Amazon Spends $14B on Whole Foods


Amazon on Friday announced that it has inked a deal to acquire Whole Foods Market for close to $14 billion in cash. The agreement includes assumption of Whole Foods’ net debt. Whole Foods will run as a wholly independent subsidiary of Amazon. It will continue to operate stores under its own brand and source products from vendors and partners. Cofounder John Mackey will continue in his role as Whole Foods’ CEO, and the company’s headquarters will remain in Austin, Texas. The deal is expected to close in the second half of the year.

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Visa Seeks to Build Online B2B Ecosystem


Visa this week announced the Visa Ready Program for Business Solutions, a strategic framework to help ensure that tech companies integrating with Visa’s B2B payment services and data solutions meet the company’s standards and are market ready. The program lets Visa’s tech partners quickly integrate and approve various Visa B2B payments solutions, including enhanced data, virtual card integration, payables automation, and payment controls. It lets partners quickly introduce devices, software and solutions that can initiate or accept Visa payments.

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GlobalFoundries Announces Early 7nm Availability, Huge Gains Over 14nm FinFET

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GlobalFoundries announced early 7nm availability, with volume shipments beginning in the back half of next year. The company is promising impressive gains compared with 14nm with up to 40 percent improved performance and 60 percent reduced power consumption.

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Xbox One X, along with its 4k gaming prowess, will be available Nov. 7

One year after Project Scorpio was announced at E3, Microsoft finally revealed that the new Xbox One X is coming out on November 7. The system will cost $500.

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PS4 sales have topped 60 million units worldwide

Following an interesting E3 2017 presentation that consisted entirely of trailers, Sony announced that it has sold through over 60.4 million PlayStation 4 consoles since launch on November 15th, 2013.

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SoftBank to Take Fearsome Robots Off Alphabet's Hands


SoftBank on Thursday announced that it will acquire robotics company Boston Dynamics from Alphabet, parent company of Google. Softbank also agreed to buy robotics firm Schaft as part of the same deal. SoftBank Robotics is the company’s subsidiary that focuses on the development, sales and maintenance of humanoid and service robots. “Smart robotics are going to be a key driver of the next stage of the information revolution,” said SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son.”

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PCIe 5.0 Arriving in 2019 With 4x More Bandwidth Than PCIe 3.0

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PCI-SIG has announced that PCIe 4.0 specification is finished — and it plans to have PCIe 5.0 ready to go by 2019.

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Salesforce Offers Alternative to Old-School Partner Portals


Salesforce has announced the Sales Cloud Lightning PRM app as a replacement for partner portals and electronic data interchanges that lack modern features such as built-in mobile, social analytics and AI capabilities. The PRM app has an interactive Guided Setup Wizard that lets channel managers configure, customize and deploy the app in days. It manages lead distribution, deal registration and marketing development funds, and it automatically assign partners into meaningful tiers for targeted promotions and customized content.

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Qualcomm Inks Deal to Build Snapdragon 835 PCs With HP, Lenovo, Asus

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Qualcomm has announced new mobile systems in partnership with multiple OEMs. After years of dancing around each other, are ARM and x86 finally ready to fight?

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Samsung Wants to Lead the Foundry Business to 4nm and Beyond

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Samsung has announced its own plans for foundry tech ramp-ups and rollouts, beginning immediately and stretching over the next four years. From EUV and fully-depleted silicon to HBM2 and new packaging techniques, the company is aggressively planning to grow its share of the foundry market.

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The 5 Most Important Announcements at Google I/O 2017

At I/O 2017, Google announced new products powered by machine learning, some big improvements to Assistant and Google Home, and it offered up a glimpse of the future of Android in your car.

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Red Hat Linux Upgrade Pushes New Security, Automation Tools


Red Hat has announced the availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 beta. RHEL 7.4 includes new security and compliance features and streamlined automation, along with tools for improved systems administration. This latest upgrade comes nearly three years into the series 7 lifecycle. It continues to provide enterprises with a rich and stable foundation for both existing applications and a new generation of workloads and solutions. “RHEL 7.4 enables data centers to continue running mission-critical stuff,” noted Red Hat’s Steve Almy.

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SugarCRM Trots Out Sugar 7.9 With Quotes


SugarCRM on Wednesday announced the general availability of Sugar 7.9 with a new quote-generation and management feature that helps users turn opportunities into closed deals. The upgrade provides next-generation reporting capabilities, plus enhanced advanced workflow, which lets users trigger a process based on fields changing to or from specific values. Sugar 7.9 includes additional operators for evaluating text fields, and additional variable user options for record assignment. It also has an improved data query framework.

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Charter's Wireless Play


Charter Spectrum has announced it will resell Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile wireless service to customers inside its region. The good news is that this deal lets Charter get quick access to wireless without competing with Comcast. Comcast and Charter Communications last week said they had reached an “operational agreement” about working together on wireless communications going forward. My understanding is that both agreed to sell wireless only to their existing customers in their existing regions.

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iTunes Is Coming to the Windows Store, but Still No Non-Edge Browsers

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Microsoft announced yesterday that iTunes will come to the Windows Store with Windows 10 S, but don’t hold your breath waiting for Chrome or Firefox.

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Microsoft to Revamp Windows 10’s Look With Fall Creators Update

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Microsoft announced the new update at the Build conference, and it might look a lot different.

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Spotify now has a birthing playlist for when you go into labor

Spotify announced their partnership with New York City-based OB-GYN Dr. Jacques Moritz to create an “ideal Birthing Playlist that is scientifically designed (and delivery room tested and approved) to accompany women through childbirth.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/05/11/spotify-now-has-birthing-playlist-for-when-go-into-labor.html

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Ecosystem Two-Dot-Oh


Salesforce this week announced significant enhancements to its AppExchange Partner Program, including a $100 million Salesforce Platform Fund to encourage developers of AI-driven solutions, as well as changes to its partner business model. Salesforce arguably was the first kid on the block with a partner program of this kind in which buyers could access a large community of apps based on a single standard from a single store. It’s worth remembering, for instance, that the “AppStore” was originally a Salesforce property.

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