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India’s Mfine raises $17.2M for its digital healthcare service

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:13:44 +0000

Mfine, an India-based startup aiming to broaden access to doctors and healthcare using the internet, has pulled in a $17.2 million Series B funding round for growth. The company is led by four co-founders from Myntra, the fashion commerce startup acquired by Flipkart in 2014. They include CEO Prasad Kompalli and Ashutosh Lawania who started […]

Voiceflow, which allows anyone to make voice apps without coding, raises $3.5 million

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:09:20 +0000

The market for voice apps has opened up — Amazon Alexa’s platform alone has over 80,000 skills as of earlier this year — and there’s little sign of that growth slowing now that smart speakers have hit critical mass in the U.S. To capitalize on this trend, Voiceflow, a startup making it easier for product […]

Amazon opens Key delivery to garages

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:49:23 +0000

Starting today, Amazon can drop off packages to your garage. Assuming, of course, you’re cool with that. The massively multiplayer online retailer just expanded its Key delivery options to include garage, a feature it announced at the beginning of the year at CES. Customers will have to opt-in, of course. And the whole thing requires […]

Chive Media’s out-of-home TV spinoff Atmosphere raises $10M

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:27:17 +0000

When Chive Media Group spun out its out-of-home TV business last year, co-founder and CEO Leo Resig said the structure should help the new company, called Atmosphere, raise venture capital. Looks like those fundraising efforts were successful, with Atmosphere announcing that it has raised $10 million in Series A funding led by S3 Ventures, with […]

Blueshift announces $15M Series B to expand AI-fueled cross-channel marketing tool

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:00:05 +0000

Blueshift is startup founded by tech industry veterans, who saw first-hand how difficult cross-channel marketing was. They decided to launch a company and build a cross-channel marketing platform from the ground up that uses AI and machine learning to make sense of the growing amount of customer data. Today, the startup announced a $15 million […]

$44M-funded Omni pivots from storage to rentals via retailers

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:55:15 +0000

Omni simply couldn’t scale storing stuff in giant warehouses while dropping it and off picking it up from people on demand. Storage was designed to bootstrap Omni into peer-to-peer rentals of the goods in its care. But now it’s found a better way by partnering with retailers which will host and rent out goods for […]

Verizon Q1 beats analyst expectations with earnings per share of $1.22

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:02:08 +0000

Verizon just released its first quarter earnings report, with earnings per share that came in significantly ahead of analyst expectations, while revenue was right in line with predictions. The company reported EPS of $1.22 per share (or $1.20 when adjusted to exclude a 2 cent benefit due to a pension re-measurement triggered by its recent […]

The robot-recruiter is coming — VCV’s AI will read your face in a job interview

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:00:26 +0000

With remote working becoming more of a norm than ever before, remote interviews have, in turn, become a necessity. But how can you truly assess someone from these? In addition, it’s easy to miss great candidates just because you don’t have time to interview all the candidates. A number of startups have appeared to try […]

Harness hauls in $60M Series B investment on $500M valuation

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:32:28 +0000

Series B rounds used to be about establishing a product-market fit, but for some startups the whole process seems to be accelerating. Harness, the startup founded by AppDynamics co-founder and CEO Jyoti Bansal is one of those companies that is putting the pedal the metal with his second startup, taking his learnings and a $60 […]

Twitter Q1 flies past estimates with sales of $787M and EPS of $0.25, but MAUs drop to 330M

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:13:37 +0000

Social networking and media platform Twitter today reported its results for the first quarter of the year, and it’s a strong one. The company said that revenues came in at $787 million, up 18 percent on a year ago; with net income of $191 million and earnings per share of $0.25. However, monthly active users […]

Binance’s hotly-anticipated Singapore crypto exchange is now live — and underwhelming

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:59:07 +0000

Binance, the company widely seen as the world’s largest crypto exchange, has officially set up shop in Singapore after it launched a service in the country. The new Singapore service, however, bears more of a resemblance to U.S. rival Coinbase than a classic Binance exchange. Binance’s rapid ascent is thanks to a service that lets […]

GV-backed KeepTruckin nabs $149M at $1.25B valuation

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:00:33 +0000

KeepTruckin, a developer of hardware and software that helps truck drivers manage their vehicles and cargo, is the latest entrant to the unicorn club.

New hack challenge from Eramet for the TC Hackathon at VivaTech

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:00:25 +0000

There’s no question that springtime in Paris is the stuff of legend. TechCrunch is returning to the City of Lights to continue building another legendary experience. The TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech 2019 takes place at the Expo Porte de Versailles on 17-18 May. If you’re a developer, a UX/UI designer or an all-around tech creator, […]

Le Wagon launches part-time coding bootcamps

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:10:21 +0000

Le Wagon has been steadily growing for the past few years. The bootstrapped French company now has 34 campuses across 22 countries. And now, Le Wagon is about to welcome a whole lot more students thanks to a new part-time program. The startup has been testing a new part-time format in London and now wants […]

Social media influencer Lucy Revill gets ratepayer funding to promote Wellington City Council

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:15:07 GMT

An Instagram influencer is being paid by Wellington City Council to drum up interest in its plans.

Douyu, China’s Twitch backed by Tencent, files for a $500M U.S. IPO

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:07:52 +0000

Douyu, a Chinese live streaming service focused on video games, has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as it prepares to raise up to $500 million on the NYSE less than a year after its archrival floated on the same stock market. Wuhan-based Douyu, whose name translates as “fighting fish”, is the second […]

Sky explains why Neon was glitchy at the 'worst time' for Game of Thrones fans

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:02:26 GMT

Sky says Neon can handle Game of Thrones fans but unexpected "network issues" have taken it offline twice.

Elon Musk's audacious plan for Tesla robo-taxis in 2020

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:10:37 +1200

Tesla CEO Elon Musk expects to start converting the company's electric cars into fully self-driving vehicles next year as part of an audacious plan to create a network of robotic taxis to compete against Uber and other ride-hailing...

Smartcar accuses $50M-funded rival Otonomo of API plagiarism

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 01:22:52 +0000

Ruthless copying is common in tech. Just ask Snapchat. However, it’s typically more conceptual than literal. But car API startup Smartcar claims that its competitor Otonomo copy-and-pasted Smartcar’s API documentation, allegedly plagiarizing it extensively to the point of including the original’s typos and randomly generated strings of code. It’s published a series of side-by-side screenshots […]

India’s ZestMoney raises $20M to grow its digital lending service

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:30:06 +0000

Fintech is very much still hot in Asia. ZestMoney, a startup that helps consumers with no credit history get loans to buy online, announced today it has raised a $20 million Series B. The round is led by Quona Capital, a stealthy Washington-based fund that invests in emerging market fintech and has an office in […]

Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to hand the car keys to robots next year

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 23:59:42 GMT

But Musk's vision for the roads has several safety campaigners worried.

As Jacinda Ardern prepares social media crackdown, alleged gunman's video reappears - and gets huge traffic

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:14:49 +1200

Some 39 days after the Christchurch mosque massacres, social media sites are still struggling to stamp out copies of the gunman's video.New York-based researcher Eric Feinberg reported he had found another 12 copies across Facebook...

Vine reboot Byte begins beta testing

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:01:18 +0000

Twitter shut down Dom Hoffman’s app Vine, giving away the short-form video goldmine to China’s TikTok. Now a year and half since Hoffman announced he’d reimagine the app as V2 then scrapped that name, his follow-up to Vine called Byte has finally sent out the first 100 invites to its closed beta. Byte will let […]

Tesla plans to launch a robotaxi network in 2020

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 21:38:02 +0000

Tesla expects to launch the first robotaxis as part of broader vision for an autonomous ride-sharing network in 2020, CEO Elon Musk said during the company’s Autonomy Day. “I feel very confident predicting that there will be autonomous robotaxis from Tesla next year — not in all jurisdictions because we won’t have regulatory approval everywhere” […]

Tesla vaunts creation of ‘the best chip in the world’ for self-driving

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 20:37:58 +0000

At its "Autonomy Day" today, Tesla detailed the new custom chip that will be running the self-driving software in its vehicles. Elon Musk rather peremptorily called it "the best chip in the world...objectively." That might be a stretch, but it certainly should get the job done.

Samsung delays its Galaxy Fold launch after breaks reported

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:56:08 GMT

Samsung holds off launch of its NZ$3000 folding phone after reviewers reported problems.

Sri Lanka attacks: Facebook warns social media block thwarts families in tragedy

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 19:08:14 GMT

Sri Lanka's ban stops loved-ones communicating in a crisis, Facebook says.

Samsung delays launch of Galaxy Fold after screen failures

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:47:55 +1200

Samsung Electronics Co. will delay the launch of its first foldable smartphone from the planned April 26 debut after reports of screen failures among some review units, a setback for the world's biggest handset maker.The Suwon,...

Allbirds imposes a carbon tax on itself

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:00:06 +1200

While politicians dither, trendy shoemaker Allbirds is "self-imposing" a carbon tax on every piece of footwear it makes.Kiwi and former All White Tim Brown co-founded the startup five years ago with San Fransciscan industrial engineer...

Is this what the clean, green future of NZ energy looks like?

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:00:00 +1200

It's being touted as the zero-emissions answer to New Zealand's "just transition" away from oil and gas.But is chasing so-called "green" hydrogen as straight-forward as it's cracked up to be?Last month, Prime Minister Jacinda...

All Blacks could select just two specialist first-fives for Rugby World Cup

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 08:05:09 GMT

Selector Grant Fox hints that Damian McKenzie's World Cup replacement might not be a specialist 10.

Wave of new tech firms targeting American farms in weather wars

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:10:26 +1200

When surprise hailstorms hit the 6,000 acres Trevor Scherman plants each year with peas, wheat, canola and lentils, his first move isn't to his truck to assess the damage. These days, it's to his iPad.Nine mini-weather stations...

The five best new EVs you can buy in NZ right now

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 18:30:00 GMT

There are some exciting things on the horizon with electric vehicles, but there is some very good stuff here right now. Here are five of them.

Creative destruction: Will technology create or kill jobs?

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 05:00:30 +1200

New Zealanders are being asked to share their views on whether technological changes will cost jobs or create them as the Government looks to formulate a policy on the future of work.The Productivity Commission has published an...

The German technology to help prevent New Zealand banknote forgery

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 05:00:00 +1200

Ever noticed the colourful shimmer of the bird in the clear window of New Zealand's dollar notes or the clear black and white replica of your face in your passport?That technology is called the Kinegram and it is just one of the...

Christchurch shooting: 'Unprecedented' surge of online extremism after terror attack

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 04:49:10 GMT

Christchurch terror attack sparks "unprecedented" levels of online activity from white supremacists.

Nelson family's Chorus fibre install nightmare

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 04:24:11 GMT

Nelson home owner fuming over fibre optic broadband installation, after Chorus put "ugly" wiring outside their home.

Woman's business decision that almost ruined her relationship

Sun, 21 Apr 2019 09:55:13 +1200

When Sabrina Philipp's business started to take off it seemed to make perfect sense to ask her boyfriend to join the fledgling operation.Her online coaching business had turned over $100,000 in just one month for the first time...

Samsung and Facebook prove that tech fomo is real

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 19:30:00 GMT

OPINION: Some companies fear missing technology's next big thing so much they'll invest in practically anything.

Federal regulators investigating Facebook over data lapses set their sights on Mark Zuckerberg

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 12:21:31 +1200

Federal regulators investigating Facebook for mishandling its users' personal information have set their sights on the company's chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, exploring his past statements on privacy and weighing whether to seek...

Owners at fault for Galaxy Fold breakages, Samsung makes 'no changes' to release

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 20:27:44 GMT

The issues surrounding Samsung's latest phone aren't bothering the creators, with the new phone still set to hit shelves at the end of April.

Aussie co-founders of software group Atlassian lose $1.7b overnight

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 08:01:00 +1200

Australian billionaires Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar copped a massive blow of A$1.6 billion ($1.7b) as the market reacted badly to the duo's software group's outlook for the fiscal year.The co-founders of NASDAQ-listed...

Running for cover: Being healthy's one thing but should you hand over personal data for cheaper life insurance?

Sat, 20 Apr 2019 05:00:00 +1200

New Zealand's biggest life insurer will offer discounts and up to $4000 a year in rewards for people who eat healthily, exercise and sleep well.But policy holders would have to prove they are being healthy by recording the information...

Deal means 5G coming for iPhones but not immediately

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Legal fight over, it's a step closer.

Customers switch off when phone prices near $3000

Fri, 19 Apr 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Apple may have hit the price point we're not prepared to pay.

Shuttlerock reaches the world from Nelson

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 17:00:00 GMT

Nelson startup company rubs shoulders with Facebook in the global stakes.

Huawei piles pressure on Govt with ads and sponsorship, security experts say

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 06:19:58 GMT

The Government took a stand against Huawei - but ads and sponsorship deals for the Chinese telco are everywhere.

CEO Martin Stewart consolidates power at Sky with board seat; Peter Macourt likely next to go

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 14:40:01 +1200

Sky TV's new-broom CEO Martin Stewart has consolidated his power by taking the board seat vacated by John Fellet.The change was announced to the NZX this morning.Fellet's decision to stay on as a director after resigning as CEO...

Gmail fix login issue after worldwide crash

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 00:09:34 GMT

Gmail users reported issues with the mailing platform around the country and the world.

Speed-reading with Blinkist isn't reading at all

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 22:02:14 GMT

The app offers summaries of non-fiction books. Maybe that's a problem.

Samsung Galaxy Fold screens are breaking within days, new owners say

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 21:14:07 GMT

Samsung's nearly $3000 Galaxy Fold was completely unusable after 2 days, one owner said.

Ecuador's President Moreno accuses Julian Assange of hosting hackers within embassy

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 03:05:49 GMT

Swedish programmer who is in custody in Ecuador, said to be one of the hackers who visited embassy.

Users report global Gmail outages

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:19:20 +1200

Internet users have flooded social media with reports of Gmail outages.According to the Outage Report website, hundreds of people have complained of being unable to log into Gmail since just after 5pm US eastern time (7am AEST)....

Suspensions policy written for .nz websites in wake of Christchurch terror attack

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 01:46:15 GMT

Christchurch terror attack leads InternetNZ to write a policy enabling the suspension of .nz websites.

Pepsi considers using satellites to project advertising in night sky

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:42:48 +1200

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's a commercial disrupting your view of the night sky brought to you by soft drink company Pepsi.The global beverage company has reportedly consulted with a Russian space start-up that is proposing...

Callaghan launches Israeli innovation ecosystem database

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 13:06:16 +1200

Callaghan Innovation has adopted an Israeli database model for its newly-launched Scale-Up NZ information aggregation and collaboration system.Callaghan, a government agency, will pay a $50,000 annual licence fee to Israeli non-profit...

Lawyer finds lessons as dismissed IBM NZ exec awarded $190K

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 10:40:09 +1200

There are lessons for all employers in the case of David Bate, who was awarded $189,950 after taking an unjustified dismissal case against IBM New Zealand, a top employment lawyer says - particularly local subsidiaries of multinationals...

Auckland's Safeswim app to be sold overseas as product

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 08:30:00 +1200

Auckland's real-time water quality monitoring app is set to be exported around the world as a multi-million dollar product.A venture between Auckland Council and global engineering firm Mott MacDonald, announced this morning, would...

As it asks for cash up front, Spark Sport details refund policy

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 06:56:35 +1200

Spark is looking to lure people to Spark Sport with its $60 early-bird pricing for the Rugby World Cup.That is a good deal for paywalled sports tournament by any measure, and a decent saving on the $80 it will cost if you wait until...

Juha Saarinen: Social media platforms risk people signing off in droves

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 05:00:00 +1200

COMMENT: Livestreamed atrocities, fake news and propaganda, racism, trolling, as well as privacy-busting marketing and manipulation of democracy: the dark side of social media is getting bigger and starting to smell bad. READ MORE:...