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August 1, 2017

Juvo raises $40 million to bring financial inclusion to emerging markets

 San Francisco-based startup Juvo wants to help mobile users in emerging markets improve their financial standing by combining data and identity to provide micro-loans. It’s an ambitious goal, and to help achieve it, the company has raised $40 million in funding led by NEA and Wing Venture Capital. Read More Source: New feed

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August 1, 2017

Sawyer, a software platform for kid classes, raises $6 million, including from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

 Sawyer, a two-year-old startup that aims to become the OpenTable of children’s activities, has raised $6 million in new funding led by Advance Venture Partners. Others that contributed to the round include Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, 3311 Ventures, Female Founders Fund and earlier backer Collaborative Fund, as well as unnamed investors from the company’s $1.5 million seed […]

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August 1, 2017

Federico Musto is out as Arduino CEO

 Last week Arduino AG, the holding company for the open source Arduino project, announced that CEO Federico Musto stepped down, to be replaced with Massimo Banzi as new Chairman and CTO of Arduino and Dr. Fabio Violante as CEO. The move comes after the maker community found troubling discrepancies in Musto’s educational claims. “This is […]

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August 1, 2017

Plume Labs launches Plume.io, an API for air pollution

 Plume Labs has been working on air pollution for a while. In addition to its mobile app and air quality device, the startup is launching a paid API called Plume.io so that anybody can add air quality to their own service. Think about it as Dark Sky’s API, but for air quality. Plume Labs has […]

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July 31, 2017

GitHub goes down — and takes developer productivity with it

 GitHub, the service that is still pretty much the de facto standard for managing source code, is suffering from a major outage today. Sometime around 9:30am PT this morning, users started to experience issues with the service and weren’t able to check in new code and make pull requests. While the company first considered this […]

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July 31, 2017

Alphabet’s X lab is working on renewable energy storage

 Storing the energy produced from renewable sources is a significant challenge, and one that a number of players, including Tesla, are looking to address. Add Alphabet’s X (formerly Google X) to the list of those making an attempt: Its new Malta project is focused on building storage facilities that can support full-scale power grids. The […]

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