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Resolute Ventures sticks to its knitting with $75 million fourth fund

Resolute Ventures, an early-stage firm with offices in San Francisco and Boston, just closed its fourth fund with $75 million. It’s an almost shockingly conservative amount of capital in today’s era of big-is-better funds. And with valuable companies like the real estate startup OpenDoor, the applicant tracking system company Greenhouse, and the dog products company BarkBox in its portfolio, one imagines that seven-year-old Resolute could have raised more. It didn’t want to do that, says firm fo...
Tags: Google, TC, New York, Microsoft, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, Barkbox, Resolute Ventures, Greenhouse Software, Greenhouse, Polaris Partners, Daniel, Jonathan, Matt


Cortana Is Leaving Windows 10’s Search Bar, But Bing Stays

In the upcoming release of Windows 10, codenamed 19H1, Cortana and the search bar are breaking up and moving into separate houses. Unfortunately, the search bar won custody of Bing. Windows 10 19H1 is expected for release around April 2019. The separation was announced by Microsoft in a blog post unveiling Windows Insider build 18317. All jesting aside, the deep integration of Search and Cortana is one of the biggest complaints about Windows 10. We’ve taken time to show you how to hide and disa...
Tags: Google, Crafts, Microsoft, Cortana, Bing, Cortana Thankfully Microsoft, Bing Integrated


Microsoft is Separating Cortana From Search in Windows 10

Microsoft is making some big changes to Cortana in Windows 10. The company intends to decouple search and Cortana in the Windows 10 taskbar, allowing voice queries to be handled separately to typing in a search box to find documents and files. From a report: This change will be implemented in the next major Windows 10 update, currently scheduled for April. Windows 10 will direct you towards an built-in search experience for text queries, while Cortana will exist for voice queries instead of them...
Tags: Microsoft, Cortana, Tech, Dona Sarkar Microsoft


10 Online Budget Tools

Tracking your spending for even just one day is a real eye-opening experience. You probably spend a lot more than you think you do. One way to keep a handle on those bills in your pocket is to use one of these 10 budget tools. T here are plenty of online budget tools available to help you manage your money and many of them are free! Spending less than you make is the most important habit to develop if your goal is financial freedom. In this post, we’ll take a look at 10 online tools you can us...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Marketing, Ira, Tools & Resources, Online Budget Tools, Budget Tracker


Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella just laid out the company's vision for its 'Netflix for games'

Microsoft is building a service that intends to be the "Netflix for games." The service is currently named "Project xCloud," and its goal is to stream high-end video games to any device. "We have as much a shot to build a subscription service as anybody else," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said on Monday at an invitational editors meeting at Microsoft's headquarters. SEATTLE — "We describe it as, shorthand, 'Netflix for games'," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told journalists at an invitational ed...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Halo, Trends, Netflix, Seattle, Business Insider, Spencer, Nadella, Phil Spencer, Amazon Nadella


Racing game Forza pulls dances amid Fortnite legal action

Microsoft-owned Forza removes dances as Fortnite faces fresh legal action over dance moves.
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Forza


Microsoft is Preparing For Foldable Windows Devices, Report Says

Microsoft is working on adapting Windows to work on foldable devices, The Verge reported Tuesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. The report further added that the company is making foldable devices and dual-screen hardware a big investment area for both Windows and Surface. From the report: This investment includes adapting Windows itself and its many built-in apps to work across foldable displays and devices with dual screens. While Microsoft has been experimenting with its own hardwa...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Intel, Composable Shell C Shell


Microsoft continues to build government security credentials ahead of JEDI decision

While the DoD is in the process of reviewing the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract RFPs (assuming the work continues during the government shutdown), Microsoft continues to build up its federal government security bona fides, regardless. Today the company announced it has achieved the highest level of federal government clearance for the Outlook mobile app, allowing US Government Community Cloud (GCC) High and Department of Defense employees to use the mobile app. This is on top of FedRamp complia...
Tags: Amazon, Security, TC, Mobile, Cloud, Enterprise, Microsoft, Government, US, Tech, Outlook, Ibm, Pentagon, Oracle, White, Jedi


Instagram caught selling ads to follower-buying services it banned

Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications. Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space to services that charge clients for fake followers or that automatically follow/unfollow other people to get them to follow the client back. This is despite Instagram reiterating a ban on these businesses in November and threatening the accounts of people who employ them. A TechCrunch investigation initially found 17 services selling fake fo...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Ecommerce, Apps, Instagram, Microsoft, Tech, Spam, Policy, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Hudson, Microsoft Bing, Elon


AWS makes another acquisition grabbing TSO Logic

AWS has been on a mini shopping spree since the first of the year. First it picked off Israeli disaster recovery startup CloudEndure last week. This week, it was TSO Logic, a Vancouver startup that helps companies make the most efficient use of cloud resources. The companies did not share the purchase price. Amazon confirmed the purchase by email and referred to the statement on the TSO Logic website from CEO Aaron Rallo. “We are very pleased to share the news that TSO Logic will be joinin...
Tags: Amazon, Fundings & Exits, TC, Cloud, Microsoft, Tech, M&a, Aws, Mergers and Acquisitions, Vancouver, Rallo, Amazon Update, Cloud Cost Optimization, TSO Logic, Aaron Rallo, Outposts TSO Logic


Former King Digital CFO Hope Cochran becomes Madrona’s first female managing director

Madrona Venture Group has long been one of the premier early-stage venture firms in the Pacific Northwest and in recent years, it has done a good job of recruiting former industry executives. In recent years, those included the former Microsoft developer tools chief S. Somasegar, now a managing director, and former Windows and Xbox exec Terry Myerson, currently a venture partner. In 2017, the firm also announced that former King Digital and Clearwire CFO Hope Cochran had joined its venture partn...
Tags: TC, Microsoft, Tech, Vc, Venture Capital, Hasbro, Pacific Northwest, Madrona Venture Group, Cochran, Venture, King Digital, Jennifer Chambers, Terry Myerson, Madrona, Clearwire, Matcherino


Facebook is throwing money at local news and it could help win back trust in the industry

Facebook says it's granting $300 million to news programs, partnerships and content over the next 3 years, matching Google's commitment of $300 million towards news initiatives last year. WordPress, the content management tech company owned by web development giant Automattic, is also investing six figures in The News Project, Axios has learned. These efforts are often opportunistic investments, just as much as they are philanthropic efforts. Major tech companies and moguls are pouring lots ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Tech, Brad Smith, Redmond Washington, Craig Newmark, Kim Hart, Local Media Association, Newspack, CUNY Journalism School Facebook, Lenfest Institute the Knight Foundation, Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation Between, Nancy Cawley Lane


Apple's $24 million chip executive is reportedly on Intel's short list for new CEO, but it's not clear if he'd be willing to make that jump (INTC)

It's been six months and Intel still hasn't found a new CEO. Intel has reportedly put Apple senior VP of hardware technologies, Johny Srouji, on its wish list. If Intel could convince Srouji to become its new CEO, it would be a big win for the company. But that's a big if. If there's one sure-fire way for Intel to turn the fiasco of its six-month vacant CEO slot into a big win for the company, it's this: lure Apple senior vice president of hardware technologies, Johny Srouji, into becoming th...
Tags: Apple, Motorola, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, Israel, Trends, Bloomberg, Intel, Chicago, Tim Cook, SEC, Qualcomm, James, Johny Srouji, Brian Krzanich, Angela Ahrendts


Reminder: Microsoft to end support for Windows 7 in 1-year from today

A new reminder for those who are still holding on to the Windows 7 operating system—you have one year left until Microsoft ends support for its 9-year-old operating system. So it's time for you to upgrade your OS and say goodbye to Windows 7, as its five years of extended support will end on January 14, 2020—that's precisely one year from today. After that date, the tech giant will no longer [Author: [email protected] (Swati Khandelwal)]
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Windows 7, Operating System, Microsoft Windows 10, Swati Khandelwal, Extended Support, Operating System Security, Windows 7 Support


IBM Vets Launch Sonrai Security, Eyeing Multi-Cloud “Complexity”

Businesses racing faster and faster to put their data and applications into multiple cloud services will soon have to figure out how to keep an eye on it all. Start thinking about the hundreds of users, the dozens of accounts, and the handful of different cloud services that don’t always speak the same language, and the job of monitoring and securing it all quickly gets complicated.This is the problem that Brendan Hannigan and Sandy Bird are attacking with their New York-based company Sonrai Se...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Deals, Startups, Open Source, Cloud, New York, Microsoft, Identity, Azure, Trends, Tech, Cisco, It, Cybersecurity, Vc


Walgreens teams with Microsoft to battle Amazon

As part of the accord to design "digital health centers," Walgreens will begin using Microsoft's Azure cloud-computing software, moving applications and data to the tech giant's data centers
Tags: Health, Amazon, Business, Technology, News, Microsoft, Walgreens, Retail


Smartsheet acquires Slope to help creatives collaborate

Smartsheet, the project management and collaboration tool that went public last April, announced the acquisition of Seattle-based TernPro, Inc., makers of Slope, a collaboration tool designed for sharing creative assets. The companies did not share the acquisition price. Bringing Slope into the fold will enable Smartsheet users to share assets like video and photos natively inside the application, and also brings the ability to annotate, comment or approve these assets. Smartsheet sees thi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, TC, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Workflow, Gartner, Collaboration, M&a, Oakland Athletics, Mergers and Acquisitions, Seattle, Slope, Dan Bloom, Constellation Research, Alan Lepofsky


The CEO of a social media firm valued at $1.8 billion has a plan to survive the mar-tech consolidation thanks to big-name clients like McDonald's and Microsoft

10-year old Sprinklr wants to be one of a handful of marketers' platform of choice for handling social media and messaging. While investors' interest in social media management firms has waned, CEO Ragy Thomas views its software as a service (SaaS) model as well-positioned. Sprinklr is on track to hit between $250 to $300 million in revenue this year and is preparing to go public. Sprinklr has turned the firehose of social media content into big business. Valued at $1.8 billion, the firm has ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Adobe, Microsoft, China, Ipo, Trends, Salesforce, Johnson, Sap, United Airlines, Sprinklr, Thomas, McDonald, Marie Kondo


Download Vincent van Gogh’s Collection of 500 Japanese Prints, Which Inspired Him to Create “the Art of the Future”

Vincent van Gogh never went to Japan, but he did spend quite a bit of time in Arles, which he considered the Japan of France. What made him think of the place that way had to do entirely with aesthetics. The Netherlands-born painter had moved to Paris in 1886, but two years later he set off for the south of France in hopes of finding real-life equivalents of the "clearness of the atmosphere and the gay colour effects" of Japanese prints. These days, we've all seen at least a few examples of tha...
Tags: Google, Art, Japan, Microsoft, College, France, Paris, Netherlands, Seoul, Arles, Van Gogh, Vincent, Simon Schama, Facebook Twitter, Vincent Van Gogh, Theo


Zix to buy AppRiver for $275 mln

Zix Corp said Jan. 15 that it agreed to buy AppRiver for $275 million. Marlin Equity Partners is the seller. AppRiver provides cloud-based cybersecurity solutions. True Wind Capital has agreed to invest $100 million in convertible preferred equity. SunTrust Bank and KeyBanc Capital Markets are providing debt. PRESS RELEASE Zix to Acquire AppRiver, Leading Cloud-Based Cybersecurity Solutions Provider • Combination Creates Leading Cloud-based Email Security Provider to Small and Midsize Business (...
Tags: Google, Board of Directors, Microsoft, BYOD, San Francisco, Trends, M&a, University of Pennsylvania, KKR, Securities And Exchange Commission, Msp, San Luis Obispo, SunTrust Bank, EBITDA, Van Buren, Kirkland Ellis LLP


Unpatched vCard Flaw Could Let Attackers Hack Your Windows PCs

A zero-day vulnerability has been discovered and reported in the Microsoft's Windows operating system that, under a certain scenario, could allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on Windows machine. Discovered by security researcher John Page (@hyp3rlinx), the vulnerability was reported to the Microsoft security team through Trend Micro's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) Program over 6 [Author: [email protected] (Wang Wei)]
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, Hacking News, Vulnerability, Cyber Security, windows Vulnerability, Zero-Day Vulnerability, Wang Wei, Windows Security, Windows Hacking, vCard exploit, John Page @hyp3rlinx


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Facebook's business model is under scrutiny in Germany, where a local regulator will reportedly order the social network to stop collecting certain user data. German authorities don't like the way Facebook collects information about people via WhatsApp and Instagram and third-party sites. 2. Norwegian authorities are investigating allegations that Tidal's streaming numbers for Beyonce and Kanye West albums were inflated. Play...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Beyonce, Instagram, Microsoft, Mexico, Germany, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Intel, Kylie Jenner, Qualcomm, Jeff Williams, Alexa


CEO Satya Nadella didn't think it was worth celebrating when Microsoft became the world's most valuable company: 'That’s just not stable' (MSFT)

2018 was a fantastic year for Microsoft shareholders. But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told journalists Monday that the price of Microsoft's shares, or its stint as the world's most valuable company, wasn't the kind of metrics that thrill him. Instead, Nadella says that it's more instructive to measure the impact that Microsoft has on the economies in which in participates.    2018 was a standout year for Microsoft shareholders. But that success wasn't a focus for Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, India, Satya Nadella, Trends, Bill Gates, Idc, Nadella, Amazon Nadella


For AR/VR 2.0 to live, AR/VR 1.0 must die

Tim Merel Contributor Tim Merel is managing director of Digi-Capital. More posts by this contributor The Reality Ecosystem: What AR/VR/XR needs to go big China could beat America in AR/VR long-term The future of AR/VR could be bright, but only if it moves beyond where it is today. 2018 was the first of what look like two transitional years, with a potential shakeout in 2019 before an inflection point in late 2020. Let’s look at whe...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, China, America, Tech, Walmart, Sony, Pokemon, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Lockheed Martin


Windows 7 Enters Its Final Year of Free Support

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Windows 7's five years of extended support will expire on January 14, 2020 -- exactly one year from today. After this date, security fixes will no longer be freely available for the operating system that's still widely used. As always, the end of free support does not mean the end of support entirely. Microsoft has long offered paid support options for its operating systems beyond their normal lifetime, and Windows 7 is no different. What is...
Tags: Microsoft, Tech, ESU


The president of Microsoft says top leaders at the world's biggest tech companies meet regularly to talk about the major issues facing Silicon Valley and the world (MSFT)

Microsoft President Brad Smith told a room full of journalists that he has "sympathy" for executives at tech companies who find themselves under regulatory scrutiny these days. Smith was working at Microsoft back in the '90s, when Microsoft was sued by the federal government over its business practices, and put under a decade of government oversight. Smith said that after the Trump administration's travel ban some 23 months ago, the tech industry came together for a meeting.  Since then, he's ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Congress, Trends, Muslim, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Smith, Donald Trump, Sheryl Sandberg, Trump, Wilmington Delaware


Leaked screenshots reveal Verizon is already testing a video game streaming service to compete with Microsoft, Google, and Amazon

Verizon is the latest company to debut a cloud gaming service; Verizon Gaming will let users stream video games directly to their smartphone and other devices. The Verge reports that the Verizon Gaming app is currently being tested on the Nvidia Shield, a home theater streaming device, and will be headed to Android devices next. Other companies pursuing cloud gaming services include Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Sony, and Electronic Arts. Verizon is planning a new streaming service for video gam...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Microsoft, Trends, Netflix, Jeff Bezos, Nvidia Shield, Microsoft Google, Verizon Gaming, Microsoft Google Amazon Sony, Electronic Arts Verizon, Google Play Store Cloud


The Myth of Capitalism: Monopolies and the Death of Competition. Jonathan Tepper and Denise Hearn. A review...

The Myth of Capitalism is a polemic about the reduction in competition in many industries in the US. And it starts in an entirely appropriate place. Dr Dao - a doctor with patients to serve the next day - was "selected" by United Airlines to be removed from an overbooked plane. As he had patients to tend the next day he did not think he should leave the plane. So the airline sent thugs to bash him up and forcibly removed him. The video (truly sickening) went viral. But the airline did ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Business, Microsoft, Australia, China, US, America, Walmart, Idaho, New York Times, Sydney, Peter Thiel, Silicon Valley, Costco


I went to the biggest tech show in the world after not going for the past 7 years — and I was surprised by how little had changed

I went to CES, the biggest tech show in the world, for the first time since 2012. To be honest, not much has changed since the last time I went seven years ago. LAS VEGAS — Thousands of people flock to Nevada in the first weeks of January for the biggest annual tech show in the world — and this year, I was one of them. I hadn't been back to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — or Las Vegas, for that matter — since 2012, which was the last time I had been sent on assignment to cover the tech ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Samsung, Trends, Ces, Las Vegas, Nevada, Nikon, Electric, Consumer Electronics Show, Mercedes Benz, Consumer Technology Association, Tech Giants, Google Amazon Samsung LG


How open source software took over the world

Mike Volpi Contributor Share on Twitter Mike Volpi is a general partner at Index Ventures. Before co-founding the firm's San Francisco office with Danny Rimer, Volpi served as the chief strategy officer at Cisco Systems. It was just 5 years ago that there was an ample dose of skepticism from investors about the viability of open source as a business model. The common thesis was that Redhat was a snowflake and that no other ope...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Column, Microsoft, Yahoo, Cloud Computing, San Francisco, Tech, Author, Mysql, Designer, Software, Open Source Software, Hortonworks, Computing, Ibm



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