Spendesk Adds $18M to its Series B Round from Eight Roads Ventures

French B2B Fintech welcomes new investor Eight Roads Ventures to support strong growth during the pandemic and Joseph Smith joins the team as CRO

Spendesk, the leading spend management platform for SMBs, today announced it has raised $18 million in addition to its Series B round last year ($38 million). The new investment comes from global VC fund Eight Roads Ventures and brings the total raised to $68.5 million. This funding will support the strong growth Spendesk has realised despite the current pandemic, which has accelerated digitisation of finance departments and increased the demand for spend management solutions.

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New Spendesk CRO Joseph Smith (left) with CEO & Co-founder Rodolphe Ardant (right) (Photo: Business Wire)

“Many companies see inefficiency in dated processes such as shared company credit cards and manual receipt collection, particularly when their teams are working remotely. The

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Wall Street Adds More Gains to Last Week’s Rally; Tech Leads | Business News

By STAN CHOE and ALEX VEIGA, AP Business Writers

Stocks are pushing higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Monday and tacking more gains onto last week’s market rally, its best in three months.

The S&P 500 was 1.8% higher, following up on strengthening in stock markets around the world. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 308 points, or 1.1%, at 28,895, as of 12:35 p.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 2.6% higher.

The gains are being driven mostly by Big Tech stocks, whose businesses have proven to be practically impervious to the pandemic, rather than companies that would benefit from a strengthening economy.

Apple climbed 5.4% and alone accounted for nearly a quarter of the S&P 500’s rise. Amazon gained 5.1%. Both companies have events coming up this week, with Apple expected to unveil its latest batch of iPhones on Tuesday and Amazon holding its Prime

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NBCU ad boss adds local ads, Symphony, and new data unit to purview

NBCUniversal ad boss Linda Yaccarino is taking on a larger role within the media conglomerate as global chairman of advertising and partnerships, the company announced on Monday.

The promotion, effective immediately, positions Yaccarino, who has been spearheading an initiative to create a single ad-buying system that spans TV and digital, to unite more parts of NBCU’s ad business.

Yaccarino previously was chairman of advertising and partnerships, managing the media company’s portfolio of linear networks like NBC, digital platforms like Peacock, distribution partnerships, and client relationships.

In her new role, she adds to her purview NBCU’s local ads, company-wide marketing strategies, and a new data-strategy team that she’s charged with building. She continues to report to CEO Jeff Shell.

As part of the change: 

  • Local ads will be added to One Platform, NBCU’s all-in-one ad-buying system, which Yaccarino leads. The team that sells ads across NBCU’s local-TV stations and regional-sports networks,
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Wall Street adds more gains to last week’s rally; tech leads

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People walk past a bank’s electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. Asian shares are mostly higher in muted trading on Monday, as worries about the pandemic keep optimism in check, despite the rally that closed out last week on Wall Street.

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Stocks are pushing higher on Wall Street in afternoon trading Monday and tacking more gains onto last week’s market rally, its best in three months.

The S&P 500 was 1.8% higher, following up on strengthening in stock markets around the world. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 308 points, or 1.1%, at 28,895, as of 12:35 p.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 2.6% higher.

The gains are being driven mostly by Big Tech stocks, whose businesses have proven to be practically impervious to the pandemic, rather than companies that would benefit from

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Wall Street adds more gains to last week’s rally; tech leads

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is pushing higher in Monday morning trading and tacking more gains onto last week’s rally, its best in three months.

The S&P 500 was 0.9% higher, following up on strengthening in stock markets around the world. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 165 points, or 0.6%, at 28,752, as of 10:23 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was 1.4% higher.

Monday’s market gains were driven mostly by Big Tech stocks, whose businesses have proven to be practically impervious to the pandemic, rather than companies that would benefit from a strengthening economy.


Apple rose 3.4% and alone accounted for nearly a quarter of the S&P 500’s rise. Amazon gained 3.3%. Both companies have events coming up this week, with Apple expected to unveil its latest batch of iPhones on Tuesday and Amazon holding its Prime Day on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Microsoft also climbed

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HyperX Adds New Wireless Cloud Buds to Audio Lineup

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 12, 2020–

HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology, Inc., today announced the release of the HyperX wireless Cloud Buds ™. The new Cloud Buds offers a Bluetooth ® 5.0 wireless connection using Qualcomm aptX ™ HD and feature 14mm drivers that deliver immersive premium HyperX sound for a range of playing and listening applications. Discrete and portable, the new Cloud Buds delivers immersive on-the-go gaming and entertainment with signature HyperX comfort and a multi-functional mic, making them a great fit for today’s hybrid work and school environments that require extended hours of digital communication.

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HyperX Cloud Buds Wireless Headphones (Photo: Business Wire)

The Cloud Buds is designed with signature HyperX comfort, featuring three sizes of HyperX patented silicone ear tips to provide ultimate comfort and sound experiences on-the-go. The Cloud Buds also

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IRS Adds QR Codes To Tax Bills

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is adding barcode technology to its tax notices.

Starting this month, the IRS will add QR codes to certain tax notices. QR stands for quick response, since the code can convey a lot of information to your smartphone in a short period of time. It’s similar to a barcode but can transfer more information, including internet addresses.

QR codes are a combination of pixels. Each piece of the code conveys specific information – the combination can generate a lot of information. To read the information, you scan the QR Code with a smartphone.

The IRS is using the technology to allow taxpayers to scan codes on two particular notices, the CP14 or CP14 IA, with their smartphone and go directly to IRS.gov. From there, taxpayers can securely access their account, set up a payment plan or contact the Taxpayer Advocate Service. 

A CP14 notice

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The new Razer Blade Stealth 13 adds an OLED display and a faster processor

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  • Razer is launching new versions of its Razer Blade Stealth 13 gaming ultrabook this October.
  • The new versions include an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor.
  • One model will include an OLED Full HD touchscreen display.

Razer is holding its virtual RazerCon today, and it’s using the event to announce some new products. Perhaps the biggest news is that we are getting new versions of its Razer Blade Stealth 13 gaming ultrabook. The 3.1-pound aluminum Windows 10 laptop will have some hardware upgrades with two new models.

Read more: The best Razer laptops you can buy right now

Both models will have the new 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor inside. The processor can run at a clock speed of 2.8GHz or as fast as 4.7GHz in Turbo mode. Both also have the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 TI graphics chip, with 4GB of video RAM. Both will also have 16GB

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Lumina Communications Adds 17 New Clients in 2020

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lumina Communications, a B2B technology-focused PR firm with offices in Silicon Valley and New York City, today announced the addition of seventeen new clients spanning all three practices areas: Cyber Security, Enterprise Software and Services, and Infrastructure Management. To support the company’s growing business, Lumina also announced the appointment of Fay Li as Vice President, and Practice Director in order to provide leadership to the company’s growing Infrastructure practice and advise on media strategy and execution across accounts. Li comes to Lumina with nearly 10 years of experience in the media industry, both as a public relations strategist and a broadcast journalist. She has represented clients from a broad range of sectors including infrastructure management, professional services, technology and healthcare. Li will also lead Lumina’s broadcast practice.

“In the crowded business-to-business technology market, companies need to differentiate or die on

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Instrumentation Technology Systems Adds intoPIX TICO-XS to their Upcoming NetVIDxs Products

With JPEG XS, ITS delivers the best image quality, eliminates artifacts and lost details, and greatly reduces latency !

intoPIX, leading provider of innovative compression technologies for the audio-visual market, is proud that Instrumentation Technology Systems, the market-leading supplier of HD-SDI video-data fusion products, adds intoPIX TICO-XS technology in their NetVIDxs products.

ITS partnered with IntoPIX to integrate the new JPEG XS standard into their product designs. The NetVIDxs line-up is a suite of SDI-to-Ethernet, Ethernet-to-SDI and Ethernet to PC video time-text-metadata equipment, transporting HD to 4K video in a cost-effective way over existing ethernet infrastructures.

NetVIDxs compresses source video in visually lossless quality at ratios ranging between 4:1 and 20:1 to dynamically fit the infrastructure capability. End-to-end latency remains below an imperceptible latency on optimally configured networks, while the transport format is compliant with the new SMPTE 2110 Standard RTP streams. This standard integrates JPEG XS encoding, PTP timing,

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