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Sketchfab launches a store to become a stock photo site for 3D models

2018, January 18 - 2:20am
 Sketchfab just launched a store so that you can buy and sell 3D models and reuse them in commercial projects. This is a major new feature for Sketchfab, which has become one of the biggest repositories of 3D models on the web. It feels like Sketchfab is becoming a sort of stock photography site, except that it’s all about 3D models. While Sketchfab already has 2 million 3D models on… Read More
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Arkadium brings its interactive content to the Associated Press

2018, January 18 - 1:52am
 The Associated Press is partnering with Arkadium to use InHabit, an interactive content tool launched last year. Arkadium’s goal for InHabit is to automatically add interactive polls, quizzes and games into relevant stories, hopefully making those stories more engaging in the process. The technology was initially designed for sports content, so the AP is starting its integration on its… Read More
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Sweatcoin lets you earn crypto for working out

2018, January 17 - 11:00pm
 Want a way to workout and earn some coin? Sweatcoin has risen to the top of the App Store for helping folks get something more than just a glow for taking those daily steps. The startup says it has accumulated more than five million users in the past year and increased revenue by 266 percent in the last quarter. There are more than two million weekly active users on the app — and… Read More
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Revolut launches geolocation-powered travel insurance

2018, January 17 - 4:01pm
 Fintech startup Revolut is launching international medical and dental insurance. You can subscribe using the company’s app for £1 per day or more depending on the options. But the best part is that you can set it up and forget about it as Revolut uses your device’s location data to automatically turn insurance coverage on and off. By default, insurance coverage costs £1 per day… Read More
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Curve, the fintech that connects all your cards to a single card and app, gets full consumer launch

2018, January 17 - 9:00am
 Curve, the London fintech startup that offers a platform that lets you consolidate all your bank cards into a single Curve card and app to make it easier to manage your spending, is finally launching to U.K. consumers. Up until now, the service remained in beta and was only officially available to business users. Read More
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DigitalOcean gives you more RAM and storage for the same price

2018, January 17 - 1:01am
 Cloud hosting company DigitalOcean is launching some new price offerings today. In particular, the company is also upgrading its basic $5 droplet instances with better specs for the first time in years. Five years ago, DigitalOcean offered something quite revolutionary. Before today, you could pay $5 per month and get a server with 20GB of SSD storage, 512MB of RAM and 1 CPU core. But… Read More
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Forest raises $3.7 million for its administration interface to rule them all

2018, January 17 - 12:29am
 French startup Forest just raised a $3.7 million seed round (€3 million) from Connect Ventures and Xavier Niel, with Taavet Hinrikus also participating. Pietro Bezza and Jean de La Rochebrochard are joining the board of the company. The startup first started in the eFounders startup studio. I already wrote about the startup back in May. The vision hasn’t changed at all. Forest still… Read More
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Instacart acquires Toronto-based Unata

2018, January 16 - 11:01pm
 Instacart has today announced the acquisition of Unata, a Toronto-based company that offers a platform for both grocers and consumers to interact digitally. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Unata’s product, unlike Instacart’s, is a white-label grocery platform, letting grocers anywhere create apps and websites for consumers to order products, complete with coupons,… Read More
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Nyansa lands $15 million led by Intel Capital to grow user performance management

2018, January 16 - 10:00pm
 Companies like New Relic and AppDynamics have been offering applications performance management solutions to help operations teams track external performance issues for years. Nyansa (pronounced ‘knee-ans-sah’) is bringing that kind of performance management to internal networks. Today, the company announced a $15 million Series B investment. The round was led by Intel Capital… Read More
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BeMyEye, the startup that lets companies crowdsource in-store data, acquires rival Task360

2018, January 16 - 6:00pm
 In a move that represents further consolidation in the crowdsourced in-store data gathering space, London-headquartered BeMyEye has acquired U.K. rival Task360. Similar to BeMyEye, the company offers an app that pays users to collect data for its corporate clients, but with a greater emphasis on time-sensitive tasks. Read More
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Airbnb now lets users pay less up front for bookings

2018, January 16 - 5:00pm
 Airbnb has today announced a new feature that will help users manage their payments on the platform. The feature, aptly albeit unimaginatively named Pay Less Up Front, lets users pay for a part of their trip upon booking and the rest near the time of check-in. Before now, Airbnb users had to pay 100 percent of their booking up front. For weekend trips, that wasn’t such a big deal. But… Read More
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Startup events platform Tech.co acquired by digital marketing firm MVF

2018, January 16 - 12:37pm
 Tech.co, an online platform and events organizer for startups, announced today that it has been acquired by digital marketing firm MVF. The deal’s terms were undisclosed. Read More
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Researchers find that one person likely drove Bitcoin from $150 to $1,000

2018, January 16 - 2:40am
 Researchers Neil Gandal, JT Hamrick, Tyler Moore, and Tali Oberman have written a fascinating paper on Bitcoin price manipulation. Entitled “Price Manipulation in the Bitcoin Ecosystem” and appearing in the recent issue of the Journal of Monetary Economics the paper describes to what degree the Bitcoin ecosystem is controlled by bad actors. To many it’s been obvious that… Read More
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AI researcher Monty Barlow teaches a computer to figure out American accents

2018, January 16 - 1:24am
 Monty Barlow is a researcher at Cambridge Consultants and his recent work involves teaching a computer to discern between British and American accents. The project, which Barlow sees as part of a suite of machine-learning solutions that will grow to encompass “true” AI, appeared at CES last week. Barlow said that AI revolutions tended to come and go, appearing on the horizon and… Read More
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Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B

2018, January 15 - 11:39pm
 NA-KD, the Swedish fashion e-commerce company that sells women’s clothes direct to consumers, has raised $45 million in Series B funding. Noteworthy, $5 million of that is secondary investment as some early shareholders, not including the founders or management team, partially cash in. Read More
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True Fit, the personalisation platform for apparel and footwear, raises $55M Series C

2018, January 15 - 11:00pm
 If the funding fits, keep it. True Fit, the Boston-based “personalisation platform for apparel and footwear” that helps online shoppers find clothes that fit and are to their liking, has raised $55 million in Series C funding. Read More
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London proptech startup Goodlord appoints LoveFilm co-founder William Reeve as CEO

2018, January 15 - 6:30pm
 London ‘proptech’ startup Goodlord, which offers cloud-based software to help estate agents, landlords and tenants manage the rental process, has announced the appointment of serial entrepreneur and investor William Reeve as CEO. It follows a recent restructuring of the company that saw nearly 40 people laid off, and the stepping down of co-founder Richard White, news that… Read More
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Brit + Co had a round of layoffs this month as part of a ‘reorganization’

2018, January 14 - 1:26pm
 Brit + Co laid off some employees earlier this month as part of a reorganization, TechCrunch has learned. Brit + Co declined to comment on the number laid off, but the women’s lifestyle and digital media company’s employee base went from 92 people in September 2017 to just 78 today, according to its team page. “It’s been a very unpredictable time in the media industry,… Read More
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