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Xeal raises $11M to expand its digital token payment system for EV chargers
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Xeal raises $11M to expand its digital token payment system for EV chargers

Electric vehicle charging companies depend on reliable internet access to sell electricity to customers, track usage data, authenticate users and receive over-the-air updates. If a WiFi connection is unreliable, drivers could find themselves in a sticky situation. “If the phone loses service, the charger loses service, the environment loses service or the server is down,...

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Marc and Lynne Benioff, Salesforce donate $300M to encourage climate action

Marc and Lynne Benioff announced a $200 million donation this morning to combat climate change and encourage others to take action. Marc Benioff’s company, Salesforce, threw in $100 million more for a total donation of $300 million. The Benioffs’ portion is divided into two tranches, with $100 million going to the Benioff Time Tree Fund...

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Crafting a pitch deck that can’t be ignored

Thousands of pitch decks, and only a handful of winners. Such is the math of the VC industry right now, what with an explosion of startups and dreams of glory launching every year. VCs are overwhelmed with pitches, which means that crafting the perfect deck and connecting with a reader in the few seconds you...

Relentless ‘Facebook Papers’ Leaks Will Continue Until Morale Improves
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Relentless ‘Facebook Papers’ Leaks Will Continue Until Morale Improves

In this image from video, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021.Photo: House Energy and Commerce Committee (AP) You’ve likely seen the deluge of damning news stories about Facebook everywhere this past week. Those came thanks to Facebook whistleblower...

Canon’s PowerShot PX Looks Like a Security Camera but Captures Precious Moments Instead of Crooks
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Canon’s PowerShot PX Looks Like a Security Camera but Captures Precious Moments Instead of Crooks

Image: Canon Once a respected brand when it came to DSLR alternatives, Canon is now slapping the PowerShot label on all sorts of gimmicky experimental cameras, including the new PowerShot PX: a sort of security camera-meets-AI-powered photographer that promises to automatically capture the best possible photos and videos of an event all on its own....

Everything You Need to Know About Thursday’s Big Oil Hearing
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Everything You Need to Know About Thursday’s Big Oil Hearing

Rep. Ro Khanna speaks at an “End Fossil Fuel” rally near the U.S. Capitol on June 29, 2021, in Washington, DC.Photo: Anna Moneymaker (Getty Images) Big Oil has had a reckoning with the public. It’s had a reckoning in court. And on Thursday, it will have a reckoning in front of Congress’ most powerful committee....

Updates From Cowboy Bebop, A Quiet Place 3, and More
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Updates From Cowboy Bebop, A Quiet Place 3, and More

The energy we need to get through this Thursday.Image: Netflix Ghostface strikes in a new look at Scream’s return. The latest Stephen King adaptation rounds out its cast. Get a tiny glimpse of the new Paranormal Activity. Plus, new looks at what’s next on Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Creepshow. Spoilers away! Advertisement Mr. Harrigan’s...

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‘AWS for blockchain’ Alchemy boosts valuation to $3.5B with $250M raise

Exactly six months after raising $80 million at a $505 million valuation, blockchain and Web3 development SaaS startup Alchemy has raised $250 million in a Series C funding round that values the company at $3.5 billion. Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) led the financing, which was extremely competitive with a number of large venture firms clamoring to...

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Monashees backs grain trading startup Tarken

Brazilian grain trading marketplace Tarken secured $3.5 million in a seed round, co-led by Monashees and Maya, to continue developing its technology that connects grain buyers and sellers and operates an artificial intelligence tool for commodity pricing. Joining them was Gilgamesh Ventures and individual investors, including Kavak founder Carlos Garcia, Ualá founder Pierpaolo Barbieri, Zap...

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Bird shared vehicles now featured in Moovit transit planning app

Transit planning app Moovit is now featuring Bird’s shared e-scooters and e-bikes in its app. As of Thursday, Moovit users in 65 cities across 12 countries — including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom — will be able to locate nearby Bird vehicles in real time,...