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Coursera acquires Rhyme Softworks, unveils Coursera Labs

Coursera acquires Rhyme Softworks, unveils Coursera Labs

Coursera, an online learning portal that offers 14 degrees and 3,600 courses from 190 university and industry partners, today announced that it’s acquired Rhyme Softworks, a self-described digital platform for hands-on projects. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Coursera CEO Jeff Maggioncalda said that Rhyme’s soon-to-be-expanded Bulgaria offices …

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Sphero acquires modular electronics company LittleBits

Sphero, the nine-year-old Colorado-based company best known for its lineup of programmable robots, this week completed a major acquisition that catapults it to the top of the burgeoning science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) product market. Today, the company announced it has purchased New York City-based modular electronics startup …

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Splunk acquires cloud monitoring platform SignalFx for $1.05 billion

Splunk, which provides operational intelligence software that reports and analyzes up-to-the-minute machine data, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire SignalFx, a cloud monitoring platform for infrastructure, microservices, and containerized apps. Under the terms of the arrangement, Splunk will plunk down approximately $1.05 billion for SignalFx, 60% of which will …

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Twitter acquires Lightwell to improve conversations

The folks behind Lightwell, the app creation engine launched by interactive storytelling startup Hullabalu in 2017, today revealed that they’ve been acqui-hired by Twitter for an undisclosed amount. In a statement made via Lightwell’s official Twitter account, the team says its work at Twitter will focus on the company’s conversations …

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Microsoft acquires JClarity to bolster Java workloads on Azure

Microsoft today announced that it’s acquired JClarity, the leading contributor to the AdoptOpenJDK project, for an undisclosed amount. In a blog post published this morning, corporate vice president of program management for developer tools and services John Montgomery said the purchase will bolster Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform by increasing …

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Groupon acquires Presence AI to bolster booking capabilities with AI

Groupon today announced that it’s purchased Presence AI, a San Francisco-based company developing a communications platform that automates business-to-customer calls and messaging. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Groupon chief product officer Sarah Butterfass said that Presence AI’s portfolio will complement Groupon’s existing booking products and help to …

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