Oyster, an HR platform for distributed workforces, snaps up $50M on a $475M valuation

The future of work is long on long-distance, and today a startup that’s built a platform to help organizations hire global talent and build out those remote workforces is announcing a round of funding on the heels of strong growth. Oyster — which provides tools to help with hiring, onbo…

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Pitch Deck Teardown: Wilco’s $7 million seed deck

Israeli startup Wilco, which describes itself as “an immersive upskilling platform for software developers," raised $7 million using this slide deck.

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Niantic’s Campfire social AR app rolls out for Pokémon Go players

With Pokémon Go, Niantic became the poster child for the power of mobile AR apps. Since then, the company has struggled to recapture that glory, including a round of layoffs and cancellations.

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India orders antitrust investigation against Google over smart TV market

Indian antitrust watchdog has ordered a probe into allegations that Google has abused the dominant position of Android in the country’s smart TV market.

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Inspired by founder’s childhood asthma, NuvoAir raises $12M to tackle respiratory illnesses

You might well have a sleep app that tracks your sleep. I use Sleep Cycle, and have found it has started to even tell me when I cough during the night. It turns out you can run machine learning over how you might cough in the night to detect changes in the way you cough. […]

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Facebook adds Shops to WhatsApp, among other e-commerce updates

Facebook is making it even easier to buy stuff while you scroll past photos of your high school lab partner’s dog. Yes, Instagram Shops and Facebook Marketplace are already displayed prominently on the apps’ bottom navigation tabs. But now, you can shop on WhatsApp too, along with other…

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Mitiga raises $25M Series A to help organizations respond to cyberattacks

The funding comes less than a year after its $7M seed round.

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Apple is opening a store in downtown LA’s nearly 100-year-old Tower Theatre

This Thursday, Apple will mark the opening of a new store in downtown Los Angeles. The space occupies the newly renovated Tower Theatre, which opened in DTLA’s Broadway Theater District in 1927. Among other milestones, the 900-seat theater was the first in LA to be wired for the talkies, hosting a …

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MAJORITY raises $19 million for its mobile banking service for migrants

More than a million people migrate to the U.S. each year. Upon their arrival, they face challenges in opening a local bank account and accessing financial services at regular rates. These challenges for migrants, a significant portion of whom also need to send money home, have persisted globally fo…

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Lidar company Quanergy to go public via $1.4B SPAC deal

Quanergy Systems, the Sunnyvale, California-based lidar company, said Tuesday it has agreed to merge with special purpose acquisition fund CITIC Capital Acquisition Corp., a Chinese blank-check firm affiliated with the country’s largest state-owned investment conglomerate. The deal, which puts an i…

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Teamsters plan aggressive push to unionize Amazon logistics workers

One of the country’s most powerful unions, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, confirmed today that it plans to make a nationwide push to unionize Amazon warehouse workers and drivers. And it won’t be a gentle one. The news was first reported by Motherboard, which obtained a vid…

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