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Sundar Pichai’s Ascension At Google Could Herald New Platform Unification

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Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 4.56.41 PM In a sweeping transfer of power, Google CEO Larry Page will bequeath operational leadership of a host of core products to his lieutenant Sundar Pichai. Pichai, a well-known Google executive, will add control of Google+, search, maps, infrastructure and ads to his portfolio, which already includes Chrome’s browser and operating system efforts, Google Apps and Android.

Terminal’s Containers Pioneer A New Way Of Developing Apps From The Cloud

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Terminal, a San Francisco-based startup founded by some ex-Facebook and Google technical talent, is trying to transform the way we do software development. They’ve built system supporting containers, or ultra-fast virtual machines that will let developers write, ship and collaborate on code directly from the browser. While there are other somewhat comparable startups like Docker,… Read More

IBM Earnings Reflect Just How Difficult Transformation Really Is

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IBM logo on earthscape. The news came out this week that IBM had another bad quarterly report card. Unfortunately for IBM it marked the 10th straight quarter of falling revenue, indicating that maybe something’s not quite right at Big Blue.

Jostle Raises $2M For Its Intranet Platform

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google-apps-devices If you have ever worked for a large corporation, then you have probably seen how outdated some of the intranet platforms on the market today are. the Vancouver-based startup Jostle wants to put a fresh face on intranet software.

Google’s DeepMind Acqui-Hires Two AI Teams In The UK, Partners With Oxford

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oxford Earlier this year Google acquired DeepMind in the UK to expand the work that it is doing in artificial intelligence, and today the company announced that it is making some more significant moves to build this out even further.

Verizon Leads Flint Mobile’s $9.4M Round As Payment Service Comes To The Web

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flint Flint Mobile, a point-of-sale mobile payments solution originally built around snapping photos of your credit card instead of dongles or using other hardware to make payments, is today announcing that it has raised another $9.4 million in funding led by new, strategic investor Verizon via its Verizon Ventures arm; as well as an expansion of its service to the wider internet in a new…

Progress Software Buys Telerik for $262.5M As Buying Spree Continues

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canstockphoto19542244 In a deal today involving two companies with links to the Boston area, Progress Software, which helps companies build business software, announced it was buying Telerik for $262.5M. Telerik’s portfolio includes a .net toolbox, a mobile development platform and a CMS called Sitefinity, as well as access to a developer community of over 1.4M people.

Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane Reminds Startups That Luck Takes A Lot Of Work

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Mikkel Svane (Zendesk)-5 “Being lucky is just so much work,” Zendesk CEO Mikkel Svane told our co-editor Alexia Tsotsis during a fireside chat at TechCrunch Disrupt London today. As a startup, you always have to try to embrace luck, Svane argued when asked about what role luck plays in the life of a new company.

Snowflake Computing Emerges From Stealth With $26M In Funding To Modernize The Data Warehouse

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Data Warehouse concept picture. Two databases with zeros and ones flying out of them. Snowflake Computing came out of stealth today and announced $26M in Series B funding.

Mirantis Scores $100M To Continue Quest To Be Enterprise OpenStack Leader

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14371758950_1e58e574b6_k Mirantis jumped on the OpenStack bandwagon a few years ago when most companies had never heard of it, and it has ridden the wave as the project has grown increasingly popular with each passing year. Today, the company announced $100M in Series B funding to continue its quest to be the leader in enterprise OpenStack, a chunk of change that should help it keep marching forward.

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