IBM Signs American Airlines for Cloud Technology

ARMONK, NY — IBM has formed a strategic partnership with American Airlines, the world’s largest airline, to provide cloud technology for the company. As part of the partnership, American Airlines will move select enterprise applications to IBM’s Cloud. The airline will be able to leverage the global footprint of IBM Cloud, which consists of more than …

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CNBC Teams Up With Amazon Alexa

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ – Cable business network CNBC has launched a new skill for Amazon’s Alexa voice service.  The newly launched voice skill, which is available on Alexa-enabled devices such as the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot, provides users with the top business news, quotes and market information. The CNBC skill offers the user quotes …

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Online Delivery Restaurant Ando Raises $7 Million

NEW YORK — Ando, the delivery-only, online Manhattan restaurant from David Chang, Momofuku and Expa has closed a $7 million Series A financing round led by Forerunner with participation from BoxGroup and Wildcat Venture Partners. The company has also raised money from strategic angel investors in this round which include, William Lauder, Chairman of Estee Lauder; …

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Talkwalker Launches Search Engine for Trends

NEW YORK — Talkwalker, a social data intelligence company, has launched talkwalkerNow, a trend discovery tool that uses artificial intelligence to identify and analyze global trends online in real-time. The service is aimed for social media professionals and marketers. The basic Talkwalker service is priced at $8,400 per year up to $36,000 for large enterprises. talkwalkerNow …

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FreshDirect Launches FoodKick in Manhattan

LONG ISLAND CITY — FreshDirect, an online fresh food retailer based in NY, is expanding FoodKick, its mobile-first, food delivery business that offers a curated selection of fresh food, alcohol, local goods, and everyday essentials–all delivered in as little as an hour. Launched earlier this year, FoodKick is now available to neighborhoods throughout Manhattan as …

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MatriTek Launches Commercial Operations

NEW YORK — MatriTek, Inc., a biotechnology company specializing in tissue-specific cell culture biomaterials, announced the launch of commercial production of novel extracellular matrix (ECM) biomaterials for biomedical research at the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences on East 29th Street. MatriTek’s proprietary TissueSpec platform technology enables scientists to culture cells in a physiologically relevant extracellular microenvironment and is …

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Twitter, UN Global Pulse Form Partnership

NEW YORK — Twitter and UN Global Pulse announced a partnership that will provide the United Nations with access to Twitter’s data tools to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which were adopted by world leaders last year. Every day, people around the world send hundreds of millions of Tweets in dozens of languages. This …

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Skift Adds Food and Beverage Coverage

NEW YORK — Skift, a NY-based news site covering the travel industry, is expanding into food and beverage by adding the weekly newsletter Chefs and Tech to its umbrella. Chefs and Tech is a three-year-old weekly newsletter written by veteran journalist Kristen Hawley about technology and restaurants. Skift will now host and distribute the newsletter. …

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People/Entertainment Weekly Launch New Streaming Network

Time Inc. has launched the People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN), an ad supported, free streaming video network from People and Entertainment Weekly. PEN will offer viewers an always-on experience and a long form programming format of daily exclusive celebrity, pop culture, human interest and lifestyle series, specials and live event coverage from People and Entertainment Weekly …

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Roomster Surpasses 1.3 Million Members

NEW YORK — Roomster, a New York-based app for finding roommates online, said it has more than 1.3 million unique verified members. Roomster has become the world’s largest social platform connecting potential roommates with available rooms and is available on iOS and Android devices. The application, which launched in mid-March, has seen extremely strong growth. Founded …

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NBC Launches Sports Scores App

STAMFORD, CT — NBC Sports Digital has launched a new app NBC SPORTS SCORES, a personalized sports guide that delivers the most up-to-date scores, notifies fans of important upcoming events or moments in sports, and contains on-demand news and information from more than 25 leagues. The app is built off the NBC Olympics: Rio News …

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