Mood Media Completes Go Private Deal

Austin-based Mood Media has completed a number of steps related to its go-private deal with Apollo Global Management. Mood Media said late Wednesday that it has completed arrangements to shift its corporate incorporation to Delaware from Canada and that its stock has been delisted from the Toronto Stock Exchange. Mood Media was advised by Allen & Co. and Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the deal, with a fairness review from Origin Merchant Partners....Continue →

Armor Secures Certification With Amazon Web Services

Dallas-based Armor, the provider of cloud security tools, said today that it has achieved the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security Competency status. Armor said the designation recognizes its expertise and technical proficiency in security solutions that help customers in their cloud security goals. Armor said it provides specialized software designed to help enterprises adopt, develop and deploy complex security projects on AWS.Continue →

AT&T Backs Cybersecurity Training Effort For Teenagers

Dallas-based AT&T is backing an effort to help educate teenagers on cybersecurity careers and skills, through a series of training camps that are being held this week in California and Colorado, as well as a camp being held in San Antonio in July. AT&T and the Air Force Association (AFA) are hosting a "CyberCamp" which lets teens learn about everything from careers in cyber security, to virtual machines, file protection and monitoring, on both Windows and Linux....Continue →

Hurricane Electric Adds PoP In Houston

Hurricane Electric, which operates an IPv6 Internet backbone, says it is opening up a second, Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Houston, to help serve the booming Texas technology sector. The company said the new PoP is at the Netrality Data Center located at 1301 Fannin Street in Houston, the second PoP in Houston and the fourth for the company in Texas....Continue →

Continuum Analytics Names New CFO

Austin-based Continuum Analytics, the developer of the Anaconda data science software, said today that it has named Aaron Barfoot as the company's new Chief Financial Officer. Barfoot previously had served at ClearDATA and Rackspace, and will oversee both finance and accounting operations for the company. Barfoot's roled at Rackspace had been Vice President of Finance, including through Rackspace's IPO. Continuum Analytics develops big data analysis software based on the Python language....Continue →

Dell Technologies Backs JASK For Cybersecurity Software

Dell Technologies Capital, the venture capital investment arm of Dell Technologies, is the lead investor in a developer of artificial intelligence software for the cybersecurity market. San Francisco-based JASK, a developer of artificial intelligence-based cybersecurity tools, announced a $12M Series A funding on Tuesday, saying that the funding was led by Dell Technologies Capital. TenEleven Ventures, Battery Ventures, and Vertical Venture Partners also participated....Continue →

Coding Dojo Launches Amazon Alexa Workshops In Dallas

Coding bootcamp operator Coding Dojo is announcing this morning that it is launching a series of educational workshops aimed at helping developers create Amazon Alexa skills, including at its location in Dallas. Coding Dojo says it plans to train at least 1500 developers through its workshops, which are based on curriculum it created in conjunction with Amazon. The bootcamp operator expects to run more than 30 workshops before the end of the year.Continue →

Zix Gets Win In Mississippi

Dallas-based email security software provider Zix Corporation said it has signed up a customer in Mississippi. Zix said that the Singing River Health System is using its ZixEncrypt, email encryption and data loss prevention software, as part of an effort to secure protected health information. Financial impact of the win was not announced.Continue →

Tyler Technologies Expands Education App Lineup

Plano-based software developer Tyler Technologies is expanding its offerings for the educational market, saying that it has launched Classroom 360, a touch-enabled, browser application which lets educators access student information. The software provides attendance and gradebook tracking, report card grading, communications with parents, seating charts, and more. The new software works with Tyler's SIS product, and is free to current subscribers to Tyler's Student 360 software....Continue →

Choose Energy Acquired By Red Ventures

Plano, Texas-based Choose Energy, a startup which lets consumers comparison shop for and select electric energy providers, has been acquired by advertising company Red Ventures, according to a report. The report, from Fortune, said the deal was worth less than $100M. Choose Energy was venture backed by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, BlueScape Resources, NGEN Partners, and angels.Continue →

SparkCognition Bumps Series B To $32.5M

Austin-based machine learning startup SparkCognition has bumped its Series B funding to $32.5M, the company disclosed today, in a funding round led by Verizon Ventures. The funding also included Boeing HorizonX, as well as others SparkCognition develops machine learning software, including software for detecting malware in an enterprise, predictive software for industrial safety and failure detection, and security analysis. SparkCognition is led by founder and CEO Amir Husain....Continue →

Trend Micro Launches $100M Venture Capital Investment Fund

Dallas-based cybersecurity software developer Trend Micro announced this morning that it has launched its very own, $100M venture capital investment fund. Trend Micro said the new fund will focus on investing in startups in emerging technology areas like the Internet of Things (IoT)....Continue →




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