Growing pains at venture-backed Moogsoft lead to layoffs

November 10, 2018 at 12:41AM Eight months after bringing in a $40 million Series D, Moogsoft‘s co-founder and chief executive officer Phil Tee confirmed to TechCrunch that the IT incident management startup had shed 18 percent of its workforce, or just over 30 employees. The layoffs took place at the end of October; shortly after,Continue reading “Growing pains at venture-backed Moogsoft lead to layoffs”

National Grid unveils $250M corporate venture capital arm

November 08, 2018 at 09:13PM National Grid, the Northeast’s natural gas and electricity company, is planting a flag in Silicon Valley with the launch of National Grid Partners. Led by former Intel Capital vice president and managing director Lisa Lambert, NGP has $250 million to invest in growth-stage technology startups over the next two toContinue reading “National Grid unveils $250M corporate venture capital arm”

Spotify Connect speakers will soon work with its free-tier

November 07, 2018 at 03:21PM Spotify’s ad-supported tier has long been one of the service’s differentiators. Naturally, the model’s not nearly as feature rich as its paid counterpart, though the company’s removing one of those key distinctions as this morning. In a press release, the company notes that free users will soon be able to streamContinue reading “Spotify Connect speakers will soon work with its free-tier”

Foursquare partners with TripAdvisor

November 01, 2018 at 06:00PM Foursquare, the former location-based social network turned enterprise location data platform, has today announced a new partnership with TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor will be using Foursquare’s Pilgrim SDK, launched in March 2017, to help the platform better serve users with contextually relevant, real-time information based on their location. Alongside the 13 billionContinue reading “Foursquare partners with TripAdvisor”

Tim Berners-Lee says tech giants may have to be broken up

November 01, 2018 at 07:53AM ‘Father of Web’ disappointed with state of the internet and says big Silicon Valley companies have too much clout Tech giants such as Facebook and Google have grown so dominant they may need to be broken up, unless challengers or changes in taste reduce their clout, the inventor of theContinue reading “Tim Berners-Lee says tech giants may have to be broken up”

The Russia Investigations: The U.S. Launches A Digital Offensive — Gently

October 27, 2018 at 12:01PM The NSA and U.S. Cyber Command can exercise near-godlike omniscience over the Internet. A recent report from The New York Times provides some insight into what they’re doing with it. The Russia Investigations: The U.S. Launches A Digital Offensive — Gently…

Microsoft has no problem taking the $10B JEDI cloud contract if it wins

October 26, 2018 at 09:15PM The Pentagon’s $10 billion JEDI cloud contract bidding process has drawn a lot of attention. Earlier this month, Google withdrew, claiming ethical considerations. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos responded in an interview at Wired25 that he thinks that it’s a mistake for big tech companies to turn their back on the US military.Continue reading “Microsoft has no problem taking the $10B JEDI cloud contract if it wins”

Uber’s Online-Only Restaurants: The Future, Or The End Of Dining Out?

October 23, 2018 at 10:00AM Uber has helped create about 800 “virtual restaurants” in the U.S. — eateries that only exist online. Uber says its delivery service helps restaurants grow, but some in the industry see downsides. Uber’s Online-Only Restaurants: The Future, Or The End Of Dining Out?…

Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers

October 18, 2018 at 06:00PM Twilio is hosting its Signal developer conference in San Francisco this week. Yesterday was all about bots and taking payments over the phone; today is all about IoT. The company is launching two new (but related) products today that will make it easier for IoT developers to connect their devices.Continue reading “Twilio launches a new SIM card and narrowband dev kit for IoT developers”

Daivergent connects people on the autism spectrum with jobs in data management

October 18, 2018 at 03:13PM Great startups normally come from a personal place. Byran Dai’s new company, Daivergent, is no different. Founded in December 2017, Daivergent looks to connect enterprise clients with folks on the autism spectrum who will help complete tasks in AI/ML data management. Dai’s younger brother, Brandon, is on the autism spectrum.Continue reading “Daivergent connects people on the autism spectrum with jobs in data management”

‘Irresponsible’ To Conflate Chinese, Russian Influence Schemes, Democrats Charge

October 17, 2018 at 05:17PM The minority leaders of a number of key House committees argue that the White House shouldn’t lump together dissimilar foreign threats to U.S. elections, citing a Homeland Security briefing. ‘Irresponsible’ To Conflate Chinese, Russian Influence Schemes, Democrats Charge…

What next for photography in the age of Instagram?

October 14, 2018 at 10:00AM In our image-propelled social media era, some photographers fear for the future of the art, while others are galvanised by it. As technology increasingly shapes how we see and share the world, how is photography changing in response? In 2012, I wrote an essay about the shifting nature of photographyContinue reading “What next for photography in the age of Instagram?”

IBM files formal JEDI protest a day before bidding process closes

October 12, 2018 at 03:57PM IBM announced yesterday that it has filed a formal protest with the U.S. Government Accountability Office over the structure of the Pentagon’s winner-take-all $10 billion, 10-year JEDI cloud contract. The protest came just a day before the bidding process is scheduled to close. As IBM put it in a blogContinue reading “IBM files formal JEDI protest a day before bidding process closes”

Google introduces dual-region storage buckets to simplify data redundancy

October 11, 2018 at 08:01AM Google is playing catch-up in the cloud, and as such it wants to provide flexibility to differentiate itself from AWS and Microsoft. Today, the company announced a couple of new options to help separate it from the cloud storage pack. Storage may seem stodgy, but it’s a primary building blockContinue reading “Google introduces dual-region storage buckets to simplify data redundancy”

Shasta Ventures is doubling down on security startups with 3 new hires

October 10, 2018 at 07:49PM Early-stage venture capital firm Shasta Ventures has brought on three new faces to beef up its enterprise software and security portfolio amid a big push to “go deeper” into cybersecurity, per Shasta’s managing director Doug Pepper. Balaji Yelamanchili (above left), the former general manager and executive vice president of Symantec’s enterpriseContinue reading “Shasta Ventures is doubling down on security startups with 3 new hires”

Microsoft shows off government cloud services with JEDI due date imminent

October 09, 2018 at 03:48PM Just a day after Google decided to drop out of the Pentagon’s massive $10 billion, 10-year JEDI cloud contract bidding, Microsoft announced increased support services for government clients. In a long blog post, the company laid out its government focused cloud services. While today’s announcement is not directly related toContinue reading “Microsoft shows off government cloud services with JEDI due date imminent”