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Netflix and Roku Shares Rally Ahead of Apple's Video Event

Analysts have speculated that Roku, a platform for streaming services, could be a beneficiary from Apple’s entry into the space. Netflix rose 0.8 percent at 11:46 a.m. in New York, while Roku jumped as much as 5.2 percent.


PE-backed By Light Professional buys Phacil

By Light Professional IT Services LLC, a portfolio company of Sagewind Capital, said March 25 that it acquired Phacil. Financial terms weren’t announced. Phacil, of McLean, Virginia, is a diversified software, cybersecurity, systems engineering and managed services provider to the US Government. PRESS RELEASE By Light Acquires Phacil, Significantly Expanding Core IT Capabilities Arlington, VA, March 25, 2019 – By Light Professional IT Services LLC (“By Light” or “the Company”) today announced th...
Tags: PE Deals, Tech


Transportation weekly: Nuro dreams of autonomous lattes, what is a metamaterial, Volvo takes the wheel

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Read the first edition here.  As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An email subscription is coming! This week, we’re shoving as much transportation news, tidbits and insights in here as possible in ho...
Tags: Automotive, Transportation, Alex Roy, Alphabet, Anthony Levandowski, Artificial Intelligence, ATG, Audi, Aurora, Bill Gates, Charlotte, Columbus, Devin Coldewey, Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Ford


Flying taxi startup Blade is helping Silicon Valley CEOs bypass traffic

One year after a $38 million Series B valued on-demand aviation startup Blade at $140 million, the company has begun taxiing the Bay Area’s elite. As part of a new pilot program, Blade has given 200 people in San Francisco and Silicon Valley exclusive access to its mobile app, allowing them to book helicopters, private jets and even seaplanes at a moments notice for $200 per seat, at least. Blade, backed by Lerer Hippeau, Airbus, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and others, currently flies pass...
Tags: Startups, Transportation, Venture Capital, Airbus, American-Airlines, BLADE, California, Carsharing, Ceo, Commuting, Eric Schmidt, Executive, Google, India, Los Angeles, Mumbai


Preparation Concierge: Getting Ahead of Climate Change

A pragmatic guide to equipping yourself for disasters Last year was the fourth-hottest in recorded human history. We’re facing an endless fire season in the west, hurricanes to the east, and floods just about everywhere. It’s undeniable that climate change will affect all of us, but the idea of getting ahead of the effects is daunting. We often hear about making a disaster plan, but …
Tags: Tech, Climate Change, Distasters, Emergencies, Environment, Jason Harper, Lifestraw, New York, Preparation Concierge, Websites


Boston Tech Watch: Notarize, Optimus Ride, LogRocket & More

The self-driving cars are coming (to a gated development near you). Board additions at a novel tech startup. Another big funding round for an industrial 3D printing startup. The Endeavor v. QinetiQ robot competition’s final chapter. Read on for more.—Online notary startup Notarize is adding senior LogMeIn and State Street executives to its board. The Boston-based tech company says Larry D’Angelo, LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM) chief sales officer, and Jack Klinck, former head of global strategy at Stat...
Tags: Boston, Boston blog main, Boston top stories, National blog main, 3D printing, Accomplice, Additive Manufacturing, Arlington, Army, Autonomous, Bae Systems, Battery Ventures, Ben Edelstein, Brex, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Burlington


‘I made $3.75 an hour’: Lyft and Uber drivers push to unionize for better pay

Drivers for the rideshare companies are seeing much of their pay go to expenses while Lyft and Uber prepare for their IPOsFor over a year Rob Mead has worked as an Uber driver in Reno, Nevada, to supplement his income as a public sector worker. Now he’s wondering if it is worth it. “After gas, added monthly rideshare insurance, wear-and-tear, constant oil changes and taxes that $300 for 30 hours of work I thought I made in a week actually averages down to about $90 after expenses,” said Mead. R...
Tags: US unions, Uber, Lyft, Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, Business, Technology, US news


Comcast to sell streaming-TV bundle for internet customers

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast is launching an aggregated bundle of existing streaming-TV apps for $5 a month. The new service, “Flex,” available March 26, brings together apps that customers already pay for, like Netflix, Amazon’s video or HBO, and free services like YouTube, Pluto and Tubi, and lets users search for TV shows and […]
Tags: Business, Hbo, New York, Technology, Television, News, Entertainment, Ap, Nation, Comcast, Netflix Amazon, Tubi, YouTube Pluto


Stocks move broadly higher, led by technology companies

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks moved broadly higher in early trading on Wall Street Thursday as technology stocks offset declines in the banking sector. Apple rose 2.8 percent as it continues to announce new products. Olive Garden owner Darden Restaurants soared 6.4 percent after reporting earnings that were far better than analysts were expecting. […]
Tags: Apple, Business, New York, News, Ap, Nation, Darden Restaurants, Olive Garden


Lawrence Ferlinghetti Turns 100: Hear the Great San Francisco Poet Read “Trump’s Trojan Horse,” “Pity the Nation” & Many Other Poems

It has been a season of mourning for literature: first the death of Mary Oliver and now W.S. Merwin, two writers who left a considerable imprint on over half a century of American poetry. Considering the fact that founding father of the Beats and proprietor of world-renowned City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, turns 100 on March 24th, maybe a few more people have glanced over to check on him. How’s he doing? He's grown "frail and nearly blind," writes Chloe Veltman at The Guard...
Tags: Google, New York, Navy, Washington Post, College, Poetry, San Francisco, Charles, UC Berkeley, Chinatown, Columbia, City Lights, Trump, Coney Island, Ginsberg, Edward Gorey


Splice raises $57.5 mln

Splice said March 20 that it raised $57.5 million in a Series C round led by existing investors Union Square Ventures and True Ventures. Also participating were DFJ Growth, Flybridge, and Lerer Hippeau, Liontree, Founders Circle Capital, and Matt Pincus, founder of Songz Publishing. Splice is a music startup that aims to help musicians create and earn revenue. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK, March 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Splice, the company evolving the way musicians make music, today announced that it ...
Tags: Apple, New York, Trends, Drake, True Ventures, Union Square Ventures, Dfj, Cto, Walsh, Dre, Marvel Entertainment, Andy Weissman, Vora, VC Deals, Steve Martocci, Splice


#490 The Latest SEO News You Need To Know! Interview with Barry Schwartz

On today’s episode of the Internet Marketing Podcast, Andy is joined by Barry Schwartz, keynote speaker, editor of Search Engine Roundtable, News editor at Search Engine Land, self confessed search geek, and CEO of RustyBrick in New York to talk about the latest SEO news that we need to be aware of.  On the show you’ll learn: Whether or not Click Through Rate (CTR) affects your rankings How CTR affects personalised results How Google detects YMYL (Your Money, Your Life) queries and adjusts fo...
Tags: Google, New York, Seo, Sem, Bing, Barry, Digital Marketing, The Digital Marketing Blog, Internet Marketing Podcast, Andy, Barry Schwartz


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. . The fine relates to Google's abuse of its dominance in search advertising, with the firm pressuring third-party publishers to use its AdSense tool. Huawei's CTO for Germany has dismissed spying claims as absurd and "technically impossible." The entire debate, he said, was being conducted by non-technical experts and related to politicians' wider concerns about China.  Apple finally launched its second-generation AirPods...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon, Europe, New York, Australia, Germany, Trends, Siri, Aol, Bill Gates, New Zealand, Jeff Bezos, Huawei, Alexa


Lithuanian man pleads guilty in $100M internet fraud case

NEW YORK (AP) — A Lithuanian man who duped Google and Facebook into transferring over $100 million into accounts he controlled has pleaded guilty to wire fraud. Evaldas Rimasauskas (eh-VAHL’-dahs ree-muh-SOWS’-kuhs) entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan. Judge George Daniels set a July 24 sentencing date. The charge could carry as many […]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, New York, Technology, News, Ap, Nation, Manhattan, George Daniels


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


These ad execs have a venture fund they’d like to sell you

Mike Duda comes from the world of advertising. In fact, he spent 13 years at the renowned ad agency Deutsch, becoming the youngest partner in the company’s history until another creative, Brent Vartan, came along and stole the title. Little wonder that in 2010, when Duda struck out on his own to create Bullish (formerly known as Consigliere Brand Capital), he stole Vartan, later making him the firm’s second managing partner. It isn’t that the two wanted to outgun their former employer exactly. I...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Ecommerce, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Palo Alto, Portland, Venture Capital, San Diego, Patagonia, Silicon Valley


In end of 20th Century Fox, a new era dawns for Hollywood

NEW YORK (AP) — The Fox Studio backlot, first built in 1926 on a Culver City ranch in Los Angeles, was enormous. Before much of it was sold off in the 1960s, it was four times the size of its current, and still huge, 53 acres. Shirley Temple’s bungalow still sits on the lot, as […]
Tags: Business, New York, Hollywood, Technology, Movies, News, Entertainment, Los Angeles, Nation, Shirley Temple, Culver City


Glossier triples valuation, enters unicorn club with $100M round

Glossier, known for its flagship line of barely there beauty products, has landed a $100 million Series D led by Sequoia Capital. The round values Emily Weiss’ business at a whopping $1.2 billion, fully cementing the company as a startup “unicorn” and tripling the valuation it garnered with a $52 million Series C in 2018. News of the round was first reported by The Wall Street Journal and later confirmed by Glossier. “We are building an entirely new kind of beauty company: one that owns the dist...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Instagram, Funding, Tech, Dropbox, Venture Capital, Estee Lauder, Quinn, Sequoia Capital, Thrive Capital, Wall Street Journal, IVP, WSJ, Tiger Global Management


TIMELINE: How Prosecutors Narrowed In On Michael Cohen’s Crimes

Just two months after special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, his team of prosecutors trained their sights on Michael Cohen. That’s one of the most surprising revelations from the almost 900 pages of search warrant materials in the Cohen case made public on Tuesday. The documents help explain how prosecutors developed evidence that Cohen committed bank and tax fraud, conspired to defraud the U.S., and violated campaign finance laws by...
Tags: Apple, Google, New York, News, Washington, Senate, New York City, Fbi, House, Manhattan, Journal, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Cohen, Viktor Vekselberg, Michael Cohen


#3quotes from Papert

Image from Wikimedia Commons MIT professor Seymour Papert wanted to turn education on its head.He was disillusioned with the idea that we should 'instruct' children and that they would learn solely from content delivery. He was particularly critical of the use of computers as 'replacements' for teachers. There's a clear indication of those sentiments in this quote from his seminal work from 1980, Mindstorms: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas: “In many schools today, the phrase 'com...
Tags: New York, Technology, Learning, Education, Computers, Teaching, Brighton, Schools, eLearning, Seymour Papert, Papert, Making, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Mindstorms, Doing


Buzzy AI software startup UiPath in talks to raise a mega funding round at a possible $7 billion valuation

UiPath is in talks with investors about a major new funding round that could double the buzzy startup's valuation, to as much as $7 billion, sources told Business Insider. The round, likely to close in early April, is led by institutional investors including Coatue, with likely participation from others like T. Rowe Price, one source said. It could make UiPath, which builds software robots that can carry out repetitive office functions, the world's most valuable artificial-intelligence startup...
Tags: Google, New York, Microsoft, California, Softbank, Trends, Army, Romania, Sequoia Capital, Huawei, Blackstone, Irs, Sequoia, Samsung Galaxy, T Rowe Price, Coatue


Buzzy AI software startup UiPath in talks to raise a mega funding round at possible $7 billion valuation

Buzzy software robots startup UiPath is in talks with investors about a major new funding round that could double its valuation from $3 billion to as much as $7 billion, sources told Business Insider. The round, which will likely close in early April, is led by institutional investors including Coatue, with likely participation from others like T. Rowe Price, one source said. It could make UiPath — which builds software robots that can carry out repetitive, back-office functions — the world's ...
Tags: Google, New York, Microsoft, California, Softbank, Samsung, Trends, Army, Romania, Sequoia Capital, Huawei, Blackstone, Sequoia, Internal Revenue Service, ARR, T Rowe Price


Fox Corp. begins trading as Disney completion looms

NEW YORK (AP) — Fox Corp., the Fox assets that are not part of Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets, began trading as a stand-alone company on Tuesday. Disney’s acquisition of Fox assets is set to close around 12 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, more than a year after the mega deal was first […]
Tags: Business, New York, Technology, News, Disney, Ap, Fox, Fox Corp


Coming Home Again: Estrada Returns to Lead WeWork Labs in Houston

Houston—Co-working company WeWork is opening its latest “Labs” space in Houston.New York-based WeWork, which has 49 Labs programs across the United States and globe, opened its first Texas location, in Dallas, last fall. WeWork’s Labs is the business’s version of an early stage startup program, offering workshops, mentorship, connections to local accelerator and incubator programs, and more in exchange for rent.Leading the endeavor is Carlos Estrada, a native Houstonian who returns to the city ...
Tags: Startups, New York, Texas, Trends, Tech, People, Austin, United States, Innovation, Dallas, Nebraska, Lincoln, WeWork, Houston, Alice, Agtech


Employee retention platform Peakon raises further $35M in a new round led by Atomico

Peakon, the Denmark headquartered “employee retention platform,” has raised a further $35 million in funding. Described as a Series B extension, the round is led by European venture capital firm Atomico, with backing from existing investors, including EQT Ventures, IDInvest Partners, Balderton Capital, and Sunstone. Originally offering “people analytics” by enabling companies to more regularly survey employees, Peakon has since evolved to become a fully fledged SaaS for employee retention. It...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, New York, Tech, New Zealand, Denmark, Atomico, Peakon, Sunstone, Mattias Ljungman Partner, EQT Ventures IDInvest Partners Balderton Capital, Kasper Hulthin, U K Denmark Germany, Capgemini Verizon BMW


In big tech’s future expansion plans, public good should be the corporate incentive

Yung Wu Contributor Yung Wu is the CEO of MaRS Discovery District, a Toronto-based innovation hub. More posts by this contributor To actually change the world, Big Tech needs to grow up The cancellation of Amazon’s planned expansion in New York exposes the truth about its HQ2 promises. In the end, the company seemed mainly interested in tax incentives and being allowed to make a corner of NYC once set aside for public housing and scho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Uber, Column, Business, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Virginia, Toronto, Tech, Ceo, Economy, Companies, Artificial Intelligence


Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1

Y Combinator’s incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It’s so large, in fact, it’s had to change the way it does Demo Day. Rather than all pitches happening on one stage, they were split across two stages (the “Pioneer” and “Mission” stages) running in parallel. So even if you were in the building, you couldn’t see all the pit...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Hbo, New York, Instagram, Navy, China, India, Nigeria, Africa, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco


Here are the results from Apple’s largest-ever irregular heartbeat study

Imperfect but still promising.That's been the takeaway so far from observers noting the results of Apple's massive irregular heartbeat study, an analysis in which more than 419,000 Apple Watch users participated -- and which detected signs of an irregular heartbeat, the kind of thing that could eventually lead to a stroke, in around 2,100 of those participants.Apple had teamed up with Stanford University researchers for this screening, which the iPhone maker praised as the largest study ...
Tags: Apple, New York, News, New Orleans, Associated Press, Stanford University, American College of Cardiology, Valentin Fuster, Mount Sinai Heart, Lloyd Minor Stanford, Richard Kovacs


Most Amazon Brands Are Duds, Not Disrupters, Study Finds

An anonymous reader shares a report: The explosion of Amazon's private-label products -- batteries, baby wipes, jeans, tortilla chips, sofas -- has prompted concern that the world's biggest online retailer could use its clout to promote these house brands at the expense of merchants selling similar products on the web store. The issue even surfaced in Senator Elizabeth Warren's recent proposal to break up big technology companies. Turns out most Amazon-branded goods are flops that don't threaten...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Amazon Brands


Lyft’s driver wage lawsuit in NYC continues

As Lyft gears up to list its stock on the NASDAQ, the transportation company is facing ongoing litigation regarding driver wages in New York City. Today, a judge denied Lyft’s motion for an injunction blocking the recent ruling that sets a minimum wage for drivers. Still, the judge said she’ll think it over and file a written ruling in the next 30 days. This comes shortly after a number of drivers protested Lyft’s lawsuit against the city of New York earlier this morning. “We are pleased the ...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, New York, New York City, Tech, New York City Council, NYC Council, Independent Drivers Guild, Campbell Matthews, Tina Raveneau, NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission, Uber Lyft Via



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