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Humble Bundle is offering a ‘pay what you want’ deal on cybersecurity software and it’s for a good cause – Mashable

Mashable Humble Bundle is offering a 'pay what you want' deal on cybersecurity software and it's for a good cause Mashable With the sheer amount of hackers and scammers out there on the internet just waiting to gobble up your precious information, you might consider getting web software that will help you better navigate your browsing experience on your desktop and mobile  ...

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Singapore-based game studio Mighty Bear raises $2.5M ahead of debut release

Mighty Bear, a game studio startup that grew out of King.com’s former office in Singapore, has landed new funding as it readies its debut title for smartphones. The startup was founded by four former King.com staffers — Simon Davis, Fadzuli Said, Benjamin Chevalier and Saurabh Shukul — after the gaming giant closed its Singapore office — inherited via the acquisition of Non Stop Games — following  its $5.9 billion acquisition by Activision . Today, Mighty Bear’s team of 18 counts experience working with Ubisoft, EA, Lucasarts, Disney, Gameloft and others. The startup previously raised $775,000 in a pre-seed round in early 2017 , and this time around it has pulled in a seven-figure USD investment. The deal is officially undisclosed, but a source with knowledge of discussions told TechCrunch it is worth around $2.5 million. The deal was led by U.S.-based Skycatcher, New York hedge fund banker Eric Mindich’s Everblue fund, and M Ventures from Los Angeles. Others in the round include Singapore’s Atlas Ventures, Lev Leviev — who is co-founder of VK.com among other things — and existing backer Global Founders Capital, which is affiliated with Rocket Internet. “We’ve already got a good set of investors from Europe and Asia so we realized we needed networks in North America, too,” Mighty Bear CEO Simon Davis told TechCrunch in an interview. Davis added that, beyond extending their reach for purposes like hiring, partnerships and more, they open up the potential for IP and media deals further down the road. First thing first though: Mighty Bear is working to launch its first title, which Davis said will be an MMORPG. Right now, it is being secretly tested for scalability and technical capabilities among users in India and the Philippines with a view to a full launch on iOS and Android later this year. Davis said the company plans to launch another title, too, with both games managed concurrently

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CityMapper, the urban transportation app, is integrating with bike-sharing company Mobike

Hot on the heels of getting acquired for $2.7 billion by on-demand services startup Meituan-Dianping  en route to its own $60 billion IPO , Chinese bike-sharing startup Mobike is ramping up its international push as companies like Uber , Lyft and other standalone bike-on-demand startups take their own expansion strategies up a gear. The company will this week start integrating with Citymapper , the mapping and navigation app focused on urban areas and public transportation, in all cities where both companies operate (Citymapper is now live in 39 cities; while Mobike calls itself the world’s largest bike-sharing startup, in 200 cities in some 15 countries). This will mean that users of Citymapper will be able to select bike routes on the app, and also see where they can find a Mobike to complete those journeys, giving the bike-hire-on-demand company one more way to snag customers in what is shaping up to be a very competitive market for transportation options geared to single users. TechCrunch first learned of the integration by way of an anonymous tip, which was then confirmed to us by a spokesperson from Mobike itself. (We sent multiple emails to Citymapper, but didn’t receive any replies.) “Bikesharing is a true new emerging global transport platform, so a partnership with Citymapper, one of the most popular transport apps in the world, is a logical step,” said the spokesperson. “Partnering with Citymapper means that more and more people will realise how easy using a Mobike is, encouraging cycling everywhere for short urban trips.” London-based Citymapper taps APIs from city transportation networks to provide bike routes alongside walking, bus, train, ferry and car routes. In cities where there are city bike schemes — for example in London  and New York — it shows locations for bike docking stations and, if available, information on how many bikes are available. But while there are in London — as one example — some 750 docking stations in the city covering 11,000 bikes, there are large swathes of the city, particularly outside the center, where the city bike scheme doesn’t reach. That presents an opportunity for these bike startups, which are often not banked at docks but parked on sidewalks, to cater to people who may not own a bike but would like to ride one from points A to B, when one or both of those are not near a docking station. For the moment, you still have to register through the Mobike app to be able to reserve a Mobike you find on Citymapper. And it’s not a given that you will ever be able to book these directly: if you look at Citymapper’s Uber integration it gives you an estimate but links to the Uber app to actually seal the deal (this is now also what  Google Maps does, too )

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UK’s first Space Camp Accelerator unveils its first 6 startups

Back in March we covered the launch of Seraphim Capital’s new “Space Camp Accelerator”. This is the UK’s first dedicated accelerator programme for startups in the spacetech industry. Ther’s now selected the six companies in this first cohort. They come from from the US, Denmark and the UK. The programme is underway and is 9 weeks in total, ending 9/10 July. The key partners are the new UK Space Agency, Dentons, Rolls-Royce, Cyient, European Space Agency, SA Catapult and Capital Enterprise as well as Airbus, SSTL and Telespazio. Here’s a run-down of which companies are in the programme, in their own words: QuadSAT QuadSAT is a Danish company that has developed brand new tools and techniques for testing and calibrating satellite antennas being deployed in high-value Maritime and Aeronautical markets. Combining the latest drone technology with a simulated satellite payload and mathematical algorithms, QuadSAT simplifies the requirements for satellite antenna testing, qualification and calibration. Tesseract Tesseract builds satellite propulsion systems that use non toxic propellants, have dramatically better performance, and lower cost than existing options. Current satellite propulsion technologies rely on toxic fuel that is dangerous to handle. This results in fuelling costs of up to $500k per satellite and are cost prohibitive for inexpensive smallsats. Tesseract has redesigned thrusters for low toxicity fuels and modern manufacturing techniques such as 3D printing

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Pew: Social media still growing in emerging markets but stalled elsewhere

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s (so far) five-year project to  expand access to the Internet in emerging markets  makes plenty of business sense when you look at the latest  report by the Pew Research Center — which shows social media use has plateaued across developed markets but continues to rise in the developing world. In 2015-16, roughly four-in-ten adults across the emerging nations surveyed by Pew said they used social networking sites, and as of 2017, a majority (53%) use social media. Whereas, over the same period, social media use has generally been flat in many of the advanced economies surveyed. Internet use and smartphone ownership have also stayed level in developed markets over the same period vs rising in emerging economies. Pew polled more than 40,000 respondents in 37 countries over a roughly three month period in February to May last year for this piece of research. The results show how developing markets are of clear and vital importance for social behemoth Facebook as a means to eke continued growth out of its primary ~15-year-old platform — plus also for the wider suite of social products it’s acquired around that. (Pew’s research asked people about multiple different social media sites, with suggested examples being country-specific  — though Facebook and Twitter were staples.) Especially — as Pew also found — of those who use the internet, people in developing countries often turn out to be more likely than their counterparts in advanced economies to network via social platforms such as Facebook (and Twitter) . Which in turn suggests there are major upsides for social platforms getting into an emerging Internet economy early enough to establish themselves as a go-to networking service. This dynamic doubtless explains why Facebook has been so leaden in its response to some very stark risks attached to how its social products accelerate the spread and consumption of misinformation in some developing countries, such as Myanmar  and India . Pulling the plug on its social products in emerging markets essentially means pulling the plug on business growth. Though, in the face of rising political risk attached to Facebook’s own business and growing controversies attached to various products it offers, the company has reportedly rowed back from offering its ‘Free Basics’ Internet.org package in more than half a dozen countries in recent months, according to analysis by  The Outline . In March , for example, the UN warned that Facebook’s platform was contributing to the spread of hate speech and ethnic violence in crisis-hit Myanmar. The company has also  faced specific questions from US and EU lawmakers  about its activities in the country — with scrutiny on the company dialed up to 11 after a major global privacy scandal that broke this spring

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European and Indian regulators team up to defend net neutrality

Representatives of Europe’s BEREC (Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications) and India’s TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) met up yesterday to sign a joint statement to promote an open internet. This short document describes a set of rules to guarantee net neutrality. Those are some basic rules, such as equal treatment of internet traffic, a case-by-case assessment of zero-rating practices and more. Both the European Union and India have implemented regulation to ensure net neutrality already. But they now want to go further and work together on the same set of rules. Net neutrality is always evolving and rules need to be updated regularly. This collaboration should contribute to a unification of net neutrality. Even more important than the statement itself, the timing of this announcement is interesting. The FCC officially repealed net neutrality in the U.S. on Monday . While other regulators can’t do anything about what’s happening in the U.S., they can make sure net neutrality remains intact in their own country.

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HTC U12 Plus review: narrow design is ergonomic and camera is good, but it’s slippery, solid-state buttons are a disaster, and it lacks 3.5mm jack and…

Vlad Savov / The Verge : HTC U12 Plus review: narrow design is ergonomic and camera is good, but it's slippery, solid-state buttons are a disaster, and it lacks 3.5mm jack and adapter   —  HTC still does a lot of things well, but its new ideas miss the mark  —  It's a tough task to review an HTC phone in 2018.

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Google updates Search results with expanded data about four-year US colleges, including acceptance and graduation rates and the average cost after…

Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch : Google updates Search results with expanded data about four-year US colleges, including acceptance and graduation rates and the average cost after financial aid   —  Google Search is getting an update today that will put data about colleges front and center when you search for a school's name.

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Reddit is rolling out autoplaying video ads on mobile and desktop for standalone ad campaigns, but this rollout will not add pre-roll ads to videos…

Lucas Matney / TechCrunch : Reddit is rolling out autoplaying video ads on mobile and desktop for standalone ad campaigns, but this rollout will not add pre-roll ads to videos   —  The advertising-lite days of Reddit are now firmly in the rear-view as the rapidly maturing company begins to seriously chase advertising revenues in users' feeds.

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Seattle’s city council votes 7-2 to repeal its "head tax" law, less than a month after unanimously passing the contentious tax on big…

Bryan Menegus / Gizmodo : Seattle's city council votes 7-2 to repeal its “head tax” law, less than a month after unanimously passing the contentious tax on big business   —  Less than a month after unanimously passing a contentious tax on big business, Seattle's city council has voted to repeal the so-called “head tax.”

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French startup Exotec Solutions raised a $17.7M Series B led by Iris Capital for its automated warehouse robots (Romain Dillet/TechCrunch)

Romain Dillet / TechCrunch : French startup Exotec Solutions raised a $17.7M Series B led by Iris Capital for its automated warehouse robots   —  French startup Exotec Solutions raised a $17.7 million funding round (€15 million) from Iris Capital with existing investors 360 Capital Partners and Breega also participating.

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Amid Amazon pressure, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and city council president Bruce Harrell say they will repeal the business "head tax" law…

Reid Wilson / The Hill : Amid Amazon pressure, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan and city council president Bruce Harrell say they will repeal the business “head tax” law that passed weeks ago   —  Just weeks after passing a new tax on big businesses, Seattle political leaders signaled late Monday they would reverse course and repeal it.

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