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Mobile savings and investment service Acorns is on track to do 1 billion trades in 2017

Acornsis quickly turning into an oak tree in the financial services space. The company now boasts more than 2 million financing accountings( with 600,000 was initiated in 2017 alone) and “re on the right track” to do 1 billion transactions in 2017 through the proprietary broker-dealer that it created. Those are sizable amounts to affix for any financial services busines, especially considering that Fidelity( one of the nations largest coin…

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Anti-drone radio wave startup SkySafe secures $11.5M from Andreessen

Drones are a threat to both military and public safety, whether flown by a terrorist or just a reckless pilot. SkySafes radio wave technology can detect and stop rogue drones from entering unauthorized areas like military bases, stadiums, prisons and airports. SkySafes radio frequency signals are projected from a perimeter of nodes or even a Jeep, and force unapproved drones to leave or land while allowing permitted drones to fly….

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D-IDs tech protects your privacy by confounding face recognition algorithms

D-IDs founders Eliran Kuta, Gil Perry, and Sella Blondheim Unless you literally wear a mask all the time, it is almost impossible to completely avoid cameras and face recognition technology. Not only is this a privacy concern, but it also presents a potential liability for companies that need to protect personal data. D-ID, a startup currently taking part in Y Combinator, wants to solve the problem with tools that process…

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PebblePost raises $47M as it uses online data to fuel direct mail marketing

PebblePost, a startup that uses online data to target consumers with printed mail, has raised $47 million in a combination of equity and debt. That includes the $15 million, RRE Ventures-led Series B that the company announced in February. The equity portion of the funding has been expanded to $20 million, with another $27 million coming from a loan facility from Horizon Technology Finance, plus a credit facility from Silicon…

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Viber acquires Chatter Commerce, the startup behind its shopping keyboard

Messaging app Viberearlier this year made its first foray into shopping services with Instant Shopping, a feature that lets you search for items for sale via a keyboard when you have the messaging app open. Today, the company is announcing some more e-commerce related news: its buying the startup that helped build that feature. Viber has acquired Chatter Commerce, maker of a service called ShopChat, which was the tech behind…

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Freshdesk owner Freshworks acquires Joe Hukum as it plans a move into chatbots

After raising $55 million last year to build its business beyond its existing help desk services, today Freshworks (the parent company of Freshdesk) has made an acquisition to help it fill out that strategy. The company has acquired Joe Hukum, a startup out of India that offers a platform for businesses to build their own chatbots. Ive asked, but the companies are not revealing any terms of the deal. Joe…

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Orica-Scott: 24 hours on the road with the Australian Tour de France team

Kieran Pender participates the Orica-Scott cycling team as they debate their course through the gruelling theatre 17 of the Tour de France Since its establishment in 2011, Orica-Scott has become one of the leading crews in the World Tour peloton. The only Australian getup participating at the highest standards of street cycling, Orica-Scott has triumphed places at each Grand Tour and several reputable one-day races. In 2017, the team wandered…

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Google Glass never really left

When Google released a new enterprise version of Glass on Tuesday, a bevy of headlines suggestedGlass was back. But it never really left. Even though the Explorer program aimed at consumers ended in January, 2015, Google has continued to sell Glass to businesses. In that context, yesterdays release wasnt a comeback so much as a continuation of an enterprise strategy for Glass that the company had been pursuing all along….

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