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  • Venmo woos retailers with branded, animated stickers for its newsfeed
    by Sarah Perez on January 21, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Venmo’s newsfeed is about to get more interesting. Historically, the PayPal-owned app’s users would comment on their transactions using text, or as is more common, emoji. But now the company is planning to add support for custom, animated stickers, as well. These animations were designed in partnership with Holler so they’re unique to the Venmo […]

  • FloQast raises $40M Series C led by Norwest on record of strong ARR growth, ACV expansion
    by Alex Wilhelm on January 21, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    This morning FloQast, an LA-area startup, announced that it closed a $40 million Series C led by Norwest Venture Partners. The company also told TechCrunch in an interview that it raised a $20 million inside round between today’s investment and its 2017 Series B. Including today’s infusion, the firm has raised a little over $90 […]

  • Intezer raises $15M for its DNA-style ‘genetic’ approach to identifying and tracking malware code
    by Ingrid Lunden on January 21, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    As the total cost of cybercrime reaches into trillions of dollars and continues to rise, an Israeli firm called Intezer — which has built a way to analyse, identify and eradicate malware by way of an ordering system similar to what’s used when mapping out DNA — has raised $15 million to double down on growth. The […]

  • Cann, the cannabis-infused drink company, moves 150,000 units and raises $5 million
    by Jonathan Shieber on January 21, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Since its launch in May of last year, the cannabis-infused drink company Cann has sold 150,000 cans of its THC and CBD-infused, alcohol-free, intoxicants, in a sign of success that’s bucking current industry trends,. On its way to that milestone, the company has sold out multiple times as it wrestled with manufacturing facilities that simply […]

  • Capella Space reveals new satellite design for real-time control of high-resolution Earth imaging
    by Darrell Etherington on January 21, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Satellite and Earth observation startup Capella Space has unveiled a new design for its satellite technology, which improves upon its existing testbed hardware platform to deliver high-resolution imaging capable of providing detail at under 0.5 meters (1.6 feet). Its new satellite, cod-named “Sequoia,” will also be able to provide real-time tasking, meaning Capella’s clients will […]

  • Snyk snags $150M investment as its valuation surpasses $1B
    by Ron Miller on January 21, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Snyk, the company that wants to help developers secure their code as part of the development process, announced a $150 million investment today. The company indicated the investment brings its valuation to over $1 billion (although it did not share the exact figure). Today’s round was led by Stripes, a New York City investment firm […]

  • AppsFlyer raises $210M for ad attribution and more
    by Anthony Ha on January 21, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    AppsFlyer has raised a massive Series D of $210 million led by General Atlantic. Founded in 2011, the company is best known for mobile ad attribution — allowing advertisers to see which campaigns are driving results. At the same time, AppsFlyer has expanded into other areas like fraud prevention. And in the funding announcement, General […]

  • African fintech firm Flutterwave raises $35M, partners with Worldpay
    by Jake Bright on January 21, 2020 at 11:00 am

    San Francisco and Lagos-based fintech startup Flutterwave has raised a $35 million Series B round and announced a partnership with Worldpay FIS for payments in Africa. With the funding, Flutterwave will invest in technology and business development to grow market share in existing operating countries, CEO Olugbenga Agboola — aka GB — told TechCrunch. The company will […]

  • Stasher, the luggage storage app for travellers, raises $2.5M additional funding
    by Steve O'Hear on January 21, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Stasher, the luggage storage app for travellers, has raised $2.5 million in additional funding. Leading the round is Venture Friends, along with various angels including Johan Svanstrom, former president of Expedia-owned Hotels.com. Launched in 2015, and now calling itself a “sharing economy solution” to luggage storage, the Stasher marketplace and app connects travellers, event attendees […]

  • Berlin’s Home pulls in €11M Series A for its landlord and tenant solution
    by Steve O'Hear on January 21, 2020 at 8:45 am

    Home, the Berlin-based startup that set out offering an app to help landlords manage rentals but has since pivoted to solve the landlord-tenant problem more directly, has raised €11 million in Series A funding. Backing the round is Capnamic, EQT Ventures, FJ Labs and Redalpine, whilst the new capital will be used for “product innovation”, […]

  • Tesla says there’s no unintended acceleration in its vehicles, blames short seller
    by Matthew Beedham on January 21, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Electric vehicle manufacturer Tesla has fought back against claims that some of its cars have accelerated suddenly without driver input. Over the past week, a petition was submitted to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) which contained 127 complaints of incidents where Tesla vehicles had allegedly accelerated without warning. [Read: Half-a-million Teslas could be recalled after sudden acceleration complaints] In an announcement published late yesterday, Tesla said the petition “is completely false and was brought by a Tesla short-seller.” A detail TNW pointed out in its original report on the matter. In every case where we had the vehicle’s… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Tesla […]

  • EU central banks team up to explore digital currency use cases
    by David Canellis on January 21, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    A raft of central banks are banding together to gauge whether they should launch their own digital currencies, Reuters reports. The group aims to assess use cases of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), analyse design choices such as cross-border interoperability, and share knowledge on the emerging technology. Initial members include the Bank of International Settlements (BIS), the European Central bank (EBC), the Sveriges Riksbank, the Swiss National Bank, and the Banks of England, Canada, and Japan. Benoît Cœuré, the head of the BIS Innovation Hub, will co-chair the group alongside Bank of England deputy governor Jon Cunliffe. The move comes as… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Scientists have discovered strange objects orbiting our galaxy’s black hole
    by The Cosmic Companion on January 21, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Every major galaxy is home to a supermassive black hole, and our own Milky Way is no exception. Astronomers recently found something unexpected near this massive object — 4 mysterious objects, each similar to a pair of bizarre bodies spotted in recent years in this same region of the galaxy. Our local supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*, pronounced Sag A star), contains roughly 4 million times as much mass as the Sun. Not far from this black hole, members of a newly-discovered class of objects are caught in a gravitational dance with a massive body. These G objects look like… This story continues at The Next Web […]

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  • Disney+ is launching a week earlier than expected in Europe
    by Mix on January 21, 2020 at 11:50 am

    Europeans will have to wait a week less than initially expected to follow the adventures of the stupid Baby Yoda. In other words, Disney+ has quietly moved up its launch date in Europe a week, from March 31 to March 24. The service will take off with a monthly subscription fee of £5.99/€6.99 (about $8) per month, but you can grab a yearly subscription at a discount for £59.99/€69.99 (about $78). That’s a tad more expensive than the US, where a monthly subscription amounts to $6.99. [Read: There’s a new streaming competitor on the block, The Pirate Bay] The Walt Disney… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Exposure to air pollution could depend on your class, ethnicity, and gender
    by The Conversation on January 21, 2020 at 10:45 am

    Poor air quality is responsible for over half a million deaths in Europe every year, but not everyone is equally at risk. Our new review found that across Europe, the most deprived people have the worst air quality. This means that the people already experiencing multiple deprivations because of their social class, ethnicity, or gender, also have the unhealthiest environments to live in. In Wales, deprived areas have the highest levels of major pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter, from traffic exhausts, industrial pollution, and wood-burning stoves. Particulate matter forms a fine mist of toxic debris that affects… This story continues at The Next Web […]

  • Satoshi Nakaboto: ‘Kim Dotcom wants to bring a billion users to crypto’
    by Satoshi Nakaboto on January 21, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Pasteur used to say: Live, laugh, love! Bitcoin price We closed the day, January 20 2020, at a price of $8,657. That’s a minor 0.53 percent decline in 24 hours, or -$46.98. It was the lowest closing price in six days. We’re still 56 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at… This story continues at The Next Web […]