Amazon aims to inject new life into Alexa with release of developer tools and features – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 11 minutes Amazon is giving its Alexa voice platform a shot in the arm after seeing further declines in skill growth over the past year, indicating lagging interest from third-party voice app developers. At the company’s Alexa Live developer event today, the company announced a slew of new features and tools for the developer community — its … Read more

Sustainable tech developer Turntide Technologies raises $225M – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 5 minutes Turntide Technologies, a sustainable technology developer, has announced $225 million in convertible note financing that it says will help fund projects to reduce carbon emissions in the commercial buildings, agriculture and transportation industries. Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board led the round, along with Monashee Capital Inc. and current investor JLL Spark. Other participating investors include … Read more

Ably raises $70 million for its developer platform that enables realtime features – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes Ably is a Pub/Sub messaging platform that companies can use to develop realtime features in their products. The company just raised a $70 million Series B funding round co-led by Insight Partners and Dawn Capital. Every day, you use various apps that push and fetch data in realtime. When you send a message in your … Read more