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Hopeful raises $400,000 to help nonprofits harness data (BETAKIT)

Nonprofits face a big problem in reaching donors: harnessing data. Hopeful, a Toronto startup that recently raised funding, is looking to help fill that gap.


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Microsoft bets bigger on driverless-car space with investment in GM’s Cruise (WALL STREET JOURNAL)

Microsoft Corp. is investing in General Motors Co.’s driverless-car startup Cruise as part of a strategic tie-up, another sign of renewed interest in the autonomous-technology space after a relatively quiet period.


Google targets AI ethics lead Margaret Mitchell after firing Timnit Gebru (VENTUREBEAT)

Google has revoked Ethical AI team leader Margaret “Meg” Mitchell’s employee privileges and is currently investigating her activity, according to a statement provided by a company spokesperson.


Accounting automation startup Georges raises $42.4 million and rebrands to Indy (TECHCRUNCH)

The startup has been building an accounting automation application for freelancers and small companies.


This Chinese lab is aiming for big AI breakthroughs (WIRED)

China produces as many artificial intelligence researchers as the US, but it lags in key fields like machine learning. The government hopes to make up ground.


AI could make healthcare fairer — by helping us believe what patients say (MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW)

A new study shows how training deep-learning models on patient outcomes could help reveal gaps in existing medical knowledge.


Microsoft patent details tech that could turn dead people into AI chatbots (CNET)

An AI chatbot that lets you interact with dead loved ones sounds like something straight out of science fiction.


Tencent teams up with Chinese automaker Geely on driverless and smart car tech (CNBC)

Tencent and Geely will work together on areas “in the fields of digitalization, intelligent cockpits, autonomous drive, and low carbon development.”


South African startup Aerobotics raises $17M to scale its AI-for-agriculture platform (TECHCRUNCH)

Aerobotics, a South African startup that provides intelligent tools to the world’s agriculture industry, has raised $17 million in an oversubscribed Series B round.


Why Ryerson Venture Zone is building a healthtech hub in Brampton fuelled by pilot programs (BETAKIT)

When Ryerson Venture Zone opened applications for its first healthtech incubator program in Brampton, sourcing corporate pilots became a key focus.


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