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IBM gobbles storage upstart Cleversafe

IBM is buying object storage startup Cleversafe for an undisclosed amount of cash or shares. Why? Big Blue says the deal will enable it to "support clients' drive to next-generation mobile, social and analytics applications." It will integrate the Cleversafe dsNet software portfolio into its Cloud business unit with on-premise …
Chris Mellor, 5 Oct 2015
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Startup promises to cancel your hated Comcast subscription for you for just $5

Free marketeers would be proud; a startup in the US has just started up to deal with one of the toughest and most frustrating corporate trials – cancelling a Comcast subscription. Airpaper, which appears to be a two-man San Francisco upstart, will take up the torturous process of navigating the corporate ins and outs of …
Iain Thomson, 5 Oct 2015

Apple gobbles Brit AI outfit VocalIQ

Apple is reported to have snapped up UK artificial intelligence company VocalIQ, which had previously sneered at Cupertino's digital assistant Siri as being a mere "toy." The deal is the latest in a number of UK acquisitions this year, including media data startup Semetric in January and Camel Audio, a maker of virtual …
Kat Hall, 2 Oct 2015

Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

It was oh so predictable. The founder of new slander-app Peeple has been surprised to discover people slandering her online. Julia Cordray, of Calgary, Canada, landed herself and her company a ton of publicity this week, appearing everywhere from the Washington Post to ABC News, talking about how the app – due to be launched …
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IT supplier? Got a customer who won't pay? Dob them in to the Insolvency Service

From today IT suppliers are encouraged to begin shopping their failing customers into the Insolvency Service, under a new order coming into force that will guarantee payment to providers of companies entering administration. Under Insolvency (Protection of Essential Supplies) Order 2015, the rules have been expanded - …
Kat Hall, 1 Oct 2015

Oakland mayor fires warning letter to Uber: Welcome to our city. Now behave

The Mayor of Oakland in California has warned taxi-ordering app Uber that it needs to behave when it moves into a new office complex in the heart of the city's downtown. In her keynote at the Code for America Summit Wednesday morning, Libby Schaaf noted that the city of Oakland has "mad love for disruptors," but told attendees …
Kieren McCarthy, 30 Sep 2015
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Uber's double Dutch moment: Cops raid offices a second time

Ride-booking app-maker Uber once again finds itself in the crosshairs of police in the Netherlands for breaking taxi laws. The Dutch Public Prosecution Service said on Tuesday that cops raided Uber's Amsterdam office as part of an ongoing crackdown against the California upstart for operating unlicensed taxis. The plod also …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2015

Red alert: Pure Storage IPO could maybe hit as early as next week

A well-informed storage industry source with close ties to startups suggests that Pure's IPO could happen as early as next week – yes, the one beginning Monday, October 5. We expected it to be delayed to mid-2016 to allow Pure to get better quarter-on-quarter growth numbers. But our insider said companies these days don't file …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2015
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Who the hell is still using Lyft? And why put up with junk texts 'n' calls, huffs FCC

Dial-a-ride service Lyft has been rapped on the knuckles by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for making customers sign up for a telemarketing list before being able to access the service. The FCC cited Lyft for violating the US Telephone Consumer Protection Act and warned that further penalties could be imposed …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Sep 2015
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Angry Birds maker Rovio takes aim at staff, axes a third of them

Angry Birds maker Rovio has announced plans to lay off 260 employees. The Finnish mobile-games-developer-turned-entertainment-franchise said on Wednesday that roughly one third of its work force will be cut as it narrows its focus on its core games and media businesses. "This is personally a difficult decision," said Rovio …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Aug 2015

Google's new parent Alphabet owns abc.xyz – and, yup, there's already an abc.wtf

Google's new parent Alphabet, unable to buy alphabet.com, has snapped up abc.xyz in a recursive-satire rush. (We'll explain in a second.) The domain-grab has already spawned a spoof (more at the end of this story). Following the announcement that the web ad/search goliath will be folded inside a new company called Alphabet, …
Kieren McCarthy, 11 Aug 2015

Remember Impero, the school software biz that went ape over a vuln? Someone's got revenge

Video Nottinghamshire-based software biz Impero has a lot of recycling to do – after hacker-turned-security-researcher Cal Leeming delivered over 9,000 paper copies of a vulnerability to the company's headquarters as a protest. Youtube Video A few weeks ago, Impero hit the headlines when it threatened to sue someone called …
Iain Thomson, 5 Aug 2015
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Sales veep, staff log-off from cluster-cache upstart PernixData

PernixData has lost Ted Stinson, its veep of worldwide sales, and laid off up to 16 people in its North American channel and inside sales operations. The high-flying upstart touts clustered caching technology at the VMware hypervisor level, which speeds up virtual machine execution. PernixData was founded in 2012 by CEO Poojan …
Chris Mellor, 4 Aug 2015
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Uber holds out hand, hails another $1bn – mostly from Microsoft

Unlicensed taxi service Uber has plumped up its war chest with another $1bn, with much of the latest funding round reportedly coming from Microsoft. Citing anonymous sources, The New York Times reports that Redmond contributed "a substantial amount" of the $1bn, which brings the car app firm's total valuation close to $51bn. …
Neil McAllister, 31 Jul 2015
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Git a load of this: GitHub now valued at $2 billion

GitHub has received a $250m infusion of venture-capital cash that values the code-sharing website at $2bn. That means it's worth more than ZenDesk ($1.78bn), slightly less than the New York Times ($2.17bn), and more than stricken Yelp ($1.87bn). The San Francisco-based upstart said its Series-B funding round was led by VC …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jul 2015
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Yelp whelps yelp 'Help!' Chairman ejects, shares plunge 30%, losses grow

Yelp is in full crisis mode as the upstart's chairman is out – and its stock continues to free fall. The reviews website, headquartered in San Francisco's startup land, announced on Wednesday that a modest $2.7m profit in the second quarter of 2014 had turned into a loss of $1.3m in the second quarter of 2015. This is despite …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Jul 2015
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Game over, Ouya, the Android gaming console

Ouya has been purchased by games house Razer in a move that likely signals the end of the road for its self-titled Android gaming console. Razer said in a Monday release that it had agreed to acquire Ouya, taking on all of its staff members and software products. The Ouya hardware division, including the Ouya Android games …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jul 2015
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Google: Hey startups, want in on our patent gang? First hit's free

Google is looking to recruit 50 startups to participate in its patent licensing network. The Mountain View ad giant said its Patent Starter Program would offer startups free Google Patents as well as the ability to view Google's entire portfolio with the option of acquiring further patents. In exchange, the startups will be …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015
Bob and Doug McKenzie of Canada

Take off, eh, you Uber: Ontario lobs $300m lawsuit at cab app biz

Uber has been hit with a CAN$400m (US$305m) lawsuit in Canada accusing the upstart of violating taxi laws. The class-action suit, filed on behalf of cabbies in the Ontario province, claims Uber's dial-a-ride service operates as a fleet of illegal cabs, picking up people and taking money for journeys without obtaining proper …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Jul 2015
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Hacking Team: We’ll be back in the spyware biz before you know it

Hacked snoopware maker Hacking Team says it will continue its operations as soon as possible – and claims the huge source-code leak it suffered didn’t get all of the company's crown jewels. "What happened earlier this summer in the attack on our company was a reckless and vicious crime," said CEO David Vincenzetti in the …
Iain Thomson, 13 Jul 2015
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Geeksphone closes up shop as founders turn their eyes to wearables

Spanish smartphone startup Geeksphone is winding down operations and will not pursue any future mobile phone projects. "Geeksphone has always worked for its users, trying to listen to their needs, in order to bring innovation, freshness, quality, style and to differentiate their mobile devices," the company said in a statement …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jul 2015

Hacking Team havoc shows even 'security experts' suck at security

Analysis Over the weekend, 400GB of highly sensitive files belonging to Italian malware spyware software house Hacking Team were spread over the internet for everyone to see. The leaked source code and documents look legit, and match what is already known about the secretive firm, which specializes in selling software for monitoring …
Iain Thomson, 6 Jul 2015

Uber app will soon maybe track you 24/7, cry privacy warriors

Uber's smartphone app will soon track and report back the whereabouts of its users even when they're not using the software, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) now fears. The campaign group is also upset that the app may send copies of people's address books to Uber, and has filed a formal complaint to US watchdog …
Iain Thomson, 22 Jun 2015

git commit -m 'Add $200m to GitHub, tweak valuation to $2bn'

Code-sharing website GitHub is pursuing a new round of venture capital based on a US$2bn (£1.26bn) valuation. Bloomberg cited sources familiar with the matter in reporting that GitHub is in the middle of a series-b funding push to raise US$200m in capital. That dosh would give investors a 10 per cent stake in the company under …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Jun 2015
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Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

A California labor commission has ruled that an Uber driver has won the right to be treated as an employee of the taxi app upstart, rather than as a contractor. The decision threatens to disrupt the disruptive tech biz: moneybags Uber keeps its costs fantastically low by treating its drivers as freelancers, meaning they have to …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jun 2015

Auto-playing video ads? People love auto-playing video ads – Twitter

Twitter will automatically play videos, Vine vids, and animated GIFs. The San Francisco-headquartered post-profit upstart is concerned that you, a Twitter user, may be missing “something that you care about,” because of all the effort involved in lifting your finger to tap on a video to play it. Therefore, videos will now play …
Tim Anderson, 16 Jun 2015

Silicon Valley season closer: Would you like fried servers with that?

Recap The final episode of season two of Silicon Valley was a blast: almost literally. The HBO show has already been picked up for a third season, but right up to the last second, this fun and fast-paced episode had you wondering whether the whole thing was going down to melt down into nothing but hot metal and charred Ethernet …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Jun 2015
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American Idle: Seacrest keyboard startup Typo goes nowhere after BlackBerry bust-up

Typo, the ill-fated iPhone keyboard startup backed by US media personality Ryan Seacrest, has agreed to discontinue much of its product line after settling a legal dispute with BlackBerry. The struggling Canadian smartphone mogul said that it has agreed to a settlement with Typo that will see the accessory maker permanently shut …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Jun 2015

Nest rival: Smartmobes will decide who survives the Internet of Stuff war

Interview It's almost impossible to talk to anyone about the internet of things right now without them drawing some kind of connection to the Nest smart thermostat. When we spoke to the CEO of August Smart Lock, he talked about integrating with Nest. The general manager of Sengled USA – a company making smart lightbulbs – likewise. The …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 May 2015

Oculus adds Surreal Vision to its virty portfolio

Oculus Rift, the big dog in virtual reality headsets, has snapped up British startup Surreal Vision for an undisclosed sum. "We’re thrilled to announce that the Surreal Vision team has joined Oculus Research!" the Facebook-owned firm said in a blog post. "Surreal Vision is one of the top computer vision teams in the world …
Iain Thomson, 27 May 2015

Business plans, good ideas, and 8 other myths about startups – by Indiegogo's CEO

"We have the ability to be an entrepreneur beaten out of us," explained the CEO of funding site Indiegogo Slava Rubin, in front of a big picture of a kettle. Rubin was giving the closing keynote at this week's Vator Splash in Oakland – his backyard, he told us. "I turned down South by Southwest, but Oakland? Yes to Oakland." …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Apr 2015
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Why Box and not SharePoint? 'Everybody doesn't hate us' says Box engineering veep

BoxDEV Box announced a Developer Edition of its cloudy storage service at its developer conference in San Francisco this week. The name is misleading. This is not an edition for test and development, but rather a new type of Box account that lets you provision users within your application. The application calls the Box REST API to …
Tim Anderson, 24 Apr 2015

Sick of tech bro Silicon Valley? Oakland is building a better tech world – say Oaklanders

It's rare that the politician is the most blunt person in the room, but Oakland's Mayor Libby Schaaf pulled it off on Thursday afternoon at the Vator Splash tech conference in the city. Taking the stage to discuss "when will tech look like America?" the mayor shared her thoughts on how to increase diversity in the tech …
Kieren McCarthy, 24 Apr 2015

Dissing the Valley and ignoring unicorns: The tech boom Oakland style

Analysis "Last year, people were surprised that Vator Splash came to Oakland, this year they're thinking 'yeah, that's about right'." So claimed Libby Schaaf, the new mayor of the Bay Area's hippest place to be, the new "Brooklyn by the Bay" – yes, we're talking about Oakland. Schaaf was opening 2015's Vator Splash conference this …
Kieren McCarthy, 23 Apr 2015
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Makerbot axes 'scores of staff' – 3D printing just doesn't pay the bills

3D printing pioneers Makerbot has culled roughly 80 employees at its Brooklyn headquarters, abolished three divisions, and closed three of its shops. "We at MakerBot are reorganizing our business in order to focus on what matters most to our customers. As part of this, we have implemented expense reductions, downsized our staff …
Iain Thomson, 17 Apr 2015
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MySQL maestro Percona makes NoSQL play with Tokutek gobble

MySQL consulting and services outfit Percona has acquired Tokutek, makers of a commercial, transaction-safe distribution of the open source MongoDB NoSQL database. "TokuMX, a fully functional transactional, document (row) level locking NoSQL derivative of MongoDB, will now be serviced, supported and remotely managed by Percona …
Neil McAllister, 14 Apr 2015

We're off to DC! Silicon Valley startups start up law lobbying machine

Analysis Fresh from pressuring politicians in Indiana, Arkansas and Arizona to backtrack on social policy, Silicon Valley is heading to Washington DC to push the startup mindset into public policy discussions. A group of VCs, including Napster founder Sean Parker and big name investor Ron Conway, have set up the Economic Innovation …

You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

An Uber employee has been arrested for allegedly obstructing a police raid in Amsterdam in the Netherlands earlier today (Thursday). The taxi-booking app is illegal in Euro nation – but the company behind the software has been running the service regardless, earning the ire of not only cabbies but also the authorities. Last …

Silicon Valley gets its first 1Gbps home bro– oh, there's a big catch

Silicon Valley, or rather a small patch of it, finally has gigabit home broadband – and it's not Google Fiber. And there are two catches. We often rag on AT&T for following Mountain View's advertising giant into markets, but in this case it seems the telco has beaten Google in its own backyard. The phone giant said it will …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Mar 2015
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GitHub ordered to hand over access logs to Uber

GitHub has been ordered to hand over records on some of its users to taxi-booking app Uber after unsuccessfully challenging a subpoena. Last month, Uber announced its driver database had been hacked in May 2014, but it had only noticed in September of that year. Uber discovered that a supposedly secret database access key had …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Mar 2015

Tinder swipes right: eBay suit hooked up as new CEO

Dating app maker Tinder has named its new CEO nearly five months after previous boss Sean Rad revealed to Forbes he had been fired. eBay exec Chris Payne will be chief exec at Tinder, which is based in West Hollywood, California. Rad will retain his 10 per cent stake in the company, and his president title, but day-to-day …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Mar 2015
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Stealthy upstart Rubrik: We'll make enterprise data 'beautiful'

We here at The Reg have come across Rubrik, an early-stage Californian storage startup still in stealth. The website talks about “the world's data management platform". Headquartered in Palo Alto, it defines itself as "the new standard for data management," and claims: "Rubrik is built by the same people who built Google File …
Chris Mellor, 17 Mar 2015