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Frederic Lardinois

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U.S. News Editor — TechCrunch
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HPE gears its updated Helion OpenStack distribution toward telcos — HPE is in an interesting position. Now that it has shut down its Helion public cloud business, its main focus is on its private and managed cloud services, which center around the open source OpenStack cloud platform that's pretty much the de facto standard for building private clouds now.

GifCities is a search engine for classic GIFs — GIFs may be hot today and some people may even think that they are a relatively new thing on the Internet. If you're an Internet users of a certain age, though, chances are you were already using GIFs to spice up your cool GeoCities or Tripod pages with a few spinning arrows and flashing " under construction" signs back in the mid-90s.

A maturing OpenStack looks to the future — OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform that allows enterprises to essentially run their own version of AWS in their data centers, was founded by NASA and Rackspace in 2010. Today, it's being used by the likes of Comcast, PayPal, Volkswagen, CERN, AT&T, China Mobile and Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in the U.K.

Alluxio launches its memory-centric storage system for big data workloads — Alluxio, formerly known as Tachyon, raised a $7.5 million Series A round led by Andreessen Horowitz earlier this year. Today, the company is launching the first commercial product based on its open source memory-centric distributed storage platform out of beta.

Google’s Dart programming language returns to the spotlight — Once upon a time, Google's Dart programming language seemed ready to take on JavaScript as the default language of the web. Google was even going to give it equal billing with JavaScript in its Chrome browser. But by the time Dart was ready for prime time, JavaScript - and the massive ecosystem around it - was already miles ahead.

CoreOS launches its OpenStack on Kubernetes project as a technical preview — Six months ago, CoreOS, the purveyor of fine, small Linux distributions and container management services, demoed a project that would allow its users to easily deploy the notoriously complex OpenStack private cloud platform with the help of containers and Google's Kubernetes container management tools.

Microsoft launches the next version of its deep learning toolkit into beta — When it comes to machine learning frameworks, Google's Tensorflow is clearly the most popular option right now, but with CNTK, Microsoft also released its own internal framework at the beginning of the year. The company is launching the first beta of the next version (2.0) of CNTK today and with it, it hopes to challenge Tensorflow's leadership position.

Google’s Cloud Platform gets new a cold storage service — At an event in London today Google announced a couple of updates to its cloud storage services. The most important of these is the launch of Coldline, a new cold storage service for archival data, but the company also announced its new Regional storage service and the rebranding of its Standard storage under the "Multi-Region" moniker.

Google’s Android 7.1 Developer Preview starts rolling out to beta testers — No major surprises here: earlier this month, Google announced that the Android 7.1 Nougat Developer Preview and its SDK tools would roll out to developers sometime later this month - and now that we have passed the middle of the month, the preview is indeed rolling out to those who have signed up for the Android beta program.

Leanplum raises $29M Series C round for its mobile marketing platform — Leanplum started out as a mobile A/B testing platform but has since built on this foundation to become a fully-fledged mobile marketing platform. The company has now raised a $29 million Series C round led by Canaan Partners with participation from existing investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Shasta Ventures.
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Oct 27, 2016

RT @TechCrunch: Twitter lays off 9% of its workforce as it posts a much-needed positive Q3  by @mattlynley

Oct 26, 2016

it's always the people with the worst pitches who request read receipts...

Oct 26, 2016

@robertcathey probably true. Don't think I can prove you wrong there.

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