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Wattpad ditches ‘Paid Stories’ for a freemium model

After launching its “Paid Stories” program in 2019, the social storytelling platform Wattpad is now replacing it with a new freemium model called “Wattpad Originals” that gives authors the bes

Science lab automation and robotics startup Automata raises $40M

Automata, a company that combines software and hardware to automate science labs around the globe, has raised $40 million in an equity-based round of funding, as the U.K.-based startup looks to double

Meta planning ad-free subscription or tracking ads ‘choice’ in EU, per WSJ — in latest bid to keep snooping

New battle lines appear to be being drawn up in the European Union between Facebook and Instagram owner Meta and regional users’ privacy rights. As it stands, the tech giant is running ads unlaw

Sparx wants to do for enterprise what Truebill did for consumer recurring bills

Sparx is very much in its early stages, however, in the past six months, the company has already reached profitability.

Ten Key Labs wants to simplify managing equity for startups

Amar Varma, a three-time entrepreneur and VC, experienced firsthand the challenge of dealing with administering equity stakes within a startup. It’s his belief that many existing solutions &#821

Venture capital spring is here

Over the past six months, I have seen a trickle of early-stage financings turn into a river, and I predict we will soon see a gush.

HCVC is back with a new $75 million deep tech fund

Paris-based VC firm HCVC just announced the final closing of its second fund, simply called “Fund II.” And the team has managed to raise $75 million (€69 million) so that it can back pre-seed an

Cloaked manages your logins with proxy emails, phone numbers and a built-in password manager

New York–based privacy and security startup Cloaked launched its apps today to let users create unique proxy emails, phone numbers, and passwords for online accounts. The company, which was in priva

The new Ford F-150 Lightning Flash puts tech and battery range on center stage

Ford is launching another version of its all-electric F-150 Lightning pickup that prioritizes tech and battery range over other premium features as the automaker tries to respond more quickly to consu

HMD Global starts manufacturing in Europe with the ‘Made in Hungary’ Nokia XR21 5G phone

HMD Global, the phone maker and marketer behind the Nokia mobile phone brand, has launched its very first smartphone manufactured in Europe. The news comes some six months after the Finnish company fi

Stitch raises $25M Series A extension led by Ribbit Capital, increasing the round’s total to $46M

Open banking, in which traditional banks release their data via application programming interfaces (APIs) to enable the development of new financial services for their consumers, has been one of the m

Unitary AI picks up $15M for its multimodal approach to video content moderation

Content moderation continues to be a contentious topic in the world of online media. New regulations and public concern are likely to keep it as a priority for many years to come. But weaponized AI an

Elon Musk is being sued for defamation after falsely claiming a man was a neo-Nazi on X

Elon Musk has been on something of a suing spree lately, but on Monday, Twitter’s new owner was hit with a fresh inbound lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that Musk defamed a California man after the

Tesla Autopilot arbitration win could set legal benchmark in auto industry

In a victory for Tesla, a California federal judge ruled over the weekend that a group of Tesla owners cannot pursue in court claims that the company falsely advertised its automated features. Instead

Max Q: Mining moon water

In this issue: Mining water on the moon with Starpath Robotics, news from Blue Origin, SpaceX and more.

Republicans still don’t know how to talk to young voters online

In an appeal to younger voters, Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy — who proposed raising the voting age to 25 — launched his TikTok presence with an endorsement from Jake Paul, the

Ousted Flexport CEO Dave Clark strikes back

Dave Clark, the former Amazon executive who was ousted as CEO of Flexport just a year into the job, fired back at its founder and board, calling recent reporting on the logistics company “deeply

Visa earmarks $100M to invest in generative AI companies

Visa announced today that it plans to invest $100 million in companies developing generative AI technologies and applications “that will impact the future of commerce and payments.” The investment

Elon Musk’s X Corp. faces trademark lawsuit from social media ad agency

When Elon Musk rebranded Twitter to X this summer, there were concerns that the new company could face trademark lawsuits as there were nearly 900 active U.S. trademark registrations that cover the le

How our new AI feature earned 5% adoption in its first week

We developed an 'AI as agent' approach and shipped a new AI capability that exploded to 5% adoption in the first week.
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