StackCommerce buys Joyus to focus on video and expand into fashion, shopping and beauty

 StackCommerce, which sells articles sponsored by brands and published on websites, has acquired the online video marketing company Joyus in an all cash transaction to expand its advertising footprint in media targeting women and work more with online video. The media market for fashion, women’s health, and shopping is a new one for StackCommerce which has worked closely with websites… Read More

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Building a Series A SaaS valuation estimator (2017 edition)

 I have financed nearly 50 early-stage companies and the question of proper valuation comes up in every financing. There is the obvious tension: Generally speaking, the existing shareholders would like the highest valuation possible, while the new investors would prefer the lowest. For founders, understanding how VCs look at valuation is critical for a successful fundraising process. Read More

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Roku nearly doubles since IPO, up another 13% on day two

 Digital streaming business Roku has soared in its public debut. After pricing its IPO Wednesday at $14 per share, Roku finished its first day of trading at $23.50, up nearly 68%. And by the end of Friday, Roku closed at $26.54, or up 90% in less than 48 hours. The company is now valued at about $2.6 billion. So this must be great news for the company, right? Well, sort of. Roku’s team… Read More

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Some VCs are eager to jump into ICOs, but a host of challenges remain

 Venture capitalists are in a rare pickle. Companies have raised more than $1.7 billion through initial coin offerings, or ICOs, this year, by selling their own customized virtual currencies. For the companies, the trend is a godsend. They can raise the money and use it to fuel new projects without having to give away a piece of their company to venture capitalists. People who believe in the… Read More

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Researcher Emilio Ferrara talks about the rise of fake news and botnets

 Emilio Ferrara has been thinking about botnets for over a decade. As the first social networks climbed out of the mire, he noticed that they were very easy to game. Now, it seems, all of those early tools have finally been weaponized.
I spoke to Ferrara about his research work as well as his fascinating study that found that Twitter bots can be used for good. In this episode of Technopia we… Read More

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Former Oracle employees sue company for alleged pay discrimination

Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle Corp. Three female, former Oracle employees, Rong Jewett, Sophy Wang and Xian Murray, are suing Oracle for allegedly paying women less than men in similar jobs. The lawsuit, filed August 28, seeks a class-action status to represent all other women who have worked at Oracle. The lawsuit, first reported by The Information, alleges that Oracle discriminated against women by “systematically… Read More

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HashiCorp Delivers Major Updates Across Its Cloud Infrastructure Automation Product Suite to Accelerate Cloud Adoption

Today at HashiConf 2017, HashiCorp, a leader in cloud infrastructure automation, announced updates across its suite of open source and enterprise products for cloud infrastructure automation — Terraform, Vault, Consul, and Nomad — with new capabilities to help organizations adopt cloud. The company also released Sentinel, a policy as code framework for infrastructure automation, and delivered the Terraform Module Registry, providing example infrastructure templates to make provisioning across cloud environments easier.

The updates span each of the four critical components of distributed infrastructure — cloud provisioning, security, networking, and application runtime. HashiCorp’s products enable consistent workflows to provision, secure, connect, and run any infrastructure, including in multi-cloud environments.

“Our driving mission is to enable organizations to focus on workflows, not technologies. We want to support any technology that companies choose to operate, including their legacy infrastructure,” said Armon Dadgar, founder and co-CTO of HashiCorp. “As an ever larger number of Global 2000 organizations move from static, on-premises infrastructures to dynamic architectures spanning multiple clouds, we are working to provide the blueprints and infrastructure automation capabilities to help them succeed. We are investing in HashiCorp to support the world’s largest organizations, while continuing to build products practitioners love, for IT operators, security teams, and application developers.”

The HashiCorp product announcements at HashiConf include:

Provision: For Core Infrastructure in On-Premises and Multi-Cloud Environments
To help users successfully provision infrastructure in any cloud, HashiCorp released the HashiCorp Terraform Module Registry (, a public repository of example templates for common infrastructure patterns and popular services. These templates include support for Alibaba Cloud, AWS, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, Kubernetes, and the HashiCorp products.

In addition, HashiCorp announced the beta release of HashiCorp Terraform Enterprise with new Workspace capabilities to help enterprise IT operations teams with collaboration and governance for provisioning infrastructure. Workspace capabilities include:

  • Ability to provide access to shared infrastructure while restricting management capability
  • Version control integration to tie infrastructure definition to a single source of truth and perform automated testing
  • New UI that lets teams use Terraform to collaborate on infrastructure changes
  • The ability to audit and track all changes across teams
  • Full API coverage to integrate with existing tooling

Secure: For Secrets Management of Cloud Infrastructure and Applications
HashiCorp delivered Vault 0.8.3 with support for Kubernetes. Vault integration with Kubernetes extends HashiCorp’s platform-agnostic approach to secrets management and furthers the support of secure secrets management in modern environments and container workflows. New Vault capabilities include:

  • Direct Vault integration within Kubernetes without additional integration components
  • Kubernetes pods can fetch tokens for accessing secrets directly from Vault
  • Kubernetes applications can leverage Vault features such as key management, cryptographic offload, SSL/TLS certificate generation, and dynamic secrets

Connect: For Service Discovery and Networking in Dynamic Environments
For dynamic service discovery and configuration, HashiCorp announced HashiCorp Consul 1.0 for both open source and enterprise. Consul joins Vagrant and Packer as the third HashiCorp product to reach the 1.0 milestone. Consul 1.0 open source enhancements include:

  • Improvements to the Access Control List (ACL) system to make bootstrapping and configuring ACLs easier
  • Autopilot enhancements to handle more version upgrade scenarios

Consul Enterprise 1.0 feature additions include:

  • Network Segments to support segmented LAN environments

Run: For Application Deployment in Hybrid Architectures
HashiCorp announced the beta release for HashiCorp Nomad 0.7, a high performance and flexible service and batch scheduler. New capabilities in the open source version include:

  • An access control system which will enable operators to limit access to APIs and jobs
  • A web-based user interface to explore running workloads and monitor application health, enabling self-service usage for developers and better visibility for operators

HashiCorp also announced the beta release of the first enterprise version of Nomad. With Nomad Enterprise comes important collaboration and governance features for large enterprises, including:

  • Namespaces, which will allow multiple teams to safely use a single, unified multi-data center deployment
  • Resource quotas which will allow an administrator to limit resource consumption by namespace

Sentinel Policy as Code Framework
HashiCorp also released Sentinel, a policy as code framework ( Sentinel is designed to help enable organizations to define guardrails to safely automate infrastructure operations. Sentinel is integrated across the HashiCorp enterprise products, enabling active policy enforcement.

Read the HashiConf announcement summary blog post on the HashiCorp blog for a complete listing of links to more detailed information about all components of today’s announcement.

The Terraform Module Registry is hosted by HashiCorp and available today at The beta release of Terraform Enterprise is now available. Vault 0.8.3 with Kubernetes support is generally available today. Beta releases of Nomad 0.7 and Nomad Enterprise 0.7 are available today. Beta releases of Consul 1.0 and Consul Enterprise 1.0 will be available within 7 days. Sentinel will be available with the Premium versions of Vault Enterprise 0.9, Consul Enterprise 1.0, and Nomad Enterprise 0.7. Sentinel will be available with the Premium version of Terraform Enterprise scheduled for release within 30 days.

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It’s time to give Firefox another chance

 If you’re like me, you switched your default browser over to Chrome years ago and never looked back. Chances are, before you made the switch, you used Firefox or — god forbid — Internet Explorer. What made Chrome stand out back then was its speed and simplicity, especially at a time when Firefox felt like it was getting slower and heavier with every update. But times have… Read More

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Facebook tests facial recognition for account recovery

 Facebook has its own version of Apple’s Face ID. If you get locked out of your Facebook account, the company is testing a way to regain access by using your face to verify your identity. That could be especially useful if you’re somewhere that you can’t receive two-factor authentication SMS, like on a plane or while traveling abroad, or if you lose access to your email… Read More

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 Walmart’s is going after millennials shoppers with the launch of its own grocery brand called Uniquely J, which is expected to arrive in a couple of months. The goal with the brand – beyond an obvious desire for increased margins – is to attract a younger shopper. Jet believes that Uniquely J will do so not only by nature of a product selection that includes… Read More

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