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Anaplan hits the ground running with strong stock market debut up over 42 percent

You might think that Anaplan CEO, Frank Calderoni would have had a few sleepless nights this week. His company picked a bad week to go public as market instability rocked tech stocks. Still he wasn’t worried, and today the company had by any measure a successful debut with the stock soaring up over 42 percent. As of 4 pm ET, it hit $24.18, up from the IPO price of $17. Not a bad way to launch your company. Stock Chart: Yahoo Finance “I feel good because it really shows the quality of the company, the business model that we have and how we’ve been able to build a growing successful business, and I think it provides us with a tremendous amount of opportunity going forward,” Calderoni told TechCrunch. Calderoni joined the company a couple of years ago, and seemed to emerge from Silicon Valley central casting as former CFO at Red Hat and Cisco along with stints at IBM and SanDisk. He said he has often wished that there were a tool around like Anaplan when he was in charge of a several thousand person planning operation at Cisco. He indicated that while they were successful, it could have been even more so with a tool like Anaplan. “The planning phase has not had much change in in several decades. I’ve been part of it and I’ve dealt with a lot of the pain. And so having something like Anaplan, I see it’s really being a disrupter in the planning space because of the breadth of the platform that we have. And then it goes across organizations to sales, supply chain, HR and finance, and as we say, really connects the data, the people and the plan to make for better decision making as a result of all that,” he said.

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June.ai looks to take on the inbox with $1.5 million

Email continues to be a tempting target to entrepreneurs. After all, email is nearly ubiquitous, and yet almost no one loves the experience of using it. June.ai today joins a long list of startups that looked to change up the way we use email, but this latest company is taking a different approach. Co-founder and CEO Allie Sutton said that the team didn’t look at the way people use email as a starting point, but rather looked at the way people deal with communication and information flow on the whole. That then led June to build a platform that doesn’t necessarily replace email, but is rather backwards compatible with email services. Here’s how it works: First and foremost, June recognizes the difference between an email conversation with another person and an email from a brand, platform, etc. June separates those conversations into two separate inboxes. For informational emails, like “Your Amazon Order has Shipped” and “Check In For Your Flight,” June puts those messages in an easy-to-browse feed. Communication-based messages, on the other hand, are arranged in an inbox that looks much closer to an iMessage or IM interface than an email interface. Conversations are also organized by people and not by thread or subject, letting users get a clear picture of their full conversation history with an individual without worrying about particular threads. As part of this person-based organization, June also organizes files based on who sent them. Another feature from June is ‘gatekeeper’, letting users quickly unsubscribe, approve or block new companies or people that are sending them emails. With $1.5 million in funding, June isn’t immediately concerned with revenue but rather looking to spread the word about the platform and promote adoption. June works with a number of the biggest email providers, including Gmail, Yahoo!, and Outlook

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It’s the end of crypto as we know it and I feel fine

Watching the current price madness is scary. Bitcoin is falling and rising in $500 increments with regularity and Ethereum and its attendant ICOs are in a seeming freefall with a few “dead cat bounces” to keep things lively. What this signals is not that crypto is dead, however. It signals that the early, elated period of trading whose milestones including the launch of Coinbase and the growth of a vibrant (if often shady) professional ecosystem is over. Crypto still runs on hype. Gemini announcing a stablecoin, the World Economic Forum saying something hopeful , someone else saying something less hopeful – all of these things and more are helping define the current market. However, something else is happening behind the scenes that is far more important. As I’ve written before, the socialization and general acceptance of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial pursuits is a very recent thing. In the old days – circa 2000 – building your own business was considered somehow sordid. Chancers who gave it a go were considered get-rich-quick schemers and worth of little more than derision. As the dot-com market exploded, however, building your own business wasn’t so wacky. But to do it required the imprimaturs and resources of major corporations – Microsoft, Sun, HP, Sybase, etc

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DARPA says it will invest up to $2B over the next five years toward new programs advancing artificial intelligence (Drew Harwell/Washington Post)

Drew Harwell / Washington Post : DARPA says it will invest up to $2B over the next five years toward new programs advancing artificial intelligence   —  The military's research arm said Friday it will invest up to $2 billion over the next five years toward new programs advancing artificial intelligence …

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Inside the implosion of Social Capital as key partners and execs keep leaving and, sources believe, Chamath Palihapitiya is no longer putting the firm…

Dan Primack / Axios : Inside the implosion of Social Capital as key partners and execs keep leaving and, sources believe, Chamath Palihapitiya is no longer putting the firm first   —  Social Capital arrived in Silicon Valley seven years ago with a charismatic co-founder, former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya …

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Sources: as Verizon execs remain wary about sharing user data with Oath and ad growth fails to take off, Tim Armstrong weighs leaving as early as…

Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal : Sources: as Verizon execs remain wary about sharing user data with Oath and ad growth fails to take off, Tim Armstrong weighs leaving as early as October   —  Tim Armstrong combined Yahoo and AOL but struggled to marry Verizon's wireless customer data with online advertising

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Huawei includes benchmark detection tool in smartphones so scores don’t reflect real performance; in response it says its competitors mislead…

AnandTech : Huawei includes benchmark detection tool in smartphones so scores don't reflect real performance; in response it says its competitors mislead consumers too   —  Does anyone remember our articles regarding unscrupulous benchmark behavior back in 2013?  At the time we called the industry …

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Google redesigns WearOS with a Google Assistant feed, one-swipe access to Fit, and revamped notifications (Dieter Bohn/The Verge)

Dieter Bohn / The Verge : Google redesigns WearOS with a Google Assistant feed, one-swipe access to Fit, and revamped notifications   —  And adding a Google Assistant feed  —  If you have a newer Wear OS watch, sometime in the coming month, you'll get a software update that will change what happens when you swipe on your watchface.

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Interview with Google’s Group Product Manager on how Android Pie’s Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness work to optimize battery life and screen…

Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat : Interview with Google's Group Product Manager on how Android Pie's Adaptive Battery and Adaptive Brightness work to optimize battery life and screen brightness   —  Long before Google announced the Android Pie name, the company was talking up AI in the latest version of its mobile operating system.

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Skagen unveils a minimalist Wear-OS-based Falster 2 smartwatch with a heart-rate sensor, GPS, and NFC, available September 12 and priced from $275…

Jon Fingas / Engadget : Skagen unveils a minimalist Wear-OS-based Falster 2 smartwatch with a heart-rate sensor, GPS, and NFC, available September 12 and priced from $275   —  Skagen's Falster has been one of the darlings among Wear OS smartwatches thanks to its posh yet minimalist look, but it was hard to recommend …

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Facebook announces the international rollout of Facebook Watch, which first launched in the US a year ago this month, to be available globally from…

Robert Mitchell / Variety : Facebook announces the international rollout of Facebook Watch, which first launched in the US a year ago this month, to be available globally from Thursday   —  Facebook has announced the international rollout of Facebook Watch, its video destination for episodic content, which first launched in the U.S. a year ago this month.

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Reporter outlines how he used Lyrebird’s free AI-powered software to make a realistic copy of his voice, says the digital recreation fooled his mom…

Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News : Reporter outlines how he used Lyrebird's free AI-powered software to make a realistic copy of his voice, says the digital recreation fooled his mom   —  You can watch our journey into the terrifying future of fake news on BuzzFeed News' “Follow This” series on Netflix.

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An excerpt from Sarah Jeong’s book "The Internet of Garbage", which discusses online harassment as a threat to the useful functions of the…

Sarah Jeong / The Verge : An excerpt from Sarah Jeong's book “The Internet of Garbage”, which discusses online harassment as a threat to the useful functions of the internet   —  Today, The Verge is publishing an interim edition of Sarah Jeong's The Internet of Garbage, a book she first published in 2015 but has since gone out of print.

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