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prospera-072617.jpg Israel-based digital farming company Prospera raised $15 million in new investment. The funding was led by Qualcomm ventures, and the other participants were Cisco Investment, ICV and Bessemer Venture partners.

Facebook-Speaker-072617.jpg Facebook might be launching smart speakers with a touch panel next year. The touch screen could be used for 15-inch display of imageries. According to reports Facebook has already begun the pilot production in China. The new device is expected to be launched in the first quarter of 2018.

Toyota-FastCharging-072517.jpg Toyota is working on developing an electric car with a fast charging battery, the Chunichi Shimbun reported on Tuesday.

Plenty-072117.jpg California based vertical farming company Plenty, attracted $200 million in fresh investment. The funding was led by Masayoshi Son of SoftBank Vision Fund, joined by Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos through Innovation Endeavors and Bezos Expeditions and Eric Schmidt of Alphabet.

Intel-Basis-072117.jpg Intel Corp. has completely shut down its wearables division about two weeks ago, CNBC reported, citing a person familiar with the matter. The company reportedly intends to focus on augmented reality. According to the CNBC report, Intel laid off about 80 percent of the team that made the Basis fitness watch in November 2016 and has now eliminated the division entirely.

Carrier-072017.jpg Carrier Corp., the air conditioning company, is laying off 338 employees at a factory in Indianapolis on Thursday, the six-month anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Nauto-071917.jpg Nauto, a self-driving start up company, got an additional series B funding of $159 million. Greylock Partners, SoftBank were leading the funding.

Saucey-Delivery-071417.jpg On-demand alcohol delivery company Saucey managed to raise $5.4 million in series A funding. The funding led by Bullpen Capital was supported by Blumberg Capital, Structure Capital, as well as HashtagOne.

Revere-071317.jpg Revere, that markets refreshing plant based pre-workout and post-workout formula, raised $2 million in seed funding. The direct-to-consumer health start-up aims to help people achieve their fitness goals. Revere products were launched on Wednesday.

Wework-071317.jpg Office sharing start-up WeWork has raised about $760 million of new funding, according to filings with the Delaware Department of State. The funding reportedly pegs New York-based WeWork's valuation at $20 billion and comes after Japan's Softbank Group Corp. invested $300 million in the unicorn in March. Unicorns are start-ups valued at $1 billion or more.

XfactorVentures-071217.jpg Women entrepreneurs can now enjoy venture funding from successful women venture capitalists. The innovative XFactor Ventures says it is about making a difference for the next generation of female-led businesses.

OFO-070617.jpg Ofo, the bike sharing app in China, managed to attract $700 million funding for its global expansion plan. The investors include Alibaba Group, Hony Capital as well as CITIC Private Equity. The existing investors Didi Chuxing and DST Global also participated in the new round of funding.

Apple-iPhones-070517.jpg Apple is reportedly planning to use front-facing 3D sensors and retinal scanning in place of fingerprint scanning and touch id for its latest iPhone 8. The new phone is expected to arrive in the market later this year.

sony-vinylrecords-070317.jpg It is a nostalgia for several music lovers to see and experience new vinyl albums from Sony, after a long gap of 30 years. The discarded media is finding a new lease of life these days and might be creating a new wave in the future.

Facebook-AquilaDrone-070317.jpg Facebook's solar powered high altitude unmanned aircraft Acquila has completed its second full-scale test flight. In its first test flight, Acquila met with some damages to its right wing as it flew into higher than expected wind conditions. In its second test, the flight with no traditional landing gear flew one hour 46 minutes and landed safely.

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