Google selling Terra Bella satellite imaging business to Planet

sf-20161227-crop-1500 Google will sell its Terra Bella business, which includes a group of SkySat Earth imaging satellites, to Planet Labs, the companies confirmed on Friday after TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden first reported that a deal was going down on January 25. Google’s space-high view of the world in its mapping software isn’t going anywhere, however – Google will continue to license… Read More

Google acquires Fabric developer platform and team from Twitter

static1-squarespace Google is taking over Twitter’s mobile app developer platform Fabric, as well as its Crashlytics crash reporting system, Answers mobile app analytics, Digits SMS login system, and FastLane development automation system. Twitter launched Fabric as a modular SDK in 2014 to allow developers to pick and choose different tools to improve their apps, and it now serves apps reaching 2.5… Read More

Forward, a $149 per month medical startup, aims to be the Apple Store of doctor’s offices

Forward Adrian Aoun It was cold and pouring outside as the Uber pulled up at 180 Sutter Street in downtown San Francisco. Inside, a man dressed all in black offered to take my jacket and umbrella as he ushered me through the clinical white lobby to a set of chairs, handing me a bottle of VOSS. I scanned the room, eyeing a bunch of connected fitness tools and fancy skin serums on a glass table in the front,… Read More

Google buys Sweden’s Limes Audio to boost Hangouts voice quality

google-voice-hangouts2 In a blog post, Google announced that it will purchase Limes Audio, a Swedish company that focuses on improving the quality of voice calls. The 10-year-old company, headquartered in Umeå, Sweden, also has offices in Stockholm and Palo Alto. The acquisition isn’t Google’s first time shopping around in the Swedish startup community. In 2007, Google acquired Swedish communications… Read More

Google acquires Qwiklabs to teach developers cloud skills

google_cloud_1 Google today announced that it has acquired Qwiklabs, a hands-on learning platform for those who want to become more familiar with operating cloud environments and writing applications that run on them. Qwiklabs, which launched in 2012, has only focused on teaching skills for Amazon’s AWS platform so far. Given AWS’ dominance in the marketplace, that made perfect sense. Amazon… Read More

Kubernetes founders launch Heptio with $8.5M in funding to help bring containers to the enterprise

Kepple Terminal with cityscape For years, the public face of Kubernetes was one of project’s founders: Google group product manager Craig McLuckie. He started the open source container management project together with Joe Beda, Brendan Burns and a few other engineers inside of Google, which has since brought it under the guidance of the newly formed Cloud Native Computing Foundation. Beda became an entrepreneur in… Read More

Google Docs for life sciences startup Benchling raises $7 million in growth funding from Thrive Capital

science lab Benchling, a biotech company out of Y Combinator providing cloud-based software for researchers, tells TechCrunch it has raised $7 million in growth funding to continue creating tools to help the science community access research from big pharma and other leaders in the space. You might think of Benchling as the Google Docs portion of the life sciences industry. While IT solutions software… Read More

If Google buys Twitter, there’s a perfect spot for it in YouTube

google-acquires-twitter If you combined the fastest and slowest types of social media, the result could be both must-see and never-forgotten. YouTube lacks short-form, frequently updated content, but is synonymous with video and that popularity brings in lucrative ads. Twitter is struggling with growth and monetization, but it’s the pulse of the planet, generating tons of real-time content and engagement.… Read More

FreshDirect raises $189 million for grocery delivery

Image of grocery cart full of products in supermarket FreshDirect, a popular online grocery service on the East Coast, is arming itself with $189 million in additional funding.  The round was led by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, with W Capital and AARP Innovation Fund investing as well. The new capital will be used to help FreshDirect build up its “manufacturing capacity” and “open up some new geographies,” according… Read More

Google will acquire Apigee for $625 million

Apigee team at Nasdaq as the company IPOs this morning. Google announced today that it intends to purchase Apigee, an API management platform that went public last year, for $625 million or $17.40 a share. The company, which helps customers build digital products with open APIs, has an impressive customer list including Walgreens, AT&T, Bechtel, Burberry, First Data and Live Nation. In a blog post announcing the deal, Diane Greene,… Read More
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