SAP agrees to buy Qualtrics for $8B in cash, just before the survey software company’s IPO

Ryan Smith of Qualtrics speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015 Enterprise software giant SAP announced today that it has agreed to acquire Qualtrics for $8 billion in cash, just before the survey and research software company was set to go public. The deal is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019. Qualtrics last round of venture capital funding in 2016 raised $180 million at a $2.5 billion valuation. This is the second-largest ever acquisition of a SaaS company, after ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Facebook, Europe, Enterprise, Instagram, Ipo, Tech, SaaS, Surveys, Seattle, Oracle, Sap, CRM, Ryan Smith

Alibaba made a smart screen to help blind people shop and it costs next to nothing

Just a few years ago, Li Mengqi could not have imagined shopping on her own. Someone needed to always keep her company to say aloud what was in front of her, who’s been blind since birth. When smartphones with text-to-speech machines for the visually impaired arrived, she immediately bought an iPhone. “Though it was expensive,” Li, a 23-year-old who grew up in a rural village in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, told me. Cheaper smartphone options in China often don’t have good accessibility fe...
Tags: Iphone, Gadgets, Asia, China, Tech, Diversity, CSR, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, Alibaba, Quora, Alipay, Alibaba Group, Text-to-speech, Shenzhen, Taobao

Three California cities OK new taxes on tech firms — will others follow?

The measures all grew out of the widespread belief that Silicon Valley’s booming tech companies add heavily to the region’s traffic and high housing costs but don’t pay enough to address them. From San Francisco Mountain View to East Palo Alto, were strongly endorsed by voters.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, California, Nation, Silicon Valley, East Palo Alto, San Francisco Mountain View

Corporations making a mad dash to fill cybersecurity jobs

A stunning statistic is reverberating in cybersecurity: An estimated 3.5 million cybersecurity jobs will be available but unfilled by 2021, according to predictions from Cybersecurity Ventures and other experts. “It’s scary. Our power grid, our cars, our everyday devices — basically everything is online and able to be attacked,” said Georgia Weidman, author of “Penetration […]
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Cybersecurity Ventures, Georgia Weidman

Elon Musk Sent A Dead Body Into Space

Was Space X Starman really a dead body that Elon Musk shot into space? We explore that question, and more, at this week’s Dot Com Lunch. Let us know what you think. Click Here To Download John Chow’s New eBook, The Ultimate Online Profit Model!
Tags: Videos, Elon Musk, Technology, Blogging, Dot Com Lifestyle, John Chow

Switzerland Remains 'Extremely Attractive' For Pirate Sites, MPAA Says

While the European Union has worked hard to strengthen its copyright laws in recent years, one country in the heart of the continent chooses its own path. Switzerland is not part of the EU, which means that its policies deviate quite a bit from its neighbors. According to Hollywood, that's not helping creators. From a report: Responding to recent submission to the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the MPAA has identified several foreign "trade barriers" around the world. In Hollywood's ...
Tags: Hollywood, Tech, Eu, European Union, Switzerland, Mpaa, United States Trade Representative USTR

Autumnal Creases.

Mikhail Yeryomin (not the goalkeeper) is a very interesting poet; as the History of Russian Literature (see this post) says, “Eremin quickly settled into a writing pattern that has remained unchanged for decades: eight-line poems, almost always untitled, collected in volumes published every few years and entitled Poems […] Eremin collects obscure words with the zeal of a paleontologist assembling animal bones from disparate sites; the imagery of the poems is often biological, chemical, and espec...
Tags: Google, Russia, Uncategorized, Linguistics, Kates, MacFadyen, Mikhail Yeryomin, Eremin, J Kates, David MacFadyen

Why Culver City Is Finally Having Its Moment in the L.A. Creative Scene

If recent developments are any indication, it's Culver City's time in the Southern California sun. While many agencies and creative companies have called the area home for years, the buzz around it is palpable due, in large part, to the announcements earlier this year that both Apple and Amazon are putting their content businesses there....
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Advertising, Magazine, Southern California, Culver City, The L.A. Issue

Indoor Vaping Bans, Trump's New AG, and the Home Button: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s been one hell of a week. From the 2018 midterms—in which races in Florida, Arizona, and Georgia are still being contested—to raging wildfires in California that are wiping entire communities off the map and continuing to rage, the news cycle has verged on impossible for any one person to process in its entirety.Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Energy, Elections, Science, Technology, Bluetooth, Net Neutrality, Fitness, Gross, Climate Change, California, Audio, Dna, Georgia, History

Click, Click, Boom! 5 Reasons Outsourced Adwords Management Is Your Key to Success

by Robert Clough Is it worth all your time and energy to manage your business Adwords campaign in-house? Here are 5 reasons why it may worth outsourcing your Adwords management. In 2017, the United States reached an all-time high in digital ad spending at $88 billion . There's only one reason why this spending is so high: It works. There are many different forms of digital advertising, but Google Adwords is one of the most effective. If you run a small business and have task...
Tags: Google, Seo, Adwords, Ppc, David, United States, Google Adwords, Don, Outsource, Robert Clough, Right Tools Hiring

Enigma codebreaker 'taking secrets to grave'

Margaret Wilson, 95, says she will hold true to an oath she swore at Bletchley Park in World War Two.
Tags: Tech, Bletchley Park, Margaret Wilson

The Only Bad Thing About Fox News' Silent Twitter Protest Is That It Will Eventually End

Imagine, if you will, a world without Fox News. That’s largely been the case on Twitter since Thursday, when many of the network’s official Twitter channels went silent.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Social Media, Protests, Fox News, Tucker Carlson

In venture capital, it’s still the age of the unicorn

Howie Xu Contributor Share on Twitter Howie Xu is the vice president of artificial intelligence and machine learning at Zscaler. He previously co-founded TrustPath and served as an entrepreneur in residence at Greylock. This month marks the 5-year anniversary of Aileen Lee’s landmark article, “Welcome To The Unicorn Club”. At the time, the piece defined a new breed of startup — the $1 billion privately held company. When Le...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, Column, Elon Musk, Technology, Money, Microsoft, Entrepreneurship, Finance, China, Softbank, US, Tech, Investment, Cisco, Tesla

Travel startups are taking off

The second wave of Internet-era travel companies has captured the attention of venture capitalists. In the last five years, travel companies have raised more than $1 billion in venture capital funding. That includes short-term rental startups, travel and tourism apps, marketplaces for “experiences” and other travel or hospitality tech platforms. Airbnb, a $38 billion company and an anomaly in the category, has raised $3 billion in that same time frame, according to PitchBook. In the last few mon...
Tags: Tech, Zimbabwe, Airbnb, General Catalyst, Sap, Expedia, Klook, Tripit, Away, Ariel Cohen, Neil Sequeira, Sequeira, Brex, TechCrunch Sequeira

Hancock to tell summit of goal to revolutionise NHS with new tech

Health secretary to speak at GovTech summit in Paris and meet Emmanuel MacronThe health secretary, Matt Hancock, is to meet the French president, Emmanuel Macron, the Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, and other world leaders at a summit on new technologies that could revolutionise health and social care.The minister will champion the UK’s genomics, life sciences and artificial intelligence programmes as he addresses the GovTech summit in Paris on Monday about how innovation can transform ...
Tags: Health, Politics, UK, Technology, Society, UK News, NHS, Paris, Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, Hancock, Matt Hancock, Govtech, Emmanuel MacronThe

Facebook Portal needs more. At least it just added YouTube

To offset the creepiness of having Facebook’s camera and microphone in your house, its new Portal video chat gadget needs best-in-class software.   Its hardware is remarkably well done, plus Messenger and the photo frame feature work great. But its third-party app platform was pretty skimpy when the device launched this week. Facebook is increasingly relying on its smart display competitors to boost Portal’s capabilities. It already comes with Amazon Alexa inside. And now, Google’s YouTub...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, TC, Gadgets, Facebook, Apps, Hardware, Media, Youtube, Tech, Lenovo, Jbl, Amazon Alexa, Cambridge Analytica, Google Assistant

What Your Phone is Telling Wall Street

Your phone knows where you shop, where you work and where you sleep. Hedge funds are very interested in such data, so they are buying it. From a report: When Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said the car maker would work around the clock to boost production of its Model 3 sedan, the number crunchers at Thasos Group decided to watch. They circled Tesla's 370 acres in Fremont, Calif., on an online map, creating a digital corral to isolate smartphone location signals that emanated from within it. Th...
Tags: Tech, Tesla, Fremont Calif, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, Thasos Group, Skibiski

Microsoft adds RPG makers InXile and Obsidian to Xbox developer stable

Microsoft is continuing to invest in a broad spectrum of developers for its Xbox gaming ecosystem with the acquisition of Obsidian and InXile, makers of complex RPGs primarily aimed at PC users. The two studios will join four others snatched up in June, significantly bolstering Xbox’s first-party development resources. The company announced the acquisitions (rumored for some time) at its XO18 event alongside numerous other interesting developments for the Xbox One and Windows gaming platforms...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Microsoft, Tech, Sony, M&a, Bard, Obsidian, Larry Hryb, Microsoft Studios, Major Nelson, Larry Hyrb

When No One Retires

More and more Americans want to work longer -- or have to, given that many aren't saving adequately for retirement. From a report: Before our eyes, the world is undergoing a massive demographic transformation. In many countries, the population is getting old. Very old. Globally, the number of people age 60 and over is projected to double to more than 2 billion by 2050 and those 60 and over will outnumber children under the age of 5. In the United States, about 10,000 people turn 65 each day, and...
Tags: Tech, United States

A tale of two scooter cities

The kids in Madrid’s El Retiro Park are loving their new on-demand joyriding toys. Lime launched its scooters in the Spanish capital this summer. Spending a weekend in the city center last month the craze was impossible to miss. Scooters parked in clusters vying for pay-to-play time. Sometimes lined up tidily. All too often not. The bright Lime rides really stood out, though it’s not the only brand in town. Scooter startups have been quick to hop on the international expansion bandwagon as th...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Europe, Tech, Spain, Barcelona, Scooters, Bird, Madrid, Prado, Lime, El Retiro, Reina Sofia, E-scooters, El Retiro Park

Cloudflare's Service Launches on Android and iOS

harrymcc writes: Content-distribution network Cloudflare has introduced iOS and Android versions of, a free service which helps shield you from snoops by replacing your standard DNS with its encrypted (and speedy) alternative. The mobile incarnation of the PC service it launched last April, the apps don't require you to do anything other than downloaded and install them, give your device permission to install a VPN, and flip a switch -- making them approachable for the masses, not just g...
Tags: Tech, Vpn

Facebook simulates itself up a better, more gradual product launch

When you’re launching a new social media product, like an image-sharing app or niche network, common wisdom is to make it available to everyone as soon as it’s ready. But simulations carried out by Facebook — and let’s be honest, a few actual launches — suggest that may be a good way to kneecap your product from the start. It’s far from a simple problem to simulate, but in the spirit of the “spherical cow in a vacuum” it’s easy enough to make a plausible model in which to test some basic hypothe...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Science, Tech, Conway, Shankar Iyer

Xbox will get mouse and keyboard support November 14 and 'Fortnite' is one of the first games to have it (MSFT)

Microsoft announced that the Xbox One console would support mouse and keyboards on November 14, and that it was partnering with Razer to create a special line of keyboard and mouse products. Microsoft also said it planed to acquire game development studios Obsidian Entertainment and inXile Entertainment.   Microsoft's Xbox One console will officially get mouse and keyboard support on November 14, the company said on Saturday at its XO18 event.  Eight games including Fortnite will be ready to ...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Trends, Razer, Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft Studios, Obsidian Entertainment, Fortnite

Rocket Lab Completes First Commercial Launch of Its Electron Rocket

U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab completed its first successful commercial launch on Saturday, sending seven spacecraft including “six tiny satellites and a drag sail demonstrator” into orbit aboard a relatively small Electron rocket designed primarily for smallsats and cubesats, .Read more...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Rockets, Spaceflight, Rocket Lab

New Apple iPad Pro Could Supplement Your Small Business PC

  The new Apple iPad Pro is bigger, faster and more integrated with applications creatives like to use in two different models. The 11-inch and 12.9-inch versions have a new edge-to-edge display, upgraded specs, and they support the new Apple Pencil. If you are ready to shell out a starting price of $799 for 11-inch version and $999 for its 12.9-inch larger sibling, they are now available. It is also important to point out you can still get the 10.5-inch 2017 model for $650. The next obvious qu...
Tags: Apple, US, Sales, Apple Pencil, Technology Trends, New Features Apple

How Nature Defies Math in Keeping Ecosystems Stable

Paradoxically, the abundance of tight interactions among living species usually leads to disasters in ecological models. New analyses hint at how nature seemingly defies the math. Veronique Greenwood, writing for Quantamagazine: Behind the beautiful facade of a rainforest, a savanna or a placid lake is a world teeming with contests and partnerships. Species are competing for space, consuming one another for resources, taking advantage of one another's talents, and brokering trades of nutrients. ...
Tags: Tech, University Of Illinois, Nature Communications, Robert May, Veronique Greenwood

New research finds some purchasers are asking for 'Weinstein misconduct clauses' in M&A deals as scandals rock Silicon Valley (INTL, GOOGL)

Allegations of sexual misconduct have unseated plenty of powerful people in the past year and caused headaches and pain to those involved. Despite this, mergers-and-acquisitions dealmakers have been slow to add so-called Weinstein misconduct clauses designed to protect buyers from making a deal with a team hiding executive misconduct, a survey found. Just 28% of executives surveyed by the law firm Dykema said they had participated in a deal where a misconduct clause was proposed. From Intel t...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, US, Trends, Intel, Silicon Valley, Weinstein, Thoma Bravo, Dykema, Facebooks of the world, Silicon Valley INTL GOOGL

Google's new $150 Home Hub does a lot of things you probably don't need it to — but it has one feature that automatically makes the price tag worth it (GOOG, GOOGL)

With its latest smart-home device, Google wants to run your life — or at least your home. The Google Home Hub, which debuted last month and costs $150, is the first Google Home device with a screen. It's intended to serve as a hub for all your smart-home devices, a place to watch YouTube videos, and a visual portal into your schedule, the weather, and nearby traffic. Oh, and it has Google Assistant built in too. I've been using the Home Hub in my home for the past few weeks, living with it and ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Home Hub, Pixel, Google Home, Google Home Hub

A Week In New York City On A $68,224 Salary

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Calling all entrepreneurs: We want to hear from you! If you’re a freelancer or self-employed, we’d love to feature your Money Diary. Submit here.Today: an engineer working in architecture who makes $68,224 per year and spends some of her money this week on T...
Tags: Google, Fashion, Music, New York, New York City, Atlanta, Netflix, Queens, San Diego, Manhattan, Rhode Island, Madrid Spain, Lower East Side, Perry Mason, Essen, Columbus Circle

Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

Trades Union Congress concerned over tech being used to control and micromanageBritain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security.UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in the UK. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, UK, Technology, Privacy, UK News, Trades Union Congress

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