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Indian home healthcare platform Portea Medical raises $26M Series C
Portea Medical, one of India's biggest platforms for home healthcare visits, has raised $26 million in Series C funding to expand its service range. The round was led by Sabre Partners and MEMG CDC, with participation from returning investors Accel, the World Bank Group's International Finance Corporation and Qualcomm Ventures. Some of Portea Medical's main competitors include Nightingales Home Health Services, Healthcare At Home and Care24.
AWS ramps up in AI with new consultancy services and Rekognition features
Ahead of Amazon's big AWS division Re:invent conference next week, the company has announced two developments in the area of artificial intelligence. AWS is opening a machine learning lab, ML Solutions Lab, to pair Amazon machine learning experts with customers looking to build solutions using the AI tech. It's releasing new features within Amazon Rekognition, Amazon's deep learning-based image recognition platform: real-time face recognition and the ability to recognize text in images.
YouTube tightens rules on kid-related content
YouTube, that strange stew of the best and worst content on the web, is cracking down on abuse and error relating to kid-focused video. Jokers and questionably ethical creators who targeted kids or used them in their videos will have a harder time getting viewers and getting money. Content with kids in it but not for kids has also been a problem.
Apple's Thanksgiving ad is mostly about the AirPods
Every year, Apple airs a new ad in the US for Thanksgiving. Compared to other Apple ads, this is less about showing product features and more like a greeting card. This year is no different - you still see a lot of AirPods. Apple's new ad is called Sway and takes place in the streets of New York. A woman starts playing Sam Smith's Palace on her white iPhone X with her AirPods.
AltSchool wants to change how kids learn, but fears that it's failing students are surfacing
The term echoes conversations that we've also had with a handful of AltSchool families in recent months. It's a valid question whether AltSchool should already be productizing and selling its software to other schools. It's not best for kids to learn only through a video or other content that's sent primarily for consumption. Of the 30 children who graduated from AltSchool last year, says Ventilla, every one was accepted into their first- or second-choice school.
RightSciences raises cash to develop cannabis and hemp-based medicinal patches
Amid all the hype for recreational marijuana use, it's easy to forget that cannabis and its related plants are also popular for their medicinal effects. Seattle-based RightSciences is taking full advantage of those traits by using cannabis plants in its pain-relieving patches. The company just raised $500,000 to fuel that work and is looking to expand its scope with more plant-based wellness patches. As cannabis has become legal and more popular in the mainstream, scientists have begun researching the plant's medicinal qualities.
Snips lets you build your own voice assistant to embed into your devices
French startup Snips is now helping you build a custom voice assistant for your device. Snips doesn't use Amazon's Alexa Voice Service or Google Assistant SDK - the company is building its own voice assistant so that you can embed it on your devices. Snips then uses deep learning to accurately detect when someone is trying to talk to your voice assistant.
Net Neutrality advocates plan protests for December 7 at Verizon stores
On December 14, the FCC will vote on whether or not to roll back Obama-era policies protecting a free and open internet. In response, protests are being held on December 7 at Verizon retail stores across the country. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai used to work for Verizon as associate general counsel before landing at the Federal Communications Commission. Verizon has also been a staunch opponent to Net Neutrality, lobbying for a roll-back and spending millions in lawsuits to ditch Title II.
FCC releases final draft of 'Restoring Internet Freedom,' which would not do that
The FCC yesterday announced a December 14 vote on Restoring Internet Freedom, an order that, far from restoring freedom to the internet, would allow it to be restricted in new and harmful ways. Actually, when you think of it as restoring internet freedom to ISPs and cable companies, it makes a lot more sense. At any rate the Commission has released the text of the order ahead of the vote, as promised. Lots of other little presents for the telecoms in there, too.
Facebook will show which Russian election troll accounts you followed
Facebook is building out a tool to show which Facebook Pages or Instagram accounts associated with Russian Internet Research Agency election troll farm you Liked or followed. Launching by the end of the year as part of the Facebook Help Center, the tool will show a list of all the IRA accounts you followed. For now it appears this tool will not show whether you saw ads or organic posts from the Russian troll accounts.
Apple could use machine learning to shore up LiDAR limitations in self-driving
The paper is one of the clearest looks yet we've had at Apple's work on self-driving technology. At the same time, Apple has been opening up a bit more about its machine learning efforts, publishing papers to its own blog highlighting its research, and now also sharing with the broader research community.
Minted rolls out an on-demand photography service for around $100 per session
Though people might not want to go through Minted specifically, it may remove enough friction to get people to stick around on the platform. I'm taking my store into the house, we'll come take your portrait and also buy your card, Naficy said. We started thinking about it in January or February, but we tend to launch things pretty quickly at Minted. That roughly $100 price point isn't necessarily set in stone, as she says the company is still figuring out the exact price point.
Early-bird ticket pricing for Disrupt Berlin ends at midnight tonight
That definitely holds true for early-bird pricing on Disrupt Berlin tickets. In just a few short hours - at midnight tonight, local Berlin time to be precise - the general admission ticket price increases 30 percent. Here's a taste of what you can expect: World-class speakers on the Disrupt Berlin main stage. Some of the country pavilions you'll find at Disrupt Berlin include The Czech Republic, Lithuania, Japan, Korea and Moldova - to name a few.
PacketZoom lands $5M Series A investment to speed up mobile apps
PacketZoom, a startup that helps app developers speed up and optimize app delivery on mobile devices, announced a $5M Series A today. The company combines a content delivery network (CDN) to speed up performance with an application performance management tool to identify performance issues in a single package. Instead of making content faster from a web delivery standpoint, it's finding ways to speed up app performance on your mobile device.
Uber data breach "raises huge concerns", says UK data watchdog
It has also warned that deliberately concealing breaches from regulators and citizens could attract higher fines. It's not yet clear exactly how many UK Uber users have been directly affected by the breach - although Uber disclosed yesterday that some international users are affected. At the time of writing the company has not responded to requests for a more detailed breakdown of which markers are affected by the breach, including whether UK Uber users' data was compromised.
Facebook's ad system shown failing to enforce its own anti-discriminatory policy
' is shaping up to be CEO Mark Zuckerberg's massively moonshot new year project for 2018. It says that ad took the longest to approve of all its buys - but that all the rest were approved within three minutes. It also successfully bought ads that it judged Facebook's system should at least flag for self-certification because they were seeking to exclude other members of protected categories.

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