Confluent raises $50M to continue growing commercial arm of Apache Kafka

 Confluent, the commercial company built on top of the open source Apache Kafka streaming database project, announced today that it has closed a $50 million investment.
The round was led by Sequoia with Benchmark and Index Ventures also participating. Sequoia’s Matt Miller will be joining the Confluent board as part of the deal. Today’s round brings the total investment into the… Read More
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Author: Ron Miller

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Inside the Deeply Nerdy—and Insanely Expensive—World of Hollywood Prop Collecting

There are few things more thrilling than watching your favorite movie clutching a screen-used prop from the same flick in your trembling, sweaty palms. The post Inside the Deeply Nerdy—and Insanely Expensive—World of Hollywood Prop Collecting appeared first on WIRED.


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Author: Rene Chun

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Old-school social networks Tagged and Hi5 bought by MeetMe for $60M

 Like bizzaro Facebooks, Tagged and Hi5 launched in 2004 to help you meet new people instead of connecting you with friends you already know. Through social games and paid dating features, they earned a surprising amount of revenue despite being relatively unknown. Tagged bought Hi5 in 2011 before branching out into standalone social app development and renamed the parent company If(we). But… Read More
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Author: Josh Constine

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Trump’s New Travel Ban Still Sabotages Science and Tech

Its prospects for keeping dangerous people out are dubious at best. But would-be immigrants in science and tech will almost certainly be turned away. The post Trump’s New Travel Ban Still Sabotages Science and Tech appeared first on WIRED.


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Author: Emily Dreyfuss

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