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Waymo CTO Dmitri Dolgov at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10


Long before there was an autonomous vehicle industry, there was Project Chauffeur — a secret endeavor staffed by about a dozen engineers and housed under Google’s moonshot factory X. That venture, popularly known as the Google self-driving car project, would eventually graduate from its proje…

By Kirsten Korosec

Render gets $2.25M seed round to give developers alternative to biggest names in tech


A couple of weeks ago, when Pinterest filed its S-1, its AWS bills raised eyebrows and questions about cheaper alternatives for startups. Render is a small startup with a big idea to provide infrastructure services for developers, who might be looking for a cheaper and easier alternative to bigger …

By Ron Miller

Mejuri raises $23M Series B to serve women buying jewelry for themselves


New Enterprise Associates, the 42-year-old venture capital firm, has invested in the $23 million Series B round for Mejuri, a startup capturing millennial women’s penchant for affordable and treat yo’ self type of jewelry rather than diamonds and precious stones for special occasions. I…

By Rita Liao

Meet the 13 startups launching out of Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator


The Entrepreneurs’ Roundtable Accelerator is today presenting yet another batch of startups to the world at its Demo Day in NYC. ERA has already launched a total of 180 startups which have raised more than $300 million and are collectively valued at more than $2 billion. This sixteenth class …

By Jordan Crook

Adobe shows off new color palette experiment for Illustrator


Adobe today used the OFFF festival in Barcelona to show off an experimental feature for its Illustrator vector drawing application. The basic idea here is to allow Illustrator users to easily experiment with color palettes based on photos and other images. That makes it incredibly easy to create ne…

By Frederic Lardinois

Walmart unveils an A.I.-powered store of the future, now open to the public


Walmart this morning unveiled a new “store of the future” and test grounds for emerging technologies, including A.I.-enabled cameras and interactive displays. The store, a working concept called the Intelligent Retail Lab — or “IRL” for short — operates out of a …

By Sarah Perez

The Google Assistant can now tell you a story on your phone


For the last year or so, you could ask the Google Assistant on your Google Home device to read your kids a story. Today, just in time for National Tell a Story Day, Google is bringing this feature to Android and iOS phones, too. It’ll be available in English in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Austral…

By Frederic Lardinois

Verizon announces 20 5G markets for 2019, as Samsung Galaxy S10 5G preorders open


Analysts have been all too happy to discuss 5G’s cart and horse problem, even as they wax poetic about the wireless technology’s future. Networks require devices and devices require networks. And while many have positioned 2019 as the year of 5G, both seem to be trickling out at a 2G rate. Verizon …

By Brian Heater

Online learning startup Coursera picks up $103M, now valued at $1B+


Coursera, an online learning startup that offers free and paid short courses, skills certifications, and complete degrees in partnership with universities and businesses, has raised another $103 million to scale out its business into new geographies, subject areas and products — a Series E le…

By Ingrid Lunden

Snapchat is bringing its Bitmoji avatars into video games


Want your video game character to look just like you? Soon you’ll be able to scan an in-game code with Snapchat to play as your personlized Bitmoji avatar on PC, console, and mobile games. Today Snapchat announced is new Bitmoji For Games SDK that will let hand-selected partners integrate 3D …

By Josh Constine