SecondMarket Names Lauren Sorof Head of Events

SecondMarket has announced that Lauren Sorof has been named the company’s Head of Events. Prior to joining SecondMarket, Sorof most recently served as Managing Director and Head of US Event Marketing at NYSE Euronext. Sorof will lead SecondMarket’s events program in both New York and San Francisco, and will create and produce exclusive SecondMarket events as well as manage SecondMarket participation in sponsored outside conferences.

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Amazon plans to give Alexa an AI overhaul — and a monthly subscription price — CNBC

Amazon is upgrading its decade-old Alexa voice assistant with generative artificial intelligence and plans to charge a monthly subscription fee to offset the cost of the technology, writes Kate Rooney in CNBC.

Scale raises $1B

San Francisco-based data foundry startup Scale has raised $1 billion in a Series F financing round, pegging the company at a $13.8 billion valuation.