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The long Cocky-gate nightmare is over – TechCrunch

June 18, 2018

I’ve been wanting to write about Cocky-gate for some time now but the story – a row between self-published authors that degenerated into ridiculousness – seems finally over and perhaps we can all get some perspective. The whole thing started in May when a self-published romance author, Faleena Hopkins, began attempting to enforce her copyright […]

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After twenty years of Salesforce, what Marc Benioff got right and wrong about the cloud – TechCrunch

June 17, 2018

As we enter the 20th year of Salesforce, there’s an interesting opportunity to reflect back on the change that Marc Benioff created with the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for enterprise software with his launch of Salesforce.com. This model has been validated by the annual revenue stream of SaaS companies, which is fast approaching $100 billion by […]

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Seattle reverses controversial tax Amazon opposed, just a month after approving it – TechCrunch

June 14, 2018

In an embarrassing and mystifying about-face, the Seattle City Council has repealed a tax it passed unanimously just a month ago that would require large companies to pay a fixed amount per employee; the money would have been used to combat homelessness. Amazon was the most high-profile opponent of the tax, but not the only […]

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Ring’s $199 security system will finally ship next month – TechCrunch

June 13, 2018

Way back in October of last year, Ring announced “Ring Protect” — a modular, no contract, DIY home security system. After a few delays, a bit of legal drama and Ring being acquired for a billion dollars by Amazon, the alarm is finally about to ship — albeit with a slightly different (better!) name. Ring […]

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Amazon now lets you share your custom skills made with Alexa Blueprints – TechCrunch

June 13, 2018

Earlier this year, Amazon introduced “Alexa Blueprints” – a way for anyone to create their own customized Alexa skills for personal use, without needing to know how to code. Today, the company will allow those skills to be shared with others, including through text messages, email, messaging apps like WhatsApp, or social media platforms like […]

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YugaByte’s new database software rakes in $16 million so developers can move to any cloud – TechCrunch

June 12, 2018

Looking to expand the footprint of its toolkit giving developers a unified database software that can work for both relational and post-relational databases, YugaByte has raised $16 million in a new round of funding. For company co-founder, Kannan Muthukkaruppan, the new database software liberates developers from the risk of lock-in with any provider of cloud […]

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Prime savings to reach around half of Whole Foods Market stores this week – TechCrunch

June 11, 2018

Amazon and its grocery store chain Whole Foods announced this morning that savings for Prime members will make their way to ten more stores across the U.S. this week, including Arizona, Georgia, Oregon, North Carolina and Washington, among others. The tie-up gives Amazon shoppers another reason to join the Prime membership program – 10 percent […]

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Notorious Kindle Unlimited abuser has been booted from the bookstore – TechCrunch

June 11, 2018

A few levels past the bestsellers and sci-fi/romance/adventure titles on Kindle Unlimited, in the darkest corners of the Kindle Direct Publishing market, there are books that are made entirely out of garbage designed to make scammers hundreds of dollars a day. One user, who called his or herself Chance Carter, was one of the biggest […]

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CapitalG leads $21.5M investment in Aye Finance, its first deal in India – TechCrunch

June 11, 2018

India is a major part of Google’s global focus. The company launched a new product in India last week as its program to bring free WiFi to the public registered its 400th railway station. Now, the U.S. tech giant is continuing to deepen its focus after CapitalG — its venture arm formerly known as Google Capital — […]

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After report on “appalling” conditions, Foxconn will investigate plant that makes Amazon devices – TechCrunch

June 11, 2018

Foxconn Technology Group says it is investigating a factory it operates that makes Amazon devices, including Kindles, after an in-depth report by advocacy group China Labor Watch criticized its “appalling working conditions,” including excessive hours and over-reliance on temporary workers. “We are carrying out a full investigation of the areas raised by the report, and […]

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