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Owkin, which uses machine learning to better analyze medical research, adds GV to its January Series A, bringing total raised to $18M (Paul…

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat : Owkin, which uses machine learning to better analyze medical research, adds GV to its January Series A, bringing total raised to $18M   —  Owkin, a medical research machine learning startup, has announced a new investor in the form of GV (formerly Google Ventures), which has now joined as a late entrant to Owkin's series A round.

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50 tech CEOs come to Paris to talk about tech for good

Ahead of VivaTech , 50 tech CEOs came to Paris to have lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron. Then, they all worked together on “tech for good”. The event was all about leveraging tech around three topics — education, labor and diversity. At the end of the day, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe invited everyone for a speech in Matignon. It wasn’t a groundbreaking speech as Macron is also speaking at VivaTech tomorrow morning. “We’re trying to pivot France,” Philippe said. With great power comes great responsibility Édouard Philippe Maurice Lévy, the former CEO of Publicis, one of the two companies behind VivaTech with Les Échos, first introduced the event, as well as Eric Hazan from McKinsey. McKinsey worked on the data that was used to start those discussions. So let’s see what they talked about. “As McKinsey showed, there’s no question that technology overall is a net creator of job and GDP. It’s a positive force,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said. “At the same time, AI and automation, while driving the economy and productivity, … will lead to large groups being disadvantaged.” He then listed a few important points to make sure that nobody is going to be left behind, such as coaching and mentorship programs. “This is not just the government’s job but it is also the job of private companies,” Khosrowshahi added. He wanted to remain hopeful and it felt a bit like a lobbying effort. “It’s easy to see the lost of jobs because of automation

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50 tech CEOs come to Paris to talk about tech for good

Ahead of VivaTech , 50 tech CEOs came to Paris to have lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron. Then, they all worked together on “tech for good”. The event was all about leveraging tech around three topics — education, labor and diversity. At the end of the day, French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe invited everyone for a speech in Matignon. It wasn’t a groundbreaking speech as Macron is also speaking at VivaTech tomorrow morning. “We’re trying to pivot France,” Philippe said. With great power comes great responsibility Édouard Philippe Maurice Lévy, the former CEO of Publicis, one of the two companies behind VivaTech with Les Échos, first introduced the event, as well as Eric Hazan from McKinsey. McKinsey worked on the data that was used to start those discussions. So let’s see what they talked about. “As McKinsey showed, there’s no question that technology overall is a net creator of job and GDP.

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Twitter will start adding labels to US Congressional candidates’ profiles on May 30, ahead of the November midterm elections (Sara Fischer/Axios)

Sara Fischer / Axios : Twitter will start adding labels to US Congressional candidates' profiles on May 30, ahead of the November midterm elections   —  Twitter will start adding labels to the profiles of candidates running in the 2018 midterm elections after May 30th.  —  Why it matters: The move underscore's …

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Ireland-based online gaming company Paddy Power Betfair agrees to acquire FanDuel; PPB will merge US assets with FanDuel and invest $158M cash (Dan…

Dan Primack / Axios : Ireland-based online gaming company Paddy Power Betfair agrees to acquire FanDuel; PPB will merge US assets with FanDuel and invest $158M cash   —  Ireland-based online gaming company Paddy Power Betfair has agreed to buy U.S. fantasy sports site FanDuel, Axios has learned from multiple sources.

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Ireland-based online gaming company Paddy Power Betfair agrees to acquire FanDuel; PPB will merge US assets with FanDuel and invest $158M cash (Dan…

Dan Primack / Axios : Ireland-based online gaming company Paddy Power Betfair agrees to acquire FanDuel; PPB will merge US assets with FanDuel and invest $158M cash   —  Ireland-based online gaming company Paddy Power Betfair has agreed to buy U.S. fantasy sports site FanDuel, Axios has learned from multiple sources.

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Apple says it will partially refund customers with iPhone 6 or later that paid for out-of-warranty battery replacements in 2017 by giving them $50…

Ashley Carman / The Verge : Apple says it will partially refund customers with iPhone 6 or later that paid for out-of-warranty battery replacements in 2017 by giving them $50 credit   —  Apple said today it'll refund customers who paid for out-of-warranty battery replacements on their iPhone 6 or later devices between January 1st, 2017 and December 28th, 2017.

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A look at using blockchain tech in supply chains, its potential benefits like reducing fraud, and hurdles before being broadly adopted in the…

Louise Matsakis / Wired : A look at using blockchain tech in supply chains, its potential benefits like reducing fraud, and hurdles before being broadly adopted in the logistics industry   —  I HAD JUST learned everything there was to know about the fish in front of me.  Now, a small part of its fleshy, red body was in my mouth.

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Facebook Marketplace adds home service professionals like house cleaners, plumbers, contractors, and others in partnership with Handy, HomeAdvisor,…

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch : Facebook Marketplace adds home service professionals like house cleaners, plumbers, contractors, and others in partnership with Handy, HomeAdvisor, and more   —  Facebook is entering the home services market.  Starting today, U.S. Facebook users browsing the Facebook Marketplace will be able …

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This company wants to put “brains” in electric scooters and bikes to keep riders safer

Superpedestrian , a Cambridge, Ma.-based company, has been known until now for its electric Copenhagen wheel, which a user attaches to his or her bikes and operates through an app. It’s essentially a circular unit that houses a motor, a battery and sensors and is placed in the middle of the rear wheel, measuring how fast and how forcefully someone is riding and adding a little electric oomph when a bike’s pedals are pushed. Riders love the wheel, but now, Superpedestrian is shifting gears. It isn’t abandoning its consumer base. Instead, it’s taking the wraps off an entirely new second business that plans to use the one million kilometers of data it has amassed from Copenhagen customers to improve the offerings of urban mobility companies. More specifically, it wants to sell them hardware and software that will keep their fleets up to snuff. It doesn’t matter if these companies are renting out electric bikes, scooter, mopeds or all three. Superpedestrian is “micro vehicle” agnostic, suggests its founder, Assaf Biderman — who’d earlier spent 10 years working at MIT’s Senseable City Lab . In fact, he says Superpedestrian has been quietly modeling out this business-to-business diagnostics business since nearly the company’s launch five years ago but was waiting for small motorized vehicles to gain momentum. Now, of course, scooter and e-bike sharing services are suddenly booming. Enter Superpedestrian, which says it’s time for the companies that are peppering city streets with their vehicles to improve their quality, and that Superpedestrian can help make them more reliable, easier to track, and more cost-effective over time.

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Lyft says it will spend $100M on a network of driver support centers, where they can get low-cost oil changes, basic vehicle maintenance, and car…

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge : Lyft says it will spend $100M on a network of driver support centers, where they can get low-cost oil changes, basic vehicle maintenance, and car washes   —  Lyft driver “hubs” include discounted car washes and oil changes, as well as clean bathrooms  —  Lyft announced today plans …

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