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JD Power: EVs and and plug-in hybrids have more problems than combustion engine cars

Battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids have more problems than the average car, according to the annual J.D. Power U.S. Initial Quality Study...

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Startups keep laying off swaths of employees as the downturn continues

It’s nearly been two months since we started this accidental weekly column about layoffs happening within startups. Workforce reductions have...

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Superpedestrian, Voi among the latest micromobility layoffs

As layoffs tear through the startup world, the micromobility industry, which has long struggled to be profitable, is getting hit. Just a couple of...

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Validio, a data quality platform based out of Sweden, emerges from stealth with $15M

Data quality has been shaping up as a salient and increasingly critical part of the world of data science: enterprises are sitting on growing troves...

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Proving that contact center tech remains desirable, Invoca raises $83M

Invoca, a contact center analytics vendor that uses AI to mine calls for insights, has raised $83 million in a venture funding round.

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The arrest heard ’round the crypto world

Hey everyone, and welcome back to Chain Reaction. Last week, we discussed $4.5 billion in new crypto funds from a16z. This week, we’re talking...

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TechCrunch Podcasts this week: Layoffs, the crypto downturn, investor offense, and Columbus, Ohio

TechCrunch is more than just a site with words. We’re also building a growing stable of podcasts focused on the most critical topics relating...

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How the myth of the ‘girlboss’ harms emerging women in tech

“The end of the girlboss era? What does that even mean?”

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Terra’s Do Kwon looks for redemption with Luna token rebirth

Is Terra’s Do Kwon the Bernie Madoff of crypto? Hello and welcome back to the Chain Reaction podcast, where we unpack and explain the latest...

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Athleisure icon Ty Haney raises $9.8M in fresh funding for her blockchain rewards startup

The Outdoor Voices founder's latest venture, Try Your Best, helps consumer brands engage customers through crypto-based perks

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YouTube’s mobile app can now sync to your TV without casting for a ‘second screen’ experience

YouTube is improving its app’s experience for those who watch videos via their TVs, the company announced today. After observing that many...

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Constrafor grabs $106M in equity, credit to finance construction subcontractors

Constrafor provides a lending program so subcontractors don't have to wait months to get paid.

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Depressed? This algorithm can tell from the tone of your voice

Mental health issues have come into a clearer focus amid the pandemic. Depression became endemic, but it still too often goes undetected. Even when...

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Voicy wants to pwn gamers with audio memes

If meme stocks can be a thing, what’s to stop audio meme sharing from going viral!? Hoping to storm the ear-bending arena of social audio and...

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Apple adds live captions to iPhone and Mac, plus more accessibility upgrades to come

Apple has released a bevy of new accessibility features for iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac, including a universal live captioning tool, improved visual...

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Curious Thing’s voice AI communication platform asks the right questions

Sydney-based Curious Thing is an aptly-named startup. The voice AI communication platform can call people and ask them questions like “How are you...

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Google’s new ‘multisearch’ features hint towards an AR glasses future

In April, Google introduced a new “multisearch” feature that offered a way to search the web using both text and images at the same time....

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Tenyx raises $15M to build more intelligent voice-based customer service AI

Tenyx, which is developing a voice-based customer service solution powered by AI, has raised $15 million in a venture funding round.

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Voi taps Drover to prevent sidewalk scooter riding in Oslo

Shared micromobility company Voi is deploying e-scooters in Oslo, Norway with Drover AI’s computer vision tech that can identify whether a...

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Glow Labs raises seed round to help NFT creators reward their loyal customers

Forerunner, Female Founders Fund are among the venture firms backing blockchain loyalty rewards software Glow Labs

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Stenn banks $50M on a $900M valuation for a platform to finance SMBs that trade internationally

Globalization has been one of the biggest trends in e-commerce in the last decade: internet rails facilitate a much wider marketplace of would-be...

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New Salesforce AI chief eyes a future with voice-driven coding

As we start to see AI advance in business, the ways in which we interact with machines are beginning to change. Companies like Salesforce are looking...

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Alexa now notifies you when items in your Amazon cart or wishlist are about to go on sale

Amazon is introducing a new Alexa feature that will notify you if an item on your wishlist or in your shopping cart is about to go on sale, the...

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After clearing all regulatory hurdles, Microsoft closes $20B Nuance deal

When Microsoft announced its intent to buy Nuance Communications last year for $20 billion, it marked a hard move into healthcare for the company....

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Depict.ai raises $17M to give e-commerce sites Amazon-level product recommendation muscle

Amazon rules the roost when it comes to e-commerce, not just because of its size but because of how it uses that to amass large amounts information...

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Neosapience gets $21.5M to use AI-powered synthetic avatars for creators 

Artificial intelligence-powered voice and video technologies have been gaining steady popularity in recent years. A Korean startup called Neosapience...

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Voila raises $6M for its AI-powered storefronts for online creators

Voila, a startup building infrastructure for social commerce, is bringing concepts from China’s e-commerce market to the U.S. The company...

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RedRoute wants answering customer service calls to be as easy as using ‘Alexa’

It takes as little as 30 minutes to get RedRoute set up, and customers can try the software with zero upfront costs.

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