Orbion, manufacturer of in-space plasma propulsion systems, raises $20M Series B

Electric propulsion developer Orbion Space Technology has raised $20 million in a Series B funding round, which it says it will use to scale production capacity of its Aurora propulsion system. The Michigan-based startup manufactures Hall effect plasma thrusters for use in small and cube satellites…

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YC makes a Product Hunt, Product Hunt makes an a16z, a16z makes a YC

Tech innovation is a cycle, especially in the main character-driven world of early-stage venture capital and copycat nature of startups.

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When do layoffs matter? Trick question — always

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Volvo’s flagship electric SUV will come with Luminar’s lidar and software as standard

Volvo Cars and Luminar Technologies are beefing up their partnership. The two companies said Thursday that Luminar’s autonomous driving stack – a combination of hardware and software that includes lidar sensors and a proprietary perception system – will be standard on Volvo’s forthcoming flagship e…

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Happs raises $4.7 million for a multicast livestream platform creator community

Happs, an app that lets creators stream live video simultaneously across social platforms, has raised $4.7 million in a post-seed round. The product originally began as a platform for independent journalists, but expanded its mission last year to offer tools to all online creators while connecting …

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Daily Crunch: AWS and Salesforce expand partnership to make cross-platform integrations easier

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JW Player raises $100M to build subscriptions and other monetization tools around its video software

JW Player, a very early mover in the market for online video technology — it powered YouTube’s first video player, before Google acquired it and it built its own — has long been profitable through a business model of providing one-to-many video streaming tools to publishers and ot…

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Musculoskeletal medical startups race to enter personalized health tech market

Several personalized health tech startups hope to reinvent care for patients suffering from musculoskeletal (MSK) medical conditions and chronic pain.

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Google and India’s Jio Platforms announce budget Android smartphone JioPhone Next

Indian telecom giant Jio Platforms and Google on Thursday unveiled the JioPhone Next, an affordable Android smartphone that will eventually launch across world.

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5 policies Washington should enact to end the climate crisis and joblessness

The problems we seek to address may be unique to our time, but the source of our solutions remains the same: expanding entrepreneurial activity.

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Microsoft announces Windows 11, generally available by the holidays

After weeks of leaks and hype, Microsoft today officially announced Windows 11, the next version of its desktop operating system. While the company may have once said that Windows 10 was the last version of Windows, forgoing major point launches for a regular cadence of bi-annual upgrades, but it c…

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