Alibaba invests $2.9B in hypermarket operator Sun Art to continue its offline retail push – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Alibaba is continuing its expansion into offline retail after the Chinese e-commerce giant bought up more than one-third of one of Chinese most prolific operators of hypermarket stores. The firm announced today […]

Intersection raises $150 million for the global expansion of its free wifi – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch As it looks to expand the global footprint of its internet-enabled digital advertising and informational kiosks, New York-based Intersection has raised $150 million in a new round of financing. The company has installed hundreds […]

Photoslurp bags $870k for its ‘shop the look’ UGC marketing platform – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Bootstrapping Barcelona-based visual commerce startup Photoslurp has taken its first external funding: Announcing €750,000 (~$870k) in pre-Series A financing, led by Spanish VC Inveready Technology Investment Group, with participation from Bankinter VC, Caixa Capital […]

AI startup Appier gets $33M Series C from investors including SoftBank Group, Line Corp and Naver – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Appier co-founder and CEO Chih-Han Yu (middle) with the startup’s employees Appier, a Taiwanese startup that helps companies harness artificial intelligence to make marketing decisions, announced today that it has raised a […]

Clara Labs nabs $7M Series A as it positions its AI assistant to meet the needs of enterprise teams – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Clara Labs, creator of the Clara AI assistant, is announcing a $7 million Series A this morning led by Basis Set Ventures. Slack Fund also joined in the round alongside existing investors Sequoia […]

Reach Robotics closes $7.5M Series A for its augmented reality bots – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch After years of research and development, Reach Robotics has closed a $7.5 million Series A, co-led by Korea Investment Partners (KiP) and IGlobe, to bring its augmented reality bots to market in a big […]

Oracle delivers artificial intelligence across its customer experience cloud – TechCrunch

Shared from TechCrunch Oracle announced a slew of AI-driven capabilities across its Customer Experience Cloud Suite  today that are designed to help users to deliver better, faster and more personal experiences. If you think you’ve heard this […]