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Hulu hires Google marketing veteran Kelly Campbell as CMO

Hulu announced this morning the appointment of Kelly Campbell, the current head of Global Growth Marketing for Google Cloud, as Hulu’s new Chief Marketing Officer. The strategic hire for the streaming service will see Campbell tasked with driving Hulu’s overall marketing strategy across both its subscription video on demand business and its new Live TV service, the company says. Campbell will oversee Hulu’s brand marketing, performance mark...
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Alibaba and Tencent are carving up Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem

Two global tech forces are putting their mark — and money — into Southeast Asia’s nascent startup ecosystem, but they may not be the Western names that you expect. Rather than Google, Facebook or Microsoft, increasingly Chinese duo Alibaba and Tencent are the driving forces behind the importing of large sums of capital and vast business experience into Southeast Asia’s most promising startups. Both companies, sworn enemies in China, appear ...
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Playkey raises $2.8M to fund its US expansion

Playkey, a game streaming service we saw earlier this year at Disrupt NY, has just closed an additional $2.8 million round of funding from Russia’s Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF) . Created at the suggestion of Vladimir Putin in 2013, the IIDF has invested in 293 companies to-date with the objective to strengthen infrastructure for Russian businesses. However, the investment does not represent official government support or inv...
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Mighty Networks founder Gina Bianchini on building a business in silicon valley

Shripriya Mahesh Contributor Shripriya Mahesh is a partner at Omidyar Network . More posts by this contributor: In episode two of Founder’s Corner , Gina Bianchini, the founder and CEO of Mighty Networks , joins host and Omidyar Network partner Shripriya Mahesh to discuss her mission of empowering people to connect around their passions and pulls back the curtain on how she runs the business and manages her days as CEO. [Embed Soundcloud:] ...
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Desktop Metal gets $115 million in funding to deliver metal 3D printing for manufacturing

Desktop Metal has already earned a number of fans with its 3D printed metal technology — Lowe’s, Caterpillar and BMW were all among its earliest clients. As first noted by CNBC , the Massachusetts-based startup is also getting some healthy monetary support, adding $115 million of venture funds to its coffers this week. The series D features a number of high profile names, including New Enterprise Associates, GV (formerly Google Ventures), G...
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IBM dangles carrot of full encryption to lure buyers to new z14 mainframe

IBM is doing its damnedest to keep the mainframe relevant in a modern context, and believe it or not, there are plenty of monster corporations throughout the world who still use those relics from the earliest days of computing. Today, the company unveiled the z14, its latest z-Series mainframe , which comes with the considerable draw of full encryption. Is that enough for even corporate giants to shell out the dough for one of these computi...
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VCs determined to replace your job keep AI’s funding surge rolling in Q2

These are good times for AI entrepreneurs. Recent analysis of venture data shows that funding for artificial intelligence startups continues its upward trend in 2017, with investment hitting new highs. (For deep dives into aggregate Q2 venture performance, head  here  for the world, and  here  for just the U.S.) Venture, corporate and seed investors have put an estimated $3.6 billion into AI and machine learning companies this year, accordi...
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Vertu is dead

It’s been a long, downward slide for cellphone maker Vertu . The company, founded by Nokia in 1998, was supposed to be a luxury phone provider to the stars and, to a degree, it delivered. They sold the $11,000 phones like expensive watches in boutique stores in tony neighborhoods. Vertu, with its precious metals and fine, hand-cut leather was supposed to maintain its luxury lead for decades. It didn’t. The history of Vertu and be defined as...
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Box announces former Apple, Cisco exec Stephanie Carullo will succeed Dan Levin as COO

Box dropped a bit of a bombshell this afternoon, when it announced that long-time Chief Operating Officer Dan Levin would be stepping down from the role, and Stephanie Carullo would be taking over. Carullo comes with stellar credentials over her 25 year career that include management and executive stints with IBM, Telstra, Cisco and Apple, giving her the kind of enterprise experience Box would be looking for. CEO Aaron Levie was especially ...
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Intuition Robotics raises another $14 million, this time from Toyota Research Institute

Intuition Robotics , maker of the ElliQ robotic elder care assistant , and opened an office in San Francisco. As it looks to grow staff and ramp up testing of the product, the company has raised another $14 million, this time from Toyota Research Institute (TRI). ElliQ, which the company likes to call an “active aging companion,” is made up of an interactive robot attached to a tablet, and is designed to help older adults age in place. The ...
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Trump discussed forming “impenetrable” cyber security unit with Russia

In a series of tweets on Sunday, U.S. President Trump recapped his lengthy meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Apparently, the two world leaders discussed collaborating on cybersecurity together. Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded.. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2017 The tweet is a bit curious, con...
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Inside Station F, the startup megacampus that just opened in Paris

Station F is the world’s biggest startup campus. Thousands of entrepreneurs are currently moving into the new building here in Paris. But if you’re still wondering what it actually looks like, we visited Station F and interviewed the two persons behind it — Roxanne Varza and Xavier Niel. Station F is a massive building that has been completely renovated and now features thousands of desks, dozens of conference rooms, VC firms, a stage and m...
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How Carnegie Mellon’s snake robot became the multi-legged snake monster

The snake has long been one of the most compelling demos out of Carnegie Mellon’s robotics lab. Inspired by the biblical reptile of the same name, its long, skinny build makes it perfect for squeezing into tight spaces, guided by the camera embedded in its head. It can wind around rubble and coil around and climb poles for a better view — all in all,  a  pretty impressive piece of engineering. The robot has been deployed in a wide range of ...
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BMW’s i3 battery now being used for Torqeedo’s electric boat motors

BMW’s i3 high-capacity batteries, which it uses in its i3 compact electric vehicle, has applications beyond BMW’s own – case in point, the car maker is now supplying German boat propulsion system company Torqeedo with i3 batteries for its Deep Blue aquatic electric drive systems. The Torqeedo systems provide motorboats with hybrid and electric propulsion ranging from 1 to 160 HP in capacity, and BMW says the adoption of its tech by the comp...
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SpaceX aborts second launch attempt for Intelsat 35e launch at T-10 seconds

Update 8:35 PM EDT: The launch was once again aborted at T-10 seconds, which is the same time it cut off during yesterday’s attempt. That suggests it was again halted by an automated computer cut-off, though SpaceX said on the launch broadcast that the issue from yesterday was definitely looking fixed. The cause of yesterday’s abort was a reading that showed the rocket’s guidance system was off, but later examination found that all was good...
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Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of lulz

Well, why not? I mean, you know, what the hell. Dave Aitel’s proposal over at The Hill for “a cyber investigatory setup funded by private industry” to react to hacks into the American government may not be a good idea, per se, but who can afford that kind of cost-benefit analysis when we’re already in the throes of de-facto high-seas Internet warfare? Let’s just issue some letters of cybermarque and see what happens! Back in the days of fig...
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Crunch Report | Facebook Helps You Find Wi-Fi

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Facebook introduces new ad metrics and promises that more are coming

Facebook says it’s introducing a number of new measurements for businesses that buy ads and own Facebook Pages. Last year, the company admitted that it had been misreporting some metrics — individually, none of the mistakes seemed particularly serious, but cumulatively, they created the impression that the company needs to work harder on transparency for advertisers. (It’s also opened up for an audit from the Media Rating Council.) Similarl...
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Sign up for Praguecrunch V now!

Almost every year my buddy Jack Deneut has helped set up PragueCrunch, our kind-of-semi-annual celebration of Czech startups. And it’s happening again this year! The event is on July 13, 2017 at Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden . You can RSVP here . We’ll have Kozel and Gambrinus beer all night and traditional Czech pub food for purchase at the venue. Startups will have 90 seconds to pitch without about 90 seconds of questions from judges. To pitc...
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Apple just released the first iOS 11 beta to everyone

Are you excited about trying out the new features coming up with iOS 11 . If that’s the case, Apple just released the first public beta of iOS 11. It is now available to download for everyone. You don’t need to pay $99 for a developer account to download it. But remember, it is still a beta. While the company still plans to release the final version of iOS 11 this fall, Apple is going to release regular public betas over the summer. This wa...
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Houzz raises a huge $400M round at a $4B valuation

If you ask investors in Silicon Valley about Houzz — an app where you browse ridiculously nice homes and check out interesting interior design ideas — they’ll probably quietly mutter that they’re just growing their business. We really don’t hear about Houzz’s business that often. Except now the company says it has raised $400 million led by Iconiq Capital, with Sequoia, Zeev Ventures and GGV also participating in the round. The new financin...
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VC Justin Caldbeck is taking an indefinite leave of absence, apologizes to the women he ‘made feel uncomfortable’

In light of allegations of sexual harassment and unwanted sexual advances , Binary Capital co-founder and managing Partner Justin Caldbeck is taking an indefinite leave of absence. In a statement provided to TechCrunch, Caldbeck apologized for his behavior, directing it “first to those women who I’ve made feel uncomfortable in any way, at any time – but also to the greater tech ecosystem, a community that I have utterly failed.” Below is Ca...
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Construction tech company Aproplan closes €5 million Series A

Not so long ago the administration needed to run a major construction project relied almost entirely on pen, paper, excel spreadsheets and faxes. That has provided a huge opportunity for startups to take a stab at digitising the construction industry. Brussels-based Aproplan , which bills itself as akin to “Salesforce for construction,” is one such company, and today is disclosing that it has raised €5 million in Series A funding. The round...
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These undergrads built a Generative Adversarial Net that creates art

I can’t tell you for sure if we have reached peak GAN but there are far more people messing around with them than there were a year ago and that’s a great thing. Two undergraduates at William’s College taught themselves introductory machine learning and read about 50 papers on the now almost mainstream Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) before embarking on a project with a professor to build one that could generate art — and within a year...
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Klarna gets a full banking license, gears up to go beyond financing payments

After Anders Holch Povlsen and his firm Brightfolk bought up a stake of at least $225 million  in Klarna earlier this month, today the profitable Swedish payments startup, now valued at over $2.25 billion, is stepping up its game. Klarna has announced that it has picked up a full banking license from Finansinspektionen, the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. The license will give Klarna — which up to now has powered payments for 60 mi...
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