TECH CRUNCH - Dec 9 - Buzzy face-swap video app Reface, which lends users celebrity 'superpowers' by turning their selfies into "eerily realistic" famous video clips at the tap of a button, has caught the attention of Andreessen Horowitz. The Silicon Valley venture firm leads a $5.5 million seed round in the deep tech entertainment startup. Reface apps (iOS and Android) have been downloaded ~70M times since it launched in Jan 2020 - up from 20M. It's also attained 'top five' leading app status in around 100 countries, the US included - as well as bagging a 'top app' award in the annual Google Play best of. Reface says the seed funding will allow it to step on the growth gas. Including stepping up work on a tool that's capable of detecting its own fakes, which it wants to build to shrink the risk of the tech being misused.