Monday, January 27, 2020

Facebook speeds up AI training by culling the weak – TechCrunch

Training an artificial intelligence agent to do something like navigate a complex 3D world is computationally expensive and time-consuming. In order to better create these potentially useful systems, Facebook ...

Deep tech VCs on what they view as some of the most impactful young...

During this week’s Democratic debate, there was a lot of talk, unsurprisingly, about ensuring the future of this country’s children and grandchildren. Climate change was of particular interest to billionaire...

DigitalOcean is laying off staff, sources say 30-50 affected – TechCrunch

After appointing a new CEO and CFO last summer, cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean is embarking on a wider reorganisation: the startup has announced a round of layoffs, with potentially between...

Marijuana delivery giant Eaze may go up in smoke – TechCrunch

The first cannabis startup to raise big money in Silicon Valley is in danger of burning out. TechCrunch has learned that pot delivery middleman Eaze has seen unannounced layoffs, and...

Plant-based milk substitute market gets frothy with $225 million for Califia Farms – TechCrunch

The market for companies developing dairy substitutes is really getting frothy. In December, the startup Perfect Day Foods announced it had raised $110 million in financing for its dairy replacement and...

Google brings IBM Power Systems to its cloud – TechCrunch

As Google Cloud looks to convince more enterprises to move to its platform, it needs to be able to give businesses an onramp for their existing legacy infrastructure and...

CES takes half-baked stance on cannabis – TechCrunch

A cannabis company won a CES award for 2020. Called Keep, the desktop storage device features biometric security to secure cannabis products, and looks good while doing it. The CTA...

Just Spices, the German spice mix startup, raises €13M Series B – TechCrunch

Just Spices, the German-founded spice mix brand, is disclosing €13 million in Series B funding. The round is led by Five Seasons Ventures and Coefficient Capital, with Bitburger Ventures also...

Zuckerberg ditches annual challenges, but needs cynics to fix 2030 – TechCrunch

Mark Zuckerberg won’t be spending 2020 focused on wearing ties, learning Mandarin or just fixing Facebook. “Rather than having year-to-year challenges, I’ve tried to think about what I hope the...

DoubleVerify launches a new way to measure online ad effectiveness – TechCrunch

Until now, DoubleVerify was known for helping advertisers to eliminate fraud and ensure their ads are running in brand-safe environments. This week, at the Consumer Electronics show, it’s launching a...

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