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Palantir wins $800 million contract to build the US Army’s next battlefield software system

Palantir just landed a landmark contract with the U.S. Army worth north of $800 million. The Washington Post reports that the Silicon Valley data analytics company was tapped over traditional defense

Startups Weekly: Uber’s headline-grabbing week and sextech at SXSW

In this week's newsletter: The college admissions scandal engulfs TPG, Accel raises $2.5B for three funds and investing app Stash brings in $65M.

137 Ventures raises $210M to give liquidity to startup employees

This is the Palantir, Airbnb and Flexport backer's fourth growth-stage venture capital fund.

Recent departures hint at turmoil at Quartet Health, a mental health startup backed by GV

Quartet Health, a startup backed with nearly $100 million from GV, Oak HC/FT and more, has quietly lost its COO, CPO and replaced its CEO this month.

Mithril Capital Management, cofounded by Ajay Royan and Peter Thiel, is leaving the Bay Area

From its glass-lined offices in San Francisco’s leafy Presidio national park, six-year-old Mithril Capital Management has happily flown under the radar. Now it’s leaving altogether and rel

Palantir confirms a staff link with Cambridge Analytica

Turns out there is a link between Peter Thiel’s secretive big data analytics firm, Palantir, and Cambridge Analytica — the political consulting firm at the center of the current Facebook

Collective Health nabs $110 million in funding

Enterprise health management startup Collective Health has added another $110 million to the coffers from existing high-profile investors such as Founders Fund and Alphabet's investment arm GV, brin

Primer helps governments and corporations monitor and understand the world’s information

When Google was founded in 1998, its goal was to organize the world’s information. And for the most part, mission accomplished — but in 19 years the goalpost has moved forward and indexing

Palmer Luckey’s new defense company Anduril looks interested in AR and VR on the battlefield

Palmer Luckey's new defense startup Anduril has aspirations well beyond a high-tech border wall. According to new information on the company's website and its hires, Anduril intends to apply its virtu

Palantir settles racial discrimination lawsuit with the Department of Labor

Palantir has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor over a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination against Asian people in the company's hiring and selection processes for engineering r

New details emerge about Palantir’s custom software for spy agencies

A new report by The Intercept provides some compelling specifics on collaboration between Palo Alto's secretive big data shop Palantir and the intelligence agencies that it keeps on its client roster.

Tech employees protest in front of Palantir HQ over fears it will build Trump’s Muslim registry

Silicon Valley is no stranger to protests against tech companies. But it’s unusual when the tech workers themselves protest tech. Such was the case this morning in front of Palantir headquarters in

With billions of dollars at stake, Merck and Palantir partner to discover drugs faster

Merck, the German multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company, is teaming up with Silicon Valley’s highest-profile data and analysis software company, Palantir, to more quickly develop ne

Big data company Palantir quietly raised another $20M in November

Palantir — that $20 billion secretive outfit that provides government, finance, healthcare and other organizations with analytics, security and other data management solutions — has rai

Palantir says it didn’t racially discriminate against Asian people

Palantir Technologies has come out and said that it did not discriminate against Asian people, Fortune reports. This comes after the U.S. Department of Labor sued the company for alleged racial discr

Why a Palantir IPO might not be far off

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed got its hands on a stock purchase offer arranged by Palantir for its employees, one that asked current and former employees to agree to a host of stipulations. Among them,

The barbell effect of machine learning

Machine learning will have a barbell effect on the technology landscape. On one hand, it will democratize basic intelligence through the commoditization and diffusion of services like image recognitio

Peter Thiel’s other fund, Mithril Capital Management, raises $600 million

Peter Thiel is having a good month. According to a new SEC filing, low-flying Mithril Capital Management, which Thiel co-founded with longtime colleague Ajay Royan in 2012, is out raising its second f

Artificial intelligence and language

The concept of artificial intelligence has been around for a long time. We’re all familiar with HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, C-3PO from Star Wars and, more recently, Samantha from Her. In wr

Palantir Acquires Kimono Labs For Its Web-Scraping Service

Kimono Labs, a Y Combinator-backed web-scraping tool that helps developers grab information from sites without having to write their own scrapers, has been acquired by Palantir. The company made th
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