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Markforged raises $82 million for its industrial 3D printers

By | 3d printer, 3d printing, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, markforged

3D printer manufacturer Markforged has raised another round of funding. Summit Partners is leading the $82 million Series D round with Matrix Partners, Microsoft’s Venture Arm, Next47 and Porsche SE also participating. When you think about 3D printers, chances are you’re thinking about microwave-sized, plastic-focused 3D printers for hobbyists. Markforged is basically at the other […]

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GN acquires Altia Systems for $125M to add video to its advanced audio solutions

By | altia systems, Artificial Intelligence, Enterprise, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, gn audio, GN Group, hearing, videoconferencing

Some interesting M&A is afoot in the world of hardware and software that’s aiming to improve the quality of audio and video communications over digital networks. GN Group — the Danish company that broke new ground in mobile when it inked deals first with Apple and then Google to stream audio from their phones directly […]

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Apple acquires talking Barbie voicetech startup PullString

By | Apple, Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Developer, entertainment, Exit, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hardware, M&A, pullstring, Startups, TC, toytalk, voice apps, voice assistant

Apple has just bought up the talent it needs to make talking toys a part of Siri, HomePod, and its voice strategy. Apple has acquired PullString, also known as ToyTalk, according to Axios’ Dan Primack and Ina Fried. TechCrunch has received confirmation of the acquistion from sources with knowledge of the deal. The startup makes voice […]

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Audio tech supplier to Rolls Royce and Xiaomi secures another $13.2M in funding

By | Europe, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Mobile, OnePlus, TC, Xiaomi

As autonomous driving eventually transforms cars from transportation devices to mobile theaters or conference rooms we will need better audio inside them. And we’ve already seen that VCs like Andreessen Horowitz say ‘audio is the future.’ So it’s interesting that Swedish sound pioneer Dirac has completed a new $13.2 million round of financing led by […]

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Dandelion Energy, the Alphabet X spinout, raises another $16M led by GV and Comcast

By | Alphabet X, Comcast Ventures, Dandelion, energy, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, geothermal, GV, Hardware, Science, smart home, TC

As tech companies continue their race to control the smart home, a promising energy startup has raised a round of funding from traditionally-tech and strategic investors, for a geothermal solution to heat and cool houses. Dandelion Energy, a spinout from Alphabet X, has raised $16 million in a Series A round of funding, with strategic […]

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To rebuild satellite communications, Ubiquitilink starts at ground level

By | Funding, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hardware, nanoracks, Satellites, Space, Startups, TC, ubiquitilink

Communications satellites are multiplying year by year as more companies vie to create an orbital network that brings high-speed internet to the globe. Ubiquitilink, a new company headed by Nanoracks co-founder Charles Miller, is taking a different tack: reinventing the Earthbound side of the technology stack.

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Daily Crunch: How the government shutdown is damaging cybersecurity and future IPOs

By | Apps, Enterprise, finance, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, Payments, Policy, Startups, Venture capital

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. How Trump’s government shutdown is harming cyber and national security The government has been shut down for nearly three weeks, and […]

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Daily Crunch: Well Facebook, you did it again

By | Apps, Daily Crunch, Facebook, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Hack, Hardware, Mobile, Security, Social, Startups, WeWork

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Facebook is the new crapware  Well Facebook, you did it again. Fresh off its latest privacy scandal, the troubled social media […]

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Daily Crunch: Nvidia breaks with tradition at CES 2019

By | Augmented Reality, Enterprise, Europe, finance, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Startups, TC, Venture capital

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Nvidia launches the $349 GeForce RTX 2060 Nvidia broke with tradition and put a new focus on gaming at CES. Last […]

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How Juul made vaping viral to become worth a dirty $38 billion

By | e-cigarettes, eCommerce, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Health, juul, nicotine, Opinion, Policy, Recent Funding, Social, Startups, TC, tobacco, vaporizers

A Juul is not a cigarette. It’s much easier than that. Through devilishly slick product design I’ll discuss here, the startup has massively lowered the barrier to getting hooked on nicotine. Juul has dismantled every deterrent to taking a puff. The result is both a new $38 billion valuation thanks to a $12.8 billion investment […]

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