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Huge Bank Buys 8,500 iPads — Chooses Apple Over Microsoft At Employees’ Insistence

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/bank-buys-8500-ipads-2012-11

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Apple still hasn’t made much of a commitment to selling into and serving big companies, at least relative to traditional corporate IT vendors like Microsoft, but Apple’s products continue to sell themselves.

British bank Barclays just placed an order for 8,500 iPads for its branch network, Matt Brian of The Next Web reports.  This is believed to be the largest single order placed in the UK.

The company says it reviewed other tablet options but went with iPad because its employees insisted on it.

The bank wants to use an app called “Mortgage Brain” that was developed by a bank consortium and will allow branch employees to better serve customers.

The IR reseller who handled the iPad order says that it is seeing “increased uptake” of Apple products among other corporate clients. Apple has often talked about the “consumerization of the enterprise,” in which employees drive corporate purchases, as being a key trend driving its business. This trend shows no signs of slowing.

That such a large order was placed for iPads on the heels of the launch of Microsoft’s Surface tablet and Windows 8 doesn’t bode well for Microsoft.  Microsoft now finally has a tablet in market, so when customers choose Apple or Android equipment, it’s no longer simply a matter of Microsoft not having a product to sell.

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Friday, November 23rd, 2012 news No Comments

PayPal Buys Card.io To Add More Startup Energy To The Company (EBAY)

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/paypal-card-io-acquisition-2012-7

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PayPal just acquired Card.io, a startup whose technology makes it easy for mobile apps to scan credit cards—a handy feature that saves users the time it takes to enter a 16-digit card number.

We don’t think Card.io’s card-scanning feature is that earthshaking. But we think it’s a positive sign that PayPal is snapping up startups—especially, as PayPal executive Hill Ferguson writes, to bring on their “passionate and independent team.”

Ferguson himself came to PayPal through its acquisition of Zong last year, and Zong CEO David Marcus now runs PayPal.

PayPal has needed an injection of startup talent from top to bottom, as competitors like Stripe and Square nibble away at its best growth opportunities. Stripe, in particular, has wooed developers who want to add payments to their Web services.

It’s significant that Card.io is used in apps from startups like Uber and TaskRabbit: PayPal needs people who know how to build services that appeal to other developers.

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Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 news No Comments

Weather Channel Buys Crowdsourced WeatherUnderground

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5923016/the-weather-channel-buys-up-the-crowdsourced-weather-undergrounds-crowdsourced-accuracy

The Weather Channel Buys Up the Crowdsourced Weather UndergroundAfter 17 years on its own, the crowdsourced, user-favorite Weather Underground will become a member of the Weather Channel family. But what forecast lies ahead?

Both The Weather Channel and Weather Underground say we’ve got nothing to worry about—the acquisition won’t affect the services offered at Wunderground.com. The deal will actually afford the independently-minded WU the opportunity to produce new products and services down the line. According to a blog post by Co-Founder Jeff Masters, the two companies have discussed a deal several times over the years, but that due to a recent spike in WU’s popularity and staff, it finally makes sense now.

The plan is to make both wunderground.com and weather.com stronger, by sharing content and infrastructure. Many Weather Underground features, such as our Personal Weather Station data, WunderMap, and my blog, are scheduled to also appear on the weather.com web site in the coming months. My blog’s main home will continue to be wunderground.com, and I have been asked to continue to write the same variety of science-based posts on hurricanes, extreme weather, and climate change that I’ve provided since 2005. I enjoy communicating weather science, and am pleased I will be able to do this for both wunderground and The Weather Channel, which has an audience about three times as large as wunderground’s.

If everything goes according to plan this could actually be a great thing. We’re daily users of both Weather.com’s forcasts and WU’s WunderMap. But we also know that acquisitions like this can go horribly wrong. Let’s just hope WU’s weirdness is kept intact under the wing of its new overlord. [Weather Underground and BusinessWire via TechCrunch]

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 digital No Comments

Groupon Buys eCommerce Data Targeting Startup (And Angelpad Alumnus) Adku

Source: http://techcrunch.com/2012/02/06/groupon-buys-ecommerce-data-targeting-startup-adku/

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I love the smell of acquisitions in the morning! We’ve just heard that Groupon has acquired Adku, a stealth startup that uses big data in order to personalize the online shopping experience for people visiting eCommerce sites like eBay, Amazon and Zappos.

The company built their personalized targeting technology in three months, and have basically been in stealth since they launched at the Angelpad Demo day a year and a half ago. Adku is backed by Greylock Partners, Battery Ventures and True Ventures in addition to being an Angelpad startup.

Although CEO Ajit Varma and several members of the six person team are former Googlers, from what I’m hearing this wasn’t a talent acquisition or acqhire but a team + technology play  – with a price beyond $10 million. Varma would not disclose what the team will be working on when they get to Groupon.

While it’s not clear what the technology will be applied to, the acquisition makes sense on a lot of levels, especially because a personalized experience is where most of eCommerce is headed. Greylock VC David Thacker now runs product for Groupon, so that couldn’t have  hurt either.

Wrote Varma in a blog post, “We started talking to Groupon to bring our technology to more customers and quickly realized that we wanted to be a deeper part of a company that people love and is empowering merchants and customers in a way that’s never been done before.”

Stay tuned!

OK @adku (three former Google engineers) is a company that Techcrunch will slobber over. Dynamic content. Interesting company.—
Robert Scoble (@Scobleizer) November 11, 2010


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