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CloudBees Raises $23.5M Funding Round Led By Lightspeed Venture Partnersview story

http://techcrunch.com –  CloudBees, a service that focuses on providing enterprise solutions around the open-source Jenkins continuous integration engine, today announced that it has raised a $23.5 million Series D funding round led by previous investor Lightspeed Venture Partners. Other participants in this round include existing investors Matrix Partners, Verizon Ventures and Blue Cloud Ventures. Read More (IT news)

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China-Based Android Developer APUS Lands $100M For New Services And Global Focusview story

http://techcrunch.com –  APUS Group, a seven-month-old Chinese company that develops utility apps for Android, has confirmed that it has raised $100 million in new funding. The company’s Series B round, word of which got out in China earlier this month, will be used to develop new services and grow its reach in global markets like the U.S., Brazil, India and Russia. Read More (IT news)

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UK Regulator Sets Out Priorities For Growing The Internet Of Thingsview story

http://techcrunch.com –  The U.K.’s telecoms regulator Ofcom has identified four areas it plans to prioritize in order to support the development of the Internet of Things, after taking input from various industry “stakeholders” last year. Read More (IT news)

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Automating The RFP Process Nets Scout RFP $2.75 Millionview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Requesting, bidding, sorting and pitching new projects is a pain in the keister for most businesses. It’s a lengthy, time-consuming process still beset with reams of paperwork. At least, that’s the way the folks at Scout RFP look at it and at least some investors agree with them. (IT news)

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Alibaba Affiliate Ant Credit Launches $80M Financing Program For Female Entrepreneurs In Chinaview story

http://techcrunch.com –  Ant Credit, a company affiliated with e-commerce giant Alibaba, announced today that it will set up a financing program for female entrepreneurs in China with a 500 million RMB ($80 million) loan from International Finance Corp (IFC). The loan program can potentially boost the amount of borrowers who use Ant Financial’s services. (IT news)

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Roadie Launches As The Uber For Shipping And Deliveryview story

http://techcrunch.com –  The story behind the $10 million investment that’s launching Roadie, which is unveiling its Uber-like marketplace for the shipping industry today, begins with a shipment of broken tiles. Serial entrepreneur Marc Gorlin was heading down from Atlanta to his place in Perdido Key, Fla. (IT news)

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Lenovo Announces Service Provider Program for Cloud, MSPsview story

http://thevarguy.com – Lenovo is finally throwing its hat into the cloud and managed services arena with the North American launch of its Service Provider Program, the company’s first partner program designed for cloud vendors and MSPs. (IT news)

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Google Chromebooks Now Run Linux Slightly More Easilyview story

http://thevarguy.com – Chromebooks, the lightweight, web-focused laptops from Google (GOOG) that ship with the mostly open source ChromeOS, have ironically not tended to play overly nicely with other Linux distributions. But now that's changed, thanks to updates from Google that make it easier to boot and install any open source Linux operating system on the devices. read more (IT news)

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IBM Layoffs: Are the Numbers Real?view story

http://thevarguy.com – On the heels of 11 straight quarters of declining revenue, IBM Is rumored to be prepping massive layoffs—as much as 27 percent of its workforce, according to one source. IBM has publicly pooh-poohed the rumors, but that hasn't slowed the speculation. (IT news)

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Spice mobiles to be made in India; may lead to drop in handsets pricesview story

http://www.themobileindian.com – Noida may be shortlisted for staring the manufacturing unit of Spice. (IT news)

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Migration Madness: Dell, Microsoft Talk End of Service 2003 Announcementview story

http://thevarguy.com – Dell and Microsoft (MSFT) recently teamed to talk about the upcoming Server 2003 End of Service date and how channel partners can migrate their infrastructures to a more modern platform before the July 14 deadline. read more (IT news)

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SpiceWorks: 2015 IT Spending Driven by Aging Hardware, Server 2003 EOSview story

http://thevarguy.com – A majority of IT professionals in North America and EMEA will upgrade their hardware, software and services to modernize their enterprise and prepare for the impending Microsoft Server 2003 End of Service date in July, according to a new survey from Spiceworks. read more (IT news)