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Facebook confirms it has acquired Kustomer, sources say for $1B

Today Facebook made one of its biggest plays yet to build services for the businesses on its platform: it has announced that it is acquiring Kustomer, a startup founded with the aim of disrupting the customer services industry with a new approach to providing agents with better data and a more unified pictures of users by bringing together the many social media and other channels and longer history between them and the company in question. Terms are not being disclosed but sources are saying it’...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Tech, Aol, Instagram Messenger, Kustomer, Brad Birnbaum, Jeremy Suriel, Voca, Snapchat TikTok, WSJ Kustomer, PitchBook Facebook


Facebook buys Kustomer for $1B to expand into customer service tools

Today Facebook made one of its biggest plays yet to build out the services it provides to businesses on its platform: It is acquiring Kustomer, a startup founded with the aim of disrupting the customer services industry with a new approach to providing agents with better data and a more unified picture of users by bringing together the many social media and other channels and longer history between them and the company in question. Terms are not being disclosed, but we have confirmed with sou...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Tech, Aol, M&a, Mergers and Acquisitions, Snap, Instagram Messenger, Kustomer, Brad Birnbaum, Jeremy Suriel, Voca, Snapchat TikTok, WSJ Kustomer, PitchBook Facebook


7 ways to stop spam email from clogging your inbox

There are a number of ways you can protect your email from spam. MoMo Productions/Getty Images Trying to stop all spam email is tough, but there are ways for you to thwart the majority of it from reaching your inbox.  Spam email is unwanted and often unsolicited, clogging your inbox with information from companies, services, or people you don't know or aren't interested in.  Unsubscribing from mailing lists and setting up email filters are just two options that may help reduce spam email. ...
Tags: Firefox, Gmail, Microsoft, Yahoo, Samsung, Trends, Spam, Outlook, Aol, Icloud, Email Management, Don, Tech Insider, Email Scams, BI-freelancer, Tech Reference


Daily Crunch: Verizon sells HuffPost to BuzzFeed

HuffPost has a new owner, Facebook says its misinformation-fighting AI is getting smarter and Affirm files to go public. This is your Daily Crunch for November 19, 2020. The big story: Verizon sells HuffPost to BuzzFeed TechCrunch’s parent company Verizon Media has sold HuffPost. This is part of a larger deal that also includes an investment in BuzzFeed, a content syndication agreement, potential advertising collaboration and more. BuzzFeed co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti was actually one ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, South Korea, Europe, Media, Buzzfeed, India, US, Tech, Joe Biden, Aol, Biden, Jonah Peretti, Huffington Post


Steve Case’s Revolution is targeting $500 million for its fourth growth fund

Revolution, the Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded by AOL cofounder CEO Steve Case and former AOL senior exec Ted Leonsis, is raising $500 million for its fourth fund, shows a new SEC filing. Asked about the effort earlier today, the firm declined to comment. This new fund was was expected. It has been more than four years since Revolution announced its third growth fund, a vehicle that closed with $525 million in capital commitments. That’s a longer time between funds than we’re see...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Washington, White House, Boston, Tech, Austin, Aol, Venture Capital, Revolution, SEC, Silicon Valley, Bigcommerce, Biden, Steve Case


BuzzFeed Buying HuffPost In Surprising Media Move

BuzzFeed is buying HuffPost from Verizon as part of a bigger deal that has the wireless giant investing in the digital-media company. BuzzFeed and Verizon did not disclose terms of the deal. Verizon will be a minority shareholder in BuzzFeed and the two companies will partner on content and ads. A downturn in advertising due to the pandemic has hurt both traditional and digital-only media organizations, resulting in layoffs and furloughs. Digital newsrooms had been consolidating even before t...
Tags: Verizon, News, Yahoo, Arianna Huffington, Buzzfeed, Digital, Aol, Vox, Jonah Peretti, Huffington Post, New York Magazine, HuffPost, Peretti, David Taintor, Facebook That Verizon Media


BuzzFeed buys HuffPost

BuzzFeed is to buy HuffPost, reports the Wall Street Journal, merging two of the most famous companies to emerge from the web 2.0 era of professionalized blogging. HuffPost was one of the various famous websites Verizon inherited when it bought AOL's corpse; it's not clear if the deal is worth any more than the songs paid for Tumblr, Mapquest, or Flickr. — Read the rest
Tags: Verizon, Post, News, Buzzfeed, Aol, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, HuffPost, Content Zaibatsu, Tumblr Mapquest


BuzzFeed acquires HuffPost

HuffPost has a new owner, with its current parent company Verizon Media reaching an agreement to sell the site to BuzzFeed. The Wall Street Journal broke the news and described this as a stock deal. Verizon Media is also making an investment in BuzzFeed and becoming a minority shareholder in the digital media company. The deal also includes an agreement to syndicate content between the two companies while collaborating on advertising and creating a joint innovation group to explore other m...
Tags: Media, Yahoo, Buzzfeed, Tech, Aol, Jonah Peretti, Huffington Post, HuffPost, Peretti, Verizon Verizon, Lydia Polgreen, Verizon Media, Gowrappan, TechCrunch Tim Armstrong, Million Huffington Post Acquisition


This startup is betting that you want to binge remote-work content

As the coronavirus pandemic evolved into a genuine threat, offices closed to limit spread and people suddenly had to download Zoom and work from home. In the months since, many offices have remained closed. And with the number of coronavirus cases growing at a rapid clip, it’s not clear when, or even if, offices will reopen. Jesse Chambers, the founder and CEO of wrkfrce, thinks there’s an opportunity for a media publication dedicated solely to helping workers navigate what he thinks is an irrev...
Tags: Startups, TC, Verizon, Media, Yahoo, Los Angeles, Tech, Remote Work, Aol, Chambers, Fiji, Lindsey, Jesse, Wrkfrce, Jesse Chambers, AOL Chambers


President-elect Joseph Biden plucks Revolution’s Ron Klain as new chief of staff

President-elect Joseph Biden has plucked Ron Klain, a longtime colleague and the current executive vice president of the venture capital firm Revolution, as his White House chief of staff, reports The New York Times.  Klain was Biden’s chief of staff for two years during the Obama administration and left his post as chief of staff in 2011 to fully join Revolution, the firm founded by former AOL chief executive and founder Steve Case. Case, in a blog post, congratulated Klain for his new appointm...
Tags: Startups, TC, Obama, Government, White House, Joe Biden, Aol, New York Times, Biden, Steve Case, Clinton, Harvard Law School, Ron, Google Apple, Joseph Biden, Ron Klain


President-elect Joseph Biden reportedly plucks Revolution’s Ron Klain as new chief of staff

President-elect Joseph Biden has plucked Ron Klain, a longtime colleague and confidant and the current executive vice president of the venture capital firm Revolution, as his White House chief of staff, reports The New York Times.  Klain was Biden’s chief of staff for two years during the Obama administration and left his post as chief of staff in 2011 to join Revolution, the firm founded by former AOL chief executive and founder Steve Case. Revolution did not immediately respond to a request fo...
Tags: Startups, TC, Obama, Government, White House, Tech, Joe Biden, Aol, New York Times, Biden, Clinton, Harvard Law School, Google Apple, Joseph Biden, Ron Klain, Klain


Body Found In Canada Identified As Neo-Nazi Spam King

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Krebs On Security: The body of a man found shot inside a burned out vehicle in Canada three years ago has been identified as that of Davis Wolfgang Hawke, a prolific spammer and neo-Nazi who led a failed anti-government march on Washington, D.C. in 1999, according to news reports. Homicide detectives said they originally thought the man found June 14, 2017 in a torched SUV on a logging road in Squamish, British Columbia was a local rock climber known to o...
Tags: Washington, Stanford, Tech, Canada, Aol, James, Hawke, CTV News, Krebs, Jesse James, Squamish British Columbia, Davis Wolfgang Hawke, Brian McWilliams Hawke, Andrew Britt Greenbaum


From Big Tech to Wall Street: Here's how America's business leaders are reacting to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris' win

Kamala Harris and Sheryl Sandberg. The Facebook COO said her election as first female Vice President was a "remarkable achievement." Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Joe Biden has won the 2020 Presidential Election, Insider and Decision Desk HQ projected last week and the Associated Press confirmed on Saturday.  Executives from Wall Street banks to Silicon Valley tech giants offered their congratulations. "Unity, empathy, and decency are not characteristics of a bygone era," Amazon CEO Jeff Be...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Politics, Microsoft, US, America, Trends, Cisco, Joe Biden, Paypal, United States, Aol, Bill Gates, Ibm, Silicon Valley


Entrepreneur and VC Steve Case shares the 4 things you should emphasize in any virtual pitch to win over your audience

Business Insider Craig Barritt / Stringer Since 2014, Steve Case has seen thousands of pitches as he took his Washington, DC-based venture capital firm Revolution across the country to meet entrepreneurs outside of Silicon Valley, New York City, and Boston.  This year, his startup competition is going virtual and Case, the cofounder of AOL, says there are four things that really make a pitch stand out even if founders are contending with a virtual meeting. Effective virtual pres...
Tags: Small Business, Entrepreneurship, Boston, Trends, Strategy, Case, Washington Dc, Aol, Revolution, Black, Steve Case, Parker, Andrew Parker, Russ Wilcox, Silicon Valley New York City, Rise of the Rest


From Big Tech to Wall Street: Here's how America's business leaders are reacting to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's win

Kamala Harris and Sheryl Sandberg. The Facebook COO said her election as first female Vice President was a "remarkable achievement." Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Joe Biden has won the 2020 Presidential Election, Insider and Decision Desk HQ projected last week and the Associated Press confirmed on Saturday.  Executives from Wall Street banks to Silicon Valley tech giants offered their congratulations. Here's what they had to say. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Wall Str...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, Politics, Microsoft, US, America, Trends, Cisco, Joe Biden, Aol, Bill Gates, Silicon Valley, Associated Press, Jeff Bezos, Biden


Weblog Software Startup the Impetus For LexBlog, Seventeen Years Ago

Moving into a larger home has enabled me to open boxes of books and magazines from years back. Doing so I stumbled across the November, 2003 edition of Business 2.0, the Fortune and Business Week magazine of the startup world. You see, evolving from trial lawyer to legal tech entrepreneur I couldn’t read enough about startups. No idea why me, but my greatest fear was that the tech world would pass me by without my being on the front of the wave. Jeff Bezos was on to something, and I nee...
Tags: Law, Uncategorized, Aol, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, LexisNexis, Om Malik, Ben, Malik, Trott, Medan, Movable Type, Rafat Ali, Primedia, Weblog Software Startup, Fortune and Business Week


Daily Crunch: Under Armour is selling MyFitnessPal

Under Armour gives up on one of its big acquisitions, Uber Eats faces complaints over its free delivery policy for Black restaurants and Facebook takes another step to limit QAnon-related content. This is your Daily Crunch for October 30, 2020. The big story: Under Armour is selling MyFitnessPal Five years after Under Armour acquired MyFitnessPal for $475 million, it’s selling the diet- and exercise-tracking app to investment firm Francisco Partners for $345 million. It’s also shutting dow...
Tags: Apple, Google, TC, Facebook, Uber, India, New York City, Tech, Eu, Aol, Black, Daimler, Under Armour, Myfitnesspal, Armour, Francisco Partners


AOL founder Steve Case, involved early in Section 230, says it’s time to change it

AOL founder Steve Case was there in Dulles, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., when in 1996 the Communications Decency Act was passed as part of a major overhaul of U.S. telecommunications laws that President Bill Clinton signed into law. Soon after, in its first test, a provision of that act which states that, “[n]o provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider,”...
Tags: TC, Washington, Senate, Tech, Washington Dc, Aol, Bill Clinton, Revolution, Brussels, Steve Case, Dulles Virginia, Senate Hearings, Section 230, Rise of the Rest, Communications Decency Act


'Bar Rescue' host Jon Taffer says he was 'surprised' by Trump's plan to save the hospitality industry in their podcast interview

Jon Taffer attends AOL Build Presents: "Bar Rescue" at AOL Studios In New York on March 2, 2016 in New York City. Robin Marchant/Getty Images Jon Taffer, host of the hit show "Bar Rescue" on Paramount, scored a sit-down interview in Las Vegas with President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning for "The Jon Taffer Podcast." Taffer told Insider he was "surprised" by Trump's grasp of policy details in the hospitality sector, particularly with the workings of the PPP loan program and the tax code...
Tags: Politics, New York, Texas, New York City, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Aol, New Jersey, Las Vegas, Nancy Pelosi, Biden, Donald Trump, Skype, PPP, Paramount


The AOL Decision That Ruined The Internet, Way Back In 1993

“For nearly 30 years, the internet’s culture has been defined by a corporation’s move that seemed to, without any care about what was left behind, ensure that a sense of order would never again drive the growth of this series of tubes. This phenomenon is, in many ways, the central tension on which the modern internet is built. And it’s a tension that most people aren’t aware of, even though it is an undercurrent secretly framing our online interactions.” – Tedium
Tags: Art, Media, Aol, 10.13.20


Clarence Thomas Doesn't Like Section 230, Adding To His Anti-Free Speech Legacy (techdirt)

I'm not quite sure what has gotten into Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas lately, but he's been on quite a roll in terms of deciding he wants to toss out all sorts of well-settled precedents (including, in at least one case, his very own precedent). What's alarming, though, is that he seems particularly focused on hacking away at free speech and the 1st Amendment. Back in 2016, when people were discussing whether or Donald Trump could "open up" libel laws, lawyer Ken White noted that there w...
Tags: Facebook, News, Fcc, Supreme Court, Congress, Senate, Court, House, Aclu, Aol, Nyt, Smith, Donald Trump, Wyden, DOE, Reno


Everything you need to know about Discord, the app that over 250 million gamers around the world are using to talk to each other

Discord is an app, available for both computers and phones, that lets you chat and share files with friends and colleagues. Discord is free to download and use, but there's also a membership tier that starts at $4.99 per month. Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Among gamers, the hip way to chat with friends is not via Skype, Slack or TeamSpeak, but Discord, a relatively new messaging app that's starting to surge in popularity — it recently announced a new milesto...
Tags: Yahoo, Entertainment, Finance, Trends, Markets, Features, Aol, Reddit, Skype, Slack, Messaging Apps, Charlottesville Virginia, Tech Insider, Fortnite, Skype Slack, Discord


Millennial Media’s Paul Palmieri launches Tradeswell, a startup promising to fix e-commerce margins

A new startup called Tradeswell said it’s using artificial intelligence to help direct-to-consumer and e-commerce brands build healthier businesses. The company is led by Paul Palmieri, who previously took mobile advertising company Millennial Media public and then sold it to TechCrunch’s corporate parent AOL (now Verizon Media). Afterwards, Palmieri founded Grit Capital Partners, but he told me he decided to join Tradeswell as a co-founder and CEO because he was so excited about the vision. Pal...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Ecommerce, Tech, Bloomberg, Aol, Millennial Media, Palmieri, XYZ, Campbell s Soup, Steve Tracy, San Francisco Salt Company, Paul Palmieri, Grit Capital Partners, Tradeswell, Verizon Media Afterwards Palmieri


Startups joining SK Telecom’s accelerator include AI-driven mapping and vision for delivery robots

We don’t often cover telecom technology startups, but it’s periodically worth checking in to see what’s happening in that space. We can get a good indication from the latest cohort to emerge from an accelerator associated with South Korea’s largest wireless carrier, SK Telecom. This group of startups will join the Telecom Infra Project accelerator in South Korea, which is part of a global program of telecoms specialist centers, and run in partnership with SK Telecom. The cohort includes a...
Tags: TC, South Korea, Pinterest, Tech, Smartphone, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology, Mobile Phones, Aol, Databases, SK Telecom, Crunchbase, Telecom Infra Project, Hangtime, Kiswe


Zoom’s earliest investors are betting millions on a better Zoom for schools

Zoom was never created to be a consumer product. Nonetheless, the video-conferencing company’s accessibility made it the answer to every social situation threatened by the pandemic, from happy hours to meetings. Months later, we’re realizing that force-feeding social experiences into an enterprise software company isn’t a perfect solution. Zoom School is a perfect example of what’s not working: Remote education is a hot mess for students, teachers and parents. Instructors, who could once enga...
Tags: Startups, TC, Education, America, Tech, Cms, Macintosh, Aol, Chromebooks, Steve Case, Online Education, Sdk, Emergence Capital, Zoom, Chasen, PrecisionHawk


Microsoft leaks 6.5TB in Bing search data via unsecured Elastic server. *Insert 'Wow... that much?' joke here*

Not personal info, but there are worries over deanonymisation. Remember that AOL research database? Microsoft exposed a 6.5TB Elastic server to the world, including search terms, location coordinates, device ID data, and a partial list of which URLs were visited, earlier this month.…
Tags: Microsoft, Software, Aol


Tips and Tools for Great Business Names

Branding experts and marketers stress the important of having a unique business name. A business name is the foundation for advertising to get new customers. What Should I Name My Business? Choose a business name that will connect with your brand and of course make sure the name is available. Short and simple is best for business name ideas. How Do I Name My Small Business? Consider your target audience when choosing a business name. It should be used as a domain name and in an email addres...
Tags: Sales, Godaddy, Startup, Cisco, Bbc, Aol, Shopify, Bluehost, Squadhelp, Oberlo, Namelix Namelix, Anadea, Namelix, Squadhelp Squadhelp, Nameboy, Wordlab Wordlab


‘Wonder Woman,’ ‘Boys’ & Timothee Chalamet conquer: Check out the Queerty Fall Entertainment Preview

The Boys in the Band Is this damn pandemic over yet? Thank goodness for movies and TV, which have helped us keep sane during this ongoing period of lockdown and social distancing. In some cases, they’ve replaced actual humans as our friends and lovers. No, we’re not going to elaborate on that one. With Fall officially here and the holiday season creeping ever closer, we anticipate meeting up with a group of returning friends, and a few new ones to boot. From epic sci-fi to over-the-top horror...
Tags: Feature, Entertainment, Stephen King, Lifestyle, Netflix, House, Aol, Broadway, Maxwell, James Bond, Diana, Cbs, Daniel Craig, Victoria, Hulu, Sarah Paulson


Now Is the Time To Bring Back Away Messages

Life is totally online -- we need ways to politely disconnect. From a report: I spend most Thursdays heads down writing. The task is one that, at least for me, requires absolute focus, a quality that I have to essentially beg some corner of my brain to extend to me for a few hours. This usually fails, making the draft take twice as long as it has to. Even now, my phone is lighting up with a text; several Twitter direct messages are awaiting my response; I have an email open in another tab that I...
Tags: Tech, Aol, iMessage Twitter


Idyllic Virginia estate with winery, brewery and famed Budweiser Clydesdales listed for $75M

Mount Ida comes with 26 properties, including a main home, 2 beaches, vineyard, go-kart track and a waterslide leading to tennis court and trails and ponds.
Tags: Virginia, Listings, Lifestyle, Radio, Budweiser, Aol, Lvmh, Steve Case, Louis Vuitton, Mount Ida, Moet, Select, News Brief, Bernard Arnault, Sotheby's International Realty, Luxury Lens