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1. Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion
Google Cloud has been mired in third place in the cloud infrastructure market, and grabbing Looker gives it an analytics company with a solid track record. The startup has raised more than $280 million in funding.
Like other big acquisitions, this deal is subject to regulatory approval, but it is expected to close later this year if all goes well.
2. Uber Copter offers on-demand JFK helicopter service for top-tier users
Uber is adding regular helicopter air service with Uber Copter — a new service line launched today that will provide on-demand transportation from Lower Manhattan to JFK airport for, on average, between $200 and $225 per person. That price includes car service to and from the helipad at each end.