Emotient, a San Diego based startup that focuses on facial expression recognition, has raised $6 million in funding. The company is now working on building “glassware” for Google Glass that focuses on sentiment analysis as it reads people through the camera of the device.
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Facebook has released a new ad that features people dressed in Stormtrooper, Transformer, and Alien cosplay. Facebook has been on an advertising blitz recently. Last week, the company released several ads about how the social network can bring people together in real life. The music in this video is the theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey (also known as “Also sprach Zarathustra”)
Music streaming service Spotify has acquired The Echo Nest, which is a music discovery service. The Echo Nest was used for powering Spotify’s radio service. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek claims that this deal will lead to the “best music intelligence platform on the planet.”
Vimeo has launched a new $10 million program. The $10 million fund is for films that are distributed exclusively through Vimeo On Demand. Vimeo On Demand was launched a year ago. The services lets creators charge for access to their content.
Founded by Jack Jia, Trusper is a mobile app development company that has raised $6.17 million in funding. This round of funding was provided by DCM with participation Charles Schwab and several other angel investors. David Chao of DCM will receive a seat on the board of directors.
The Founders Fund has closed on a $1 billion fifth venture capital fund. This new fund will be led by partners Ken Howery, Luke Nosek, Brian Singerman, Peter Thiel, Lauren Gross, Geoff Lewis and Scott Nolan. Founders Fund said that it will use these funds on a “wide variety of sectors” including aerospace, A.I., energy, health, and consumer Internet. In the past, The Founders Fund invested in companies like SpaceX, Airbnb, Path, Credit Karma, ZocDoc, Stripe, Lyft, Yammer, SolarCity, and Palantir.
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Motorola’s existing customers have received an e-mail that gives them a discount on the Moto X. The Moto X will cost $349.99 for existing customers, which is $50 off of the asking price. The e-mail has a coupon code that is exclusive to each user and has to be used during check-out to make the discount available. It is unknown whether the coupon codes can be transferred to other users.
[Source: The Droid Guy]
Getty Images has added the ability to embed photos into personal blog posts without having to pay licensing fees. You are allowed to use the photos as long as it is not being used for commercial purposes. The Getty Images embed widget links back to the Getty Images website where people can purchase the images. There are around 35 million images available for embedding.
[Source: Getty Images Embed Tool]