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Software stocks set new records despite earnings, pandemic (mar., 04 août 2020)
You might have missed it, but amidst the current political-M&A-pandemic-election-disinformation news cycle we find ourselves in this week, SaaS and cloud companies reached new public market records. Yesterday, the Bessemer-Nasdaq cloud index closed at 2,035.54, a new record finish for the basket of software companies. And, today, the index broached the 2,040 mark before ceding […]
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Parental control app Boomerang repeatedly blocked from Play Store, losing business (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Apple isn’t the only one accused of kicking out competitive solutions from its App Store. Google did the same — for over a month at least — or so alleges parental control app maker Boomerang. The company’s product competes with Google’s own Family Link solution for controlling screen time and children’s use of mobile devices. […]
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Apple’s veteran marketing chief Phil Schiller moves to smaller role inside company (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
After more than three decades climbing Apple’s ranks, marketing chief Phil Schiller is taking a step back at the company, being replaced by a long-time product marketing leader inside Apple. Schiller is taking on a new role as an Apple Fellow where he will continue to lead the App Store and the company’s events, a […]
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More thoughts on growing podcasts (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Plus: how to monitor and fix Facebook/Instagram ad fatigue, and using mobile app ads to drive landing page conversions.
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Qualified raises $12M to make websites smarter about sales and marketing (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Qualified, a startup co-founded by former Salesforce executives Kraig Swensrud and Sean Whiteley, has raised $12 million in Series A funding. Swensrud (Qualified’s CEO) said the startup is meant to solve a problem that he faced back when he was CMO at Salesforce. Apparently he’d complain about being “blind,” because he knew so little about […]
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Decrypted: How a teenager hacked Twitter, Garmin’s ransomware aftermath (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
A 17-year-old Florida teenager is accused of perpetrating one of the year’s biggest and most high-profile hacks: Twitter. A federal 30-count indictment filed in Tampa said Graham Ivan Clark used a phone spearphishing attack to pivot through multiple layers of Twitter’s security and bypassed its two-factor authentication to gain access to an internal “admin” tool […]
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Rocket Lab boosts Electron rocket’s lift capacity by 660 lbs (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Rocket Lab has managed to engineer a significant payload capacity bump into its existing Electron space launch vehicle, the company revealed today. Electron can now fly as much as 300 kg (660 lbs) to low Earth orbit (or around 440 lbs to a higher, sun synchronous orbit), and that’s mostly due to battery technology advances, […]
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Microsoft, Amazon back a SoCal company making microchips specifically for voice-based apps (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Microsoft’s venture capital fund, M12 Ventures, has led a slew of strategic corporate investors backing a new chip developer out of Southern California called Syntiant, which makes semiconductors for voice recognition and speech-based applications. “We started out to build a new type of processor for machine learning, and voice is our first application,” says Syntiant […]
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Rigetti raises $79M Series C for its quantum computing platform (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Rigetti Computing, the quantum computing startup that is challenging industry heavyweights like IBM, Microsoft and D-Wave, today announced that it has closed a $79 million Series C funding round. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with participation from Franklin Templeton, Alumni Ventures Group, DCVC, EDBI, Morpheus Ventures and Northgate Capital. Bessemer’s Tomer Diari […]
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Vectrix is developing cloud security marketplace built for and by security pros (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
In a typical security team, engineers write one-off scripts to track a particular problem on a cloud vendor such as an unauthorized user on your GitHub account, and while engineers are capable of writing such scripts, it’s not exactly an efficient or scalable way to deal with the range of security problems these pros need […]
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Autonomous vehicle reporting data is driving AV innovation right off the road (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
All AV all disengagement reports have one thing in common: their usefulness is ubiquitously criticized by those who have to submit them.
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Ford names Jim Farley as new CEO, Jim Hackett to retire (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Ford Motor CEO Jim Hackett is retiring, leaving the company three years after being tapped to transform the automaker into a leaner, more competitive and profitable company while investing in technology and shifting toward electrification, automation and connectivity. Jim Farley, who many believed was being groomed for the position, has been named president and CEO. […]
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Get your early-bird pass to Disrupt 2020 — only 4 days left (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
You have just four days left to access the complete Disrupt 2020 experience for the best possible price. You can save up to $300 with early-bird pricing, but that’s a fleeting opportunity. Get it in gear and buy the Disrupt pass of your choice before the deadline expires August 7 at 11:59 p.m. (PT). We’re […]
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Google-Fitbit deal to be scrutinized in Europe over data competition concerns (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
In a set-back for Google’s plan to acquire health wearable company Fitbit, the European Commission has announced it’s opening an investigation to dig into a range of competition concerns being attached to the proposal from multiple quarters. This means the deal is on ice for a period of time that could last until early December. […]
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Apple’s 27-inch iMac gets a processing and graphics boost (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Apple sold a lot of Macs last quarter — a record, in fact, for Q3, jumping a full 21%, year over year. Given the state of the world, with most office workers moving to a remote setup, there’s little surprise the company’s desktop and laptops moved at such an impressive clip. For that reason alone, […]
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Facebook doubles down on work-from-office with massive NYC lease near Penn Station (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
We’ve had huge debates about the future of work — are we going to be working from home, working from the office, or perhaps, working from anywhere? Work From Home is dead, long live Work From Anywhere Well, Facebook has put its wager down, and it’s work from office. In a flurry of articles in […]
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Messenger launches a new chat plugin for business websites to reach non-Facebook customers (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Facebook is making it easier for businesses to leverage its Messenger service on their own websites. The company in November 2017 first launched a new customer chat plugin that allowed customers to talk directly with a business on the business’s own website using the Messenger service. However, that plugin had required the website visitors to […]
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Serialized fiction startup Radish raises $63.2M from SoftBank and Kakao (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Radish is announcing that it has raised $63.2 million in new funding. Breaking up book-length stories into smaller chapters that are released over days or weeks is an idea that was popularized in the 19th century, and startups have been trying to revive it for at least the past decade. Still, this round represents a […]
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Rippling nabs $145M at a $1.35B valuation to build out its all-in-one platform for employee data (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Big news today the world of IT startups targeting businesses. Rippling, the startup founded by Parker Conrad to take on the ambitious challenge of building a platform to manage all aspects of employee data, from payroll and benefits through to device management, has closed $145 million in funding — a monster Series B that catapults […]
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GreyNoise announces $4.8M seed investment to filter harmless security alerts (Tue, 04 Aug 2020)
Security professionals are constantly dealing with an onslaught of information as their various tools trigger alerts, some of which require their attention and some which don’t. Unfortunately, it requires addressing the alert to find that out. GreyNoise wants to help by filtering out benign security alerts, leaving security pros to deal with the ones that […]
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