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Should your company do an April Fools’ Day prank this year?

By |March 29th, 2019|

No. No. Absolutely not. Source: News

ServiceNow teams with Workplace by Facebook on service chatbot

By |March 29th, 2019|

One of the great things about enterprise chat applications, beyond giving employees a common channel to communicate, is the ability to integrate with other enterprise applications. Today, Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise collaboration and communication application, and ServiceNow announced a new chatbot to make it easier for employees to navigate a company’s help desks inside Workplace Chat. --> READ MORE

Apple cancels AirPower product, citing inability to meet its high standards for hardware

By |March 29th, 2019|

Apple has canceled the AirPower product completely, citing difficulty meeting its own standards. “After much effort, we’ve concluded AirPower will not achieve our high standards and we have cancelled the project. We apologize to those customers who were looking forward to this launch. We continue to believe that the future is wireless and are committed to push --> READ MORE

20 years for swatter who got a man killed

By |March 29th, 2019|

Tyler Barriss, a prolific and seemingly unremorseful repeat swatter and bomb hoaxer whose fakery got a man killed in 2017, has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. This hopefully closes the book on a long and disturbing career of random and mercenary harassment and threats. Not to linger on the crimes committed by Barriss, --> READ MORE

Viacom-owned kids streaming service Noggin acquires educational app Sparkler

By |March 29th, 2019|

Viacom’s Nickelodeon is doubling down on the educational aspects of its preschooler-focused streaming service, Noggin, with the acquisition of the early childhood learning platform Sparkler. Announced on Friday, the deal will see Sparkler’s technology integrated into Noggin over the next year, and makes Sparkler’s co-founder and CEO Kristen Kane the new head of the Noggin --> READ MORE

1stdibs, the high-end online marketplace, just nabbed $76 million in Series D funding

By |March 29th, 2019|

1stdibs began pushing the antiques business into the 21st century long ago. Apparently, investors think it can push further and faster with $76 million in new funding. That’s how much the now-18-year-old, New York-based company says it just closed on for its Series D round, led by T. Rowe Price Associates, with participation from earlier --> READ MORE

How a Google side project evolved into a $4B company

By |March 29th, 2019|

How did Niantic happen? How did the company behind Pokémon GO and (soon) Harry Potter: Wizards Unite come to be? When anyone talks about Niantic, they generally mention that it’s “a Google spinout” and move on. As if that’s something that just happens every day. That dozens of people within a massive company come together, --> READ MORE

The Niantic EC-1

By |March 29th, 2019|

Few software companies have transformed the way we think about moving through physical space like Niantic . The creators of Pokémon GO and soon Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Niantic has become an incredible unicorn success story, with a reported valuation of nearly $4 billion. One part AR, one part gaming, one part location, and many --> READ MORE

Daily Crunch: Lyft debuts on Nasdaq

By |March 29th, 2019|

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here. 1. Lyft prices IPO at top of range Lyft raised more than $2 billion Thursday afternoon after pricing its shares at $72 --> READ MORE

Lyft pops 21% on its first day of trading on Nasdaq after raising $2.2B in its IPO at a $24B valuation

By |March 29th, 2019|

Ride-hailing startup Lyft may bear the distinction of having highest net loss of any maiden public company ever going public, but despite that, it made its debut in a high gear this morning. Trading as LYFT on Nasdaq, the company’s shares opened at nearly noon today at just under $87/share, a pop of 21 percent on --> READ MORE