Doctolib is now a unicorn with new $170 million round

French startup Doctolib has raised a new round of funding of $170 million (€150 million). The round is led by General Atlantic, with existing investors Accel, Eurazeo, Kernel and Bpifrance also participating. Some German healthcare entrepreneurs are also joining the round — the company isn’t detailing the names of those investors. But Doctolib is detailing an important metric — its valuation. Based on this new round, Doctolib now has a post-money valuation of $1.13 billion (€1 billion). There’s a new unicorn in town. Doctolib first started with a scheduling service for health practitioners. For €109 per month ($124), you can replace your calendar with Doctolib and let the startup take… Read More

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PSA: Update Firefox to block autoplaying videos by default

Isn’t it annoying when you land up on a site just to read something, and suddenly a video starts playing automatically? Well, Firefox‘s latest release – version 66 – aims to solve this problem by blocking autoplaying videos and audio clips by default. Firefox says that a video will only start playing once you interact with it, like by clicking on the ‘play’ button, for example. However, sites can still enable autoplay by muting the video by default. You can whitelist certain sites by clicking on the site overlay button in the browser, and switching the Autoplay sound toggle to… This story continues at The Next Web Or just read… Read More

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Rover dips a paw into Latin America, backing Brazilian pet care startup DogHero in $7M round

(DogHero Photo) Rover, the Seattle-based pet-sitting marketplace, is jumping into Latin America for the first time, investing in a leading pet startup. Rover is leading a $7 million funding round for DogHero, Latin America’s top pet care marketplace. DogHero has 800,000 registered pets and 16,000 dog hosts and walkers in 750 cities across Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. For Rover, the deal gives the company “visibility” into Latin America and furthers its ambition to be the “global leader in the pet care space,” said Megan Teepe, vice president and general manager of international business at Rover. Just under a year ago, Rover expanded to Europe and followed that up by acquiring… Read More

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Surprise! NASA’s OSIRIS-REx probe catches asteroid spewing bits into space

This view of asteroid Bennu ejecting particles from its surface on Jan. 19 was created by combining two images taken by NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Other image processing techniques were applied, such as cropping and adjusting the brightness and contrast of each image. (NASA / Goddard / Univ. of Arizona / Lockheed Martin Photo) NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has spotted something that hasn’t been seen up close on an asteroid before: plumes of particles erupting into space. The mission’s scientists shared pictures of the plumes as well as the unexpectedly rugged terrain on the asteroid, known as Bennu, today at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas. They also… Read More

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