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۱- Boeing to acquire autonomous flight company Aurora Flight Sciences, terms undisclosed; plans to use the acquired tech in push for robotic flying vehicles for both military and governmental use; Aurora had funding from DARPA and USAF, and raised $15M to date.
۲- Cardiovascular health-tracking company Cardiologs raises $6.4M from undisclosed sources; aims to use image recognition to analyze EKGs in order to detect future problems; raised $7.5M to date.
۳- Ubisoft to buy back 4M shares in attempt to avoid hostile takeover by Vivendi; Vivendi currently owns 25% of the company, and would be obligated by French law to attempt a takeover after reaching 30%; Ubisoft’s owner, the Guillemot family, only owns 22%.
۴- Apple aqui-hires smart assistant startup Init.ai, according to TechCrunch; terms unknown; the firm provided an AI-powered assistant for customer service applications (since closed); it’s unclear whether the full six-person team have joined Apple.
۵- Dialog Semiconductor ($3.5B market cap) acquires chip component firm Silego Technology for $306M; Silego produces configurable mixed-signal integrated circuits which allow a chip to perform multiple functions; the deal is expected to close in Q4.
۶- London-based travel club Secret Escapes is raising $65M Series D, according to TechCrunch sources; the firm offers members-only rates on luxury hotels and vacation packages; raised $72M to date.
۷- Barcelona-based social fashion platform 21Buttons raises $10M Series A led by JME Venture Capital, Kibo Ventures, and Samaipata Ventures; the Pinterest-like startup lets users share images of clothing with buy buttons overlaid; raised more than $13M to date.
۸- India-based used goods marketplace Zefo raises $9.2M Series B led by Sequoia India and Helion Venture Partners with participation from Beenext; lets users find and sell secondhand furniture, appliances, and more; raised more than $15M to date.
۹- Social chatbot startup NearGroup raises $1.6M seed led by OpenOcean with participation from Neotribe and BoostVC; the service lets users share certain information with the bot and connect with others; the firm claims 2M users across several platforms including Messenger and Kik.
۱۰- Aircraft startup Zunum Aero announces plans for an electric-hybrid airplane by 2022; the 12-seater plane promises a range of 700 miles using battery-powered motors and a supplemental gas engine; Zunum plans to introduce a 50-seater plane with a range of 1k miles at a later date; the firm counts Boeing and JetBlue among its backers.