Japanese finance app Moneytree raises $9 million to grow enterprise business - 4時間前  VentureBeat

(The Bridge) – Tokyo-based Moneytree, the Japanese startup offering an asset managing app and cloud-based accounting soutions, announced on Tuesday that it has raised a total of 1 billion yen (nearly $9 million US) in their latest funding round. The round was led by SBI Investment with participation from Mizuho Capital, SMBC Venture Capital, Salesforce Ventures, Fukuoka Technology Partners, Hiroshima Venture Capital, Senshu Ikeda Capital, and the UK’s leading asset management company Baillie Gifford. This round follows that of the company’s series A round from October 2015. With the late...more
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China’s Baidu expands in Silicon Valley - 7時間前  VentureBeat

Chinese search giant Baidu is expanding its Silicon Valley footprint with a new office in Sunnyvale specifically for autonomous driving and AI research, the company announced today. With this expansion, company president and ex-Microsoft executive Ya-qin Zhang is taking on an additional title: chairman of Baidu USA. The company’s U.S. presence in part functions as a recruiting tool for computer scientists from top schools and startups. Baidu is so eager to bring AI talent to China that they’re reportedly offering scientists 15 percent raises to relocate there. However Baidu’s...more
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Splatoon 2 is still hip — watch us play the sequel on Switch - 9時間前  VentureBeat

Nintendo is wasting little time bringing one of the breakout Wii U games to the Switch, and we’ve already got a chance to go hands on with it. The publisher held its first Global Testfire event for Splatoon 2 on the Switch today, and we got to see what the game feels like on the new system. At its core, the sequel to the team-based online ink shooter is more of the same, but exposing that excellent gameplay to an audience that may never have purchased the Wii U is probably a smart idea for Nintendo. Splatoon 2 is still about covering a playfield with your team’s ink, firing at enem...more
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Google Assistant can now tell you when your groceries expire - 11時間前  VentureBeat

Roughly 15 new services have been added to Google Assistant this week including actions for IMDB movie ratings and others that tell you when the food in your fridge will expire and hear Jaden Smith quotes. Actions are like voice-only apps for Google Assistant, like skills are for Alexa and Cortana. Among the most noteworthy new actions is Chefling. You can already ask Google Assistant to add grocery items to a Google Keep shopping list, but Chefling does a few specific things for grocery shopping and keeping track of what’s in your kitchen. By sharing your grocery list with Chefling, the Googl...more
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Caviar snags exclusive Shake Shake delivery deal this weekend - 12時間前  VentureBeat

Shake Shack fans rejoice! The restaurant chain has teamed up with Square’s Caviar on-demand food delivery service to see if it’s a valuable offering. Those in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Boston, and Chicago are eligible to get any of Shake Shack’s burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, and shakes delivered right to their doorsteps — and delivery is free (you have to pay for your food though). Here’s the catch: This trial period is this weekend, from Friday, March 24 to Sunday, March 26. This weekend only, starting Friday, we’re d...more
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ProBeat: Dear Twitter, bring back TweetDeck for Android and iOS - 14時間前  VentureBeat

I have never been a fan of Twitter — I still honestly have a love-hate relationship with the service — but TweetDeck was the exception. Having the app on my phone was incredibly powerful. It’s probably the main reason that I grudgingly caved and joined the flock. The Twitter mobile apps have always been horribly unreliable, so the news this week that Twitter is looking at offering a paid version of TweetDeck has piqued my interest. To be clear, Twitter has not said that a premium TweetDeck is definitively coming. And yet TweetDeck would be the perfect comeback story for the c...more
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Self-driving car expert and Project Cars exec to speak at GamesBeat Summit - 15時間前  VentureBeat

Our newest speakers for our upcoming GamesBeat Summit event are Ted Chong, chief commercial officer at Project Cars maker Slightly Mad Studios, and Laszlo Kishonti, CEO of self-driving car software maker AImotive. You could call them the odd couple at our GamesBeat Summit 2017: How games, sci-fi, and tech create real-world magic. GamesBeat Summit 2017 will take place on May 1 and May 2, 2017, at the historic Claremont resort hotel in Berkeley, Calif., just a short distance from San Francisco. You can secure your seat here. Register today and receive 20 percent off current ticket prices. Use th...more
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Elon Musk says Tesla will start taking orders for Solar Roofs in April - 15時間前  VentureBeat

A key pillar in Elon Musk’s vision for Tesla and SolarCity is becoming a reality next month. Musk says Tesla will start taking orders for the company’s Solar Roofs — entire roofs made of shingles with built-in solar cells — in April. We do not know, however, how long buyers will need to wait in order to have their Solar Roofs installed. We’ve asked. We also still don’t know how much these roofs will cost, as Business Insider points out, but Musk has suggested they may be cheaper than conventional roofs, factoring in longevity, repairs, and energy savings.
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The DeanBeat: Should you finish playing the vast world of Zelda or Mass Effect: Andromeda? - 16時間前  VentureBeat

When big games come out at the same time, I let out a groan. I usually wind up choosing one over the other. But in the case of the most recent pair of huge virtual worlds, I decided to play them both at once. And so I am bouncing between Mass Effect: Andromeda, which Electronic Arts published this week, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, at the same time. The experience has made me see some common threads in trying to entertain someone inside a vast virtual space. Please check out our GamesBeat Summit 2017 event coming on May 1-2.  But I’m getting to the point where I realize that b...more
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T-Mobile kicks off industry robocall war with network-level blocking and ID tools - 17時間前  VentureBeat

T-Mobile is among the first U.S. telecom companies to announce its plans to thwart pesky robocallers. The move represents part of an industry-wide “Robocall Strike Force” set up by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last year to combat the 2 billion-plus automated calls faced by U.S. consumers each month. Other key members of the group include Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Verizon. Above: T-Mobile: Scam Caller T-Mobile’s announcement comes 24 hours after the FCC voted to approve a new rule that would allow telecom companies to block robocallers who use fake caller ID...more
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Tradeshift Launches New AI Layer on Platform, Creating Simplified Commerce - 6時間前  VentureBeat

PRESS RELEASE: New intelligence layer, Tradeshift Ada, allows for native and third-party development using artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities for over 1.5 million businesses SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 25, 2017– Tradeshift, the world’s largest business commerce platform, today announced the release of Tradeshift Ada, the world’s first smart interface for B2B commerce that offers new automation capabilities to help users accelerate how they buy, pay and collaborate. This Smart News Release fea...more
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Google’s Calico partners with new biotech firm to develop anti-aging and cancer drugs - 9時間前  VentureBeat

The Google-funded startup Calico, as with many of the tech-originating firms foraying into the life sciences, has a lofty goal: to tackle the spectrum of “aging-related” diseases, which encompasses everything from Parkinson’s to Alzheimer’s to cancer. While the outfit is notoriously cagey about its work, it’s certainly not shy about striking up partnerships. The latest one came on Thursday afternoon, when the biotech C4 Therapeutics announced a five-year research collaboration with Calico to develop drugs for “diseases of aging,” including cancer. Ther...more
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Uber tells U.S. court customers must arbitrate disputes - 10時間前  VentureBeat

(Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court in New York on Friday weighed arguments over whether Uber customers gave up their right to sue the company when they registered for its popular taxi hailing service. The case could have wider implications for internet businesses, which often require customers to agree to bring disputes through private arbitration as part of long lists of terms and conditions when they register for services. Theodore Boutrous, arguing for Uber, urged the three-judge 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel to send a class action lawsuit by Connecticut Uber passenger Spencer...more
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Everything is a surprisingly fun meditation on existence - 12時間前  VentureBeat

“Walking simulator” is often used a pejorative to put down a genre of games where you can’t fail and instead experience a world with little to no stakes. But a new game takes that idea to a new level and proves that if you’re skipping games in this genre, then you’re missing out. Everything is a simulation of all things at all scales. It’s a game where you may start out as a camel, but through exploration, you may find yourself dancing through galaxy as a cluster of stars or swimming through microscopic stew as as a tardigrade. And through all of this, as lo...more
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GameStop expects to have Nintendo Switch supply problems for the rest of the year - 13時間前  VentureBeat

Every time GameStop gets a new shipment of Nintendo’s Switch hardware, it sells out within hours. And the company expects a similar level of demand through the end of the year. GameStop, the world’s largest gaming-specific brick-and-mortar retailer, announced the results of its 2016 fiscal year today. And while gaming sales are down, the company points out the Switch as a potential bright spot moving forward — although GameStop admitted it did not factor in aggressive sales of the Switch into its forecast for the next fiscal year. “There’s a lot of excitement abou...more
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GamesBeat weekly roundup: Mass Effect: Andromeda’s tired face, and Brian Fargo’s retirement - 14時間前  VentureBeat

Welcome to another GamesBeat weekly roundup! This time, Super Mario Run finally come out on Android, Yooka-Laylee’s developers deal with the fallout of a popular YouTuber’s racist remarks, and Red Dead Redemption is coming to PC … as a Grand Theft Auto V mod. Please check out our GamesBeat Summit 2017 event coming May 1-2 on the inspiration between science fiction, tech, and games. Use Deantak code for 20 percent off. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! Pieces of flair and opinion The DeanBeat: Bouncing between the vast worlds of Zelda and Mass Effect: Andromeda Self-driving ...more
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Facebook to start testing GIFs in comments - 15時間前  VentureBeat

During a Facebook Live event in December, Mark Zuckerberg indicated that more support for animated GIFs would be coming to the social network, this time within the comment thread. VentureBeat has learned that on Monday, the company will begin testing this feature out to a “small percentage” of people, thereby making it easier to be equally as expressive in their response as it is with posting. A Facebook spokesperson shared this statement: “Everyone loves a good GIF and we know that people want to be able to use them in comments. So we’re about to start testing the abil...more
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Bethesda partners with Alamo Drafthouse to show ‘The Matrix’ and other films that inspired Prey - 16時間前  VentureBeat

Bethesda’s next major release is a science-fiction thriller, and the publisher is using film to reach an appreciative audience. The Alamo Drafthouse chain of movie theaters is kicking off a Bethesda Softworks Presents film series dedicated to the upcoming Prey reboot from developer Arkane Studios. Prey, which debuts May 5 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, tells the story of Morgan, a lone human left on a space station called Talos I. As the subject of experiments, your character awakens to find that they (you can play as a man or a woman) must fight off an alien threat while uncoverin...more
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Influencer marketing: 3 musts for immediate results (VB Live) - 17時間前  VentureBeat

VB LIVE: In a world where every fourth consumer’s got an ad blocker in place, the potential of influencer marketing keeps getting juicier — up to 960% juicier, in fact. To find out how to squeeze out the best results in any collaboration, join our VB Live event! Register here for free. Influencers have already done the heavy lifting: They’ve built a following that trusts their word, and an effective distribution network for their work. And their potential reach and ROI as an evangelist for your brand is potentially huge — but only if you get all the moving pieces movin...more
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Preview: What Remains of Edith Finch is a haunting tale of 13 deaths - 17時間前  VentureBeat

PREVIEW: What Remains of Edith Finch is a video game that is a collection of stories about 13 people on their last day of living. It is a haunting tale, more like a ghost story than horror. And it is very creative. The challenge for the developer — Santa Monica, Calif.-based Giant Sparrow — is to get you to finish the game. Ian Dallas, the creative director at the game studio Giant Sparrow, showed me a preview of Giant Sparrow’s upcoming PlayStation 4 and PC game. The game from publisher Annapurna Interactive debuts for $20 on April 25. Dallas thinks of the game as a psycholo...more
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