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Getaround, a San Francisco-based peer-to-peer car sharing service, raises $300M Series D led by SoftBank: source says at more than $800M post-money…

Sarah McBride / Bloomberg : Getaround, a San Francisco-based peer-to-peer car sharing service, raises $300M Series D led by SoftBank: source says at more than $800M post-money valuation   —  SoftBank Group Corp. is leading a $300 million funding round into Getaround, a San Francisco-based car-sharing service.

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CoinDesk, a site which tracks news and info about digital currency like bitcoin, generated $20M in revenue in the first seven months of 2018 and is…

Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios : CoinDesk, a site which tracks news and info about digital currency like bitcoin, generated $20M in revenue in the first seven months of 2018 and is profitable   —  CoinDesk is the hottest digital media startup that most people haven't heard of, generating around $20 million in revenue through the first seven months of 2018.

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Twitter says it has suspended 284 accounts for engaging in coordinated manipulation and that many of the accounts appeared to originate from Iran…

Twitter Safety / @twittersafety : Twitter says it has suspended 284 accounts for engaging in coordinated manipulation and that many of the accounts appeared to originate from Iran   —  Working with our industry peers today, we have suspended 284 accounts from Twitter for engaging in coordinated manipulation. Based on our existing analysis, it appears many of these accounts originated from Iran.

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Chinese professional networking service Maimai.cn raises $200M Series D led by DST Global and says it’s planning a US IPO for next year (Yimian…

Yimian Wu / China Money Network : Chinese professional networking service Maimai.cn raises $200M Series D led by DST Global and says it's planning a US IPO for next year   —  Chinese business and career-oriented social networking platform Maimai.cn today announced that DST Global has led a US$200 million series D round.

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Federal court filing: Uber harassment case settlement will award $1.9M in damages across 56 current and former employees who filed claims (Peter…

Peter Blumberg / Bloomberg : Federal court filing: Uber harassment case settlement will award $1.9M in damages across 56 current and former employees who filed claims   —  The cost of Uber Technologies Inc.'s sexual harassment scandal is now itemized: 56 current and former employees who filed claims stand to collect an average of $33,928.57.

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Tencent Holdings and SoftBank Group both dispute reports of their involvement in the pre-IPO investment round of Chinese cryptocurrency mining giant…

CoinDesk : Tencent Holdings and SoftBank Group both dispute reports of their involvement in the pre-IPO investment round of Chinese cryptocurrency mining giant Bitmain   —  Tencent Holdings and SoftBank Group are both disputing their involvement in a widely reported pre-IPO investment round for Chinese cryptocurrency mining giant Bitmain.

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Y Combinator says it’s accepting all 15,000+ applicants to its Startup School program after a glitch sent acceptance emails to those who had been…

Shona Ghosh / Business Insider : Y Combinator says it's accepting all 15,000+ applicants to its Startup School program after a glitch sent acceptance emails to those who had been rejected   —  - Y Combinator emailed tech founders this week saying they had been accepted into Startup School, its free online course for entrepreneurs.

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The Palette 2 lets any 3D printer output color

The Mosaic Manufacturing Palette 2 – an upgrade the original Palette – is a self-contained system for full color 3D printing. It works by cutting and splicing multiple filament colors and then feeding them through as the object is printed. The system uses a unique and internal cutter called the Splice Core that measures and cuts filament as it prints, ensuring the incoming filament can change colors quickly and easily. The printer can out items in four colors and it can print any amount of any color. It extrudes excess color into a little object called a tower, allowing it to print as much or as little of a color as necessary. It also has automatic runout detection which lets you print larger objects over a longer period. It works with a number of current 3D printers and the printers require no real updates to use the Palette or its more robust brother, the Pro. A new piece of software called Canvas allows users to plan their color prints and send the instructions to both the Palette and the printer for printing. The Palette 2 costs $449 while the Pro costs $699. The Pro lets you print faster than the Palette 2. It’s a very clever hack – instead of making the printer do all the work you instead make the filament do the work. Because it is a self-contained system you can use the Palette with nearly any printer although the team is working on native support for many popular printers. They are able to print lots of interesting stuff including 3D printed phone case models, rubbery watch bands using stretchable materials, and even educational objects. Most impressive

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Research that looked at every anti-refugee attack in Germany over two years shows more attacks on refugees happened where Facebook use was higher than…

New York Times : Research that looked at every anti-refugee attack in Germany over two years shows more attacks on refugees happened where Facebook use was higher than average   —  ALTENA, Germany — When you ask locals why Dirk Denkhaus, a young firefighter trainee who had been considered neither dangerous nor political …

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Facebook says it plans to remove over 5,000 ad targeting options by this fall in an effort to prevent discriminatory advertising (Alex…

Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News : Facebook says it plans to remove over 5,000 ad targeting options by this fall in an effort to prevent discriminatory advertising   —  Facebook is planning to remove more than 5,000 ad targeting options in an effort to prevent discriminatory advertising.  —  The bulk of the 5,000 targeting options …

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22 states ask US appeals court to reinstate net neutrality rules, and firms including Etsy and Vimeo filed a separate legal challenge to overturn the…

David Shepardson / Reuters : 22 states ask US appeals court to reinstate net neutrality rules, and firms including Etsy and Vimeo filed a separate legal challenge to overturn the FCC ruling   —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of 22 state attorneys general and the District of Columbia late Monday asked a U.S. appeals court …

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Uber says it has hired Nelson Chai, formerly CEO of Warranty Group and CFO at NYSE and others, as its CFO, a position that’s been empty since 2015…

Dan Primack / Axios : Uber says it has hired Nelson Chai, formerly CEO of Warranty Group and CFO at NYSE and others, as its CFO, a position that's been empty since 2015   —  Uber on Tuesday announced that it has hired veteran Wall Street executive Nelson Chai as chief financial officer, a position that has been empty since 2015.

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Slack raises $427M Series H led by Dragoneer Investment Group and General Atlantic at a valuation of over $7.1B (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch : Slack raises $427M Series H led by Dragoneer Investment Group and General Atlantic at a valuation of over $7.1B   —  Slack, the workplace communications platform, has taken off like a rocket since launching in 2013 and now has more than 8 million daily active users and 70,000 teams paying to use it.

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Tinder begins rolling out a new college-only service called Tinder U to iOS devices at four-year, accredited, not-for-profit schools in the US (Ashley…

Ashley Carman / The Verge : Tinder begins rolling out a new college-only service called Tinder U to iOS devices at four-year, accredited, not-for-profit schools in the US   —  Tinder officially announced today that it's launching a service called Tinder U, a version of Tinder that's only available to college students.

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10 startups that caught our eye from day 1 of YC Demo Day S18

From new wearables that detect breast cancer to creating the industrial supply chain for the meat replacement industry, the latest crop of Y Combinator companies showcased the breadth of entrepreneurial innovation that encapsulates the waning days of 2018. While the entire batch of 63 companies was impressive, a few in particular caught our eye. So take a look below at our picks for some of the hits from this year’s summer cohort of companies. Oxygen Breaking freelancers from the month-to-month boom-and-bust payment cycles that bind them, Oxygen provides working capital loans to freelancers who can go months without getting a paycheck. The company is more than willing to work with a group of borrowers who collectively make $1.4 trillion in 1099 income annually and who are locked out of loans. Oxygen offers flat-fee access to credit and free mobile banking, all while using machine learning to determine credit worthiness. Freelance workers of the world unite, indeed! Why we liked it: Opening a new market in the lending space is a multi-billion-dollar opportunity for the company that gets it right. Higia By monitoring thermal patterns inside a breast, the startup  Higia  hopes it can offer women a better, non-invasive method to detect breast cancer. The company’s wearable device, called EVA, can be placed under any sports bra, and offers a new way to fill the gaps that current screening techniques aren’t addressing — things like early breast cancer detection in women with high breast density. The company has already pre-sold 5,000 units in Mexico and will begin shipping them in the fall of 2018.

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