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xMatters snares $40 million Series D led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing

xMatters snares million Series D led by Goldman Sachs Private Capital Investing When a crisis happens and your system is down, it’s easy for panic and chaos to ensue. Large companies use a range of tools to monitor system health, and finding the source of the problem and ensuring the proper personnel are involved is not always easy. That’s where xMatters comes in. It acts as an uber monitoring tool allowing you to understand the source of your problem and getting the right people involved to fix it. Today the…

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Qualcomm now plans to close the NXP acquisition for $44 billion as quickly as possible

Qualcomm now plans to close the NXP acquisition for billion as quickly as possible Qualcomm, Broadcom and NXP are on a boat. Broadcom wants to acquire Qualcomm, Qualcomm wants to acquire NXP. While Qualcomm has planned on buying NXP for over a year, NXP shareholders were a bit disappointed by Qualcomm’s initial price. Qualcomm just raised its bid and is now willing to pay $127.50 per share instead of $110 per share. It values NXP at $44 billion instead of $38 billion. There are a few reasons why it matters….

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Snapchat adds GIF stickers via Giphy, plus new Friends and Discover screen tabs

Snapchat adds GIF stickers via Giphy, plus new Friends and Discover screen tabs Snapchat is bringing one of the best recent features of Instagram Stories to its own app, with the ability to add GIF stickers from Giphy to your posts. This is a notable reversal of the typical pattern we’ve seen of Instagram cloning Snapchat features, but it’s a good one for users since GIF stickers for Stories are basically the greatest thing ever invented on social media. The new GIF options, also powered by Giphy as mentioned, are…

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Chariot co-founder and CEO Ali Vahabzadeh left Ford at the beginning of February

Chariot co-founder and CEO Ali Vahabzadeh left Ford at the beginning of February As automakers continue to work on their strategies for the next generation of transportation, one of the biggies is making a change to its leadership structure. Ali Vahabzadeh, the CEO and co-founder of ride-sharing startup Chariot, which Ford acquired Chariot in September 2016, has left the company. “We thank Ali for his passion and dedication to building Chariot into the growing mobility business it is today,” the company told TechCrunch in a statement. “We are glad he will continue…

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Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay

Say goodbye to Android Pay and hello to Google Pay As we reported last month, Google is uniting all of its different payment tools under the Google Pay brand. On Android, however, the Android Pay app stuck with its existing brand. That’s changing today, though, with the launch of Google Pay for Android. With this, Google is rolling out an update to Android Pay and introducing some new functionality that the company hopes will make its payment service ubiquitous — both in stores and on the internet. In addition, Google is also…

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Spotify job listing hints the company’s ‘first physical products’ are coming

Spotify job listing hints the company’s ‘first physical products’ are coming Spotify so far has been content to partner far and wide on hardware, via its Spotify Connect platform, which allows anyone building a connected speaker, mobile device or piece of AV equipment to turn their gadget into a Spotify speaker. But a new job listing suggests it will soon build hardware of its own, and it’s looking for people to help make that happen. The job listing, spotted by The Guardian, seeks an ops manager for “hardware product,” and…

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Culture juggernaut Hypebeast takes a majority stake in The Berrics to make skating huge again (still)

Culture juggernaut Hypebeast takes a majority stake in The Berrics to make skating huge again (still) In the middle of LA there is a tin roofed warehouse that houses a machine shop. Behind that there’s a brick building dotted with loading dock doors. Behind this is are a row of taller, better looking warehouse slots spottily occupied by businesses and non profits. Tucked up against the Los Angeles River behind all of this is a obscure, low slung office building with no markings that, over the past decade, has become…

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SpaceX to use a net boat called ‘Mr. Steven’ to recover next rocket fairing

SpaceX to use a net boat called ‘Mr. Steven’ to recover next rocket fairing SpaceX is all about reducing the cost of launching things into space, and right now one of those costs it think it can eliminate is having to use a new fairing every time it launches a rocket. The fairing is basically the shell at the top of the rocket that protects whatever cargo’s being launched (for instance, it housed the Tesla Roadster and SpaceX’s Starman mannequin during the recent Falcon Heavy test launch). The fairing costs…

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Chef InSpec 2.0 helps automate security compliance in cloud apps

Chef InSpec 2.0 helps automate security compliance in cloud apps How many times do you hear about a company exposing sensitive data because they forgot to lock down a data repository on Amazon? It happens surprisingly often. Chef wants to help developers and operations teams prevent that kind of incident. Today, the company released InSpec 2.0, which is designed to help automate applications security and compliance in the cloud. InSpec is a free open source tool that lets development teams express security and compliance rules as code. Version 1.0 was…

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Facebook ads boss in fake news Twitter storm

Facebook ads boss in fake news Twitter storm Facebook’s vice-president of adverts has been criticised for tweeting that Russian-bought ads had not been designed to sway the US election. Rob Goldman’s tweet was retweeted by President Donald Trump. His view contradicted special counsellor Robert Mueller’s recent indictments, in which 13 Russians were charged with meddling in the election via social media and other means. Mr Goldman is reported to have apologised to Facebook staff. The BBC understands that his tweets were not the views of the company. In a series…

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