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By Robert Scoble | News about and for startups and their founders kept by Robert Scoble, futurist at Rackspace, Mike McCue, Flipboard's cofounder, and Hillel Fuld, journalist in Israel's tech scene. Updated in 2015.

Apollo Global is buying Rackspace for $4.3 billion

Apollo Global, a private-equity firm, has agreed to buy Rackspace in a $4.3 billion deal that would take the cloud-computing company private.<p>Rackspace will be acquired for $32 per share in cash, it said in a statement on Friday. That's a 38% premium to Rackspace's closing price on August 3, and 6% …

Rackspace

Authentication startup Auth0 raises $15M as it beefs up security features

“Identity-as-a-service” startup Auth0 (pronounced “auth zero”) has raised $15 million in Series B funding.<p>CEO Jon Gelsey said that for many website and mobile app developers, integrating with different login systems can turn into a big headache — and also create security risks. So the company helps …

Authentication

Sorry, but chatbots are not the new apps

If you even remotely follow tech news, it is very likely that you have read outlandish claims like “chatbots are the new apps.” But the fact is, there are way too many misconceptions around conversational products.<p>Facebook Messenger already has over 11,000 bots. Let’s add Kik, Telegram, Line, and …

Chatbots

Logikcull raises $10M to let lawyers analyze documents at the speed of a thousand interns

As entertaining and interesting as made-for-TV lawsuits (like the O.J trial) are, they always leave out one key element. The hundreds of hours of research that goes on behind the scenes to prepare for an important trial.<p>Before any big trial a lawyer (and their associates and interns) has to find, …

Forensics

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 — …

Marco Arment

Microsoft acquires AI scheduling bot Genee for Office 365 smarts

Microsoft annoucned today that it acquired Genee, an AI-powered scheduling assistant bot that specializes in planning meetings for large groups or when organizers don’t have direct access to the calendars of everyone involved.<p>Genee’s app is a chatbot accessible via an iPhone app, email, SMS, FB, …

Microsoft

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> …

Apple News

InsiteVR grabs $1.5M in seed funding to bring 3D models to life in VR

Most of the companies raising funding in the VR space right now are focused on entertaining potential consumers. What’s perhaps getting less attention are the companies jockeying to provide cool solutions for the enterprise.<p>InsiteVR just raised a $1.5 million seed round to tap into the architecture …

3D

Meesho wants to make selling through WhatsApp more efficient and less painful

WhatsApp may have over one billion active users each month but it continues to frustrate the many small businesses that rely on it for sales but suffer for its lack of advanced features.<p>Messaging services like Line, WeChat and even Facebook Messenger have become platforms that let business users …

WhatsApp

Dexter, the betaworks-backed platform for building bots, raises $2.3 million in seed

Dexter, the betaworks-backed company that helps people build integration-based apps, has today announced the close of a $2.3 million seed round. The funding round was led by Rakuten Ventures, with participation from Social Starts and betaworks.<p>Dexter lets developers build integration-based apps …

Dexter

Twitch is acquiring popular video game community and software maker Curse

Live streaming video platform Twitch (and a subsidiary of Amazon) is doubling down on video games with the acquisition of a significant player in the world of video game communities, Curse. The terms of the deal are undisclosed.<p>Curse operates a myriad of websites and services — some of them were …

Gaming

Simbi raises $1.2 million to make bartering services easy online

A startup called Simbi has raised $1.2 million in seed funding to popularize its marketplace where people can barter skills and services online.<p>Greylock Discovery fund, Crunchfund and Ranch Ventures invested in the round along with Y Combinator. The company is part of Y Combinator’s current …

Bartering

A Chicken In Every Bot — 500ish Words

Bot hype battles bot reality<p>After a (purposefully) vague tweet last week, Re/code reached out to get my take on bots, for an overview post they were …

AOL co-founder Steve Case lays out playbook for new wave of startups

Plenty of industries are ripe for disruption, but new startups need to work with partners and be in it for the long haul, said Internet business pioneer Steve Case.<p>But if they do, opportunities abound in what he calls the third wave of the Internet.<p>The first wave was the foundation laid by AOL and …

The Inherent Problem with Anonymous Apps

Vanity Fair and TechCrunch recently reported that Yik Yak is in trouble, a company that raised over $70 million dollars and valued at around $400 …

Snapchat

The Weird Redemption of SF’s Most Reviled Tech Bro

He blasted the homeless, then tried to make amends, startup-style. But as Greg Gopman learned, no business plan can find your way back home.<p>In <b>the</b> …

Northern California

Banishing The Bosses Brings Out Zappos' Hidden Entrepreneurs

Encouraging employees to come up with new ideas and ways of thinking can broaden business scope and boost performance. Taking it a stage further and allowing staff to manage themselves can uncover a wealth of latent entrepreneurial talent. Doing away with managers altogether, and letting people run …

Tony Hsieh

The robotic personal assistant that just got $23M

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Investors just poured $23 million into perfecting Amy.<p>That may sound a little less weird once you know that Amy is an artificially intelligent personal assistant and the brainchild of a startup called X.ai.<p>Clients can "cc" Amy -- or her counterpart Andrew -- on emails requesting a …

Personal Assistants

Luxe, a startup that valet parks your car when you can’t find a spot, just raised $50 million from Hertz

It's already a pain to find parking in crowded cities. It's even worse if it's a city you've never been to.<p>That's why rental-car company Hertz just made a $50 million strategic investment in Luxe, a San Francisco-based startup that makes it its job to handle the parking for you.<p>Luxe works as a …

Hertz

The Rise of Entrepreneurship in China

Over the past two decades, entrepreneurship in China has grown at an exponential rate. It is bringing forth disruptive changes not only to China but increasingly also to the rest of the world.<p>In 2000, total revenues earned by Chinese state-owned industrial enterprises and those in the …

Jack Ma

Finding Product Market Fit

There’s a fine line between the “reality distortion field” founders create and just being a bit delusional. During our first year and half as a …

YCombinator

What It's Like To Raise $127 Million As Silicon Valley's Bubble Bursts

When Tony Xu calls 2015 a “blitzkrieg” year, it’s hard to disagree.<p>The 31-year-old cofounder and CEO of DoorDash took his food delivery startup national, expanding from three markets to 22 in just 11 months. He quadrupled his employee base and moved into a shiny new San Francisco headquarters. …

Silicon Valley

Steve Wozniak Has Advice for Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs

Money isn’t everything, folks.<p>Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has some advice for entrepreneurs hoping to make it big in Silicon Valley: Don’t just think about getting rich.<p>“I think the money that’s been made has attracted a different kind of people looking at technology today and saying ‘Oh my …

Silicon Valley

From the Community: Flip2Mail by Flip2Mail Inc.

A few inventive Flipboard fans recently showed us Flip2Mail, a way to bring Flipboard Magazine updates to your inbox. Though unofficial, this tool provides a good service to readers who want to keep up on their favorite Flipboard Magazines.<p>Hillel Fuld, a fantastic Flipboard curator and member of …

Intel gets unique 3D video tech with Replay Technologies acquisition

Intel announced overnight in a company blog post that it has purchased Israeli company Replay Technologies. The company provides an unusual 3D video rendering capability it calls “free dimensional” or freeD™ video, according to Intel.<p>While the technology could potentially have a broader usage than …

3D

Oracle buys cloud software startup Ravello Systems for $500 million, source says

Oracle today disclosed that it has acquired Ravello Systems, a company with tools for running enterprise workloads in public cloud environments. Oracle didn’t disclose terms of the deal, but a source familiar with the matter said Oracle is paying $500 million to do the deal.<p>Oracle is rapidly trying …

Oracle

Wearable startup Orion Labs raises $9M from Motorola Solutions and Avalon Ventures | VentureBeat | Deals

Orion Labs, the startup behind the Onyx push-to-talk wearable device, is announcing today that it has raised $9 million in new funding from Motorola Solutions Venture Capital and Avalon Ventures. The startup is also unveiling the second version of its Onyx wearable for push-to-talk app-enabled …

Venture Capital

Naritiv, The Ad Network For Snapchat, Raises $3 Million Series A

Naritiv, the platform that connects brands and advertisers with influencers on Snapchat, has today announced the close of a $3 million Series A led by Third Wave Digital.<p>Investors in the round include Disney, Luminari Capital, Deluxe Entertainment, Wavemaker Partners, and Matthew Anderson (CMO of …

Digital Advertising