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

Media.net acquired for $900M in mega ad-tech deal

Divyank Turakhia, co-founder and president of Directi, poses for a photograph at the Dublin Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2010. Leaders of some of the world's leading technology companies gathered in Ireland for the Dublin Web Summit Oct. 28-29. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images The flow of Chinese capital into foreign ad-tech companies increased this morning with the acquisition of Media.net for $900 million USD. A consortium will be paying cash for the startup with key operation centers in New York City and Dubai. Eventually the company is set to be acquired from the consortium by Miteno Communication Technology, a Chinese tech conglomerate. The transaction is… Read More

Google isn’t safe from Yahoo’s fate

Yahoo has been beaten up in the press for so long that it’s hard to remember how untouchable it once appeared. We’d like to think that Yahoo’s failure has made us wiser, less likely to repeat the same mistakes. We’d like to think that having witnessed Yahoo’s demise, we would be better able to spot a company that was at peak valuation and about to begin a… Read More

Google buys Orbitera, a platform for building marketplaces for cloud software

industrycloud Google today announced another acquisition that will help the company improve how it competes against Amazon’s AWS, Salesforce and Microsoft in the area of enterprise services, and specifically selling enterprise services in the cloud: it has acquired Orbitera, a startup that developed a platform for buying and selling cloud-based software. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed… Read More

LaunchKit team heads to Google and open-sources its tools for helping devs launch their apps

billboard-v7080f20869bc The team behind LaunchKit, a set of tools that helps developers launch their apps, is heading to Google and joining the Developer Product Group. It doesn’t look like LaunchKit’s products are moving over to Google, so the team decided to open-source its products and make them available on GitHub. LaunchKit’s hosted services will be available for the next 12 months. After… Read More
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