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Uber pauses on hiring at Dallas operations, delays construction until 2021 amid COVID-19

8 hours 31 min ago
Uber Technologies is pulling back temporarily on its big Dallas push amid challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbus startup raises $51M to bring AI-powered bot to more hospitals

8 hours 53 min ago
Olive has raised $51 million toward a goal of tenfold increase in hospitals using its AI-powered bot that automates many administrative tasks.

San Francisco firm acquires one of Birmingham's largest companies

9 hours 30 min ago
One of the early stars of Birmingham's technology world has been acquired. Command Alkon, which provides software and technology for the construction industry, has been acquired from its current owner, Quilvest Capital Partners. Command Alkon ranked 36th on our 2019 Birmingham 100 List, with $127.52 million in annual revenue.  The company has been acquired by Thoma Bravo, a San Francisco-based equity firm focused on the software and technology sectors. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.…

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9 hours 45 min ago
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Leadership Group goes virtual to brief members, raise millions for coronavirus medical supplies

10 hours 47 min ago
Carl Guardino, the longtime CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, has embraced Zoom as a way to stay engaged with his membership during these unprecedented times.

Palo Alto Networks grabs San Jose-based Cisco competitor for $420M

10 hours 58 min ago
Palo Alto Networks Inc. said on Tuesday it will pay $420 million in cash to buy CloudGenix Inc., a cloud-managed networking competitor of Cisco Systems Inc. Santa Clara-based Palo Alto Networks said it plans to use the San Jose company's products to accelerate use of its Prisma Access security offering by remote business branches and retail stores. The deal is expected to close in its fiscal fourth quarter that ends in July. CloudGenix had raised about $100 million and was valued at about $190…

Coronavirus roundup: Verily rolls out community-testing guide | Local distilleries make hand sanitizer

11 hours 6 min ago
Alphabet Inc.’s Verily has taken its experiences with screening people for COVID-19 and released a guide for others seeking to conduct community-based testing. Verily’s Project Baseline has rolled out what it calls the COVID-19 Community-Based Testing Program Guide, produced in collaboration with California’s Department of Public Health and other city, county and state bodies, with input from Stanford Medicine. The guide is a series of downloadable documents that contain information on how…

T-Mobile formally requests $23B in loans to complete Sprint merger

11 hours 30 min ago
Twelve days after T-Mobile US Inc. confirmed it was financially ready to close on its $37 billion merger with Sprint Corp., the Bellevue, Wash., wireless carrier (Nasdaq: TMUS) has called on a group of 16 banks to make good on $23 billion in loans, Bloomberg reports. Initially, T-Mobile planned to sell the debt to third-party investors, but the COVID-19 outbreak disrupted those plans, which led it to execute its Plan B. Now, banks like Barclays PLC, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman…

mHUB making face shields for Chicago doctors on coronavirus front lines

11 hours 45 min ago
The amount, or lack thereof, of personal protective equipment has been a major issue for health care workers on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis. With a shortage of masks, for example, some doctors have been forced to use bandanas and scarves to protect themselves when supplies run low. Another piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) in need is face shields, which are used by health care workers to protect their face from body fluids from coronavirus-positive patients. And one of…

CyrusOne will hold shareholders meeting virtually as more embrace option

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 10:07pm
CyrusOne Inc. just changed the way it’s going to manage its shareholders meeting – and it’s becoming less unique amid the coronavirus. The Dallas data center company (Nasdaq: CONE) – less than two weeks after announcing the event – said it will hold the gathering online, citing concerns around the growing pandemic, it said late afternoon on Monday. It had noted in the earlier filing that it could shift to a virtual meeting. “Due to the emerging public health impact of the coronavirus…

Comcast exec not worried 'in the least' as homebound customers tax broadband network

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 6:38pm
As millions of people shift to working and learning online, many are wondering — can internet providers handle the rapid rise in traffic? According to one of the top executives at Comcast, its networks are in good shape.  Tony Werner, president of technology and product for Comcast’s (NASDAQ: CMCSA) cable division, said the Philadelphia-based media giant's overall broadband infrastructure has been well-positioned so far to handle the coronavirus-related spike in network usage across the country.  It…

How one ABQ tech startup has cut costs during the COVID-19 outbreak

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 6:17pm
The company said it has saved about $5,000 in the past month due to a "massive uptick" on one of its advertising platforms.

Portland's 3-D printers answer the PPE call

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 6:15pm
Dozens are organizing to make face shields and other equipment for local hospitals.

Silicon Valley Bank offers COVID-19 loans, debt relief to startup-heavy client base

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 6:12pm
Silicon Valley Bank on Monday said it will offer hundreds of millions of dollars in debt relief, as well as loans, to help its startup-heavy client base during the coronavirus crisis. The banking subsidiary of Santa Clara-based SVB Financial Group counts half of the venture-backed tech and life science companies in the U.S. as its customers. "Our response effort is focused on the health and safety of our employees, and serving our clients seamlessly throughout this volatile time,"…

Gov. Newsom warns of dire need for ventilators in live video chat with Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 6:10pm
Facebook, Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, sat down with Gov. Gavin Newsom on a live-streamed video chat Monday afternoon to talk about California’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom, who spoke with Zuckerberg and Chan via Facebook Live, expressed frustration at a lack of testing and surveillance to better track the virus’ spread, stating that countries like Italy, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan have taken the pandemic seriously at a scale that, “candidly,…

Orientation begins for UC Berkeley startup accelerator's first remote cohort

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 5:57pm
When it comes to managing a cohort of startups entirely remotely, the little things matter. Orientation began Monday for 141 startups that were selected to go through UC Berkeley’s SkyDeck accelerator and incubator programs. But in the new reality of COVID-19, all the startups will participate remotely. To prepare for it, Caroline Winnett, executive director, had a very important task: get a GIF keyboard. “I’ve tried to expand my repertoire, so I downloaded a GIF keyboard,” Winnett said.…

Advanced Sterilization Products develops reprocessing method to reuse N95 masks

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 5:38pm
Irvine, California-based Advanced Sterilization Products said it has a new reprocessing protocol that can extend the lifespan of single-use N95 face masks using its Sterrad sterilizers, which are already in most hospitals in the United States and worldwide. ASP, which is owned by Fortive Corp. (NYSE: FTV), said its Sterrad Systems can process up to 480 masks per machine daily and potentially triple the lifespan of much-needed N95 masks amid the coronavirus pandemic. The fast spread of the highly…

Report: Atlanta fintech unicorn furloughs 'significant number' of employees

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 5:09pm
One of Atlanta’s rising unicorn fintech companies is starting to feel the economic effects of the current global pandemic. Kabbage, a startup that supplies funding directly to small businesses and consumers through an automated lending platform, furloughed a “significant number” of employees, TechCrunch reported, citing a copy of a staff memo. The report notes executive staff are taking a “considerable” pay cut and closing the company’s Bangalore, India office. Atlanta Inno reached…

Austin engineering firm to expand in Uptown

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 4:35pm
The company is set to occupy about 16,000 square feet and the entire seventh floor at Uptown Tower at 2440 Louisiana Blvd. NE after outgrowing its space elsewhere in Uptown.