Tech startup Twilio files to go public

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Twilio, a company that embodies everything that’s hot in tech right now, is planning to go public.

The startup, which builds cloud-based mobile communication services, filed an S-1 with the SEC on Thursday. The company makes it possible for businesses like Uber and Nordstorm to message or call their customers. Testimonials from both companies were featured in several full-color pages in the filing.

Mobile messaging has been a major theme for firms like Facebook (FB, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30) and Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), and is being hailed as the best way for businesses to connect with customers.

Twilio, an 8-year-old firm, has hired Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan as two of its underwriters and plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under “TWLO.”

Twilio’s sales have more than tripled in the past three years — growing from about $50 million at the end of 2013 to $167 million at the end of 2015. The company lost about $36 million last year.

The company has raised more than $230 million from investors. Their most recent round of funding was led by Fidelity and T. Rowe Price. Other backers include big names like Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) and Salesforce (CRM, Tech30).

Twilio wants to raise about $100 million through its IPO. The number of shares and the

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North Korea-linked ‘Lazarus’ hackers hit a fourth bank in Philippines

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The SWIFT bank hackers have hit a fourth bank, this time in the Philippines.

Hackers targeting the international financial system have claimed a fourth victim: a bank in the Philippines.

It’s now clear the global banking system has been under sustained attack from a sophisticated group — dubbed “Lazarus” — that has been linked to North Korea, according to a report from cybersecurity firm Symantec.

In at least four cases, computer hackers have been able to gain a dangerous level of access to SWIFT, the worldwide interbank communication network that settles transactions.

In early February, hackers broke into Bangladesh’s central bank and stole $101 million. Their methods appear to have been deployed in similar heists last year targeting commercial banks in Ecuador and Vietnam.

Symantec revealed evidence on Thursday that suggests hackers used the same technique to slip into a bank in the Philippines in October. Symantec (SYMC) did not name the bank.

Hackers infected desktop computers at the bank, said Eric Chien, technical director of Symantec Security Response. But researchers still aren’t sure if they succeeded in stealing any money.

Related: Hackers could bring down the banks, warns network boss

Symantec researchers closely examined the computer virus used to attack the bank in Philippines. They found that its complex code shared distinct properties — like specific instructions written in the same words

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Steven Spielberg to Harvard grads: Be a real-life movie hero

Steven Spielberg gives Harvard commencement speech

In an “unapologetically sentimental” speech, Steven Spielberg told Harvard graduates how to be real-life cinematic heroes.

The legendary film director’s message: Speak up when you disagree with voices of authority.

“A hero needs a villain to vanquish, and you’re all in luck. This world is full of monsters. There’s racism, homophobia, ethnic hatred, political hatred and religious hatred,” Spielberg said at Harvard’s 365th commencement ceremony Thursday.

To combat those evils, Spielberg said, people need to study history in order to understand humanity — and learn to use a moral compass.

“[That is] the reason I so often make movies based on real life events,” Spielberg added.

Lookin’ good, Mr. Spielberg. #Harvard16 #Harvard 🎓

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The three-time Academy Award winner got his two Best Director awards from films based on historical events: 1993’s “Schindler’s List,” which is based on the true story of a Nazi who save more than 1,000 Jews from a concentration camp, and 1998’s “Saving Private Ryan” about a U.S. Army captain during World War II.

The Jewish director added it was his own experiences with anti-semitism that led him to make movies like “Schindler’s List” and record personal accounts of genocide survivors through his USC Shoah Foundation.

Spielberg graduated from

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Gawker owner seeks a truce and a debate with Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel: College diploma is a dunce hat in disguise

Nick Denton has a challenge for Peter Thiel: Let’s talk, publicly.

The Gawker Media founder has called on the billionaire Silicon Valley entrepreneur to take part in “an open and public debate” following Thiel’s admission that he is funding lawsuits — including Hulk Hogan’s $140 million verdict — aimed at crippling Denton’s news and gossip site.

“Peter, this is twisted. Even were you to succeed in bankrupting Gawker Media, the writers you dislike, and me, just think what it will mean,” Denton wrote in a lengthy open letter.

“I’m going to suggest an alternative approach. The best regulation for speech, in a free society, is more speech,” Denton wrote. “We each claim to respect independent journalism, and liberty. We each have criticisms of the other’s methods and objectives. Now you have revealed yourself, let us have an open and public debate.”

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Peter Thiel and Gawker’s Nick Denton

Thiel, a PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor, could not be immediately reached for comment.

He had acknowledged Wednesday that he was funding Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker for invasion of privacy. Gawker had published a sex tape that featured Hogan, aka Terry Bollea.

“I am proud to have supported Terry Bollea in his successful fight against a

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