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Why SoundHound is valued at 5 Shazams

To find out why voice AI company SoundHound is set to go public via a SPAC at a nearly $2.1 billion valuation, let's have a closer look at its history, and the case for its double unicorn valuation.

Ex-Microsoft exec Harry Shum leads ‘digital economy’ research center in Shenzhen

The International Digital Economy Academy (IDEA) quietly opened last year, perched among ultramodern office buildings on Shenzhen’s side of the river border with Hong Kong. While geographically

Report shows accessibility in gaming is both challenge and opportunity

The gaming community, developers and publishers are beginning to embrace accessibility as a core part of the business and hobby, but there’s a long way to go. A report on the needs and habits of

European Parliament’s IMCO backs limits on tech giants’ ability to run tracking ads

In what looks like bad news for adtech giants like Facebook and Google, MEPs in the European Parliament have voted for tougher restrictions on how internet users’ data can be combined for ad tar

Render secures $20M Series A to scale its DevOps cloud platform

DevOps cloud platform Render, which won our Disrupt SF 2019 Startup Battlefield, announced today that it closed a $20 million Series A funding round led by Addition alongside existing investors Genera

What open source-based startups can learn from Confluent’s success story

Confluent's approach of growing from open source to commercial product has worked out well β€” the company defied conventional wisdom and still ended up thriving.

Pentagon announces new cloud initiative to replace ill-fated JEDI contract

The Pentagon announced a limited request for bids for a new cloud initiative today that replaces the cancelled $10 billion, decade-long JEDI contract initiative. You may recall (or not) that it previo

Stytch, an API-first passwordless startup, raises $90M Series B at $1B valuation

Stytch, an API-first passwordless authentication startup, has secured $90 million in Series B funding, pushing the company over the $1 billion valuation line. The investment, led by Coatue Management

Public cloud security startup Laminar emerges from stealth with $37M

The cloud may be the direction that much of enterprise IT is moving today, but it still remains a major source of security issues, with some 98% of all enterprises in a recent survey reporting that th

TechCrunch+ roundup: Growth budgets, hiring tips, zero-party data Twitter Space

Are you curious about marketing with zero-party data? Join a Twitter Space with with Ben Parr, president and co-founder of Octane AI, tomorrow at 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST.

Conductor raises $150M at a $525M valuation to build out its search-based, organic marketing technology

Conductor — a marketing technology company that was snapped up by WeWork at the height of the latter company’s expansion ambitions, only then to buy itself out in the wake of WeWork’

PlanetScale raises $50M Series C as its enterprise database service hits general availability

PlanetScale, the serverless database company founded by the co-creators of the Vitess open source project that powers YouTube, today announced that it has raised a $50 million Series C funding round l

Cloudflare blocked a massive 2 Tbps DDoS attack

Cloudflare says it has blocked a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that peaked at just under 2 Tbps, making it one of the largest ever recorded. The internet company said in a blog post that

Microsoft’s shift to the cloud is a lesson in corporate evolution

Jared Spataro, corporate vice president for Microsoft 365, talks about Microsoft's move to a cloud-centric model.

Get an early look at the iMerit ML DataOps Summit agenda

Get ready to engage with more than 1,000+ senior-level leaders β€” the people forging data solutions that fuel artificial intelligence and machine learning β€” at the iMerit ML DataOps Summit on Decem

Blackshark.ai’s digital twin of Earth attracts $20M in funding

Blackshark.ai, the Austrian startup behind the digital globe you fly over in Microsoft’s Flight Simulator, has raised a $20 million round A to develop and scale its replica-Earth tech. The poten

Key takeaways from the SOSV Climate Tech Summit

Two weeks ago, 50 founders and investors shared their insights on how the world can tackle the planetary "Code Red" with over 2,000 participants at the inaugural SOSV Climate Tech Summit.

Microsoft takes on Chromebooks with school-focused $250 laptops and Windows 11 SE

Microsoft is making its play for the new shape of classrooms with a pared-down version of Windows 11 and a set of inexpensive laptops from the Surface brand and several other manufacturers. It’s

Truveta is making progress towards building a living medical portrait of America

Truveta wants to collect privacy-safe medical data from around the United States on a regular basis, making it available for researchers to sift and parse.

Watr launches ESG-oriented blockchain for commodities, partners with Algorand

With COP26 negotiations in full throw this week, the climate is probably the highest up the global agenda it’s ever been. And as the world slowly emerges from the global pandemic, more people are ta
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