Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Snap pledges $750,000 to its top AR creators in 2020, 3x its 2019 commitment; 600,000+ Lenses, used 15B+ times, have been created by Snapchat creators — At its annual Lens Fest, Snapchat displays the future of creating augmented reality for the platform — Snapchat is promising $750,000 …
Kyle Wiggers / VentureBeat:
Salesforce launches Cloud Voice, which integrates telephony inside Service Cloud, a revamped Einstein Voice Assistant, and a voice app development toolkit — Salesforce´s annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco is in full swing, as evidenced by the steady clip of product- and service-related announcements.
Berlin-based Enway, which is developing autonomous street-sweeping machines and other special purpose vehicles, raises €6M in seed funding led by Redalpine — Enway, a Berlin, Germany-based company that builds the next generation of cleaning services, raised €6M in seed funding.
Jason D. Rowley / Crunchbase News:
Aerospike, which provides a high-scale NoSQL database platform for processing data queries really quickly, raises $32M Series D, bringing total raised to $78M — Imagine for a moment that you´re making a credit card transaction. This prompts a lot of questions from the payment processor before it accepts your payment.
Jason Hovet / Reuters:
Czech government approves a proposal for a 7% digital tax covering revenue from large companies gained via targeted ads, user data sales, and more — PRAGUE (Reuters) - The Czech government approved a 7% digital tax proposal on Monday aimed at boosting state coffers by taxing advertising …
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica:
Facebook launches Oculus Link software for Oculus Quest in beta, allowing users to access Rift PC games using a USB-C cable — Beta for this wired-VR update is now live; official Oculus Link cable coming soon. — Oculus Quest owners, your chance to dive into the world of PC-VR gaming has begun.
Chinese government data suggests Apple shipped 10M iPhones in the country during Sept. and Oct., up 6% YoY, as overall smartphone shipments dropped 5% to 69.3M — - Upgrades to camera and battery spur 6% growth in shipments — China is Apple´s most important market after the U.S.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Elavon, the payments subsidiary of US Bancorp, to acquire Sage Pay, a payment processor operating in the UK and Ireland, for £232M in cash — E-commerce continues to gain momentum — a trend we´ll see played out in the next two months of holiday shopping — and with that comes more consolidation.
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Self-driving startup Wayve, which considers sophisticated sensor tech like lidar unnecessary for safe autonomous driving systems, raises $20M Series A — Wayve, a U.K.-based startup that´s developing artificial intelligence (AI) that teaches cars to drive autonomously using reinforcement learning …
Mike Murphy / Quartz:
Profile of Mixhalo, a live-music app being offered by bands like Aerosmith as a VIP experience, to let fans hear the music at live shows as the band intended — Think back to the first time you saw a high-definition TV program. — After a lifetime of looking at standard-definition shows …