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Perplexity.ai raises $26.5M

Perplexity.ai, a San Francisco, Calif.-based information discovery and sharing startup has raised a $25.6 million series A funding round.

The investment was led by Peter Sonsini, with participation from the company’s existing investors Elad Gil, Nat Friedman, and Bob Muglia.

New investors in Perplexity.ai’s Series A round include Susan Wojcicki, Paul Buchheit, Soleio, and Databricks Ventures.

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Gordon Bell, an architect of our digital age, dies at age 89 — Ars Technica

Computer pioneer Gordon Bell, who as an early employee of Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) played a key role in the development of several influential minicomputer systems and also co-founded the first major computer museum, passed away, writes Benj Edwards in Ars Technica. 

Amazon plans to give Alexa an AI overhaul — and a monthly subscription price — CNBC

Amazon is upgrading its decade-old Alexa voice assistant with generative artificial intelligence and plans to charge a monthly subscription fee to offset the cost of the technology, writes Kate Rooney in CNBC.

Scale raises $1B

San Francisco-based data foundry startup Scale has raised $1 billion in a Series F financing round, pegging the company at a $13.8 billion valuation.