December 2017 Archive

Financial technology startups emerged as serious challengers to financial services in 2017

 While cryptocurrencies stole the spotlight in 2017, a clutch of companies were quietly working behind the scenes to slowly bring the financial services establishment to ...

Latin America’s Groupon Mafia

 The founders of PayPal and its employees have produced many highly successful companies over the years. Often referred to as the “PayPal Mafia” because they’ve ...

Amazon did a lot of funky stuff this year and it’s paying off

 Holy hell, it’s been a year for Amazon. Jeff Bezos’ former-online-bookstore dumped $13.7 billion to buy a bunch of grocery stores, that speaker you talk ...

TrendKite raises another $11M for its PR analytics platform

 TrendKite is closing out 2017 with the announcement that it’s raised an additional $11 million in funding. The Austin-based startup says it’s currently analyzing 4.2 ...

A digitizing David takes on photo-scanning Goliath

 Mitch Goldstone loves photo scanning. His business, ScanMyPhotos, does what it says on the tin: you send photos to the company and, using high speed ...

Some positive tech of 2017: helping blind people navigate, cryptocurrencies for philanthropy, fighting hiring bias with AI, help immigrants navigate laws, more (Kevin Roose/New York Times)

Kevin Roose / New York Times:Some positive tech of 2017: helping blind people navigate, cryptocurrencies for philanthropy, fighting hiring bias with AI, help immigrants navigate ...

Amazon's "Alexa everywhere" strategy is winning the smart speaker battle and Apple's delayed and high-priced HomePod may not be able to compete (M.G. Siegler/500ish Words)

M.G. Siegler / 500ish Words:Amazon’s “Alexa everywhere” strategy is winning the smart speaker battle and Apple’s delayed and high-priced HomePod may not be able to ...

Nielsen: Netflix's "Bright", which had a ~$90M budget, had 11M viewers on its opening weekend, roughly equivalent to $99M at the box office (Crayton Harrison/Bloomberg)

Crayton Harrison / Bloomberg:Nielsen: Netflix’s “Bright”, which had a ~$90M budget, had 11M viewers on its opening weekend, roughly equivalent to $99M at the box ...

Indian mobile operator Reliance Jio to buy Reliance Communications' spectrum, tower, fiber optic, other telecom infrastructure assets; sources say for $3.75B (Reuters)

Reuters:Indian mobile operator Reliance Jio to buy Reliance Communications’ spectrum, tower, fiber optic, other telecom infrastructure assets; sources say for $3.75B  —  MUMBAI (Reuters) – ...

Sensor Tower: consumers spent $196M on apps across the Google Play and App Store on Christmas Day, up 12.3% YoY (Sarah Perez/TechCrunch)

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:Sensor Tower: consumers spent $196M on apps across the Google Play and App Store on Christmas Day, up 12.3% YoY  —  Consumers ...

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