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Y Combinator Backed Nebia Unveils New Shower System

Nebia, a 2014 founded, San Francisco based, Y Combinator and Apple CEO Tim Cook backed startup, known for its shower system which it says uses up to 70% less water than conventional ones via a unique "water droplet technology that atomizes water", has unveiled a new version dubbed the Nebia Spa Shower 2.0, this time, promising more heat, more power and more water coverage.

Nebia has taken to Kickstarter, the same spot it debuted the first Spa Shower, raising $3.1 million from over 8,000 backers in 2015. Now on Kickstarter with the Spa Shower 2.0, Nebia has garnered more than $600,000 - 600% of its $100,000 funding goal - just a day after launch.



For summary, Nebia 2.0 keeps all features from the first version - like a sliding arm, megnetic dock and head tilt - but promises 3x faster water droplets and 2x more water coverage for users, coming in multiple colors to match various bathroom designs. Nebia says the new shower system is compatible with 95% of U.S. homes, up from 6…

The Skydio R1 self flying camera now films moving cars

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Skydio, The robotics company founded 4 years ago notable for its R1 autonomous drone which shoots 4K footage and could capture moments while following people around has now gotten an awesome feature which breaks ground in so many ways.

The drone can now follow moving cars while shooting footage, A new feature which will see it capturing much more better, daring and actionable moments which is a feature that can be likened to that of high budget Hollywood studios when making scenes involving automobiles.



This new feature dubbed "Car Follow" comes as a cinematic mode which films its users on four wheels and was made possible with the training of the drones' neural networks using a huge number data sets of different car images, The drone will make use of its 13 cameras for the feature of capturing nice footage and also autonomously guiding its locomotion from different positions.







The self-flying camera will gain this feature after a software update whi…

Warren Buffett almost invested $3 Billion in Uber

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Several reports have emerged that legendary investor Warren Buffett had plans to invest a huge $3 Billion in Uber earlier this year until the deal fell through for different reasons, This reports have now been confirmed by Warren Buffett himself who said he's a great admirer of current Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi with Dara also stating in a recent CNBC interview that part of his business goals has been to get Warren Buffett to invest in something he's involved in, A goal which has not yet been marked.

Bloomberg reported that Warren Buffett proposed even a price well above $3 Billion for a convertible loan to the company which would have provided huge capital and profit for both sides as they continued to grow in value but the deal was later trimmed to a size of $2 Billion by CEO Dara Khosrowshahi and ultimately fell through when they couldn't agree on unified terms concerning the investment.

This comes as highly recognized investor Warren Bu…

WePlenish's smart container makes you never run out of Pantry supplies

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A new startup WePlenish has launched its new smart container on Kickstarter which is a product which automatically senses when pantry supplies are low and then re-orders them through online shopping site Amazon for the convenience of its customers.

The WiFi enabled smart container connects to Amazon Prime accounts to guarantee free 2 day shipping and easy returns with the pantry items being selected by the user, After being ordered, They are placed in the box by the owner and automatically re-ordered when taken out which continues the cycle thereby eradicating the stress of manual ordering and replacement of items by people themselves.




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This smart container which is integrated with Amazon's Dash replenishment service and contains sensors to measure quantity replaces Espresso capsules, K-Cup pods, snacks, candy and many other more pantries currently supported by the device and together with its minimalist desig…

Bird - Poised to be The first Scooter Unicorn

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Electric Scooter vehicle sharing company Bird which was founded by a former Uber and Lyft executive has now been reported to be raising $150 million in a new round of funding to expand its services and fend off competition, A new round which will value the company at a huge $1 Billion making it the first electric scooter unicorn if it gets to close this funding round before its major competitor Lime who is also raising additional funds after raising a previous $132 million in funding.

It should also be noted that Bird has raised a previous total $115 million in funding and is currently operating in some cities where its electric scooters have been deployed, The company recently ordered a huge number of scooters from several manufacturers although there have been complaints from pedestrians that its scooters have obstructed roads and caused inconveniences for them, Anyway we expect that this is a problem Bird will fix soon using the best form of logistics.

Bird'…

Nio confidentially files for $2 Billion IPO

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Nio, An electric vehicle manufacturer backed by a slew of Chinese companies previously raising a total of $2.1 Billion at a value of $5 Billion has confidentially filed for IPO with the U.S. SEC.

This will see the company who currently sells its electric Sports Utility Vehicle currently in China raise up to a reported $2 Billion over the Summer in this public offering of its shares.

This comes with previous reports that major tech investor Softbank was interested in acquiring a huge amount of the shares offered in the IPO for a price of $200 million, Nio's ES8 vehicle is a major competitor to the Tesla Model X in China where they both experience very good sales even with Nio's vehicle being more cheaper with The Nio ES8 costing $70,000 before incentives in comparison with Tesla's Model X which retails for over $100,000 in China due to tariffs placed on its importation which makes it more expensive than it is in the U.S.







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This major offer…

Taxify raises new huge round at a $1 Billion+ valuation

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Taxify, The popular ride-hailing app which gives Uber a ride for its profits in several European and African countries has raised a huge investment round of $175 million led by Automotive giant Daimler AG at a whooping $1 Billion valuation marking a new entry into the unicorn space.

The Estonian startup co-founded by brothers Markus and Martin Willig and currently led by 24 year old Markus Willig also counted investors Taavet Hinrikus who also co-founded Billion dollar fintech company TranferWise and Chinese ride hailing giant Didi Chuxing who re-invested in this round after previously investing an undisclosed 10 figure sum and providing Taxify with access to its network of knowledge and engineers to scale its operations.

Taxify is currently based in Estonia and operates in a network of 40 cities across Europe, Africa, The Middle East and Central America having a huge network of 500,000 riders and over 10 million global customers.






Taxify currently offers its servi…

Voodoo Games raises a huge $200 Million

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Voodoo, A Paris based video game publisher notable for many games including Paper.io, Snake vs Block, Dunk Hit, Stack Jump and a slew of others has raised a huge $200 Million in funding to expand its operations, In turn developing a publishing space for mobile game developers.

The company made it known that during the ongoing Casual Connect conference which also featured speakers from other big game companies including Zynga, Netmarble and Naturalmotion that Goldman Sachs is a major investor in the company whilst its founders still retain a majority stake, The company didn't reveal how much it raised at the conference but major sources pegged the value at a huge $200 million.

Vodoo currently holds 9 positions in the top 25 downloaded games chart with the company also stating a huge number of 150 million monthly users and 300 million downloads last year with the company currently using a data-driven process which works very well for its release of casual mob…

Naspers pours $89 million into Frontier Car Group

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The Frontier Car Group popularly known as FCG which is a German technology company dedicated to incubating innovation and investing in the transformation of several used car marketplace technologies around the globe has taken a huge round of funding from OLX Ventures which is in turn a subsidiary of South African based media giant Naspers.

This investment comes roughly three weeks after The Frontier Car Group announced a $58 million funding from several investors into the company, The technology company will now use these funds to greatly expand its investment into the various used car marketplaces it operates and backs in order to rapidly scale its mission and also improve revenue statistics.

This investment from OLX will also see FCG collaborate with and make use of its huge regional footprints in markets slated for huge growth opportunities to expand its own operations heavily.






FCG uses technology to promote the ease of transportation through the provision of aut…

Moviepass Parent Company slumps low even after huge increase in subscribers

Moviepass, The very popular subscription based ticketing services which charges a $9.95 per month flat fee for one movie a day access has seen its parent company Helios and Matheson Analytics' stock fall to a low $0.40 a share with the entire company being valued at just over $24 million.

Moviepass has not been favored by Wall Street analysts on reports of its heavy spending while losing money to raise revenues which is really growing for the company.

Helios and Matheson Analytics can be deemed as one who wasn't prepared for the public market but the private market which tolerates temporary money loss in a road to a very profitable future with high valuations.

Moviepass has garnered many users for its service, Above 2 million in particular and Moviepass's CEO Mitch Lowe says the company is still going well despite the recent stock slump to this price of $0.40 after once trading at a huge price of over $38.






The company is currently adding 90,000 subscribers per week to its…

The Autonomous technology companies winning right now

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Autonomous vehicles have been a thing! - This has made driving much more better, Although not yet fully adapted, Self driving technology has grown so much over the years with so many startups gaining huge revenues, gaining huge investments and selling for huge amounts.

Cruise Automation sold to General Motors for $1 Billion, Zoox is valued at $1.55 Billion, Quanergy raised $90 million at a $1.59 Billion valuation and also on the list is its Mega competitor Velodyne which is valued at $2 Billion after raising $150 million from Ford and Baidu and is the worlds largest LiDar manufacturer as of now.

So many startups have come to this game, The list since endless, So far we have seen so many autonomous technology startups which include:


AlmotiveCruise AutomationDrive.aiNautoEmbarkOttoQuanergyStarsky RoboticsVelodyneWM MotorsZoox

And a slew of many others....

As the race to win the clear future of transportation, Big startups and companies have been pumping r…

Microsoft outs new game : Miami Street!

Well....brace up, Microsoft has unveiled  new game, Microsoft gives us car racing again, This time for the Windows 10 OS, This new game is so unique for its game-play support on all Surface devices.

Miami street is built for a broad audience who love easy to pick-up-and-play experiences according to Electric Square, The Game studio which partnered with Microsoft on the making of this video game which will be gradually rolled out to users for testing and feedback gathering.

This new game can be downloaded from the Microsoft store in the countries which its available in, It features One one One racing, realistic car control physics, Dynamic wide cameras, huge selection of cars and a swath of other amazing features.




In this game, You get to enter an event, choose your car lineup and opponent and then challenge your way to victory, You get to race in beautiful city streets and enjoy the speed and high quality race in very good definition.

The game also gets regular updates which players …

Our dear Tim Draper sings about crypto

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Notable tech investor and venture capitalist Tim Draper recently attended The  Next Web's crypto conference in the Netherlands capital of Amsterdam and gave a very nice talk on the future and current activities of the crypto world, But the fun really started when he took to the stage to sing about Bitcoin while donning a nice looking suit and a purple tie designed with bitcoin patterns, Bloomberg profiled the dude's amazing freestyle which the audience really seemed to enjoy.

Will @TimDraper break the charts with his singing skills? ‘I’m a Bitcoin hustle’ #TNW2018pic.twitter.com/pGMRZLSSXX — Kevin | 李大仁 (@kevinvdveer) May 25, 2018


The dude really spit some cool rhymes with nice flows like "We want a newwwww world ooorderrr, We wanna pay across the border" He continues "Just wanna be a hodler.....on my bitcoin hustle".

This lines came after Draper had a fireside chat on the topic of blockhain investment with Bloomberg markets a…

Top Hardware unicorns in the world right now

Unicorns (private companies valued at over $1 Billion) have grown globally over the years with over 200 in existence right now in so many tech sectors with the bulk coming from e-commerce and Fintech, Hardware has always been a very competitive space with companies getting to heavily go head-to-head with each other to grab consumer and enterprise attention, Right here, We are bringing the list of the current hardware unicorns that are making huge revenues and currently gaining very good traction, These companies all together are worth more than a whooping $70 Billion and got revenues of over $20 Billion last year alone.

They are:

Xiaomi

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Founded just 8 years ago by the 8 people pictured above with Lei Jun (middle) as the major player, Xiaomi which is notable for its high end smartphones coming at cheaper prices made a whooping $18 Billion in last year's revenue and currently commands a huge private valuation of $46 Billion after raising a total of $3.4 Billion a…

Your Graduation Gift Guide for this year's class

Currently and at some time soon this year, People are/will be graduating from different levels of the educational environment with this marking a very good moment of happiness for many, You know high-schoolers who hate school and could not wait to leave or PhDs who amazingly love what they do and can't wait to use their profound knowledge to go and impact the huge world out there, The same goes for all levels of education, People just belong to different categories.

If you're the one graduating, Kudos!, If its someone you know, Kudos! also, You are both very happy we deduce and would love to reward each other with amazing gifts to celebrate this milestone.

In your rewarding journey, We reward you with a guide on the gifts to buy to make yourselves happy, Get the consumerist experience and also make huge impact in your lives.

We present to you the:


During these special set of events, You would love to share and get gifts for others and yourself and The Techie has compiled the …

Self-Driving cars can now make speedy decisions in lane changes thanks to new research

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MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Researchers have developed a new algorithm which lets self-driving cars make lane changes swiftly, accurately and easily.

The new algorithms will use less information but faster application to make self-driving cars capable of making emergency and swift lane changes to improve autonomous cars' handling of emergency situations to make them more adaptive to current road driving.

Previous algorithm solutions to this were based on complex information bombarded models that provided less time to the cars to take decisions on lane changes during speedy and unexpected situations or some were just too limited in deductions to make good decisions while on the road.

MIT aimed to change that with the goal of doing as much as possible with the least information required and effective and they have made a huge step in that through the development of this new system.



With this new algorithm, Vehicles will be…

Magento Commerce acquired for $1.68 Billion by Adobe

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11 years after its founding, Popular e-commerce platform for open innovation has been acquired in a huge deal worth $1.68 Billion from technology focused private equity firm Permira which notably purchased a slice of Cisco's Video business earlier this month for a huge $1 Billion.

This will see Magento's  platform which provides a wide range of tools, features and add-ons for businesses to host e-commerce solutions just like its major popular competitor Shopify integrate into Adobe's Experience Cloud to provide much more better Business-to-Business and Business-to-Consumer solutions in the e-commerce space adding this major industry to Adobe's list of offerings.

Magento which currently shares customers with $100 Billion+ giant Adobe many of which include huge brands Nestle, Coca-Cola and the Time Warner Music Group will merge their digital experiences and innovations which increases Adobe's content strength, Market share and product efficiency d…

Amazon India is worth what Walmart paid for its Flipkart Stake

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According to a new analysis from the highly recognized financial services firm Citi Research, Amazon's Indian unit has been valued at a huge $16 Billion which comes as the same price Walmart paid for a 77% stake in India's largest e-commerce unit Flipkart at a valuation of over $20 Billion dollars.

This makes Amazon India just $4 Billion shy of Flipkart's huge $20 Billion+ valuation and proves that Amazon is in for huge competition with the company in the Indian e-commerce space which is slated to grow heavily in the upcoming years making a huge win for those who achieve huge market share right now.

Citi’s senior analyst Mark May and Hao Yan stated in the report that Amazon is expected to reach sales of $70 Billion worth of gross merchandise volume and achieve over $10 Billion in revenue in just 9 years time from the country, Amazon is predicted to capture 35% of the e-commerce market in India according to this detailed analysis.

India&…

OneSpace launches China's first Private Space Rocket

OneSpace Technology, a Beijing based space exploration startup just launched its 30ft rocket dubbed The “Chongqing Liangjiang Star” marking it the first occurrence of a non-government body launching a commercial vehicle to space, The rocket took off from a Northwestern Chinese base with a blast on a mission to deliver a small satellite to space which will be used for research the startup is working to further its space exploration missions.

OneSpace built the rocket entirely using Chinese technology and made its launch as cheap as possible through the use of innovative but less expensive systems such as wireless communication through the internet which costs 30% in comparison with the use of wired internet systems which adds more weight to the rocket and greatly increases the cost of launch.

This comes as the company has raised a total of $78 million for its operations, A sum which seems huge for other industries but not in the expensive world of space exploration although all this w…

Drones can now be tested "In Virtual Reality"

Researchers at the previous Massachusetts Institute of Technology have broken grounds on a system which would be ultimately used to test and train drones without the physical constraints attached using a VR system, The exact way we humans step into an immersive world when we put on a VR headset now applies to intelligent drones, These drones will learn how to avoid obstacles and collisions, Move at great speed and also maneuver through different positions all while learning like its actually doing it in the real world.

This way, even when drones unfortunately hit an obstacle using this "Flight Goggles" system, The damages are studied and taken virtually as opposed to physical damage which takes a lot of time, delaying trials and costing much more money. This method simulates the drone's sensors moving it through a virtual world as seen in the video above preventing various obstacles such as high winds and different hanging obstacles such as transmission power lines whic…

Apple sold 600,000 Homepods in the first quarter of this year

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Apple's Homepod smart speaker didn't really live up to hype although it has recently captured 6% of the Market as of recent selling 600,000 units according to recent analysis by Strategy Analytics.

Even why capturing this slice of the market, Major competitors Amazon, Google, Alibaba and Xiaomi took the largest part of the market coming with a 43.6%, 26.5%, 7.6% and 2.4% for the Chinese companies with the combined companies leaving the remaining 13%+ to other players and startups who will have to innovate and disrupt to extensively win in the market.

This new statistics comes as competition has rapidly increased with each companies market share being diluted amidst increase in no of sales of smart speakers generally and customers going for different brands among a wide selection to choose from. Amazon had a 94% market share last year  and has gotten to 43.6% whilst still being the leader amidst huge competition from a slew of technology companies and star…

Fidelity Labs and Amazon create a VR financial assistant "Cora"

Amazon, The company which just released its Sumerian VR developer tools fully to the public had to showcase to everyone what could be made of its platform or supposedly "what its platform was made of" and it did just that with the debut of a VR digital financial advisor in collaboration with Fidelity Investments which let people interact with their investments and financial tasks in 3D.

The VR financial advisor is named Cora and combines a voice-commanded bot along with exploration of investment aims in a very unique way for its users.

Cora listens to requests from its users for information on the stock performance and financial statistics of different companies and then outputs the resulting information as financial graphs as charts to the user in an immersive form.


This not only gets the user huge loads of information at an easy pace, Its immersive experience and data presentation through the use of visual charts also increases the learning and information gathering exper…

Tanium raises $175 million at a whooping $5 Billion dollar Valuation

Tanium CEO/co-founder Orion Hindawi

Notable enterprise cyber-security company Tanium has just recently raised a big round of $175 million in funding from renowned investment firm TPG Capital at a huge valuation of $5 Billion which prior to this owned quite a huge stake in the cyber company founded 11 years ago thereby increasing its ownership slice with this new investment.

This is more $1.2 Billion more than its previous valuation of $3.75 Billion which came with a investment round of $100 million which was also led by TOG as of last year, An additional sale of $25 million worth of stock from current shareholders is currently in discussion and is slated to occur anytime soon.

Popular and Major Silicon Valley investor Andressen Horowitz along with other investors have been previous backers and shareholders of this huge company founded by Father and Son duo David and Orion Hindawi 11 years ago.






Tanium has performed very well with a 100% revenue increase last year and a $300 million cas…

E-Grocer Good Eggs raises $50 Million to rapidly expand

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Good Eggs, The online grocery and meal kit delivery service company which operates currently in The Bay Area has raised $50 million in a new round led by Benchmark Capital with other investors including Index Ventures and Obvious ventures to expand rapidly in The Bay Area which they decided to focus on after discontinuing its service in other markets 3 years ago.

The company which backed out from Los Angeles in its move 3 years ago will now return to the city with its services with much more better delivery options. The company now offers the "Same day" delivery option like many of its competitors and now delivers both beer and cocktail kits.

Good Eggs delivers fresh products which it gets from local farmers and then ships through its San Francisco warehouse at a very fast rate which ensures the product freshness and quality, They provide the best quality perishables to customers which gives them a competitive edge on par with other major players lik…

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VW And Ford Reportedly Apart On Investment In Ford's Self-Driving Unit

Volkswagen and Ford, amid reports of the former mulling an investment in Ford's autonomous vehicle unit, are said to be in dis-agreement on the amount to be invested, with Ford seeking at least $500 million, after seeking an earlier $1 billion. Reuters reports this, citing people familiar with the negotiations.

Reuters says Volkswagen has resisted agreeing to invest in Ford's self-driving unit, instead preferring to announce a collaboration on this area. It says some of he hesitation comes from questions about Ford's self-driving technology. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess previously said that both companies have not officially decided to collaborate on self-driving cars, a field he termed as one with "still a lot of hype".


Shortly after, both companies announced an alliance on development of commercial vans and pickup trucks, a market that makes up high amount of revenue in the automobile scene. According to Reuters, another issue in the investment talks is how bo…

Johnson & Johnson To Acquire Auris Health For $3.4 Billion

In sync with a previous report, Johnson & Johnson has announced it'll be purchasing surgical robotics Auris Health for $3.4 billion in cash, and additional payments of up to $2.35 billion tied to certain milestones. New Jersey headquartered Johnson & Johnson is acquiring Auris Health via its subsidiary, Ethicon, with a purchase price of $3.4 billion marking one of the largest exits in the medical technology market.

Auris will complement Johnson & Johnson's acquisition of Orthotaxy’s robotic technology for orthopaedics and the continued development of the Verb Surgical Platform, via a strategic partnership with Alphabet's Verily. Auris which develops robotics tech for medical applications, is backed by notable names like Viking Global, Coatue Management, Lux Capital, Wellington Management and Highland Capital.


The company has raised $730 million in total funding according to Crunchbase data, last valued at about $2 billion from a previous round. “We’re thrilled…

DJI Debuts Improved Geo-Fencing System Across Europe

On the heels of the Gatwick Airport drone disruption, DJI has debuted an improved geofencing technology across Europe that'll prevent its drones from flying too close to major airports in 32 European countries. This includes the 13 countries already covered by DJI's first geo-fencing system (the use of RFID or GPS technology to place a virtual geographic boundary, enabling software to activate a response when a device enters or leaves a particular area) and 19 new countries that previously didn't have this feature.

The new system - Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) 2.0 - operates by creating three-dimensional “bow tie” safety zones bordering runway flight paths, now using complex polygon shapes around sensitive facilities compared with just simple circles used in earlier versions. DJI has chosen Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) software provider Altitude Angel as a partner to deliver geospatial data for airports, no fly zones and other sensitive areas in the European c…

GM Cruise Is Short Of Self-Driving Miles Predictions

According to a report released on Wednesday by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), GM Cruise, General Motors' self-driving unit, clogged 450,000 self-driving miles all of last year in California where it does the bulk of its testing. This falls short of a prediction made by Cruise co-founder and then CEO Kyle Vogt 14 months ago, when GM told investors it was on the edge of putting 1 million miles on its self-driving test cars each month.

According to the report, self-driving leader Waymo clogged 1.2 million test miles in California in all of last year, a more than triple from 352,000 miles in 2017. But for consideration, Cruise was launched in 2013 compared to Waymo which clocks a decade old this year. Along with this two, other companies that test self-driving cars in the state of California include Nuro - which just raised $940 million from Softbank, TuSimple - which just raised $95 million Series D funding, Apple, Bosch, Baidu, Aurora, Ford, AutoX, Honda, Lyft, …

Flexport Reportedly In Talks To Raise $500 Million Softbank Led Round

Flexport - a San Francisco based freight forwarding and customs brokerage startup, valued at over $1 billion from a $100 million investment by China's SF Express, made in April 2018 - is said to be raising around $500 million in a Softbank-led round, that would mark the Japanese based tech conglomerate's third consecutive investment in a week span, after autonomous delivery startup Nuro and UK fintech OakNorth.

Axios reports this, citing a source that says Flexport may be valued at around $3 billion with this round. It however states that a final investment could be smaller if both parties - Flexport and Softbank - gets concerned about CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) approvals.


Flexport has already raised $300 million in funding according to Crunchbase data, from investors including Founders Fund, Bloomberg Beta, DST Global, First Round Capital, Alrai Capital and Y Combinator. Founded in 2013, the company provides global logistics services like ai…

Germany Is Lengthening Electric Company Car Tax Incentives

Germany is set to lengthen tax incentives for electric company cars, the country's Finance Minister said to a newspaper on Saturday. This is likely another attempt to boost demand for clean vehicles, after a diesel emissions cheating scandal that has rocked the auto industry, a significant one in Germany, where several automakers including Volkswagen and Daimler are headquartered.

“Half of all cars sold in Germany are company cars,” German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper. “So I have decided that we will not end tax support for electric cars and plug-in hybrid company cars in 2021 but extend them maybe over the whole decade,”.


He also said that the rules for plug-in hybrids would be tensed, so that only cars able to journey on electric power further than they do currently would be eligible. Since January, persons who ride electric company cars - in Germany - which they also use for private journeys pay less tax than compare…

Uber Sues NYC Over Cap On Number Of Allowed Drivers

Uber is taking New York City to court over a decision to limit the number of ride-hailing drivers allowed on the streets. As reported by Bloomberg, Uber is expected to file the suit this Friday, arguing that the city doesn't possess enough evidence to prove a claim of limiting the number of ride-hailing drivers as a way of lessening congestion.

The San Francisco headquartered company is also alleging that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is treating the business unfairly, stating that the mayor for five years running, doesn't intend to take a look at ongoing congestion studies on their merits but has instead already bind to constantly limit the number of drivers in the city.


Uber also argues that the City of New York is overriding the state's authority to place a limit on the number of professional drivers allowed on the road. It says a limitation “will have a disproportionate impact on residents outside of Manhattan who have long been underserved by yellow taxis and mass tr…

Mastercard, Visa Reportedly Mulling To Up Merchant Transaction Fees

Mastercard and Visa, the two largest U.S. card networks, are said to be preparing to increase certain fees it charges U.S. merchants for transaction processing. The Wall Street Journal reports this, citing people familiar with the matter. According to WSJ, some of the changes relate to interchange fees - transaction fees that a merchant pays whenever a customer makes use of a credit/debit card to make a purchase from their store - and will take effect by April.

The paper also says that fees levied on financial institutions - like banks - by  Mastercard and Visa, for card payment processing on behalf of merchants are also set for an increase. This report comes few months after Mastercard and Visa agreed to pay $6.2 billion in settlement to end a long-running price-fixing case brought against it by merchants. Merchants accused both companies of violating anti-trust laws by forcing retailers to pay swipe fees and preventing them from directing customers to other payment methods. The set…

Amazon To Acquire Home Mesh WiFi Startup, Eero

Just days after revealing it spent a total of $1.65 billion on acquisitions in 2018, Amazon has announced it's acquiring Eero, the popular maker of home mesh WiFi systems that makes use of multiple access point to surround homes with fast and reliable WiFi coverage all on a single network.

Amazon has previously acquired video doorbell company Ring and home security camera maker Blink, marking this as another addition to its hardware line, one that's key for use of its virtual assistant, Alexa. How much Amazon paid for Eero is not disclosed, but for a hint, Eero last raised $50 million Series C funding in 2016, at a roughly $278 million valuation, according to Pitchbook data.


The San Francisco based company has raised some $90 million in funding according to Crunchbase data, from investors including Andy Rubin's Playground Global, First Round Capital, Menlo Ventures, StartX, Slow Ventures, Shasta Ventures, Grishin Robotics and Redpoint.

“From the beginning, eero’s mission …

Kroger Unveils Mobile Payments App And New Rewards Debit Card

Kroger - the largest grocery chain in the U.S. - has announced a new mobile payments method, "Kroger Pay", a solution that is says "securely combines a customer's payment and loyalty card information to create a faster checkout experience". Kroger Pay is available or iOS and Android devices will work this way :

A customer - who has linked a card with the app - enters their custom PIN  or bio-metricsThe app provides a single-use QR code to scan at the checkout terminal to quickly link with payment and loyalty card information (including digital coupons and personalized offers) Checkout is done
The new payment method has launched in Kroger's Columbus, Ohio division, and will roll out to 10 additional markets in the spring. A nationwide launch is planned for later this year. Kroger is also launching a new rewards debit card, a payment option that connects directly to a customer's checking account, offering benefits like bonus fuel points and Our Brands dis…