Ford’s new SmartLink connected upgrade for older vehicles will be available mid-2018 Ford is finally detailing availability of its FordPass SmartLink accessory, an OBD II plug-in device with Verizon 4G LTE on board which can add connected car features to model year 2010 to 2017 Ford vehicles that don’t already have native connectivity built in. The FordPass accessory will be available across the U.S. sometime in the […]
Waze Carpool expands to the entire state of Washington Google -owned Waze is growing the footprint of its Waze Carpool product with a market expansion today to cover all of Washington state. That means Carpool is now available in California, Texas, Isreal and Washington following today’s launch. Waze also recently revamped its Carpool experience, which now includes new options for choosing what rides to […]
Mythic nets $40M to create a new breed of efficient AI-focused hardware Another huge financing round is coming in for an AI company today, this time for a startup called Mythic getting a fresh $40 million as it appears massive deals are closing left and right in the sector. Mythic particularly focuses on the inference side of AI operations — basically making the calculation on the spot […]
IBM brings its Power9 servers with Nvidia GPUs to its cloud IBM is hosing its annual THINK conference to packed halls in Las Vegas this week. Given how important its cloud business has become to its bottom line, it’s no surprise that this event features its fair share of cloud news. Among today’s announcements it the launch of the third generation of Power Systems servers in […]
Lydia launches Lydia Premium Lydia launches Lydia Premium French startup Lydia announces two new things today. First, the company is launching a financial hub with multiple new products. Second, Lydia is announcing a new premium subscription to access those new features. “Today, we’re lucky enough to have you here to announce you the biggest thing we’ve done since Lydia’s […]
Bumble responds to Match’s patent lawsuit Yesterday we reported that Match, the parent company of Tinder, was suing Bumble for patent infringement and misuse of intellectual property. Specifically, Match alleged that Bumble“copied Tinder’s world-changing, card-swipe-based, mutual opt-in premise” for which a patent was filedin 2013 (before Bumble was founded) but just granted a few months ago. Today Bumble has responded to […]
YC alum Dahmakan, a Kuala Lumpur-based food delivery startup, acquires Polpa to expand into Thailand Dahmakan, a vertically-integrated Malaysian meal delivery startup, announced today that it has acquired Polpa to enter Bangkok. Dahmakan was the first Malaysian startup to participate in Y Combinator and recently received a $2.6 million round of funding earmarked for its expansion into new markets. The company, which was launched in 2015 by former Rocket Internet […]
Only 48 hours left to apply for Startup Battlefield Europe Sacr merde sur un bardeau! You have only 48 hours left to apply for TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Europe. The Battlefield takes place at VivaTech at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles on May 24th -25. The deadline — March 22, at 9 a.m. PST — is fast upon us, but you still have time. So, […]
DocuSign has filed confidentially for IPO DocuSign is gearing up to go public in the next six months, sources tell TechCrunch. The company, which pioneered the e-signature, has now filed confidentially, we are hearing. Utilizing a commonly used provision of the JOBS Act, DocuSign submitted its IPO filing behind closed doors and will reveal it weeks before its public debut. Like […]
N26 raises $160 million from Tencent and Allianz German startup N26 just raised a $160 million Series C round led by Tencent and Allianz — some of N26’s existing investors are also participating. The company has attracted 850,000 customers and raised $215 million in total. N26 is building a retail bank from scratch. The company plans to double down on everything it’s been […]
Eight Roads Ventures launches new $375M scale-up fund for European and Israeli startups Eight Roads Ventures, the proprietary investment arm of Fidelity International, is officially launching its new European fund today. Targeting scale-ups in Europe and Israel, ‘Eight Roads Ventures Europe’ will have $375 million in capital to deploy, mostly at the Series B and Series C stages but also in scale-ups that although bootstrapped have found market […]
After launching in the U.S., Instagram expands its shoppable posts features to business users in eight other countries Instagram is launching its Shopping feature for business accounts to eight new countries: Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Australia. The photo sharing app first began testing shoppable photo tags in November 2016 before making Shopping on Instagram available to businesses in the United States last year. Since Instagram doesn’t allow […]
IBM launches deep learning as a service inside its Watson Studio IBM’s Watson Studio is the company’s service for building machine learning workflows and training models, is getting a new addition today with the launch of Deep Learning as a Service (DLaaS). The general idea here, which is similar to that of competing services, is to enabled a wider range of businesses to make user of […]
Apple, IBM add machine learning to partnership with Watson-Core ML coupling Apple and IBM may seem like an odd couple, but the two companies have been working closely together for several years now. That has involved IBM sharing its enterprise expertise with Apple and Apple sharing its design sense with IBM. The companies have actuallybuilt hundreds of enterprise apps running on iOS devices. Today, they took […]
Tempe police chief says Uber “preliminarily…would likely not be at fault” for fatal crash The chief of police in Tempe, Arizona, where an Uber self-driving car just hit and killed a pedestrian, has told the San Francisco Chronicle that "I suspect preliminarily it appears that the Uber would likely not be at fault in this accident."