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Canadian cannabis company Canopy is positioning itself to be a prime mover in the U.S. legal marijuana market, last week announcing an agreement to acquire Acreage Holdings in a deal valued at $3.4 billion.

The deal, the first between two cannabis companies on either side of the U.S.-Canada border, gives Canopy the right to acquire 100 percent of New York-based Acreage when marijuana is legalized on a federal level by the U.S. government. The agreement can be called off if that does not occur within 90 months of the cash payment, which would be sometime in 2027.

Canopy Growth press release can be found here.

Acreage Holdings press release can be found here.

CHAOSSEARCH, Inc., creator of the first solution to make cloud storage searchable, today announced the general availability of their industry-leading search and analytics platform. Using scalable elasticity and disruptive cost economics, the CHAOSSEARCH platform gives customers the ability to store, search and query all the data they need within their own Amazon S3 environment.

“Deriving insight from data is critical—for a company and its customers,” said Andrew Kenney, VP Engineering at Klaviyo. “As a data science platform for e-commerce brands, we work with thousands of customers globally. It’s critical that we have fast, reliable access to all of our logs and event telemetry to allow us to make decisions faster. CHAOSSEARCH is helping us improve the service we deliver.”

Additional information and the GA announcement details can be found on the CHAOSSEARCH website.

Freight Farms is pleased to announce the launch of ICA Maxi Högskolan’s own line of produce grown onsite for shoppers. Located in Halmstad Sweden, Freight Farms customer ICA Maxi Högskolan is one of ICA Gruppen’s 1,300 grocery stores in the country. This month, the store began harvesting a range of hydroponically-grown greens for shoppers from Freight Farms’ flagship container farm, the Leafy Green Machine.

“Our team innovated the technology to empower individuals and businesses all over the world to decentralize the food system in meaningful ways specific to their local community or environment,” said Freight Farms CEO Brad McNamara. “We’re thrilled to work with industry leaders like Rikard Hillarp and retailers like ICA Maxi, who together have the forward-thinking vision and reach to disrupt the grocery industry internationally.”

Additional details can be found on the Freight Farms website.

OnePIN, Inc. the world’s leading provider of Digital User Engagement services for mobile network operators, processed its billionth commercial transaction and shattered another significant milestone.

The Company’s services are currently deployed to over 400 million mobile subscribers, across 14 countries and 18 mobile operators spanning seven of the world’s largest mobile operator groups.

“We enable operators to provide services that go beyond the capabilities of OTT players, strategically ensuring that mobile operator services are an essential part of daily mobile life for customers. By creating a unique digital dialog between the mobile operator and the end user, we drive unparalleled levels of core service revenues for our customers,” noted Christopher DeGrace, Vice President of Products and Alliances.

Additional information can be found on the PRnewswire press release.

Canadian pet food company Petcurean has announced it will utilize Promoboxx, a digital marketing tool used to connect pet retailers to consumers with meaningful, branded content to support business. The platform uses online marketing channels to compel consumers to visit brick-and-mortar stores with localized content.

“Petcurean believes in, invests in, and truly supports their local retail partners,” said Ernie Cormier, CEO and president at Promoboxx. “Promoboxx shares these values, and we are proud to partner with Petcurean and their retailer network to increase consumer engagement and drive better business results. We support brands and their local retailers so they can better communicate with their consumers, grow their businesses, and create more authentic experiences.”

Additional details can be found in the Pet Food Processing article.

C|Net Road show coverage reports the announcement of Fiskers intention to launch a futuristic, elegant muscular EV vehicle in 2021.

Fisker has published a media advisory which includes additional information.  This press release can be found on the fisker website.

The C|Net article can be found here.

Watertown, Massachusetts – February 11, 2019 – WiTricity, the industry pioneer in wireless power transfer, today announced the acquisition from Qualcomm Incorporated and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. of certain technology platform and IP assets, which will bring to over 1,500 the number of patents and patent applications related to wireless charging that WiTricity will own or control. Through the transaction Qualcomm Incorporated will become a minority WiTricity shareholder.

Additional information can be found on the WinTricity press release.

Unity Technologies, the maker of the Unity game engine, announced it has acquired Vivox, the provider of cross-platform voice and text communication tools for games.

Vivox will become a wholly owned subsidiary and operate independently, targeting game developers with its cross-platform communication services. The entire Vivox team will be joining Unity, including CEO Rob Seaver, and it will remain headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Additional information can be found in the Venturebeat article entitled Unity plays the acquisition game with chat service Vivox.

Alex Gruzen – CEO of WiTricity – talks about the growth of electric mobility and how wireless charging plays an essential role.

Interview starts at 0:45 and can be found on the Bloomberg website.

Akumina, a Nashua, N.H.-based modern intranet platform powering personalized digital employee experiences, is poised for expansion in 2019.

“2018 was a banner year for Akumina. Not only is our platform redefining today’s modern intranet, but global-scale enterprises have started to take notice as they look for better ways to empower their digital and customer-side employees,” said David Maffei, president and CRO at Akumina. “We anticipate celebrating new milestones again this year as we continue to deliver the flexible, contextual and engaging workplaces businesses need to be successful.”

Supporting its customer expansion and product development, Akumina grew its headcount by more than 50 percent in 2018 with an additional 50 percent increase planned for 2019 to support its global enterprise customers. In order to accommodate this team, Akumina is also moving to a modern and smart-enabled office space at its headquarters in the Greater Boston area.

Additional information can be found in the press release on the akumina website.

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