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Squint raises $6M

San Jose, Calif.-based Squint, a company providing an AR platform for the manufacturing and energy sectors, has raised $6 million in combined seed and pre-seed funding.

Investors in Squint include from Arc (Sequoia Capital’s pre-seed and seed-stage catalyst), and Menlo Ventures’ venture studio Menlo Labs.

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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.