The Briefing: Alphabet Shutters Loon, SafetyWings Lands Series A, And More

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Alphabet shutters Loon balloon experiment

Alphabet is shutting down Loon, its experimental balloon alternative to cell phone towers.

Founded in 2011, Loon aimed to bring connectivity to places where other infrastructure was not feasible or prohibitively expensive.

Alphabet said it did not find a way to get costs low enough to create a viable business.

Funding rounds

SafetyWing snags $8M for remote worker insurance: SafetyWing, a startup offering travel medical insurance with an eye toward digital nomads, has raised $8 million in a round led by Creandum.

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