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Tech daily with Jopwell, Microsoft and Uber

۱٫ Workplace diversity-focused recruiting platform Jopwell (YC S15) raises $7.5M Series A led by Cue Ball Capital; once an applicant fills out a profile, Jopwell analyzes it algorithmically for matching with partner companies, which include Facebook, Lyft, and Airbnb; raised $11.5M to date.

۲٫ Fitbit’s $300 Ionic, the company’s first fully-fledged smartwatch, goes on sale Oct 1; the $140 Flyer Bluetooth headphones will also be available; Ionic includes GPS and is waterproof up to 15 meters; features the Fitbit Coach app.

۳٫ Microsoft announces that collaboration and communications product Teams will replace Skype for Business as the company’s primary teamwork solution; Skype voice and video tech is now integrated in Teams.

۴٫ Microsoft launches three new tools for machine learning developers; the Azure Machine Learning Experimentation service enables users to quickly train and deploy experiments; the Azure Machine Learning Workbench is a desktop client that serves as a control panel for ML development; the Azure Machine Learning Model Management service enables Docker deployments.

۵٫ Software firm SAP acquires identity management platform Gigya; terms undisclosed, but TechCrunch sources say the deal is worth $350M; the firm provides authentication tools to enterprise customers; raised $105M to date.

۶٫ China-based used car marketplace RenRenChe raises $200M from Didi Chuxing; the startup operates in more than 80 Chinese cities and claims to have over 100k vehicles listed on its platform; raised $460M to date.

۷٫ Enterprise software firm Accelo raises $9M Series A led by Level Equity with participation from Fathom Capital and others; the company provides a suite of products including CRM, customer service tools, and more; raised $11M to date.

۸٫ India-based analytics startup Synup raises $6M Series A led by Vertex Ventures with participation from Prime Venture Partners; the firm provides enterprise tools for tracking online mentions; raised $6.5M to date.

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۹٫ Germany-based publishing platform Inkitt raises $3.9M seed led by Redalpine with participation from Frontline Ventures and others; the startup lets authors publish in-progress work for readers to review; using feedback data, the firm then offers some writers a publishing deal.

۱۰٫ Thailand-based fintech startup Finnomena raises $3.2M Series A from Krungsri Finnovate, 500 Tuk Tuks, and others; offers a range of finance tools and investment advice; claims 1M weekly views across various platforms.

۱۱٫ London-based image licensing platform Picfair raises $2M led by the Claverley Group; the startup offers a marketplace where rights-holders can set their own price; raised more than $2.5M to date.

۱۲٫ A consortium led by Hellman & Friedman acquires Denmark-based payments processing firm Nets for $5.3M cash; the deal is worth $26.35 per share; Nets provides digital payments tools to enterprise customers

۱۳٫ Levi’s partners with Google to launch a $350 touch-sensitive jacket; first announced last year, the Commuter Trucker makes use of Project Jacquard technology to control a connected iOS or Android device; features a removable dongle and pairs with an app for gesture customization; available in some boutique stores from Sept 27, and from Levi’s website Oct 2.

۱۴٫ Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi writes an open letter to Londoners, apologizing for the company’s mistakes; Khosrowshahi also says Uber will appeal the decision to rescind its operating license; comes as Uber executive Fred Jones claims the firm is unclear on what led to the decision – Link

London mayor Sadiq Khan says Uber has made “aggressive” threats to issue a legal challenge against Transport for London; Khan says the company has also been telling journalists they want to appease the regulator
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۱۵٫ Uber’s petition calling for its London operating license to be renewed collects more than 700k signatures; the firm launched the campaign on Change.org and received more than 500k signatures within 24 hours; the company claims more than 3.5M Londoners rely on its service.

۱۶٫ Barclays joins the CLS Net consortium, which is developing a blockchain-based foreign currency exchange; led by cash settlement firm CLS Group, the consortium also includes JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, and Bank of China; it’s unclear when the platform will launch.

۱۷٫ Amazon says it will open three AWS availability zones in Bahrain by 2019; represents the first cloud region for the Middle East.


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