May
04
2016
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LiveNinja secures a further $2M to combine live web chat and messaging

LiveNinja With the rise and rise of messaging (I have at least six messaging apps on my phone and counting), tech companies are piling into the space. Many are trying to shoe-horn ‘chat bots’ into behaving like they are capable of customer service. Facebook Messenger, Kik, Twitter, Skype, Telegram, and WhatsApp have all announced such services. But as others have pointed out, we are nowhere… Read More

May
04
2016
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France’s SigFox will expand its dedicated IoT network to 100 U.S. cities

IoTgraph SigFox, the French startup that is building dedicated cellular networks for Internet of Things objects from connected smoke alarms and refrigerators to interactive billboards, traffic systems and factory robots, has announced a big move into the U.S. market. The company said that it would be taking its services into 100 cities, in partnership with unnamed “strategic site… Read More

May
04
2016
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Passport raises $8 million to help cities offer pay-by-mobile parking, transit

Passport Inc. app Passport Inc. raised $8 million in a Series B round of funding to help cities make parking and transportation systems easier for people to use, and harder for them to abuse.
MK Capital led the investment in Passport, joined by Grotech Ventures and Relevance Capital. The new round brings Passport’s total capital raised to $17 million.
The Charlotte, North Carolina startup provides the… Read More

May
03
2016
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IBM launches quantum computing as a cloud service

IBM quantum computer Quantum computing is still very much in the early research stage, but IBM is hoping to accelerate the progress around it by making a quantum computer available to researchers as a cloud service. It is a bold and ambitious idea, although still very much a small step in trying to understand quantum computing processing. IBM is allowing interested parties to access a 5 qubit quantum… Read More

May
03
2016
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We learned from utilities everything we need to know about cloud infrastructure

lightbulb Electricity is ambient. It’s all around us. We turn on lights and plug in devices without even thinking about the complex electrical grid that supplies us with juice at will. It’s become a necessary infrastructure that will never go away — but it’s only the bottom of the stack. That’s exactly how we need to think about cloud infrastructure. Read More

May
02
2016
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Michael Dell reveals new branding scheme for the Dell-EMC conglomeration

Michael Dell in front of a Dell-EMC mainframe. Michael Dell today revealed the new names, and yes we are talking multiple names, for the artist formerly known as the Dell-EMC deal. EMC will be deprecated for the main branding Dell Technologies, but will live on for the enterprise brand Dell EMC while the client services business will be called Dell, Inc. according to multiple reports. Confused? I’m sure you’re not… Read More

May
02
2016
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Shyp rolls out its new packaging pricing model to all customers

Shyp_courier Shyp has finished rolling out a new packaging pricing model to all its customers that includes variable shipment pricing based on the packaging that the company provides. Shyp is still playing around with its business model and, to be sure, over time these tweaks will add up. The unit economics of on-demand services aren’t quite as simple as a $5 fee (plus postage) and require a… Read More

May
02
2016
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Oracle scoops up cloud utilities solution Opower for $532 million

Power lines at sunset Last week Oracle bought Textura for $663 million, giving the database giant a vertical construction solution in the cloud. Today it bought Opower for $532 million giving it a vertical utilities cloud solution. I can’t be sure, but I think I see a pattern here. Opower provides cloud data solutions for the utilities industry. What that means in practice is that it gathers data from… Read More

May
02
2016
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Microsoft’s next version of SQL Server will launch June 1

data_Illustration_cloud The next version of SQL Server, Microsoft’s flagship database product, will launch on June 1, the company announced today. The release follows Microsoft’s usual round of public previews and release candidates since the company first announced this update in 2015. Maybe the biggest difference between this release cycle and others is that the company first tested many of the new… Read More

May
01
2016
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Keith Block talks life at Salesforce and being a Boston sports fan in San Francisco

Keith Block from Salesforce speaking at Salesforce World Tour in Boston in April, 2016. The day I met Keith Block at the Salesforce World Tour in Boston he was relaxing in a suite at the Hynes Convention Center, a man at ease with his considerable responsibilities as vice chairman, president and COO at Salesforce. His Twitter bio, like mine, also lists him as a Boston sports fan. We had a lot to talk about. The day we chatted, Block had been front and center at the… Read More

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