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Paul Sawers

European Correspondent — VentureBeat

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Twitter shares jump more than 20% on reports of possible acquisition by Google or Salesforce — It's no secret that Twitter is open to acquisition offers, but a new report suggests that the social network has received expressions of interest from at least two notable tech companies - Google and Salesforce. According to CNBC, Twitter may receive a formal bid "shortly," with Twitter's board keen to strike a deal.

Uber to require U.S. drivers to verify themselves by snapping selfies before accepting rides — Uber is introducing a new security feature to cities across the U.S., one that requires drivers to verify themselves by snapping selfies periodically.

TunnelBear VPN app now lets you whitelist trusted Wi-Fi networks, claims to be 60% faster — Perennially popular virtual private network (VPN) provider TunnelBear is rolling out a handful of updates to its desktop apps today, with a focus on looks, speed, and security. Rolling out to Mac and Windows users, the most immediately striking facet of the new TunnelBear app is that it no longer sports the "retro" wood look, and has been modernized for MacOS Sierra and Windows 10.

Instagram passes 500,000 advertisers, up by more than double in 7 months — Instagram has announced that it now has more than 500,000 advertisers using the platform to market their wares. The milestone figure comes seven months after the Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing service said it has passed 200,000 advertisers, meaning it has grown by around 150 percent since February.

SwiftKey founder on selling his startup to Microsoft, and why it was the right time — "There comes a point when every startup founder does some soul-searching and asks the question: What is it that I actually want out of this?," explained Ben Medlock, SwiftKey cofounder and chief technology officer (CTO), to a packed audience in London.

Waze launches Bluetooth beacons to circumvent GPS blackspots in tunnels — You're driving along, whistling a merry tune while guided by a GPS-powered contraption plastered to your windscreen, when all of a sudden darkness descends as you enter a tunnel and you kiss goodbye to your satellite navigation smarts.

P2P insurance firm Lemonade launches out of stealth, powered by chatbots, morals, and big bucks — Lemonade, a peer-to-peer (P2P) insurance firm that's been in stealth for a year, has finally launched to the public in its first market. The New York-based startup raised a chunky $13 million seed round last year, in one of lead investor Sequoia Capital's largest ever seed investments.

Per-mile car insurance firm Metromile has raised $191.5 million since 2014, now underwrites its own policies — Pay-per-mile car insurance service Metromile revealed that it has raised a whopping $191.5 million over a number of rounds dating back to 2014. The San Francisco-based startup says it closed a hitherto unannounced $38.4 million Series C round back in late 2014 and closed a $103.1 million Series D round in Q1 2016, before nabbing a $50 million "strategic investment" from China Pacific Insurance (CPIC) just this month.

D.light raises $22.5 million to push its solar-powered products into more off-grid communities — D.light, a for-profit social enterprise that sells solar-powered products, has raised $22.5 million in funding to push its wares into more off-grid communities around the world. Founded in 2006, D.light manufactures and distributes a range of solar lighting products, including the D30 bundle, which includes a solar panel, battery-charging pack, solar lights, switches, FM radio, and a torch and is underpinned by D.light's pay-as-you-go platform.

Tinder hooks up with Spotify to match users based on their taste in music — Tinder has revealed the next step in its mission to help users meet their perfect match, as Spotify opens up its catalog of songs to the perennially popular dating app. Launched in 2012, Tinder has become the de facto hook-up app for many, claiming tens of millions of users around the world.
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Sep 24, 2016

Watching a documentary based in New York, and an American dude is pronouncing the letter "g" in gnome. "G-nome". Is that normal in U.S?

Sep 24, 2016

Always look forward to some choice reading in the barbers.

Sep 23, 2016

@ingridlunden I've always used Avast. By all accounts, Windows 10's built-in security is pretty robust, but can't speak from experience.

Sep 23, 2016

@jamiesmallwood Could be useful in a fake seanse, have someone in next room answering "questions" on a big screen from dead relatives.

Sep 23, 2016

@_jamesmundy Yeah, maybe that. I just don't recall anyone typing live to a room of people, but I'm sure it must happen.

Sep 23, 2016

@sydlawrence Yeah, I guess. I just don't recall anyone typing live to a room of people, but I guess it must happen.

Sep 23, 2016

@bryanclark Ha, that's what I'm doing wrong. That also explains why my mouse has a 3-mile range.

Sep 23, 2016

@8bca3532e6634d5 Yeah, was thinking along those lines, maybe. I just can't think of any times in my life when someone would've needed that.

Sep 23, 2016

Are there any scenarios that would require a Bluetooth desktop keyboard to market itself as having a 10M range?

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