Tag: Commerce

Automattic announces Newspack, a next-gen news publishing platform backed by Google

WordPress.com parent Automattic has announced a new publishing platform for news sites, designed to help small to medium-sized publications generate more revenue. The initiative, which is called Newspack by WordPress.com, is launching in partnership with News Revenue Hub and Spirited Media. Interestingly, Newspack is backed by $2.4 million in funding from […]

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Pensa Systems uses autonomous drones to track store inventory

There’s perhaps no retail task more time-consuming than taking stock of merchandise. Inventory tracking — that is, figuring out which products are in stock, which stock is likely to run low in the next week, and so on — is a never-ending battle, as shoppers spend an estimated 40 billion […]

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CrowdAnalytix raises $40 million for crowdsourced AI algorithms

Designing, training, and validating sophisticated machine learning algorithms can suck up a lot of hours — particularly if you’re dealing with sparse datasets. This has given rise to a cottage industry of crowdsourced data science, led by Google’s Kaggle and companies like Topcoder. And the market’s growth potential is getting […]

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Gartner and IDC: HP and Lenovo shipped the most PCs in 2018, but total numbers fell

The PC market is still declining, according to research firms Gartner and IDC. While the two agreed on that 2018 was negative, they disagreed on who shipped more PCs: HP or Lenovo. As with the year before, Dell was indisputably third. Both firms continue to be optimistic about the PC […]

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Brands can now add visuals and highlights to Google Shopping product pages

On Google, whether you’re searching for hand warmers or a comfy duvet, there’s a pretty good chance the manufacturers of the products you’re browsing are managing their listings through Google Manufacturing Center. It’s a one-stop dashboard from which companies can update product images, descriptions, and details that appear on Google Shopping, […]

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Here launches SoMo, a social transport app for planning and sharing rides

For private ride-hailing and ride-sharing, we have Uber, Lyft, Gett, Grab, and countless others around the world. For public transport stalwarts, there is Google Maps, Citymapper, Transit, Moovit, and more, each serving up the best combination of ways — including trains, boats, buses, and more — to get from A […]

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Cashierless checkout startup Standard Cognition acquires Explorer.ai for in-store maps

Cashierless store startup Standard Cognition today announced it has acquired Explorer.ai, a company whose mapping technology was first developed at Carnegie Mellon University for autonomous vehicles. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Explorer’s tech will help Standard map larger stores and expand its cashierless store solution for customers into […]

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DoorDash and GM’s Cruise team up to pilot food delivery via self-driving cars

General Motors (GM) is partnering with DoorDash to enable on-demand food deliveries via driverless cars. The duo announced that a pilot delivery program will kick off in San Francisco in “early 2019,” and will involve both meals from restaurants and groceries. As a century-old automotive giant, GM has been investing […]

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Baraja raises $32 million for autonomous vehicle lidar with prism-like optics

Lidar startup Baraja has raised $32 million in a series A round of funding led by Sequoia China and Main Sequence Ventures’ CSIRO Innovation Fund, with participation from Blackbird Ventures. Founded out of Sydney, Australia, in 2015, Baraja is one of a number of lidar startups targeting the burgeoning driverless car […]

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Dell returns to public markets after 6 years

(Reuters) — Dell returned to public markets on Friday, nearly six years after the company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer Michael Dell took it private in what was then the biggest buyout since the financial crisis of 2008. The computer maker is trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the […]

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Billions a year go missing in bank fees for international money transfers. Are you paying too much, too?

Presented by Transferwise People lose billions of dollars year to their banks, without even realizing it. But there is a new technology that is changing all that — and saving expats, freelancers, families, and SMBs millions of dollars a day. Have you ever sent money internationally? If you have, there’s […]

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RIP: 15 tech companies and products that bit the dust in 2018

The year 2018 may be remembered for its many launches, from well-funded augmented reality (AR) startups to future-gazing big data platforms. But for every new entrant to the technology industry, there was probably at least one company or product that went in the opposite direction. As we approach the end of […]

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Moved to the U.S.? These 5 apps and tips will help you look after your finances and save money

Presented by Transferwise Moving to the U.S. can present a host of challenges in managing finances, from establishing a bank account, to renting an apartment,  to sending money internationally. Here’s our cheat sheet to make sure you have the best info and resources. 1. Don’t get stung by currency conversion […]

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13 European companies acquired by U.S. tech giants in 2018

As in previous years, a number of big acquisitions went down in the technology realm in 2018, and Europe was a popular destination for U.S. companies looking to bolster their technological arsenal. Here’s a quick look back at some of the transatlantic deals that happened this year. Spektral (Denmark) In October, […]

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How electric scooters infiltrated society in 2018

If 2017 was the year of dockless bike-sharing, then 2018 was the year that ushered in an entirely new era for tech-infused personal mobility startups. Throughout last year, dueling Chinese bike-sharing companies Ofo and Mobike scrambled to corner a burgeoning market by raising crazy sums of cash to deposit bright-colored […]

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London’s Gatwick Airport reopens after drone saboteur chaos

(Reuters) — London’s Gatwick Airport reopened on Friday after a mystery saboteur wrought 36 hours of travel chaos for more than 100,000 Christmas travelers by using drones to play cat-and-mouse with police snipers and the army. After the biggest disruption at Gatwick, Britain’s second busiest airport, since a volcanic ash […]

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Earnin raises $125 million for payday advance platform without fees

Earnin, a startup that aims to help employees beat the “rigid paycheck” system and gain instant access to their earnings, has raised $125 million in a series C round of funding from existing investor Andreessen Horowitz, alongside its recently announced Cultural Leadership Fund, as well as Spark Capital, Matrix Partners, […]

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Boosted raises $60 million to expand beyond electric skateboards

“Personal mobility” has emerged as one of the big trends in technology, with the likes of ride-hailing, dockless bikes, and electric scooters all featuring prominently in Silicon Valley and beyond these past few years. One mobility startup that has been steadily building its business in dozens of markets around the […]

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Zwift raises $120 million to expand its virtual training worlds for cyclists, runners, and esport contests

Zwift, a Long Beach, California-based startup that develops online virtual worlds for cyclists and runners, has raised $120 million in a series B round of funding led by Highland Europe. Additional investors include True, Causeway Media, and Novator. Founded in 2014, Swift initially built its business on top of virtual training […]

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Ada raises $14 million to help companies develop their own customer service chatbots

Ada, a Canada-based startup that is setting out to help companies develop their own automated customer service tools, has raised CAD$19 million (USD$14 million) in a series A round of funding led by New York-based VC firm FirstMark Capital, with participation from Leaders Fund, Burst Capital, Bessemer, Version One, and […]

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