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Lookout for Sekai!

Just like in your favorite anime, this is the story of a young group of twentysomethings who started with nothing, traveled the world and ended up with a global license to develop official Naruto consumer apps. Founded in early 2022, French startup Sekai describes itself as a studio that...

YouTube Announces New Features For Shorts

As competition with TikTok and Reels heats up, YouTube announced a slate of new features designed to make its short-form video product, YouTube Shorts, more compelling. In a video update for creators, YouTube Chief Product Officer Johanna Voolich introduced six new tools that will help creators craft...

Personality Testing at the Workplace?

The use of personality tests during the hiring and onboarding process has grown in recent years, but it hasn't come without controversy. Proponents of these assessments believe the results can uncover deeper insights into a candidate's cultural fit, while naysayers argue that using them as...

Google Chrome Mobile App Updates

Facing new competition from startups like Arc, Google announced that it’s bringing five new features to the Chrome browser on mobile devices, each designed to enhance the search experience. These include new shortcuts for local search results, a refreshed address bar for easier navigation, trending search suggestions, live...

Nubank Acquires Hyperplane

Hyperplane, a San Francisco-based data intelligence startup that is building foundation models for banks, announced that it has been acquired by Brazil’s Nubank. Hyperplane was founded in 2022 by Daniel Silva, Felipe Lamounier, Rohan Ramanath and Felipe Meneses. Hyperplane focused on allowing banks to train their own models...

Speak App Closes Series B

AI-powered language learning app Speak is on a tear. Since launching in its inaugural market of South Korea in 2019, Speak has grown to over 10 million users. Its user base has doubled every year for the last five years, and Speak now has customers in more than 40...

LTK Announces New DM Tool

LTK (formerly LiketoKnow.it and RewardStyle), the influencer shopping app with 40 million monthly users, announced the launch of a free direct message tool for creators to instantly share preset responses with followers. The new tool, called LTK DM, is integrated into the posts section of the LTK app. When...

Picsart Partners With Getty Images

Picsart, a photo-editing startup backed by SoftBank, announced that it’s partnering with Getty Images to develop a custom model to bring AI imagery to its 150 million users. The company says the model will bring responsible AI imagery to creators, marketers and small businesses that use...