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Autodesk to acquire construction software startup PlanGrid

Photo of  Plangrid co-founder and CEO Tracy Young at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Plangrid co-founder and CEO Tracy Young at TechCrunch Disrupt 2015. Photo: Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch

Autodesk has agreed to acquire Plangrid, a startup that makes cloud-based construction software, for $875 million net of cash.

Why it matters: The deal could help Autodesk, which is best known for its computer-aided design software AutoCAD, expand its tools for the construction industry. PlanGrid has raised a total of $69 million in funding from investors like Y Combinator, Sequoia Capital, Initialized Capital, and DAG Ventures. Ex-Autodesk CEO Carol Bartz joined PlanGrid's board of directors in 2016.

Editor's note: The story has been corrected to show that PlanGrid raised $69 million, not $66 million.

Vine will return as Byte in spring 2019

new app byte's logo.
Byte logo Photo: Dom Hofmann.

Vine, the six-second videos that shaped internet culture, is returning in spring 2019, co-creator of Vine Dom Hofmann tweeted, but with a new name: Byte.

Why it matters: Twitter shut down Vine in 2016 and had a large following for viral video creators, but was not able to monetize at the pace desired. Hofmann's idea of a Vine 2.0 last year was squashed due to funding and development issues, Engadget reports. Now, a domain name, Twitter and Instagram accounts have been secured for more concrete plans for Byte.

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