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Google’s AlphaGo AI wins three-match series against the world’s best Go player

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Google’s AlphaGo AI has once again made the case that machines are now smarter than man — when it comes to games of strategy, at least. AlphaGo made its name last year when it defeated high-profile Go player Lee Sedol 4-1, but now it has beaten the world’s best player of Go, the hugely complex ancient strategy game. Today, it won against Go …

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SoftBank adds Brazil’s 99 to its ridesharing portfolio with a $100 million investment

SOURCE:techcrunch.com SoftBank, known for investing in ridesharing apps that aren’t Uber, has added another startup to its list. This time it’s a $100 million bet on 99, the largest ridesharing company in Brazil. 99 says this is an extension of a round for upwards of $100 million that it raised in January from Didi Chuxing, China’s biggest ridesharing app (and …

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Acko is an ambitious digital play to disrupt India’s $10B insurance industry

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Acko is an under-the-radar startup that wants to disrupt India’s insurance industry through a digital-only model. This week it stuck its head above the parapet and announced that it has raised $30 million to get started on its bold plan. Founded by Varun Dua, the man behind insurance comparison site Coverfox, Acko is designed as a wholly digital take on insurance …

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Appian prices application software IPO at $12

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Virginia-based Appian is finally braving the public markets, after a long journey as a private company formed in the dot-com boom of 1999. Appian announced Wednesday that they priced their IPO at $12 per share, raising $75 million for the company. This is in-line with the previously proposed price range of $11 to $13. Appian provides app development software for its …

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DJI’s Cute $499 Spark Drone | Crunch Report

SOURCE:techcrunch.com DJI releases its $499 consumer drone, Unity raises $400 million, SurveyMonkey adds Serena Williams to its board of directors and SoftBank has a $4 billion stake in Nvidia. All this on Crunch Report. Read More Source link

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Peloton is now a unicorn because of the spinning class craze

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Have you ever taken a class at SoulCycle? Or better yet, Flywheel? Spinning has turned out to be a big business and there’s one brand that’s been gaining traction in the at-home fitness space. Peloton’s $2000 bikes have developed a cult following, mainly because of its live-streamed classes, which are offered as an added subscription and can be displayed on the …

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Sony’s revamps its Digital Paper tablet with new screen and interface

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Sony’s mammoth 13-inch Digital Paper tablet, essentially a huge Kindle you can write on, is still a pretty rare sight, but I’ve always had a soft spot for it. So I’m glad the company is doubling down on this unique device type and making some significant improvements with a new model. The DPT-RP1 replaces the DPTS1 — catchy names, …

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This ultra-twee soft robotic gripper was inspired by Venus flytraps

SOURCE:techcrunch.com The problem with tiny robots, if there can really be said to be one, is that you can’t put enough stuff on them. Cameras and motors don’t shrink down very well, meaning if you want your robot to grab something, you’d better come up with a new way to see it and hold onto it. And that’s just what …

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Flexible retail startup Bulletin raises $2.2M

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Bulletin, the startup that describes itself as “WeWork for retail space,” is announcing that it has raised $2.2 million in seed funding. The idea is to give businesses — particularly online brands — access to brick-and-mortar retail space without the cost or commitment of a traditional lease. Those businesses can rent out sections of a Bulletin store on a month-to-month …

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New Smart Fortwo EV: fewer dollars, more miles

SOURCE:techcrunch.com Mercedes-Benz announced the price of its new electric 2017 Smart Fortwo: $23,800 for the hard-top coupe and $28,000 for the cabrio with a sliding canvas roof. The new coupe’s price is $1,200 less than the outgoing model, but the cabrio’s price is exactly the same. Besides the price, there are some practical improvements for the new Fortwo EV. There …

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