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Sizmek acquires Rocket Fuel for adtech consolidation
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 After a rocky few years as a public company, Rocket Fuel is going private again. Adtech company Sizmek announced this morning that it’s acquiring Rocket Fuel for $2.60 per share, in a deal that values the company at $145 million. (That number includes the assumption of Rocket Fuel’s debt — the purchase price is $125 […]






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Workflow automation startup Workato announces $10m Series A
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 It’s a big day for Workato as the startup announced a $10 million Series A, and the latest release of its workflow automation platform dubbed ‘Turing.’ The round was led by Storm Ventures with participation from strategic investors Salesforce Ventures and Workday Ventures. The four year old company has now raised a total of $16 million. […]






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Google’s Transfer Appliance helps businesses ship their data to the Google Cloud by FedEx
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 Google today announced the launch of its Transfer Appliance, a new hardware appliance and service for moving large amounts of data from corporate data centers to its cloud via FedEx. While Google already offered its users the ability to ship physical media like storage arrays, hard disks, tapes and USB flash drives to its data […]






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Rackspace partners with Pivotal to launch managed services for Cloud Foundry
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 Rackspace, which strongly focuses on managed services these days, today announced a partnership with Pivotal, the company behind the open source Cloud Foundry platform as a service project. Rackspace already offers managed services for AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, VMware, OpenStack and it is now adding Pivotal Cloud Foundry to this mix. Rackspace, which […]






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Netflix’s subscribers are surging as it blows away Wall Street’s expectations
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 For the second quarter in a row, Netflix has handily beaten industry watchers — and its own expectations — in adding a mountain of additional new subscribers. Netflix today said it added 5.2 million additional new subscribers this quarter, a number well above the 3.2 million new subscriber additions that it set itself — and […]






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Gillmor Gang: Net Flakes
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 The Gillmor Gang — Doc Searls, Denis Pombriant, Kevin Marks, Frank Radice, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Friday, July 14, 2017. Apologies for the annoying echo G3: Culture Club recorded live Thursday, July 13, 2017 with Mary Hodder, Elisa Camahort Page, Halley Suitt Tucker, Kristie Wells, and Tina Chase Gillmor. @stevegillmor, @dsearls, @kevinmarks, @fradice, DenisPombriant […]






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Beginning this week, automated savings app Digit will start charging users $3 a month
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 In April, Digit announced that in 100 days it would begin charging $2.99 a month to people using its service to automatically save for a rainy day or help pay their bills. Well, 100 days have almost passed, and it’s almost time for those changes to go into effect. Read More






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This ‘shape-display’ robot follows your hand and simulates the surface you’re touching in VR
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 Touch. When it comes to virtual reality, it’s a problem no one has quite cracked. At TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics this afternoon, a researcher out of MIT demonstrated a portable “shape-display” — a wheeled robot that follows your hand, simulating the surface or object your VR-self is touching. He calls it the “ReVeal” system. Read More






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Tesla adds James Murdoch and Linda Johnson Rice to its board
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 Tesla has added two new independent directors to its board, including 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and Johnson Publishing Company CEO and Chairman Linda Johnson Rice. The two new board members were added just a few months after Tesla confirmed it was seeking additional independent directors without ties to CEO and founder Elon Musk. […]






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