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Abandoned mall department stores may become Amazon’s next fulfillment centers –

One of the largest owners of shopping mall real estate in the United Stages, Simon Property Group, has been talking to Amazon about transforming its anchor department stores into Amazon distribution hubs, according to the Wall Street Journal. In the case of Simon Property, the anchor tenants like J.C. Penney and Sears that used to […] → Read More

VenoStent has a new technology to improve outcomes for dialysis patients –

Timothy Bouré and his co-founder Geoffrey Lucks were both near broke when they moved to Dallas to join the first accelerator they entered after forming VenoStent, a company that aims to improve outcomes for dialysis patients. Failed dialysis surgeries occur in roughly 55% to 65% of patients with end-stage renal disease, according to the company. […] → Read More

New bidders reportedly emerge for TikTok in the US as powerful critics assail the process –

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that TikTok and Twitter have held talks about a potential merger, even as the video sharing company defends itself against President Donald Trump’s pressure to force the sale of the business or potentially ban it. As the internationally distributed video streaming version of Chinese technology developer Bytedance’s social media […] → Read More

TikTok is reportedly planning to challenge the Trump Administration ban –

TikTok, the video-sharing app that’s moved to the center of the economic conflict between the US and China, is planning to challenge the executive order issued by President Donald Trump that would force the sale or ban the service in the United States. According to a report from National Public Radio yesterday, TikTok could file […] → Read More

Share Ventures, an LA-based studio for company creation, is MoviePass co-founder Hamet Watt’s next act –

Nearly eight years ago, Hamet Watt and Stacy Spikes launched MoviePass, the subscription-based movie ticketing service that captured the minds and dollars of investors and brought thousands of cinephiles a too-good-to-be-true deal for all-you-can watch movie passes. Watt, who came to MoviePass as an entrepreneur in residence at True Ventures, previously founded the brand and […] → Read More

Casa pivots to provide self-custody services to secure bitcoin –

Casa, a Colorado-based provider of bitcoin security services, is launching a managed service allowing customers to buy and hold their own bitcoin, rather than using an external custodian like Coinbase. “With self-custody using Casa it’s impossible to be hacked and nearly impossible to have your bitcoin stolen,” wrote chief executive Nick Neuman in an email. […] → Read More

On-demand mental health service provider Ginger raises $50 million –

Ginger, a provider of on-demand mental healthcare services, has raised $50 million in a new round of funding. The new capital comes as interest and investment in mental health and wellness has emerged as the next big area of interest for investors in new technology and healthcare services companies. Mental health startups saw record deal […] → Read More

Attorneys general from twenty states call on Facebook to do more to fight discrimination, disinformation and harrassment –

In an open letter to Facebook’s leadership posted earlier today, the attorneys general from twenty states called on the company to do more to fight intimidation, discrimination, disinformation, harassment and hate speech on the platform. “Although Facebook has made some progress in counteracting the use of its platform to dehumanize and demean, that is just […] → Read More

In a sign of digital health’s rise, Livongo and Teladoc Health agree to $18.5 billion merger –

In a sign of the growing importance and value of digital healthcare in the world of medicine, two of the industry’s publicly traded companies have agreed to a whopping $18.5 billion merger. The union of Teladoc Health, a provider of virtual care services, and Livongo, which has made a name for itself by integrating hardware […] → Read More

Mozper launches digital banking service for Latin American parents and kids –

Mozper, a new service launching from Y Combinator’s latest cohort to provide digital banking services, takes its name from the English words for money, prosperity and Generation Z, according to co-founder Yael Israeli. A former banker at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, Israeli worked as a consultant for Copa Airlines and then as an independent […] → Read More

Microsoft, Amazon back a SoCal company making microchips specifically for voice-based apps –

Microsoft’s venture capital fund, M12 Ventures has led a slew of strategic corporate investors backing a new chip developer out of Southern California called Syntiant, which makes semiconductors for voice recognition and speech-based applications. “We started out to build a new type of processor for machine learning, and voice is our first application,” says Syntiant […] → Read More

Founded by a lifelong house-flipper, Inspectify is a marketplace for home inspections and repairs –

Josh Jensen bought his first house in Peoria, Ill., when he was twenty three. He sold the house to pay for a business school and over the course of his tech career — first as a mechanical engineer and then as an executive for startup companies — Jensen and his wife bought, renovated, and […] → Read More

OneKey makes it easier to work without a desktop by integrating apps into mobile keyboards –

“The app that you use the most on your phone and you don’t realize it is your keyboard,” says Christophe Barre the co-founder and chief executive of OneKey. A member of Y Combinator’s most recent cohort, OneKey has a plan to make work easier on mobile devices by turning the keyboard into a new way […] → Read More

Y Combinator’s Kuleana is making an animal-free substitute for raw tuna –

Companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat that are making vegetable-based meat substitutes have captured the imagination and wallets of consumers, but so far, there’s been no real corollary for the seafood industry. Now, a startup coming from Y Combinator’s summer cohort, Kuleana, is hoping it can swim in those waters. While new businesses like […] → Read More

Future Fields is tackling cultured meat’s biggest problem –

One possible solution to cellular agriculture’s biggest problem — how to develop a cheap, humane, growth material for cultured meat — may have come from a conversation in line at a Tim Hortons in Alberta. The husband and wife duo of Matt and Jalene Anderson-Baron were waiting for Timbits and coffee and talking about the […] → Read More

As threats to the company mount, TikTok pushes back –

As TikTok’s existential rollercoaster ride continues to rattle on, the company is trying to sway regulators and the public with a flood of dollars and arguments wrapped in free enterprise and free speech to ensure that its parent company Bytedance can retain control of its operations. The push to validate its business comes as reports […] → Read More

Impossible Foods starts selling in Walmart and expands distribution of its new sausage product –

Impossible Foods said today that it will now be available in Walmart, the largest meat market in America. The deal with Walmart and other retail locations across the country increases the company’s physical footprint by fifty times. Impossible Foods will now be available at over 2,000 Walmart Supercenters and Neighborhood Markets across the country and […] → Read More

Magnetis raises $11 million for its automated wealth management and brokerage service for Brazil –

Magnetis, an automated wealth management solution for Brazilian investors, has raised $11 million in a new round of funding as it transforms itself into a full service brokerage for the nation’s investor class. Investors in the round included Redpoint eventures and Vostok Emerging Finance, the company said. “We’re quite happy with this vote of confidence from our […] → Read More

Amazon’s hardware business doesn’t escape Congressional scrutiny –

While much of today’s Congressional grilling into the anticompetitive practices of the big tech giants focused on their core businesses, Amazon’s hardware also came in for close inspection during the hours-long interrogation. It was a small but significant exchange, because it touched on the breadth of the company’s services and how dominance in one area […] → Read More

LA’s consumer goods rental service, Joymode, sells to the NYC retail investment firm, XRC Labs –

After raising $15 million in financing from one of technology’s most successful global investment firms, the Los Angeles-based consumer goods rental company Joymode is selling itself to an early-stage retail investment firm out of New York, XRC Labs. Joymode’s founder Joe Fernandez will continue on as an advisor to Joymode as the company moves to […] → Read More