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Heartland Tech Weekly: These states had promising VC funding increases in 2018

HEARTLAND TECH WEEKLY: THESE STATES HAD PROMISING VC FUNDING INCREASES IN 2018

With the books closed on 2018, its safe to say that startups in these states reached significant funding milestones last year.

The Carlton and Floss dances are no longer in Forza Horizon 4

THE CARLTON AND FLOSS DANCES ARE NO LONGER IN FORZA HORIZON 4

Forza Horizon 4 previously featured two dances that are the subject of a lawsuit against Fortnite creator Epic Games. Now, Playground...

 
 
 
Microsoft's M12 venture fund expands to India, invests in health care data startup Innovaccer

MICROSOFT'S M12 VENTURE FUND EXPANDS TO INDIA, INVESTS IN HEALTH CARE DATA STARTUP INNOVACCER

Microsoft is joining India's burgeoning tech startup space. The company's corporate venture fund M12 has made its first investment...

Ex-Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs and ex-Florida governor Jeb Bush join Heal's board

EX-QUALCOMM CEO PAUL JACOBS AND EX-FLORIDA GOVERNOR JEB BUSH JOIN HEAL'S BOARD

Heal, a startup that uses doctors to make house calls, said Paul Jacobs, former CEO of Qualcomm, and ex-Florida Governor Jeb Bush have...

 
 
 
Robomart to roll out driverless grocery store vehicles in Boston area this spring

ROBOMART TO ROLL OUT DRIVERLESS GROCERY STORE VEHICLES IN BOSTON AREA THIS SPRING

Robomart is partnering with Stop & Shop grocery store chain to make deliveries with its driverless grocery store vehicles this spring.

Indian edtech startup Byju's acquires U.S.-based Osmo for $120 million

INDIAN EDTECH STARTUP BYJU'S ACQUIRES U.S.-BASED OSMO FOR $120 MILLION

India's Byju's, which is backed by Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is acquiring Palo Alto, California startup Osmo.

 
 
 
Inside Sirin Labs' first blockchain smartphone retail store

INSIDE SIRIN LABS' FIRST BLOCKCHAIN SMARTPHONE RETAIL STORE

Sirin Labs has officially launched its much-hyped blockchain smartphone, Finney. The company also opened its first blockchain smartphone...

Unity backs down in dispute with Improbable, schedules Reddit chat

UNITY BACKS DOWN IN DISPUTE WITH IMPROBABLE, SCHEDULES REDDIT CHAT

Unity Technologies backed down on its previous stance in a dispute that erupted last week with SpatialOS platform maker Improbable...

 
 
 
Pew: 74% of users don't know Facebook records their ad preferences

PEW: 74% OF USERS DON'T KNOW FACEBOOK RECORDS THEIR AD PREFERENCES

A new Pew Research survey on ad targeting comes as Facebook has been under increased skepticism about what user information it collects.

App Annie: China drove 40% of mobile app spending and nearly half of all downloads in 2018

APP ANNIE: CHINA DROVE 40% OF MOBILE APP SPENDING AND NEARLY HALF OF ALL DOWNLOADS IN 2018

China accounted for nearly half of all global app downloads, and 40 percent of all consumer spends in apps last year, App Annie says.

 
 
 
App Annie: Games made up 74 percent of consumer app store spending in 2018

APP ANNIE: GAMES MADE UP 74 PERCENT OF CONSUMER APP STORE SPENDING IN 2018

Mobile users used 74 percent of their app spending on mobile games in 2018.

Harry Potter mobile game maker Jam City raises $145 million

HARRY POTTER MOBILE GAME MAKER JAM CITY RAISES $145 MILLION

Jam City, developer and publisher of the hit mobile game Harry Potter: Hogwart's Mystery, has raised $145 million in funding to fuel...

 
 
 
Fractal Analytics raises $200 million to boost enterprise efficiency with AI

FRACTAL ANALYTICS RAISES $200 MILLION TO BOOST ENTERPRISE EFFICIENCY WITH AI

AI startup Fractal Analytics has raised $200 million, and says revenue has increased by 40 percent for the past seven consecutive quarters.

Bold Commerce raises $16.5 million to bring AI to ecommerce stores on Shopify and elsewhere

BOLD COMMERCE RAISES $16.5 MILLION TO BRING AI TO ECOMMERCE STORES ON SHOPIFY AND ELSEWHERE

Bold Commerce, a software development company that builds tools and integrations for ecommerce stores such as Shopify, has raised $16.5...

 
 
 
IBM, Ford, LG Chem lead blockchain coalition for ethically sourced minerals

IBM, FORD, LG CHEM LEAD BLOCKCHAIN COALITION FOR ETHICALLY SOURCED MINERALS

A coalition of companies led by IBM will use blockchain technology to ensure that the supply chain for minerals will be ethically sourced.

Your game studio doesn't have to survive to succeed

YOUR GAME STUDIO DOESN'T HAVE TO SURVIVE TO SUCCEED

In short, I hope every indie knows which strategy they've picked, and what their priorities as a company really are, ideally before...

 
 
 
Roblox hires online safety veteran to lead digital civility initiative

ROBLOX HIRES ONLINE SAFETY VETERAN TO LEAD DIGITAL CIVILITY INITIATIVE

Roblox has hired Laura Higgins, an online safety expert, to lead a new digital civility initiative at the company that runs a teen...

Mozilla kills its experimental Firefox Test Pilot program 3 years after launch

MOZILLA KILLS ITS EXPERIMENTAL FIREFOX TEST PILOT PROGRAM 3 YEARS AFTER LAUNCH

Mozilla is closing Firefox Test Pilot, its experimental program that allows early adopters and the curious to try out features that...

 
 
 
The Microsoft/Walgreens deal could kick off big changes to health care

THE MICROSOFT/WALGREENS DEAL COULD KICK OFF BIG CHANGES TO HEALTH CARE

The newly announced Microsoft/Walgreens alliance is more than meets the eye. It could radically change how we do health care in the...

NBA and Take-Two extend deal for NBA 2K series

NBA AND TAKE-TWO EXTEND DEAL FOR NBA 2K SERIES

The NBA and publisher Take-Two announced today that they have extended their partnership deal that allows Take-Two to make games based...

 
 
 



'Frosty had the last laugh': Vandal tries to run over giant snowman, hits...

'Frosty had the last laugh': Vandal tries to run over giant snowman, hits tree trunk instead

A would-be vandal was stumped after they tried to run over a 9-foot snowman in Kentucky, only to find it had been built over a large tree trunk. Read more ...

Man accused of making threats to White House, other targets in Washington...

Man accused of making threats to White House, other targets in Washington using explosives

Federal authorities said Wednesday a Georgia man is accused of threatening to attack the White House and other federal buildings. Read more ...

'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' is latest Disney live-action remake

'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' is latest Disney live-action remake

Because Disney nostalgia never ends. Read more ...

Jack Bogle, Father Of Simple Investing, Dies At 89

Jack Bogle, Father Of Simple Investing, Dies At 89

Bogle, the founder of Vanguard who created the first index mutual fund, died Wednesday, the firm said. He said investors should own a mix of bonds and stocks but shouldn't pay... Read more ...

Trump administration to roll out space-based missile defense plan

Trump administration to roll out space-based missile defense plan

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration will roll out a new strategy Thursday for a more aggressive space-based missile defense system to protect against existing threats from... Read more ...

James Harden has 58 points in Rockets' OT loss to Nets

James Harden has 58 points in Rockets' OT loss to Nets

HOUSTON - Spencer Dinwiddie scored 25 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and the Brooklyn Nets spoiled James Harden's 58-point night with a 145-142 victory... Read more ...

Couple who called 911 says Wisconsin teen, not them, should get $50,000 reward

Couple who called 911 says Wisconsin teen, not them, should get $50,000 reward

The couple who dialed 911 says they don't want the $50,000 reward. They say Jayme Closs should get it because "She got herself out." Read more ...

MSU Interim President Resigns Amid Anger Over Remarks About Sex Assault Victims

MSU Interim President Resigns Amid Anger Over Remarks About Sex Assault Victims

Interim president John Engler's efforts to try to shepherd the school through a turbulent time have been undercut by a year of scandal. Read more ...

Lindsey Graham cites deadly blast in appeal to keep troops in Syria

Lindsey Graham cites deadly blast in appeal to keep troops in Syria

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham urged President Trump to reconsider his decision to pull US forces from Syria after a suicide attack on Wednesday killed a number of American troops. “I... Read more ...

Citing security concerns, Pelosi suggests Trump reschedule State of the Union

Citing security concerns, Pelosi suggests Trump reschedule State of the Union

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address, planned for Jan. 29, saying that given the government shutdown it would be... Read more ...