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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse trailer dishes up John Mulaney's Spider-Ham – CNET

We also meet Spidey Noir and SP//dr and see more of Gwen Stacy.
Source: CNET

Facebook steps up fight against bullying and harassment – CNET

Instead of only focusing on stamping out bad behavior, Facebook is giving people a way to weed it out too.
Source: CNET

Nissan to increase US investments after NAFTA overhaul – Roadshow

The new US-Mexico-Canada agreement is already making waves in the American auto industry.
Source: CNET

Final leaks show black Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Surface Studio

To satisfy your color-coordination needs, it appears Microsoft may offer its Modern Mobile Wireless Mouse in black. The color was likely designed to match the black Surface Pro that is expected to be announced today.

The post Final leaks show black Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Surface Studio appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Tiger Global is in talks to invest in cryptocurrency unicorn Coinbase at $8B valuation

Days after reports emerged that Tiger Global had led the $245 million round for payments platform Stripe, the firm has set its sights on cryptocurrency trading platform Coinbase.

The six-year-old company is in negotiations with Tiger Global to raise up to $500 million at an $8 billion valuation, per Recode.

Coinbase declined to comment on the deal.

Coinbase was most recently valued at $1.6 billion following a $100 million round in August 2017, though the company had previously valued itself at $8 billion amid acquisitions talks with cryptocurrency startup Earn, which it paid $120 million for in April.

Capital from the upcoming deal may be used to buy out shareholders. San Francisco-based Coinbase, a leading digital currency exchange, is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Ribbit Capital, Union Square Ventures, IVP, Spark Capital, Greylock Partners, Battery Ventures, Section 32, Draper Associates and several others. It’s raised $225 million in equity funding to date.

Tiger Global, for its part, is a hedge fund known for its crossover investments in emerging technology companies. The 16-year-old New York-based firm often writes sizeable checks in late-stage companies like Spotify, Ola and Flipkart. Lately, it’s also been busy writing smaller checks. In the last year, it’s led cannabis startup Green Bits’ $17 million Series A and participated in subscription billing and payment service Chargebee’s $18 million Series C.

According to PitchBook, Tiger Global has participated in 24 venture capital rounds so far in 2018.

This morning, Coinbase announced two new hires. The first is Jonathan Kellner, who joined as a managing director of its institutional coverage group. The former CEO of Instinet will lead institutional sales and support organizations and will focus on Coinbase’s effort to introduce cryptocurrency to hedge funds and other traditional institutional investors.

The second addition is Chris Dodds, who will join Coinbase’s board of directors. He currently serves on the board of Charles Schwab and is a senior advisor to The Carlyle Group.

Coinbase has made several additions to its c-suite this year as it enters a major growth phase and presumably preps for an IPO. Most recently, it brought on a former Fannie Mae exec Brian Brooks as its chief legal officer and LinkedIn’s Michael Li as its head of data.

 


Source: TechCrunch

Oculus Quest vs. Oculus Go

The mid-range of virtual reality hardware is by far the most competitive, with Oculus VR now offering two excellent products to those with more limited budgets. We pitted the Oculus Quest vs. Oculus Go, to see which is best.

The post Oculus Quest vs. Oculus Go appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

MIT’s latest A.I. is freakishly good at determining what’s going on in videos

MIT researchers have created an A.I. system which uses a deep learning neural network to fill in the blanks in video frames to work out what activity is taking place. Here’s why that matters.

The post MIT’s latest A.I. is freakishly good at determining what’s going on in videos appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

David Ulevitch is now a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz — a big get and the firm’s fourth new GP since June

David Ulevitch has had some strange dealings with investors over the years. Now, Ulevitch is himself one of them. The founder of OpenDNS, a company that sold to Cisco in 2016, is disclosing today that he has joined the venture firm Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) as its newest general partner. He is the fourth general partner to be announced by the firm since it brought aboard former federal prosecutor Katie Haun back in June.

Asked today what these new additions mean in terms of fundraising, the firm declined to say, but certainly, Ulevitch looks like a very smart hire. For one thing, he hustles. In fact, he was the general manager of Cisco’s security business until just yesterday, though he suggests that he’d been preparing to leave throughout the summer, including “talking with lots of people, figuring out how to get close to entrepreneurs and spending more time with the team here.”

Ulevitch has also been through some public ups and downs, which makes him relatable to other founders. In fact, I first met Ulevitch back in 2008, when I was writing a profile of internet pioneer Halsey Minor for a short-lived spin-off of Vanity Fair called Portfolio. Minor had co-founded the media company CNET before becoming an investor, and though he has an undeniable eye for talent, he was overspending wildly at the time in his personal life, which frustrated co-investors, as well as put the founders in his portfolio, including Ulevitch, in a precarious position.

It was an uncertain chapter for Ulevitch, whose popular company OpenDNS focused initially on consumers who wanted to block certain kinds of sites but later catered to enterprises, more of which had begun moving to “the cloud” and wanted to safely extend their service and content browsing policies to on-the-go employees. It also feels like a lifetime ago, suggests Ulevitch, whose sold the company for $635 million after raising less than $50 million altogether, including across a competitive funding that saw Sequoia Capital get involved with the company.

Interestingly, it was former Sequoia investor Michael Goguen — who was at the center of his own, separate drama a couple of years ago — who led the round. During a call today with Ulevitch, we couldn’t resist asking him how convinced he is that VCs are sane, let alone effective partners to founders. Laughing, he admitted to some “weird moments” in his career, but he also noted that he has been “able to work with great partners and board members” over the years, adding he was “always lucky to keep at arm’s length the stuff that people read about and you write about.”

Ulevitch sounds especially excited to work closely with Martin Casado, who previously co-founded the a16z-backed company Nicera (which sold to VMware in 2012), then joined a16z as a general partner in 2016. Casado has since led investments in an array of enterprise startups, including Yubico, a company behind a two-factor authentication key; the marketing activation platform ActionIQ; and the API marketplace RapidAPI.

Unsurprisingly, both paint a picture of a future that’s rife with opportunity for the two of them and the greater team, not to mention the entrepreneurs they hope to fund. Ulevitch observed on our call that there are currently four SaaS enterprise companies with valuations north of $100 billion: Salesforce, Adobe, Cisco, and Microsoft, saying that “there will be so many more of these. We’re really at the earliest innings.”

Casado, who also joined the call, said the same. “We’re starting to see enterprise mirror consumer companies in terms of having network effects and hypergrowth.” He pointed to Slack, which received one of its first checks from Andreessen Horowitz and is now valued by private investors at roughly $7 billion. He also pointed to GitHub, the popular Git-based code sharing and collaboration service that sold to Microsoft for $7.5 billion in stock four months ago, a company on which Andreessen Horowitz also made an early, and very big bet.

Said Casado of this “consumerization” of IT,  a “new generation of companies is following less of an enterprise go-to-market strategy and more of a consumer growth pattern.”

With the help of its growing team of investors, a16z is clearly aiming to be there as that playbook unfolds.


Source: TechCrunch

Foursquare picks up $33 million Series F investment

Foursquare has today announced the partial close of a $33 million Series F financing, with $25 million already closed out and another $8 million inbound, according to the blog post.

The round was co-led by Simon Ventures and Naver Corp, with participation from Union Square Ventures, an existing investor.

Over the past four years, Foursquare has pivoted from a consumer-facing social application to an enterprise platform, giving brands, retailers and ad platforms a way to get accurate, location-based data about their customers and their conversion rates.

Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck told TechCrunch that more than 90 percent of Foursquare’s revenue comes from the enterprise side of the business. Two of the company’s most popular products are Attribution and the Pilgrim SDK.

With Attribution, Foursquare allows retailers and publishers to effectively track the impact their media has on conversion at offline locations. Using a panel of 25 million, non-incentivized users, these brands and retailers can track their own impact, as well as make more informed campaign decisions using insights around foot traffic and visit history of certain demographics.

The Pilgrim SDK, on the other hand, allows brands and partners to deliver highly relevant notifications and other experiences to their own users by leveraging Foursquare’s troves of location data.

Foursquare customers include Tinder, AccuWeather, Spotify, Hilton, and iHeartMedia, and that doesn’t include the long list of brands — Uber, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and Twitter — whose platforms are powered by Foursquare location.

According to Glueck, one of Foursquare’s greatest advantages is that they can offer the same high-level capabilities as their competitors, such as Facebook and Google, while focusing solely on the value they’re delivering to partners.

“The success of Google or Facebook or Amazon makes them great companies but unreliable partners,” said Glueck. “The truth about these walled gardens is that they can change their terms and conditions on a whim. They’re not partner-oriented. They’re seeking domination. It’s important for an independent developer community to be able to partner with a company that has the same capabilities.”

Foursquare currently includes more than 100 million places in more than 150 countries on their platform, which powers apps that collectively serve more than 1 billion consumers.

This latest round, which increased the company’s valuation, brings Foursquare’s total funding to $240 million.


Source: TechCrunch

A Brain-Eating Amoeba Just Claimed Another Victim

Naegleria fowleri lays waste to cells in the brain, leading to a grisly demise in the very rare cases when it manages to lodge itself in a victim’s nasal cavity.
Source: Wired

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