Expedia Group: The World’s Travel Platform. Really?

Since Expedia changed its name from Expedia Inc. to Expedia Group in March, it has been touting itself as “The World’s Travel Platform.” At the company’s partner conference in December, executives took the stage in Las Vegas and variously described the company as already being “The World’s Travel Platform” or aspiring to reach that status. They even made plenty of comparisons to Google, Amazon, and Facebook. Join the 250,000 travel executives that already read our daily newsletter. The boast might come as a shock to millions of people from China to India,…

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Microsoft Acquires Education Video Platform Flipgrid

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Microsoft had acquired Flipgrid, an education-focused video platform. Flipgrid is used by more than 20 million teachers and students. The video platform used to be a subscription-based service, but is now free for students and users thanks to the Microsoft acquisition. Microsoft has already integrated the Flipgrid app into Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education. The life science data management and collaboration platform Benchling raised $14.5 million in a series B round. The round was led by Benchmark Capital with participation from F-Prime Capital and Thrive Capital. This recent round of…

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New simplified platform for antibiotic discovery created

  Harvard researchers have created a new, simplified, platform for antibiotic discovery that may work an extended way in solving the crisis of antibiotic resistance. that is “a platform where we assemble 8 (chemical) constructing blocks via a simple procedure to make macrolide antibiotics ” with out the use of erythromycin , the unique macrolide antibiotic, and the drug upon which all others in the magnificence had been primarily based for the reason that early Nineteen Fifties,” the researchers stated. Erythromycin, which became discovered in a soil pattern from the…

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India Funding Roundup: An Electric Motorcycle Maker, Bitcoin Trading Platform, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles investments in an auto rickshaw aggregator, platforms for lifestyle product discovery, Bitcoin trading, expert advice, and a maker of electric motorcycles. Jugnoo Paytm announced Monday that it led the Series B funding of $10 million in Chandigarh-based Jugnoo. The auto-rickshaw hailing and hyperlocal delivery mobile app received $5 million from Paytm and the remaining from existing investor Snow Leopard and a new investor named Rocketship.vc. At present, the auto-rickshaw aggregator and hyperlocal delivery service provider operates in 30 cities and 11 villages across the country,…

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Chrome 50 Released for Windows, OS X, Linux; Retires Legacy Platform Support

Google has released Chrome 50 for Windows, OS X, and Linux. The update brings several improvements, as well as bug and security fixes, apart from new features. An update for Android and Chrome OS is also expected to roll out soon. As announced back in November, Google has retired support for older operating systems, namely – Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, and OS X 10.8. Chrome 50 for Windows, OS X, and Linux updates the Push API to add push notifications payloads, which is meant…

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India Funding Roundup: An Invoice Discounting Platform, Lending Club, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles early stage investments in Indian startups engaged in invoice discounting, online lending, on-demand task management apps, and fashion commerce. KredX Bengaluru-based KredX, an invoice-discounting platform, has raised $750,000 (roughly Rs. 5 crores) in a seed funding round from Prime Venture Partners. Founded by IIT and Stanford alumni Manish Kumar, Anurag Jain, and Puneet Agarwal in 2015, the platform connects credit-worthy SMEs (small and medium enterprises) looking to raise working capital (against their unpaid invoices) to individual financiers looking for opportunities to earn above-average financial returns.…

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Chrome 50 Released for Windows, OS X, Linux; Retires Legacy Platform Support

Google has released Chrome 50 for Windows, OS X, and Linux. The update brings several improvements, as well as bug and security fixes, apart from new features. An update for Android and Chrome OS is also expected to roll out soon. As announced back in November, Google has retired support for older operating systems, namely – Windows XP, Windows Vista, OS X 10.6, OS X 10.7, and OS X 10.8. Chrome 50 for Windows, OS X, and Linux updates the Push API to add push notifications payloads, which is meant…

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