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  • New AirMap feature helps drones avoid manned aircraft

    New AirMap feature helps drones avoid manned aircraft

    A Santa Monica-based startup called AirMap today launched a feature that gives drone operators real time traffic alerts whenever manned aircraft such as helicopters, crop dusters or low-flying passenger planes, are about to enter into their air space. The company’s systems, generally, let drone makers and developers of drone apps give users maps and guidance as to where they’re… Read More

  • $67 billion Dell-EMC deal closes today

    $67 billion Dell-EMC deal closes today

    Last Fall, rumors began circulating that Dell was interested in acquiring EMC. On October 12th, the rumors proved true when Dell announced it was buying EMC for an astonishing $67 billion, a record price for a tech acquisition. Almost a year later, for better or worse (richer or poorer), that deal is official today. While the parties might like to frame this as a deal with little drama, the… Read More

  • Besties IBM and Box create a workflow tool for regular folks

    Besties IBM and Box create a workflow tool for regular folks

    When Box praised its partnership with IBM at its earnings call last week, it was holding one card close the vest. The two companies had been working on a new workflow tool, and today they announced Box Relay ahead of the BoxWorks customer conference this week in San Francisco. Workflow tools fall under the realm of Business Process Management (BPM) in the enterprise. Read More

  • Softbank has completed its £24B cash acquisition of ARM Holdings

    Softbank has completed its £24B cash acquisition of ARM Holdings

    One of the biggest tech deals this year — and the biggest ever in the UK — has now closed. Today, Softbank announced that it has completed its acquisition of ARM Holdings, the semiconductor firm that it said in July it would acquire for £24 billion in cash (around $32 billion in today’s currency, $31 billion at the time of the deal), in order to make a big jump into IoT. As… Read More

  • How CIOs climb from the back room to the boardroom Crunch Network

    How CIOs climb from the back room to the boardroom

    Today more than ever, technology is transforming how enterprises do business. The IT profession has evolved from being reactionary to proactive, and CIOs now have a seat at the table to drive company strategy. Greylock COO Tom Frangione catches up with Kim Stevenson, Intel COO for the Client and Internet of Things Businesses and Systems Architecture Group, to discuss how startups can sell… Read More

  • Serverless is the new multitenancy Crunch Network

    Serverless is the new multitenancy

    Multitenancy was the single-biggest technology breakthrough in SaaS. It not only allowed for higher gross margins, it made it viable to serve small and medium businesses with world-class software  —  at a profit. Similarly, serverless compute is both a new way of building apps and a new way of consuming and paying for it. Serverless takes the promise of multitenancy to a whole new level. Read More

  • Salesforce paid $110M for BeyondCore, made $4B+ in acquisitions in 6 months

    Salesforce paid $110M for BeyondCore, made $4B+ in acquisitions in 6 months

    Salesforce may have missed out on buying LinkedIn, but it has had a whopper of an acquisitions spree so far this year anyway. The enterprise cloud and CRM services company put down over $4 billion to buy eight startups in areas like workplace productivity, machine learning and e-commerce solutions, according to the company’s 10-Q filed with the SEC today. The majority of that $4… Read More

  • Salesforce Wave turns vertical with new industry-specific apps

    Salesforce Wave turns vertical with new industry-specific apps

    When Salesforce introduced its Wave analytics product back in October, 2014, it was mostly framed as a tool for managers to get a grip on the sales pipeline in a visual way. In a series of announcements today, Salesforce made it clear that it’s taking Wave vertical with a variety of job-specific Wave applications. Since its launch, much like Salesforce CRM itself, Wave has grown… Read More

  • Salesforce shares face plant despite beating analyst expectations

    Salesforce shares face plant despite beating analyst expectations

    Salesforce earnings came out today! They’re not great, either, and it looks like a weak outlook for the company’s third quarter is doing some damage to its shares, which were down as much as 8 percent. For a company that literally defined the phrase “software as a service” — basically, running your business online — and one that’s had a decent year… Read More

  • Glint raises $27 million to stop solid employees from bailing

    Glint raises $27 million to stop solid employees from bailing

    Redwood City-based Glint has raised $27 million in a Series C round of venture funding for software that helps companies figure out how their teams are experiencing problems, or why and when solid employees may leave, undesirably. Glint replaces the traditional 360-review tools used by corporate HR teams and executives with short, anonymous surveys sent out once in a while to specific groups… Read More

  • Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine

    Facebook open sources Zstandard compression algorithm and MyRocks storage engine

    Today, Facebook is releasing its Zstandard compression algorithm into the wild as open source. The lossless compression technology is aimed at replacing existing libraries like zlib that are powered by the outdated Deflate compression algorithm. In addition to Zstandard, Facebook is also dropping its MyRocks storage engine as open source. MyRocks is currently being used by Facebook to… Read More

  • Okta extends identity management to APIs

    Okta extends identity management to APIs

    Okta announced it was bringing identity management to APIs today at its Oktane customer conference in Las Vegas. For a long time, Okta was about connecting people with cloud applications such as ServiceNow, Salesforce or Office 365. A couple of years ago, the company extended that capability to enable customers to control the devices where employees could access those cloud… Read More

  • VMware update strives to place virtual desktops in modern context

    VMware update strives to place virtual desktops in modern context

    VMware announced a series of updates to its virtual desktop (VDI) line today at VMworld in Las Vegas. The announcement attempts to set the virtual desktop in a more modern context, by offering customers a range of options in the cloud, on-prem or hybrid. What’s more, it’s trying to reduce the cost by partnering with a variety of hardware vendors from HP to Dell and even the… Read More

  • Alphabet’s David Drummond leaves Uber’s board amid mounting competition

    Alphabet’s David Drummond leaves Uber’s board amid mounting competition

    David Drummond, who joined Uber’s board of directors in August 2013, stepped down several weeks ago, Uber has confirmed to TechCrunch. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. At first blush: no surprise whatsoever. Earlier this month, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company’s first fleet of self-driving cars would begin running in Pittsburgh soon (as soon as this… Read More

  • What Salesforce’s acquisition of Quip means for enterprise software startups Crunch Network

    What Salesforce’s acquisition of Quip means for enterprise software startups

    A new player has entered the enterprise productivity race. For decades, Microsoft reigned as the market leader in enterprise productivity — until Google pushed into the space with Google Apps. Now, with the acquisition of Quip, Salesforce is joining Microsoft and Google in the race. Read More

  • 5 ways beacons are transforming the enterprise Crunch Network

    5 ways beacons are transforming the enterprise

    Bluetooth beacons are proven technology. So why isn’t anyone using them effectively? Sure, companies are using them to track users and boost sales — but are we seeing a return on that investment? Read More

  • Growing up in the intelligence era Crunch Network

    Growing up in the intelligence era

    IT is shifting from the SaaS workflow applications that characterized the cloud computing era to those that help customers make decisions: the intelligence era. The source of competitive advantage is shifting from code to unique data + self-learning code. This brings a change in the expectations of investors. Here we review the requirements of enterprise software investors in the intelligence era. Read More

  • Rackspace to go private after $4.3B acquisition by private equity firm Apollo

    Rackspace to go private after $4.3B acquisition by private equity firm Apollo

    Rackspace, which is still best known as a hosting company even as it has expanded aggressively into offering services for businesses that use other platforms, went public in 2008. Now, however, it’s going private again after accepting a $4.3 billion offer (or $32 per share) in cash from private equity firm Apollo Global Management. The deal is still subject to regulatory approval and… Read More

  • Dropbox is resetting passwords for accounts that haven’t changed them since mid-2012

    Dropbox is resetting passwords for accounts that haven’t changed them since mid-2012

    Dropbox is requiring users who have not changed their passwords since mid-2012 to reset their passwords this afternoon. The action appears to be related to continued fallout over the massive hack on LinkedIn in 2012 where credentials for 117 million accounts were posted online. In recent months, treasure troves of user credentials and passwords — in addition to a large MySpace hack… Read More

  • Customized online prescription acne treatment provider Curology raises $15M

    Customized online prescription acne treatment provider Curology raises $15M

    David Lortscher was one of a few dozen people practicing dermatology in New Mexico when he realized a huge problem in the field: There weren’t enough dermatologists, and people were skipping out on visits because they thought it was for more affluent people or took too long. So Lortscher decided to start Curology, which provides acne and anti-aging treatment and prescriptions through… Read More

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