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Research firm says China had 713 VC deals in Q4, down 25% YoY, worth $18.3B total, down 12% YoY, amid cooling valuations and tighter hiring for tech…

South China Morning Post : Research firm says China had 713 VC deals in Q4, down 25% YoY, worth $18.3B total, down 12% YoY, amid cooling valuations and tighter hiring for tech startups   —  - The number of venture capital deals in China dropped 25 per cent year on year to 713 in the fourth quarter

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Wag founders Jonathan and Joshua Viner, who left the dog-walking startup last year, announce $37M funding for their new electric bike-sharing startup…

Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch : Wag founders Jonathan and Joshua Viner, who left the dog-walking startup last year, announce $37M funding for their new electric bike-sharing startup Wheels   —  Wag founders Jonathan and Joshua Viner are leaving dogs behind for bikes.  Wheels, the Viner brothers' new electric bike-share startup …

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Amazon Go, now one year old, is sparking cashierless imitators from startups like Mighty AI, and also established companies like Walmart, Kroger, and…

Bloomberg : Amazon Go, now one year old, is sparking cashierless imitators from startups like Mighty AI, and also established companies like Walmart, Kroger, and Microsoft   —  Mighty AI spent much of its first five years building software that helps self-driving cars recognize real-world objects.

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Sources: Apple laid off 200+ employees this week from a Project Titan; Apple acknowledges it has restructured its autonomous systems tech team (CNBC)

CNBC : Sources: Apple laid off 200+ employees this week from a Project Titan; Apple acknowledges it has restructured its autonomous systems tech team   —  - Apple dismissed just over 200 employees from Project Titan this week, its stealthy autonomous vehicle initiative, people familiar with the group told CNBC.

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Inside Google’s 27-person in-house counterespionage team, the Threat Analysis Group, which tracks 200+ hacker groups, many of which are linked to US…

Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal : Inside Google's 27-person in-house counterespionage team, the Threat Analysis Group, which tracks 200+ hacker groups, many of which are linked to US adversaries   —  Google likely has 'the most useful data set available to any private company for tracking state adversaries and intelligence services,' an expert says

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Cision, a public relations software company, has agreed to buy AI-powered analytics company TrendKite for $225M as it continues to invest in software…

Nate Lanxon / Bloomberg : Cision, a public relations software company, has agreed to buy AI-powered analytics company TrendKite for $225M as it continues to invest in software automation   —  - Purchase will help Cision automate parts of PR campaigns  — TrendKite is company's second acquisition announced this month

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Sequoia India announces Surge, an accelerator focused on fledging startups in India and Southeast Asia, says it will offer selected companies a $1.5M…

Jon Russell / TechCrunch : Sequoia India announces Surge, an accelerator focused on fledging startups in India and Southeast Asia, says it will offer selected companies a $1.5M investment   —  ‘Surge’ offers a $1.5M check and access to the firm's global network  —  Sequoia India is going deep into early-stage investing …

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Spain-based Sherpa.ai, which makes a Spanish language voice assistant, expands Series A by $8.5M to $15M as it passes 5M users (Ingrid…

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch : Spain-based Sherpa.ai, which makes a Spanish language voice assistant, expands Series A by $8.5M to $15M as it passes 5M users   —  When we think of the AI platforms that are shaping how we use voice to interact with phones, home devices and other services, we tend to think of Amazon's Alexa …

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Facebook tightens its policies, says it may now remove networks of fraudulent pages and groups created by people who previously breached its rules…

Louise Matsakis / Wired : Facebook tightens its policies, says it may now remove networks of fraudulent pages and groups created by people who previously breached its rules   —  PAGES AND GROUPS are the tools Facebook misinformation peddlers love the most.  Creating a network of anonymous pages is one of the easiest ways …

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Next Trucking, a California-based logistics platform matching carriers with shippers, raises $97M Series C led by Brookfield, with Sequoia, others…

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat : Next Trucking, a California-based logistics platform matching carriers with shippers, raises $97M Series C led by Brookfield, with Sequoia, others participating   —  Next Trucking ("Next“), a logistics platform that matches carriers with shippers, has raised $97 million in a series C round …

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Amazon Web Services announces AWS Backup, a fully-managed, centralized service for customers to back up their data across AWS services and on-premises…

Amazon.com, Inc. : Amazon Web Services announces AWS Backup, a fully-managed, centralized service for customers to back up their data across AWS services and on-premises   —  Centralized backup service makes it easier and more cost-effective for customers to automate backups of their data and meet business and regulatory requirements

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Sources: Snap CFO Tim Stone resigned after a dispute with management over pay, going around CEO Evan Spiegel to ask Snap’s board for a significant…

Sarah Frier / Bloomberg : Sources: Snap CFO Tim Stone resigned after a dispute with management over pay, going around CEO Evan Spiegel to ask Snap's board for a significant raise   —  - Stone went around Spiegel to seek pay bump, people say  — Executive also sought promotion to Khan's former strategy job

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NYC-based Sonrai Security, which helps companies manage cloud data, raises $18.5M Series A led by Polaris Partners and TenEleven Ventures (FinSMEs)

FinSMEs : NYC-based Sonrai Security, which helps companies manage cloud data, raises $18.5M Series A led by Polaris Partners and TenEleven Ventures   —  Sonrai Security, a NYC-based Cloud Data Control company, raised $18.5m in Series A funding.  —  The round was led by Polaris Partners and TenEleven Ventures …

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Microsoft is planning to decouple Windows search and Cortana in the next major Windows 10 update, expected in April, so typed queries will be handled…

Tom Warren / The Verge : Microsoft is planning to decouple Windows search and Cortana in the next major Windows 10 update, expected in April, so typed queries will be handled separately   —  Windows search is now free to get more powerful  —  Microsoft is making some big changes to Cortana in Windows 10.

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