Sarah de Crescenzo / Xconomy:
RDMD, which connects patients with rare diseases and life science companies searching for new drug candidates, raises $14M Series A led by Spark Capital — Thousands of diseases occur so infrequently that few data are readily available about the patients who have them.
Movandi, developer of 5G mmWave network technologies, raises $27M Series C — 5G specialist Movandi said it raised USD 27 million in a series C funding round led by WRVI Capital, along with Cota Capita land DNX Ventures. Movandi said it will use the money to further develop its range of real world 5G mmWave deployments.
Jonathan Greig / TechRepublic:
Qualcomm unveils the 212 LTE modem chip for IoT devices with a focus on minimal power consumption, available by the second half of 2020 — The modem will be available by the end of the year and will usher in a new era for a range of applications, the company said.
Christian Shepherd / Financial Times:
Pony.ai tests autonomous delivery service in Irvine, CA for purchases on ecommerce site Yamibuy, as lockdowns have suspended testing of its robotaxi service — Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up repurposes fleet to transport goods in California — Chinese autonomous vehicle start …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
The quadrennial iPhone SEs break from the annual upgrade cycle, arriving 2.5 years after their lookalikes as final versions of popular form factors — The answer: Leap years, the summer Olympics, U.S. presidential elections. — The question: What are things that occur every fourth year?
Kirsten Korosec / TechCrunch:
Instacart launches a prescription delivery service from nearly 200 Costco locations in states including CA and NY, driven by demand during the pandemic — Online grocery delivery company Instacart is launching a prescription delivery service through a partnership with Costco as demand …
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India says e-commerce companies can resume accepting customers orders for non-essential items, including smartphones and laptops, starting April 20 — Flipkart, Amazon, Snapdeal and other online shopping firms will resume selling “non-essential” items to customers in India starting April 20 …
Keith Barry / Consumer Reports:
Privacy experts worry insurers can use data harvested by mobility analytics startups like Mobileye to raise rates on drivers depending on where they drive — Safety system sensors in modern cars are collecting data about the road on behalf of the company that makes them
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Berlin-based Taxfix, which develops a mobile tax filing app that maximizes refunds, raises $65M Series C led by Index Ventures — Berlin-based startup Taxfix has raised a $65 million Series C funding round. Index Ventures is leading the round with Neil Rimer joining the board.
Katie Roof / Bloomberg:
Sources: Robinhood is raising $250M led by Sequoia Capital, at a pre-money valuation of about $8B — Robinhood Markets Inc., the online brokerage that´s suffered repeated outages during recent market turmoil, is close to raising new funding at valuation of about $8 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.