Aurora raises $90M Series A, adds Reid Hoffman and Mike Volpi to its board

Aurora raises $90M Series A, adds Reid Hoffman and Mike Volpi to its board

 Self-driving car startup Aurora has raised $90 million in a Series A round, with participation from both Greylock Partners and Index Ventures. The new funding adds to its available cash and will make it possible for the young startup to scale more quickly, but Aurora CEO Chris Urmson told me …

Amazon launches its Prime Music service in India

Amazon launches its Prime Music service in India

 Amazon has quietly launched its Prime Music service in India today. The retailer brought its Prime service to India some 18 months ago, but at the time it was lacking the free music and video streaming services. Amazon added the Prime Video months later, but it has taken some time …

Apple adds an M. Night Shyamalan thriller to its roster of original shows

Apple adds an M. Night Shyamalan thriller to its roster of original shows

 Apple will apparently have every kind of show from anyone with any kind of name working in Hollywood when it launches its updated approach to original video content: The latest original on its slate is a 10-episode, half-hour thriller series order that will be executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, …

Amazon is buying smart doorbell maker Ring

Amazon is buying smart doorbell maker Ring

 With Nest’s first smart video doorbell right around the corner, Amazon is busy buying up the competition. After acquiring Blink just two months ago, Amazon is now acquiring Ring, makers of the self-titled Ring doorbell (plus a bunch of other security gear, like solar security cameras, floodlight cams and an …

Sonos One’s Alexa support comes to Canada

Sonos One’s Alexa support comes to Canada

 Sonos One users in Canada can now join their peers south of the border in yelling requests at their connected speakers – a free update issued today enables Amazon Alexa on the Sonos One. The One launched with Alexa support in the U.S., but while the speaker has been available …

India-based music streaming service Gaana raises $115M led by Tencent

India-based music streaming service Gaana raises $115M led by Tencent

 Chinese internet giant Tencent is continuing to put its money in India and in music streaming services after it agreed to lead a $115 million investment in India’s Gaana. Gaana is a music streaming service that was started by Times Media, the company behind the Times of India newspaper and …

Global tech firms and investors are reshaping Latin America’s startup environment

Global tech firms and investors are reshaping Latin America’s startup environment

 Latin America is emerging as the new battleground for the global tech giants, and some of Silicon Valley and Asia’s biggest investors—from Sequoia Capital to SoftBank—are taking notice. International investment in Latin American startups has more than doubled since 2013, with 25 new investors entering the region in 2017 alone, …

IBM Watson CTO Rob High on bias and other challenges in machine learning

IBM Watson CTO Rob High on bias and other challenges in machine learning

 For IBM Watson CTO Rob High, the biggest technological challenge in machine learning right now is figuring out how to train models with less data. “It’s a challenge, it’s a goal and there’s certainly reason to believe that it’s possible,” High told me during an interview at the annual Mobile …

Warrantless surveillance law proves it’s time to take privacy into our own hands

Warrantless surveillance law proves it’s time to take privacy into our own hands

 The warrantless surveillance law gained attention in 2013 when Edward Snowden leaked that the NSA was using it to spy on Americans’ text messages, phone calls, emails and internet activity — all legally, and without warrants. That bill has been passed by the U.S. Senate for another six years and has been …