Chef, the Seattle-based enterprise IT automation startup (fka Opscode), has raised $32 million in a Series D round led by Scale Venture Partners with participation from Citi Ventures, Amplify Partners and return backers Battery Ventures, DFJ, and Ignition Partners. The company reports 350 percent customer growth in the first nine months of 2013, 60 percent of which came from Fortune 1000 companies. [Source: Chef]
The NSA and the UK-equivalent GCHQ infiltrated online gaming communities like World of Warcraft and Second Life, according to newly released documents from whistleblower Edward Snowden’s stash. The spy agencies also built “mass-collection capabilities” against the Xbox Live console network, according to the guardian. [Source: Guardian]
AT&T is not the first major US mobile carrier to offer the option of international LTE roaming, thanks to a new partnership with Canadian carrier Rogers. The high speed service will cost a pretty penny once across the border, as AT&T will bundle LTE roaming into its Data Global Add-on packages, which start at 120MB for $30 per month and go up from there. [Source: AT&T]
Square has unveiled a new credit card reader which is approximately 50 percent thinner and is said to reduce swiping errors and expand device compatible compared to the current version. The new reader is available for free via Squareup.com and will be available on retail shelves in the new year. [Source: Square]
Practice Fusion, an electronic records company, has raised $15 million from Qualcomm Ventures and a number of other investors. The investment might allow the company to better integrate with products reliant on Qualcomm’s technologies, creating a more complete view of someone’s health and activity.
DiGiorno garnered attention from Buzzfeed and the LA Times when it started sending snarky tweets during the live Sound of Music show. The company’s brand manager says it was a spontaneous decision, not preplanned. [Source: Ad Age]