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Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Messaging platform provider Layer acquires text messaging app Cola, raises $15M Series B led by Greycroft Partners   —  Layer, the messaging platform that won TechCrunch's Startup Battlefield back in 2013, is making two big announcement today: It's raised $15 million in Series B funding, and it's acquiring another startup, Cola.
Feb 24, 2017, 12:25 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Airbnb confirms deal to buy social payments startup Tilt; sources characterize the deal as acqui-hire as most of the money is being spent on retaining the team   —  February 22, 2017Feb 23, 2017, 12:21 pm  —  Airbnb has finalized its deal to buy social payments startup Tilt, TechCrunch has confirmed.
Feb 23, 2017, 8:45 AMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Apple quietly acquired iCloud.net, shutting down the Asian social network that used the domain   —  It looks like Apple has finally picked up one of the last remaining pieces of internet property linked to one of its key service brands: the iPhone and Mac giant has quietly taken …
Feb 21, 2017, 9:25 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Beepi, a used car marketplace that raised $150M, shuts down and is selling off assets after efforts to sell the startup to Fair.com and DGDG broke down   —  Yet more developments for Beepi, the used car marketplace that had raised $150 million but then went bust …
Feb 17, 2017, 12:30 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Sources: Twitter plans to pare down three ad products, including legacy TellApart business, the firm's direct response business, and aspects of Promoted Tweets   —  Twitter continues to bleed cash and its advertising business has begun shrinking, so it's time for a change.
Feb 13, 2017, 2:50 PMIn context
Megan Rose Dickey / TechCrunch:
Twitter's head of diversity, Jeffrey Siminoff, is leaving, after its chief HR officer, Renee Atwood, already left   —  Twitter's VP of diversity and inclusion Jeffrey Siminoff is leaving the company at the end of the month and its chief human resources officer Renee Atwood has already left, TechCrunch has confirmed.
Feb 7, 2017, 2:25 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Analytics firms and social media stars say Snapchat Stories view counts have plummeted between 15% and 40% since Instagram launched its Stories clone   —  Good enough and convenient.  That's proved a winning strategy for Instagram's clone, according to a dozen analytics providers …
Jan 30, 2017, 4:23 PMIn context
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Sources: Alphabet is in advanced talks to sell Terra Bella satellite imaging unit to Planet Labs, also considered a sale to Monsanto's Climate Corp. for ~$300M   —  Sources tell TechCrunch that Google parent company Alphabet is in advanced discussions to sell its Terra Bella satellite business …
Jan 25, 2017, 10:40 PMIn context
TechCrunch:
Sources: Amazon's AWS cloud division quietly acquires AI security startup harvest.ai for around $20M   —  Amazon Web Services appears to be ramping up its security chops.  TechCrunch has learned that the e-commerce giant's cloud services group has quietly acquired cyber security firm harvest.ai.
Jan 9, 2017, 1:20 PMIn context
Darrell Etherington / TechCrunch:
Nvidia and Mercedes-Benz announce partnership for AI car technology, with first product expected to roll out within 12 months   —  Nvidia already announced a partnership at CES to bring a AI self-driving car to production, and now Mercedes-Benz is also teaming up with the GPU-maker on a vehicle with AI on board.
Jan 6, 2017, 11:40 PMIn context

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