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NGINX Plus’s latest release puts the focus on security

NGINX, the company behind the popular open-source NGINX server, launched the latest version (R10) of its NGINX Plus commercial offering today. Like similar open-source companies, NGINX offers its core product for free, but then charges for more advanced features and services. Show More Summary

Email and file encryption service Virtru, built by ex-NSA engineer, raises $29 million

Talk about being at the right place and at the right time. Following revelations of government spying, data breaches, malicious hacking, identity theft and other online threats, the email and file encryption application Virtru has now...Show More Summary

AppFormix now helps enterprises monitor and optimize their virtualized networks

AppFormix helps enterprises, including the likes of Rackspace and its customers, monitor and optimize their OpenStack- and container-based clouds. The company today announced that it has also now added support for virtualized network functions (VNF) to its service. Show More Summary

Amazon now lets you rent its virtual desktops, Amazon WorkSpaces, by the hour

Amazon is rolling out a new way for businesses to use its cloud-based virtual desktop service, Amazon WorkSpaces: instead of paying monthly for access to an always-on WorkSpace you can connect to at any time, companies can now choose to pay and use WorkSpaces on an hourly basis. Show More Summary

Espresa wants to help companies pamper their employees

The range of benefits that Silicon Valley companies offer employees may vary from dental, vision and 401(k) all the way to yoga massages, car washes and beauty services. With tech giants like Facebook and Google making a big deal about...Show More Summary

ScienceLogic acquires AppFirst to bolster its IT infrastructure monitoring service

IT monitoring specialist ScienceLogic today announced that it has acquired AppFirst, a service to give IT admins deeper visibility in what apps and services run across a company’s servers, virtual machines and cloud instances. The companies did not disclose the financial details of the transaction. Show More Summary

Redbooth adds Apple TV app to bring project management to big screen

Redbooth, makers of project management and collaboration software, announced a new Apple TV app today that brings their service directly to Apple TV. We mostly think of Apple TV as a consumer device, designed to give us access to entertainment and games or to project the contents of one of our Apple devices onto a bigger screen. Show More Summary

Atlassian’s HipChat gets group video chats

In Atlassian‘s view, video is the next battlefield in the enterprise chat wars (a war it is mostly fighting with Slack, it seems). Its HipChat group messaging app launched one-on-one video chats back in 2014, but today, it is pushing...Show More Summary

Cisco confirms it will cut up to 5,500 jobs, or 7% of its global workforce

We caught wind earlier this week that Cisco was planning a major cost-cutting operation to reduce its costs by around 15% throughout the month. It looks like the first stage of that is a round of cut jobs, with Cisco announcing as part of its earnings report that it will cut up to 5,500 jobs, or 7% of its workforce. Show More Summary

Netlify, a service for quickly rolling out static websites, raises $2.1M

Mathias Biilmann — a former CTO of a firm that built websites for small businesses — says developers have gotten so used to using Github as a central workflow, they expect the entire rest of the developer experience to work the same way. Show More Summary

Sources: Cisco planning 15 percent cost reduction this month

Sources are telling TechCrunch that Cisco is planning a significant cost reduction this week, which could involve budget cuts and layoffs. We’ve been hearing that the reductions will be announced on August 17th or 18th and that theyShow More Summary

Cogito leverages human behavior to nudge customer relationships

We’ve all had crappy customer service calls. Primed by staticky elevator music and the ever-mysterious agitating echo, most of us come into calls with strained patience. On the line, customer service and sales agents are paid to build...Show More Summary

Polybit’s stdlib helps developers spend less time on infrastructure, more time coding

A startup called Polybit has introduced what it’s calling the Standard Library of the Internet in open beta, a resource to make back-end coding easy for developers, even beginners. The Standard Library, or the “stdlib” as the startup...Show More Summary

Vettery raises $9M as it expands its hiring marketplace to San Francisco

Vettery, a startup offering an alternative to the traditional recruiting process, has raised $9 million in Series A funding. On the Vettery website, the company pairs potential job-seekers with a “talent executive” who helps them through the process of creating a profile and looking over interview requests from employers. Show More Summary

Nuance brings deep learning tech to its Dragon speech recognition

Your speech-recognizing friends at Nuance are back with a major update to their flagship app, Dragon. The popular productivity software is now in its 15th version, an update that promises some substantial improvements in accuracy courtesy of the company’s own deep learning tech, which forms the basis of its speech engine. Show More Summary

Rubrik snares $61 million Series C led by Khosla Ventures

In a year where money is harder to come by, especially from conventional venture capital sources, Rubrik is a notable exception, announcing a $61 million Series C round from several brand-named Silicon Valley venture firms. The round...Show More Summary

Fixed-wing drones not quite taking off in commercial market, a new DroneDeploy study finds

DroneDeploy released a new study of the commercial and industrial drones market this week, revealing bad news for the makers of fixed-wing drones — quadcopters are far outpacing this type of unmanned aerial vehicle in every industry. Fixed-wing...Show More Summary

Workday gives IBM big win with seven year cloud deal

Workday announced a 7-year cloud infrastructure deal with IBM Softlayer today to run their development and testing services on IBM’s cloud, handing IBM a huge win in the process. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. It’s a big deal from a number of perspectives. First of all, it’s the size and scope of the deal, running seven years. Secondly, it’s a… Read More

Salesforce Inbox gains calendar from Tempo acquisition

Salesforce’s efforts to turn its Inbox app into a central resource for salespeople has a new trick: An integrated calendar built from its acquisition of Tempo that pulls in contact data from your Salesforce database, giving you a way to quickly find out more about the people you’re meeting with. Show More Summary

Hewlett Packard Enterprise picks up SGI for $275 million

The last decade-plus hasn’t been great for SGI. The company formerly known as Silicon Graphics declared Chapter 11 in 2009. That same year, it was sold to Rackable for a song, with that company somewhat confusingly changing its own name to SGI (short for Silicon Graphics International) during the process. Show More Summary

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