From TechCrunch: Uber settles lawsuit with woman who accused executives of obtaining medical records after she was raped

 Uber has settled its lawsuit with a woman (Jane Doe) who accused its now-former CEO Travis Kalanick, president of business in Asia Eric Alexander and SVP of business Emil Michael of improperly obtaining her medical records after she was raped by …

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From TechCrunch: Meet “Genies�, the lifelike personalized avatars that reenact news

 “If god forbid Donald Trump bombs North Korea, you’ll see your Genie riding a nuke to North Korea” says Nigam. Whether that idea makes you giggle or roll your eyes, this is Genies’ plan “to be the next BuzzFeed&#8221…

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From Tech: Genies are like bitmojis that try to make millennials care about the news

A startup has launched what may be the most adorable news app ever. 
The company, Genies, Inc., has launched the Genies app, where you can create an adorable clone of yourself that will bring you news throughout the day, and can be shared with f…

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From TechCrunch: MishiPay raises £1.6M led by Nauta Capital for its mobile self-checkout technology

 MishiPay, a London startup that has built mobile self-checkout technology that promises to put an end to queuing to pay, has raised £1.65 million in seed funding. The round is led by European VC Nauta Capital and will be used to further grow the…

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From TechCrunch: Samir Arora unveils Sage Digital, a startup that’s all about accurate location data

 Samir Arora says it’s time for a new wave of applications that use reliable location data. Arora previously founded Mode Media (which he departed before its shutdown last year, though he remains involved in Mode Media Japan) and NetObjects …

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From TechCrunch: PhoneWagon raises $1.2M to track when marketing campaigns lead to phone calls

 When it comes to tracking the effectiveness of online advertising campaigns, PhoneWagon CEO Ryan Shank said there’s been a big piece missing for most businesses — namely, how often those campaigns lead to phone calls. Shank has plenty…

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From GeekWire: CityBldr raises cash, prepares to expand to California with software that reveals hidden real estate value


Seattle startup CityBldr is breaking new ground, boosted by fresh funding from undisclosed investors. The startup’s chief executive, Bryan Copley, isn’t commenting on the investment but SEC documents reveal CityBldr has raised $2.9 million of a $3.4 million round. The funding comes as CityBldr prepares to open an office in Los Angeles and expand its product offering to cities throughout California. The investment is likely tied to a new partnership with the commercial real estate behemoth JLL announced this week. CityBldr uses software to unearth the hidden value of land, a tool that allowed these seven neighbors to sell their homes… Read More

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