• 29
    Sep

    Exotec raises $90 million for its warehouse robots

    French startup Exotec has raised a $90 million Series C round led by 83North, with existing investors Iris Capital and Breega also participating. Other existing investors include 360 Capital. The company has been working on semi-automated warehouses for e-commerce clients. The system is based on tiny robots called Skypods. They roam the floor and go up and down racks to pick up ...
  • 29
    Sep

    The revamped Motorola Razr foldable launches October 2, starting at $1,200

    Foldable phones have had…quite the journey over the last few years. The second time appears to have been the charm for the Galaxy Fold, with a far more robust design than the first generation. And now Motorola’s  hoping for similar luck with a revamped version of the Razr. The Lenovo -owned brand announced this morning that the latest addition of the phone will officially ...
  • 24
    Sep

    YouTube will add mail-in voting info box next to videos that discuss voting by mail

    YouTube has been relatively quiet about its strategy to battle the flow of misinformation leading into the 2020 U.S. election, but the platform has a few new measures in store. The video sharing site will begin attaching a box with vetted facts about mail-in voting on any videos that discuss the topic. The new mail-in voting info boxes will link out ...
  • 24
    Sep

    India’s ShareChat raises $40 million, says its short-video platform Moj now reaches 80 million users

    ShareChat,  an Indian social network that focuses entirely on serving users in non-English languages, said on Thursday it has raised $40 million from a clutch of investors after the Indian startup added tens of millions of new users in recent months. The five-year-old Bangalore-based startup said Dr. Pawan Munjal, chief executive and chairman of giant two-wheeler manufacturer Hero MotoCorp, Ajay Shridhar ...
  • 24
    Sep

    United Airlines is making COVID-19 tests available to passengers, powered in part by Color

    There’s still no clear path back to any sense of ‘business-as-usual’ as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, but United Airlines is embarking on a new pilot project to see if easy access to COVID-19 testing immediately prior to a flight can help ease freedom of mobility. The airline will offer COVID-19 tests (either rapid tests at the airport, or mail-in at home tests ...
  • 11
    Sep

    Imran Khan’s Verishop adds Verified Shops, a way for emerging brands to set up shop ...

    Verishop, the Los Angeles online retailer founded by former Snap executive Imran Khan, launched a little over a year ago to change the way people shop online. Now the company is launching a new initiative called “Verified Shops” which looks to change the way that up-and-coming retail brands can sell their wares.  As direct-to-consumer and upstart brands look for new ...
  • 11
    Sep

    Trump says deadline for TikTok sale won’t be extended

    The United States government will not extend the September 20 deadline for Beijing-based ByteDance to sell TikTok,  President Donald Trump said on Thursday. This adds urgency to negotiations because TikTok may be banned in the United States if it can’t reach an agreement with a buyer. “We’ll see what happens. It’ll either be closed up or they’ll sell it,” Trump said before boarding Air Force One ...
  • 10
    Sep

    Carbon Health to launch 100 pop-up COVID-19 testing clinics across the U.S.

    Primary care health tech startup Carbon Health has added a new element to its “omnichannel” healthcare approach with the launch of a new pop-up clinic model that is already live in San Francisco, LA, Seattle, Brooklyn and Manhattan, with Detroit to follow soon – and that will be rolling out over the next weeks and months across a variety of major markets ...
  • 10
    Sep

    Lucid Motors reveals its long-awaited Air electric sedan

    Lucid Motors CEO and CTO Peter Rawlinson had a clear vision for how to take an electric car to another level. The former chief engineer of the Tesla Model S just didn’t expect it to take quite so long. Today, nearly four years since the company first announced its intentions to produce electric vehicles, Lucid Motors revealed the final version of its all-electric ...
  • 9
    Sep

    Socialbakers acquired by customer engagement company Astute

    Astute, a customer engagement platform headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is announcing that it has acquired social media marketing company Socialbakers. The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Socialbakers  CEO Yuval Ben-Itzhak will become president of Socialbakers for the combined company, and he told me via email that the entire Socialbakers team will be joining as well, resulting in a combined organization ...