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Samsung Electronics would likely be next to drop generous capex plan in the US [Pulse]
Samsung Electronics, which has joined the second round of Washington-led conference addressing chip shortage is expected to confirm $17 billion investment in the US. The company is looking to expand foundry capacity in its facility in Texas and ride on the Biden administration’s $50 billion backing to upgrade US chip technology. The spending will likely go to migration to 3nm based consignment chipmaking from 2023. The company’s facility in Austin currently produces chips on 14nm process technology. The company’s investment would make up the bulk of near $40 billion investment package Korean business groups prepared, timed with President Moon Jae-in’s first summit with Biden on May 21st.
Samsung Display expands interactive Flip line with new 75” display including enhanced safety features [Samsung Newsroom]
Samsung Electronics UK introduced its next-generation of interactive, touchscreen display board. The new Samsung Interactive Flip 75” joins the extensive product lineup of 55”, 65” and 85” displays. It also brings enhanced safety features, including Samsung’s exclusive shatterproof screen. The new size also maintains the Flip line features of easy to use functionality, 4K ultra high definition (UHD) picture quality, on-screen visual clarity, data security protocols and expanded collaboration touchpoint options.
Samsung Electronics announces support for four new startups spun off from its C-Lab program [Samsung Newsroom]
Samsung Electronics announced that it will support four new startups that have grown out of the company’s C-Lab Inside in-house venture program. The four new startups include Scan & Drive, which has developed a device that can analyze and classify different types of fabrics. Ice Linker, which has created a smart cooler that automatically manages the temperatures of users that are running a fever. Pinot Lab, which has established an app that recommends wines to suit users’ tastes and STRA, which has developed a guitar chord generation app called ‘CODA’ that enables users to view chords and practice playing whatever songs they may choose.
Snap announced a whole set of new tools and products at its pre-recorded Partner Summit [TechCrunch, TechCrunch, TechCrunch, TechCrunch, CNBC]
• Announced he latest generation of its Spectacles, described as the company’s first pair of glasses that bring AR to life. The fourth generation of these glasses will operate 30 minutes at a time and will feature dual 3D waveguide displays, and a 26.3-degree diagonal field of view for an immersive lens experience. The spectacles also features built-in microphones, stereo speakers and touchpad controls
• Announced a number of updates to the company’s developer tools and AR-focused Lens Studio, including several focused on bringing shopping deeper into the Snapchat experience. Unveiled computer vision Scan product, which analyzes content in a user’s camera feed to quickly bring up relevant information. Businesses will now be able to establish public profiles inside Snapchat. Retailers will be able to use the Business Manager to integrate their product catalogs so that users can only access try-on lenses for products that are currently in stock
• Launched a new product called Layers, which allow its users to add data from some of Snap’s chosen developer partners directly to their map so they can see the world in a very particular view. For this, the company also partnered with Ticketmaster and restaurant review site The Infatuation. With the Ticketmaster Layer, users will be able to sort through shows at nearby concert venues. With The Infatuation, users can scan the map for editorialized recommendations for nearby restaurants
• Unveiled a new app named Story Studio, particularly focused on creators. The standalone iOS app offers several editing tools to make content look as professional as possible. With Story Studio, creators can see what’s trending on Snapchat already and let them trim their shots frame-precise editing. The app will launch later this year. In addition, the company is launching a web platform for Spotlight, enabling users to watch Spotlight content without launching Snapchat even when they’re browsing the web on their desktop computer
• The company announced that its social media app Snapchat has reached 500 million monthly active users. Shares of Snap closed up more than 5% on May 20th after the news.
• Snap also introduced a “wrist-tracking technology” that allows consumers to use AR lenses to try on watches and jewelry. Another new feature, called Screenshop, allows consumers to use the Snapchat camera to scan a friend’s outfit and shop for similar looks recommended by the app. In addition, the company is launching a new technology called Connected Lenses, which allow friends in distant places to interact with the same virtual lenses
Apple launches an affiliate program for paid podcast subscriptions [TechCrunch]
Apple is introducing a new program that will help podcast creators grow their subscriber base. The new program called ‘Apple Services Performance Partner Program for Apple Podcasts’ will be open to anyone. However, the company believes it will make the most sense for publishers and creators who already have an audience and a number of marketing channels where they can share these new affiliate links. When users convert by clicking through one of the links and subscribe to a premium podcast, the partner will receive a one-time commission at 50% of the podcast subscription price, after the subscriber accumulates their first month of paid service.
Microsoft pushes into the growing grocery tech market with a new deal in China [CNBC]
Microsoft’s China arm on May 20th announced a strategic partnership with Chinese retail tech company Hanshow to collaborate on cloud-based software for store operators worldwide. The deal marks Microsoft’s latest foray into a retail industry that is being forced to accelerate a shift online. The partnership is not just for the China market, but also for bringing China’s technology overseas, Microsoft China said. Moreover, the agreement comes after five years of Microsoft working with Hanshow. As part of the deal, Hanshow will use Microsoft’s Office 365 software such as Word, and Dynamics 365, a cloud-based customer relationship management system.
Google is opening a retail store in New York this summer [TechCrunch]
Google is opening its first Google Store in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, in the former Port Authority building that also houses the company’s NY offices. The move follows in the footsteps of Apple and Samsung, both of whom have stores nearby. The shopping experience will center on Google hardware products first, including Pixel phones and various Nest home devices.
Twitter to revamp user profiles with About tab, support for pronouns, ‘confirmed’ status, opens account verification applications to the public under new guidelines [TechCrunch, TechCrunch]
Twitter previewed a slate of changes that will soon come to Twitter profiles. In addition to name, photo, banner, bio and other features, the new Twitter profile will include an “About” tab that appears to the left of the tabs for Tweets, Tweets & Replies, Media and Likes. expansion will allow Twitter users to share more about themselves, including their pronouns, location, interests and more. The company also announced that it will begin rolling out its new verification application system. Over the next few weeks, Twitter will begin to display the new verification application directly in the Account Setting tab to all users globally. From there, users can submit their application, and if approved, they will receive the profile badge automatically.
Audi is piloting battery-powered EV fast-charging stations [Engadget]
Audi unveiled a high-speed, premium "charging hub" concept that will allow Audi EV owners to make a reservation for up to 300 kW charging speeds. The stations will be powered by lithium-ion batteries that are themselves recharged at night so they don't impact peak power demands in cities or regions. The company plans to pilot the concept in Germany by late summer. The automaker, which is planning to release up to 20 EVs over the coming years and noted that a robust charging infrastructure will be key to their success. Audi also noted that the hubs could be transported, installed and adapted to the individual location quickly, largely independent of local network capacities.
Google and Qualcomm are making neural network API updates easier on Android [Engadget]
Google and Qualcomm have announced updatable neural network API drivers, representing a new model that will roll out along with Android 12. While NN API drivers have usually been updated along with major OS updates, now the companies say they can roll out quickly via Google Play Services. Moreover, the updates will be available for older chipsets and multiple versions of Android as well. Google developers said the NN API could boost performance as though the phone had two additional CPU cores, while using less power and creating less heat. Qualcomm pointed to Google Assistant and Google Maps as examples of applications that use on-device AI processing and can benefit from the tweaks. Both companies also showed in a video, how on-device ML powers features like live captioning or automatic background replacement.
Investment and M&A
Geospatial startup Unfolded.ai acquired by Foursquare [TechCrunch]
Location-focused advertising and marketing platform Foursquare acquired Unfolded.ai for an undisclosed amount. The company founded by a group of ex-Uber geospatial engineers, was building on top of popular open-source libraries that its founders had created. Some of the libraries include Kepler.gl, a web application that can take geospatial data sets and visualize them, and Deck.gl, which offers an extensible application framework for processing geospatial data sets and preparing them for visualization. Foursquare plans to bring Unfolded’s geospatial technology into Foursquare Everywhere, the company’s new brand and product focus on delivering scalable location services to all sorts of customers.
3D printing startup Formlabs raises $150 million [TechCrunch]
Formlabs raised $150 million in a Series E round, led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2, at a valuation of $2 billion. Founded in 2011 by MIT Media Lab students, Formlabs adapted a formerly industrial method of additive manufacturing (stereolithography) to a desktop form factor. With the investment, the company plans to expand its current portfolio of SLA and SLS technology and accelerate product development. The funds will also go toward increasing the company’s global headcount and helping Formlabs scale its technology toward mass production.
Heru raises $30 million in Series A funding [Finsmes]
Heru, a US-based developer of wearable AI-powered vision diagnostics and augmentation software, raised $30 million in a Series A funding. The round was led by D1 Capital Partners with participation from SoftBank Ventures Opportunity Fund, Krillion Ventures, and a consortium of investors. Heru has developed patented autonomous AI-powered vision diagnostics and augmentation software for use on commercially available AR/VR devices. The technology can autonomously diagnose vision defects and customize individual vision augmentation based on the user’s unique vision defects. The company is also developing vision augmentation software that is designed to correct the user’s vision defects in real time using AI. Heru plans to use the funds to advance the development of its eye diagnostic and vision correction (augmentation) technology platform.
Squarespace valuation plunges to $6.5 billion in lacklustre debut [Nasdaq]
Squarespace’s valuation dropped by nearly a third in its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on May 19th, after its shares opened 4% below their reference price amid a broader market sell-off. Shares of the website building and hosting company opened at $48 each on a day Wall Street's main indexes were down on inflation jitters. The NYSE had set a reference price of $50 each. The company was valued at $6.5 billion, a steep drop from the $10 billion valuation after its funding round announced in March. The NYSE reference price was already at a 27% discount to $68.42 at which Squarespace priced its private placement in March. Moreover, Squarespace continued with its listing plan despite choppy market conditions that forced at least three companies to postpone their debuts last week.