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Nvidia backs GPU-powered data analytics tool MapD in $10 million round

MapD, a startup with a cloud-based data analytics service powered by a GPU-enabled database, is announcing today a $10 million funding round. Nvidia’s GPU Ventures participated in the round, as did Alphabet’s GV venture capital division, and Verizon Ventures. GPUs (graphics processing units) are not well-known for running databases. But MapD founder and CEO Todd […]

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Scentbird raises $2.8 million so you can try luxury perfumes before buying them

Scentbird, a startup that lets users try luxury perfumes for a month before they buy them, announced today that it took in a $2.8 million investment. Based in New York, Scentbird charges customers $14.95 a month for an 8 millilitre bottle of the scent of their choice. Carolina Herrera, Bvlgari, and Paco Rabanne are among the 450 designers […]

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Invoca lands $30M to help marketers make sense of 73 billion phone calls

Despite a slight decline in calls over the last four years, research by Deloitte tells us that 75 percent of smartphone users still make phone calls, and BIA/Kelsey estimates that mobile search will generate 73 billion calls to businesses in 2018, up from 30 billion in 2013. So with a solution to help marketers understand […]

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Adobe survey: Working for the government is a soul-crushing, empty experience for creatives

They say that life sucks and then you die. According to a new survey from Adobe, you’d better hope that you don’t get stuck working for the government during that slow, sad arc of your pathetic existence. Adobe reports that 73 percent of “public sector creative professionals” in the U.S. and Canada believe that government […]

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How to livestream Microsoft’s Build 2016 developer conference

Microsoft’s biggest event of the year is upon us once again: Build 2016 is being held in San Francisco from May 30 to April 1. You can stream the company’s developer conference here or watch via the embedded livestream below. Day 1’s keynote is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Pacific (11:30 a.m. Eastern). Day […]

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Microsoft’s Tay chatbot comes back online, says it’s ‘smoking kush’ in front of the police

Well, uh, Microsoft’s Tay chatbot, which got turned off a few days ago after behaving badly, has suddenly returned to Twitter and has started tweeting to users like mad. Most of its musings are innocuous, but there is one funny one I’ve come across so far. “i’m smoking kush infront the police,” it wrote in […]

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BizReach secures $33 million to develop hiring management platform

Tokyo-based BizReach, the Japanese company providing an online talent search platform under the same name, announced today that it has fundraised about 3.73 billion yen (about $32.9 million) in the second funding round. This round was led by YJ Capital, the investment arm of Yahoo Japan, investing 1.6 billion yen ($14 million), with participation from […]

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HTC Vive’s wallpapers put you in Star Trek’s holodeck, Rocket League’s stadium, and more

Virtual reality is out. It exists. You can buy at least one of the major headsets. Unfortunately, the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive are nowhere near the holodeck from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but you can simulate being in that simulator. The Vive, which HTC built with Steam owner Valve, runs on the SteamVR software […]

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Unicorn club in February: 2 new entrants, $2.24B raised, and Cisco annexes IoT

There is still life in the unicorn funding world. The swath of negative articles in the past six months about the coming demise of unicorns apparently didn’t keep investors from joining the bandwagon. Even funds like Fidelity, which saw major mark-downs in its portfolio, made one investment in the period. We also saw Accel Partners raise a $1.5 billion late-stage fund — up […]

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Scalpers benefit from Oculus Rift hype — eBay auctions over $1,000

You can’t time travel to a future when Oculus has already delivered your headset, but you have some other options available — if your bank account is healthy. The consumer version of the Rift that started arriving yesterday to people who backed the original crowdfunding campaign is going for more than $1,100 in multiple eBay […]

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Dropbox on Android now lets you open PDF files in Adobe Acrobat Reader

As expected, Dropbox and Adobe are announcing today that people can now open PDF documents stored in Dropbox using the Adobe Acrobat Reader app on Android devices. This lets users of the apps sign, highlight, annotate, and comment on files from Dropbox from within Acrobat Reader. The integrations are the result of a partnership between […]

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Facebook Messenger is reportedly taking on Apple Pay and Samsung Pay

Facebook may be looking to get into the digital wallet game, according to source code uncovered by The Information. Some of the commands discovered in the latest version of Facebook’s Messenger app include “pay in person,” “pay directly in Messenger when you pick up the item,” and “no cash needed.” The company declined to comment, […]

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Learn how to monetize your app with ads, commerce, and subscriptions at Mobile Summit

VB EVENT: Mobile commerce is exploding, with researchers at Gartner and Forrester predicting the market to reach $1 trillion in the U.S. alone within the next decade, from around $100 billion today. Seeing that opportunity, companies with mobile apps are trying to ride that wave early and stake out their share of the growing pie. For some companies, the goal is to […]

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