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Germany's Helpling abandoned talks to acquire Homejoy after examining its books — Berlin-based home-cleaning service Helpling pursued serious discussions to acquire its troubled U.S.-based rival Homejoy, but decided last month not to pursue an acquisition after getting a close look at the company's financials, according to a source familiar with the negotiations.

16 knives + 1 meat cleaver = Electric Knife Orchestra playing 'Stayin' Alive' — You've haven't really heard the Bee Gee's "Stayin' Alive" until you've heard it performed by The Electric Knife Orchestra. Built by Neil Mendoza, a British artist now living in Los Angeles, the system consists of six machines that control a total of 16 knives and 1 meat cleaver.

Uber seeking $1B credit line, possibly inching closer to an IPO — We may be getting a bit closer to the Uber IPO that is destined to make the world's head explode. According to the Wall Street Journal, Uber is in talks with banks to set up a $1 billion line of credit.

Foxconn invests $5.5M in France's PIQ to accelerate development of IoT sports equipment — While Foxconn may be best known as the manufacturing muscle behind blockbuster products like the iPhone, the Taiwanese company is teaming up with a French company to focus on the next wave of smart consumer devices. Paris-based PIQ announced today that it had raised $5.5 million in a round of funding led by Foxconn.

Trouble for Fitbit IPO? Fitness bands losing ground to smartwatches — While Fitbit still dominates the market for fitness bands, consumers are showing a growing preference for smartwatches, according to a new report from Argus Insights.

Yelp scores integration deal to appear on HTC One M9 lock screen — Yelp announced a new deal today that will make its service the centerpiece of HTC's latest smartphone. Last month, the HTC One M9 went on sale in the U.S. In a new integration deal, information from Yelp's mobile app will flow directly into the lock screen to serve up suggestions to users.

Amazon's Prime Now service will start delivering from local stores in Manhattan — Amazon announced today that its Prime Now service will now start delivering goods from local stores in Manhattan, with plans to expand soon to other communities later this year. People living in certain Manhattan zip codes can now buy things like groceries and prepared meals from places like D'Agostino, Gourmet Garage and Billy's Bakery by using Amazon's Prime Now app.

Meet Altice founder Patrick Drahi, the French billionaire who might be trying to buy Time Warner — Even if you are the type in the U.S. to pay attention to media and telecom acquisitions, there's a pretty good chance that you had never heard of him or his company, Altice. But this morning, Altice announced it had made the leap into the U.S.

SAP CEO trashes Salesforce, says company is too pricey for anyone else to buy — The head of Germany's SAP thinks he knows who will buy Salesforce: No one. According to Reuters, SAP chief executive Bill McDermott was seeking to quash any talk that the software giant would make a run at the San Francisco-based cloud service.

In first teaser trailer for 'Steve Jobs,' star Michael Fassbender looks nothing like him — The troubled "Steve Jobs" biopic has released its first teaser trailer, and one can easily imagine that it will soon be triggering gag reflexes across executive suites at Apple HQ. First of all, it's based on the authorized biography penned by Walter Isaacson, a tome which in recent months we have come to learn that Apple executives who were close to Jobs pretty much despise.
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May 23, 2015

St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, a Bulgarian Orthodox church in Sofia.

May 22, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: Germany's Helpling abandoned talks to acquire Homejoy after examining its books by @obrien

May 22, 2015

RT @VentureBeat: 16 knives + 1 meat cleaver = Electric Knife Orchestra playing 'Stayin' Alive' by @obrien

May 22, 2015

16 knives + 1 meat cleaver = Electric Knife Orchestra playing ‘Stayin’ Alive’… via @VentureBeat

May 21, 2015

@imkialikethecar For reals? That's awesome. Will do...Yes, need to find some good local food outside the conference.

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