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a look at M&A deals – TechCrunch

June 10, 2018

In startup land, the mandate is to get bought, go public or die trying. And, as far as getting bought goes, one of tech’s Big Five could be a desirable acquirer. They have a lot of weight to throw around. Alphabet (the parent company of Google), Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft account for a titanic amount of market value — close to […]

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Amazon’s Fire TV Cube is a set top box crossed with an Echo
 – TechCrunch

June 7, 2018

Amazon just added another model to its increasingly crowded selection of living room offerings. There’s bound to be some consumer confusion around the line, but the Cube differentiates itself by bridging the gap between Fire TV and Echo. Sure, past set top offerings have incorporated Alexa control, but this latest addition folds in the full […]

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Amazon is bringing Alexa and Echo to France this month – TechCrunch

June 5, 2018

Amazon just got a step closer to world smart speaker domination. Starting today, users in France can pre-order the Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Spot. The standard Echo and Echo Dot will start shipping to users next week. The display-equipped Echo Spot will arrive at some point next month. Naturally, the expansion also includes a French […]

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Amazon latest to face UK complaint over ‘bogus self-employment’ – TechCrunch

June 4, 2018

Amazon is the latest tech giant to be targeted by a legal challenge in the UK related to gig economy working practices. The UK’s GMB Union is filing suit on behalf of couriers for three delivery companies used by Amazon — accusing the suppliers of making bogus claims that the delivery drivers were self employed, and thus […]

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India’s Locus raises $4M to expand its logistics management service worldwide – TechCrunch

June 4, 2018

Locus, a three-year-old startup that helps companies map out their logistics, has pulled in $4 million in funding to grow its global footprint outside of its native India. The round is described as pre-Series B and it was provided by Rocketship.vc, Recruit Strategic Partners, pi Ventures and DSP Group’s Hemendra Kothari. Existing backers Blume Ventures, Exfinity Venture […]

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Monetizing computing resources on the blockchain – TechCrunch

June 4, 2018

A while back, a blockchain startup approached me with their pitch, a decentralized social media application in which users can earn money by simply doing what they already do on other platforms, such posting updates, photos and videos. I would have been intrigued had they sent me the message a couple of years ago. But […]

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Motiv’s fitness ring can help you find a lost iPhone – TechCrunch

May 31, 2018

I was surprisingly impressed when I tested out Motiv’s fitness ring. Honestly, I’m not a ring wearer myself, but it’s nice to see a hardware startup think outside the fitness band — and produce a surprisingly capable product in the process. The company’s also done a pretty decent job continuing to add features to the […]

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AWS launches pay-per-session pricing for its QuickSight BI tool – TechCrunch

May 31, 2018

Amazon QuickSight, the company’s business intelligence tool for AWS, launched back in 2015, but it’s hard to say how much impact the service has made in the highly competitive BI market. The company has far from given up on this project, though, and today, it’s introducing a new pay-per-session pricing plan for access to QuickSight dashboards that […]

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Australians will no longer be able to order from Amazon’s American site – TechCrunch

May 31, 2018

Starting in July, Australians will be blocked from ordering items on Amazon’s United States site. The company said today that shoppers in Australia will be redirected to its local site, Amazon.com.au, and that its international sites, including Amazon.com, will no longer ship to Australian addresses. The change is in response to a new tax regulation […]

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Stitch Fix CEO doesn’t seem worried about Amazon – TechCrunch

May 30, 2018

Speaking at the Code Conference today, Stitch Fix CEO Katarina Lake did not express much concern over Amazon and its entrance into fashion with Prime Wardrobe. Lake says that while she does think about Amazon, that Amazon offers a “fundamentally different” value proposition. With Amazon, Lake said, the value proposition is about having a “sea […]

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