Microsoft Buys Mobile App Management Platform Capptain, Will Integrate It Into Azure


Yesterday, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella noted that Azure, the company’s cloud platform, had more work to do get better traction with startups and developers — an area where one of its biggest cloud rivals, Amazon, has done well.

Today, the company is taking a step to improve that: it has bought Capptain, a startup based out of Paris that provides app developers with analytics and the ability to send push notifications based on customer usage patterns. Capptain will be integrated into Azure, the company says.

The news was posted in an announcement on Capptain’s site, which we are copying below. Update: Now Microsoft has also made an official announcement.

“We are hard at work integrating Capptain’s solution with the wider Microsoft Azure suite of services so that enterprises can not only build mobile apps to engage customers and employees, but also analyze and optimize that engagement,” notes Microsoft’s Omar Khan. “In the…

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Personal Data Organizer Mustbin Raises $1.5 Million More, Adds Secure Messaging


Mustbin, a personal data organizer that lets you snap photos of important documents – like financial statements, home and vehicle information, medical documents, and more – and store those securely in the cloud, has become one of the go-to apps on my iPhone’s homescreen since it launched out of private beta last November. Today, the company is announcing an additional $1.5 million in funding, as well as an expansion of its service to now include a secure messaging component.

Founded in late 2012 by Brian Shin, also the founder and CEO at Visible Measures, Mustbin previously raised $4.5 million in Series A funding from DAG Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, Mohr Davidow, Northgate Capital, Hubspot founder Dharmesh Shah, Jonathan Kraft and other angel investors. The additional $1.5 million, which comes from existing investors, brings the company to $6 million raised to date.

Mustbin 1.5Though a secure document storage application would seemingly compete with the “big…

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Square hunts for blood with Capital, a new cash advance program

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Bethesda brings out buckets of blood with Battlecry online team action combat game (hands-on preview)

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Fashion Spotlight: Def Loki and Winter Soldier Rises for Loki & Winter Soldier fans

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Ript Apparel has two designs today for fans of Loki and the Winter Soldier. Def Loki and Winter Soldier Rises from JuanFoo and CoinboxTees will be for sale on May 28, 2014 only!

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Cosmic Deflation: Doubts Raised Over Blockbuster Big Bang Study


It was just weeks ago that astronomers announced a major, double-barreled discovery: using a super-sensitive microwave telescope known as BICEP2, they had seen evidence of gravity waves that roiled the cosmos before it was a billionth of a trillionth of a second old. That was part one; part two was that the observed gravity waves strongly confirmed the theory of cosmic inflation—that the entire universe went into warp overdrive, expanding faster than the speed of light for the tiniest fraction of a second.

It was Nobel-level work, no doubt about it—provided it was true. But from the moment it was announced at a high-profile press conference, outside scientists had their doubts. There was reason to suspect, they said, that the Harvard-led team might actually have detected nothing more exciting than interstellar dust in the Milky Way. And now a paper expected to go online today, written by Raphael Flauger…

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