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Yodel.io is a digital receptionist for SMBs taking calls

Yodel.io is a digital receptionist for SMBs taking calls Yodel.io, an Austria-founded startup that’s developed a “digital receptionist” to help SMBs and other small teams handle in and outbound phone-calls, has picked up $1 million in “pre-seed” funding. It brings total funding to just over $1.8 million. Backing this round is EXF […]

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Motorola throws back to the future with a foldable Razr reboot

Motorola throws back to the future with a foldable Razr reboot The rebirth of the Razr has been rumored for several months now. And honestly, such a product is a bit of a no-brainer. The Lenovo-owned company is embracing the burgeoning (if sputtering) world of foldables with the return of one of […]

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John Carmack steps down at Oculus to pursue AI passion project ‘before I get too old’

John Carmack steps down at Oculus to pursue AI passion project ‘before I get too old’ Legendary coder John Carmack is leaving Facebook’s Oculus after 6 years to focus on a personal project — no less than the creation of Artificial General Intelligence, or “Strong AI.” He’ll remain attached to the company […]

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Messaging app Wire confirms $8.2M raise, responds to privacy concerns after moving holding company to the US

Messaging app Wire confirms .2M raise, responds to privacy concerns after moving holding company to the US Big changes are afoot for Wire, an enterprise-focused end-to-end encrypted messaging app and service that advertises itself as “the most secure collaboration platform”. In February, Wire quietly raised $8.2 million from Morpheus Ventures and others, […]

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SpaceX completes key Crew Dragon launch system static test fire

SpaceX completes key Crew Dragon launch system static test fire SpaceX has confirmed that it ran a static’s fire test of its Crew Dragon astronaut capsule launch escape system. That’s a key step that it needed to run, and one that is under especially high scrutiny since a static fire of its […]

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AWS, Salesforce join forces with Linux Foundation on Cloud Information Model

AWS, Salesforce join forces with Linux Foundation on Cloud Information Model Last year, Adobe, SAP and Microsoft came together and formed the Open Data Initiative. Not to be outdone, this week, AWS, Salesforce and Genesys, in partnership with The Linux Foundation, announced the Cloud Information Model. The two competing data models have […]

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Freshworks raises $150M Series H on $3.5B valuation

Freshworks raises 0M Series H on .5B valuation Freshworks, a company that makes a variety of business software tools, from CRM to help-desk software, announced a $150 million Series H investment today from Sequoia Capital, CapitalG (formerly Google Capital) and Accel on a hefty $3.5 billion valuation. The late-stage startup has raised […]

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Extra Crunch members get free Zendesk for 6 months

Extra Crunch members get free Zendesk for 6 months We’re excited to announce a new Extra Crunch community perk from Zendesk. Starting today, annual and two-year Extra Crunch members that are new to Zendesk and located within the U.S. or Canada can receive a credit for six months of unlimited licenses for […]

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New NASA app puts you in the pilot’s seat of Boeing’s Starliner or SpaceX’s Crew Dragon

New NASA app puts you in the pilot’s seat of Boeing’s Starliner or SpaceX’s Crew Dragon NASA has a new app (or web-based game, if you’re on desktop) that provides a simplified simulation of what it’s like to plan and run a commercial crew mission – meaning one of the planned varieties […]

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The Math of Sisyphus

The Math of Sisyphus “There is but one truly serious question in philosophy, and that is suicide,” wrote Albert Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus. This is equally true for a human navigating an absurd existence, and an artificial intelligence navigating a morally insoluble situation. As AI-powered vehicles take the road, questions […]

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