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Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Casa Systems, maker of cable, wireless, and optical network gear and software, closed up 11% on Friday, after raising $78M in a downsized IPO   —  Andover, Massachusetts-based Casa Systems had a tough time pulling off its IPO this week.  —  The broadband solutions company wanted to debut Thursday …
Dec 18, 2017, 10:50 AMIn context
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Gemalto, which makes SIM and smart cards and provides IT security, agrees to ~$5.4B buyout by French conglomerate Thales, a 57% premium over 12/8 closing price   —  Digital security solutions provider Gemalto has agreed to a €51 per share acquisition offer from French aerospace …
Dec 17, 2017, 10:00 AMIn context
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Spotlite, a two-month-old video live streaming app with monetization options for singers raises $10M from Sequoia Capital China and BlueRun Ventures   —  Described to me as “American Idol meets musical.ly,” startup Spotlite recently raised more than $10 million from Sequoia Capital China and BlueRun Ventures.
Dec 15, 2017, 11:20 PMIn context
Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch:
UK-based Loot, which offers a digital current account aimed at students and millennials, raises £2.2M Series A and says it has 50K users   —  “There are two types of competition for us at Loot: the banks and the money management apps," Loot founder Ollie Purdue tells me.
Dec 15, 2017, 3:00 PMIn context
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
Indonesia's ride-hailing service Go-Jek has acquired offline payment firm Kartuku, payment gateway Midtrans, and payment and lending network Mapan   —  Go-Jek, the company leading Uber and Grab in Southeast Asia's largest market, has bagged a hat trick of deals to advance its mobile payment strategy.
Dec 15, 2017, 7:25 AMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple launches its podcast analytics service in beta, which only tracks data from iOS 11 and iTunes 12.7 users   —  At WWDC this year, Apple announced it would soon offer its own podcast analytics service for show creators who publish on Apple Podcasts.  Today, that service has launched into beta …
Dec 14, 2017, 4:20 PMIn context
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Microsoft quietly adds beta of native OpenSSH client and server to Windows 10   —  The first thing I download on a new Windows machine - after Chrome, of course - is PuTTY.  This tried-and-true OpenSSH client has served millions of devs quite well for the past twenty years and I'm sure …
Dec 14, 2017, 2:25 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google updates Google Flights, Google Trips, and its hotel search service with price tracking, rolling out globally today   —  Google today is expanding its booking features for travelers using Google services including Trips, Flights and hotel search, with a focus on helping people find better rates.
Dec 14, 2017, 12:37 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook confirms it will stop subsidies for Facebook Live publishers, encouraging them to use mid-roll ads, and says pre-roll ads are coming to Watch   —  Everyone's least favorite ads are coming to Facebook, but six-second pre-rolls will only appear on original Watch tab videos you purposefully view and not in the News Feed.
Dec 14, 2017, 12:13 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook launches a new Click-to-WhatsApp ad unit that enables calls or messages via WhatsApp, gradually rolling out worldwide except in Europe   —  WhatsApp has always said that it has no plans to put ads into its own app, but this is not stopping Facebook, which now owns WhatsApp …
Dec 14, 2017, 10:30 AMIn context

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