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On-demand ride service Gett confirms acquisition of rival Juno for $200M, as Uber's rivals consolidate businesses; Gett CEO says firm hopes to raise this year (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
On-demand ride service Gett confirms acquisition of rival Juno for $200M, as Uber's rivals consolidate businesses; Gett CEO says firm hopes to raise this year  —  The competitive landscape for transportation apps has become a little smaller today.  Gett has announced that it has acquired Juno, a rival in the New York market.


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Spotify acquires Mediachain, the firm behind an open, blockchain-based tool for recognising artist's work online (Paul Sawers/VentureBeat)

Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
Spotify acquires Mediachain, the firm behind an open, blockchain-based tool for recognising artist's work online  —  Spotify has acquired Mediachain, the New York-based startup behind an open source peer-to-peer database and protocol for registering, identifying, and tracking creative works across the internet.


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Uber updates its app to make rider ratings more visible, in an effort to encourage good behavior, and adds options for low UberPool ratings (Andrew J. Hawkins/The Verge)

Andrew J. Hawkins / The Verge:
Uber updates its app to make rider ratings more visible, in an effort to encourage good behavior, and adds options for low UberPool ratings  —  Are you a 4.9?  —  It used to be that if you wanted to see how many stars you've racked up as an Uber rider, you had to basically excavate your rating from the app.


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Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood confirms $110M Series C at $1.3B valuation led by DST Global, says it has reached 2M users and 17% MoM subscriber growth (Josh Constine/TechCrunch)

Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood confirms $110M Series C at $1.3B valuation led by DST Global, says it has reached 2M users and 17% MoM subscriber growth  —  Zero-fee stock trading app Robinhood has joined the unicorn club.  —  That's thanks to it reaching 2 million total monthly users …


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Chris Sacca retires from startup investing and will stop appearing on Shark Tank; Lowercase Capital will not raise another fund (Dan Primack/Axios)

Dan Primack / Axios:
Chris Sacca retires from startup investing and will stop appearing on Shark Tank; Lowercase Capital will not raise another fund  —  Chris Sacca, one of the earliest investors in companies like Uber and Twitter, today announced that he has decided to stop making investments in technology startups.


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