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AccelFoods, an accelerator and fund that backs innovative food and beverage companies, has added $15 million to its second fund, according to founding partners Jordan Gaspar and Lauren Jupiter. AccelFoods has backed brandsmakingproducts that range from edgy to adorable.
One billion people use Facebook Messenger every month. And no matter how bad the current perceptions of the bot scene are, that number is hard to ignore.
There is an inherent problem that plagues all dating apps. The world is getting smaller instead of choosing a mate from the pool of our college classmates or neighborhood friends, were now connected to everyone on the planet with a few taps of the thumb.
The world of mobile development is a hairy one. You can code things yourself and hurt your brain on React Native or you can use a drag-and-drop editor and get locked into one platform forever.
While Google is using MWC to show off some of its advances in native apps on mobile devices specifically in chat apps the worlds biggest chat app company is doing something completely different. Today, Facebook announced that it is building a 770-kilometer (500-mile) fiber backhaul network in Uganda, in partnership with IndiasAirtel and wholesale provider BCS, carriers that both have networking businesses in the country; and its Telecom Infrastructure Project is leading the charge to invest $170 million into telecoms infrastructure startups.
Born out of technology designed to help price a musician or bands live performance, based on their social media presence, SocialWall aims to be a smarter way for brands to display social media mentions at events or in venues. Like somanysocial media management products, the promise is less noise and more signal.
Sometime around 2013 and 2014, deep learning was going through a revolution that required pretty much everyone to reset their expectations as to how things worked, and leveled the playing field for what people were doing with computer vision. At least thats the philosophy that Pinterest engineer Andrew Zhai and his team have taken, because around that time he and a few others began working on some internal moonlightproject to build computer vision models within Pinterest.
MakieLab, a London-based startup that 3D printed and sold custom dolls, has officially shuttered, with a partial exit to Disney. TechCrunch understands that the U.S. entertainment company acquired MakieLabs tech and assets as early as July last year, a story that I have tried but failed to nail down ever since.
A Swiss startup, Terpon SA, is making virtual reality webcams specifically for the adult entertainment industry. The cameras arent available for purchase, but customers can rent them for about $30 a month, a price that includes around the clock technical support.
SocialRank co-founder Alex Taub classifiesmost brand interactions on social media into two broad categories. Theyre either broadcasting to all of their followers or, if theyre communicating individually, its usually in a reactive way, like responding to a complaint.