• 14
    Nov

    Disney+ has already attracted over 10 million subscribers

    Disney’s launch of its premium subscription streaming service Disney+ was not without issues — high demand resulted in content not being accessible for hours on its first day of availability. The company cited higher-than-expected demand as a factor, and now we have a rough estimate of the size of that demand — Disney has revealed that it signed up 10 million users ...
  • 13
    Nov

    HBO’s former CEO said to be in talks with Apple TV+ for an exclusive production ...

    The man who oversaw the creation of some of HBO’s  most highly praised “prestige TV” could soon be making shows for Apple TV+, according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal. Richard Plepler, who was HBO’s chairman and CEO up until he parted ways with the company last February following its acquisition by AT&T, is nearing an exclusive production deal with ...
  • 13
    Nov

    Chinese EV startup Xpeng Motors raises $400 million, takes on Xiaomi as strategic investor

    Xpeng Motors, the Chinese electric vehicle startup backed by Alibaba and Foxconn, has raised a fresh injection of $400 million in capital and has taken on Xiaomi  as a strategic investor, the company announced. The Series C includes an unidentified group of strategic and institutional investors. XPeng Motors Chairman and CEO He Xiaopeng, who also participated in the Series C, said the ...
  • 13
    Nov

    Google to offer checking accounts in partnership with banks starting next year

    Google  is the latest big tech company to make a move into banking and personal financial services: The company is gearing up to offer checking accounts to consumers, as first reported by the Wall Street Journal, starting as early as next year. Google is calling the projected “Cache,” and it’ll partner with banks and credit unions to offer the checking accounts, with ...
  • 7
    Nov

    Salesforce announces new content management system

    Salesforce has its fingers in a lot of parts of the customer experience, so why not content management? Today, the company announced a brand new tool called Salesforce  Content Management System, which it says is designed from the ground up to deliver a quality customer experience across multiple channels. The idea is to provide a way for customers to create, manage and deliver ...
  • 6
    Nov

    Shopify expands into email marketing

    Shopify continues to expand beyond its core e-commerce platform with a new product called Shopify  Email. Shopify’s chief product officer Craig Miller and director of product for marketing technology Michael Perry gave me a quick demo of the product yesterday; Miller argued that they’ve created “the first email product designed for e-commerce.” That means it’s integrated with a merchant’s store on Shopify, allowing ...
  • 6
    Nov

    Adobe’s Project Sweet Talk makes portraits come alive

    One of the most interesting sessions at Adobe MAX is traditionally the Sneaks keynote, where engineers from the company’s various units show off their most cutting-edge work. Sometimes, those turn into products. Sometimes they don’t. These days, a lot of the work focuses on AI, often based on the Adobe Sensei platform. This year, the company gave us an early ...
  • 24
    Oct

    Real estate broker HelloOffice expands to Los Angeles after closing on $6.5 million

    HelloOffice, a new real estate brokerage business out of San Francisco, has nabbed $6.5 million in new financing and is absconding down to Los Angeles to open its first regional office. The company provides software to expedite the often painful (especially in San Francisco) task of finding office space (not the Mike Judge movie, which is available to stream on ...
  • 24
    Oct

    Microsoft reports a strong fiscal first quarter, but Azure’s growth rate continues to decline

    Microsoft  posted quarterly results today that were well ahead of analysts’ expectations, but Azure’s growth rate continues to decline as it competes with AWS. The company’s revenue for the first quarter of the fiscal year rose 14% year-over-year to $33.1 billion. Net income increased 21% to $10.7 billion, or $1.38 per share. Revenue from Microsoft’s Productivity and Business Processes segment, which ...
  • 23
    Oct

    Electric vehicle charging software EV Connect raises $12 million

    EV Connect, the Los Angeles-based company that sells software to manage electric vehicle charging, has raised $12 million in a Series B round led by investors Mitsui & Co. and Ecosystem Integrity Fund. The company has raised $25 million to date. EV Connect’s cloud-based platform has an open standard architecture that is designed to be hardware agnostic. In other words, EV ...