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GitHub brings its enterprise service to the cloud
The service, which allows developers to more effectively collaborate and share their source code, already offered an enterprise version of its tools that large companies could host in their own data centers, AWS or Azure. Now, it is launching a new hosted service of GitHub that, just like the enterprise version, will cost $21 per month and user. The only feature from GitHub enterprise that won't be in this version yet is support for Team Sync, but that's on the roadmap for later this year.
United Launch Alliance successfully launches an Atlas V with U.S. recon satellite on board
The launch put a satellite into space - but the satellite's specific details and mission are secret, since it's a classified piece of hardware run by the National Reconnaissance Office. ULA declared mission success at around 4 minutes time, when the payload separated from the rocket without incident. The ULA's launch today is its 70th with this rocket since it began using the Atlas V approximately 15 years ago.
Prisma adds styles store and custom tool for superusers to make art filters
While the store sounds like a route to monetizing with paid content, for now at least that's not the case. It's more a way to help users navigate new styles as Prisma releases them, rather than flooding the app with too many options. Users can browse the store to find ones they like, download them and delete others they don't. This makes people confused as they have to scroll through lots of styles they don't like to get to the favourite one.
Spotify is testing a lossless subscription tier for $15 to $20 per month
Spotify is thinking about introducing a new paid option in addition to the existing Spotify Premium subscription called Spotify Hi-Fi. For an extra $5 to $10, you could get all the features in Spotify Premium as well as lossless high fidelity streaming. Spotify is just doing some A/B testing with different prices and feature sets. Once Spotify figures out the most lucrative price, the company will probably settle on one of those three prices.
Early cancer detection startup GRAIL closes on $900 million in Series B funding
Life sciences startups need a whole lot more cash than most and that's certainly true for GRAIL, a cancer detection startup trying to figure out a way to find the emperor of all maladies much earlier through blood testing technology. The startup, which spun out of genomics company Illumina announced it has closed a whopping $900 million in Series B funding this morning.
Baidu Ventures partners with Comet Labs as both double down on artificial intelligence
Baidu Ventures exists on the front-lines of the Chinese search giant's push to brand itself as an artificial intelligence company. In an effort to bridge the AI ecosystems of China and the United States, Baidu Ventures is partnering with Comet Labs, a San Francisco-based fund specializing in machine intelligence. Where Baidu Ventures has the capital to invest in growth stage companies, Comet has the infrastructure to aggressively finance early-stage machine intelligence companies.
Google unveils playable ads for Android game developers and other tools
Google says the playable ads may be displayed within any of the over 1 million apps on the Google Display Network. Another new addition for developers is an auto-flip feature that will automatically orient ads to how users are currently holding their phones. Now, Google will automatically create a second, vertical video ad for developers, when a horizontal video is uploaded to AdWords. Google is also expanding the reach of rewarded video ads from AdWords to AdMob, it says.
Nearpod raises $21 million to turn mobile devices into a teaching tool rather than classroom distraction
Now, an education tech startup called Nearpod has raised $21 million in venture funding to help teachers turn mobile devices into a positive force for learning in the classroom, rather than a distraction they must fight against. Generally, teachers can use Nearpod to create their own interactive lessons, virtual field trips and quizzes to be distributed live to students' mobile devices in the classroom. They can also opt to use ready-to-teach lessons, aligned to meet federal and state standards, from the Nearpod library.
Foursquare launches Pilgrim SDK to let developers leverage location
To answer the call, Foursquare is unveiling a new enterprise product called Pilgrim SDK. Up until today, Pilgrim was used almost exclusively in Foursquare and Swarm, with a select few beta partners testing out the tech. Now, the Pilgrim SDK is launching publicly to marketers and developers who want to use this tech in their own apps. Foursquare's Pilgrim SDK already has those geofences set up in the form of its Places data.
Yelp picks up restaurant waitlist app Nowait for $40 million
Yelp has acquired restaurant reservation app Nowait for $40 million, in an all-cash deal, the companies announced this morning. The move will bring Nowait's waitlist system and seating tool to Yelp, where it's been integrated in the Yelp app, to complement the existing Yelp reservations product and its mobile food-ordering system, Yelp Eat24. Yelp says that the waitlist system had already been integrated into Yelp, allowing restaurants to share their real-time availability with Yelp users.
Coding bootcamps commit to transparency in reporting around job placement
A group of coding boot camps and white-collar training programs from around the country are banding together to create a single standard for reporting graduation and job placement data. Bootcamps that join the CIRR will release graduation and placement data semi-annually. Bi-annually companies will report graduation rates and time to graduate; placement rates; job types and titles and salary information for graduates. Ad requirements will include a requirement that salary reporting includes the percentage of graduates who are hired at a certain salary.
Google contributes its gRPC framework to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation
Google today announced that it is donating gRPC, its high performance remote procedure call (RPC) framework, to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The CNCF is already the open-source home of the Google-incubated Kubernetes container orchestration tool and similar projects that all aim bring software containers and microservices to the mainstream. Google open sourced gRPC back in 2015. At the time, the company noted that it was using the framework to power many of its own microservices and that's still the case today.
Carriers banking on cars to drive 5G, rev up a new growth engine
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Class Action lawsuit alleges PayPal diverts charitable donations from intended recipients, misleads consumers
PayPal was targeted with a class action lawsuit filed on Tuesday in Chicago which focuses on the way the payments company handles charitable donations. To accept the funds, the organizations must have a PayPal business account and a separate account with the PayPal Giving Fund. This would impact smaller organizations rather than the larger national and international charities, which generally have established PayPal accounts. Donors believe their funds went through, as PayPal provides confirmations of this, even when the organizations haven't claimed the funds.
Snap explored selling a 360 camera
Snap has explored 360 cameras as a future product, according to three sources familiar with the matter. Snap brought in a camera developer with expertise in 360 cameras and stereoscopic cameras to pitch the company potential hardware options. Selling a Snap-branded 360 camera could inject a new content format into Snapchat similar to how Spectacles delivered first-person, circular video, plus offer a new direct revenue stream. Snap might have a better opportunity selling a 360 camera.
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Apple and Samsung are set to reignite the fanboy wars
Once upon a time Samsung blatantly copied Apple to the point the courts agreed and forced Samsung to pay $399 million in damages thought the two are still going at it. That's $350 over the price of an iPhone 7 and $200 more than the price of the Samsung S7 edge. Samsung is set to announce the next Galaxy phone at a special New York City event on March 29th.
Unicorn valuations remain elusive for politics-focused startups
Funded companies are developing tools to provide higher accuracy alternatives to polling, monitor geopolitical sentiment, and improve civic engagement. Investments are typically a few hundred thousand or a few million, although there are a handful that have raised more. In fact, over the past two years investors only put about $100 million to work in companies tagged as politics-focused. Given the immense valuations of top social media companies, buyers will also have the ability to pay handsomely.
Snap reportedly looked at drones as a product option
Snap's camera company ambitions included exploring drones as a possible product line, according to a new report from the New York Times. The Snap drone has only been an internal project to date, according to the NYT, with no firm plans to release it as a consumer product, according to the report. Indeed, Snap is famously secretive, and very likely to kick off a number of projects of this ilk prior to putting them in the pipeline for full production.
In liquid biopsy race, Freenome lands $65 million, led by Andreessen Horowitz
Freenome, a two-year-old liquid biopsy diagnosis platform that detects the cell-free DNA sequencing of cancer, has raised a huge Series A round - $65 million - led by Andreessen Horowitz, which also led the company's $5.5 million seed round less than a year ago. The amount of money involved speaks to the opportunity - as well as the competition - that Freenome is facing.

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