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Tesla backs vision-only technique to autonomy utilizing effective supercomputer

Tesla backs vision-only technique to autonomy utilizing effective supercomputer

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been teasing a neural network training computer called ‘Dojo’ since at least 2019. Musk says Dojo will be able to process vast amounts of video data to achieve vision-only autonomous driving. While Dojo itself is still in development, Tesla today revealed a new supercomputer that will serve as a development…
Owning the income is the crucial to fintech success

Owning the income is the crucial to fintech success

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Hello and welcome back to Equity, TechCrunch’s venture capital-focused podcast, where we unpack the numbers behind the headlines. This week, Natasha and Danny, otherwise known as your two new favorite Book influencers (inside joke, you’ll get if you listen to the show), hopped on the mics to take everyone through the news, with Grace and…
Clubhouse is constructing a DM text chat function

Clubhouse is constructing a DM text chat function

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Some Clubhouse users were treated to a surprise feature in their favorite app, but it wasn’t long for this world. A new UI element called “backchannel” popped up briefly before disappearing late last week, pointing the Clubhouse faithful to a new area of the app and generating plenty of chatter among users ready for more…
KeepTruckin raises $190 million to invest in AI products, double R&D team to 700

KeepTruckin raises $190 million to invest in AI products, double R&D team to 700

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KeepTruckin, a hardware and software developer that helps trucking fleets manage vehicle, cargo and driver safety, has just raised $190 million in a Series E funding round, which puts the company’s valuation at over $2 billion, according to CEO Shoaib Makani.  G2 Venture Partners, which just raised a $500 million fund to help modernize existing…
Bonus Crunch roundup: SaaS creator incomes, break-even neobanks, Google Browse suggestions

Bonus Crunch roundup: SaaS creator incomes, break-even neobanks, Google Browse suggestions

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Usually, a teacher who grades students on a curve is boosting the efforts of those who didn’t perform well on the test. In the case of cloud companies, however, it’s the other way around. As of Q1 2021, startups in this sector have median Series A rounds around $8 million, reports PitchBook. With $100+ million…
Facebook’s entry into VR advertising isn’t going too well

Facebook’s entry into VR advertising isn’t going too well

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Facebook’s efforts to bring advertising to the Oculus virtual reality platform it has spent billions of dollars building out doesn’t seem to be off to a great start. The company announced last week that they were planning to roll out their first in-game ads inside the title “Blaston” from the prolific VR game developer Resolution…
Additional Crunch roundup: influencer marketing 101, finding future unicorns, Apple AirTags teardown

Additional Crunch roundup: influencer marketing 101, finding future unicorns, Apple AirTags teardown

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With the right message, even a small startup can connect with established and emerging stars on TikTok, Instagram and YouTube who will promote your products and services — as long as your marketing team understands the influencer marketplace. Creators have a wide variety of brands and revenue channels to choose from, but marketers who understand…
Micromobility software application service provider Joyride raises $3.7 million seed round

Micromobility software application service provider Joyride raises $3.7 million seed round

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Joyride, a Toronto-based company that provides white label apps, back-end analytics and multi-modal fleet management for shared micromobility startups, has raised $3.7 million — seed money that it says will help it reach a greater number of small, local operators.  The company, which operates in more than 160 markets in every continent besides Antarctica, has…
Point of views on taking on Huge Tech’s market power

Point of views on taking on Huge Tech’s market power

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The need for markets-focused competition watchdogs and consumer-centric privacy regulators to think outside their respective ‘legal silos’ and find creative ways to work together to tackle the challenge of big tech market power was the impetus for a couple of fascinating panel discussions organized by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), which were livestreamed…
These Forge cofounders simply raised $5 million to deal with a brand-new, still-stealth investing start-up

These Forge cofounders simply raised $5 million to deal with a brand-new, still-stealth investing...

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Sohail Prasad and Samvit Ramadurgam are cofounders who met during Y Combinator’s 2012 summer batch and went on to cofound Forge, which helps accredited investors and institutions buy and sell private company shares and which most recently raised $150 million in new funding in May. Forge — originally known as Equidate —  has taken off…

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How to free SA? “Ruin this infection called the ANC,” states Herman Mashaba

How to free SA? “Ruin this infection called the ANC,” states Herman Mashaba

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Herman Mashaba, the former Johannesburg mayor, joined the BizNews Power Hour to discuss some of his plans for the coming elections. Mashaba is the leader of Action SA, a political party he launched in 2020. – Jarryd Neves Herman Mashaba on his candidate election system: One of the issues I put forward to South Africans…
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