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UpWest Labs just raised $18 million to bring Israeli founders to the U.S.
The micro venture firm UpWest Labs was founded nearly six years ago in Palo Alto with one mission in mind: to bring Israeli founders to the U.S. when their companies are still nascent and provide them with enough financial and other resources to get going. Why do this? UpWest’s founders, Shuly G...
Onward helps businesses automate their customer service
How much can customer service be automated? Onward has some straightforward targets — 40 percent of tickets and 40 percent of messages should be automated, and average response times should be 40 seconds on average. Founders Rémi Cossart and Pramod Thammaiah describe this as Automation40 — basic...
Gabi gets $9.5M to help car and home owners find better insurance once it’s available
If you own a car or home, one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is finding the right insurance plan that’ll cover everything you need and save you some money — but those plans are always changing, and consumers are getting stuck footing a bill they don’t necessarily need, according to HannoF...
Google tries to make Android more enterprise-friendly with new recommendation program
With so many Android devices out there to choose from, it’s not always easy to find one that’s enterprise-friendly. To help alleviate that problem, Google announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program today. As the name implies, it’s designed to point enterprise IT departments at devices ...
Raisin, the European savings deposit marketplace backed by PayPal, gets dedicated UK launch
Raisin, the Paypal-backed savings deposit marketplace that lets you shop for a better interest rate across Europe, has launched a dedicated U.K. site, meaning that savers can now access deposit accounts in Sterling. Read More
Facebook opens registration for its annual F8 developer conference
Facebook has just opened up registration for its annual F8 developer conference. Facebook has had a turbulent year in the news, and the company has made some significant moves to restructure how its users are interacting with its products, so expect to hear a lot more details about the evolving ...
Apple could be buying cobalt from mining companies directly
Cobalt is the new oil. Car companies and battery manufacturers are all rushing to secure multiyear contracts with mining companies for their lithium-ion batteries. According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is also participating in this game as the company wants to secure its long-term supplies. Rea...
Qualcomm shares details on its vision for the near-future of mobile VR
Even as headsets based on the Snapdragon 835 reference design — like Lenovo’s positionally tracked Daydream headset — are just gearing up for their stateside release, we’re already looking to what the future of VR that isn’t tethered to something else looks like. Today, Qualcomm showed off a ref...
Google’s Cloud IoT Core is now generally available
Cloud IoT Core, Google’s fully managed service for connecting, managing and ingesting data from IoT devices, is now out of beta and generally available. Google envisions the service, which launched in public beta last September, as the first entry point for IoT data into its cloud. Once the data...
Nest rolls out a $5 cloud recording plan for its cameras
Just a quick bit of news for those with Nest cams around the house: a new, cheaper Nest Aware (read: the cloud recording service that also gives the camera a bit more smarts) plan is on the way. Nest has long offered two plans: a $10/month plan that lets you store the last 10 days of video histo...
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