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MindBridge acquires UK accountancy tech firm Brevis

Ottawa’s MindBridge has acquired Brevis Limited, an accountancy technology firm based in the United Kingdom.


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GitHub Enterprise is now free through Microsoft for Startups

“Just announced, companies in the Microsoft for Startups program will receive access to GitHub Enterprise, providing additional security, compliance & deployment controls as teams scale. They will also have access to Microsoft Power Platform which empowers startups to analyze data, build solutions, automate processes and create virtual agents.”
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TechCrunch

YC-backed Turing uses AI to help speed up the formulation of new consumer packaged goods

Turing’s founders claim that it is able to save companies millions of dollars by reducing the average time it takes to formulate and test new products, from an average of 12 to 24 months down to a matter of weeks.


How this Canadian start-up spotted coronavirus before everyone else knew about it

BlueDot had spotted what would come to be known as COVID-19, nine days before the World Health Organization released its statement alerting people to the emergence of a novel coronavirus.


BetaKit

Today in funding: TickSmith, Worximity Technology

Two Montreal-based startups have announced fresh funding rounds to fuel their growth. Here’s the latest on who raised how much, from whom.


Google’s DeepMind is using AI to help scientists understand coronavirus

Google’s DeepMind is putting its artificial intelligence systems to a new task: trying to figure out certain properties of the novel coronavirus which has killed thousands in the past couple of months.


BetaKit

Canada sees improvement from 2019 as eight Canadian startups appear on CB Insights’ AI 100

Canada has made a marked improvement from last year’s CB Insights’ AI 100 list, with eight Canadian artificial intelligence startups placing on the list.


A new AI chip can perform image recognition tasks in nanoseconds

The team built the chip out of a sheet of tungsten diselenide just a few atoms thick, etched with light-sensing diodes.


Waymo raises $2.25 billion to scale up autonomous vehicles operations

Waymo, Google parent company Alphabet’s autonomous vehicles division, just got a massive capital infusion from a coterie of investors.


BetaKit

Collision cancels 2020 in-person conference over COVID-19 fears

Collision, the major North American tech conference, announced on Friday that it has decided to cancel the event over concerns for COVID-19.


How AI may prevent the next coronavirus outbreak

AI detected the coronavirus long before the world’s population really knew what it was.


BetaKit

Ten things worth reading on International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day, BetaKit has compiled a collection of talking points, educational tools, and support resources.



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