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TC Roundup: Google acquires Firebase to help developers build better real-time apps

Google acquires Firebase to help developers build better real-time apps: Google today announced that it has acquired Firebase, a backend service that helps developers build realtime apps for iOS, Android and the web that can store and sync data instantly. Firebase currently has almost 110,000 registered developers on its platform and the Firebase team says that the service will continue to work as before and remain platform-agnostic. (Tech Crunch)

Microsoft's smartwatch will be tightly integrated with enterprise systems: Reports over the weekend said that Microsoft will release its own entrant into the growing field of consumer smartwatches. If the reports are true (and some believe they aren't), analysts are saying that Microsoft will be wise to integrate the new device tightly with Microsoft productivity tools in the workplace. (Venture Beat) Yahoo delivers message to activist Starboard: Back off: Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO) Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer delivered a message yesterday to activist shareholder Starboard Value LP: I've got this.

Mayer began a defense of her leadership yesterday with a third-quarter earnings report that included sales that topped analysts' estimates. She followed up with a conference call where she talked up her stewardship of the company, ticking off a list of points to show that her turnaround effort is making progress. Mayer argued she has a clear acquisition strategy for growth and said she is focused on maximizing value for shareholders.(Bloomberg)

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