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Ron Miller / TechCrunch:
Alation, which indexes a company's databases to build a data search catalog, raises $50M Series C led by Sapphire Ventures   —  Alation, a startup that helps crawl a company's databases in order to build a data search catalogue, announced a $50 million Series C investment today.
Jan 17, 2019, 9:35 AMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook hires former Google AR/VR engineering lead Ryan Cairns to head Portal, as current Portal head Rafa Camargo shifts to leading hardware for AR/VR   —  Facebook is bringing on the engineering lead for Google's entire AR/VR team to tackle Portal hardware.
Jan 16, 2019, 11:05 PMIn context
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Trump signs the OPEN Government Data Act, asking federal agencies to default to making data public when possible and publishing it in a machine-readable format   —  The federal government produces one hell of a lot of data, but despite desultory lurches towards usability there's little guarantee …
Jan 16, 2019, 7:10 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Indian education unicorn Byju's acquires Osmo, which develops interactive play apps that tie into custom hardware, for $120M   —  Weeks after it raised a massive $540 million funding round, Indian education unicorn Byju's is on the M&A path.  The company announced today it has snapped up U.S-based Osmo …
Jan 16, 2019, 12:55 PMIn context
Connie Loizos / TechCrunch:
Outdoorsy, which develops a platform to connect underused RVs with users, raises $50M Series C led by Greenspring Associates, after a $25M Series B in Feb. 2018   —  Outdoorsy is building for the road ahead.  The three-year-old company, which connects customers with underused RVs …
Jan 16, 2019, 12:00 PMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Pew survey of 963 US Facebook users: 74% didn't know the company compiles lists of their interests and traits to target ads; 51% were uncomfortable with this   —  A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them for ad-targeting purposes.
Jan 16, 2019, 11:25 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Fiserv is buying payments giant First Data in a $22B all-stock deal; Fiserv's CEO Jeffery Yabuki will become CEO of the combined entity   —  While we will continue to see a lot of consolidation among smaller startups in the area of financial technology, or fintech, there are also some much bigger combinations …
Jan 16, 2019, 8:20 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: US homes receiving over-the-air broadcast channels without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription increased 48% to 16M over the past 8 years   —  The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using …
Jan 15, 2019, 7:45 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Researcher finds that Voipo, a communications provider based in Lake Forest, CA, left a server with millions of call logs, texts, and more exposed for months   —  An unprotected server storing millions of call logs and text messages was left open for months before they were found by a security researcher.
Jan 15, 2019, 7:25 PMIn context
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google says it has started rolling out Material Design to Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Sites on the web   —  Google today announced that it has started the long-expected rollout of its Material Design update for Google Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites, after first testing this update …
Jan 15, 2019, 5:20 PMIn context

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