Electric scooter sharing startup Bird raises $15 million; Snap to provide analytics to top Snapchat creators; and SpaceX hits two milestones in plan for low-latency satellite broadband.

Electric Scooter Sharing Startup Bird Raises $15 Million

Electric scooter sharing startup Bird announced on Feb. 14 that it raised a $15 million Series A round, the Business Journal reports. The round was led by Craft Ventures, a new fund launched by David Sacks and Bill Lee.

Snap to Provide Analytics to Top Snapchat Creators

Tens of thousands creators who make official Snapchat Stories or have large followings will start seeing a slew of view count and demographic analytics on their profile, TechCrunch reports. The new analytics could help creators show their total reach to secure sponsored content and product placement deals, refine their posts to match their audience, and compare their following to that on other platforms.

SpaceX Hits Two Milestones in Plan for Low-Latency Satellite Broadband

SpaceX is about to launch two demonstration satellites, and it is on track to get the Federal Communications Commission's permission to offer satellite Internet service in the U.S., Ars Technica reports. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai proposed approving SpaceX's application to provide broadband services using satellite technologies in the United States and on a global basis," a commission announcement said. "If adopted, it would be the first approval given to an American-based company to provide broadband services using a new generation of low-Earth orbit satellite technologies," Pai said.

Technology reporter Garrett Reim can be reached at greim@labusinessjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter @garrettreim for the latest in L.A. tech news.

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