Jaunt Raises $27.8M


Jaunt, a company building full-stack hardware and software solutions for cinematic VR, has raised a $27.8 million round of funding. The Series B round is led by Highland Capital Partners with participation by Google Ventures. Existing investors Redpoint Ventures, British Sky Broadcasting (Sky), Peter Gotcher, and Blake Krikorian also participated in the round . The latest investment brings the…

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Citrix, Google Bring Native Enterprise Features To Chromebooks

Citrix, Google Bring Native Enterprise Features To Chromebooks


Google and Citrix have unveiled Citrix Receiver for Chrome, a native app for the Chromebook which gives users access to enterprise system resources, including printing, audio, and video.

In June 2014, the two companies added new joint enterprise customers supporting enterprise workspaces that encompass more than 25,000 Chromebook users, said the companies in a statement. In the past month,…

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Imoji Secures $2M Venture Financing

Imoji Secures $2M Venture Financing


Imoji, makers of an app that enables users to turn pictures into shareable emoji and stickers, have secured a $2 million round of investment. The financing was led by Goodwater Capital and Joe Lacob. Goodwater’s Eric Kim, and Joe Lacob, partner emeritus at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, will be joining the imoji board.

Since its launch a month ago, imoji users have created over 1.5 million…

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BlackBerry Creates New Technology Solutions Unit

BlackBerry Creates New Technology Solutions Unit


BlackBerry  has created a new business unit, the BlackBerry Technology Solutions, or BTS. The company has hired Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu, former president of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and CTO of Sony-Ericsson to head the new division.

The BTS business unit comprises BlackBerry’s technology assets, including QNX (embedded software), Project Ion (Internet of Things application platform), Certicom…

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FIRST Appoints Former Cognizant CIO Digital Entertainment Head

FIRST Appoints Former Cognizant CIO Digital Entertainment Head


FIRST, the non-profit robotics organization started by Segway founder Dean Kamen, has appointed Mark Greenlaw as vice president of Digital Engagement. Prior to joining FIRST, Mr. Greenlaw was a vice president at Cognizant, and the company’s CIO until 2010. He also created the company’s Making the Future program, themed on the Maker Movement. Mr. Greenlaw is also a founding board member of the…

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IBM Opens First SoftLayer Data Center In Canada

IBM Opens First SoftLayer Data Center In Canada


IBM has opened a SoftLayer data center in Toronto. The data center follows recent launches in London and Hong Kong, and is part of IBM Cloud’s broader $1.2 billion investment aimed at extending its cloud services capabilities worldwide.

The Toronto data center has capacity for more than 15,000 physical servers and is based on a POD (Performance Optimized Data Center) concept. The facility…

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Traitify Raises $4M Series A Round

Traitify Raises $4M Series A Round


Traitify, a provider of personalization solutions, including a personality API for businesses, has raised $4 million in Series A funding. The investment was led by Heritage Capital, Charles “Chip” Morris, and Thomas Hitchner among other individual investors.

Traitify’s core technology “combines big data and psychology to collect observable patterns in order to make smart predictions in terms of…

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Groupon Names Parker Barrile SVP Of Product

Groupon Names Parker Barrile SVP Of Product


Groupon has appointed Parker Barrile as its senior vice president of Product. Mr. Barrile will be heading Groupon’s global product teams focused on web, mobile and design. Mr. Barrile will join Groupon’s senior leadership team and will report to CEO Eric Lefkofsky. He will be based in Groupon’s Palo Alto office, beginning in September.

Mr. Barrile joins Groupon from LinkedIn, where he was VP of…

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