Tag: Enterprise

YouTube wins back AT&T, one of the biggest advertisers in the U.S., after extremist content controversy

Nearly two years after pulling its ads from YouTube after they appeared alongside controversial content, AT&T has announced that it is returning to Google’s video-streaming platform. Because YouTube’s ad platform is programmatic, meaning software decides where ads are placed rather than humans, brands haven’t always had as much control as they would like in terms […]

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Microsoft wants to make Cortana available through Google Assistant

Cortana might not be the most popular voice assistant around, but Satya Nadella doesn’t have a problem with that. Microsoft’s CEO told media this week that the company’s strategy isn’t to expand its assistant’s reach at the expense of rivals like Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, or Amazon’s Alexa, but rather to work with competitors to […]

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Zipwhip raises $51.5 million to bridge text messaging and phone calls

Landlines are ever-so-slowly going the way of the dodo, but a few holdouts remain. Almost 43 percent of U.S. households still pay for telephone service over copper wire, according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control National Health Information Survey’s most recent findings. The same goes for the nearly 200 million companies with business phone numbers in the […]

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Want your sales teams to always be closing? Adopt AI (VB Live)

Artificial intelligence can increase your leads and appointments by 50 percent, reduce costs up to 60 percent, cut call time up to 70 percent, and slash admin work by 40 percent. So why aren’t your sales teams totally AI-enabled? Learn more about how AI can help your salespeople take back their time and close the […]

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Square’s new debit card gives merchants instant access to funds, discounts with other sellers

Square is offering business owners their very own Square debit card, one that gives sellers immediate access to their funds after a sale. Businesses that sign up for Square Card will initially also receive a 2.75 percent discount on all purchases made with other sellers on the Square platform. Though Square is better known for […]

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Pro.com raises $33 million to match home renovators with general contractors

Home improvement is easier said than done, depending on the complexity of the job at hand. Finding a reliable contractor takes weeks, if you’re lucky. And if you’re not, botched jobs and construction delays can turn a straightforward remodel into a renovation from hell. That’s where Pro.com comes in — or so goes the elevator pitch. […]

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What3words entices investment from Sony’s Innovation Fund

A universal system to index the world’s locations might sound ambitious, but that’s exactly what Chris Sheldrick and Cambridge mathematician Mohan Ganesalingam set out to build six years ago with What3words. Their mnemonic alternative to longitude and latitude coordinates consists of 57 trillion three-meter-by-three-meter squares spanning the entire globe, each associated with a unique address made of […]

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Alation raises $50 million to index enterprise data

Data catalogs — hierarchical tools designed to organize tables, databases, and other critical bits of information — are a relatively new, but fast-growing, cottage industry within the $42 billion big data market. It’s not difficult to see why; enterprises forced to contend with thousands (or millions) of files across disparate systems stand to benefit from […]

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Amazon’s AWS launches full-managed data backup service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a new backup service for companies using its cloud computing platform. With AWS Backup, the Amazon subsidiary is making it easier for its customers to back up all their data into a fully-managed, centralized silo — this includes data stored on AWS and on-premises servers. It’s worth noting here […]

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with search, Cortana, Start, font, Settings, and Console improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview with improvements to search, Cortana, Start, font, Settings, and the Windows Console. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18312 (made available to testers on January 9) to build 18317. These builds are from the 19H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in […]

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Inside Sirin Labs’ first blockchain smartphone retail store

Way back in March 2016, an Israeli stealth startup called Sirin Labs unveiled the premium privacy-focused Solarin smartphone. The catch? The device would cost a hefty $14,000 — somewhat outside the price range of the average consumer. Fast-forward nearly three years, and Solarin is no more. Sirin Labs actually announced a pivot back in March […]

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Hospital bots are gaining ground, but user experience falls short

Telemedicine is becoming widespread, coinciding with the rise of conversational artificial intelligence (AI) tailor-made for health care. Over 71 percent of health providers now have bots, and for good reasons: Studies show that hospitals could save over $100 million annually if they offered such apps and that people are roughly 53 percent more likely to […]

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Veeam raises $500 million to grow its data management platform globally

Veeam, a data management company specializing in backup and disaster recovery services for enterprises, has raised $500 million in its first tranche of institutional funding. The round was led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Founded in 2006 by Russian entrepreneurs Ratmir Timashev and Andrei Baronov, who sold […]

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Bold Commerce raises $16.5 million to bring AI to ecommerce stores on Shopify and elsewhere

Bold Commerce, a software development company that builds tools, integrations, and enhanced functionality for ecommerce stores, has raised CDN$22 million ($16.5 million) in a series A round of funding from Whitecap Venture Partners and Round13 Capital. Founded out of Winnipeg, Canada, in 2013, Bold Commerce currently develops 20 apps that can be integrated with some of […]

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Fractal Analytics raises $200 million to boost enterprise efficiency with AI

The big data analytics market is worth big bucks. A recent report by Market Research Future pegged its value at $275 billion by 2023, and Gartner recently predicted that AI-derived business revenue will reach $3.9 trillion in 2022. With that sort of capital at stake, it’s no wonder investors are throwing their weight around to […]

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Clusterone raises $2 million for its DevOps for AI platform

Clusterone today announced the close of a $2 million funding round to help data scientists and businesses automate and optimize infrastructure management necessary to deploy AI systems and carry out machine learning workflows. The platform can operate with both on-premise servers and popular public cloud computing platforms like AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Platform. Clusterone […]

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Google’s Android Enterprise Recommended program now spotlights EMMs such as Microsoft and BlackBerry

Google is expanding its Android Enterprise Recommended program to include Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) service providers. The internet giant announced the Android Enterprise Recommended program last February, serving as an easy way for companies to see at a glance which mobile phones meet Google’s heightened benchmark for hardware specifications, security updates, and general user experience. […]

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With $261 million raise, cloud data management company Rubrik hits $3.3 billion valuation

Rubrik, a cloud data management platform for enterprises, has raised $261 million in a series E round of funding from Bain Capital Ventures, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures, and IVP. Following this investment, Rubrik is now valued at $3.3 billion — more than double the value at its $180 million series D round […]

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Alphabet’s Loon adds industry advisory board to help commercialize internet balloon service

Alphabet subsidiary Loon has assembled a new advisory board of telecom insiders to help turn its stratospheric internet balloons into a commercial service. Google’s parent company launched Project Loon in 2013 to create a balloon network that beams internet to remote areas. After several years of development, the company announced last summer that it believes the technology […]

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Bringg raises $25 million to facilitate last-mile deliveries

The delivery logistics market is enormous. A recent study projects it will reach $29.06 billion by 2027, driven by increasing commercial and industrial demand. One company that’s riding the wave pretty skillfully is Bringg, a Tel Aviv and Chicago startup cofounded in 2013 by Lior Sion, previously CTO of Gett and Clarizen, and Raanan Cohen, the former […]

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