Have Senior Democrats Raised Concerns About the Smartmatic Voting Software, as Trump’s Lawyer Claims?

A lawyer representing President Donald Trump in his legal battle challenging the outcome of the presidential election recently said that some congressional Democrats raised concerns in the past about the trustworthiness of election software used in several states.

Rudy Giuliani, Bernard Kerik standing in front of a sign: Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks to the media at a press conference held in the back parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping on November 7, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On Sunday, Giuliani and another attorney for Trump, Sidney Powell, spoke with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo to discuss allegations of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election.

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Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks to the media at a press conference held in the back parking lot of Four Seasons Total Landscaping on November 7, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On Sunday, Giuliani and another attorney for Trump, Sidney Powell, spoke with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo to discuss allegations of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 election.

Election officials use Dominion Voting Systems in 28 states, including several key battleground states. Members of Trump’s legal team have alleged that the company uses voting software that can be controlled by operators overseas to “steal” elections, much as they alleged the election was stolen from Trump.


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Mitron TV Has Raised An Undisclosed Sum Of Funding From 9Unicorns

The platform enables users to create, consume, and share bite-sized videos across categories and talents

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9Unicorns announced on Thursday to have invested in Mitron TV, a short video sharing application. Nexus Venture Partners led the $5-million funding round in August and 3one4 Capital led the immediately preceding INR 2 crore pre-seed round in July.

Leading Indian startup founders also participated in the funding round in their individual capacity.

Founded in April 2020 by Shivank Agarwal and Anish Khandelwal, Mitron TV is a social media application built for sharing and creating minute-long videos, catering especially to the Indian market and focused on adding value to every user.

 “We are delighted to have the

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This popular SEO tool raised millions to transform into a data giant

Israeli SEO start-up SimilarWeb has announced that it has raised $120 million in funding.

The funding round, which SimilarWeb says it will use to invest in more R&D and expand its operations, was co-led by ION Crossover Partners and Viola Growth, and takes SimilarWeb’s total investment to $240 million thus far. 

At the moment, the company is not publicly revealing a valuation, but it was worth $800 million at the time of its last equity round in 2017.

“Since we joined the company three years ago, SimilarWeb has executed a strategic transformation from a general-purpose measurement platform to vertical-based solutions, which has significantly expanded its market opportunity and generated immense customer value,” Harel Beit-On, Founder and General Partner at Viola Growth, said.

“With a stellar management team of accomplished executives, we believe this round positions the company to own the digital intelligence category, and capitalize on the acceleration of the

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Developer security startup StackHawk raised $10 million Series A

  • Denver cybersecurity startup StackHawk has raised a $10 million Series A round led by Sapphire Ventures. 
  • Developer security is a booming vertical of cybersecurity with funding rounds this month from FOSSA and Apiiro and a $200 million round last month for Snyk. 
  • StackHawk’s platform automatically checks developers’ code for any errors or potential security vulnerabilities each time they make updates. 
  • CEO Joni Klippert says the developer community prizes transparency and community, and her company adopts the same approach.
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Denver’s StackHawk has raised a $10 million Series A round of funding round led by Sapphire Ventures, it announced Monday, making it the latest startup to emerge in the hot developer security sector which includes Snyk, FOSSA, and Apiiro. 

Rather than blocking threats or hunting down criminals, developer security seeks to prevent vulnerabilities in the first place. Instead of focusing constantly on “attackers” and “threats”

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Sana CEO reveals details about stealthy gene therapy startup that has raised more than $700M

Luke Timmerman interviews Sana Biotechnology CEO Steve Harr at the GeekWire Summit this week.

Sana Biotechnology CEO Steve Harr shed more light on one of most secretive, heavily funded startups in Seattle and the global biotech industry — detailing its plans to create tools that replace and repair human body cells, with the potential to treat various diseases and create new medicines.

Harr spoke with biotechnology journalist Luke Timmerman, founder of The Timmerman Report, this week at the GeekWire Summit. Sana raised more than $700 million this summer in one of the largest venture financing deals in the life sciences industry and one of the biggest rounds on record in Seattle.

Founded in 2019, the 250-person company has an ambitious goal of both repairing cells in the body (gene therapy) and also replacing damaged cells (cell therapy). It’s led by several former executives from Juno Therapeutics, another Seattle biotech company

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This former Tesla CIO just raised $150 million more to pull car dealers into the 21st century

“I have to choose my words carefully,” says Joe Castelino of Stevens Creek Volkswagen in San Jose, California, when asked about the management software on which most car dealerships rely for inventory information, marketing, customer relationships and more.

Castelino, the dealership’s service director, laughs as he says this. But the joke has apparently been on car dealers, most of whom have largely relied on a few frustratingly antiquated vendors for their dealer management systems over the years — along with many more sophisticated point solutions.

It’s the precise opportunity that former Tesla CIO, Jay Vijayan, concluded he was well-positioned to address while still in the employ of the electric vehicle giant.

As Vijayan tells it, he knew nothing about cars until joining Tesla in 2011, following a dozen years of working in product development at Oracle, then VMware. Yet he learned plenty over the subsequent four years. Specifically, he says

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A Harvard Professor And His Students Have Raised $14 Million To Quash Adversarial AI Attacks

Yaron Singer climbed the tenure track ladder to a full professorship at Harvard in seven years, fueled by his work on adversarial machine learning, a way to fool artificial intelligence models using misleading data. Now, Singer’s startup Robust Intelligence, which he formed with a former Ph.D. advisee and two former students, is emerging from stealth to take his research to market.

This year, artificial intelligence is set to account for $50 billion in corporate spending, though companies are still figuring out how to implement the technology into their business processes. Companies are still figuring out, too, how to protect their AI from bad AI, like an algorithmically-generated voice deepfake that can spoof voice

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This Seattle fintech startup just raised $11M on Zoom and shifted to a fully distributed workforce

Diego Mariscal, Anne Balsamo posing for a photo: The Possible Finance team, before social distancing. (Possible Finance Photo)

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The Possible Finance team, before social distancing. (Possible Finance Photo)

Possible Finance was growing fast and ready to raise more venture capital. Then COVID-19 hit.


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“It immediately made fundraising much more difficult than anticipated,” said Tony Huang, CEO and co-founder of the 3-year-old startup that runs a high-tech small loan service.

But the company ended up connecting — over Zoom calls, no less — with New York-based Union Square Ventures, which eventually led a $11 million round for Possible. It was the first deal the well-known firm completed over video conferencing.

Possible announced the new funding Tuesday, along with $80 million in debt financing from Park Cities Advisors to help supercharge its business.

Founded in 2017, Possible offers loans of up to $500 and is similar to payday lenders, but with some differences. Borrowers have more time to pay back the money in installments

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