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Journalist: mobile/media/tech news. Mom: 2 kids. Wife. Traveler. Speaks English, American, Russian, Franglais, Spanglish, in metaphors

Reports: BlackBerry Is Buying File Security And DRM Startup WatchDox for up to $200M — Canadian handset maker BlackBerry has been on a mission to turn around its beleaguered handset business by focusing more on software, and it looks like it has taken a significant step in that direction, specifically around file security and DRM.

Amazon’s AWS Quietly Acquired NoSQL Database Migration Startup Amiato In May 2014 — Amazon Web Services, the enterprise division of the e-commerce and cloud services giant, has been growing its reach in data warehousing and big data analytics by way of Redshift, a hosted product that it launched in 2012 and is now AWS's fastest growing product "ever", according to CTO Werner Vogels.

Groupon Sells 59% Of Korea’s Ticket Monster To KKR Consortium For $461M — The long-running question mark over Groupon's ownership of Ticket Monster has been resolved. Today the company announced that it is selling a controlling stake in the Korean online shopping platform to a consortium that includes Anchor Equity Partners, KKR and TMON management, which is taking a 59% of the company for $461 million, valuing the company at $782 million.

Online Jobs Marketplace Moves Into Home And Local Services — Make way for one more company that wants to carve out a business in local and home services. Following in the footsteps of Amazon and Google in their race after the likes of Angie's List, TaskRabbit, Thumbtack and Handy, is launching a marketplace for local plumbers, cleaners, cooks, couriers and others to offer their services on demand in their vicinity, starting first in its home market of Australia before expanding globally this quarter.

Used Daily By 750K Workers, Slack Raises $160M To Value Collaboration Startup At $2.8B — Slack, the workplace communication and collaboration startup from Flickr co-founder Stewart Butterfield - is today confirming that it has raised its latest round of funding - $160 million at a post money valuation of $2.8 billion.

Microsoft And Yahoo Renew Search Allian — After months of negotiations, Microsoft and Yahoo today announced a renewed search alliance, which includes amendments to the two companies' earlier partnership that give Yahoo more flexibility in terms of how it's able to monetize its search traffic. It also include changes to the two companies' ads sales forces.

To-Do App 3.0 Adds Collaboration, Zoom And List Sorting Among 150 New Features — While the world is starting to get its first taste of what life will be like when you have a small wearable like a watch to direct you, one of the leaders in personal organization apps for smartphones is releasing a big update. Raises $2.2M For An IFTTT-Style “Integration Marketplace” To Connect Enterprise Apps — Enterprises collectively spend $500 billion annually working with system integrators to link up the apps and services they use to run their businesses so that they can work together. Now, tapping into the growth of APIs for everything, a new company out of London,, has built a platform that it calls an "integration marketplace," which wants to make costly IT integrations a thing of the past.

As Mozilla Prepares Firefox Fightback, It’s Losing President Li Gong And Mobile VP Rick Fant — Mozilla and its Firefox browser have been hurting badly in the stakes for browser market against Google Chrome, Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Apple's Safari, and now the company is preparing a bigger restructuring as it looks to tackle this.

Sources: Yahoo In Talks To Buy Foursquare — Yahoo has been busy rebuilding its business around mobile under CEO Marissa Mayer, and soon it could make one of its biggest bets yet on the platform. We have heard perennially that the company has been looking to buy Foursquare, the New York startup behind the eponymous local search app and location-based social "check-in" app Swarm.
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Apr 21, 2015

@knowhowtohelp the order and everything else is under my name, which you have here. it's for a fridge. awful, terrible service.

Apr 21, 2015

@knowhowtohelp i've called currys/knowhow more than a dozen times now i think. i'm cancelling the order today unless someone rings me back

Apr 21, 2015

Confirmed: BlackBerry has acquired file security/DRM firm WatchDox for up to $150m will also set up R&D in Israel

Apr 21, 2015

@DaveyGMI @TechCrunch can't tell if you are being facetious or serious. seriously, it's an interesting company, smart move for bb if true.

Apr 21, 2015

Sounds like I could be getting a more concrete confirm on BB deal for WatchDox "shortly". hm.

Apr 21, 2015

@robinwauters i am teetering between ashamed and annoyed/perplexed.

Apr 21, 2015

PSA to misinformed PRs. I'm not living in Brussels. Did not relcoate there! Haven't actually been in years.

Apr 20, 2015

@csertoglu if you read my post you'll see a link through to tmon's financials. it's not just about making cash on the sale of the stake

Apr 20, 2015

Groupon may make a gain of ~$200m but Ticket Monster stake sale also signals challenges of growing its biz globally

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