Google Acquires Fly Labs To Join Its Google Photos Team

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 1.26.13 PM Today, Google acquired Fly Labs to join its Google Photos team. The company aimed to help people edit videos and photos and it sported 3 million downloads over the past 18 months. Their suite of apps (Tempo, Fly and Crop) will be made available for the next three months. You’ll still be able to use them, but there will be no more updates. We're excited to announce that we've… Read More

Bid Management Platform For Building Contractors BuildingConnected Raises $8.5 Million In Series A

lunch-atop-skyscraper-new-york-construction-workers-crossbeam BuildingConnected is a platform to help construction firms manage the details of a job, with the aim to help save time and money on building projects. Today, the startup announced it had raised $8.5 million in Series A financing from Crosslink Capital, Homebrew, Freestyle, Bee Partners and Brick and Mortar. BuildingConnected pulled in a seed round of $2.2 earlier this year, bringing the… Read More

Google Invests More Than $60M in Mobvoi, Its Android Wear Partner In China

Google headquarters (2015 logo) Google’s services are not available in China, but that isn’t stopping it from making a significant investment in the company. The U.S. search giant is backing Mobvoi, a three-year-old company specializing in mobile voice technology, to the tune of more than $60 million. Read More

Niantic Raises $20M From Google, Pokémon Company, And Nintendo

niantic-nintendo Just about two months ago, the maker of the popular-with-nerds game Ingress, Niantic Labs, was spun out of Google. Last month, the newly formed Niantic, Inc. announced that it had begun working on a project called Pokémon GO. Today? The company is announcing a $20M Series A round of funding with investments from Pokémon Company Group, Google and Nintendo. It could see $10M more if it… Read More

Where Are They Now? Google Acquisition Edition

Google Search Before the whole Alphabet rejiggering, Google acquired tons of companies over the years. Roughly 184, according to Wikipedia. We thought we’d take a few minutes and pluck out a few names you might recognize, but weren’t all necessarily powerhouses on their own, and let you know what’s become of them! Read More

Symphony Secures $100M From Google And Other Investors

Secure communication diagram. Social network with shield in the middle. Symphony, the secure cloud-based communications platform, announced today that it has received a $100 million round from a list of investors that includes Google, Inc. Google’s part in the investment was first reported last week by the Wall Street Journal, but the search giant was also joined by Lakestar, Natixis, Societe Generale, UBS and existing investor Merus Capital.… Read More

Report: Google Invests In Wall Street Messaging Tool Symphony

security globe Google has participated in a new round of funding for Symphony Communication Services, valuing the company at $650 million, reports Dow Jones. The deal is expected to close this week. Launched last year, the Palo Alto-based messaging service has previously received financing from Wall Street giants including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan and BlackRock. Symphony hopes its… Read More

Google Patents Holograms For Glass, Which Could Involve Magic Leap

Google Glass Magic Leap Today Google was granted a patent for using holograms in a head mounted display like Google Glass. It would effectively let Google create augmented reality experiences that superimpose computer-generated imagery (CGI) atop the real world. Filed in March 2014, the patent shows Google’s research into how it could merge its head mounted display technology with AR. But what’s perhaps… Read More

Google Acquires Jibe Mobile To Help Adopt New Standard For Carrier Messaging

peak Android Today, Google announced that it will be adopting a new standard for carrier messaging called Rich Communications Services (RCS), thus eventually moving on from SMS. The company also announced the acquisition of Jibe Mobile to help bring RCS to its Android products. Here’s what Mike Dodd, Android RCS Software Engineer and Minister of Messaging had to say (and how cool is his title?):… Read More

Spare5 Raises $10M Series A Round For Its Mobile Mechanical Turk Service

spare5_turk Spare5 lets businesses outsource menial tasks like tagging and describing images, cleaning up data and classifying content to smartphone users who want to earn a few cents while standing at the bus station. It’s basically a mobile-centric version of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and it now has another $10 million in the bank thanks to a Series A funding round led by Foundry Group,… Read More
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