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Storyline lets you build and publish Alexa skills without coding

Thirty-nine million Americans now own a smart speaker device, but the voice app ecosystem is still developing. While Alexa today has over 25,000 skills available, a number of companies haven’t yet built a skill for the platform, or offer only a very basic skill that doesn’t work that well. That’s …

Why Uber Won’t Fire Its CEO | Backchannel

<b>As the calamities amass at Uber,</b> many people — including me — have called for new leadership. Usually, the job of hiring and firing a CEO falls to a …

8 Things to Consider to Find the Right Funding Option for Your Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You have busted your hump to get your product concept fleshed out and gained customer feedback about the importance of your solution. Maybe you even have a prototype and have been engaging with customers in trials. It could even be that …

What Nobody Tells You About Taking VC Money

You don't need venture capitalists to make it; all you need is an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong grasp of your goals.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>With worldwide venture capital activity for 2016 down by 24 percent -- and total deal funding down from $141 billion …

Microsoft acquires AI scheduling bot Genee for Office 365 smarts

Microsoft target="_blank" href="http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/08/22/microsoft-acquisition-of-genee-to-accelerate-intelligent-experiences-in-office-365/"> announced today that it acquired Genee, an AI-powered scheduling assistant bot that specializes in planning meetings for large groups or …

Pinterest acquires Instapaper, which will live on as a separate app

Pinterest said today that it would be acquiring the team behind Instapaper, which will continue operating as a separate app. The Instapaper team will both work on the core Pinterest experience and updating Instapaper.<p>Pinterest’s logic here is that one of the company’s core tenets is bookmarking — …

Apple Acquires Personal Health Data Startup Gliimpse

In the last three years, Gliimpse has built a secure platform where consumers can manage and share their own medical records and info.<p>Apple’s ambitions in the health sector continue to expand, with its digital health team making its first known acquisition—personal health data startup Gliimpse, <i>Fast</i> …

Path Sells Its Social Networking App To Daum Kakao

The company behind the Path social networking app might be looking for a new name. That’s because Dave Morin and crew have sold their social networking app of the same name to Korean messaging heavyweight Daum Kakao.<p>In a blog post this evening, Path Inc. CEO Morin the confirmed sale of the Path and …

Salesforce Acquires Smart Calendar Startup Tempo, App Will Shut Down On June 30

My favorite calendar app, Tempo, just announced that it has been acquired by Salesforce.com.<p>The company was incubated by SRI International, the birthplace of the voice-powered (and Apple-acquired) assistant Siri. When Tempo launched two years ago, founder and CEO Raj Singh pitched it as another …

Google Acquires Timeful To Bring Smart Scheduling To Google Apps

Google has acquired Timeful, a startup designed to make scheduling easier by helping you solve larger goals without requiring you to sweat the details. Timeful’s app analyzes your schedule, and uses it to help you achieve specific goals you have in mind. The features Timeful created will be …

Microsoft just bought a startup to boost one of its most important new products

Microsoft today announced the acquisition of Datazen, a startup that took the concept of business intelligence and tried to make it more user-friendly with sharp design. Microsoft did not disclose what it paid for the startup, but indicated that the entire Datazen team of around 15 employees will …

Apple Quietly Bought Dryft, A Keyboard App

Apple quietly bought Dryft, a startup that develops keyboard apps — an acquisition that appears to have occurred last year — TechCrunch has learned.<p>The acquisition seemed to be confirmed by Randy Marsden’s LinkedIn profile, which lists him as joining Apple last September. Marsden, the chief …

Apple Acquired Search Startup Ottocat To Power The ‘Explore’ Tab In The App Store

Apple has slowly been making changes to improve how people search and navigate the App Store. Part of the way it does that is via small acquisitions — some of which stay under the radar for years.<p>TechCrunch has learned that Apple quietly bought a startup called Ottocat some time ago, which had …

7 SEO strategies to implement in 2015

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) sounds a bit like rocket science. With the right combo of this widget and that module, add in time, subtract theory and maybe the equation will produce a solution better than the last.<p>Like most technology, what was applied last year in online marketing efforts may …

Amazon confirms its acquisition of 2lemetry, an Internet of Things startup

Amazon.com has acquired 2lemetry, a startup with a system for sending, receiving, and analyzing data from Internet-connected devices.<p>“We can confirm that Amazon has acquired 2lemetry, and we look forward to continuing to support 2lemetry customers,” an Amazon Web Services spokeswoman told …

Samsung boosts its electric car credentials as it acquires battery business from Magna International

Samsung is making bigger moves into the electric vehicle (EV) realm with news that its “materials and energy” subsidiary Samsung SDI has acquired the battery pack division of Magna International, an automotive supplier based in Ontario, Canada.<p>The Korean electronics giant is procuring the battery …

Polling Site Polar Not Dead (Or Acquired By Google) After All

A few months ago, TechCrunch, the Wall Street Journal and a number of other publications reported that Google had acquired the social polling startup Polar and that its founders were going to join the Google+ team.<p>Turns out, that story was only half true. Google only hired the Polar team, including …

Twilio Acquires Two-Factor Authentication Service Authy

Twilio today announced that it has acquired Authy, a Y Combinator-backed startup that offers two-factor authentication services to end users, developers and enterprises. The two companies declined to disclose the financial details of the transaction.<p>Authy says that about 6,000 sites currently use …

Google Acquires Smart-Home Device Maker Nest for $3.2 Billion

An all-cash deal by search giant snags the hot smart home device startup.<p>Google has acquired Nest Labs, the company founded by Apple iPod creator Tony Fadell, for $3.2 billion. The smart-home startup makes an innovative digital thermostat, as well as a smoke detector.<p>Nest had been close to …

A startup that uses robots to write news gets acquired for $80 million in cash

Earlier this month, Vista Equity Partners acquired Automated Insights (Ai), a startup that uses technology to turn data into news articles, for an …

Apple reportedly acquires digital audio instrument maker Camel Audio [updated]

<b>Update:</b> Jim Dalrymple over at The Loop reached out to Apple for comment. Here's what they said:<p>"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to …

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Habs acquire forward Smith-Pelly from Ducks

This is not a trick that beginners should expect to pull off: First, evaluate one of your NHL team's most obvious needs, then fill it, and still manage to surprise everyone when it happens.<p>It was clear last summer the Montreal Canadiens had a hole at right wing. It was also evident in recent weeks …

Smart pet feeder startup Petnet acquires SlimDoggy app so you can take better care of Rover

Petnet, the maker of the Smart Feeder, an appliance that feeds your pets automatically and measures health metrics, has acquired SlimDoggy to gain access to a big pet-food database and proprietary technology.<p>Los Angeles-based Petnet showed off its Smart Feeder at the 2015 International CES, where …

Apple has acquired London music software company Camel Audio

Camel Audio produced the Alchemy software suite, which included plugins, synths and effects to help musicians produce tracks digitally. But in January 2015 the company mysteriously closed its doors, telling customers that its products were "no longer available for purchase," and thanking them for …

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Optimizing Your Website for Local Searches

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Website<i>, SEO and online marketing expert Jon Rognerud shows you how to build a high-performance website and get top ranking on all search engines. In this edited excerpt, the author offers a</i> …