Apple nabs Google’s chief of AI and search John Giannandrea to broaden Siri, self-driving car programs

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Apple has hired John Giannandrea away from Google to head up Apple’s machine learning and AI strategy, and will report directly to CEO Tim Cook.
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Apple nabs ‘Bob’s Burgers’ creator for new animated comedy

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Apple has been moving pretty aggressively into the entertainment business lately. With a reported $ 1 billion budget for original programming, the tech company can afford to acquire high-value projects like the Kevin Durant childhood drama, a Jennifer…
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Netflix nabs Hasan Minhaj from ‘Daily Show’ for new talk show

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Today, Netflix announced that Hasan Minhaj, a correspondent with The Daily Show, will host a weekly talk show on the streaming network. The company has already ordered 32 episodes of the new show. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix describe…
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Facebook nabs exclusive streaming rights for pro surfing

If you're interested in professional surfing, there's no higher competition than the World Surf League (WSL). Hawaiian John John Florence is the current men's champion, while Australian Tyler Wright dominates the women's division. At the moment, you…
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Netflix’s ‘Bright’ nabs 11 million viewers in its first three days

It turns out betting on Will Smith paid off for Netflix. The company's first blockbuster film, Bright, garnered 11 million streaming viewers in the U.S. over its first three days, according to Nielsen figures reported by Variety. To put that in persp…
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Facebook nabs a trio of shows from Machinima for its Watch tab

The last time Machinima was in the news it was for paying "influencers" to say nice things about the Xbox One. Now, the company has inked a deal with Facebook for three new shows that'll live on the social network's Watch platform, according to Deadl…
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Industrial IoT analytics company UpTake nabs $117M Series D

UpTake, an Industrial-IoT analytics company yesterday raised a Series D round of $ 117M at a post-money valuation of $ 2.3 billion. Investment firm Baillie Gifford led the latest round that brought UpTake’s total funding to $ 250M.

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Uptake’s advanced analytics platform

UpTake is a SaaS (software-as-as-Service) product capable of reading ‘machine sensor data’. Its predictive analytics software collects and interprets sensor data for clients in the mining, rail, energy, aviation, retail, and construction industries. The software further utilizes the ML (machine learning) technology to predict incidents/events for the monitored machinery.

The company is trying to go after ‘heavy’ industries like oil and gas and energy. “We’re on a growth trajectory now where there is virtually nothing standing in our way from being the predictive analytics market leader across every heavy industry, from oil & gas to mining and beyond,” said Uptake Co-founder and CEO, Brad Keywell. Brad is a co-founder of Groupon as well.

Two primary use cases of UpTake’s technology and products are predictive and preemptive maintenance for the industrial machinery. The startup boasts customers such as Caterpillar, Berkshire Hathaway Energy, and Panduit.

Two key competitors of the company are SparkCognition and Konux. The former raised a $ 32M Series B round in July this year. The Chicago-based company has several pending patents while one of the key patents it currently holds deals with the adaptive handling of the operational data (coming directly from machine sensors).


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Chinese firm nabs social video app Musical.ly for as much as $1 billion

The popular teen lip-syncing app Musical.ly has been purchased by Chinese firm Bytedance — the company behind China's major news aggregating service Jinri Toutiao. The details of the deal haven't been disclosed but sources told the Wall Street Journ…
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IoT Cybersecurity startup Nanolock nabs $4.5M in venture funding

Nanolock Security, a cyber security and malware protection startup that helps protect IoT end-points raised $ 4.5M in venture funding. A Canadian venture capital fund backed Awz Homeland Security Fund, the third in a series of investments by the fund in Israel-based companies.

“Israel is recognized as one of the world’s foremost leaders in cybersecurity and is commonly referred to as the ‘start-up nation’ for high-tech innovation. There is a growing global need for Israel’s powerhouse security capabilities and expertise. The strategy for our Fund is to invest in companies that are at the forefront of generating real solutions to the most challenging existing security threats.”
Mr. Yaron Ashkenazi, Founder, and CEO of the Awz HLS Fund

With offices in the U.S and Israel, Nanolock was founded in 2016 by Eran Fine, CEO and Shlomo Oren. The IoT cybersecurity solution consists of software and a hardware platform. The platform helps protect the system from the operating system (OS) level preventing the malware to be written at the OS layer.


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Apple Pay now in 20 markets, nabs 90% of all mobile contactless transactions where active

 While we are going to have to wait a little longer for Apple to launch payments in iMessage, this weekend, Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s VP of Apple Pay, announced a series of other milestones for the digital wallet and payments service that competes against the likes of Android Pay from Google, Samsung’s wallet and others efforts from retailers and banks. The advances point to how… Read More
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