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Spice AI wants to help developers build smarter applications –

Spice AI, a Seattle-based startup that aims to make it significantly easier for developers to leverage AI in their applications, today announced that it has raised a $1 million seed funding round. That’s obviously not a huge round, but the investors will likely make you perk up a bit: Madrona Venture Group, Picus Capital, TA […] → Read More

Airbyte launches a hosted version of its integration platform –

Airbyte, the well-funded open source data integration startup, always made it easy for data teams to set up their ELT (extract, load and transform) pipelines, but until now, that meant self-hosting and managing the service, with all the complications that come with that. Today, the company announced the official launch of Airbyte Cloud, a hosted […] → Read More

Google brings AppSheet automations to Gmail, Jira support to Chat and Spaces –

Google today announced a new feature for its AppSheet automation service that will allow developers on its no-code platform to create custom apps and automation that can interact directly with Gmail. By leveraging dynamic email, developers can now build applications that users can trigger and execute right from inside their Gmail inbox — and while […] → Read More

Google’s Looker partners with Tableau –

In 2019, Google acquired the business intelligence service Looker for $2.6 billion and Salesforce picked up Tableau for $15.7 billion. But today, the two competitors are growing closer together thanks to a new integration between the two. Specifically, Tableau users will soon be able to access Looker’s semantic layer, while Google’s Looker users will soon […] → Read More

Google Cloud launches a managed Spark service –

At its Cloud Next event, Google today announced the launch of Spark on Google Cloud as a fully managed service. With this, the popular open-source data processing engine will become a premium offering on Google Cloud. “With this innovation, Spark finally arrives in the cloud-native world,” said Gerrit Kazmaier, Google’s VP & GM for Database, […] → Read More

Google Cloud’s BigQuery Omni is now generally available –

Google first revealed BigQuery Omni, its Anthos-based multi-cloud data analytics solution, last summer. Today, at its annual Cloud Next event, the company announced that BigQuery Omni is generally available. What makes Omni different from similar services is that it allows its users to use the standard BigQuery interface they know to query data that sits […] → Read More

Google Cloud will now show its users their carbon footprint in the cloud –

Google Cloud today announced a new (and free) feature that will provide its users with custom carbon footprint reports that detail the carbon emissions their cloud usage generates. Google Cloud itself has long said that it wants to run 100% on carbon-free energy by 2030. It’s already matching its energy usage with renewable energy purchases. […] → Read More

OpenStack gains new momentum, as deployments increase during the pandemic –

OpenStack, the open-source project that gives large enterprises and public cloud providers the tools to run their own AWS-like private clouds in their data centers, today announced the release of OpenStack 24. Codenamed Xena, the release focuses on polishing many of the system’s sharper edges. It’s no secret that the OpenStack project, which now falls […] → Read More

Rigetti Computing goes public via SPAC merger –

Rigetti Computing, one of the most visible quantum hardware startups, today announced that it is going public through a merger with the Supernova Partners Acquisition Company II SPAC. Once the transaction closes, Rigetti’s ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange will be ‘RGTI.’ The transaction values Rigetti at about $1.5 billion and the company […] → Read More

Databricks acquires 8080 Labs to extend its low-code/no-code capabilities –

Databricks today announced that it has acquired German startup 8080 Labs, the company behind bamboolib, a popular GUI for the Python-based Pandas data analysis and manipulation tool. Bamboolib allows data scientists to quickly and easily explore their data and transform it without having to write any code. 8080 Labs offered both a free community edition […] → Read More

Google Maps launches eco-friendly routing in the US –

Google today announced that eco-friendly routing in Google Maps is now live for iOS and Android users in the U.S. → Read More

D-Wave plans to build a gate-model quantum computer –

For more than 20 years, D-Wave has been synonymous with quantum annealing. Its early bet on this technology allowed it to become the world’s first company to sell quantum computers, but that also somewhat limited the real-world problems its hardware could solve, given that quantum annealing works especially well for optimization problems like protein folding […] → Read More

Visualping raises $6M to make its website change monitoring service smarter –

Visualping, a service that can help you monitor websites for changes like price drops or other updates, announced that it has raised a $6 million extension to the $2 million seed round it announced earlier this year. The round was led by Seattle-based FUSE Ventures, a relatively new firm with investors who spun out of […] → Read More

Microsoft launches Windows 365 –

Microsoft today launched Windows 365, a service that gives businesses the option to easily let their employees access a Windows 10 desktop from the cloud (with Windows 11 coming once it’s generally available). Think game streaming, but for your desktop. It’ll be available for business users (and only business users), on August 2, 2021. Announced […] → Read More

Simpplr raises $32M for its intranet platform –

Simpplr, a modern platform for building intranet sites (or ’employee communications and enablement platforms,’ as the company calls it), today announced that it has raised a $32 million Series C round led by Tola Capital. Norwest Ventures, which led the company’s Series B round last year, as well as Salesforce Ventures and George Still Ventures […] → Read More

Javier Soltero, Google’s head of Workspace, will join us at TC Sessions: SaaS –

When it comes to big SaaS products, few are bigger than Google Workspace (formerly known as GSuite). So it’s maybe no surprise that one of the first people we contacted to speak at our SaaS conference on October 27 was Google’s Javier Soltero. Today, Puerto Rico-born Soltero is Google’s VP and GM in charge of […] → Read More

WebOps platform Pantheon raises $100M from SoftBank Vision Fund –

WebOps SaaS platform Pantheon, which started out as a Drupal and WordPress hosting service many years ago, today announced that it has raised a $100 million Series E round solely funded by the Softbank Vision Fund. With this round, Pantheon has now reached unicorn status, with a valuation of over $1 billion. Pantheon co-founder and […] → Read More

Android 12 will let you play games before they finish downloading –

At its Game Developer Summit, Google today announced a new feature for Android game developers today that will speed up the time from starting a download in the Google Play store to the game launching by almost 2x — at least on Android 12 devices. The name of the new feature, ‘play as you download,’ […] → Read More

The first preview of Windows 11 is now available –

Microsoft today released the first preview build of Windows 11 to those in the Dev Channel of the company’s Windows Insider program. If you have joined the Insider program and meet Microsoft’s new — and somewhat complicated — system requirements for the new operating system, you should see the update soon. This first preview includes […] → Read More

Edge Delta raises $15M Series A to take on Splunk –

Seattle-based Edge Delta, a startup that is building a modern distributed monitoring stack that is competing directly with industry heavyweights like Splunk, New Relic and Datadog, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Menlo Ventures and Tim Tully, the former CTO of Splunk. Previous investors MaC Venture […] → Read More