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Google Compute Engine a Direct Challenge to Amazon Web Services

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Google's Compute Engine, announced Thursday morning at the company's annual developers' conference, gives Google a new way to monetize its huge investment in data centers and networking, offers new options for companies looking to run their businesses in the cloud, and presents a direct challenge to Amazon Web Services, the...
Google Compute Engine a Direct Challenge to Amazon Web Services
Xero: A billion-dollar software company that had five years in stealth at the bottom of the planet

Flush with cash, lynda.com buys European online learning site video2brain

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One month ago, when online learning site lynda.com announced that it had raised $103 million in its first venture round since launching in 1995, we noted that the company would be well-positioned to buy up other companies in its space. On Wednesday, the Carpinteria, Calif. company said it had started...
Flush with cash, lynda.com buys European online learning site video2brain

Google's plan to eat Amazon's lunch and dominate retailing

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Marc Andresseen, the kingmaker of Silicon Valley,  is fond of pointing out that “software is eating the world.” Google’s recent purchase of Channel Intelligence, a data management platform for retailer inventory, underscores its unstated, Borg-like goal of slowly gobbling up every industry it encounters. This particular move, though, is a...
Google's plan to eat Amazon's lunch and dominate retailing
How To Build A Political Social Network That Actually Works

Microsoft OneNote on Android: nice but late to the party

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Microsoft added Android support for its OneNote mobile app, enabling smartphones and tablets running on Google’s mobile platform to take notes from their device. The software syncs through Microsoft’s Windows Live SkyDrive and to both OneNote for Microsoft Windows and the OneNote web app. OneNote for Android is free for...
Microsoft OneNote on Android: nice but late to the party

Microsoft needed its Vista moment

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There is no getting around the fact that Vista was a really big disaster for Microsoft, even more so than Windows ME was (we won’t go down the Microsoft Bob road). During a chat with CEOs at Microsoft annual CEO Summit Steve Ballmer came as close as he ever has...
Microsoft needed its Vista moment

Nokia drops off from list of top five smartphone vendors

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Nokia has dropped off the list of the top five smartphone vendors in the third quarter, facing stiff competition from Samsung and Apple globally, and from high-growth vendors like Huawei in China, where Nokia was the dominant player as recently as the third quarter of 2011, research firm IDC said...
Nokia drops off from list of top five smartphone vendors

This Data From China Shows Why Apple Is Now Getting Its Butt Kicked In The Smartphone Market (AAPL)

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A few weeks ago came the startling news that Apple has now been reduced to a niche player in the global smartphone market, at least from a "platform" perspective. Android is now running away with the race with ~75% global market share. Apple's iPhone, meanwhile, has only ~15% share. If...
This Data From China Shows Why Apple Is Now Getting Its Butt Kicked In The Smartphone Market (AAPL)

Zuckerberg Could Make Facebook Members, Advertisers & Investors Happier

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In his first public comments since Facebook went public, CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed disappointment with the company's recent performance and hinted at new search and mobile strategies. But here are three concrete ways Facebook can make members, advertisers and shareholders happy again. Wall Street already likes Zuckerberg's seemingly new approach: Shares of...
Zuckerberg Could Make Facebook Members, Advertisers & Investors Happier

As Google And Amazon Fight Up, Apple Refuses To Fight Down

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After this past week’s Apple event, one thing stood out to me above all others. And just to make sure, I watched the event again. Same result. The shots fired at Android tablets. For everything that Apple announced (new MacBook Pros, Mac minis, iMacs, iPads, and iPad minis), this was...
As Google And Amazon Fight Up, Apple Refuses To Fight Down

Google's plan to dominate mobile

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It's dominant in mobile ads and its Android makes up half of smartphone traffic. Now, it wants to goad more businesses onto the mobile web. By Sierra Jiminez, reporter FORTUNE — Google launched a new service today allowing companies to transform their websites for viewing on smartphones. The search engine...
Google's plan to dominate mobile

Ebook sales are being driven by downmarket genre fiction

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Publishers face secrecy over sales and an absence of industry-wide data to help them plot strategyKindle-owning bibliophiles are furtive beasts. Their shelves still boast classics and Booker winners. But inside that plastic case, other things lurk. Sci-fi and self-help. Even paranormal romance, where vampires seduce virgins and elves bonk trolls.The...
Ebook sales are being driven by downmarket genre fiction

Yahoo partners with Media.net to take a shot at Google in the display ad market

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Chances are that you don’t remember that Yahoo used to have a display ad network. If you happen to, I’m willing to bet that you’re in a very small minority of Internet users who do. The experiment, as it were, got killed back in March of 2010. But Yahoo believes...
Yahoo partners with Media.net to take a shot at Google in the display ad market

Canaccord: Apple dominates smartphone profits, Samsung second

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Samsung is steadily improving its profitability in the smartphone area, but Apple continues to be the dominant player when it comes to making money on smartphones sales according to the latest report from Canaccord Genuity. Apple's lower profit margin on smartphones in the first calendar quarter of the year led...
Canaccord: Apple dominates smartphone profits, Samsung second

Think smartphones are ubiquitous now? Just wait a few years | Charles Arthur

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The iPhone has helped smartphones lead the mobile market, and soon many mobile users will have no choice but to own oneFive years after the first iPhone went onsale, the sales of smartphones – loosely defined as phones that can run third-party "apps", and access the internet directly – now...
Think smartphones are ubiquitous now? Just wait a few years | Charles Arthur

How Much - and How Little - the Web Has Changed in 9 Years

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For ReadWriteWeb's ninth anniversary last week, our founder and Editor-in-Chief Richard MacManus took a loving look back at how the site has evolved over the years. But RWW isn't the only thing that's stuck around even as it's changed over the past almost-decade. The Web has changed dramatically over...
How Much - and How Little - the Web Has Changed in 9 Years

Pew Research finds 22 percent of adults in US own tablets, low-cost Android on the rise

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It shouldn't come as much of a surprise that more Americans than ever now own tablets, but if you'd ever wanted some quantifiable data to go along with that homespun wisdom, then the Pew Research Center is glad to help. According to its latest report, 22 percent of US...
Pew Research finds 22 percent of adults in US own tablets, low-cost Android on the rise

Amazon, Publishers Sued For Antitrust Violations Over DRM By Angry Indie Bookstores

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Dennis S. was the first of a bunch of folks to send in the news of a class action lawsuit recently filed by a bunch of independent booksellers against Amazon and the "Big Six" publishing firms arguing that Amazon's ebook DRM (and the agreements from the big publishers to use...
Amazon, Publishers Sued For Antitrust Violations Over DRM By Angry Indie Bookstores

YouTube Thinks It Can Take On Spotify, And It's Launching A Music Subscription Service Later This Year

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YouTube is owned by Google, which is also set to make a play in the lucrative music-streaming market, but reportedly has a negotiating team separate from that of its parent company. Last month it was reported that Google was in talks with record labels in a bid to develop its...
YouTube Thinks It Can Take On Spotify, And It's Launching A Music Subscription Service Later This Year

Why Yammer believes the traditional engineering organizational structure is dead

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Kris Gale, VP of Engineering at Yammer, argues the key to building fast at scale lies in small teams. He explores intricacies of organizational design in engineering and explains how making intentional decisions throughout growth ensures that you don’t lose the things that are unique and special about being...
Why Yammer believes the traditional engineering organizational structure is dead
Facebook payments to challenge PayPal, Google, Apple, and more
Google Faces Another Antitrust Probe As Canadian Agency Prepares Formal Investigation

Database Startup 10gen Just Got A Big Pat On The Back From Intel And Red Hat (RHAT, INTC)

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Database startup 10gen just signed up Red Hat, the open-source software company, and Intel, the chipmaker, as investors, the startup announced today. 10gen makes MongoDB, a relatively new kind of database known as NoSQL. NoSQL's name contrasts it to SQL, a language used to access conventional structured databases. NoSQL is one...
Database Startup 10gen Just Got A Big Pat On The Back From Intel And Red Hat (RHAT, INTC)

Kodak Shutters Digital Camera Business In Favor Of Licensing, Photo Printing

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Consider today the end of an era for one of the most iconic brands in the imaging industry. While their bankruptcy protection filing from last month signaled the need for some drastic action, it’s still a bit of a shock to see Kodak announce that they are putting all of...
Kodak Shutters Digital Camera Business In Favor Of Licensing, Photo Printing

This Chart Makes It Really Hard To Believe In Efficient Markets...

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What is the efficient market explanation for the instant 19% surge in RenRen -- the so-called Facebook of China -- on the news that Facebook will be filing IPO papers wednesday. For what it's worth, we're aware that these secondary names always move around IPO events of a dominant...
This Chart Makes It Really Hard To Believe In Efficient Markets...

Nokia Releases 3D Printing Kit For Anyone To Print Their Own Phone Cases

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While Nokia has quickly become an afterthought in the high-end phone world after being such a dominant player for so long, it's been trying to make a comeback lately. My friend Tom recently sent over an interesting move that Nokia made: releasing its own 3D printing kit for anyone who...
Nokia Releases 3D Printing Kit For Anyone To Print Their Own Phone Cases

Video portal LeTV going to Chinese living rooms through its own TVs

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The growing number of internet-connected TV boxes and TV sets represents an excellent new living room distribution opportunity for video portals previously wed to the desktop web. But an even more intriguing variant of that opportunity might be owning the TVs, too. That is what Chinese video site LeTV is...
Video portal LeTV going to Chinese living rooms through its own TVs

FTC will review Google's acquisition of Waze

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Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal report that the Federal Trade Commission will review Google's estimated $1.03 billion acquisition of mapping service Waze — a Google Maps competitor. While the Journal says that Waze's revenue was too low to trigger an automatic review of the deal, Google is the...
FTC will review Google's acquisition of Waze

Be It Web Services or Apps, The Desktop Metaphor Is Collapsing

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You can't click a link these days without bumping into news on Apple's new iPad. Some lunatics are already in line at Apple Stores across the country, waiting overnight to be among the first to buy the new device. My e-mail in box is swelling with new announcements of applications...
Be It Web Services or Apps, The Desktop Metaphor Is Collapsing
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