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San Francisco smokes Juul’s hopes by voting to keep e-cigarette ban

San Francisco smokes Juul’s hopes by voting to keep e-cigarette ban Voters in San Francisco have resoundingly rejected an attempt to overturn a citywide ban on e-cigarettes by a margin of around 80:20. Reporting on the count in the Bay Area, CBS SF says at least 78 per cent of voters rejected […]

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The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite

The 7 most important announcements from Microsoft Ignite It’s Microsoft Ignite this week, the company’s premier event for IT professionals and decision-makers. But it’s not just about new tools for role-based access. Ignite is also very much a forward-looking conference that keeps the changing role of IT in mind. And while there […]

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Africa Roundup: Goldman leads $30M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry

Africa Roundup: Goldman leads M Twiga raise, China grows tech influence, Jumia weathers lockup-expiry Kenya’s Twiga Foods raised a total of $30 million in October from lenders and investors led by Goldman Sachs. This adds to the list of African startups the U.S. financial firm has backed, including e-commerce venture Jumia and South […]

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Startups Weekly: Understanding Uber’s latest fintech play

Startups Weekly: Understanding Uber’s latest fintech play Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about how SoftBank is screwing up. Before that, I […]

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IoT security startup Particle raises $40M in Series C

IoT security startup Particle raises M in Series C Particle, a platform for Internet of Things devices, has raised $40 million in its latest round of funding. Qualcomm Ventures and Energy Impact Partners led the Series C raise, with backing from existing investors including Root Ventures, Bonfire Ventures, Industry Ventures, Spark Capital, […]

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Uber Freight expands app to Canada

Uber Freight expands app to Canada Uber Freight, the Uber business unit that helps truck drivers connect with shipping companies, said Wednesday it’s launching the app in Canada as part of its global expansion plan. The move into Canada will give Uber Freight access to the country’s $68 billion trucking industry, which […]

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Slack investor Index Ventures backs Slack competitor Quill

Slack investor Index Ventures backs Slack competitor Quill Slack created a new solution for workplace communication, one copied by many, even Microsoft. But the product, which is meant to help individuals and businesses collaborate, has been critiqued for sending too many notifications, with some claiming it’s sabotaged workplace productivity. Quill, a startup […]

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Uber is testing selling foodie experiences via Uber Eats

Uber is testing selling foodie experiences via Uber Eats Uber is selling foodie experiences such as cooking classes and multi-course fine dining in its on-demand food delivery app, Uber Eats, under a new Moments tab, per Forbes, which reports on a small-scale test currently running in San Francisco. It says Uber Eats […]

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The Station: Volvo evolves, Skip trips and touchscreen tech

The Station: Volvo evolves, Skip trips and touchscreen tech The Station is back for another week of news and analysis on all the ways people and goods move from Point A to Point B — today and in the future. As always, I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior reporter at TechCrunch. Portions […]

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ZeroDown, valued at $150 million, plans to take on Zillow

ZeroDown, valued at 0 million, plans to take on Zillow Days out of Y Combinator, venture capitalists valued ZeroDown, a financial and real estate technology startup, at $150 million. The company had the perfect match of experienced founders and eye-popping ambitions to carve a new path to home ownership. “I think we […]

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