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Daily Crunch: SoftBank bets big on autonomous delivery

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. SoftBank’s next bet: $940M into autonomous delivery startup Nuro Nuro has raised $940 million in financing from the SoftBank Vision Fund, a whopping amount that will be used to expand its delivery service, add new partners, hire employees and scale up its fleet of self-driving bots. The autonomous ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Spotify, Saudi Arabia, Softbank, Tech, Getty Images, Netflix, Automotive, Va, Health Records, Jeff Bezos, Sunday Times, Equity, Instacart, Mobile World Congress


Meet the tiny startup that helped build Amazon’s Scout robot

When Amazon unveiled a six-wheeled urban delivery robot called Scout a couple of weeks ago, its website was pretty definitive about who was behind it. “These devices were created by Amazon,” the page reads . “We developed Amazon Scout at our research and development lab in Seattle.” But that is only part of the story, TechCrunch has discovered. Some of the intellectual property and technology behind Scout likely came from farther afield – a small San Francisco startup called Dispatch ...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, New York, California, San Francisco, Linkedin, Tech, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Andreessen Horowitz, Jeff Bezos, Robotics, Seattle, PillPack, Braun


Super Bowl LII: Amazon Takes Celebrity Alexa Voices for Post-Game Spin

After winning USA Today‘s Super Bowl Ad Meter, Amazon is following up on its celebrity-studded Super Bowl campaign with a series of short spots promoting the voice assistant’s availability in Ford vehicles. As announced last month, the Ford EcoSport 2018 SUV boasts a SYNC 3 Infotainment panel that integrates Alexa along with Waze, iHeartRadio, AccuWeather, ExxonMobil Speedpass+ and other apps. (Lincoln is also incorporating the Alexa assistant.) Check out how Rebel Wilson, Gordon Ramsay, C...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Celebrities, Advertising, Sports, NFL, ExxonMobil, Automotive, Ford, Super Bowl, Lincoln, Ai, Waze, Smart Home, Jeff Bezos, Usa Today


Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and 18 others commit $1 billion to new cleantech fund, Breakthrough Energy Ventures

 Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Vinod Khosla, Jack Ma, John Doerr and 15 other high-profile investors have formed a new venture firm, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, that will pour at least $1 billion into cleantech companies over the next 20 years. The firm’s goal, according to its own website will be: “to provide everyone in the world with access to reliable, affordable power, food,… Read More
Tags: Food, TC, Climate Change, Environment, Tech, Automotive, Bill Gates, Venture Capital, Jeff Bezos, Cleantech, Greenhouse Gas, GreenTech, Jack Ma, Vinod Khosla, Venture Funding, John Doerr



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