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TikTok quietly picked up assets from GeoGif, which created animated, location-specific overlays for video
Ingrid Lunden

Video-sharing app TikTok passed 1 billion downloads last month, and its parent company ByteDance is ramping up its efforts to monetize those users with ads, while also continuing to add more features to the app to keep people engaged. In a move that could help both of those efforts, ByteDance has made a small acquisition, […]

Vlocity nabs $60M Series C investment on $1B valuation
Ron Miller

As we wrote last week in How Salesforce paved the way for the SaaS platform approach, the ability to build extensions, applications and even whole companies on top of the Salesforce platform set the stage and the bar for every SaaS company since. Vlocity certainly recognized that. Targeting five verticals, it built industry-specific CRM solutions […]

Unicorns aren’t profitable, and Wall Street doesn’t care
Kate Clark

On Wall Street's leniency toward unprofitable tech companies and outsized exits.

SparkLabs Group launches its first university accelerator program at Arizona State University
Catherine Shu

SparkLabs Group, the network of accelerators and venture funds that has now worked with more than 200 startups around the world, wants to foster the next generation of entrepreneurs with a new program for universities. Called SparkLabs Frontier, the program’s first accelerator will launch at Arizona State University this summer. SparkLabs Frontier-ASU is open to […]

Airbnb just checked in its 500 millionth guest
Kate Clark

With six new guests checking in every second, the $31 billion company is rapidly surpassing hospitality industry incumbents.

For Basecamp, brand identity and product development are all about the customer
Katherine Gustafson

[Editor’s note: This is part of a series we’re writing about branding for startups. Join our latest initiative to find the best brand designers and agencies in the world who work with early-stage companies by nominating a talented brand designer you’ve worked with.]   Basecamp, maker of project management and team communications software, is a company […]

TikTok taps corporate law firm K&L Gates to advise on its US content moderation policies
Sarah Perez

As TikTok continues its rapid U.S. growth, the company is being challenged to better explain its content moderation choices. Why, for example, is the short-form video app censoring the Hong Kong protests but not U.S. political content? Why is it banning political ads, but supports hashtags like #trump2020 and #maga, each with millions, or even […]

Google aims to change the definition of good photography with Pixel 4’s software-defined camera
Darrell Etherington

Google’s new Pixel 4 camera offers a ton of new tricks to improve its photographic chops, and to emphasize the point, it had Professor Mark Levoy, who leads camera technology development at Google Research, up on stage to talk about the Pixel 4’s many improvements, including its new telephoto lens, updated Super Res Zoom technology […]

Google’s Pixel 4 ships October 24, starting at $799
Brian Heater

The rumors and leaks have been pretty relentless. In fact, over the past three days, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have gone up for preorder on at least two different sites. While it’s true that Google’s never been particularly great at keeping this stuff under wraps, this was pretty silly. Anyway, the Pixel […]

8 tips for founders trying to raise their first round of venture capital
Kate Clark

Charles Hudson, Annie Kadavy and Russ Heddleston offer pro tips.

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