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25Nov

Mobile and enterprise are the keys to VR/AR scale

Michael Boland Crunch Network Contributor Mike Boland was one of Silicon Valley’s first tech reporters of the internet age, and is now chief analyst of BIA/Kelsey and the VR/AR Association. How to join the network Though PC and console VR are the sexier formats we’re all excited about, is mobile […]

22Nov

Draper Nexus closes $175 million fund, LP’s include Panasonic, Canon and other Japanese tech giants

Early stage venture firm, Draper Nexus, has closed its second fund at $175 million, according to Managing Director Q Motiwala. Its debut fund closed in 2013, at $50 million. Limited partners in Draper Nexus are global tech conglomerates, primarily based in Japan. For its second fund, the firm signed up […]

22Nov

AWS drops its storage prices and launches new cold storage retrieval options

Amazon Web Services (AWS) today announced a significant price drop for some of its storage services. In addition, it is also launched a few new features for developers who want to use its Glacier cold storage service. The new prices that most developers will likely care about are those for […]

22Nov

Google’s redesigned Google Sites goes live

For the longest time, Google Sites felt like the forgotten app in Google’s productivity suite. Earlier this year, though, the company announced that it would finally give Sites a full overhaul. Today, after a short beta, this new version of Sites is going live for all users. Google Sites is […]

21Nov

IBM expands its UK presence with 4 new data centers

IBM today announced that it is launching four new data centers in the U.K. This brings IBM’s total data center footprint in the U.K. to six, in addition to 16 other locations across Europe. This is yet another example of the company’s increasing infrastructure investment. The first of these new […]

21Nov

Astronomer connects your SaaS with other SaaS for a true in-saas-ception

Your SaaS is just out of control! You’re spending thousands or millions on products – a CRM system, a field operations app, a system to keep your life-like humanoid androids from killing park guests in your Wild West-themed adventure park – and none of these systems talk to each other, […]

20Nov

How data science and rocket science will get humans to Mars

Kapil Kedar Crunch Network Contributor Kapil Kedar is the director of technical sales at Alpine Data. How to join the network In a recent op-ed to CNN, President Obama re-affirmed America’s commitment to sending a manned mission to Mars. Think your data science challenges are too complicated? Imagine the difficulties involved […]

19Nov

French IoT startup Sigfox nabs €150M Series E, reportedly at €600M valuation

Sigfox, the IoT company based out of France that is building a dedicated, global network to connect, monitor and control devices like smart-home alarms, machinery, refrigerators and city streetlights, today confirmed that it has closed its latest round of funding, a Series E round of €150 million ($160 million). We broke […]

19Nov

Cogito closes $15M Series B to improve customer support with science

Cogito, a real-time feedback platform for customer service agents, added $15 million to its coffers today in the form of a Series B. This brings the company’s total fundraising to $22.5 million. The MIT Media Lab spin-off is applying the principles of behavioral science to call centers around the world to […]

17Nov

Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms now let you create custom templates

Here is a small but very useful (and long overdue) update to Google’s G Suite apps: Docs, Sheets, Slides and Forms are getting support for creating custom, reusable templates that you can share with your co-workers. While you may not use templates much in your day-to-day G Suite life, this is […]

17Nov

Kubernetes founders launch Heptio with $8.5M in funding to help bring containers to the enterprise

For years, the public face of Kubernetes was one of the project’s founders: Google group product manager Craig McLuckie. He started the open-source container-management project together with Joe Beda, Brendan Burns and a few other engineers inside of Google, which has since brought it under the guidance of the newly […]

17Nov

Sprinklr acquires Little Bird, a tool for finding experts on anything via Twitter

New York marketing tech firm Sprinklr has acquired Portland-based Little Bird, according to Sprinklr founder and CEO Ragy Thomas. Little Bird was founded in 2011 to help researchers quickly find the top experts and influencers on any given subject via Twitter. It raised from Mark Cuban, Jason Calacanis, Oregon Angel […]

17Nov

Open source and coopetition are the new normal

In a month of unexpected outcomes, we have also seen some tech partnership announcements, ones we thought we might never see. In fact, just this week we witnessed Microsoft joining the Linux foundation and Google joining Microsoft’s .NET foundation. You cannot minimize just how at odds these announcements are with what […]

17Nov

Salesforce looks surprisingly good headed into the end of the year with a strong Q3

Despite a weak second quarter and a lot of eyes on the end of the year, Salesforce is already starting to look pretty good again to Wall Street. The company beat analyst expectations today in its third-quarter earnings report across the board. Salesforce reported earnings of 24 cents per share […]

12Oct

DroneDeploy launches a directory for professional drone operators

DroneDeploy wants businesses to be able to find a drone services provider as easily as anyone can find a place to eat dinner, anywhere in the world. So today, the company unveiled a new free Drone Mapping Directory. Take, for example, a real estate developer who needs a finely detailed […]

12Oct

Noodle Partners raises $4 million to help colleges deliver degrees online

Noodle Partners Inc., a new education venture from the founder of The Princeton Review and 2U Inc., John Katzman, has raised $4 million in venture funding to help colleges and universities deliver high-quality certificate and degree programs online. Philadelphia-based Osage Venture Partners led the investment in Noodle Partners and was joined by New […]

12Oct

Serverless raises $3M to help developers go serverless

Serverless offers developers an open source framework that allows them to more easily write applications for platform like AWS Lambda and — in the near future — Microsoft’s Azure Functions and Google’s Cloud Functions. The company today announced that its framework is now out of beta and that it has raised a $3 million […]

12Oct

Atlassian keeps one foot in the data center and one in the cloud with new products

Atlassian wants the best of both the cloud and data center worlds, and it announced at the Atlassian Summit today that it was expanding its data center-cloud strategy with new products. At a time when companies are shifting their business to the cloud, it may seem like an odd approach […]

12Oct

Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 is now generally available

Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 is now generally available and rolling out to customers. Presales for Server 2016 started on October 1 and Microsoft always said that customers would get access to the actual bits in mid-October. Now that it’s mid-October and the leaves are falling, the company is living up to this […]

11Oct

Apttus looks to the future with bots and virtual reality

Last year Apttus, which provides pricing, quoting and contract building on the Salesforce platform was growing at a crazy rate. It appeared to be headed to IPO or a Salesforce purchase when it got a punch to the gut. Salesforce bought Steelbrick instead. Sources say, Apttus might have gotten greedy, thinking […]

11Oct

Microsoft announces GA of Dynamics 365 with AI features

We’ve been hearing all artificial intelligence, all the time from the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) industry over the last several weeks. Microsoft is the latest to trumpet its AI capabilities for sales people with the general availability of Dynamics 365 coming on November 1st. Microsoft announced last summer that it was […]

11Oct

Adobe’s Acrobat DC gets better support for digital signatures

With its Creative Cloud, Adobe made an early bet on offering its tools for creatives as a subscription service. With its Document Cloud, the company also offers a subscription-based service for its more enterprise-focused document management tools. Acrobat DC, the PDF-centric flagship service of the Document Cloud, is getting an update today that […]

11Oct

Facebook is about to learn that the enterprise is a different animal

Facebook officially entered the enterprise market this week with the release of Workplace by Facebook (previously known as Facebook at Work). It goes without saying that Facebook has had tremendous success as a consumer tool, but the enterprise is a different place, with distinct requirements. While it picked up 1,000 […]

11Oct

Facebook, Twitter cut off data access for Geofeedia, a social media surveillance startup

According to a new study published today from the American Civil Liberties Union, major social networks including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram have recently provided user data access to Geofeedia, the location-based, social media surveillance system used by government offices, private security firms, marketers and others. As TechCrunch previously reported, Geofeedia is […]