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Apple Buys The Voice Tech Startup Behind Hello Barbie

Apple has acquired PullString, the startup behind the voice technology powering the interactive "Hello Barbie" doll Mattel released in 2015. PullString, previously known as ToyTalk, was founded back in 2011 by former Pixar employees. Its...
Related topics: Apple, Pixar

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Investor Momentum Builds For Construction Tech

Mary Ann Azevedo Contributor Share on Twitter Mary Ann Azevedo covers startups and tech at Crunchbase News. More posts by this contributor Austin in January: Cash rich and...
Related topics: Social Media, Twitter (business)

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How To Read Fiction To Build A Startup

“The book itself is a curious artefact, not showy in its technology but complex and extremely efficient: a really neat little device, compact, often very pleasant to look at and handle, that can last decades, even centuries. It doesn’t have to...

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Vaping Among Teens Skyrocketed In The Last Year As Cigarette Use Declined, New Cdc Study Shows

Health officials are blaming e-cigarette startups like Juul for the increase in teens taking up vaping in a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.   The number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes...
Related topics: Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Medical Research

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Tesla Needs To Expedite Its Plans For An Electric Pickup Truck Before It Loses A Key Advantage...

The auto industry is making some serious noise about electric pickup trucks. Last week, Amazon led an investment of $700 million in electric startup Rivian, which debuted a pickup last November at the LA Auto Show. Meanwhile, Ford has announced...
Related topics: Tesla, General Motors, Amazon, Amazon (AMZN), Ford

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This Enterprise Software Startup Has Vcs Literally Knocking On Its Doors To Invest, But For Now,...

Notion is an "all-in-one workplace" that acts as a replacement for docs, wikis, task management tools, and databases.  And according to a recent tweet by First Round Capital's Josh Kopelman, Notion is one of the most sought after investments in...

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Startups Weekly: Is Y Combinator’s Latest Cohort Too Big?

Greetings from Chittorgarh, one of my stops on a two-week excursion through Goa and Rajasthan, India. I’ve been a little too busy exploring, photographing cows and monkeys and eating a lot of delicious food to keep up with *all* the tech news, but...
Related topics: India

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Moviepass Competitor Sinemia Is Locking Certain Accounts Until 'misuse Fees' Are Paid, And Some...

Sinemia has emerged as an alternative to a struggling MoviePass in the movie-ticket subscription space. But the startup has been plagued with complaints from subscribers, over 150 of whom have contacted Business Insider since November, mainly over...

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Apple To Buy Ai Voice Startup Pullstring, Report Says - Cnet

It's the same technology that helps power apps on Alexa and Google Home Assistant
Related topics: Apple, Google

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Gotrendier Raises $3.5 Million To Take On Spanish-language Fashion Marketplaces

Thanks to environmentally conscious young buyers, throwaway culture is dying not only in the U.S., but also in Latin America — and startups are poised to jump in with services to help people recycle used clothing. GoTrendier, a peer-to-peer...

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Amazon Backs Rivian, The Tesla Rival Behind A New Electric Truck And Suv

Amazon is on a spending spree. Last week the online retailer invested in self-driving vehicle startup Aurora. On Friday, it announced it was the main investor in an upcoming all-electric truck and SUV company, Rivian. Amazon leads a group investing...
Related topics: Amazon, Amazon (AMZN), Tesla

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Dispensed: Prescribing Guidelines At A Buzzy Men's Health Startup, A Depression Drug Moves One Step...

Welcome to Dispensed, Business Insider's weekly newsletter giving you a dose of pharma, biotech, and healthcare news.
Related topics: Depression

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Amazon Leads $700 Million Funding Round In Electric Truck Maker Rivian

Startup electric truck maker Rivian received an infusion of $700 million in new capital in a funding round led by Amazon. First deliveries of the all-electric pickups are scheduled for 2021.
Related topics: Amazon, Amazon (AMZN)

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Opendoor Files To Raise Another $200m At A $3.7b Valuation, Documents Show

The housing market is predicted to cool this year, but the market for startups selling houses? It seems to be heating up. Opendoor, the company that aims to bypass real estate agents and brokers by providing an online platform — by way of a...

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A Fintech Startup Founded By Palantir Veterans Envisions A One-tap Mortgage

Palantir Technologies is known for using big data to tackle tough problems like counter-terrorism analysis and measuring financial risk at mega banks. Since 2012, a group of veterans from the Silicon Valley company have taken on an equally daunting...
Related topics: Mortgages, Terrorism, Banking, Silicon Valley

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Chargedup Picks Up £1.2m Seed To Grow Its Mobile Charging Network Across Uk

ChargedUp, a U.K. startup that offers a mobile charging network that takes inspiration from bike-sharing, has closed £1.2 million in seed investment. Leading the round is Sir John Hegarty’s fund The Garage, and the ex-Innocent Smoothie founders...
Related topics: United Kingdom

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Innovative Bio-based Air Filter Could Transform Air Filtration, Possibly Reduce Airborne Allergens...

The World Health Organization estimates that 90 percent of people breathe polluted air, which causes 7 million premature deaths each year. That's why Ongenia LLC, a Purdue-affiliated startup, is developing a bio-material alternative to standard...
Related topics: Allergies, Allergens, Purdue University

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Oil Giants Are Competing To Buy Battery Companies

For an undisclosed sum, oil giant Shell today announced that it bought German home energy-storage startup Sonnen. This follows a $70 million investment into the firm by the oil group’s venture arm last year. Founded in 2010, Sonnen says it has...
Related topics: Shell

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Marc Benioff Says That Before Salesforce Buys A Startup, He Does 'due Diligence' On A Company's...

At the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference on Thursday, Salesforce co-CEO Marc Benioff addressed sexual harassment and the wage gap in Silicon Valley. Benioff said he now looks at a company's culture and how it pays employees when he's...
Related topics: Salesforce (business), Goldman Sachs, Silicon Valley

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Here Are The 5 Hottest Startups In Sweden

Dubbed a ‘unicorn factory’ Sweden has become a powerhouse incubator for some of the most innovative startups. It’s no wonder, with massive success stories such as iZettle and Mojang Games (the creators of Minecraft) that the country has been...
Related topics: Minecraft

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