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Ford buys Electriphi to boost EV strategy
Ford has acquired Electriphi, the startup which provides charging management and fleet monitoring for electric vehicles. The purchase is part of Ford's $30bn strategy to lead its customers into the EV revolution. Ford is preparing to launch fully-electric versions of its two most popular commercial vehicles: the Transit van and F-150 pickup. Exact financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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New energy vehicle sales in China expected to surge
China is expecting sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs) to grow by over 40% annually. According to a Reuters report quoting a senior official at the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), NEV sales will grow 40% every year across the next five years. NEVs include electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and vehicles using hydrogen fuel cells. CAAM expects China to sell 2.7m NEVs in 2022.
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Google developing a new way to classify skin tones
Google says it is working on a new method to classify skin tones. The Fitzpatrick Skin Type has been used by dermatologists since the 1970s. Google's aim is to help eliminate biases that have historically emerged in technology products. "We are working on alternative, more inclusive, measures that could be useful in the development of our products," a spokesperson told Reuters.
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Quidny to start human trials for its mobile dialysis tool in 2022
New York-based startup Qidni Labs, has announced its plans to start human testing for its mobile dialysis tool in 2022. Qidni/D uses fewer fluids than traditional machines, making it much for portable. It has been successfully tested in sheep. “We see this device to be a bridge to a blood purification technology that allows the patients to be mobile,” says Morteza Ahmadi, CEO of Qidni Labs.
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Spanish edtech Lingokids secures $40m in funding
Lingokids, the Spanish startup which offers "playlearning" for young children through its app, has raised $40m in new funding. It will use the cash to grow into other countries. The platform, which develops vocabulary, literacy, STEM skills, social and emotional skills for 2 to 8-year-olds, launched in 2016. Lingokids' CEO sys the firm wants "to break down educational barriers".
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Alauda Aeronautics trials electric flying cars racing
The first test flight of the Alauda Airspeeder Mk3 has taken place in Australia. The electric multicopter, manufactured by Alauda Aeronautics, is four metres long, weighs 130kg and can reach speeds of 124mph. Alauda is planning a series of Formula One-style races later this year. Initially the aircraft will be piloted remotely, but Alauda hopes to have crewed races in due course.
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Daimler sets new EV targets - report
Daimler is bringing forward the date it intends to launch many of its electric vehicle models, according to Manager Magazin. Most of its EVs were due to be rolled out in 2024 and 2025, but these launches are now slated for a year earlier. Petrol and diesel equivalents are also set to be ditched sooner. The changes are set to be made official before the summer break this year, said the report.
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Google expands its kids online safety courses
Google will be updating its Be Internet Awesome curriculum, aimed at helping school-aged children learn to navigate the internet responsibly. The course is currently available in 30 countries and millions of kids use it every day, says Google. The updated version will include lessons on new topics such as online gaming, search engines, video consumption, online empathy and cyberbullying.
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Kenyan foodtech startup Kune raises $1m pre-seed funding
Six-month-old Kenyan foodtech startup Kune has closed a $1 million pre-seed round to launch its on-demand food service in August. Kune delivers freshly made, ready-to-eat meals at arguably affordable prices. Kune combines cloud and dark kitchen concepts. The round was led by pan-African venture capital firm Launch Africa Ventures with participation from Century Oak Capital GmbH and Consonance.
Issue 12
JPMorgan’s Tech For Social Good Team uses skills-based volunteering to help thousands of social good nonprofits across the world. We find out how they do it. Elsewhere, NHS Blood and Transplant tells us how its digital transformation is improving patient care.
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FamPay lands $38m to help Indian teenagers access financial services
FamPay, a neobank aimed at Indian teenagers, has raised $38m in fresh funding. The platform allows teenagers to make online and offline payments. Opening a bank account can be difficult for young people in India. The Series A round was led by Elevation Capital, and also involved Sequoia Capital. FamPay says its ambition now is to expand the number of services it offers its customers.
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Disinfecting automation startup R-Zero raises $41.5m
R-Zero, a startup born as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to make ultraviolet disinfecting machines for commercial and institutional customers, has raised $41.5 million in its latest funding round. The company said it plans to use the funds to make its process more efficient. It has already booked $15 million in sales to schools, restaurants, senior care facilities, sports arenas and jails.
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Indian platform that helps people find jobs gets cash boost
Apna, a Bangalore-based startup founded by an Apple alum, has raised $70 million in funding. The company helps millions of blue and grey-collar workers upskill themselves, find communities and land jobs. The Series B funding round was led by Insight Partners and Tiger Global, at a valuation of $570 million. The investment will allow Apna to build more new products, hire tech talent, and expand.

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UK in talks with six companies about building EV battery gigafactories - report
The UK is in talks with six manufacturers about increasing the country's capacity to build electric vehicle batteries. According to the Financial Times, it has opened dialogue with Ford, Nissan, LG and Samsung, as well as startups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto. The discussions centre on the construction of gigafactories for EV batteries. Sales of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in 2030.
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Foxconn makes EV battery play
Foxconn has invested $36m in a partnership with Gigasolar Materials Corp. Gigasolar creates solar cell materials for the manufacture of electric vehicle batteries. The partnership will see the two companies jointly develop new materials for EV batteries. Foxconn is keen to muscle in on the EV market, and has set the target of providing components or services to 10% of EVs by 2027.
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Moleaer's nanobubbles enable sustainable water treatments
Moleaer has recently raised $9 million to continue researching “nanobubbles” that enable sustainable food production, better water treatment, and richer natural resources. The company has tripled in size over the last year, and it now has over 1,000 installations where it treats 225 million gallons of water per day in agriculture, aquaculture, surface water, and natural resources.