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Sizmek will acquire Rocket Fuel for adtech consolidation

After a rocky few years as a public company, Rocket Fuel is going private again. Adtech company Sizmek announced this morning that it‘s agreed to acquire 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 million if you look at shares alone.) Rocket Fuel Read More

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Ironhack raises 3 million for its coding bootcamp

As the focus on new educational models and coding bootcamps continues to attract attention (rightly or wrongly) as a cure for the world‘s economic woes Ironhack, a coding bootcamp with campuses in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris and Miami has snagged 3 million in financing Madrid-based JME Venture Capital led the round, which will be used to set up new coding campuses in Latin America and Read More

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With new tappable gestures, Tinder‘s photos become more like Stories

Tinder today is rolling out a new navigational experience for users of its mobile application that‘s designed to make it easier to move between profile photos and profile text. In the updated app, photos now take up more screen real estate - that is, they extend to the edge of your phone‘s screen. The way you move between photos and profiles has changed too, as you now tap Read More

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Microsoft to help Baidu‘s ‘Android of autonomous cars‘ go global

We already knew Microsoft Azure Cloud was a member of Baidu‘s Apollo self-driving platform alliance, but now Microsoft has revealed more details about what it will be providing the cross-industry partnership. Basically, Microsoft will be offering cloud infrastructure services via Azure for customers in markets outside of China looking to adopt Apollo, which Baidu has described as an Read More

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Startups have officially run out of names

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Rackspace partners with Pivotal to launch managed services for Cloud Foundry

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 made the announcement at Read More

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N26 and Lydia announce Apple Pay support in France, but major banks are still missing

Apple Pay hasn‘t really been a major success in France so far. France‘s biggest banks still don‘t plan to support Apple‘s payment service. But two companies announced today that they were going to add Apple Pay support before the end of the year Lydia and N26. Crdit Mutuel Arkea‘s banks also recently announced that they were working on that feature as Read More

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Google‘s Transfer Appliance helps businesses ship their data to the Google Cloud by FedEx

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 centers through third-party partners, the Transfer Appliance is quite Read More

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Workflow automation startup Workato announces 10m Series A

It‘s a big day for Workatoas 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. Workato helps companies simplify Read More

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Sizmek acquires Rocket Fuel for adtech consolidation

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. Rocket Fuel came out strong after its IPO in 2013, with its share price going as high as 62.50 on its first day of trading. But it‘s fallen hard since Read More

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UK‘s digital-only Starling Bank adds Apple Pay support

Digital-only UK challenger bank, Starling Bank, has added support for Apple Pay meaning its customers can now add their Starling debit card to their Apple Wallet and make contactless payments drawing from funds in their Starling account via their Apple devices. Read More

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Google Glass is back with hardware focused on the enterprise

Google Glass arguably always only made sense as an enterprise-focused product, but now it‘s officially back and customized for those applications, with Google Glass Enterprise Edition (EE). The wearable head-mounted display has long had a place in the enterprise, even as its death as an experimental consumer product was being widely reported, but now we know a bit more about the EE Read More

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Google launches Hire, a new service for helping businesses recruit

Google today announced the launch of Hire, a new service that helps businesses more effectively manage their internal recruiting process. Hire offers businesses a cohesive applicant tracking service that‘s deeply integrated with G Suite to make it easier for businesses to communicate with their candidates and track their progress through the interview process. Earlier this year, Read More

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Mira‘s Prism is a 99 headset vying to become the Google Daydream of augmented reality

The Mira Prism is a strange product, intended to fill a gap that may or may not actually exist:the mid-tier AR market. The brand new startup is positioning the headset as the Gear VR or Google Daydream of augmented reality. It‘s a fair comparison, as far as cost and utility are concerned the 99 headset doesn‘t feature any on-board electronics. It‘s more or an Read More

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Zeta Global acquires Boomtrain to bolster its machine learning tech

Zeta Global, the marketing automation platform founded by David A. Steinberg and former Apple CEO John Sculley, today announced that it has acquired Boomtrain, a machine-learning centric marketing platform. Sources close to the company tell us that the price of the acquisition was between 35 million and 40 million. Boomtrain had raised a total of 14.77 million before today‘s Read More

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Stox to launch token sale for its new prediction market

Stox.com is Invest.com‘s prediction market product and it‘s getting a little boost through a newly-opened token sale using Bancor‘s smart token protocol. This announcement, while full of jargon, means that Stox will be able to raise money to develop infrastructure and increase its marketing and sales groups. Stox is a spin-off of Invest.com, an established player in the Read More

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Amazon is already selling some prepared ‘Amazon Meal Kits‘

Based just on trademark filings and reported plans, Amazon‘s potential entry into the prepared meal kit market has had a significant impact on freshly-IPO‘d Blue Apron‘s stock price. Now, however, we know that Amazon is actually already testing its own Amazon Meal Kits, thanks to a customer in Seattle who has already ordered and prepared one. Seattle resident Read More

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Taavet Hinrikus hands over CEO reins at TransferWise to cofounder Kristo Kaarmann

A changing of the guard at TransferWise, the unicorn startup based out of London that specialises in providing money-transfer services, typically with better rates than banks and other incumbent providers. The company‘s CEO and co-founder Taavet Hinrikus announced that he is stepping down and staying on in a part-time role as chairman and board member. He will be replaced by his Read More

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Syte.ai, a visual search startup just for fashion, closes 8M Series A

Syte.ai, a visual search startup focused on fashion products, announced that it has raised an 8 million Series A. The lead investor is NHN Ventures (the investment arm of Korean internet services giant NHN), with participation from Naver Corp., messaging app Line Corp., Magma VC, Remagine VC, KDC Ventures, and NBM Ventures. Read More

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Doggie DNA startup Embark raises 4.5 million in seed to find your puppy‘s breed

Ever wanted to know the genetic mix of your mutt? Embark, a doggie DNA startup has raised 4.5 million in seed to expand its offering of genetic kits for your pup‘s pedigree. Embark launched in Austin, Texas two years ago with its Embark Dog DNA Test Kit that tell dog owners their pet‘s pedigree, where in the world their dog comes from and if they have a genetic Read More

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Self-driving truck startup Embark raises 15M, partners with Peterbilt

Self-driving trucking startup Embark has raised 15 million in Series A financing, the company announced on Tuesday. Embark first broke cover back in February, when it revealed trucks equipped with its neural net-based deep learning approach to autonomous trucking. The startup‘s also revealing a team-up with heavy equipment manufacturer Peterbilt today, which will help it roll out its Read More

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Taavet Hinrikus hands over CEO reins TransferWise to cofounder Kristo Kaarmann

A changing of the guard at TransferWise, the unicorn startup based out of London that specialises in providing money-transfer services, typically with better rates than banks and other incumbent providers. The company‘s CEO and co-founder Taavet Hinrikus announced that he is stepping down and staying on in a part-time role as chairman and board member. He will be replaced by his Read More

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NewStore raises 50 million for mobile commerce

Demandware founder Stephen Schambach has moved on to his next startup and investors are betting 50 million. NewStore, an enterprise platform for mobile commerce, has raised a Series B from Activant Capital, General Catalyst and Schambach‘s own money. The company previously raised 40 million since 2015, but just launched the business late last year. While Magento, Shopify and others Read More

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After relaunching its accounting platform, FreshBooks has raised another 43 million

For a decade and a half, FreshBooks has worked to establish itself as one of the most popular accounting software platforms for small businesses and the self-employed around the world.To accelerate growth, the company has raised 43 million in Series B funding led by existing investor Georgian Partners, with participation from previous investorsAccomplice and Oak Investment Partners. Read More

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