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Russian company offers ugly solid gold iPhone 12

Russian ‘luxury’ accessory company Caviar is noted for really ugly, crazily priced re-cased iPhones, and it’s solid gold iPhone 12 may be the ugliest version it has offered yet … Caviar buys iPhones from Apple, removes the casing and replaces it with its own … designs. The company says its iPhone 12 will go on sale in October, which may not yet reflect the delay Apple announced…
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Buildots raises $16 million to automate construction site reporting with AI

Data-driven construction reporting company Buildots this week announced it raised $16 million, a combination of a $3 million seed round and a $13 million series A. Cofounder Roy Danon says it’ll be used to scale and improve the company’s products as Buildots expands to new regions around the world. Large construction projects — which some countries have allowed to continue during the…
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Samsung could ditch Bixby and Galaxy Store as part of Google deal

(Reuters) — Samsung is considering dropping its Bixby virtual assistant and Galaxy Apps Store from its mobile devices as part of a new global revenue-sharing deal with Alphabet’s Google, according to correspondence seen by Reuters on Tuesday. Google has tried for years to get Samsung, the world’s leading mobile device maker by units sold, to drop its own services and give greater prominence…
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Aquicore raises $14 million for AI tools to optimize commercial building energy usage

Aquicore, an information tech startup offering cloud-based software for asset operations, today secured $14 million in financing. The company says it’ll use the funding to advance its platform and expand into European markets. The buildings sector accounts for about 76% of electricity use and 40% of all U.S. primary energy usage and associated CO2 emissions, but the bulk of commercial real…
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