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MariaDB acquires Clustrix

MariaDB, the company behind the eponymous MySQL drop-in replacement database, today announced that it has acquired Clustrix, which itself is a MySQL drop-in replacement database, but with a focus on scalability. MariaDB will integrate Clustrix’s technology into its own database, which will allow it to offer its users a more scalable database service in the long run. That by itself would ...

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Bird hits 10 million scooter rides

Bird just announced 10 million scooter rides since launching about one year ago. If this story sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because Bird competitor Lime earlier today announced it surpassed 11.5 million rides across its shared bikes and scooters. Bird, which launched last September in Santa Monica, Calif., curren… Startups – TechCrunch

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Meet the startups in the latest Alchemist class

Alchemist is the Valley’s premiere enterprise accelerator and every season they feature a group of promising startups. They are also trying something new this year: they’re putting a reserve button next to each company, allowing angels to express their interest in investing immediately. It’s a clever addition to the demo day model. You can watch the live stream at 3pm ...

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Amazon reveals redesigned 2018 Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show

Amazon today introduced nearly a dozen new Alexa-powered devices, from a second-generation Echo Dot to the Echo Sub for amplifying sound for previously existing speakers, the latest set of initiatives to spread Alexa everywhere. Also introduced today are the Echo Input; Echo Link and Echo Link Amp to amplify sound from existing speakers; Echo Auto for cars; and the AmazonBasics M… ...

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Amazon debuts Fire TV Recast DVR and Echo Auto in-car system

Amazon, not content to wrap up a hardware event with all-new appliances and a host of high-end audio products, debuted something of a surprise today: the Fire TV Recast, a DVR for over-the-air television, and the Echo Auto, an Alexa-powered in-car speaker. The Fire TV Recast is being pitched as a companion for the newly refreshed Echo Show. Its tuners ...

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Cluep, a Canadian startup that raised just $500K, acquired for $40M

Everyone loves a tale of a bootstrapped startup founder’s journey to an eight-figure exit. The team at Toronto-based Cluep have a good one. The founders of the adtech startup raised less than $ 500,000 from angel investors before selling their company to Impact Group for $ 40 million ($ 53 million CAD) this week. Founded in 2012, Karan Walia, Sobi Walia and Anton ...

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Crytek’s CryEngine update focuses on novice game devs

Crytek is still throwing punches. The Hunt: Showdown developer wants to keep competing in the game-development toolkit space. To do that, it has released version 5.5 of CryEngine. You can download the update right now and get its numerous improvements and new features. While Crytek uses CryEngine in its own games, it also licenses it out to third-party developers. This engine ...

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How Avalara helps companies navigate complex telecom taxes for IoT services like in-car calling and telematics

Avalara’s GM of Telecommunications Tony Susak spoke to TechRepublic’s Teena Maddox about telecom taxes at MWC Americas 2018.”What we offer is, telecom clients, transactional tax and regulatory compliance,” Susak said. “It’s a unique space in that most people don’t understand the complexity of the telecom taxation. Most people are used to walking into a store, buying a widget, getting taxed ...

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