WhatsApp Business is changing its rates for messages as it aims to reduce marketing spam

WhatsApp Business is changing its per-conversation rates for businesses — a conversation is a 24-hour thread between sellers and users. The company is reducing rates for utility messages and raising rates for marketing messages. Meta charges businesses through four categories of messages: Marketing (offers, new products), Ulitity (order updates, account balance), authentication (one-time passwords), and […]

Formlabs acquires 3D printing startup Micronics mid-Kickstarter campaign

Formlabs on Thursday announced its acquisition of 3D printing firm Micronics. The Wisconsin-based startup is as plucky as they come, with a headcount of exactly two. Co-founders Henry Chan and Luke Boppart will be joining the more established firm, as Formlabs works to incorporate Micronics’ accessible SLS approach to 3D printing. There are plenty of […]

Medal raises $13M as it builds out a contextual AI assistant for desktop

Medal, a startup that is better known for its video game clipping product, just announced that it has raised $13 million at a valuation of $333 million from several investors, including Horizons Ventures, OMERS Ventures, peak6 and Arcadia Investment Partners. The company also unveiled Highlight, a new cross-platform desktop app that acts as a contextual […]

AI-powered Regard nabs $61M to find missed illness, boost hospital revenue

People in tech often say that data is the new oil. That phrase, coined by British mathematician Clive Humby, of course implies that data is valuable. Data about a person’s health can also provide meaningful insights and improve outcomes, but only 3% of patient data is currently used by physicians, according to the World Economic […]

Joby Aviation is betting on hydrogen-electric aircraft for regional flight

Joby Aviation is still a year away from commercially launching its electric air taxi designed for urban environments, but the startup is already looking towards its next chapter: Intercity flight, powered by hydrogen.  To get the conversation started with regulators and demonstrate hydrogen’s capabilities, Joby told TechCrunch that it completed a 523-mile test flight with […]

Uzbekistan mobile bank TBC raises $38.2M to expand its financial products

Uzbekistan’s only mobile-exclusive bank, TBC Bank Uzbekistan, owned by London Stock Exchange-listed TBC Bank Group, has raised $38.2 million in a fresh equity investment. It plans to expand its local presence in the country and introduce new financial products, as well. TBC Bank Group has led the latest funding in TBC Bank Uzbekistan by infusing […]