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Google’s new cloud boss just made his first acquisition

“In May, Google Cloud announced it would acquire Velostrata, an Israeli cloud migration startup” writes Rosalie Chan for businessinsider.com. With Alooma, Google Cloud hopes to attract more enterprise customers and move them onto its cloud, giving them access to its database, analytics, security and artificial intelligence services.The acquisition is the first publicly announced deal since Kurian, an Oracle veteran, replaced Diane Greene as the head of Google’s cloud business at the start of the year. Source: businessinsider.com

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Financial Firm Offers ‘Almost Instantaneous’ Loans Up to $30,000 With Crypto as Collateral

“A financial company is giving crypto holders the opportunity to take out cash loans while using their digital assets as collateral” writes Connor Blenkinsop for cointelegraph.com. Meanwhile, YouHodler believes its product helps traders leverage their crypto portfolio with additional cash in order to buy further digital assets.Six cryptocurrencies are accepted as collateral, including Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, XRP, Bitcoin Cash and BSV. Others, including XLM, Dash and ZCash, are said to be in the pipeline. Instead, the platform wants to adopt a more user-friendly, fast and sustainable approach than old-fashioned institutions…

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Report: Apple buys voice tech platform PullString

“In the fall of 2017, PullString launched a platform that was completely oriented toward creating voice apps for Alexa, by non-technical users” writes Barry Levine for marketingland.com. If Apple does integrate the Pullstring acquisition in that way, Siri could become a substantial resource in marketers’ toolkit.At the moment, there is no dominant platform for building voice-based agents by non-technical users, and an Apple-based Pullstring could fill that bill. Source: marketingland.com

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This US tech start-up helped a maker of football helmets tap investors with new VC funding platform

“Similarly, Modumetal, a start-up from Seattle, brought in $14 million through Buttonwood in funding led by Vulcan Capital” writes Callum Burroughs for businessinsider.com. “Usually companies pitch to investors one at a time before they do their own due diligence, this is the opposite now the investors are invited to opportunities at some incredible companies.”. The company raised $28.5 million in funding through Buttonwood in an oversubscribed deal that took just three months to complete.Founders must pitch their wares to investor after investor hoping to drum up enough interest in the…

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Moscow Blockchain Cluster Needs Intellectual Property Mechanism, Says Expert

“The Moscow-based blockchain innovation cluster needs a mechanism for assessing intellectual property, says the founder of blockchain platform Universa.io, Aleksandr Borodich” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. The plans to launch a blockchain-based city innovation cluster by summer 2019 were initially announced by the Moscow municipal government earlier in February. Starting this year, the Russian Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Education and Science, (Rosobrnadzor) will also implement blockchain technology in the country’s main graduation examination.Speaking at the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, Borodich reportedly stated: Earlier this week,…

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NEO Blockchain Platform Opens Seattle Office Headed by Ex-Microsoft Exec

“Chinese blockchain platform NEO will open an office in United States city of Seattle, according to an official announcement shared with Cointelegraph on Feb. 15” writes Aaron Wood for cointelegraph.com. The NEO Global Development (NGD) Seattle office will open and begin recruitment this month, purportedly allowing the company to expand into the U.S. market.The new office will be headed by ex-Microsoft executive John deVadoss. NEO is currently developing NEO 3.0, an upgrade to its blockchain that will “bring faster transaction speeds, greater stability and expanded application programming interfaces for smart…

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Barclaycard Integrates B2B Payments Tech To SAP Ariba

“In a press release sent to PYMNTS, Barclaycard Commercial Payments said it has struck a partnership with SAP to integrate its B2B payments solution, Precisionpay, into cloud procurement platform SAP Ariba, enabling businesses to pay their vendors via Barclaycard” reports pymnts.com. Barclaycard and SAP are partnering up to accelerate B2B payments, the companies announced today (Friday, Feb. 15).The integration will roll out later this year with the addition of Precisionpay Bank Transfer within the SAP Ariba platform.That same year, SAP Ariba launched its B2B procurement platform into China. Source: pymnts.com

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Russian Tech Giant, Blockchain Platform Sign Agreement to Improve Operational Systems

“Global blockchain platform Waves raised $120 million in December 2018 for the Vostok platform, which uses Waves technology for both commercial and government IT systems” writes Max Yakubowski for cointelegraph.com. A subsidiary of Rostec, a Russian state-owned high-tech conglomerate, has partnered with blockchain platform Vostok, major Russian news agency Tass reports on Feb. 14.The joint agreement was signed by Rostec subsidiary National Center for Informatization (NCI) and tech company Vostok, which provides a blockchain platform combining its own private blockchain and the Vostok system integrator.The article underlines: Tass states that…

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WeChat’s most censored topics in 2018 include US-China trade war, Huawei CFO arrest: Report

“The so-called “public” accounts are those created by organizations ranging from government institutions to private enterprises, producing what WeChatscope’s report termed “content similar to Facebook pages.”” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. The posts were flagged as censored if the program detected that they had disappeared from the platform, the report said.The ongoing U.S.-China trade fight, Washington’s sanctions against Chinese telecommunications company ZTE as well as the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou were among the “sensitive” topics censored on Chinese tech giant Tencent’s WeChat platform in 2018.Using a computer program…

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