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How SnapTravel leverages its Valley roots to keep tech talent in Canada

BetaKit spoke to SnapTravel co-founders Hussein Fazal and Henry Shi about returning from Silicon Valley to build a startup in Canada.


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MIT is reviewing its relationship with AI startup SenseTime, one of the Chinese tech firms blacklisted by the US

The companies placed on the blacklist included several of China’s top AI startups and companies that have supplied software to mass surveillance systems that may have been used by the Chinese government to persecute Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups.


BetaKit

BMO invests $5 million in U of T lab combining AI and the arts

BMO is investing $5 million in a new University of Toronto called the BMO Lab for Creative Research in the Arts, Performance, Emerging Technologies, and AI.


Clari raises $60 million for AI sales pipeline optimization tools

The influx of capital brings the Sunnyvale, California-based company’s total raised to date to over $135 million, which CEO Andy Byrne said will accelerate the growth of its partner ecosystem and its investments in new AI-driven offerings.


Can an AI system be given a patent?

An artificially intelligent system purportedly has created two new products. Now patent offices must decide if it can be named as the inventor.


BetaKit

PwC Canada selects Calgary’s TerraHub for its blockchain delivery arm

TerraHub, a private blockchain and artificial intelligence startup based in Calgary, has been selected to act as the blockchain delivery arm of PwC Canada.


Swedish AI startup Donna raises $2.5 million to provide AI assistant for lawyers

Powered by a custom Natural Language Processing engine, Donna learns and gets smarter with use.


Xor raises $8.4 million for AI-powered job candidate recruitment and screening

The capital infusion comes after a year in which Xor tripled sales in the U.S., reaching $2 million in annual recurring revenue and closing deals with over 100 customers in 15 countries.


Can AI simulations predict the future?

Move over deepfakes. Multi-agent artificial intelligence is poised to manipulate your mind.


TechCrunch

Grammarly raises $90M at over $1B+ valuation for its AI-based grammar and writing tools

Today, Grammarly can be used across a number of browsers via browser extensions, as a web app, through mobile and on desktop apps, and through specific apps such as Microsoft Office.


Standard Cognition buys DeepMagic

Standard Cognition, a San Francisco, CA-based autonomous checkout company, acquired DeepMagic, a New York-based startup focused on unattended, automated retail.



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