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Diabetes monitoring startup raises $105 million

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Livongo Health, a digital health startup focused on managing chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, raised $105 million in VC funding co-led by return backers General Catalyst and Kinnevik.

Why it's a big deal: Because it's big-money validation that the future of chronic disease monitoring will be done via connected mobile devices.

Cap table: Echo Health Ventures was the only new money, while other insiders included DFJ, Kleiner Perkins, Merck, Microsoft Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, 7wire Ventures and Zaffre Investments.

Bottom line: "Diabetes [is seen] as a significant driver of premium increases with more than 30 million Americans, or 9% of the U.S. population, suffering from diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Another estimated 30 million Americans have diabetes but have yet to have it diagnosed, ADA statistics show." — Bruce Japsen, Forbes

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Extremist with ties to 9/11 captured by U.S.-backed Syrian forces

Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stand guard on a rooftop.
Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces stand guard on a rooftop in Raqa on October 20, 2017. Photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images

Mohammed Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German extremist who is believed to have links to the 9/11 attacks, is being questioned by the Syrian Democratic Forces, NBC reported Wednesday, citing an AFP report, and CNN confirmed on Thursday.

Why it matters: Per CNN, Zammar "is believed to have recruited some of the perpetrators" for the 9/11 attacks. Zammar was "a well-known figure in the Muslim community (and to German and U.S. intelligence agencies by the late 1990s)," the 9/11 Commission Report stated, according to NBC. Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon told CNN that Zammar "was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat ISIS inside Syria."