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Berlin-based Merantix, a venture studio which specifically concentrates on building ‘AI companies', says it has raised a new €25M fund ($27M). Anchor investors include Trusted Insight, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, as well as further family offices from Europe.

Co-founder Adrian Locher said in a statement that the successful fundraising “underpins Europe's competitive ability with regards to new transformative technologies and validates the innovative potential of Berlin. We are very excited to spearhead AI's incredible value potential and are eager to build more disruptive companies with our amazing team.”

Locher is a Swiss serial entrepreneur and investor [...]

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Good morning friends, and welcome back to TechCrunch's Equity Monday, a short-form audio hit to kickstart your week. Regular Equity episodes still drop Friday morning, so if you've listened to the show over the years don't worry — we're not changing it in the slightest. (Here's last week's episode which took a look at The Athletic's latest round, in case you missed it.)

This Monday was a bit of a bad news run. The weekend was stuffed with news, not much of it good.

Continued concerns relating to the spread of the coronavirus led to equity selloffs in Asia [...]

Tue, Jan 28, 2020, Continue reading at the source
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In the world of headphones, the best on-ear headphones (also called supra-aural headphones) represent the perfect middle child between bulky over-ear headphones and diminutive in-ear earphones. For most folks, they're just right.

Their name comes from the fact that their cushions sit on, rather than over, your ears. This means they're more compact and can travel with you without taking up a ton of room in your bag. Conversely, they're bigger and more comfortable to wear for long periods than in-ear headphones.

The reason you'd pick this form factor over the other two, is that you're a [...]

Tue, Jan 28, 2020, Continue reading at the source

The Dell XPS 13, iPhone 4 and Google Home have been crowned as some of the best tech of decade thanks to more than 200,000 votes from readers of TechRadar and its sister sites.

The iPhone 4 took home the "smartphone of the decade" award, while the Dell XPS 13 nabbed the "computer of the decade" gong, and the Google Home grabbed the title of "smart home product of the decade".

See all the Reader's Choice winners at the Future Tech Awards

In total, over 100 different winners were crowned in the Future Tech Awards, with [...]

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Disney Plus could be coming to the Sky Q set top box, if reports on a new licensing deal between Sky and Disney come to fruition.

As reported exclusively by The Telegraph, UK broadcaster Sky is in talks to bring Disney Plus programming to Sky Q subscribers, unleashing hundreds of hours of Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and classic Disney content on UK viewers.

Disney Plus UK: what you need to knowHow to watch the Marvel movies in orderThe Mandalorian Season 2: what's next for Disney Plus' biggest show?

You may be thinking, isn't Disney Plus coming [...]

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