[TECH] Satellogic raises $27M for affordable, high-resolution imaging satellites

 Space tech company Satellogic has raised $27 million in a Series B round led by Chinese internet giant Tencent, and with participation by CrunchFund (disclosure: co-founded by TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington). The company also launches its sixth micro-satellite into orbit on June 15, aboard a Long March-4B rocket that took off from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. What Satellogic… Read More
#Fundings&Exits #Satellogic #Gadgets #Transportation #TC
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[TECH] At the White House’s emerging tech event, drones are one of the day’s big topics

 Tech leaders gathered today at the White House for a series of focused sessions on hot topics in tech. Thursday’s event, titled “American Leadership in Emerging Technology,” is the second big piece of the White House’s Technology Week, continuing on from Tuesday’s discussion about modernizing government technology. Read More
#UAS #TrumpAdministration #Policy #TC #WhiteHouse
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[TECH] Ticketmaster’s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible

 A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that I’ve been forced to work with. Normally I avoid reaching out to businesses through Facebook (it still doesn’t seem like a natural channel to me), but there’s real utility in Ticketmaster’s bot if you’re willing to give up a certain amount… Read More
#Facebook #Bots #TicketMaster #Apps #ArtificialIntelligence
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[TECH] Tesla hires deep learning expert Andrej Karpathy to lead Autopilot vision

 Tesla has hired deep learning and computer vision expert Andrej Karpathy in a key Autopilot role. Karpathy most recently held a role as a researcher at OpenAI, the artificial intelligence nonprofit backed by Elon Musk. He has an extensive background in AI-related fields, having completed a PhD at Stanford University in computer vision. Read More
#Tesla #Transportation #Automotive #TC #AndrejKarpathy
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[TECH] Why Stackshare is quietly becoming a secret weapon for developers and Silicon Valley CTOs

 On Stackshare, Airbnb lists over 50 services in its “stack,” Slack lists 24, and Spotify lists more than 31; these stacks are collections of different pieces of software that each company is using to run their operations, and range from infrastructure tools to communications tools to container tools to email services. Why are companies beginning to share the specific mix of… Read More
#GokulRajaman #TC #NickGrandy #Stackshare #Apps
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[TECH] Cloud Foundry makes its mark on the enterprise

 Today, more than ever, it’s open source projects that are leading the charge in how modern software is developed, deployed and managed. There’s Kubernetes for containers and OpenStack for running enterprise-grade infrastructure, for example. But over the course of the last few years, another platform — Cloud Foundry — has changed the way enterprises are developing… Read More
#OpenSource #Cloud #TC #CloudNative #Developer
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[TECH] In wake of Amazon/Whole Foods deal, Instacart has a challenging opportunity

 Yesterday, Amazon and Whole Foods ruined a perfectly slow news day on a Friday in June with the announcement that Amazon intends to buy Whole Foods for almost $14 billion.
The most obvious victim of the deal was Instacart, in which Whole Foods invested and with whom Whole Foods has a five-year contract.
But after talking to a few Instacart investors and other sources close to the company… Read More
#Instacart #Amazon #HrachSimonian #ApoorvaMehta #WholeFoods
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[TECH] ClassPass secures $70 million Series C led by Temasek

 ClassPass, the subscription service that for fitness classes and gyms, has today announced the close of a $70 million Series C funding round led by Temasek. Existing investors such as Acequia Capital, CRV, General Catalyst, GV, M13 and Thrive also participated in the round.
According to the press release, ClassPass has doubled its member base in the past year and has now grown to 35 million… Read More
#FritzLanman #TC #Health #Fundings&Exits #PayalKadakia
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[TECH] Slack is reportedly raising another huge $500M round of funding

 Slack is in the midst of raising another $500 million in financing at what could be a $5 billion valuation — money it will likely critically need as it goes after major corporate clients and construct a functional business — according to a report by Recode. Slack also got some interest with a $9 billion price tag from Amazon, according to a report from Bloomberg last night. All… Read More
#Mobile #Apps #Slack #Enterprise #Amazon
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[TECH] Logitech’s Circle 2 is a modular home surveillance tool with Alexa and HomeKit support

 I recently sat down with Logitech to talk about the wired and wireless versions of the Circle 2: a modular home surveillance camera with four different mounts that change where and how you’d use the camera. The modular approach stems from four different mounts: the first is a glass window mount, so you can see outdoors without glare. Second is the plug mount, ensuring you’ll… Read More
#Alexa #Gadgets #Logitech #Security #HomeSurveillance
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