Cost per AI employee. 300 media and tech titans. Google's latest acquisitions.
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Internet publishing and broadcasting now officially employs more people than newspapers.

The problem with the above picture right now is that many online sites have gotten dependent on their Facebook pages and resulting traffic to drive their ads business. Unfortunately for them, last week Facebook announced it would be tweaking its News Feed algorithm so posts from friends and family get priority. In online publishing they're calling this change "friendmaggedon," and it will likely lead to a culling of the herd in the online news media.  


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The Week In Data
  • 6: The number of acquisitions made by Google in 2016 year-to-date, according to our real-time Google Acquisitions Tracker. Just this week Google acquired Moodstocks, a machine-learning startup that turns your mobile device into a scanner to identify objects and Anvato, a desktop and mobile video platform. Other acquisitions include BandPage, Pie, Synergyse, and Webpass.
  • 85%: 2016 has thus far seen $1.3B invested over 76 deals in the AR/VR space, which translates to 85% growth over 2015's funding total. Magic Leap, which raised a $793M Series C in February, played a huge part in this year’s funding boom.

  • $2.5M: Artificial intelligence teams are being acquired for $2.5M per employee, according to reporting by Magister's AI team M&A analysis. Here is a list of AI acquisitions made by top acquirers — including Google, Apple, and Twitter — since 2012.
  • 10B: Snapchat plans to roll out a new feature called "Memories," which will allow users to save photos and videos on the app to view later. Snapchat’s video feature “Stories” already was generating 10 billion video views daily in April, up from 8 billion in February. Snapchat completed a new financing round in May at an $18B valuation.
  • 59M: The number of Amazon Prime members in the US at the end of 2015, according to consumer research data cited by Bloomberg. Nearly half of Prime members in a separate Bernstein Research survey of 1,000 households cited Amazon Prime video streaming as among the two most important reasons for membership.

  • $27,000: Brett Barna, former portfolio manager at Moore Capital Management, was recently fired for throwing a "wild" party in the Hamptons over the July 4 weekend. He rented a house via Airbnb for $27,000 and is being threatened with a $1M lawsuit for damages.
  • 94: The age of Irving Levine, founder of the Copley Fund, a recent winner of the Winners' Circle contest. The contest measures the best 12-month performance by a stock fund manager and Levine’s fund won with a 20.67% total return.
  • 300: The estimated number of media and tech titans in attendance at the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference currently taking place in Idaho. This year, Brexit is a popular topic of discussion.
  • 12%: That’s the percentage of US cities that allow people to text 911 instead of calling for emergencies, despite the fact that voice calls can be dangerous in certain situations including active shooter scenarios. More cities are upgrading to text.
  • 5 minutes: San Francisco authorities issued an anonymous survey seeking to determine possible locations for new tech company shuttle hubs that would consolidate scores of existing tech-company shuttle stops. One survey respondent said he/she would refuse to walk more than 5 minutes to take a shuttle and would revert to driving instead.
  • 2: The number of years Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes, has been banned from operating a blood-testing lab by federal authorities. The company has been removed from our list of private company unicorns.
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Mosaic Momentum Alerts

These startups saw the biggest uptick in their Mosaic momentum scores in the last week. 

The CB Insights Mosaic algorithm is a National Science Foundation-backed score that tracks the health of private companies using public data.

1. ProtectWise+290
ProtectWise provides network security with its Cloud Network DVR, a virtual camera in the cloud that records everything on the network.

2. itBit+230
itBit is a global bitcoin exchange offering institutional and retail investors a platform to buy and sell bitcoin.

3. SubPac+180

SubPac is a patent-pending tactile audio technology which transfers low frequencies directly to a wearer's body.

4. Secure-24+180
Secure-24 is delivering managed IT operations, ERP application hosting, and cloud computing services from data centers in the United States.

5. Rightpoint+180
Rightpoint is a digital agency and technology consulting company.

6. Venafi+170
Venafi is a cybersecurity company that develops software to secure and protect cryptographic keys and digital certificates.

7. Profitero+120 
Profitero provides brick & mortar and online retailers with an online insights and e-commerce intelligence platform to monitor competitor prices, promotions, and product information.

8. Birst+110
Birst, offered by Success Metrics, is a provider of cloud business intelligence and analytics.

9. Granify, +110 
Granify is a machine learning platform, initially focused on e-commerce. Investors include BDC Venture Capital and Extreme Venture Partners.

10. Datanyze+70
Datanyze provides up-to-date information on the technologies that websites are using.

The Week's Top Deals
We tracked 291 deals totaling $2.5B in the last week. Here's the top 10. Run this search on CB Insights to see them all.

1. Linglong Tire raises $390M at IPO
Prior backers of the China-based tire manufacturer included Hony Capital and Legend Capital. 

2. e-Shang raises $300M Corporate Minority round
The China-based real estate and warehouse management platform raised from Ping An Insurance.

3. Global Business Power raises $251M Corporate Minority round
The Philippines-based electricity producer raised from JG Summit Holdings at a $838M valuation. 

4. Sequitur Energy Resources raises $203M Private Equity round
The newly-formed oil and gas investment firm raised from ACON Investments and is based in Houston, Texas.

5. Cornerstone Pharmaceuticals raises $150M Series A round
The Cranbury, New Jersey-based bio-pharma company focuses on oncology therapeutics and raised from Boyu Capital, Oriza Ventures, and WuXi Venture Fund.

6. Big Tree Entertainment raises $82M Growth Equity round
The India-based company operates event ticketing website BookMyShow. Backers in the growth round included Accel Partners, Network18, SAIF Partners, and Stripes Group.

7. Speedtong Information Technology raises $70M Series C round
Doing business as, the China-based cloud platform for communications raised from Sequoia Capital China and Trustbridge Partners.

8. Darktrace raises $65M Series C round
The UK-based cybersecurity company raised from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, Softbank Corp., Summit Partners, and Ten Eleven Ventures.

9. Jiemian raises $45M Series B round
The China-based news media startup raised from Kunlun Trust.

10. Light raises $30M Series C round
Aiming to take on high-end cameras with a device comprised of multiple smartphone cameras, the company raised from Bessemer Venture Partners, CRV, Eclipse Ventures, Foxconn Technology Company, Google Ventures, Paul Jacobs, and Stepstone Group.
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