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Black Friday on track for $8.9B+ in online sales as shoppers stay away from brick-and-mortar stores –

Black Friday — the day that launched 1,000 other shopping holidays — may have lost its place as the “start” of the Christmas shopping season by now (it gets bigger and earlier with each passing year). But the day after Thanksgiving still pulls in a crowd of buyers looking for a bargain and remains a major […] → Read More

Tony Hsieh, iconic Las Vegas tech entrepreneur, dies aged 46 –

Tony Hsieh, the former head of Zappos who catapulted the shoe company into the big leagues with a sale to Amazon and then used the proceeds of his success in a huge project kickstarting regeneration of a run-down part of Las Vegas, Nevada, with tech and wider business investments, has died aged 46. The cause […] → Read More

Thanksgiving on track for a record $6B in US online sales, says Adobe –

As people prepare and eat their Thanksgiving meals, or just “work” on relaxing for the day, some consumers are going online to get a jump on holiday shopping deals. Adobe, which is following online sales in real time at 80 of the top 100 retailers in the US, covering some 100 million SKUs, says that […] → Read More

Amazon expands IP Accelerator to Europe after US SMBs register 6,000 trademarks –

As we head into the biggest shopping period of the year — which this year may well have an even stronger online component than usual because of Covid-19 — Amazon has launched its latest effort to combat the sale of counterfeit goods on its site. The e-commerce giant today announced that its free IP Accelerator […] → Read More

Industrial drone maker Percepto raises $45M and integrates with Boston Dynamics’ Spot –

Consumer drones have over the years struggled with an image of being no more than expensive and delicate toys. But applications in industrial, military and enterprise scenarios have shown that there is indeed a market for unmanned aerial vehicles, and today, a startup that makes drones for some of those latter purposes is announcing a […] → Read More

Kahoot drops $50M on Drops to add language learning to its gamified education stable –

After raising $215 million from SoftBank to double down on the surge of interest in online learning, Kahoot has made an acquisition to expand the scope of subjects that it covers. The popular startup, which lets people build and share educational games, has picked up Drops, a startup that helps people learn languages by way […] → Read More

Gartner: Q3 smartphone sales down 5.7% to 366M, stemming Covid-19 declines earlier this year –

As we head into the all-important holiday sales period, new numbers from Gartner point to some recovery for the smartphone market as vendors roll out a raft of new 5G handsets. Q3 smartphone figures published today showed that smartphone unit sales declined 5.7% globally over the same period last year to 366 million units. Yes, […] → Read More

Snap acquired Voisey, an app to create music tracks overlaying your own vocals –

Snapchat helped pioneer the use of lenses on faces in photos and videos to turn ordinary picture messages into fantastical creations where humans can look like, say, cats, and even cats can wear festival-chic flower crowns. Now it sounds like the company might be turning its attention… to sound. The company appears to have acquired […] → Read More

SellerX raises $118M to buy up and grow Amazon marketplace businesses –

As Amazon’s Marketplace continues to grow and mature, a new opportunity has emerged in the world of e-commerce for a new breed of startups to consolidate the most promising of the smaller businesses that sell via Amazon’s platform, and build out their own economies of scale within that ecosystem. In the latest development, SellerX — […] → Read More

Language learning app Duolingo confirms it has raised $35M on a $2.4B valuation –

Last week, we reported that popular language learning app Duolingo, with 500 million total app downloads​, was raising $35 million on a valuation of at least $2.21 billion — the latest chapter in what has become a long book on how e-learning and other education startups are raking in big audiences and significant funding, a […] → Read More

Quid raises $320M to loan money to startup employees using their equity as collateral –

Startups that take time to scale before going public or getting acquired can represent big, if long-term, returns for employees that hold equity in them. Big, because tech companies have proven to be some of the most valuable in the world when it comes to exits; long-term, because it might take years for a startup […] → Read More

Headway raises $26M to help people find therapists, and therapists to accept insurance –

Mental health has taken a nosedive for many people this year — spurred by economic and political uncertainty, a Covid-19-fueled public health crisis, and being cooped up. In the US, a startup is today announcing some funding to make it easier for those who need it to find help. Headway, which helps people search for […] → Read More

Tourlane adds another $20M at a $242M valuation to help it weather the Covid storm –

The tourism and travel industry has been one of the hardest hit by the global Covid-19 health pandemic, and today a promising startup in the space announced some funding to help it weather the storm. Berlin-based Tourlane, which has built a platform that mimics the role of an in-person travel agent to plan and book […] → Read More

Hover secures $60M for a 3D imaging platform used to assess and fix properties –

The US property market has proven to be more resilient than you might have assumed it would be in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, and today a startup that’s built a computer vision tool to help owners assess and fix those properties more easily is announcing a significant round of funding as it sees […] → Read More

Zeotap raises $18.5M for a customer ID platform it says was built with privacy in mind –

As the online world slowly moves to a more privacy-focused environment free of cookies, startups building alternative ways to help businesses manage customer identity and build marketing around that are getting attention. Zeotap, a customer identity platform built around a company’s own (first-party) data that combines this with other data sources to create more complete […] → Read More

Harbr raises $38.5M to help enterprises exchange and share big data troves securely –

Organizations today are sitting on mountains of data that they amass and use in their own businesses, but many are also looking to share those troves with other parties to expand their business — a model that comes with challenges (privacy and data protection being two key ones); and these days (due to Covid-19 and […] → Read More

Filing: Online learning marketplace Udemy is raising up to $100M at a $3.32B valuation –

Online education has been one of the hotspots in the tech world this year, as people turn to e-learning tools to fill in the gaps variously arising from closed schools, closed offices, social distancing, and more time on our hands at home because of the Covid-19 pandemic. And that is giving a big bump to […] → Read More

Nana nabs $6M for an online academy and marketplace dedicated to appliance repair –

A lot of the focus in online education — and, let’s face it, education overall — has been about professional development for knowledge workers, education for K-12 and how best to deliver cost-effective, engaging higher learning to those in college and beyond. But in what might be a sign of the times, today a startup […] → Read More

Snap acquired Voca.ai, which makes AI-based voice agents for call centers, for $120M –

Snapchat is the quintessential consumer app: with an array of fun filters, it encourages people to send fun, disappearing messages to friends and has a large base of younger users. But could parent company Snap be eyeing up ways of leveraging its traction in the consumer world — with the app now seeing 249 million […] → Read More

SentinelOne, an AI-based endpoint security firm, confirms $267M raise on a $3.1B valuation –

This year, more than ever before because of the Covid-19 pandemic, huge droves of workers and consumers have been turning to the internet to communicate, get things done, and entertain themselves. That has created a huge bonanza for cybercriminals, but also companies that are building tools to combat them. In the latest development, an Israel-hatched, […] → Read More