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Interview with researcher Luke Stark on the promises and pitfalls of emotion-sensing AI, and social media’s attempt to translate emotive expression into data (Evan Selinger/OneZero )


Israeli startup MDClone, which creates synthetic medical databases for research, raises $63M led by Warburg Pincus and Viola Growth (Yaacov Benmeleh/Bloomberg)


Sygnum, a Switzerland and Singapore-based digital asset bank and crypto trading platform, raises $90M led by Sun Hung Kai & Co. at an $800M valuation (Joanna Ossinger/Bloomberg)

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Leaked images show Sonos Roam, the company’s smallest portable speaker, expected to ship on April 20 for $169 (Chris Welch/The Verge)


Q&A with Cory Hrncirik, Microsoft’s Modern Finance project lead, on flattening the company’s finance head count with AI and data lakes, using Excel, and more (Nina Trentmann/Wall Street Journal)


A recap of Elon Musk’s Clubhouse appearance, which broke the 5,000 participant limit, pushing some to YouTube, and included an interview with Robinhood’s CEO (Mike Butcher/TechCrunch)


NonFungible: the average NFT selling price has declined to ~$2K, after an all-time high of ~$6.9K on January 2, with a ~40% drop since Russia attacked Ukraine (Olga Kharif/Bloomberg)


Sources: investors, including BlackRock, GIC, and Silver Lake, who invested $10.3B in Ant’s 2018 pre-IPO round are left with illiquid stakes after canceled IPO (Financial Times)


SEC filing: Figure, which uses blockchain to provide loans and is led by Mike Cagney, ex-CEO of SoFi, plans to raise $250M via a SPAC (Adam Tempkin/Bloomberg)


Apple says it is discontinuing the original HomePod to focus on HomePod mini, will provide HomePod owners software updates and support via Apple Care (Matthew Panzarino/TechCrunch)