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Attabotics files patent infringement claim against Boston-based Urbx (BETAKIT)

Attabotics’ complaint, obtained by BetaKit, alleges that Urbx has and continues to infringe two patents held by Attabotics.


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Nvidia-ARM takeover raises serious antitrust concerns, finds UK’s CMA (TECHCRUNCH)

A behavioral remedy offered by Nvidia was rejected by the CMA — which has recommended moving to an in-depth “Phase 2” investigation of the proposed merger on competition grounds.


54e Dev Studios pulls in $1.7 million to build its low latency robotics platform through golf (BETAKIT)

Conexus Venture Capital led the round of seed capital that will enable 54e Dev Studios Inc. to continue to develop and expand its remotely-operated robotic gaming app.


Police in at least 24 countries have used Clearview AI. Find out which ones here. (BUZZFEED NEWS)

As of February 2020, 88 law enforcement and government-affiliated agencies in 24 countries outside the United States have tried to use controversial facial recognition technology Clearview AI, according to a BuzzFeed News investigation.


A new chip cluster will make massive AI models possible (WIRED)

Cerebras says its technology can run a neural network with 120 trillion connections — a hundred times what’s achievable today.


Lytica raises over $3.8 million to bolster pricing software (BETAKIT)

The company’s SupplyLens software, which provides cost reduction and risk intelligence for electronics companies has seen “successful adoption” from some top Fortune 500 companies.


Waymo opens robotaxi service in San Francisco for ride hailing (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Google’s sister company offers driver-supported rides to some residents in a business model test case.


ICwhatUC raises $1.3 million to simplify customer-driven repairs (BETAKIT)

ICwhatUC raised a $680,000 CAD pre-seed round last June to scale its team and expansion efforts across North America.


The secret bias hidden in mortgage-approval algorithms (THE MARKUP)

Nationally, loan applicants of color were 40%–80% more likely to be denied than their White counterparts. In certain metro areas, the disparity was greater than 250%.


NestReady acquired by Homebot in real estate tech deal (BETAKIT)

NestReady, founded in 2017, offers an AI-powered digital home-buying platform for mortgage lenders.


Zendesk acquires AI automation startup Cleverly to advance customer service (TECHCRUNCH)

Financial terms of the deal are not being publicly disclosed at this time and Cleverly has not been entirely public about the size of its funding.


US government agencies plan to increase their use of facial recognition technology (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

A new survey shows the controversial systems are poised to play an even bigger role in federal business.


Blue J secures $11.3 million CAD for tax analysis platform (BETAKIT)

The startup raised a $9.3 million CAD Series A round in 2018 to fuel the growth of its platform in the United States (US), and $2 million in growth capital financing in April 2020 to support its geographic and product expansion efforts.


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Josh Scott

Josh Scott

Josh Scott is a BetaKit staff writer who loves to tell Canadian business and tech stories. His coverage is more complete than his moustache.