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ActiveFence comes out of the shadows with $100M in funding and tech that detects online harm, now valued at $500M+

Online abuse, disinformation, fraud and other malicious content is growing and getting more complex to track. Today, a startup called ActiveFence, which has quietly built a tech platform to suss out threats as they are being formed and planned, to make it easier for trust and safety teams to combat them on platforms, is coming out of the shadows to announce significant funding on the back of a surge of large organizations using its services. The startup, co-headquartered in New York and Tel Aviv...
Tags: Security, TC, Facebook, Europe, New York, Enterprise, Big Data, Government, Funding, Tel Aviv, Tech, Highland Europe, Misinformation, Norwest Venture Partners, NLP, CRV


Tether Executives Said To Face Criminal Probe Into Bank Fraud

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: A U.S. probe into Tether is homing in on whether executives behind the digital token committed bank fraud, a potential criminal case that would have broad implications for the cryptocurrency market. Tether's pivotal role in the crypto ecosystem is now well known because the token is widely used to trade Bitcoin. But the Justice Department investigation is focused on conduct that occurred years ago, when Tether was in its more nascent stages. Sp...
Tags: New York, Tech, Bloomberg, Justice Department, James, Letitia James, Tether, Face Criminal Probe Into Bank Fraud


56 gifts you can get on Amazon for under $50

When you buy through our links, Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more. Wake up early and make mini heart-shaped waffles for a breakfast together. Amazon Affordable gifts can be just as thoughtful and useful as expensive gifts. We rounded up 56 gifts on Amazon for under $50 that anyone would love to receive. From an ice cream maker to a foot massager, there's a gift for everyone in this guide. For more gift ideas, check out all Insider Reviews gift guides. Your friend...
Tags: Reviews, Apple, Google, Amazon, Gift Guide, New York, California, US, Trends, Bbc, Gifts, New York Times, North Carolina, National Geographic, Cvs, Kitchen Tools


iRocket to begin rocket engine testing at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center

Reusable rocket startup iRocket has entered into a new partnership with NASA in its quest to reach commercialization in just two years. The partnership will give iRocket access to testing facilities and engineering support, chiefly at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The company is hoping that it will conduct its first rocket engine test — an on-the-ground engine firing test — at the Huntsville site in September. iRocket is earmarking $50 million over the next five y...
Tags: Startups, Space, New York, Congress, Tech, Nasa, Ohio, Lockheed Martin, Air Force, Aerospace, Federal Trade Commission, Marshall, Bezos, Malik, Huntsville, Aerojet Rocketdyne


NotCo gets its horn following $235M round to expand plant-based food products

NotCo, a food technology company making plant-based milk and meat replacements, wrapped up another funding round this year, a $235 million Series D round that gives it a $1.5 billion valuation. Tiger Global led the round and was joined by new investors, including DFJ Growth Fund, the social impact foundation, ZOMA Lab; athletes Lewis Hamilton and Roger Federer; and musician and DJ Questlove. Follow-on investors included Bezos Expeditions, Enlightened Hospitality Investments, Future Positive, L C...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Asia, Europe, New York, Mexico, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Colombia, Canada, United States, Lewis Hamilton, Chile, Venture Capital


Despite controversies and bans, facial recognition startups are flush with VC cash

If efforts by states and cities to pass privacy regulations curbing the use of facial recognition are anything to go by, you might fear the worst for the companies building the technology. But a recent influx of investor cash suggests the facial recognition startup sector is thriving, not suffering. Facial recognition is one of the most controversial and complex policy areas in play. The technology can be used to track where you go and what you do. It’s used by public authorities and in private ...
Tags: Security, New York, Microsoft, Privacy, Minneapolis, Eric Holder, China, Softbank, Funding, New York City, Israel, US, Tech, European Union, Surveillance, New York Times


Neighborhood-watch app Citizen is offering people $25 an hour to livestream crime scenes and house fires in NYC and Los Angeles

Citizen The app Citizen is hiring people to livestream crime scenes and emergencies, The NY Post reported. The app gives users real-time safety updates, usually provided by volunteers. These $20 an hour roles would involve interviewing witnesses and reporting "behind police tape." See more stories on Insider's business page. Neighborhood-watch app Citizen is offering up to $25 an hour for people to livestream crime scenes in New York City and Los Angeles, according to a report by The ...
Tags: Apple, Post, New York Post, New York, News, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Citizen, Field, Ny Post, Adam Neumann, NDA, Yates, Tech Insider


Crime-tracking app Citizen is offering people $25 an hour to livestream crime scenes and house fires in NYC and Los Angeles

Citizen gives users real-time safety updates, usually provided by volunteers. Citizen The app Citizen is hiring people to livestream crime scenes and emergencies, The NY Post reported. The app gives users real-time safety updates, usually provided by volunteers. These $25 an hour roles would involve interviewing witnesses and reporting "behind police tape." See more stories on Insider's business page. Crime-tracking app Citizen is offering up to $25 an hour for people to livestream cri...
Tags: Apple, Post, New York Post, New York, News, New York City, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Citizen, Field, Ny Post, Adam Neumann, NDA, Yates, Tech Insider


For Million of Americans, Unemployment Benefits Require Facial Recognition Scanning

Millions of Americans "are being instructed to use ID.me, along with its facial recognition software, to get their unemployment benefits," reports CNN. The software compares their photo ID with a selfie video they take on their phone with the company's software — but some privacy advocates are concerned: A rapidly growing number of U.S. states, including Colorado, California and New York, turned to ID.me in hopes of cutting down on a surge of fraudulent claims for state and federal benefits tha...
Tags: Google, New York, Tech, Cnn, United States, Hall, Alphabet, Colorado California, Viking Global Investors, CNN Business


Three Die After Untreatable 'Superbug' Fungus Infections in Two Different Cities

"U.S. health officials said Thursday they now have evidence of an untreatable fungus spreading in two hospitals and a nursing home," reports the Associated Press: The "superbug" outbreaks were reported in a Washington, D.C, nursing home and at two Dallas-area hospitals, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. A handful of the patients had invasive fungal infections that were impervious to all three major classes of medications. "This is really the first time we've started seein...
Tags: New York, Texas, Cdc, Washington, America, Tech, Dallas, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Newsweek, Lyman, Meghan Lyman


Checkout is the key to frictionless B2B e-commerce

Andrew Steele Contributor Share on Twitter Andrew Steele is an investor at Activant Capital. He focuses on fintech and e-commerce infrastructure and is based in New York. COVID-19 cemented e-commerce into everyone’s daily habits in 2020, and as we look ahead, B2B e-commerce is quickly becoming the next frontier for founders and investors. The pandemic pushed businesses online, and the emergence of B2B marketplaces and e-commer...
Tags: Ecommerce, Column, New York, Finance, Tech, E-commerce, Paypal, Payments, Online Payments, Api, Financial Services, Klarna, John Deere, Resolve, Rho, Andrew Steele


Obé Fitness raises $15M for its personality-driven exercise platform

Obé Fitness’ co-founders/co-CEOs Mark Mullett and Ashley Mills toss around the word “entertrainment” a lot. For the record, it’s not a reference to the Butler County, Ohio-based amusement park that serves as the home of the “world’s largest train display,” but rather one of those industry portmanteaus like infotainment or webinar. Here it’s meant to be a reference to what the New York-based company sees as its principle differentiator from an increasingly crowded market. Mills describes it as “w...
Tags: Health, Startups, Apps, New York, Fitness, Funding, Samsung, Tech, Exercise, EC, OBE, Mills, Mullett, Butler County Ohio, Tiffany Haddish, CAVU Venture Partners


Fi’s smart collar adds sleep tracking for dogs

Conventional wisdom holds that one ought let sleeping does lie. But no one says you’re barred from tracking them while they do. New York-based smart collar maker Fi announced today that it’s adding sleep to the list of the device’s tracking. The added feature uses the collar’s on-board motion sensing to monitor your best friend’s sleep during the day and night (and almost certainly leave you jealous about how much shut-eye they’re getting). The information is presented on a timeline that should ...
Tags: Health, Startups, New York, Hardware, Dogs, Pets, Fi, Sleep Tracking, Jonathan Bensamoun


Uber Freight acquires Transplace for $2.25B

Uber Freight, the logistics business spun out of Uber in 2018, has acquired Transplace for about $2.25 billion from private equity group TPG Capital, according to regulatory filings. The deal announced Thursday will involve $750 million in Uber stock with the remainder in cash. The acquisition of Transplace marks a ramping up of Uber Freight’s business as it aims to carve out market share in its existing markets and an expansion in Mexico. Uber Freight also sees the acquisition as a means to ac...
Tags: Uber, New York, Mexico, Tech, Chicago, Canada, Automotive, M&a, Logistics, Tpg Capital, Greenbriar, Lior Ron, Greenbriar Equity Group, Uber Freight, Transplace, Frank McGuigan


Uber Freight acquires Transpace for $2.25B

Uber Freight, the logistics business spun out of Uber in 2018, has acquired Transplace for about $2.25 billion from private equity group TPG Capital, according to regulatory filings. The deal announced Thursday will involve $750 million in Uber stock with the remainder in cash. The acquisition of Transplace marks a ramping up of Uber Freight’s business as it aims to carve out market share in its existing markets and an expansion in Mexico. Uber Freight also sees the acquisition as a means to ac...
Tags: Uber, New York, Mexico, Tech, Chicago, Canada, Automotive, Tpg Capital, Greenbriar, Lior Ron, Greenbriar Equity Group, Transplace, Frank McGuigan, Uber Freight Uber, Europe Uber Freight


Tailor Brands raises $50M, aims to be one-stop shop for small businesses to launch

Tailor Brands, a startup that automates parts of the branding and marketing process for small businesses, announced Thursday it has raised $50 million in Series C funding. GoDaddy led the round as a strategic partner and was joined by OurCrowd and existing investors Pitango Growth, Mangrove Capital Partners, Armat Group, Disruptive VC and Whip Media founder Richard Rosenblatt. Tailor Brands has now raised a total of $70 million since its inception in 2015. “GoDaddy is empowering everyday entrepr...
Tags: New York, Tel Aviv, Godaddy, Tech, Ourcrowd, Saar, Tailor Brands, Yali Saar, TechCrunch 's Startup Battlefield, Andrew Morbitzer, Richard Rosenblatt Tailor Brands


Yoobic raises $50M for its chat and communications app app aimed at frontline and service workers

Slack set the standard in many ways for what knowledge workers want and expect out of a workplace collaboration app these days, but a lot has been left on the table when it comes to frontline workers. Today, one of the software companies that has built a popular app for that frontline crowd to become a part of the conversation is announcing a funding round that speaks to the opportunity to do more. Yoobic, which provides an app for frontline and service workers to manage tasks, communicate with ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, New York, London, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Highland Europe, Yoobic, FELIX, Gilles, Carrefour, Avi, Fabrice Avi, Field Service, ServiceMax


Michael Arrington’s next act

As longtime TechCrunch readers know well, Michael Arrington cofounded TechCrunch and Crunchbase, as well as the venture fund CrunchFund, which was later renamed Tuesday Capital. But In 2017, Arrington announced that he was shifting gears and becoming a full-time crypto investor, and despite a volatile ride since, he isn’t looking back, seemingly. As he said during an interview late last week, “I like reinventing myself and I think more people should do that.” On the heels of new fund announcemen...
Tags: TC, Asia, Europe, New York, California, Russia, San Francisco, Tech, Aol, Miami, SEC, Silicon Valley, Einstein, Michael Arrington, Sand Hill Road, Crunchbase


Epic Games acquires Sketchfab, a 3D model sharing platform

New York-based startup Sketchfab has been acquired by Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite and Unreal Engine. Sketchfab has been building a platform to upload, download, view, share, sell and buy 3D assets. Essentially, it is the leading repository for 3D files on the web. Epic Games isn’t disclosing the terms of the deal. Sketchfab will still operate as a separate brand and offering. Epic Games also says that all integrations with third-party tools will remain available, including with Unity...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Gaming, New York, Tech, 3D, Sketchfab, Epic Games, Fortnite, USDZ, 3d Model, Unreal Engine Sketchfab, Alban Denoyel


i80 Group has quietly committed $1B in credit to the fintech and proptech worlds

Not every startup wants to raise venture capital. And then there are those that do want to raise VC money but don’t want to use it for specific things. In recent years, a number of firms have emerged looking to meet the credit needs of such venture-backed and growth startups: i80 Group is one of those firms. Former Goldman Sachs investment banker Marc Helwani founded i80 in 2016 after investing in early-stage New York-based fintechs in 2014-2015 via his VC fund, Avenue A Ventures. ...
Tags: New York, San Francisco, Tech, Paypal, Scifi, Goldman Sachs, Andreessen Horowitz, Montreal, Max Levchin, Khosla Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Silicon Valley Bank, Helwan, Helwani, Capchase, Marc Helwani


Google Maps can now show New Yorkers how busy individual subway cars are so they can avoid crowds of people in the pandemic

Google Maps is trialling a new feature which tells you which carriages are the busiest. AlenaPaulus/Getty Images Google Maps is trialling a new feature which tells users which transit cars are the busiest. The feature is currently only available in New York and Sydney, Google said in a product update. It comes as Google expands its live crowd prediction feature to more than 100 countries. See more stories on Insider's business page. Google Maps can show users in New York and Sydney how...
Tags: Google, New York, Trends, New South Wales, Sydney, Google Maps, New York Google, Google Google Maps, Kate Duffy, Sydney Google, Long Island Rail Road and Transport


Intel's Mobileye Begins Testing Autonomous Vehicles In New York City

Mobileye, the company that specializes in chips for vision-based autonomous vehicles, is now testing its AVs in New York City -- a difficult and rare move given the state's restrictions around such testing. The Verge reports: The announcement was made by Amnon Shashua, president and CEO of the Intel-owned company, at an event in the city on Tuesday. Shashua said the company is currently testing two autonomous vehicles in New York City, but plans to increase that number to seven "in the next few ...
Tags: New York, New York City, Tech, Intel, Mobileye, Amnon Shashua, Shashua


Navigate new normals with Google Maps

With the state of the pandemic varying across the globe, the new normal looks different depending on where you go. But no matter your situation, Google Maps has your back with new tools to help you navigate and explore as safely as possible. Keep your distance on mass transit It’s no surprise that transit ridership took a drastic plunge during the early days of the pandemic. While people are returning to public transit — with transit directions on Maps increasing 50% compared to last yea...
Tags: Google, Maps, New York, Washington, New South Wales, Sydney, Tokyo, Google Maps, Your Timeline, Eric Tholomé, Long Island Rail Road and Transport, New York City Atlanta San Francisco Boston


Google Maps Gains Expanded Transit Crowdedness Predictions

Google today announced that it is expanding transit crowdedness predictions to more than 10,000 transit agencies in 100 countries so that customers can better determine which transit options are at capacity and which have more open space and seating available. In New York and Sydney, Google is launching a pilot program that lets Maps users see live crowdedness information at the transit car level, with the feature powered by the Long Island Rail Road and Transport for New South Wales. Google...
Tags: Google, New York, Google Maps, Sydney Google


Intel’s Mobileye takes its autonomous vehicle testing program to New York City

Mobileye, a subsidiary of Intel, has expanded its autonomous vehicle testing program to New York City as part of its strategy to develop and deploy the technology. New York City joins a number of other cities including Detroit, Paris, Shanghai and Tokyo where Mobileye has either launched testing or plans to this year. Mobileye launched its first test fleet in Jerusalem in 2018 and added one in Munich in 2020. “If we want to build something that will scale, we need to be able to drive in challeng...
Tags: TC, Transportation, New York, Germany, New York City, Jerusalem, Tech, Intel, Munich, Automotive, Gm, Manhattan, Tokyo, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Volkswagen


Chair of Trump’s 2017 inaugural fund arrested on foreign agent charges – live

Tom Barrack charged with acting as unregistered agent for UAEFauci clashes with Rand Paul over ‘gain of function research’Pelosi staffer and White House official test positive for Covid 8.30pm BST Florida congressman Charlie Crist and South Carolina congresswoman Nancy Mace have joined the #FreeBritney movement and introduced bipartisan legislation to protect the rights of those under conservatorship arrangements.Britney Spears shocked the world last month when she delivered impassioned test...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, New York, Technology, Media, Republicans, California, White House, US, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Democrats, United States, US politics, United Arab Emirates


China Roundup: What’s going on with China’s data security clampdown?

Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. A tectonic shift is underway in how Beijing regulates and accesses the troves of citizen data collected by its tech giants. More details of China’s new cybersecurity rules have recently come to light as Didi, the SoftBank-backed ride-sharing dominator in China, became the target of the Chinese government’s latest effort to heigh...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Asia, Hong Kong, New York, Instagram, China, Softbank, Tech, Tesla, Beijing, Alibaba, Tencent, The Wall Street Journal


Little Spoon scoops up $44M to grow its children’s nutrition delivery service

The quest to disrupt the traditional baby food aisle continues as more of today’s parents seek out nutritional food for their children. One of the startups taking on the $100 billion children’s health and wellness market is Little Spoon, producing fresh, direct-to-consumer baby and children’s meals. The New York-based company announced on Tuesday a $44 million round of Series B funding led by Valor Equity Partners, with participation from Kairos HQ. The new financing gives Little Spoon $73 milli...
Tags: Food, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, New York, France, Tech, Venture Capital, Barnett, Lewis, Barrett, Kairos, Valor Equity Partners, Baby Food, Ben Lewis, Little Spoon


Powered by local stores, JOKR joins the 15 min grocery race with a $170M Series A

“We are true believers in the fact that the world needs a new Amazon, a better one, a more sustainable one, one that appreciates local areas and products.” It’s quite one thing to claim you are out to replace Amazon (just as its founder goes into space), but Ralf Wenzel, Founder and CEO of JOKR, certainly believes his company might have a shot. And he’s raising plenty of money to aim at that goal. Today the fast-growing grocery and retail delivery platform has closed a whopping $170 million Seri...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Europe, Balderton Capital, New York, Mexico, Gorillas, Tech, Ceo, Online Shopping, Colombia, Austria, United States, Poland, Brazil


Titan, a platform aimed at the ‘everyday investor,’ valued at $450M as a16z leads $58M Series B

Titan , a startup that is building a retail investment management platform aimed at the new generation of “everyday investors,” has closed on $58 million in a Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). The financing comes just over five months after Titan raised $12.5 million in a Series A round led by General Catalyst, and brings the startup’s total raised since its 2017 inception to $75 million. It values the company at $450 million. General Catalyst also put money in the Se...
Tags: New York, Tech, Fidelity, Andreessen Horowitz, Will Smith, General Catalyst, Titan, Sound Ventures, Acharya, Percoco, Joe Percoco, Anish Acharya, B. Titan, BoxGroup Ashton Kutcher, Odell Beckham Jr Kevin Durant Jared Leto, Titan Crypto



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