Databricks, two weeks after revealing $1 billion in Series G funding at a $28 billion valuation, is now partnering with Google Cloud in an effort to extend the reach of its machine learning and data analytics software. Perhaps the most important part of the agreement is that Databricks’ software is integrated with BigQuery, Google Cloud’s answer to Snowflake in the market for “data...
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