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Platform.sh raises $34 million to simplify cloud deployment

French startup Platform.sh has raised a $34 million funding round. The company wants to help you manage your cloud infrastructure by handling the most tedious part of the job. When you use Platform.sh for your application, the startup is going to handle testing and deployment to your cloud infrastructure. Every time you want to iterate and update your application to a new version, deployment is as easy as a git commit. Partech is leading the round, with Idinvest Partners, Benhamou Global Ventures, SNCF Digital Ventures and existing investor Hi Inov also participating. Platform.sh targets big clients. The company is currently working with 650 enterprise clients, such as Magento, Gap Inc. and The Financial Times. In 2018, revenue has more than doubled compared to the same period last year. Platform.sh can create new instances and deploy clones of your web applications in less than 60 seconds. That’s how you can deploy with confidence and save time. The idea is that Platform.sh helps you deploy 10 times or 20 times per day. Your users won’t see a difference as your website will remain available during the entire day.

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YouTeam is a marketplace for offshore developer talent

While software is said to be eating the world, software developers and other technical talent remains in short supply. Not only is this seeing major tech companies compete hard to hire the best engineers, but it has also meant a rise in the use of remote working freelancers or turning to offshore agencies. The problem with either solution, however, is the same: how to ensure outsourced work will be of high quality and that the individuals working on your project will be a good fit with the rest of your team. Enter YouTeam , a U.K. startup and recent graduate of Y Combinator, which has created what it calls a marketplace for offshore talent. The company’s platform connects individual developers at agencies (and large companies that have spare developer capacity) with companies needing to add to their own development teams through outsourcing. In this way the aim is to bridge the gap between hiring an individual freelancer and the added vetting and accountability using an agency affords. “Numerous times in our former companies we were let down by our software development partners and suppliers,” YouTeam co-founder and CEO Anton Mishchenko recalls. “For starters, it’s hard to objectively identify a reliable company because there is no unified industry standard for doing so. Secondly, it is impossible to know whether a company has the right team for the project because they rarely disclose information about their engineers until the contract is signed. Thirdly, the interests of the client and the supplier can often fork in different directions and so there is often limited trust, especially in the beginning of their relationship”

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Startups can now apply to take part in Google’s first Demo Day event in Asia

Google is bringing its Demo Day event to Asia for the first time this September and now the search giant has opened applications for startups wanting to take part . Google’s Demo Day are akin to a short version of an early-stage startup program. As the name suggests its a Demo Day but without the months-long program leading up to it. The company instead identifies promising companies, and it works with them ahead of the demo day to give mentoring, coaching and perfect a pitch that is delivered to VCs and others from Google’s entrepreneurship network who attend the demo day. Aside from working closely with Google and earnings Google Cloud credits, Google says its events help get startups connected and raise capital. To that end, it says that startups which have pitched at Demo Days have raised a cumulative $259 million from investors. Events have been held in North America and Europe, with some participating companies from Asia, but this coming event — which takes place in Shanghai on September 20 — will be the first on Asian soil. Companies wishing to apply should visit the sign-up site  before the deadline of July 1 at 11:59 pm SGT. The move is a further sign that Google is escalating its presence in Asia, and particularly in China. In past months, we’ve seen Google agree to a partnership with  Tencent,   invest in China-based startups —  biotech-focused XtalPi  and  live-streaming service Cushou  — and  announce an AI lab in Beijing . Added to that,  Google gained a large tech presence in Taiwan  via the completion of its acquisition of a chunk of HTC, and  it opened a presence in Shenzhen , the Chinese city known as ‘the Silicon Valley of hardware.’ Beyond China, Google has made its first direct investments in Asia-based companies by backing India’s on-demand service Dunzo and Southeast Asian ride-hailing unicorn Go-Jek

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HTC announces 6-inch U12+ with Quad HD+ Super LCD 6 display, dual cameras, pressure-sensitive buttons and sides, available for preorder today starting…

Vlad Savov / The Verge : HTC announces 6-inch U12+ with Quad HD+ Super LCD 6 display, dual cameras, pressure-sensitive buttons and sides, available for preorder today starting at $799   —  ‘Live on the Edge’ for $799  —  Even by the sieve-like standards of most smartphone launches, the HTC U12 Plus has suffered …

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Meet the judges and hackmasters for the TC Hackathon at VivaTech

On May 25-26, hundreds of Europe’s best and brightest coders, hackers, tech makers and programmers will descend upon Paris to take part in  TechCrunch Hackathon at VivaTech  and compete for a €5,000 grand prize. But who are the people who will determine who gets that prize? Without further ado the judges for the TC Hackthon: Nicolas Bacca, CTO, Ledger Nicolas worked on card systems for 5 years at Oberthur, a leader in embedded digital security, ultimately as R&D Solution Architect. He left Oberthur to launch his company, Ubinity, which was developing smartcard operating systems. He finally co-founded BT Chip to develop an open standard, secure element based hardware wallet which eventually became the first version of the Ledger wallet.     Charles Gorintin, co-founder & CTO, Alan Charles Gorintin is a French data science and engineering leader. He is a cofounder and CTO of Alan. Alan’s mission is to make it easy for people to be in great health. Prior to co-founding Alan, Charles Gorintin was a data science leader at fast-growing social networks, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where he worked on anti-fraud, growth, and social psychology. Gorintin holds a Masters degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, a Masters degree in Machine Learning from ENS Paris-Saclay, and a Masters of Financial Engineering from UC Berkeley – Haas School of Business.   Samantha Jérusalmy, Partner, Elaia Partners Samantha joined Elaia Partners in 2008. She began her career as a consultant at Eurogroup, a consulting firm specialized in organisation and strategy, within the Bank and Finance division

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SoftBank to sell its entire 21% stake in Flipkart to Walmart; SoftBank had invested ~$2.5B in Flipkart through its Vision Fund, is expected to make…

The Economic Times : SoftBank to sell its entire 21% stake in Flipkart to Walmart; SoftBank had invested ~$2.5B in Flipkart through its Vision Fund, is expected to make about $4B   —  SoftBank has confirmed that it will sell its entire 21% stake in Flipkart to Walmart, paving the way for the Bentonville-based retail giant …

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Zuckerberg didn’t make any friends in Europe today

Speaking in front of EU lawmakers today Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg namechecked the GDPR’s core principles of “control, transparency and accountability” — claiming his company will deliver on all that, come Friday, when a new European Union data protection framework, GDPR , starts being applied, finally with penalties worth the enforcement. However there was little transparency or accountability on show during the session, given the upfront questions format which saw Zuckerberg cherry-picking a few comfy themes to riff on after silently absorbing an hour of MEPs’ highly specific questions with barely a facial twitch in response. The questions MEPs asked of Zuckerberg were wide ranging and often drilled deep into key pressure points around the ethics of Facebook’s business — ranging from how deep the app data misuse privacy scandal rabbithole goes ; to whether the company is a monopoly that needs breaking up; to how users should be compensated for misuse of their data. Made clear to Mark Zuckerberg that digital platforms have to guarantee full protection of our citizens' privacy. We cannot accept illicit use of personal data to manipulate elections. Democracy cannot be turned into a marketing operation. pic.twitter.com/Nk0MB5IK8u — Antonio Tajani (@EP_President) May 22, 2018 Is Facebook genuinely complying with GDPR, he was asked several times (unsurprisingly, given the scepticism of data protection experts on that front). Why did it choose to shift ~1.5BN users out of reach of the GDPR ? Will it offer a version of its platform that lets people completely opt out of targeted advertising, as it has studiously avoided doing so so far. Why did it refuse a public meeting with the EU parliament? Why has it spent “millions” lobbying against EU privacy rules? Will the company commit to paying taxes in the markets where it operates? What’s it doing to prevent fake accounts? What’s it doing to prevent bullying? Does it regulate content or is it a neutral platform? Zuckerberg made like a sponge and absorbed all this fine-grained flak.

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FBI’s claim that investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year is inflated; sources say number likely between…

Devlin Barrett / Washington Post : FBI's claim that investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year is inflated; sources say number likely between 1,000-2,000   —  The FBI has repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed …

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Electronic Arts acquires GameFly’s cloud gaming service as well as the Israel-based team that was responsible for building it; terms not disclosed…

Jeff Grubb / VentureBeat : Electronic Arts acquires GameFly's cloud gaming service as well as the Israel-based team that was responsible for building it; terms not disclosed   —  Electronic Arts has bought GameFly's cloud-streaming platform.  The publisher also revealed that it has acquired the Israeli team …

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Sweden-based Amuse, whose music distribution service helps new artists get music on streaming services and keep 100% of the royalties, raises $15.5M…

Steve O'Hear / TechCrunch : Sweden-based Amuse, whose music distribution service helps new artists get music on streaming services and keep 100% of the royalties, raises $15.5M Series A   —  Amuse, the Swedish startup that offers a free distribution service for artists wanting to get their music on Spotify, Apple Music et al. …

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LastPass integrates Yubico SDK in its app on iOS, enabling the use of the $50 YubiKey NEO for two-factor authentication via NFC on iPhone 7 and newer…

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / ZDNet : LastPass integrates Yubico SDK in its app on iOS, enabling the use of the $50 YubiKey NEO for two-factor authentication via NFC on iPhone 7 and newer devices   —  Popular password manager LastPass delivers the first iOS app with support for the YubiKey NEO hardware-based authentication key with NFC support.

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