New open-source project wants to expand serverless vision beyond functions

Posted on: September 30, 2019, in Blog

Serverless technology offers developers a way to develop without thinking about the infrastructure resources required to run a program, but up until now it has mostly been limited to function-driven programming. CloudState, a new open-source project from Lightbend, wants to change that by moving beyond functions. Lightbend CTO Jonas Bonér believes this ability to abstract […]

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Twitter leads $100M round in top Indian regional social media platform ShareChat

Posted on: September 29, 2019, in Blog

Is there room for another social media platform? ShareChat, a four-year-old social network in India that serves tens of million of people in regional languages, just answered that question with a $100 million financing round led by global giant Twitter . Other than Twitter, TrustBridge Partners, and existing investors Shunwei Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners, SAIF […]

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YouTube is closing its private messages featureand many kids are outraged

Posted on: September 28, 2019, in Blog

People love to share YouTube videos among their friends, which is why in mid-2017 YouTube launched a new in-app messaging feature that would allow YouTube users to private-send their friends videos and chat within a dedicated tab in the YouTube mobile app. That feature is now being shut down, the company says. After September 18, […]

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Facebook unveils new tools to control how websites share your data for ad-targeting

Posted on: September 27, 2019, in Blog

Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would be creating a “Clear History” feature that deletes the data that third-party websites and apps share with Facebook. Today, the company is actually launching that feature in select geographies. It’s gotten a new name in the meantime: Off-Facebook Activity. David Baser, the director of […]

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Startups Weekly: Angel vs. VC

Posted on: September 26, 2019, in Blog

Hello and welcome back to Startups Weekly, a weekend newsletter that dives into the week’s noteworthy startups and venture capital news. Before I jump into today’s topic, let’s catch up a bit. Last week, I wrote about DoorDash’s acquisition of Caviar, which no one saw coming. Before that, I jotted down some notes on SoftBank’s […]

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Google and Twitter are using AMDs new EPYC Rome processors in their data centers

Posted on: September 25, 2019, in Blog

Google and Twitter are among the companies now using EPYC Rome processors, AMD announced today during a launch event for the 7nm chips. The release of EPYC Rome marks a major step in AMD’s processor war with Intel, which said last month that its own 7nm chips, Ice Lake, won’t be available until 2021 (though […]

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6 steps to reduce churn for high-volume subscription companies

Posted on: September 24, 2019, in Blog

Guy Marion Survey every customer at the point of cancel Connect churn data to a central source of truth Deliver personalized, reason-based offers

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Microsoft Azure now lets you have a server all to yourself

Posted on: September 23, 2019, in Blog

Microsoft today announced the preview launch of Azure Dedicated Host, a new cloud service that will allow you to run your virtual machines on single-tenant physical services. That means you’re not sharing any resources on that server with anybody else and you’ll get full control over everything that’s running on that machine. Previously, Azure already […]

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How Microsoft turns an obsession with detail into micron-optimized keyboards

Posted on: September 5, 2019, in Blog

Nestled among the many indistinguishable buildings of Microsoft’s Redmond campus, a multi-disciplinary team sharing an attention to detail that borders on fanatical is designing a keyboard… again and again and again. And one more time for good measure. Their dogged and ever-evolving dedication to “human factors” shows the amount of work that goes into making […]

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Twitter to attempt to address conversation gaps caused by hidden tweets

Posted on: September 4, 2019, in Blog

Twitter’s self-service tool for blocking content you don’t want to see (as well as a growing tendency for users to delete a lot of the content they post) is making some of the conversations on the platform look like Swiss cheese. The company says in the next few weeks it will introduce added “context” on […]

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