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BlackRock's $1.3 billion tech deal highlights the asset manager's ambitions to be a tech company — and hints at its future

BlackRock agreed to buy Paris-based alternative investment management platform eFront for $1.3 billion last week. Despite the big pricetag, the deal is 'not something that moves the needle,' analysts told Business Insider.  The company has long been pushing into technology and illiquid alternatives, like real estate and private equity, as it diversifies away from lower-revenue products like equities funds.  BlackRock's latest technology deal comes with a big price tag – $1.3 billion – but not...

Nintendo is reportedly working on 2 new versions of the Switch, and they could arrive as soon as this summer

Nintendo is said to have two new versions of the Nintendo Switch in the works. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, the two new Switch consoles could arrive as soon as this summer. The report says that one version will be more powerful than the current Switch, while the other will be focused on mobility. Though it's only been two years since the Nintendo Switch arrived and subsequently exploded in popularity, Nintendo is apparently planning to release not one, but two new ver...

CME's CEO explains the biggest issue regulators have with bitcoin

Terry Duffy, CME Group's chairman and CEO, told Business Insider that regulators are more likely to be accepting of cryptocurrencies backed by fiat money.  Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin prove a unique problem for regulators as they have a finite amount, limiting rulemakers' ability to run it on a deficit.  Duffy said the focus of too many crypto conversations is around the value, as opposed to actual use cases.   As Wall Street attempts to understand where and how cryptocurrencies can fit int...

Microsoft’s Clippy came back from the dead, but didn’t last very long

Before Cortana, Alexa, and Siri even existed, Microsoft Clippy dominated the screens of computers in the 1990s to help assist Microsoft Office users when writing letters. He recently made a bit of a comeback only to die off again. The post Microsoft’s Clippy came back from the dead, but didn’t last very long appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Computing, News, Clippy, Microsoft

The new CEO of Intuit says the rise of artificial intelligence will be as big a challenge as the company's shift to cloud computing (INTU)

Sasan Goodarzi stepped up as CEO of Intuit — the company behind products like Intuit and TurboTax — in January, replacing 11-year chief exec Brad Smith.  Smith gets a ton of credit from parties inside and outside Intuit for helping the company successfully navigate to a largely cloud-based, subscription-based software model.  To prepare to replace such a prominent figure, Goodarzi spent much of last year shadowing leaders like NFL legend Steve Young and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, trying to g...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Washington Post, Satya Nadella, NFL, San Francisco, Trends, Smith, Intuit, Young, Stewart Butterfield, Joe Montana, Brad Smith, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Walmart is reportedly considering taking on Google and Microsoft with a video game streaming service (WMT, GOOG, GOOGL, MSFT)

Walmart is considering creating its own video game streaming service, according to a new report from US Gamer. The report comes just days after Google announced Stadia, an upcoming video game streaming service that aims to remove the need for expensive video game consoles. According to US Gamer, Walmart has entered preliminary talks with developers and publishers, and discussed video game streaming at this year's Game Developers Conference, where Stadia was announced. Walmart is the latest co...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, US, Trends, Walmart, Netflix, Wall Street Journal, MGM, GDC, Samsung Galaxy, Netflix Hulu, VUDU, Walmart CTO Jeremy King, San Francisco Stadia

The first huge update to 2019's biggest game is worth every penny (EA)

The first major addition has arrived in "Apex Legends," the wildly popular new Battle Royale game. The "Wild Frontier" expansion includes the first new character, Octane, and the game's first Battle Pass — a massive set of unlockable items tied to your level. At $9.50, the Battle Pass is an inexpensive way to add a lot more content to an already-excellent game...especially since "Apex Legends" itself is a free download. The first major content update to "Apex Legends" arrived this week, and i...
Tags: Microsoft, Trends, Sony, Battle pass, Apex Legends

Xbox Live comes to Nintendo Switch, starting with Cuphead

Cuphead is the latest hit indie game to make its way to Nintendo’s Switch — and it’s bringing Xbox Live with it, piggyback-style. While Microsoft has put forth tentative plans to bring Live to Switch, iOS, and Android, Cuphead will be the first actual game to carry it over, meaning we’ll finally see how well this crossover works. Fight across strange worlds inspired by cartoons of the 1930s when @StudioMDHR’s Cuphead jumps and shoots its way onto #NintendoSwitch on April 18! You can also pre-pur...
Tags: Startups, Gaming, Microsoft, America, Nintendo, Cuphead

Apple just blew past Microsoft to become the world's most-valuable public company (AAPL, MSFT)

Apple has surpassed Microsoft to reclaim its title as the world's most-valuable public company with a market cap of $916 billion. Its shares have risen in anticipation of the company releasing a Netflix-style video-streaming service. Watch Apple and Microsoft trade live. Apple has breezed past Microsoft to reclaim its title as the world's most-valuable public company. Shares of the consumer-electronics titan rallied close to 4% Thursday, giving Apple a market cap of about $916 billion — surp...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Japan, Microsoft, Trends, Linkedin, Netflix, Greater China, Watch Apple, AAPL MSFT, AirPods

Get the Surface Pro 6, with keyboard included, for $1,000 at Microsoft

Thinking of buying a Surface Pro 6? Microsoft is currently running a deal on its latest Windows 2-in-1, letting you bring one home for $1,000 with the keyboard included in the price. The post Get the Surface Pro 6, with keyboard included, for $1,000 at Microsoft appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Deals, News, Microsoft, Trends, Computing, Surface Pro 6

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group uses Microsoft cloud platform for connected cars

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is launching a new cloud platform for its cars. Based on Microsoft Azure, the Alliance Intelligent Cloud will enable features like connected services and over-the-air updates. The post Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi group uses Microsoft cloud platform for connected cars appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Cloud, News, Microsoft, Cars, Trends, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Renault, Microsoft Azure, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance

3 Keys To Ensuring Your Next Customers Can Find You

by Jennifer Tomlinson, Senior Manager of Channel Marketing at Microsoft Running a small business is like attending a career fair. You know your pitch inside and out, and you’re confident you have something unique to offer. But your audience doesn’t know that, and convincing them you’re not like the hundreds of doppelgängers around you is the real challenge. It’s the art of entrepreneurship: attracting customers when they have countless other options. Fortunately, faith in your idea goes a long ...
Tags: Startups, Florida, Microsoft, Marketing, Jennifer, Customer Acquisition, Professionalisms, Channel Marketing, Jennifer Tomlinson

Mark Zuckerberg and other tech CEOs under mounting pressure to speak out over New Zealand mosque shootings

Big tech is coming under renewed political pressure following the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques on Friday. The attack was livestreamed on Facebook before spreading like wildfire online, leaving tech companies scrambling to block the footage. The CEOs of Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft have been asked to attend a homeland security briefing. Three major New Zealand telecoms companies have also weighed in, asking that the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, and Google take part in ur...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Trends, New Zealand, Jack Dorsey, Christchurch, Thompson, Facebook Twitter, Facebook YouTube Twitter, Facebook Google Twitter, Christchurch New Zealand, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Twitter

New Funding for Workplace Software Firms Skedulo and Scope AR

Two young San Francisco companies on Wednesday announced fundraisings to bolster their online services aimed at improving workforce efficiency.—Skedulo, which helps managers schedule assignments for field service personnel, says it raised $28 million in a Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture arm. Joining in the round were previous investors Blackbird, a venture capital firm based near Sydney, Australia, and Palo Alto, CA-based Costanoa Ventures. M12 principal Priya S...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Microsoft, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Unilever, Web, It, Vc, Software

VMware CEO says Cisco's networking software is like 'a bicycle' compared to his 'Lamborghini' as they fight for cloud dominance (VMW, CSCO, AMZN)

VMware and Cisco's rivalry is as fierce as ever, as both companies fight to stay relevant while their customers ditch old-fashioned tech for the cloud. VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger couldn't help but throw some shade at Cisco in a recent interview, calling its software a "bicycle" compared to VMware's "lamborghini."  Years ago, VMware and its then-parent company EMC were best buddies with Cisco. They even sold their products together in a joint venture that did about $2 billion a year, we reported...
Tags: Amazon, Utah, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Cisco, Bill, Oprah, Amazon Web Services, EMC, Vmware, ACI, Pat Gelsinger, CRN, NSX, Nicira

Here's why analysts think Google may want to 'put the brakes' on Pixelbook innovation (GOOG, GOOGL)

Last week, Business Insider learned that Google had moved dozens of employees out of its laptop and tablet division, scaling back the size of its in-house hardware group. On Tuesday, Ben Bajarin, Principal analyst with Creative Strategies, told Business Insider that the employee cutbacks could mean Google's innovation with Pixelbook — the company's homegrown Chromebook product — is winding down.  “It could be that they feel like the goal of the Pixelbook has done what it needed to do and now i...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Chromebook, Jeff Bezos, Chromebooks, Business Insider, Moorhead, Patrick Moorhead, Milanesi, Ben Bajarin, Bajarin, Creative Strategies, Carolina Milanesi, Pixelbook

Bill Gates is worth $100 billion and he plans to give most of it away — here's how he spends his money now, from a luxury car collection to incredible real estate

Bill Gates' net worth is officially $100 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire index. That makes him $24 billion richer than he was five years ago, and puts him in a two-man club with Jeff Bezos, reported Business Insider's Julie Bort. While he indulges in a few luxuries, they make up only a fraction of his fortune. He mainly spends his billions on charity through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and plans to give away most of his fortune. Bill Gates is getting richer and rich...
Tags: Beyonce, Microsoft, Washington, Trends, Bloomberg, Bill Gates, Bill, Kylie Jenner, Jeff Bezos, Gates, Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda, Julie Bort, Bort, Bloomberg Billionaire, Jay Z Bill Gates

What’s a centibillionaire? Ask Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, the only members of the $100 Billion Club

Bloomberg tracks the fortunes of some 2,800 billionaires. Of those, 145 are worth at least $10 billion, making them decabillionaires. Now, the world contains two centibillionaires simultaneously. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, once the world’s richest person, has again eclipsed the $100 billion threshold, joining’s Jeff Bezos in the exclusive club, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Gates’s fortune, now $100 billion on the nose, hasn’t reached such heights since the dot-...
Tags: Amazon, Business, Microsoft, France, Los Angeles, Georgia, Spain, Bloomberg, Sport, Soccer, Bill Gates, Warren, Jeff Bezos, Amancio Ortega, Kohl, Bezos

Bill Gates is $9.5 billion richer than he was a year ago, worth over $100 billion, but not just from Microsoft (MSFT)

Bill Gates is one of the world's biggest philanthropists who has given away billions of dollars of his money. That's why so many people think that Gates' personal wealth is shrinking as he gives his money away. But it isn't. Gates is astoundingly rich and getting richer all the time. And he just joined a two-man club of people worth more than $100 billion. Bill Gates is one of the world's biggest philanthropists. He and his wife Melinda have given away a whopping $45.5 billion...
Tags: Facebook, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Trends, Bill Gates, SEC, Warren Buffett, Bill, Seattle, Gates, Samsung Galaxy, Bill Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda, Charles Simonyi, Michael Larson

How big is 'Fortnite'? With nearly 250 million players, it's over two-thirds the size of the US population

"Fortnite" is stronger than ever, with nearly 250 million players. That's double what Epic Games revealed in June 2018, when just 125 million players were registered. It looks like the competition over Battle Royale isn't slowing down. The biggest game in the world — "Fortnite" — is showing no signs of slowing down.  That's clear from the latest statistic to come out of "Fortnite" creator Epic Games: More than 250 million players have registered accounts, Epic Games revealed on Wednesday. Bet...
Tags: Microsoft, US, Trends, Tetris, Canada, Sony, Nintendo, Minecraft, Drake, Battle Royale, Fortnite, Tyler Ninja Blevins

A 'warrior’s warrior’: Here's why insiders say the first-time CFO running Lyft’s $20 billion IPO is the perfect fit (LYFT)

Brian Roberts, who joined Lyft as chief financial officer in 2014, had no previous experience as a CFO.  Instead, the 50-year-old brought a wealth of tech, retail, and financial knowledge acquired at Microsoft, Walmart, and two banks. He's playing a lead role in the company's IPO, helping convince prospective investors understand Lyft's financials and growth potential. Former colleagues describe Roberts as a "warrior's warrior" who can see problems before they arise and making him the perfect ...
Tags: Facebook, Lyft, Microsoft, Ipo, Trends, Walmart, Alibaba, Brian, Aston Martin, Msn, Lazard, Financial Times, Carl Icahn, John Zimmer, Bay Area, Roberts

A 'warrior's warrior': Why insiders say the first-time CFO running Lyft's $20 billion IPO is the perfect fit (LYFT)

Brian Roberts, who joined Lyft as chief financial officer in 2014, had no experience as a CFO. Instead, the 50-year-old brought a wealth of tech, retail, and financial knowledge acquired at Microsoft, Walmart, and two banks. He's playing a lead role in the company's IPO, helping convince prospective investors understand Lyft's financials and growth potential. Former colleagues describe Roberts as a "warrior's warrior" who can see problems before they arise and making him the perfect person to ...
Tags: Facebook, Lyft, Microsoft, Ipo, US, Trends, Walmart, Alibaba, Brian, West Coast, Aston Martin, Lazard, Financial Times, Carl Icahn, John Zimmer, Bay Area

When to use Longform vs Shortform Video in Brand Marketing

The effects of technology and social media on our collective attention spans have been well documented. One such study by Microsoft indicating that the average human attention span has reduced from 12 seconds in 2000 to just 8 seconds in 2015 – less than that of a goldfish. With just a few seconds to capture the attention of your audience, it can be tempting to assume that focusing exclusively on the production of short-form video content will help you to communicate core marketing messaging and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Marketing, Sales, Shortform Video, Social Media Short

Blameless raises $20 mln

Blameless said March 20 that it raised $20 million in funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners and Accel, as well as strategic investors. Blameless is a site reliability engineering company. PRESS RELEASE SAN MATEO, Calif. – March 20, 2019 – Blameless, the SRE (Site Reliability Engineering) company, today announced that it has raised $20 million in seed and Series A funding from top VC firms Lightspeed Venture Partners and Accel, and strategic investors. The company will use the funding to deliv...
Tags: Microsoft, Yahoo, Trends, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Accel, Lightspeed, San Mateo Calif, Mulesoft, VC Deals, SRE, Ravi Mhatre, Vas Natarajan, Ashar Rizqi, COO Lyon Wong, SRE Site Reliability Engineering, Lyon Wong COO

Stocks edge lower ahead of Federal Reserve policy decision

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks edged lower in early trading on Wall Street Wednesday ahead of the latest interest rate policy decision by the Federal Reserve. Health care and technology companies led the market lower as investors favored safer holdings in the utilities and real estate sectors. Microsoft and Apple edged lower, dragging other […]
Tags: Apple, Business, New York, News, Microsoft, Ap, Nation, Federal Reserve, Federal Reserve Health

Skedulo raises $28M for its mobile workforce management service

Skedulo, a service that helps businesses manage their mobile employees, today announced that it has raised a $28 million Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s venture fund. Existing investors Blackbird and Castanoa Ventures also participated in this round. The company’s service offers businesses all fo the necessary tools to manage their mobile employees, including their schedules. A lot of small businesses still use basic spreadsheets and email to do this, but that’s obviously not the ...
Tags: Startups, Business, Enterprise, Microsoft, Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Tech, Economy, Sydney, Brisbane, Machine Learning, Mobile App, Fairhurst, Recent Funding, Castanoa Ventures, Matt Fairhurst

5 Useful Poster Design Software for Beginners and Professionals

By Sophia Gao If you need to create posters to sponsor a product or an event, an attractive and professional advertising poster design is one of the best ways to spread your message out. In these cases the best choice is always to contact a professional graphic designer to obtain a perfect design from a technical point of view; however, if this is not possible, then you can try creating your poster by yourself. Thanks to many poster design software developed just for this purpose, you can carry ...
Tags: Business, Microsoft, Sales & Marketing, Right Now, Sophia Gao, DesignCap DesignCap

Full moon patents: Uber’s pick-up AR, Microsoft’s crime scene AI, and Boeing’s toilet

Ugh, the Gregorian calendar is so boring. That’s why we’re disrupting monthly series with a lunar cycle-based series about the best patents of the last synodic month, picked by the PatentYogi team. Get ready when that moon gets gibbous, y’all. This March-ish roundup lands on the icky Worm Moon ! Since my last post, the US patent office issued over 13,028 patents and published over 13,113 patent applications. Each patent asset adds a little something new to the human knowledge base. As I cannot l...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, US, Tech, Boeing, PatentYogi, AR Microsoft

Google will let Android users choose a rival browser to avoid further wrath from the EU

Google is going to make it easier for Android users in Europe to select competing browsers and search apps. It follows Google being fined a record $5 billion last year after it was found in breach antitrust laws for abusing the dominance of its Android operating system. The EU is expected to slap Google with a third antitrust fine in as many years later today. Google is rolling out a major change to its Android phones after being found in breach of EU antitrust laws last year — and ahead of a...
Tags: Google, Europe, Microsoft, Russia, Trends, Eu, Financial Times, Margrethe Vestager, Vestager, Walker, SVP, Kent Walker

VCs are investing hundreds of millions into quantum computing startups even as they're bracing for a 'quantum winter'

Investors are putting upwards of $400 million into quantum computing startups, but many experts believe there will be a "quantum winter." Right now, experts say there is much hype around quantum computing, but it will be years before quantum computers outperform traditional computers. VCs who invest in quantum computing startups have to take into account that it will take at least five to ten years before quantum computers start becoming more mainstream. Matthew Kinsella, managing director a...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, Gartner, Ibm, Pacific Northwest, Forrester, Kinsella, Microsoft Intel, Maverick Ventures, Matthew Kinsella, Matthew Brisse, Brisse

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