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Lidar startup AEye raises $40M Series B led by the Taiwanese government’s investment firm

November 19, 2018 Alex 0

Lidar technology developer AEye will scale its operations globally through manufacturing partnerships after raising a $40 million Series B. The round was led by Taiwania Capital, the investment firm created and backed by Taiwan’s National Development Council, and included returning investors Kleiner Perkins, Intel Capital, Airbus Ventures, and Tychee Partners.

This brings the California-based startup’s total funding so far to about $61 million. In a press statement, founder and CEO Luis Dussan said Taiwania’s investment is a strategic one and will give AEye more access to manufacturing, logistics, and tech resources in Asia. AEye also plans to launch a new product at CES in January.

In a press statement, Taiwania Capital’s managing partner Huang Lee said “We see AEye as the foremost innovator in this space, whose systems deliver highly precise, actionable information at speeds and distances never seen in commercially available lidar sensors. We look forward to working closely with AE..

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Tim Cook defends multibillion-dollar Google search deal despite Apple’s privacy focus

November 19, 2018 Alex 0

Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended his company’s deal with Google, despite his prior criticism of the search giant for its cavalier attitude toward user data. The comments, which were broadcast as part of an interview on Axios on HBO, came in response to Cook being asked why he was comfortable taking billions of dollars from Google to make it Apple’s default search engine, despite wanting to protect user privacy.

In response to the question, Cook emphasized the security and privacy measures that Apple builds directly into its Safari browser while still allowing its users access to “the best” search engine.

“It’s not a perfect thing.”
”I think their [Google’s] search engine is the best. Look at what we’ve done with the controls we’ve built…

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Xiaomi takes over Meitu brand to sell more selfie-focused smartphones

November 19, 2018 Alex 0

Chinese selfie app and smartphone maker Meitu has announced that Xiaomi is effectively taking over its hardware business. Future phones will carry the Meitu brand, but Xiaomi will be responsible for design, R&D, and sales, while Meitu will still be involved in camera software. Basically, it’s a safe bet that Xiaomi’s Mi Home stores across the world will start carrying a bunch of wild selfie-focused cameraphones in the near future.

As for why this deal is taking place, Meitu says its “mission is ‘to inspire more people to express their beauty,’ and the board believes that entering into this Strategic Cooperation Agreement will accelerate our pace in carrying out this mission.” Meitu isn’t a major smartphone player by any means — it’s…

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s single-player mode shines on the Switch

November 19, 2018 Alex 0

Expecting Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to be a good party game goes without saying: it’s essentially the same Smash Bros. that fans have loved for years, just taken to the natural limit. But when I recently had the chance to play a few hours of Nintendo’s character fighter, it was Ultimate’s single-player offering that stood out to me the most. The recently announced Spirits mode is much more important than it first seems.

After the Wii U version of Smash skipped out on a single-player adventure, Spirits mode returns to fill that gap. It’s not quite a linear story mode in the same way as Super Smash Bros. Brawl’s Subspace Emissary mode was — although there are cutscenes and an overarching storyline — but it fills a similar role.

In Spirits…

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