Illumina Accelerator, the genomics-focused startup accelerator backed by the publicly traded genetic sequencing pioneer Illumina Corp., has picked five startups for its seventh accelerator class, the company announced. Wth technology addressing skin microbial therapeutics, fertility science, chronic disease alleviation, post traumatic stress disorder treatments, and services for the biopharmaceutical and clinical research industries; the startups […]

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Every time I talk to someone about the viability of blockchain, I get challenged to show a real project beyond the obvious bitcoin use case. IBM has been working to build large enterprise projects blockchain and today they offered an irrefutable example that they have dubbed TrustChain, a blockchain that proves the provenance of jewelry by […]

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GetLinks, a Thailand-based startup that offers a job finder app in six countries Southeast Asia and neighboring regions, has closed new funding led by Australia’s Seek group and Alibaba’s Hong Kong Entrepreneur fund. The size of the investment was not disclosed. GetLinks previously raised $500,000 in 2016, and it later added $150,000 more to that […]

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Snapchat is making changes to the information it collects about under-16s in Europe as it works to comply with an update to the EU’s data protection rules. The changes could see its location tracking Snap Map being disabled for younger teen users in the region. The messaging app, which is most popular with teens, has […]

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You can’t think of the European startup scene without Berlin coming top-of-mind. It’s the urban center for all that’s tech in Europe and it’s why, like swallows to Capistrano, we’re returning to host Disrupt Berlin 2018 on November 29-30. It’s our sixth time in this vibrant, international hub, and we want you to join us […]

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Revolut, the London-based fintech that offers a digital banking account and sprawling set of other financial services, is disclosing that it has raised a whopping $250 million in Series C funding, less than three years since launching. The new round, which gives the company a $1.7 billion post-money valuation — a five-fold increase in under […]

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High-profile U.S. startup accelerator Y Combinator is making a push to bring more China-based startups into its program after it announced its first official event in the country. YC has made a push to include startups from outside of North America in recent years. That has seen it bring in companies from the likes of […]

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NSI Ventures, the Singapore-based VC firm affiliated with PE firm Northstar Group that invested early in ride-sharing unicorn Go-Jek, is going independent after it announced it has rebranded to Openspace Ventures. NSI Ventures was started by Hian Goh, an entrepreneur who sold his startup Asia Food Channel in 2013, and finance exec Shane Chesson in 2014. The firm […]

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Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Uber and Taxify are going head-to-head to digitize Africa’s two-wheeled taxis African VC TLcom Capital invests $5M in Nigerian data analytics firm Terragon Group Business APIs in Africa are […]

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Sameer Noorani Contributor Share on Twitter Sameer Noorani is a serial entrepreneur currently working on a stealth startup. His previous startups include: Roomvine, Hoodere and RoundOnefight. Things really escalated quickly in this month’s Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal. While it’s usually best to just sit back with a bucket of popcorn and watch reality business drama unfold, I was surprised by […]

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Artificial intelligence and the application of it across nearly every aspect of our lives is shaping up to be one of the major step changes of our modern society. Today, a startup that wants to help other companies capitalise on AI’s advances is announcing funding and emerging from stealth mode. Allegro.AI, which has built a […]

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Teachers have long supplemented their incomes by tutoring. And there’s perhaps never been a better, or easier, time to do it than right now.  The reason: China-based online education companies are in an apparent race with each other to hire U.S. teachers who’d like to work from home this summer and, using their webcams, “teach […]

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In a sickening concession to bad copyright law and Microsoft's bottom line over basic technical truths and common sense, Eric Lundgren will spend 15 months in prison for selling discs that let people reinstall Windows on licensed machines. A federal appeals court this week upheld the sentence handed down in ignorance by a Florida district judge, for a crime the man never committed.

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Acorns, the mobile service that’s providing a gateway to investing in the stock market, has completed the master plan it set in motion months ago with the acquisition of Vault by finally launching a retirement account product today. Called Acorns Later, the service is the first Acorns investment vehicle to get the same kind of tax […]

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It looks like Digg has found a new owner: digital advertising company BuySellAds, which has acquired a majority stake in the news aggregator. It seems that last month’s shut down of Digg Reader was a sign that there were changes in the works. BuySellAds CEO Todd Garland confirmed the acquisition to Fast Company, and a company spokesperson told me, […]

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