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Andreessen Horowitz’s new growth fund just invested $30 million into Imply, an open source data analytics startup taking on Microsoft and Salesforce’s Tableau

“The storied Silicon Valley firm is leading the Series B in Imply, a 4-year-old open source data analytics startup, now valued at $350 million” writes Megan Hernbroth for businessinsider.com. As Silicon Valley VCs consider pulling back on big funding rounds, Andreessen Horowitz’s growth fund is doubling down with its earliest-stage investment to date — a $30 million Series B round.”Enterprise sales and the [business-to-business] model is very well understood in Silicon Valley, so you’re not reinventing the wheel,” Yang said.”The innovation is to think about data not as static or…

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European stocks seen slightly lower ahead of US-China tariff deadline, UK election

“European stocks were seen opening slightly lower on Tuesday’s trading session as doubts abound over whether the U.S. and China can strike a partial trade accord before the next tariff deadline on Sunday, December 15” writes Elliot Smith for cnbc.com. On the data front, the ZEW economic sentiment index for the euro area in December is due at 10 a.m.Britain’s political parties are heading into the home stretch of campaigning ahead of Thursday’s landmark general election, which will be pivotal for Brexit and economic policy. London time along with industrial…

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Nearly 800,000 applications for birth certificate copies exposed online for anyone to access

“According Fidus Information Security, the company that discovered the data, nearly 800,000 applications for birth certificate copies are currently sitting completely unsecured online” writes Jack Morse for mashable.com. We also reached out to the company in question, both to alert it of the exposed data and ask for comment, but received no immediate response.At this point, it’s getting harder to determine which pieces of your personal data haven’t been exposed online.First reported by TechCrunch, the exposed records were compiled by a company that allows people in the U.S. to request…

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European Stocks Are Struggling In the Week of the ECB’s Last Meeting of the Year

“European stocks are going nowhere fast as a new week begins and investors keep an eye on trade talks and central bank meetings” writes Barbara Kollmeyer for nasdaq.com. The German DAX 30 index slipped 0.2% to 13,146.65, while the French CAC 40 fell 0.3% to 5,855.33.European stocks are struggling for traction as the week kicks off, with some losses in the drug sector and a plunge in Tullow Oil shares.European stocks struggled on Monday, as investors looked set to press pause after strong gains late last week, driven by better-than-expected…

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European stocks slightly lower amid weak Chinese data; Tullow Oil down 59%

“European stocks traded slightly lower on Monday as weak Chinese export data highlighted the detrimental impact of its prolonged trade war with the U.S. The pan-European Stoxx 600 slipped 0.1% lower with oil and gas stocks falling 0.9% to lead losses while retail stocks added 0.7%” writes Elliot Smith for cnbc.com. German import and export data for October, published before the bell, offered a welcome surprise to rise by 1.2% despite global trade tensions.Asian stocks edged slightly higher in afternoon trade, led by Japan on the back of strong economic…

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This Week: GameStop earns, Fed meeting, retail sales

“Recent sales data suggest higher tariffs on many consumer products imported from China have not completely held Americans back from spending” writes The Associated Press for seattletimes.com. New data on U.S. retail sales will provide another view of how the holiday shopping season is going.Economists predict the Commerce Department will report Friday that retail sales rose 0.4% in November.A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: The video-game retailer slid to a loss in the second quarter versus a year earlier. Source: seattletimes.com

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Oil prices stumble on weak China exports hangover

“On Friday, those producers agreed to deepen their output cuts from 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) to 1.7 million bpd, representing about 1.7% of global production” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Drilling companies cut five oil rigs, leaving a total of 661, the lowest since April 2017.The sagging export data is “a casualty again of the protracted trade war,” said Stephen Innes chief Asia market strategist at AxiTrader. Source: 95kqds.com

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Strong U.S. jobs data supports dollar as market looks to U.S.-China trade deal

“The Canadian dollar traded at C$1.3255 to the U.S. unit “ writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. TOKYO (Reuters) – The dollar held firm on Monday after data showed surprise strength in the U.S. jobs market, but the currency was restrained from moving higher by worries about an escalation in the U.S.-China trade war.The dollar index stood almost flat at 97.704 in early Asian trade on Monday, after rising 0.3% on Friday.It had lifted to 108.92 yen on the U.S. jobs data before losing momentum.Those figures suggested the Trump administration’s…

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NHS gives Amazon free use of health data under Alexa advice deal

“Amazon has been given free access to healthcare information collected by the NHS as part of a contract with the government” writes Amy Walker for theguardian.com. In July the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said a partnership with the NHS that allowed Amazon Alexa devices to offer expert health advice to users would reduce pressure on “our hard-working GPs and pharmacists”.The material, which excludes patient data, could allow the multinational technology company to make, advertise and sell its own products. It said Amazon paid just $3.4bn (£2.6bn) in tax on its…

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