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  • YouTube TV hits 34 new markets

    YouTube TV hits 34 new markets

    The unbundling of the cable media empire is well underway, as players like Netflix grow others like Hulu and YouTube offer live TV service. YouTube TV, in particular, is executing an aggressive rollout, just yesterday making the service available to another 34 markets. That brings us to a total of 83 U.S. markets in which YouTube TV is currently available. 🗣️ Cable-free live TV is now in… Read More

  • SEC shuts down Munchee ICO

    SEC shuts down Munchee ICO

    In what should be an interesting beginning to the coming avalanche of ICO failures, the SEC has come down hard on Munchee, a company that built a $15 million token sale. The SEC chairman recently noted that coin offerings are, in fact, securities and that pre-sale participants must be registered with the SEC. The Munchee ICO aimed to fund the MUN coin, a payment system for restaurant reviews. Read More

  • Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a word document

    Descript gets $5M to make sound editing like a word document

    Right before jumping on the phone Friday afternoon, Andrew Mason, who then ran a walking tour startup called Detour and ran Groupon, was hand-correcting a transcription of a speech by John F. Kennedy — which was transcribed by some new software he and his team built in-house. But Descript, Mason’s new startup that’s spun out from Detour, isn’t designed to just… Read More

  • Germany’s Penta is a new digital bank account for startups and SMEs

    Germany’s Penta is a new digital bank account for startups and SMEs

    Germany’s Penta is the latest European startup to throw its banking wares into the ring. The burgeoning company is launching a new digital bank account targeting SMEs. Read More

  • Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car

    Devialet built a car audio system for Renault’s Symbioz concept car

    High-end speaker maker Devialet is branching out of home speakers. The company announced a partnership with Renault for its first ever car audio system. You can’t buy a Renault car with Devialet speakers just yet, but there’s a Renault concept car with those speakers. Devialet has always said that it wasn’t just a speaker manufacturer. The French startup has worked on its… Read More

  • Soylent co-founder Rob Rhinehart steps down as CEO

    Soylent co-founder Rob Rhinehart steps down as CEO

    After an eventful (and sometimes challenging) year for Soylent, co-founder Rob Rhinehart announced today that he will resign as the meal replacement shake company’s chief executive officer. That position will be taken over by Bryan Crowley, the president of Soylent’s parent company Rosa Foods. Read More

  • Babierge might just be the answer to your baby gear travel nightmares

    Babierge might just be the answer to your baby gear travel nightmares

    Traveling with a baby for the holidays? First you’ve got your own gear to worry about, then a stroller, something for the baby to sleep in, a baby carrier, toys, snacks, a diaper bag, possibly a car seat and whatever else the plane might allow you to shove into the overhead compartment or check at the gate. Then you’ve got to soothe and entertain the little one. the struggle. is. real. Read More

  • Max Levchin’s Affirm raises $200 million at a nearly $2 billion valuation

    Max Levchin’s Affirm raises $200 million at a nearly $2 billion valuation

    Affirm, the platform that helps consumers find financing, is getting some financing of its own. The San Francisco-based company confirmed that it’s raising $200 million, led by GIC, a Singaporean sovereign wealth fund. Existing investors Khosla Ventures and Spark Capital are also participating. Affirm’s valuation is estimated to be between $1.5 billion and $2 billion. Read More

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