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The Philippines-based home services platform GoodWork receives $ 1.6 million for expansion in Southeast Asia – TechCrunch

GoodWork, a Philippines-based booking platform for home services, has raised a $ 1.6 million starting round that will be used to expand into new Southeast Asian markets. Funding was directed by Chaac Ventures, a company that supports Princeton alumni (GoodWork) Andrew Koger, co-founder and CEO, earned his Bachelor of Arts from the university. These include the participation of Elysium Ventures, …

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Some autonomous vehicle manufacturers are resuming public tests, others are cautious

In March, the coronavirus pandemic forced companies that test autonomous vehicles in the United States to temporarily shut down operations. Safety drivers as well as engineers and developers were instructed to stay at home until further notice because the arrangement of accommodations made testing on public roads impossible. In the meantime, these companies – including Waymo, Cruise, Uber, Lyft and …

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Plan2Explore adapts exploration tasks without fine-tuning

In an article published this week on the preprint server Arxiv.org, researchers from Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Plan2Explore, are suggesting a self-supervised one Plan2Explore in front of AI, which uses planning to achieve previously unknown goals. Without human supervision during training, the researchers claim that it …

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How Epic Games moved closer to Sony with the design of the PlayStation 5

During an interview with Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, he commented on the performance of the PlayStation 5, which will be available this fall at the same time that Microsoft launches the Xbox Series X. Throughout the interview, however, Sweeney never mentioned the Microsoft console. I asked Sweeney, whose company Fortnite and the Unreal Engine game development engine makes, …

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Novastar Ventures becomes an African VC fund of $ 200 million after a $ 108 million increase – TechCrunch

African startups have given VC another $ 100 million following the recent Novastar Ventures increase. The Nairobi and Lagos-based investment group announced that it has made new commitments of $ 108 million to launch its Africa Fund II, bringing Novastar’s total capital to $ 200 million. With additional resources, the company plans 12 to 14 investments across the continent, according …

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Singapore-based data protection startup Dathena raises $ 12 million for Series A – TechCrunch

Dathena, a Singapore-based company that offers AI-based data protection and data protection solutions, announced that it has raised a Series A worth $ 12 million. A portion of the funds will be used to expand Dathena’s co-selling partnership with Microsoft in the United States aimed at Azure Cloud and Microsoft 365 customers who need to comply with new data protection …

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Workvivo, a platform for employee culture, collects a $ 16 million Series A from Tiger Global – TechCrunch

Workvivo, an employee communications platform founded three years ago, raised $ 16 million for Series A funding in a round led by Tiger Global, which is known for large growth-oriented rounds. Frontline Ventures and Enterprise Ireland, former investors, are also involved. The Series A round builds on a starting round at the end of last year and amounts to just …

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Uber introduces AI to check if drivers are wearing face masks

Uber announced today that it will provide technology for its mobile app to verify that drivers are wearing a mask. As part of a new checklist to ensure that drivers have taken safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the app applies a computer vision algorithm to driver selfies to check for the presence (or absence) of face coverings. …

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