Good morning, Austin! Here's what's happening in the tech world this Tuesday:
In a strategic push into online programming, Twitter Inc. beat out a bunch of heavyweights to win rights to show Thursday night NFL games online, says Bloomberg News. Through the deal, Twitter, which has been trying hard to expand its base, gets a key piece of content to attract mainstream users, Bloomberg notes. For the NFL, it's a way to broaden its reach while drawing back viewers who have cut their cable TV subscriptions.
Cloud business software company Salesforce.com has acquired MetaMind, a deep learning startup, says Re/Code. MetaMind's focus in natural language processing, which allows computers to analyze relationships between words. It's said to have capabilities that outrank those of larger tech giants.
Remember Groupon? The daily-deals company that had a high-profile IPO in 2011 and has been struggling ever since has raised $250 million. The daily-deals company says it received the investment from Atairos, an independent private investment company that focuses on growth-oriented businesses. The hope is to turn around the company, which last year that it was laying off 1100 people or about 10% of its workforce and shutting down operations in 7 countries.
A project from the MIT Media Lab promises to make it easier to sift through massive amounts of government data, the New York Times says. The project, called DATA DNA, bills itself as "the most comprehensive visualization of U.S. public data." The hope is to make it easier to penetrate the vast troves of information that the federal government, states and some cities have opened to the public.
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