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Chris O'Brien

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European Correspondent, VentureBeat and Senior Writer, Rude Baguette — VentureBeat

European Correspondent for @VentureBeat. Previously @latimes and @mercnews.

Avalara raises $96 million from existing investors to expand its cloud-based tax service — Seattle-based Avalara said today it had raised another round of $96 million, bringing its overall fundraising total to $300 million. The company, which offers a cloud-based tax compliance system for businesses, said the latest round includes $46 million to "repurchase shares from early investors." The balance will be used for growth and possible acquisitions.

Google's $400 million Indonesia tax bill is just latest in a growing list of international penalties — The company known as Google continues to find itself under scrutiny from a growing number of international regulators. The issues cover taxes, competition, and privacy, but the result is that more and more investigators feel emboldened to take on the U.S. tech giant.

Chasing the clouds: Can Oracle really close the gap with Amazon and start growing again? — Financially speaking, Oracle has been on an incredible march of mediocrity over the past five years. In its 2012 fiscal year, the company reported $37.12 billion in revenue. At the end of its fiscal year 2016 last May, the company reported $37.05 billion in revenue.

3 things to know about tech M&A in 2016 — With the tech IPO market still rolling in the gutter, tech companies looking for exits have begun to shift their focus toward being acquired. There has been a wave of big deals this quarter that seems to indicate a lot of activity around M&A.

First day of sales for iPhone 7 and Apple Watch 2 still draw lines of fans around the world — The scenes may not be as massive or boisterous as in the early days, but even after 9 years of iPhones you can count on some hardcore Apple fans to lineup in advance of the first day of sales.

Apple confirms iPhone 7 Plus and jet black iPhone 7 already sold out — If you're hoping to stroll into an Apple Store tomorrow and grab any version of the new iPhones, you may be in for some disappointment. In a statement, Apple said initial supplies of the iPhone 7 Plus as well as the jet black iPhone 7 are already gone.

Uber opens self-driving vehicle trial in Pittsburgh to the public — Uber announced today that is has launched a test of its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh where certain customers will be able to experience them for free. "We're inviting our most loyal Pittsburgh customers to experience the future first," the company wrote in a blog post.

Test blog post hints at pending launch of 'Pandora Plus' on-demand streaming service — Pandora appears to have accidentally confirmed reports it is about to unveil its new on-demand music streaming service as soon as today with a test blog post. The Oakland-based online radio streaming service, confirmed this week that it had signed the pacts it needed with record labels to launch the new service to compete with the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.

Apple's iOS 10 arrives today to deliver iMessage reboot and reinvent your lock screen — Apple's latest update to its mobile operating system, iOS 10, lands today. While it's not a radical overhaul, it does pack some fairly big changes. Officially, the release time is 10 a.m. on the west coast.

Shipping Container Surplus Recycled Into Homes, Stores | — Steel City Container Skyscraper, Mumbai; As part of an architectural contest, a firm proposed building 2 towers of 2,400 shipping containers each in Mumbai. (Photo: CRG Architects) Like any good entrepreneur, Frederik Noltenius Busck had big ambitions for his new start-up in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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Sep 25, 2016

@joshtpm 538 does a lot of stuff, but the rep was built on nailing presidential elex outcome. Getting that wrong could sink the site. IMHO

Sep 21, 2016

Also, @realDonaldTrump on Christianity: "He’s not a savior. He’s a savior because he was crucified? I like people who weren’t crucified.”

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