TechSummit Lead #022

Editor’s Not: This is the TechSummit Lead, a technology recap that goes beyond the headlines.

  • Microsoft has brought its predictive Word Flow keyboard to iOS. It’s available in the U.S. App Store for free.
  • Twitter has added the ability to flag abusive accounts by attaching multiple tweets to a report as evidence.
  • Udacity cofounder Sebastian Thrun is stepping down as the company’s CEO and will be replaced by president and COO Vish Makhijani.
  • Yik Yak is launching a private chat feature and “Safety Center,” which provides resources and tips for having a positive app experience.
  • Smart industrial sensor company Helium has raised $20 million in a new round of funding.
  • HTC Vive users with iPhones can now receive calls, text messages, and calendar reminders in VR with the iOS version of Vive’s companion app, which is available now in the App Store.
  • SmartThings has hired Robert Parker from Amazon to oversee future hardware and software development as its SVP of engineering.
  • Content management company OpenText has announced that it’s buying much of HP Inc’s customer experience content management business.
  • Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp has received a license from the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance to operate as a payment institution in the European Union.
  • eBay Enterprise and e-commerce fulfillment firm Innotrac are merging to become Radial, the “largest omnichannel commerce technology and operations provider.”

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