Facebook makes a billion-dollar acquisition, we discover more about Twitter’s Clubhouse-style function and Moderna gets emergency situation permission for its COVID-19 vaccine. This is your Daily Crunch for November 30, 2020.
The huge story: Facebook gets Kustomer for $1B
Kustomer states it can offer client service groups much better information and a more unified view of individuals they’re connecting with. So with this acquisition, Facebook can enhance its offerings for services that have an existence (sometimes, their main digital existence) on the social media.
The regards to the offer were not divulged, however TechCrunch has confirmed that the offer cost was around $1 billion.
Facebook isn’t the only social networks business making acquisitions to enhance its client service functions. Previously this month, Snap bought Voca.ai, a start-up developing AI-based voice representatives for call centers.
The tech giants
Alphabet’s DeepMind achieves historic new milestone in AI-based protein structure prediction— The advance in DeepMind’s AlphaFold abilities might result in a substantial leap forward in locations like our understanding of illness, in addition to future drug discovery and advancement.
Twitter’s Audio Spaces test includes transcriptions, speaker controls and reporting features— Previously this month, Twitter revealed it would quickly start checking its own Clubhouse competitor, called Audio Spaces.
With an eye for what’s next, longtime operator and VC Josh Elman gets pulled into Apple— Elman stated he will be concentrated on the business’s App Shop and assisting “clients find the very best apps for them.”
Start-ups, financing and equity capital
HungryPanda raises $70M for a food delivery app aimed at overseas Chinese consumers— HungryPanda makes a Mandarin-language app particularly targeting Chinese customers beyond China.
Materialize scores $40M investment for SQL streaming database— CEO Arjun Narayan informed us that every business requires to be a real-time business, and it will take a streaming database to make that take place.
Curio Wellness launches $30M fund to help women and minorities own a cannabis dispensary— The brand-new fund, begun by the Maryland-based medical marijuana business Curio Health, intends to assist underserved business owners getting in the marijuana market.
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Moderna claims 94% efficacy for COVID-19 vaccine, will ask FDA for emergency use authorization today— If given the permission, Moderna will have the ability to offer it to high-risk people such as front-line health care employees.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai will step down to make way for the Biden administration— Pai’s period has actually been a questionable one.
Original Content podcast: Just don’t watch Netflix’s ‘Holidate’ with your parents— However if you prevent adult awkwardness, it’s a completely appropriate holiday-themed romantic funny.
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