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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Cloud-based unified communications provider Vonage to acquire NewVoiceMedia, a UK-based startup that builds cloud-based contact centers, for $350M   —  More consolidation is afoot in the world of cloud-based voice services.  Today, Vonage — once a VoIP pioneer that today offers cloud-based …
Sep 20, 2018, 10:10 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Zurich-based WayRay, which develops holographic AR hardware and display tech for cars, raises $80M Series C led by Porsche, source says at a $500M valuation   —  The large, legacy car industry has pinned a lot of hopes and dreams on innovative startups to build the next generation of automotive technology …
Sep 18, 2018, 10:10 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Getty Images partners with Amazon to provide images from its catalog of 200M digital pics for searches on the Echo Show and Echo Spot   —  On the heels of the Getty family regaining control of Getty Images, reportedly for about $3 billion, the company is announcing a move to expand use of its images to a wider set of eyeballs.
Sep 17, 2018, 2:50 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Hybrid cloud data specialist Datrium raises $60M Series D at an estimated $282M post-money valuation led by Samsung's Catalyst Fund   —  Cloud services — where our data, apps and computing power are all being managed in servers owned by others, many miles from where we are sitting …
Sep 13, 2018, 11:25 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
PayPal debuts Funds Now, instant payouts for sellers on its platform, following similar functionality brought by rivals like Stripe   —  PayPal, now with 19.5 million businesses and 250 million customers using its payment rails to sell and buy goods and services, is today taking the wraps off …
Sep 11, 2018, 1:30 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Hoodline, which analyses data to find and then write local news stories in 20 cities, raises $10M Series A to expand nationwide   —  While many lament the death of local news, a small army of tech startups have been developing a new set of tools to figure out how to save it.
Sep 10, 2018, 5:00 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Intel acquires San Jose-based NetSpeed Systems, which it had invested in previously, for better tools to make system-on-a-chip designs   —  Intel today is announcing another acquisition as it continues to pick up talent and IP to bolster its next generation of computing chips beyond legacy PCs.
Sep 10, 2018, 1:24 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Snap's Chief Strategy Officer Imran Khan is leaving the company after four years, sources say to start his own investment firm   —  Earlier today, Snap made some waves when it announced that Imran Khan, its chief strategy officer, was stepping down from his role to pursue other opportunities.
Sep 10, 2018, 11:30 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Upwork, a marketplace for freelance developers, writers, and others, files for an IPO on Nasdaq and says it had $228M in revenue from June 2017-2018   —  Another tech IPO is coming around the corner in what has been a strong year for startups taking the plunge and going public.
Sep 6, 2018, 10:55 AMIn context
TechCrunch:
Meditation app Headspace acquires Alpine.AI, formerly VoiceLabs, to expand its voice and AI-powered offerings   —  Headspace, a meditation app with 31 million users that is valued at $320 million, is doubling down on voice and A.I. technology to help differentiate itself from the rest of the wellness pack.
Sep 5, 2018, 3:10 PMIn context

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