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DefinedCrowd’s next-gen platform solves the AI data acquisition problem

DefinedCrowd’s next-gen platform solves the AI data acquisition problem With all the hype surrounding artificial intelligence, you would be forgiven for thinking that developing the algorithms powering deep learning are where the toughest challenges in the industry are. The actual challenge for most algorithms though is not their mathematics, but rather their inputs — collating high-quality data that is well-labeled and allows for the training of these models as quickly and efficiently as possible. That’s where DefinedCrowd comes in. The company, which is based in Seattle and Portugal, was founded…

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One year old Pony.ai raises $112 million Series A to build autonomous car future

One year old Pony.ai raises 2 million Series A to build autonomous car future No that’s not a typo. Yes, that is larger than the median IPO fundraise last year. But few problems are as daunting as trying to build a fully autonomous car, particularly without the large resources of technology giants like Google, Uber, or Baidu behind you. So for Pony.ai, which was founded a little more than a year ago in late 2016 by James Peng and Tiancheng Lou, the company decided to go crazy big, announcing today…

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Why is health care so damn expensive?

Why is health care so damn expensive? Never has there been more talk of innovation and yet more disappointment in the future than in the health care industry. AngelList shows almost a thousand startups just in the digital health space alone, and VCs invested $3.5 billion in digital health startups in just the first half of 2017 according to Rock Health’s industry analysis. There are dozens of health innovation conferences hosted in the United States every year, with participants chattering, chattering, chattering about this or that “innovation.” All of that…

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Developer Social Network StackShare Raises $5.2 million from e.Ventures

Developer Social Network StackShare Raises .2 million from e.Ventures Web development is complicated. What was once the relatively uniform LAMP stack of Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP years ago has been replaced by nearly infinite variations. Multiple cloud providers, dozens of databases, hundreds of developer tools, and that is not even getting into the world of libraries. NPM, the Node Package Manager, lists about half a million packages that can be imported alone. For software developers, the choices are dizzying, and there are limited vetted resources on the web to…

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It’s a walrus! No, it’s a giraffe! No, it’s MicGoat, a new app to debate controversial issues

It’s a walrus! No, it’s a giraffe! No, it’s MicGoat, a new app to debate controversial issues Debating is at the core of a robust society — as are online social networks. When combined, they transmute each other into a minefield of negativity, abuse, and destruction. With products today, we are either living in an echo chamber of like-minded people who agree with us all the time, or we’re duking it out in trench warfare format for little gain and few opinions changed. MicGoat is hoping to change that. The…

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RIP IPO (1602-2018)

RIP IPO (1602-2018) In comparison to an anemic 2016 for venture-backed technology IPOs, 2017 was a much better year. Companies as diverse as Yext, Cloudera, Blue Apron, StitchFix, and SendGrid all went public last year, not to mention one of the most anticipated IPOs of the past few years, Snapchat. Looking forward to this year, there are a bunch of potential companies on the docket that could go public, and times couldn’t be better given the record highs of the S&P 500 and the Dow. Now, I know what you…

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Can municipal broadband save the open internet?

Can municipal broadband save the open internet? No challenge around the future of the internet looms larger in the coming year than what to do in the aftermath of the repeal of net neutrality. Open internet proponents were stunned at last month’s vote, which struck at the heart of the belief that the internet should be free, fair, and open for all users. No such luck unfortunately. As TechCrunch’s Devin Coldeway discussed last month, there are very few options for reversing the decision at the federal level anytime soon. With…

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All 50 States Vote Yes On AT&T’s $40 Billion Emergency Response Network FirstNet

All 50 States Vote Yes On AT&T’s Billion Emergency Response Network FirstNet From wildfires in California to hurricanes on the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, communications are the bedrock of emergency response and management. However, those communications can be challenging when quickly evolving situations cross multiple jurisdictions — a truth painfully learned on 9/11, when more than a dozen agencies found it difficult to relay critical information to the right people at the right time. Today, AT&T announced that all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia have officially…

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Uber’s Frankenboard arrives

Uber’s Frankenboard arrives Today was a momentous day in Uber history. After much debate, rumors, and strife over the past few weeks, it looks like the company and its shareholders have come to an agreement over a tender offer that will see SoftBank own nearly 15% of the company, while also injecting around $1 billion in fresh capital. That deal is expected to close in the new year. The SoftBank tender offer was initiated after Uber’s board agreed to a set of governance changes back in early October, which included…

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Crypto prices suffer as Korean government announces new regs, potential ban

Crypto prices suffer as Korean government announces new regs, potential ban The South Korean government announced new legislation today that would put increasingly tough regulations on the country’s burgeoning cryptocurrency markets. Under the legislation, Korea, which is the third largest market for cryptocurrencies in the world after the U.S. and Japan, would ban anonymous accounts and continually monitor crypto exchanges. Perhaps more ominously, the Wall Street Journal reported as well that the Ministry of Justice is considering unilaterally closing all crypto exchanges in the country, although didn’t provide any detailed…

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