TechSummit Rewind #043

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

Dell buys EMC in $67 billion deal


Dell has acquired EMC for about $67 billion to create the technology industry’s largest acquisition.

Dell plans to pay $24.05/share in cash plus tracking stock in EMC’s publicly-traded VMware, valued at about $9 for each EMC share, according to a statement from the companies.

Dell CEO and founder Michael Dell will run the combined company that’s funded by him, Dell’s MSD Partners investment vehicle, Silver Lake, Singapore state-owned investment company Temasek Holdings, debt financing, the aforementioned VMware tracking stock, and on-hand cash.

Pepsi launching smartphones in China


Pepsi is working to license its name for a line of smartphones and accessories in China over the next few months.

The Purchase, NY-based company doesn’t plan to get into the smartphone business, according to a PepsiCo spokesperson.

Snapchat shuts down Snap channel, lays off team, changes content plans


Snapchat has permanently shut down its own Snap Channel, leading to the departure of several employees like product planning and development head Marcus Wiley.

“Given that we are winding down the Snap Channel, it’s natural that Marcus would want to explore other opportunities. He is a tremendous talent, and we wish him well.”

-Snapchat, in a statement

Newest Windows Insider build brings Skype integration, Cortana inking


Microsoft has unveiled its latest Windows 10 preview build (build 10565) to Windows Insiders.

The Redmond, WA-based company launched a new Messaging app with Skype integration that gives you access to features like Skype messaging, video, and audio in integrated apps. The new Messaging app is identical to OS X’s Messages app with a two-panel interface and circular UI for contacts. Microsoft has also started linking Skype usernames with mobile numbers to make it easier to find friends who use the service without having to know their user UI.

Alongside this integration, Microsoft brought inking support to Cortana, allowing you to generate reminders by creating notes with a stylus on the platform.

Its Edge browser has also been improved with a new tab preview feature that lets you hover over tabs and get a preview of what’s on the page. Syncing favorites and reading list items is now supported in the browser, allowing you to have the same bookmarks on other Windows 10 machines once you sign in with your Microsoft account.

Lastly, the company continues to tweak the basic operating system interface. There are more vibrant title bars that pick up the color from other UI elements like the Start menu and taskbar that can be enabled in the personalization settings. Improved Start menu context menus create a closer match with the overall Windows 10 theme, and the Device Manager and Registry Editor get long overdue icon updates.

If you’re a member of the Windows Insider program, build 10565 can be yours from Windows Update.

Salesforce earmarks $100M for investment in European Cloud Startups

Salesforce Ventures

Salesforce Ventures, the cloud services giant’s investment arm, has announced the earmarking of $100M to invest in European startups.

“It’s now the right time for us in Europe. Europe is adopting the cloud very rapidly, and the opportunities are immense for us with an enormous pipeline for us to invest in.”

-John Somorjai, Salesforce EVP of corporate development and Salesforce Ventures

Five investments have already been made out of SV’s $100 million budget that will be announced in the next couple of months, according to Somorjai.

“Qubit and New Voice Media [both European startups already in Salesforce’s portfolio] are more advanced and late stage so we will be funding them with larger growth capital in their next rounds, but we will be doing a lot of Series A and B rounds, too.”

-John Somorjai

Typical European funding will be between $1M-$5M, according to Somorjai.

Tag Heuer teases Intel-powered Android Wear smartwatch for 11/9 launch

Tag Heuer Intel-powered smartwatch

The Android and Tag Heuer Twitter accounts are both tweeting about the Swiss luxury watchmaker’s upcoming Android Wear watch.

According to its Tag Heuer Connected teaser site, the watch is “developed in partnership with Google and Intel.”

“TAG Heuer is pushing the Swiss avant-garde limits even further with the TAG Heuer Connected. Tradition meets innovation, craftsmanship meets savoir-faire, and bold style meets breakthrough technology. The clock is ticking to a major breakthrough.”

-Tag Heuer, in a description

A countdown clock on the site is counting down to November 9th.

Adobe updates Document Cloud with Dropbox integration, improved eSign services

Adobe Document Cloud

Adobe has launched a number of new features for its Document Cloud service, including Dropbox integration and a number of other updates.

This integration allows Adobe Acrobat DC (Acrobat’s ‘pro’ version) and Acrobat Reader users to access PDFs from Dropbox from these apps and edit them. Any changes made to these files from the Web, desktop, or in the Acrobat mobile apps will automatically sync back to Dropbox. This integration also enables collaborative editing of PDFs stored in the cloud service.

“The requirements of our customers have constantly evolved over time; today, mobile has become the rule and people expect to complete work quickly and simply wherever and whenever they need. Our work with Dropbox, as our first file sync and share partner, will help Adobe Document Cloud customers and people around the world be more productive with the documents at the center of their daily lives.”

-Kevin Lynch; Adobe senior VP, Document Cloud general manager

The San Jose, CA-based company has also added updates to its eSign services as a new tool for designing signature workflows, for example, as well as the ability to build custom apps for automating business steps like onboarding new hires or finalizing sales contracts.

Adobe also allows its users to comply with the EU’s stricter signing requirements, and it’s launching two new Document Cloud data centers in Ireland and Germany by the end of the year to get closer to its European users.

Document Cloud’s eSigning solution also features an updated mobile app for enterprises that lets businesses manage access to the app through tools like Android for Work, Good Technology, and Microsoft Intune. Employees can now use the app to take a photo of their signature once and reuse that to sign all documents going forward.

The company also partnered with partners like Workday, Salesforce, and Ariba to integrate Adobe’s workflow into their apps.

Google Cardboard expands to 39 languages in 100 countries in SDK updates

Google Cardboard

Google has announced that its Cardboard virtual reality app is now available in 39 languages across 100 countries, and that the Cardboard developer documentation is also now being published in 10 languages to help more developers build experiences with the VR platform.

The Mountain View, CA-based company’s Cardboard SDKs for Android and Unity have also been updated to “address [developers’] top two requests: drift correction and Unity performance.”

Google has also brought Cardboard support to its standalone Street View application for Android and iOS.


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