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Tech daily with Huawei, Roku and Rivio
۱- Chinese smartphone maker Huawei to launch an AI-powered Mate 10 phone; the company released a promo video teasing the technology last month; upcoming Mate 10 models slated for an Oct 16 release are a standard version, the Mate 10 Pro, and the Mate 10 Lite.
۲- Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick appoints former Xerox CEO Ursula Burns and former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain to Uber’s board; Uber says the move came as a surprise to the company and the board; Uber investor and board member Benchmark Capital sued Kalanick this summer and sought to block him from filling the two board seats.
۳- Roku ($2.5B market cap) shares closed at $26.54 on Friday, up 90 percent from the company’s $14 IPO pricing; shares closed at $23.50 for Roku’s Thursday market debut. Roku priced its IPO at $14 per share, seeked a $1.3B valuation; Roku firm hoped to raise about $220M; the firm listed last week on the Nasdaq under the ticker “ROKU”
۴- Swedish furniture giant Ikea acquires TaskRabbit, according to Recode sources; terms unknown; TaskRabbit, which connects freelance service providers with jobs, will retain its staff of about 60 when it becomes an independent subsidiary of Ikea; TaskRabbit has raised $50M since launching nine years ago.
۵- Finnish mobile games studio Rovio prices its shares at roughly $13.56 for IPO, for a market value of $1B; the Angry Birds maker set a price range of $12.20 to $13.70 per share earlier this month; slated to debut on the Helsinki Stock Exchange on Friday.
۶- France-based customer support platform CallDesk raises $2.5M from Point Nine Capital and EQT Ventures; the startup provides an AI-powered voice assistant for handling customer service calls; the platform currently supports 54 languages.
۷- SoftBank agrees to block any attempts to return Travis Kalanick as Uber CEO or chairman, according to Bloomberg sources; Benchmark Capital sought the commitment as a condition to let SoftBank invest in Uber; SoftBank is looking for either two board seats, or one board seat and a board observer seat.
۸- Lyft is close to selecting an advisory firm as it prepares for an IPO, according to Reuters sources; full details unclear, but the adviser will help the company select underwriters for the public listing.
۹- Mobile banking company Chime raises $18M Series B led by Cathay Innovation; no monthly fees or overdraft charges; targets younger users; claims 500k customers, mostly people in their late 20s earning between $50k and $70k per year; revenue comes from an associated credit card; raised $42.5M to date.
۱۰- Amazon announces the next-generation Echo; the $100 device is cheaper and smaller than the previous iteration; supports multi-speaker streaming; also makes free calls to the US, Canada, and Mexico; a three-unit bundle will run $250 – Link
Amazon also unveils the $150 Echo Plus; features the upgraded microphones and speakers of the new Echo (above) and includes a smart home hub; supports numerous smart home products out of the box; more than 100 launch partners, including GE, Kwikset, and Philips; pre-orders now open – Link
Amazon announces the Echo Connect, a $35 device that enables Echo product to make and receive calls via landline.