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Sweden’s Engaging Care raises $800,000 for its digital healthcare SaaS

Engaging Care , a Swedish heathtech startup co-founded by Charlotta Tönsgård, who was previously CEO of online doctor app Min Doktor before being asked to step down , has raised $800,000 in “pre-seed” funding to continue building out its digital healthcare SaaS. Backing the burgeoning company are a host of well-established angel investors in the region. They include Hampus Jakobsson (venture partner at BlueYard Capital and co-founder of TAT, which sold to Blackberry for $150 million), Sophia Bendz ( EIR at Atomico and the former Global Marketing Director at Spotify), Erik Byrenius (founder of OnlinePizza, an online food ordering company sold to Delivery Hero) and Neil Murray’s The Nordic Web Ventures . With the aim of dragging healthcare into the digital age, but in a more patient-friendly and patient-centred way than tradition electronic medical record systems, Engaging Care is developing a SaaS and accompanying apps to bring together patients, healthcare providers and partners to be “smarter and better connected”. Unlike software and digital services that work outside existing healthcare systems, the startup’s wares are billed as being designed to work within them. It is initially targeting people with long-term health conditions. “There has been tremendous progress made in the healthcare sector over the last decade. New advanced drugs, new methods for surgery and other treatments, but how healthcare workers share important information with the patient and the interaction between caregiver and patient still basically happens the same way it did 50 years ago,” Tönsgård tells me. “The systems of today are still designed around the doctor – even though we might spend as little as 15 minutes with him or her every year, but hours, days and years alone with our condition. On top of this, most western healthcare systems are struggling financially, with an ageing population, more prevalence of chronic diseases and a shift in expectations from the public, adding to the challenges”.

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Tinder Loops Now Let Users Upload Video Profiles – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Tinder Loops Now Let Users Upload Video Profiles Ubergizmo They say that a picture tells a thousand words, but what if a thousand words isn't enough? For those of you who are using Tinder and think that maybe your profile photos aren't enough to get the attention of others, you'll be pleased to learn that ... and more »

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Tinder Loops, the dating app’s new video feature, rolls out globally

Tinder Loops, the recently announced video feature from Tinder, is today rolling out globally. Tinder has been testing this feature in Canada and Sweden since April, when it was first announced, and has rolled out to a few other markets since then. Today, Loops are available to Tinder users across the following markets: Japan, United Kingdom, United States, France, Korea, Canada, Australia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Kuwait, New Zealand, Norway, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and United Arab Emirates. Loops are two-second, looping videos that can be posted to users’ profiles. Users can’t shoot Tinder Loops from within the app, but rather have to upload and edit existing videos in their camera roll or upload a Live Photo from an iOS device. Tinder is also expanding the number of images you can post to your profile to nine, in order to make room for Loops without displacing existing photos. Given that Tinder has been testing the feature since early April, the company now has more data around how Tinder Loops have been working out for users. For example, users who added a Loop to their profile saw that their average conversation length went up by 20 percent. The feature seems to be particularly effective in Japan — Loops launched there in June — with users receiving an average of 10 percent more right swipes if they had a Loop in their profile. In the age of Instagram and Tinder, people have used photos to represent themselves online.

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Tinder takes on Coffee Meets Bagel with test of Tinder Picks

Tinder will begin testing a new feature aimed at helping people find more matches who fit their particular interests across areas like education, job type, hobbies and other details. “Tinder Picks,” as the new feature is being called, will be available only to those on Tinder Gold – the existing  subscription offering that includes a number of Tinder Plus features, like Passport, Rewind, Unlimited Likes and more, but also allows users to see who has already liked them. Combined, Tinder Plus and Gold had an average of 3.5 million paid subscribers in Q1, but Tinder doesn’t break down the two offerings individually. Tinder Gold launched globally in August 2017, and is being tested at different price points in various markets. The company says that during its first month, subscribers saw an over 60 percent increase in matches as a result of the offering. With Tinder Picks, the company hopes to increase matches even more. The feature is based on information shared in Tinder users’ profile – including education, what type of job they have, what they enjoy doing and other hobbies and interests. Tinder uses this information to organize users into groupings. For example, a “foodie” might earn that tag because they work in a restaurant, went to a top culinary school, or mentions food in their bio. Tinder Picks considers this information along with users’ previous swiping behavior to determine who the day’s top Picks are. Users will see their daily Picks by tapping the diamond on the top of the Discovery screen. However, you’ll need to upgrade to Tinder Gold to actually tap into their profiles, swipe on them, or send them a Super Like. The price of your Tinder Gold upgrade could vary because Tinder uses dynamic pricing that varies based on region, length of subscription, recent in-app promotions, and other factors, like age . Tinder Picks refresh every 24 hours, but Tinder Gold users can opt to buy more at any time, the company says. These will be sold in packs of 10, 20 or 30 Picks a la carte

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Microsoft acquires Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used by 20M+ students and teachers in 180 countries, and makes it free for schools to use…

Tom Warren / The Verge : Microsoft acquires Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used by 20M+ students and teachers in 180 countries, and makes it free for schools to use   —  A YouTube reaction video platform for students is now free to use for schools  —  Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a video discussion platform used …

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BetterDoctor, an online site that helps health care networks keep track of data on providers, to be acquired by healthcare network analysis firm Quest…

Ina Fried / Axios : BetterDoctor, an online site that helps health care networks keep track of data on providers, to be acquired by healthcare network analysis firm Quest Analytics   —  BetterDoctor, an online site that helps health care networks keep track of data on providers, is being acquired by Quest Analytics …

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Huawei says it shipped 6M P20 and P20 Pro phones in the first 10 weeks, up 81% compared to the same period for P10, with China up 63% and other…

Li Tao / South China Morning Post : Huawei says it shipped 6M P20 and P20 Pro phones in the first 10 weeks, up 81% compared to the same period for P10, with China up 63% and other markets up 150%   —  Huawei Technologies' focus on a better photography experience for smartphone users seems to be paying off with shipments …

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Nintendo Says Labo Sales Have Met Their Expectations – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo Nintendo Says Labo Sales Have Met Their Expectations Ubergizmo Earlier this year Nintendo unveiled the Labo. It does feel a tad niche and we're sure that there are some who are questioning the company's decision. However it seems that the Labo has actually done pretty well, or at least well enough according to ... and more »

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Some mass email marketing firms complain they cannot get most of the people in mailing lists to check their emails and may lose ~80% of them due to…

Michelle Castillo / CNBC : Some mass email marketing firms complain they cannot get most of the people in mailing lists to check their emails and may lose ~80% of them due to EU's GDPR   —  - The GDPR requires companies to send emails to people on their mailing list who have never bought anything, asking permission to keep emailing them.

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JD.com’s new Shanghai fulfillment center ships 200,000 orders per day and employs four people to service the robots (Steve LeVine/Axios)

Steve LeVine / Axios : JD.com's new Shanghai fulfillment center ships 200,000 orders per day and employs four people to service the robots   —  JD.com, a Chinese e-commerce gargantuan, has built a big new Shanghai fulfillment center that can organize, pack and ship 200,000 orders a day.  It employs four people — all of whom service the robots.

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Metafilter considers subscription-based and community-funded models as it discloses that it’s running at an $8,000/month deficit in financial update…

Josh Millard / MetaTalk : Metafilter considers subscription-based and community-funded models as it discloses that it's running at an $8,000/month deficit in financial update   —  Important site updates, folks:  —  1. The site is running at a significant deficit and we urgently need to make that up.

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Truecaller makes first acquisition to build out payment and financial services in India

Sweden’s Truecaller started out life as a service that screens calls and messages to weed out spammers. In recent times the company has switched its focus to India, its largest market based on users, adding services that include payments to make it more useful . Now Truecaller is putting even more weight behind its India push after it announced its first acquisition, mobile payment service  Chillr . The vision is to go deeper into mobile payments and associated services to turn Truecaller into a utility that goes beyond just handling messages and calls, particularly payments — a space that WhatsApp is preparing to enter in India . Truecaller doesn’t have WhatsApp -like scale — few companies can match 200 million active users in Indua, but it did recently  disclose that it has 100 million daily active users worldwide, while India is its largest country with 150 million registered users. Truecaller has raised over $90 million from investors to date, according to Crunchbase . TechCrunch reported in 2015 that it was in talks to raise $100 million at a valuation of around $1 billion, but a deal never happened. Truecaller has instead raised capital from Swedish investment firm Zenith . Chillr, which offer payment services between over 50 banks,  had raised $7.5 million from the likes of Blume Ventures and Sequoia Capital. Truecaller isn’t disclosing how much it has paid for the deal, but it said that Chillr’s entire team of 45 people will move over and the Chillr service will be phased out. In addition, Chillr CEO Sony Joy will become vice president of Truecaller Pay, running that India-based payment business which will inherit Chillr’s core features. “We’ve acquired a company that is known for innovation and leading this space in terms of building a fantastic product,” Truecaller co-founder and CSO Nami Zarringhalam told TechCrunch in an interview. Zarringhalam said the Truecaller team met with Chillr as part of an effort to reach out to partners to build out an ecosystem of third-party services, but quickly realized there was potential to come together. “We realized we shared synergies in thought processes for caring for the customer and user experience,” he added, explaining that Joy and his Chillr team will “take over the vision of execution of Truecaller Pay.” Truecaller added payments in India last year Joy told TechCrunch that he envisages developing Truecaller Pay into one of India’s top three payment apps over the next two years.

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