Friday, June 7th, 2019


Google Acquires a Big Data Company
News Release
Crunchbase

Google announced that it’s acquiring Looker a business intelligence platform that aims to provide enterprises with tools “to leverage the power of analytics, machine learning and AI.”

According to a company press release, the two firms share more than 350 joint customers, including Hearst, Buzzfeed, and Yahoo!.

Looker was founded in 2011 and has received a total of over $280 million in funding, that’s according to Crunchbase. The $2.6 billion all-cash deal is expected to close before the end of the year.


Uber Launches an On-Demand Helicopter Service
New York Times
TechCrunch

The ride-hailing company announced that it’s launching a helicopter service in New York.

The new service allows riders to request on-demand transportation between lower Manhattan to JFK airport, with Uber rides to and from the helipad.

UberCopter will be available starting July 9th and will cost between $200 and $225 per person.


Square Integrates with Several Third-Party Delivery Services
Press Release

Square, a financial services company, announced that it’s working with DoorDash, Chowly, and Postmates on a new service that looks to help restaurants eliminate the practice of using multiple point of sale tablets.

The integration is expected to offer restaurants access to multiple delivery service providers, streamline sales processes, and provide a better experience for its customers.