Spire, Maker of Radio-Size Satellites, Tunes Into $40 Million in New Funding

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Spire Spire, a San Francisco-based satellite-powered data company, has just landed $40 million in Series B funding led by an earlier backer, Promus Ventures. Bessemer Venture Partners and Jump-Capital also joined the round, as did previous investors RRE Ventures and Lemnos Labs. The financing brings the company’s total funding to roughly $80 million – a fair amount for a company that… Read More

Cisco To Buy Cloud Security Company OpenDNS for $635M In Cash

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Lock over circuit board. Cisco announced its intent to buy cloud security company OpenDNS for $635 million this morning. It’s probably not a coincidence that Cisco was one of its investors in a $35 million round in May, 2014. With OpenDNS Cisco, a network vendor that offers more traditional network edge protection, gets a Software as a Service vendor that provides security on the move to any device,… Read More

Skill Builder: Using an Awl to Sew Leather and Heavy Fabrics

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featured image awlIntroduction If you think about tools that we use today that are passed down from ancient people, the knife, or possibly a modern version of the spear might come to mind. Lying somewhere between those two implements in the modern-day usefulness is the awl. Made out of bone in ancient […]

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Finance Business Intelligence Startup Adaptive Insights Gets $75M, Reportedly At A ‘Unicorn’ Valuation

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clouds The rise of the CFO from back-office number cruncher to business leader is being played out across a number of companies, from tech leaders like Twitter through to consumer giants like PepsiCo. That shift of gravity, it turns out, is also being played out in the world of enterprise software.
Adaptive Insights, a fast-growing startup that sells cloud-based services to finance and other… Read More

Distil Networks Raises $21M To Block Malicious Bots

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Person in lab coat holding laptop. There are several locked pad locks, and one unlocked. Distil Networks, a company that analyzes website traffic and blocks malicious bots, announced a $21 million Series B round today. Bessemer Venture Partners led the round and David Cowan from BVP will join the Distil Networks board of directors. Investors Foundry, TechStars, ff Venture Capital, Idea Fund and Correlation Ventures also participated. Today’s investment brings the total… Read More

The Dell Venue 10 7040 Review

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When the first modern tablets were introduced to the market they were primary focused on facilitating content consumption. During the keynote where Steve Jobs unveiled the original iPad, he stated that tablets would need to be better than both laptops and smartphones at browsing the web, reading emails and eBooks, viewing photos and videos, and playing games. These are all tasks where the user is consuming content rather than creating it. As tablets have advanced and become both more capable and more widespread they have become more suitable for content creation purposes. Software companies with long ties to the PC market like Adobe, Autodesk, and even Microsoft have made their software available for iOS and Android. However, these programs are often more limited than their traditional PC counterparts.

While one can put a great deal of work into making interfaces that work well with the touchscreen input of a tablet, there are certain tasks that really require the use of input devices like a mouse. Tablets have their own virtual keyboards, but this still presents issues with the keyboard taking up a great deal of space on the screen, and not providing the tactile feedback of a physical keyboard. These input limitations have given rise to convertible or 2-in-1 devices, where the goal is to either allow a laptop to transform into a large tablet, or to extend the capabilities of a tablet with a dock that includes a keyboard and a touchpad. This brings us to the Venue 10, with Dell choosing the latter option for pairing their tablet with a keyboard and touchpad. Read on for the full review of Dell’s newest tablet, the Venue 10 7040.

Klear, Formerly Called Twtrland, Gets $1.5M To Grow Its Social Media Analytics Platform

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Klear Twtrland, which wants to make comprehensive social media analytics easy to understand, has raised $1.5 million in new funding from Altair, GIG, and TMT. It is also rebranding as Klear, since the platform now looks at data from Facebook and Instagram in addition to Twitter, and plans to integrate other social networks, including Pinterest, Google Plus, and LinkedIn. Read More

Amazon’s one-hour delivery service is now available in central London

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Amazon has launched its Prime Now one-hour delivery service in London, marking its first expansion outside of the US. The service, which first launched in New York late last year, promises one-hour delivery of “thousands” of items for a fee of £6.99 for Amazon Prime members in select areas of London. Two-hour delivery between 8 AM and midnight will be free. An Amazon Prime membership costs £79 per year in the UK, and the minimum order for either Prime Now delivery option is £20. Prime Now is currently limited to central areas of London, though the app notes that it will expand to different postal codes.

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EU agrees to eliminate roaming charges but net neutrality rules disappoint

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The European Union reached an agreement today that will end roaming charges for people travelling within its 28 member countries as of June 2017. The new agreement, brought into effect after months of deliberation, also introduces the EU’s first net neutrality rules. As part of the agreement, companies across the EU are not allowed to block or throttle online content, applications, or services — rules that the Union says will ensure every European has access to the open internet, and that all traffic is treated fairly.

The EU’s parliament had originally pushed for the ban on roaming charges to come into effect in 2016, but the union’s member countries pushed for a later implementation. In the end the two sides compromised, with the June…

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Roommate App Flatchat Gets $2.5M From CommonFloor, One Of India’s Largest Real Estate Portals

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Mumbai skyline Looking for a roommate can be a soul-crushing experience, especially if you are new to a city or on a tight budget. Flatchat wants to make the process a little less tedious for renters in India. The mobile-based platform recently picked up $2.5 million in seed funding from CommonFloor, one of India’s leading real-estate listing sites. Read More

Confirmed: Passion Capital Invests £2M In “Full-Stack” Bank Startup Mondo

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team A few months ago we reported that U.K. banking startup Mondo — whose founders include GoCardless co-founder Tom Blomfield — had raised its first funding round, which our sources pegged to be in the “millions”. And just last month we called out London-based VC Passion Capital as the investor, which today Mondo is confirming. Read More

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