Saturday, September 24, 2016

Twitter Finally Up for Sale: Formal Bidding Soon

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Twitter up for Sale

Notice Twitter's shares jumping 20% at the stock market? That's because Google and Salesforce have shown interest in acquiring the micro-blogging site. This is on top of Microsoft and Verizon approaching Twitter sometime this year. 

Twitter's estimated value rose from $13 billion to $15.5 billion amidst buzz of zeroing in to the final winner of this race. Sources told CNBC that Twitter has been secretly up for sale for over a year now. After replacing its CEO Jack Costolo with Jack Dorsey, the board of directors have been constantly looking at a suitable buyer. 

Although Twitter did try a lot of options- buying Live-streaming rights to Periscope, it's revenues and user numbers have been stagnant for a long long time now.

While all the potential buyers have acquired companies big and small - Microsoft - LinkedIn, Verizon - Yahoo, there are still no clear favourites for this race.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Say Hello to LinkedIn Learning: e-Learning for Professionals

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LinkedIn Learning: A step in the right direction
With 450 million users and in the process of getting taken over by Microsoft in a staggering $26.2 billion deal, LinkedIn today announced the launch of a brand new portal - designed to enable professionals acquire new skill sets through e-Learning. This ambitious portal is aimed at businesses as well, looking for a faster, tailor-made courses for its employees. Even educational institutions can explore the e-learning courses offered by the portal.

This has been in the works ever since LinkedIn took over the e-Learning site Lynda.com for $1.5 billion. It went live in San Francisco with 9000 courses on offer! From businesses to technology and creative topics, there is a whole gamut of courses for you.

As an employee, you can select the course and even your employer can do the same on your behalf along with the HR. Both may monitor the progress and the overall data can help curators at LinkedIn better the course of the next months.

Currently, the same is available to LinkedIn premium users, getting about 25 courses to do every week. Soon, it will roll out enterprise solutions for larger companies to subscribe in bulk and get on with it. LinkedIn, a site for professionals not just looking for jobs, but creating a profile that provides them the opportunity to find new connections, has focused its strategy on education.

This is definitely a step in the right direction.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Phones from Google Launch Next Month!

Google Pixels Coming!
It's Happening!
Always a great feeling to share this type of news! Come October and Google will be introducing new phones, all livestreamed on YouTube. On October 4th, check out Google's YouTube channel for something exciting. Google on Monday posted a website and a video on the same. 

Rumour is that the new phones will be called Pixels and not Nexus. There is also a supposed tie-up with HTC in the offing. Google will be looking to take control of the hardware and the stock Android more seriously with this line. 

I loved their 5X and 6P devices so naturally cannot wait for the announcement!

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