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Joe Tsai: Alibaba Finding Its Groove

theinformation.com — Alibaba has been on a roller coaster since going public two years ago. U.S. investors haven't quite known what to make of the crown jewel of China tech that is worth a whopping $258 billion. Will Chinese consumers continue to shop even as the economy slows? Why is the company being investigated ...

AWS, Google Gearing Up For Data Center Battle

theinformation.com — Amazon Web Services and Google are developing storage software for companies to use in their own data centers, a reversal of the cloud providers' usual efforts to get companies to put all their data in the clouds run by AWS and Google, according to people who have been briefed on the ...

Tech Pay Study Shows Asians Have an Edge

theinformation.com — At eight major consumer internet companies, including Google, Airbnb, Uber and Amazon, technical workers from India, China and Southeast Asia earn roughly 20% more on average than white people or Hispanics and 26% more than African-Americans, according to new data.The data show less of a ...

Google Ditching ‘Google For Work’ Branding

theinformation.com — Google is discontinuing the Google For Work branding it uses for its business-focused products, replacing it with "Google Cloud," said two people who've been briefed on the change. Google For Work includes Google's business-focused productivity apps, cloud services, maps, Chromebooks and Android ...

The Truth about Next Year’s IPO ‘Rush’

theinformation.com — Greetings from New York, where I spent the week with subscribers and catching up with the industry that Silicon Valley loves to hate (but doesn't really): Wall Street. With tech giants like Snapchat and Dropbox eyeing IPOs next year, I was curious what bankers would tell me about the ...

How Dropbox Doubled Down on Business Market

theinformation.com — Last November, Dropbox's leaders were preparing for Dropbox Open, a star-studded event in San Francisco where the company would rebrand its workplace offerings as Dropbox Business and then unveil Dropbox Enterprise, a new top tier of the company's file-sharing and collaboration tools geared ...

Employee Stock May Offer Clues to IPO Prices

theinformation.com — If you want to gauge where a tech company will price an upcoming public offering, don't bother looking at the value of its last fundraising. Instead, check out the employee stock option price.For instance, enterprise software firm Apptio said on Monday it expects to go public at a price range of ...

How Tech Firms Stack Up on Pay

theinformation.com — Twitter is offering junior technical talent higher compensation than most other top consumer tech companies, as it tries to keep engineers from fleeing, new data shows. Meanwhile, private companies on the ascent, like Snapchat, Uber and Airbnb, are doling out plenty of equity compensation to ...

Facebook’s Power Struggle Over App Links

theinformation.com — Employees at Yelp have seen a troubling trend recently: Facebook sometimes appears to be blocking their app. Even if customers have downloaded Yelp, links posted to its Facebook page direct them back into the social network's own browser. Instead of sending viewers into Yelp's restaurant review ...

How Nvidia Let Intel Get an Edge in AI Chip Market

theinformation.com — It's the story of a missed opportunity: how Nvidia let a deep learning tech startup get away and be snapped up by its rival Intel. With its $408 million acquisition of Nervana Systems, Intel can now enter a segment of the computer chip market that could fuel a boom in artificial intelligence ...
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Sep 24, 2016

RT @Jessicalessin: @amir not even core WSJ reporter. Snapchat picked a freelancer who covers luxury for WSJ the mag. Very Snapchat

Sep 24, 2016

RT @levie: Stages we go through for all Snapchat launches: Step 1: WTF is this? Step 2: No really, what is this? Step 3: 100M people use it daily.

Sep 24, 2016

@GRParida @dona @chiku @dillip @litu @Rakesh sorry, was in bengaluru last night, otherwise i would have joined you! :)

Sep 24, 2016

@ashitaa it’s a male-specific list. i’m pretty sure she’s getting paid the same.

Sep 24, 2016

@panzer Sorry I'm halfway around the world and late to everything. Sounds like a fun Friday!


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