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E-Commerce Marketing Tech Firm Rokt Raises $80 Million

Rokt Pte Ltd., an eight-year-old e-commerce marketing software provider, has raised $80 million in Series D funding. The round, which was led by investment firm TDM Growth Partners, Rokt’s largest backer, raises the company’s valuation by 42% to more than $450 million, the company said.

The investment in Rokt comes as online commerce is growing by leaps and bounds during the coronavirus pandemic: Consumers spent $466 billion online in the U.S. between March and September of this year, up 52% from the same period last year, according to

Adobe Inc.

That has provided a lift to the technology vendors selling their services to businesses—from retailers to food-delivery companies—that are being forced to adapt.

E-commerce and technology companies are receiving greater attention in turn from private-equity firms and other investors, said Tom

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‘Ando Saves:’ Sudbury’s Jesse Rich raises money by making stops as a hockey goalie to help children of late Lincoln-Sudbury athletic trainer – Sports – MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA

Now, it’s Jesse’s turn to help by doing the one thing he likes most: making saves.

WESTBOROUGH — Jesse Rich wants to make a lot of saves this year.

That’s because the 12-year-old ice hockey goalie from Sudbury is stopping pucks for a good cause.

From Sept. 15 to Dec. 15, Rich, who plays netminder for two club hockey teams, is asking people to donate money for each save he makes. Those funds will go to the family of former Lincoln-Sudbury athletic trainer, Yoshitaka Ando, who died from esophageal cancer last year, in order to raise enough money to send all four of Ando’s children to college.

“I want to give back to Ando and his family in the same way he gave to my community,” wrote Rich in an online pledge last month.

“(My dad) would appreciate it so much,” said Marcus Ando, one of Ando’s three sons and

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Hunger walk raises money to combat hunger locally and abroad | Lifestyles

WEBB CITY, Mo. — A local church organization has been working hard since 1994 to make a positive impact on Joplin area residents by targeting an area near and dear to us all — our rumbling tummies.

But with the COVID-19 pandemic springing up suddenly this year, it’s placed a new level of urgency on what the Ozark Area CROP Hunger Walk does, which is to stamp out hunger, both locally and abroad.

“Early on, when the long-term residual effects of COVID-19 became evident, we knew CROP Hunger Walk would become a vital resource to address hunger issues in our community and around the world,” said coordinator Kim Lambeth, who is associated with the Central United Methodist Church in Webb City.

CROP Hunger Walks are community-based walk events held in cities and towns across the United States raising funds to support the global mission of Church World Service, a faith-based

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France’s Veolia raises bid for Engie’s Suez stake to $4 billion

Veolia operator inside TWA Hotel microgrid plant

Source: Christophe Majani-D’Inguimbert | Veolia North America

French waste and water management company Veolia on Wednesday raised its offer for a 29.9% stake in Suez owned by Engie to 3.4 billion euros ($4 billion), and piled on the pressure for a swift outcome to its proposal.

Veolia has been trying to persuade Engie to part with most of its stake in Suez as a prelude to launching a full takeover bid for the utility, though Suez has pushed back vehemently against the approach.

Veolia said it had raised its offer to 18 euros per share from 15.5 euros per share, valuing the stake at 3.4 billion euros compared with 2.9 billion euros previously.

It added the offer was valid until the end of Wednesday, sticking to the original deadline of its offer to Engie.

But Veolia added it would only launch a subsequent

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‘Mulan’ vs. Pirates Raises Stakes In Online Piracy

The live-action remake of “Mulan,” the story of a woman who disguises herself as a man to become a soldier, debuts on Disney+ on Friday.

While many fans of Disney’s take on the Chinese legend will pay the additional fee to purchase the movie, others — those less willing to fork over $30 on top of a subscription — may seek out or come across less legitimate venues to watch the film.

We’re talking about online piracy. But in the age of the so-called streaming wars, the pirates have upped their game.

Asaf Ashkenazi, content security expert and chief operating officer at Verimatrix: “Now, there are many streaming services that are pirate streamers, but they look legitimate. … They get the content from Netflix, from Disney and it’s good quality.

Back in March, digital piracy experts at MUSO found that visits to film piracy sites in the U.S. increased by

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Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Raises Stakes in Online Piracy

The live-action remake of “Mulan,” the story of a woman who disguises herself as a man to become a soldier, debuts on Disney+ on Friday.

While many fans of Disney’s take on the Chinese legend will pay the additional fee to purchase the movie, others — those less willing to fork over $30 on top of a subscription — may seek out or come across less legitimate venues to watch the film.

We’re talking about online piracy. But in the age of the so-called streaming wars, the pirates have upped their game.

Asaf Ashkenazi, content security expert and chief operating officer at Verimatrix: “Now, there are many streaming services that are pirate streamers, but they look legitimate. … They get the content from Netflix, from Disney and it’s good quality.

Back in March, digital piracy experts at MUSO found that visits to film piracy sites in the U.S. increased by

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LAUSD’s liberal student attendance policy raises eyebrows

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History teacher Alice Lee had near full attendance for the first day back of online classes last week at Eagle Rock Jr./Sr. High School. Teachers have had to learn new rules for taking attendance. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Taking attendance at Los Angeles schools amid online learning is more complicated — and a lot more liberal — than students simply responding “here” when their name is called.

In a policy that has raised flags among some teachers and principals, but appears to be permitted by state law, students in the nation’s second-largest school district have several relatively easy ways to be counted as present for a day of school:

  • If a student does nothing more than send an email, text or talk to a teacher on the phone at any point in the day, the student will be counted

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Dedham Girl Raises Money For Coronavirus Fund With Lemonade Stand

DEDHAM, MA — A young Dedham resident celebrated her sixth birthday uniquely, selling lemonade. But she didn’t set up her stand in the hopes of earning cash for a birthday toy or treats — her stand was dedicated to Dedham’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Kids across the country have been getting creative with their birthday celebrations during the pandemic. Zoom birthday celebrations and car parades were held for children in towns around the Commonwealth, but Dedham’s Alice King didn’t just get innovative with her birthday, she gave back.

King set up her lemonade stand in her Babcock Place neighborhood with the help of her mom, Shari Krauss, her sister, Sally King, and their neighbors Kathy, Henry, Sammy and Oliver Humphreys.

King manned the stand with her friends and parents, all equip with masks and taking social distancing precautions. It wasn’t long before plenty of familiar faces came by the stand for

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Oofos Raises Money for Cancer Research, How Belk, Net-a-Porter and More Are Helping in the Fight Against COVID-19

July 31, 2020: Oofos founder Lou Panaccione, is participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge in support of former colleague Duncan Finigan, who lost her battle with breast cancer. The challenge is an annual bike-a-thon that raises money for charity, with 100% of every rider-raised dollar going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. While the event has shifted to a virtual format this year, Panaccione will be embarking on an actual 100-mile ride across the South Shore of Massachusetts on Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, with a stop at Nor’easter Surf Shop, where the first pair of Oofos shoes were sold.

July 30, 2020: Katy Perry Collections is celebrating Camp Firework with a new rainbow sneaker iteration. Inspired by the winning designs of three talented campers, 100% of the proceeds from the new Firework sneaker are set to go towards Camp Firework; the camp works to empower children from underserved communities by encouraging

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EBay Seeks To Retain Stake in Classifieds Unit, Challenging Prosus Bid; Top Analyst Raises PT

EBay Inc. (EBAY) reportedly prefers to keep a stake in the classified advertising unit it’s selling, reducing the odds that Prosus NV will win the hotly-contested auction.

The decision made at a board meeting on Friday gives a surprise likelihood to a bid from Norwegian online marketplace Adevinta ASA, which offered a mix of cash and stock and would leave EBay with a significant stake in the combined business, Bloomberg reported. A combination of the classifieds unit with the listed Scandinavian firm would also allow EBay to benefit from any future increase in the shares.

Separately, a private equity consortium backed by Blackstone Group Inc. (BX), Permira and Hellman & Friedman has been interested in the unit and also offered to let EBay keep a minority stake.

Until as recently as Friday, Naspers Ltd.-owned Prosus was considered to be the front runner for a deal after

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