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Bionaut Labs gets $43.2M for its tiny drug delivery robots

Founded in 2017, Bionaut Labs arrived out of stealth in March 2021, with plans to commercialize longstanding research around drug delivery robots. The Los Angeles-based startup today followed up its i

A scale story: TechCrunch’s parent company links up with Taboola

Taboola expects to get bigger, more profitable and more self-sustaining than before thanks to Yahoo.

Google, Microsoft-backed VerSe Innovation cuts 5% of workforce, reduces salaries

India’s VerSe Innovation — the $5 billion Indian startup behind news aggregator Dailyhunt, short-video platform Josh and hyperlocal video app PublicVibe — has cut 150 employees, or 5% of its

BlockFi files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

This past year has been hectic for the crypto lending platform BlockFi, and today is no different as the company shared an announcement that it filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Ba

V7 snaps up $33M to automate training data for computer vision AI models

Artificial intelligence promises to help humans carry out everyday tasks faster and quickly solve problems that they have been too big for humans to tackle. But ironically, the building that AI can ta

3 mistakes to avoid as an emerging manager

While there’s no one right way to go about fundraising, there are a few wrong ways — and failure is a wonderful teacher.

Yahoo gets 25% stake in Taboola as part of long-term advertising deal

Yahoo is taking a nearly 25% stake in advertising network Taboola. In exchange for this move, Taboola is becoming Yahoo’s native advertising partner through a 30-year commercial agreement. If you’

SWVL reduces its headcount by 50% six months after axing 400+ staff

Cairo-born and Dubai-based mass transit and shared mobility services provider SWVL has carried out its second round of layoffs affecting 50% of its remaining headcount, according to a statement shared

BackingMinds raises new €50 million fund to fund normally overlooked entrepreneurs

Denmark-based venture fund BackingMinds, founded in 2016, likes to think it takes a different approach to venture in Europe. Its new €50 million fund will aim to take a road less traveled by most VC

Meta hit with ~$275M GDPR penalty for Facebook data-scraping breach

Facebook’s parent, Meta, has been hit with another hefty penalty for breaching European data protection law. The €265 million (~$275 million) fine was announced today by the Irish Data Protect

Apple and Huish devise clever pricing model for divers with Oceanic+ app

Oceanic+, developed by Huish Outdoors, made a splash at this year’s Apple Fall Event in September, when Apple pulled a surprise new watch out of its proverbial hat, the Apple Watch Ultra. One of

Lessons for raising $10M without giving up a board seat

"Raise as much as you can as fast as you can" isn’t bad advice, but given the funding climate today, it may not be the most realistic.

We went diving with the Apple Watch Ultra

In September, Apple launched the Apple Watch Ultra, which is not only waterproof to 100 meters (330 feet) in depth, but can also be used as a dive computer with the help of a companion app developed b

US government bans Huawei, ZTE and Hikvision tech over ‘unacceptable’ spying fears

The U.S. government said it is banning telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from several prominent Chinese brands in an effort to protect the nation’s communications network. The

Deepomatic wants to build the AI-based computer vision companion for field workers

French startup Deepomatic has raised a $10.5 million (€10 million) Series B funding round. While the round is relatively small, the startup has managed to convince some large-scale clients to use it

Cameroonian crypto and savings platform Ejara raises $8M, led by Anthemis and Dragonfly

Ejara, a Cameroonian fintech offering an investment app that allows users to buy crypto and save through decentralized wallets, has raised $8 million in Series A investment.  London-based venture cap

UK expands Online Safety Bill to criminalize encouraging self harm

The U.K. government has said it will further expand the scope of online safety legislation by criminalizing the encouragement of self-harm — in a bid to tackle what it describes as “tragic

WhatsApp rolls out a feature that makes it easier to message yourself

WhatsApp has started rolling out a feature to let you chat with yourself. Sending messages to your own account can be a way to keep a piece of information easily accessible, right next to your other W

Great Wall of porn obscures China protest news on Twitter

Search any major Chinese city on Twitter, and you will see a cascade of spam tweets showing porn, escort services and gambling content that are published every few seconds, making it impossible to get

Amie grabbed $7 million for its opinionated calendar and todo app

Amie raised a $7 million seed round led by Spark Capital. The round closed in June 2022 and the startup is disclosing it today. The company is building a productivity app anchored around your calendar
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