Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Germany and Palo Alto-based m-commerce platform Shopgate has made its first acquisition: The Creathor Ventures and Northcap-backed company has acquired Magento developer MagCorp for an undisclosed fee. The move — which, since it’s buying developer talent and expertise, might best be categorised as an acqui-hire — will see MagCorp’s four developers join Shopgate’s existing 132 strong team at its campus in Butzbach, Germany.
Shopgate lets merchants build a mobile store-front using its platform, enabling them to be up and running with either a native app or browser-based m-commerce offering. Where it claims to beat much of the competition is that it integrates with popular web-based e-commerce and shopping cart provider APIs, including, of course, Magento, which means that Shopgate is pretty much plug-and-play with most of the online store backends that retailers are already using.
That’s where today’s small acquisition comes into play. MagCorp’s team of four — Alexander Wesselburg, André Kraus, Stephan Recknagel and Peter Liebig — bring with them a wealth of experience working with the Magento platform.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
The CIA and U.S. military are increasingly relying on surveillance information from the NSA to locate and attack drone targets, with innocent people being killed as a result, according to allegations made in a new publication, The Intercept.
It was already known that the NSA is involved in U.S. drone activities, but Monday’s article uses Edward Snowden documents and a new source — a former drone operator — to allege that the increasingly exclusive use of signals intelligence (SIGINT) for drone strikes with no traditional human intelligence (HUMINT) operatives on the ground costs more innocent lives than might otherwise be the case.
“The Intercept” is the first site to come out of eBay (s EBAY) founder Pierre Omidyar’s new First Look Media stable, and its editors are Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras – two of the key journalists associated with NSA leaker Snowden – and national security writer Jeremy Scahill. This first story from the site was written by Greenwald and Scahill.
Originally posted on RocketNews24:
Tokyo doesn’t often get massive snow storms. Once or twice a year, we might get an inch or two, but the storm that dumped 20 centimeters (7.8 inches) of snow this weekend was apparently the worst in two decades. So, it’s easy to see why people were clearing the shelves at local supermarkets! A reasonable reaction to a massive snowfall is to stock up on supplies.
Of course, there’s another entirely reasonable reaction to snow: Playing in it! Check out some of the best snow-creations tweeted over the weekend below.