Kitchen voice AI platform Tinychef acquires meal-planning app Zelish

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Voice-first culinary AI startup Tinychef (formerly Klovechef) has begun acquiring meal-planning app Zelish for an undisclosed sum. The India-based Tinychef will augment its current features with its Canadian acquisition’s own innovations while scooping up Zelish’s customer base and opening the door to accelerating its growth in North America beyond what was previously feasible.

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Zoom acquires digital contact center Five9 for $14.7B

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Zoom has revealed that it will purchase cloud contact center Five9 for $14.7 billion in stock. The acquisition will bring Five9’s enterprise digital contact center to Zoom’s communication suite, including the AI call center agents Five9 picked up by acquiring Inference Solutions in late 2020.

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ZoomInfo drops $575M on as AI shakes up the sales market

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ZoomInfo announced this morning it intends to acquire conversational sales intelligence tool Chorus.AI for $575 million. Shares of ZoomInfo are unchanged in pre-market trading following the news, per Yahoo Finance data.

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Dataminr acquires event tracker WatchKeeper to augment real-time alerts

Dataminr acquires Watchkeeper

Dataminr, a New York-based company specializing in real-time information alerts, today announced that it purchased WatchKeeper, a data geovisualization platform, for an undisclosed amount. Dataminr, which says that the acquisition — its first — was a direct result of its series F funding, characterizes the move as one of its first to fuel the growth of its private sector business.

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ZeroFox acquires dark web threat intelligence company Vigilante


ZeroFox, a cybersecurity startup that helps companies detect risks found on social media and digital channels, has announced it has acquired dark web threat intelligence company Vigilante. 

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Hotel voice assistant developer Angie Hospitality acquired by long-time partner Nomadix

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Hotel voice tech developer Angie Hospitality has been acquired by enterprise internet network provider Nomadix for an undisclosed amount. The purchase shifts Angie more fully into the Nomadix ecosystem after being closely intertwined since the voice assistant and smart display creator was founded in 2015.

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Barracuda acquires Skout Cybersecurity to enter the XDR market

Barracuda Networks acquires Skout Security

Barracuda Networks has purchased Skout Cybersecurity, a New York-based channel-only provider of extended detection and response (XDR) services.  The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, will see the California-based cybersecurity vendor enter the fast-growing XDR market. 

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German identity verifier IDnow acquires France’s ARIADNEXT for $59 million, hits M&A road

Ariad Next acquires IDnow

IDnow, a German-based identity verification startup is acquiring ARIADNEXT, a French equivalent, specializing in remote identity verification and digital identity creation. A price was not released by either party but TechCrunch understands from sources that the deal was approximately $59 million / €50 million. Sources say IDnow is looking to do similar acquisitions.

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DevOps platform JFrog acquires AI-based IoT and connected device security specialist Vdoo for $300M

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JFrog, the company best known for a platform that helps developers continuously manage software delivery and updates, is making a deal to help it expand its presence and expertise in an area that has become increasingly connected to DevOps: security. The company is acquiring Vdoo, which has built an AI-based platform that can be used to detect and fix vulnerabilities in the software systems that work with and sit on IoT and connected devices. The deal — in a mix of cash and stock — is valued at approximately $300 million, JFrog confirmed to me.

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Hyundai Group acquires Boston Dynamics (with Video)

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Boston Dynamics, also known with various names of its robots such as Spot, Stretch, BigDog, and Atlas, is a company manufacturing versatile as well as unique robots that can form a plethora of tasks. Boston Dynamics is a product from MIT, and was created in 1992; from thereon, it functioned primarily on DARPA Research grants. Then, a change was seen in 2013, when Google acquired the company because of its interest in robotics and machine learning. Finally, however, Google sold off the company in the year 2017 to Softbank.

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HPE acquires startup Determined AI to help customers train AI Models more quickly

Determined AI

Making machine learning easier to use is all the rage in enterprise computing as more and more businesses are finding out that adopting and integrating AI is harder to do than they first anticipated. HPE, like other large technology vendors, has been hearing that message from customers and in response, has acquired Determined AI, a San Francisco-based startup that built an open source machine learning training platform that is designed to make the process faster and simpler.

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IBM closes acquisition of Turbonomic to deliver comprehensive AIOps capabilities for Hybrid Cloud


IBM announced the closing of its acquisition of Turbonomic, Inc., an Application Resource Management (ARM) and Network Performance Management (NPM) software provider based in Boston, MA.

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Bain and Crosspoint Capital acquire ExtraHop in $900M deal


Bain Capital Private Equity and Crosspoint Capital Partners today announced that they’ve entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ExtraHop, a network detection and response (NDR) provider headquartered in Seattle, Washington. As a part of the strategic transaction, which is valued at $900 million, ExtraHop CEO Arif Kareem and cofounders CTO Jesse Rothstein and CCO Raja Mukerji will continue in their respective roles and Rothstein and Mukerji will remain “significant” investors in the company.

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QIMA acquires stake in London-based Supply Chain Resiliency startup

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QIMA, the leading provider of quality control and supply chain compliance solutions, announces it has invested in, a London-based startup that builds supply chain digital replicas and uses artificial intelligence to help enterprises prevent and mitigate supply chain disruptions in real-time or before they occur.

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GitLab acquires UnReview as it looks to bring more ML tools to its platform

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DevOps platform GitLab today announced that it has acquired UnReview, a machine learning-based tool that helps software teams recommend the best reviewers for when developers want to check in their latest code. GitLab, which is looking to bring more of these machine learning capabilities to its platform, will integrate UnReview’s capabilities into its own code review workflow. The two companies did not disclose the price of the acquisition.

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Robot maker acquires conversational AI startup

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Makers of a robot named Moxie, whose 2020 launch was largely drowned out in the early days of the pandemic, are betting conversation will be the key to unlocking market viability. The recent acquisition of a conversational AI company will give Embodied a leg up in pursuit of that goal. The recent acquisition by Embodied of Kami Computing crystalizes the former companies ambition to be a dominant player in human-machine interface technology.

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