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Will streaming kill off movie theaters? An argument for why Amazon and Netflix should buy big screens
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018

Movie theater
My kids had the day off from school on Monday, and went to the movie theater to see “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.” They had a great time. But I’m at the point in my movie-going life where, if I was home, my reaction might have been, “You guys go ahead, I can stream that at home when it comes out.” Matt Pressberg has a new piece in The Information today that gets at an interesting question related to theaters, new releases, box office revenue and the streaming services: Why don’t Amazon and Netflix buy movie theaters? Pressberg argues that… Read More

Amazon’s health ambitions confirmed? Company seeks medical data compliance leader for mysterious new initiative
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018


Amazon appears to be preparing for a serious move into the world of health. GeekWire has unearthed an Amazon job listing seeking an “HIPAA Compliance Lead,” referring to the federal privacy law that governs how health data is stored and used. The job was originally listed as part of the Alexa Information group, which handles how Amazon’s voice assistant responds to user requests for information. However, after GeekWire inquired about the job posting, the Alexa categorization was removed. Amazon has not responded to multiple requests for comment on the job listing. According to the listing, the company wants “an experienced HIPAA… Read More

Twitter COO predicts streaming devices like Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast will go extinct in 5 years
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018


Google Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and other streaming devices won’t be around in five years. That’s the prediction Twitter COO Anthony Noto made last week at CES on a panel hosted by Turner Sports about the evolving content consumption and distribution ecosystem. Noto said that content will flow directly from your smartphone to a TV, removing the need for today’s popular streaming devices that let people watch live TV, shows, and movies via WiFi. “Over the next five years, we’ll see a melding of distribution devices,” he explained. “Today, you walk into your house and your cell phone… Read More

Seattle writer who wrote viral cinnamon roll post is ‘tired and paranoid’ after being hacked on Twitter
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018

Geraldine DeRuiter
Seattle writer — and viral baking sensation — Geraldine DeRuiter is back on Twitter after having her account taken over, wiped clean and locked by a hacker. DeRuiter is the voice behind The Everywhereist blog and author of the book “All Over the Place.” She is also the wife of Rand Fishkin, founder of Moz, the Seattle-based maker of marketing software tools. On Jan. 10, DeRuiter wrote a post in the wake of yet another apology from a well-known man accused of sexual misconduct. But the post took off because DeRuiter chose to make pizza cinnamon rolls from a recipe inexplicably attached… Read More

Google announces plans for five new cloud computing regions, as well as new undersea cables
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018


In 2018 Google will launch five new cloud computing regions around the world, adding capacity as it gears up to take on its cloud rivals. The company announced Tuesday that the new regions — Los Angeles, Montreal, the Netherlands, Finland, and Hong Kong — will arrive at some point this year, with the Netherlands and Hong Kong scheduled to come online in the first quarter. Each new region will have multiple availability zones, which give customers some flexibility and protection when setting up workloads in a given region. Google also announced plans for three new undersea cables that will connect… Read More

Shortcut to Silicon Valley? Alaska Airlines will fly to 8 cities from Everett’s Paine Field
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018

Paine Field passenger terminal
Alaska Airlines says it’ll offer daily nonstop flights to eight cities including San Jose, Calif., from Paine Field in Everett, Wash., with the aim of helping travelers circumvent traffic jams on the road in Seattle and in the terminals at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. In addition to San Jose, the destinations served will include Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County in California, Phoenix, Portland in Oregon, San Diego and San Francisco. Seattle-based Alaska estimates that the flights from Everett will provide a closer-to-home travel option for more than a million people living in the north Puget Sound region. The routes to… Read More

Comcast Cable signs new cloud deal with Amazon Web Services, building on its hybrid cloud strategy
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018


Amazon Web Services will start out the new year with an expanded cloud commitment from Comcast Cable to deploy new applications on AWS and move some older ones. You probably know Comcast Cable better as Xfinity, the cable TV and internet service provider that everyone loves to hate. Comcast already uses AWS for cloud-based workloads across Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal, but is now expanding that relationship under the “preferred cloud provider” moniker, the companies plan to announce Tuesday. According to a case study published in 2016, Comcast Cable has used AWS to speed up the pace at which it delivers… Read More

Smartsheet makes first acquisition, buys Converse.AI to integrate voice assistants and AI into workflow automation
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018


Smartsheet is making its first acquisition ever as the Bellevue, Wash.-based company aims to integrate artificial intelligence and natural language processing technology into its cloud-based work management platform. Smartsheet today announced the acquisition of Converse.AI, a 7-person startup based in Edinburgh, Scotland that develops intelligent chatbots for business communication. Converse.AI, founded in 2015 by Tony Lucas and Gihan Munasinghe, will continue operating as a wholly-owned Smartsheet subsidiary. Terms were not disclosed. Smartsheet, meanwhile, will use the startup’s technology within its own work and project collaboration software. This past fall it rolled out a new suite of tools focused on automating repetitive work tasks; the… Read More

Jama Software acquires Notion, a fellow Portland-based product-development tool maker
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018


Portland’s Jama Software has snapped up some new business intelligence technology with the acquisition of Notion, in hopes of adding some additional expertise to its own systems management software products. Terms of the deal involving crosstown startups were not disclosed, but the deal appears to have all the notions of an acquihire. Notion co-founder and CEO Dave Shanley will now report directly to Jama Software CEO Scott Roth, and the companies made sure to note that Notion’s entire five-person team will join Jama’s 150-person team. Jama makes software that helps companies building complex consumer or industrial products that require both… Read More

Tech Moves: Concur co-founder Mike Hilton joins Apptentive board; Samsung cloud leader lands at AWS; and more
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018


Mike Hilton, the longtime Seattle tech executive best known as the co-founder of expense management company Concur, has signed onto the board of directors of mobile tech startup Apptentive, the company announced Tuesday. Hilton will serve as an independent director. He is also currently the chief product officer of health benefits technology company Accolade and sits on the advisory board of manufacturing cloud service Plex Systems. Apptentive’s software helps its clients retain customers and boost ratings by enabling various in-app offerings, including surveys and rating prompts. “I’m delighted to be a part of the Apptentive team and work on a… Read More

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AngelList launches its Syndicates platform for India
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018

  16 January 2018, India: AngelList has announced the launch of its Syndicates platform in India. Syndicates lets investors team up and pool funds for investments. It allows investors to create private funds that can be financed by other investors and angels. The company wrote in a blog post, “Traditionally, an angel investor with conviction […]

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Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali ties up with 8 leading e-retailers including Flipkart, Amazon
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018

16 January 2018, India: Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved today formally launched its e-commerce operations for its fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) items. The company has partnered with 8 leading e-tailers and aggregators including Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm Mall,1 MG, BigBasket, Grofers, Netmeds to sell its product through their platforms. Baba Ramdev siad, “Online mechanism aims to provide […]

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Bhavin Turakhia promoted Zeta acquires minority stake in PeopleStrong HR Services
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018

16 January 2018, India: Bhavin Turakhia promoted Zeta has acquired a minority stake in Gurugram headquartered PeopleStrong HR Services Pvt. Ltd. The deal size has not been disclosed yet. The fintech startup Zeta offers Digital employee solutions. It deals with digitised employee benefits, rewards and expense management. Pankaj Bansal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of […]

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3 Approaches to SEO for Startups
Posted on Tuesday January 16, 2018

Launching a startup is exhaustive. Once you finally get your business operating–your platform is built, or your site is created–there is always another monumental task ahead. As Rob Kalin, founder of Etsy, puts it, “The last 10 percent it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90 percent.” In the digital economy, the […]

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Amazon Prime Music signs its first content deal with Zee Music Company
Posted on Monday January 15, 2018

15 January 2018, India: Amazon today announced its first content deal for music with Zee Music Company. Amazon Prime Music will launch in India as a Prime benefit at no additional cost. The service will be ad-free. The Prime Music library will add over 450 film soundtracks in Hindi and regional languages alongside 250 Independent […]

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Chinese Bicycle Rental Service Ofo launches in India, partners with Paytm
Posted on Monday January 15, 2018

  15 January 2018, India: Chinese Bicycle Rental Startup Ofo has partnered with Paytm to offer its services in India. The startup is going to launch its services in seven cities: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Indore and Pune. Rajarshi Sahai, Director of Public Policy and Communications, Ofo said, “Our bicycles are technology-enabled and accessible […]

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History of Slot Machines
Posted on Monday January 15, 2018

Slot machines are one of the most popular methods of gaming all over the world. From the Americas to Asia people just love watching those numbers and symbols spin never knowing what is going to happen next. From casinos to the small mobile phones in our pockets slot games are always just around the corner […]

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Razorpay raises $20 million in Series B funding from Tiger Global, Y Combinator
Posted on Monday January 15, 2018

  15 January 2018, India: Payments solutions firm Razorpay has raised $20 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Tiger Global and Y Combinator. Existing Investor Matrix Partners also participated in the round. The fresh capital will be used to scale up products and improve technological capabilities and offerings. The funds will […]

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pi Ventures Announce The Second Close Of Their Fund At $25 Million
Posted on Monday January 15, 2018

Bengaluru, January 15, 2018: pi Ventures, India’s first Applied Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning & IoT focused early stage venture fund, announced the second close of their fund at $25mn (~160CR INR). The fund is expected to announce their final close soon. Key contributors include Chairman of Hero Enterprise Sunil Kant Munjal, Electronic Development Fund (managed by Canbank Ventures), leading electronics company […]

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Which is better? Data-Driven or Data-Informed?
Posted on Monday January 15, 2018

I recently spoke at the Tech in Asia Product Development Conference in Jakarta about being data-driven versus data-informed. Post-conference I was approached a few times to discuss more and speak at other events about the topic. Since people who attended my talk found it useful, I thought I’d share it with the global community. The term data-driven […]

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