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  • Sources Say IBM Planning On Laying Off 12,000 Over Next Year

    Sources Say IBM Planning On Laying Off 12,000 Over Next Year

    Rumors have been swirling — and IBM’s stock has been rising — on reports that the company is planning a huge round of layoffs of up to 26% of its workforce, or 118,000 people. TechCrunch has been digging and has found out from two separate sources that there will in fact be job cuts, but not anywhere close to this magnitude. Multiple sources tell TechCrunch the 118,000… Read More

  • As Google Looks To Expand Wallet Use, WePay Integrates Instant Buy API

    As Google Looks To Expand Wallet Use, WePay Integrates Instant Buy API

    Google is reportedly eyeing up an acquisition of Softcard to expand Google Wallet services to more points of sale with retailers, but it also wants to grow its position in the wider world of mobile-based transactions to compete with the likes of PayPal by way of its Instant Buy API. Originally launched for Android in 2013, today the Instant Buy API is taking a step forward: Google is looking… Read More

  • A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up Its P2P Transfer Business

    A16Z Leads $58M Round In UK’s TransferWise To Ramp Up Its P2P Transfer Business

    TransferWise, the fast-growing UK-based P2P money transfer startup that has reportedly been in talks with Facebook for remittance services, has raised a large tranche of funding led by one of the social network’s earliest backers. Andreessen Horowitz is heading up a new investment of $58 million, a Series C round with participation also from previous backers Sir Richard Branson… Read More

  • Here’s How To Turn On Windows 10’s New, Hidden Calendar And Clock

    Here’s How To Turn On Windows 10’s New, Hidden Calendar And Clock

    I presume by now that if you are a Windows kid, you are using the newest build of the Windows 10 operating system, the recently released 9926 edition. If you are, go ahead and select the clock in the lower right corner of your screen. It looks slightly mundane, does it not? I thought so. What if it could look like this (Image via Brad Sams): It’s not hard to turn on. I even managed it… Read More

  • Social Customer Service Firm Sparkcentral Locks Up A $12M Series B

    Social Customer Service Firm Sparkcentral Locks Up A $12M Series B

    Sparkcentral, a company that provides tools to help businesses conduct customer support over social channels, has raised a $12 million Series B round of funding, led by Split Rock Partners. The company previously raised a total of $5.6 million, including a $4.5 million Series A round of capital in October of 2013, or around 15 months ago. That places the company’s Series B round inside of… Read More

  • There’s A Big Difference Between Using Facebook ‘At Work’ And ‘For Work’

    There’s A Big Difference Between Using Facebook ‘At Work’ And ‘For Work’

    If you’re an employer, how do you solve a problem like Facebook? Roughly 61% of office workers use social media during the day and Facebook takes up a huge share of that surfing. Its highest traffic actually occurs mid-week between 1 to 3 pm. All told, this 1.5% drop in productivity adds up to 12 billion hours wasted per year with a cost of $650 billion dollars to the… Read More

  • As Box IPO Surges, Startup Community Reacts

    As Box IPO Surges, Startup Community Reacts

    Box’s IPO was never a normal deal. When Wall Street cooled to tech IPOs last year, especially involving firms that are subscription-based with high customer acquisition costs, the Box offering became the canary in the Wall Street coal mine. The general consensus was that if Box succeeded, other firms could follow, allowing Silicon Valley and its attached investor class to breathe… Read More

  • Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics To Bolster Its Analytics Services

    Microsoft Acquires Revolution Analytics To Bolster Its Analytics Services

    Microsoft today announced that it has acquired Revolution Analytics, an open-source analytics company with a strong focus on the highly popular R programming language for statistical computing. Microsoft says that it made this acquisition “to help more companies use the power of R and data science to unlock big data insights with advanced analytics.” The two companies did not… Read More

  • Box Has Always Been About Reshaping Enterprise Software

    Box Has Always Been About Reshaping Enterprise Software

    One of Box’s earliest marketing stunts was a series of billboards on California’s Route 101 in which it made no bones about going after enterprise content management (ECM) big shot, Microsoft SharePoint. While many would like to pigeonhole Box as storage or sync and share, Box has always had other ideas. From the earliest days in its transition from a consumer to enterprise… Read More

  • Microsoft Will Release Office 2016 This Year

    Microsoft Will Release Office 2016 This Year

    Following its Windows 10 event, Microsoft announced this morning that the next version of Office is called Office 2016 and will be generally released in the second half of this year. The company didn’t announce much more about Office 2016 today, but you know what to expect, given the history of the product. Read More

  • Harman Buys Symphony Teleca For At Least $780M And Red Bend For $170M

    Harman Buys Symphony Teleca For At Least $780M And Red Bend For $170M

    Harman, one of the world’s largest audio companies with brands like JBL, Harman Kardon, Infinity and many others under its wing, is now investing big in the technology and networking that goes into delivering data wirelessly. Today, the company announced two acquisitions that collectively put a dent of at least $1 billion in its coffers, but also position it to move… Read More

  • Kreditech Gets $200M Credit Line To Fuel Its Big-Data Based Consumer Lending Business

    Kreditech Gets $200M Credit Line To Fuel Its Big-Data Based Consumer Lending Business

    Kreditech, the consumer finance startup that focuses on lending money to “unbanked” consumers with little or no credit rating, is today announcing a hefty line of funding that it will use to expand its business. It is getting a $200 million credit line from Victory Park Capital, one of the largest in the history of online lending services. Kreditech is not disclosing its… Read More

  • Microsoft Just Fired Latest Volley In The Face Computer Battle

    Microsoft Just Fired Latest Volley In The Face Computer Battle

    Microsoft shocked the world today when they debuted a set of holographic goggles they are calling the HoloLens. Think Google Glass meets Oculus Rift and you should have a good idea of this device. With this announcement, the market for computers on our faces is suddenly heating up. We now have Microsoft, Facebook and Google trying to build one. While we have yet to see such an attempt… Read More

  • Microsoft To Provide Free Upgrades To Windows 10

    Microsoft To Provide Free Upgrades To Windows 10

    Update: Microsoft promised a new build of Windows 10 next week, and also confirmed previous rumors that the first build of the operating system for smartphones will be released in February. If you are on Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows Phone 8.1, you will be eligible for a free upgrade inside the first year of Windows 10. Microsoft made the announcement this morning at an event on its… Read More

  • 1.7 Million People Are Testing Windows 10

    1.7 Million People Are Testing Windows 10

    Today at its Windows 10 event, Microsoft announced that its Insider program for Windows 10 has racked up 1.7 million users. Those individuals, according to the company, have created 800,000 pieces of feedback on some 200,000 topics. The company announced that it had 1.5 million testers inside of the program, on December 17th. That implies that the company picked up around 200,000 new… Read More

  • Intuit Buys ZeroPaper, Its First Acquisition In Brazil

    Intuit Buys ZeroPaper, Its First Acquisition In Brazil

    Accounting software giant Intuit is looking to raise its game in international and emerging markets, and it’s doing so in part by way of acquisition: the U.S. company has bought ZeroPaper, a startup out of Brazil that offers cloud-based accounting services to small businesses, specifically money management solutions. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. ZeroPaper says in a blog… Read More

  • Dropbox CloudOn Purchase Another Move In Evolving Enterprise Strategy

    Dropbox CloudOn Purchase Another Move In Evolving Enterprise Strategy

    When Dropbox announced earlier today it had bought CloudOn, a tool for editing Microsoft Office documents on your iPad, it represented another step in Dropbox’s attempt to become more friendly to the enterprise. Dropbox announced a partnership with Microsoft last November to embed Dropbox into Microsoft Office, and chances are this purchase is an extension of that, while fitting in with… Read More

  • Campus Job Adds Internships, Switches Up Revenue Model Heading Into Summer

    Campus Job Adds Internships, Switches Up Revenue Model Heading Into Summer

    Campus Job, the online marketplace for employers looking to find highly skilled part-time employees and brand ambassadors from college, is heading into a busy summer. The company, which previously only offered part-time jobs during the school year, has expanded the platform to include summer internships. But beyond that, Campus Job is also restructuring the business model. Read More

  • Clinical Study Software Platform goBalto Raises $12M In New Funding

    Clinical Study Software Platform goBalto Raises $12M In New Funding

    goBalto, a software company that wants to make running clinical drug trials easier and faster, announced today that it has picked up an additional $12 million in funding from Mitsui Global Investment and Dolby Family Ventures. Read More

  • Enterprise Incubator Alchemist Lands $2.1M From Impressive Backers

    Enterprise Incubator Alchemist Lands $2.1M From Impressive Backers

    The Alchemist Accelerator started two years ago with the goal of creating a platform to help promising enterprise seed-stage startups. Today, it announced $2.1M in funding that should provide enough capital keep the company going through the first quarter of 2018. The round is led by Mayfield with help from Tyco and previous investor Cisco Investments. Other investors include Draper… Read More

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