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Bitcoin engineer Jameson Lopp SWATted by angry crypto fans

 An engineer for BitGo, Jameson Lopp, faced down a horde of police officers with rifles at his home in Durham, North Carolina after someone sent an anonymous tip regarding a hostage situation at his home. The engineer has been vocal on Twitter about upcoming changes in the protocol. “They shut down most of my neighborhood,”…

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Magic Leap vets raise $3.5M for new virtual reality prototyping platform Torch

Torch 3D helps users design 3D prototypes in virtual and augmented reality. Photo via Torch 3D. Designing 3D concepts for virtual and augmented reality apps and programs can be a time-consuming process. Now two former Magic Leap engineers have come up with a way to help. Paul Reynolds. Photo via Torch 3D. Portland-based Torch 3D…

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Feedzai closes $50M Series C to help banks and merchants identify fraud with AI

 Feedzai is announcing a $50 million Series C this morning led by an unnamed VC with additional capital from Sapphire Ventures. The six year old startup builds machine learning tools to help banks and merchants spot payment fraud. In today’s rapidly maturing world of fintech, Feedzai is trying to thread the needle between turnkey solution…

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Strava launches posts to bring athletes back for everything else beyond their workouts

 When you walk upstairs at the Strava offices over on Third Street in San Francisco, you’ll find boards as tall as your typical human. They’re covered with images — screenshots of Instagram posts, comments and a whole lot of paper cutouts of other social networks printed onto little sheets — and they served as the…

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Spotahome raises €13.6M to let you view and book mid to long-term accommodation online

 Spotahome, a Madrid-based startup that lets you view and book mid to long-term accommodation online, has closed €13.6 million in Series A backing. This brings the total raised to €20.7 million since the ‘proptech’ company was founded in 2014. Read More Read full post on techcrunch.com

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Opternative sues Warby Parker for allegedly stealing its online eye exam

 Eyewear e-commerce giant Warby Parker is accused of signing partnership contracts and NDAs with online eyeglass prescription test startup Opternative, then stealing the technology to launch its own competing “Prescription Check” feature. That’s according to a legal complaint filed by Opternative last month that was unsealed today as the lawsuit unfolds. Read More Read full…

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Upload exec tasked with turning things around at the troubled VR startup has already quit

 The executive tasked with building back community trust in Upload, the VR startup shaken by a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee earlier this summer, has quit less than six weeks after officially announcing she had joined the team as COO, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. Anne Ahola Ward joined as COO of Upload,…

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Facebook acquires anonymous teen compliment app tbh, will let it run

 Facebook wants tbh to be its next Instagram. Today, Facebook announced it’s acquiring positivity-focused polling startup tbh and will allow it to operate somewhat independently as it’s done with Instagram and WhatsApp. tbh had scored 5 million downloads and 4 million daily active users in the past 9 weeks with its app that lets people anonymously…