Beginning this week, Microsoft is taking $300 off when students buy a Surface Pro 4 and Xbox One. “So basically a free Xbox One with the purchase of a Surface Pro 4,” Terry Myerson, head of Windows and devices at Microsoft, tells The Verge. “The timing of Microsoft's deal comes just a week after the company revealed it's ending production of its Surface 3 devices by the end of the year.”
In collaboration with The New York Times and Google News Lab, media startup accelerator Matter Ventures just opened its New York office. “Matter also unveiled its ‘Matter 6’ cohort of 13 early-stage media startups, seven of which will work from the NYC office,” Nieman Lab reports. “The Times is the latest in a long list of media partners backing Matter, including the Knight Foundation, PRX, KQED, The Associated Press, McClatchy, A.H. Belo, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., and tronc.”
Marc Andreessen expects far more M&A than the tech industry has seen in recent years. “We see more M&A happening in the pipeline -- meaning companies in consideration or negotiation -- than in the last four years,” the star VC said at a conference, this week, as reported by TechCrunch. Driving the M&A, Andreessen credits pent up demand.
Amazon is preparing to invest another $3 billion in India, The Wall Street Journal reports. Amazon sees “huge potential in the Indian economy,” CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement. As The Journal notes: “The announcement brings Amazon’s total planned investment in India to $5 billion, since it announced a $2 billion infusion in 2014.”
As of March, there were 197,800 Americans working in the “internet publishing and broadcasting” -- and 183,200 working for U.S. newspapers Nieman Lab reports, citing new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Yes, “There are now more Americans working for online publishers and broadcasters than for newspapers,” it writes.
Glassdoor has raised another $40 million at a fresh valuation of about $1 billion, TechCrunch reports. The job search and recruitment site apparently wasn’t even looking for the money. Rather, as CEO Robert Hohman tells TechCrunch, “There is still money in the bank from the $200 million it’s raised to date.”
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