Tuesday, October 9th, 2018


Facebook Introduces a Video Calling Device
News Release

The tech giant announced that it’s launching two new video devices called Portal, and Portal+ which allows users to connect via an always-on encrypted video conferencing device 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The device, which is targeted towards long distance relationships with family and friends will integrate Facebook Messenger, Amazon Alexa for voice controls, and built-in privacy controls.

The device will be available for pre-order in the United States at a base price of $199 USD. Devices are expected to ship in November.


Microsoft Partners with an On-Demand Transportation Company
News Release

Microsoft announced that it’s working with Grab, an “on-demand transportation, mobile payments and online-to-offline services platform in Southeast Asia”.

The strategic partnership looks to leverage Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform and “expertise in machine learning and other artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities”. As part of the deal, “Microsoft will make a strategic investment in Grab.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


LinkedIn Looks to Acquire an Employee Engagement Firm
News Release

The professional social network announced its intention of Glint, a leader in employee engagement company.

The deal looks to help LinkedIn offer its business customers solutions that “build great teams through visibility into the people they have, the people they need, and with the means to attract, develop and retain the best talent.”

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.