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InfluxData scores $35 million Series C to expand time series database business

 In a world where sensors are capturing ever-increasing amounts of data, being able to collect that high volume and measure it over time becomes increasingly important. InfluxData, the startup built on top of the open source time series database platform, announced it has received a $35 million Series C investment today led by Sapphire Ventures, the investment arm of enterprise software… Read More

'The Swamp' scored big time as businesses jockeyed to cash in on Trump's tax giveaway

The so-called “swamp” isn’t going anywhere under Donald Trump. In fact, it scored a huge payday last year as lobbyists stormed Capitol Hill to help their clients capitalize on GOP lawmakers’ giant tax giveaway to big business. CBS writes:

The figures for the heavyweights are eye-popping.

The National Association of Realtors tallied $22.2 million between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, according to newly filed disclosure reports. That’s double what the organization spent in the third quarter on lobbying activities. The Business Roundtable spent $17.3 million in the fourth quarter, nearly quadruple the amount over the three previous months, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce reported spending $16.8 million, a $3.7 million increase.

President Donald Trump swept into the White House promising to “drain the swamp” in Washington, but lobbyists continue to wield considerable influence and they plied their trade with vigor as Congress crafted the $1.5 trillion tax-cut package that Trump signed into law in late December.

The nonprofit group Public Citizen found that upward of 5,000 lobbyists swarmed the Capitol to make sure their clients profited from the GOP’s tax rewrite.

Unfortunately, any American taxpayer who isn’t a millionaire or billionaire didn’t have much leverage as Republicans picked the winners and losers of their tax overhaul. So most American taxpayers came out losers in that negotiation. But not corporate America or the top 1 percent—they did just peachy.

Kylie Jenner Steps Out for the First Time Since Welcoming Daughter Stormi

First-time mom Kylie Jenner may not want to do anything except “hold her baby,” but she left little Stormi at home over the weekend for her first public outing since giving birth.

The 20-year-old makeup mogul, who welcomed her daughter on Feb. 1 with boyfriend Travis Scott, was seen on Saturday with BFF Jordyn Woods in Los Angeles. The pals were photographed getting out of a black SUV.

Jenner was wearing black bicycle shorts and black top, covered by a beige jacket. Jenner also wore a fanny pack around her waist and a pair of sneakers.

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After months of staying out of the public spotlight, Jenner finally addressed her pregnancy and announced her baby girl’s arrival on Feb. 4 in a statement on Twitter and Instagram, as well as a video, titled “To Our Daughter” and shared on YouTube.

News that Jenner and rapper boyfriend Scott were expecting a baby was first confirmed by PEOPLE in September. The new parents have been dating since April 2017.

Jenner shared the first mother-daughter photo on Tuesday, showing her child holding her finger with the simple caption, “Stormi” and an angel emoji.

Later she updated the post with Stormi’s last name: Webster, taken from the 25-year-old rapper’s birth name, Jacques Webster. Stormi weighed in at 8 lbs., 9 oz., and arrived at 4:43 p.m. local time.

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A source told PEOPLE that the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star loves being a mom and is “still over the moon” about it.

“All she talks about is her baby girl,” the insider said. “She is surrounded by her and Travis’ family. Everyone is pitching in and helping Kylie so she can do things like shower. But all she wants to do is hold her baby.”

PEOPLE also learned that the new parents are not not officially living together.

“He has his own place,” a source said. “They are co-parenting though, and things are going great. They are together and happy.”

“They’re not in rush,” added the insider of the duo’s plans to walk down the aisle anytime soon. “They’re just enjoying their little family.”

Aspen pot sales exceed alcohol for the first time as people ditch booze for marijuana

Does legalizing marijuana make people drink less alcohol? New sales figures from Colorado seem to indicate that could be true.

Legal-pot purveyors hauled in $11.3 million in revenue last year compared with $10.5 million for liquor stores, marking the first time marijuana sales outpaced booze for the year in Aspen. 

Cannabis revenue last year also marked a 16 percent improvement over 2016, which produced $9.7 million in sales. Of Aspen’s 12 retail sectors, the marijuana industry also enjoyed the biggest rate of growth last year. Liquor store sales were flat between 2016 and 2017, according to the city’s’ report.

Despite Jeff Sessions’s war on weed—which he claims is “only slightly less awful” than heroin–states not only are ignoring his vow to roll back Obama’s lax policies on pot, they’re also continuing to legalize it.

Sessions has a hard battle in front of him if he seriously tries to crack down on weed: not only do a majority of Americans favor legalization, but continued research indicates pot is less dangerous than booze. Combined with stunning sales figures like those coming out of Aspen, the case FOR marijuana is multifaceted and proving much stronger than the case against it.

Back in Aspen, while there’s no clear explanation for why weed sales have begun to top alcohol sales in the Rocky Mountain resort town, locals have some theories. 

“I think it’s meaningful for a couple of reasons,” said Matt Kind, a Boulder entrepreneur . “One in particular is when people are visiting Aspen and adjusting to a high altitude, some don’t drink for that first couple of days. And I think people are looking for something different from alcohol, which is essentially poison, and marijuana is botanical. I don’t say that with judgment, but you feel some lingering effects with alcohol.”

Henrikh Mkhitaryan explains why he won't look back on his time at Man United

Henrikh Mkhitaryan has noted that he won’t dwell on what went wrong at Manchester United this season, insisting he wanted to focus on a new chapter in his life instead.

The Armenian begun the 2017/18 campaign as one of Man United’s best attacking players, claiming five assists in his first three games, but his form rapidly dwindled as time went on.

By November he was miles away from the starting XI and duly joined Arsenal over the January transfer window in a straight swap deal that saw Alexis Sanchez come to Old Trafford.

And Mkhitaryan, when asked abut his time at United, made it clear that he wanted to look forward rather than back.

“I don’t want to find excuses,” he said.

“I don’t want to blame anyone…I am starting a new chapter in my life, in my football career and I am very happy to be here.

“I will be pleased to achieve more than I have done in Manchester, of course. I don’t have anything to prove to anyone. I just have to enjoy myself, do my best and at the end I will see where I can reach.”

Mkhitaryan will be much more at home playing under Arsene Wenger. Arsenal’s 5-1 demolition of Everton, during which he claimed three assists, was a glowing example of the pristine, zipping, penetrative attacking nous in the final third that will allow the Armenian to enjoy football once again. Of course, West Bromwich Albion away will be a different kettle of fish, but nobody at Arsenal seems to worry about that.

But the bottom line is that he will be happier. Mkhitaryan, while occasionally brilliant, never looked like a Jose Mourinho player. The Emirates will be kinder to him.

And yet, at the same time, you can detect a tint of sadness in his words when he looks back at his Old Trafford days. That was his chance to announce himself at a giant club rather than just a fantastic club (in the words of Mourinho) and he didn’t take it. Such a notion probably explains why Mkhitaryan just wants to focus on the future.