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Mphasis to launch Canadian HQ in Calgary, create up to 1,000 tech jobs (BETAKIT)

Mphasis has reached a strategic, public-private partnership with the Government of Alberta and the University of Calgary.


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Autonomous vehicle startup Aurora in final talks to merge with Reid Hoffman’s newest SPAC (TECHCRUNCH)

Aurora more recently said it reached an agreement with Volvo to jointly develop autonomous semi-trucks for North America.


AQC Capital secures $64 million for second tech startup investment fund (BETAKIT)

Through the fund, AQC and its backers aim to support the development of innovative Québec startups and help accelerate their international growth ambitions.


Looking to go long on deep tech, Lux Capital announces nearly $1.5B in new funds (CRUNCHBASE)

Lux Capital has closed a $675 million early-stage venture fund and an $800 million “opportunities” fund that will help support what the firm sees as the most promising deep tech companies.


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Self-driving cars could be decades away, no matter what Elon Musk said (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Experts aren’t sure when, if ever, we’ll have truly autonomous vehicles that can drive anywhere without help. First, AI will need to get a lot smarter.


AltaML makes new hires amid Ontario expansion (BETAKIT)

In April, AltaML partnered with supply chain startup Attabotics and the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute to develop new AI/ML capabilities.


Instacart wants to replace army of gig shoppers with robots (BNN BLOOMBERG)

Instacart Inc. has an audacious plan to replace its army of gig shoppers with robots—part of a long-term strategy to cut costs and put its relationship with supermarket chains on a sustainable footing.


Adeptmind raises $7.5 million CAD to bridge gap between e-commerce and physical retail (BETAKIT)

The Toronto retail tech startup’s previous funding includes approximately $5.4 million CAD ($4.5 million USD) in seed financing from Fidelity Investments in early 2017.


The all-seeing eyes of New York’s 15,000 surveillance cameras (WIRED)

Video from the cameras is often used in facial-recognition searches. A report finds they are most common in neighborhoods with large nonwhite populations.


Clearview AI hit with sweeping legal complaints over controversial face scraping in Europe (THE VERGE)

The privacy watchdogs believe Clearview’s image-scraping methods violate European laws.


NYC’s school algorithms cement segregation. This data shows how (THE MARKUP)

New numbers show how many students are locked out by the system.


INTELIGHT partners with Innisfil on $2.2 million project to develop smart city connectivity solution (BETAKIT)

Through the 24-month-long project, Mississauga-based tech startup INTELIGHT hopes to help shape the future of intelligent transportation systems and smart communities.


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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.