing two Russian individuals it claims are behind a sophisticated botnet operation that has silently infiltrated more than 1 million Windows machines worldwide. In a complaint filed in the

Why Amazon CTO Werner Vogels isn’t ready to retire just yet

Amazon CTO Werner Vogels has been in his job for 16 years, but the 63-year-old isn’t quite ready to retire. “There is so much more to do. I’m not finished yet,” he told me duri

Torq raises $50M Series B for its no-code security automation platform

Torq, a Portland, Oregon-based no-code security automation startup formerly known as StackPulse, today announced that it has raised a $50 million Series B round led by Insight Partners. New investor S

How Stellantis plans to make $22.5B a year from software in its cars, trucks and SUVs

Stellantis laid out Tuesday an ambitious plan to generate $22.5 billion annually from software in its vehicles that can sell passengers and drivers products and subscriptions. The target is in line wi

SendOwl, a platform for selling digital goods, raises $4.5M from, Stripe and others

SendOwl, a platform used to sell and deliver digital products, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding from, with participation from Stripe and other investors. SendOwl enables creators and bu

Wall Street panic about SaaS companies is completely misguided

Sometimes I wonder if the analysts on Wall Street, who I’m sure are smart people, understand how the technology industry works. There is this persistent notion among investors that stocks that d

Ireland-led GDPR inquiry into Instagram’s use of kids’ data inches on

Ireland’s embattled data protection regulator, the DPC, has announced the submission of a draft decision sent to other EU DPAs Friday in relation to a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) i

Kenya’s president signs new law to police digital lenders, apps have six months to apply for licenses

In the past decade, numerous mobile lending apps have been launched in Kenya, riding on the growing need for quick loans. However, these startups have been operating in an unregulated environment &#82

Amazon launches its $19.99 per month ‘Alexa Together’ elder care subscription for families

Amazon today announced the official launch of the Alexa Together subscription service, aimed at families caring for elderly members who are still living independently but need extra support. The featu

Discord is working on premium memberships, a new monetization option for creators

Discord is introducing a new way for creators to make money by offering community members access to paid, subscriber-only content. The new premium membership offering was among the company’s mos

Twitter now lets all iOS, Android and web users listen to recorded Spaces

Twitter has rolled out to all users on iOS, Android and the web the option to listen to a recording of a Space. This latest move brings the social media giant’s Spaces feature more in line with

Samsara could become a decacorn in upcoming IoT-themed IPO

No matter where it prices or how we count shares, Samsara is set to crush its final private price. But is it expensive at those valuation marks?

MAJORITY raises $27M Series A six months after its seed round to expand mobile banking for migrants

MAJORITY, a mobile banking service for migrants to the United States, said on Tuesday it had raised $27 million in its Series A funding round led by Valar Ventures. Other existing investors, including

Circle comes around again with fresh capital, led by Tiger Global, for $200M valuation

The company was founded in January 2020 to make engaging with paying customers and thus building creator businesses as effortless as possible.

Connect the Dots collects $15M Series A to help companies graph connections

Salespeople are always looking for an edge when it comes to contacting potential customers. Knowing someone who knows someone at your target customer and can make an introduction means that it’s

Twitter acquires Quill, a would-be Slack rival; team will work on DMs as Quill shuts down

Under a new CEO, Twitter’s made an acquisition that speaks to what it might be looking at developing down the line to diversify away further from ad-based, open-ended consumer chatter. It has ac

Instagram announces plans for parental controls and other safety features ahead of congressional hearing

On Wednesday, Instagram head Adam Mosseri is set to testify before the Senate for the first time on the issue of how the app is impacting teens’ mental health, following the recent testimonies f
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