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Sprout Social digs up $42M, led by Goldman Sachs, for its social media engagement solution

Social media engagement startup Sprout Social announced today that it closed a $42 million series C round led by the Merchant Banking Division of Goldman Sachs. Sprout Social, which offers social media analytics and advocacy to Uber, Marvel, Microsoft, and Zipcar, said the investment will help the “expansion of both its products and customer base.” New Enterprise […]

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Kendall and Kylie Jenner join Kim Kardashian in Glu’s mobile game celeb stable

Glu needs more celebrities. Or at least their relatives. The mobile developer announced that it has launched a new game, Kendall & Kylie, for iOS and Android. Kendall and Kylie Jenner are younger half-sisters of reality star Kim Kardashian, a fact I’ve learned after much Googling (it seems that I, in fact, have not been […]

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Microsoft rolls out massive overhaul out of preview

Microsoft today announced its massive update first unveiled in May 2015 is now out of preview. There are a ton of new features in this release, and a big change on the back end: is now powered by Office 365. Although Microsoft is removing the preview label today, it is still gradually rolling […]

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Funding Daily: Elderly care startup Hometeam snags $5 million from Kaiser Permanente Ventures

Elderly care startup Hometeam announced today that it took in an extra $5 million from Kaiser Permanente Ventures, expanding its latest funding round to at least $32.5 million. The New York startup matches trained caregivers and older adults through a process similar to, pairing them according to their interests and needs. Hometeam’s system also helps to […]

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When too much focus on customer experience is a bad thing

Customer experience is a central theme at VentureBeat’s Marketing.FWD Summit on February 22 in New York. Register now to hear top marketing executives from Starwood, American Express discuss their customer-first initiatives. Has customer experience become too much of a focus? Before you call for my head for uttering marketing blasphemy, hear me out. For the record, […]

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Google Compute Engine launches Custom Machine Types out of beta

The Google Cloud Platform, Google’s public cloud infrastructure that rents out compute and storage to run your applications, announced today that the Google Compute Engine’s Custom Machine Types feature is now generally available. This allows customers to fine-tune instance sizes to the exact number of cores and amount of memory they want. Google first introduced […]

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Twitter rolls out native GIF support in partnership with Giphy and Riffsy

Twitter has added native support for GIFs, thanks to its partnership with Giphy and Riffsy. Over the “coming weeks,” the company says it will roll out a new GIF button for both its iOS and Android apps, as well as on When the feature is enabled, you can press the GIF button located within the compose […]

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LeanData’s new tool automates reports for marketers to use in targeting leads

Lead management solution provider LeanData has released an offering called LeanData Clarity, which provides reports that marketers can use to target campaigns to specific individuals. The company claims it’s the first account-based marketing platform, not only enabling users to surface the most important information about a lead, but providing ways to act upon those insights. […]

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Intel helps kicks off educational drive to promote gender diversity in gaming

A big game industry group and intel kicked off an effort to promote gender diversity in the video game industry. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (which puts on the DICE Summit game event) and the Intel Foundation have launched WomenIn, a new initiative to promote gender diversity in the video game industry. The […]

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Drizly’s booze delivery service expands into Canada, its first international market

Drizly is launching in its first international market today, as the Boston-based startup expands its on-demand booze delivery service to Canada. Founded in 2012, Drizly lets you search for and order beer, wine, and spirits to your door within the hour, using nothing but your smartphone. It’s currently available in almost 20 markets across the […]

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Spotify’s latest ploy to get you to pay: Free Chromecasts

With Tidal nabbing headlines thanks to big-name exclusives, and Apple Music passing the 10 million subscriber milestone, you could be forgiven for momentarily forgetting about Spotify. But as news emerges that the music-streaming giant is about to hit 30 million paying members, Spotify has revealed an interesting tactic to tempt its users to sidestep the […]

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