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Should Facebook Be Worried About Diaspora?

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As Facebook has become an increasingly powerful magnet for controversy — over privacy and the way it handles user information, but also over the sheer size and dominance of the social network — interest has grown in finding some kind of open alternative. Perhaps the most obvious sign of that...
Should Facebook Be Worried About Diaspora?
ZenPayroll raises YC's largest seed round from the Mt. Rushmore of Valley entrepreneurs
Amazon throws its e-book weight around. Again.

What Facebook's Biggest Advertisers Say About 'Invalid Clicks' (FB)

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Facebook's larger advertisers, unsurprisingly, aren't willing to say much -- on the record, at least -- about the proposed class action lawsuit which claims up to 20 percent of pay-per-click advertising on the site comes from "invalid" clicks. Facebook says the suit is bogus, and is fighting an appeal in...
What Facebook's Biggest Advertisers Say About 'Invalid Clicks' (FB)
High Definition Video Clogs Corporate Networks

VMware Is Bringing SAP's Lightning-Fast Database, HANA, To It's Brand New Cloud (VMW, SAP)

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VMware today demonstrated its new cloud computing service that takes on the 800-pound gorilla, Amazon. No one really expects that this new cloud, named the vCloud Hybrid Service, will really damage Amazon's lock on the cloud computing market, any more than IBM's, HP's, Google's and Microsoft's clouds will. However, VMware...
VMware Is Bringing SAP's Lightning-Fast Database, HANA, To It's Brand New Cloud (VMW, SAP)
AOL restructures again highlighting members, brands and ads

Microsoft's share of the consumer market has dropped from 95% to 20% in 8 years

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This chart says it all: From 2004 to 2012, Microsoft’s share of the consumer computing market has plummeted from 95% to 20%. For 20 years, thanks to the desktop PC, Microsoft enjoyed an almost complete monopoly of consumer computing — and yet today it is a minority stake holder, languishing...
Microsoft's share of the consumer market has dropped from 95% to 20% in 8 years

As Facebook Gears Up for E-Commerce Holidays, Social Gifting Start-Ups Buckle Down

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Come Thursday, Facebook is holding an event at the iconic FAO Schwarz toy store in Manhattan, pushing the new Facebook “Gifts” product hard before the holiday shopping season begins. I’m told Facebook is set to unveil a series of new partnerships with more retailers, bolstering the social giant’s gifting platform...
As Facebook Gears Up for E-Commerce Holidays, Social Gifting Start-Ups Buckle Down

Can Dropbox, Other Cloud Providers Survive Google Drive?

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The 800-pound gorilla has landed and is leveraging its existing relationship with hundreds of millions of users to port them to their cloud storage....
Can Dropbox, Other Cloud Providers Survive Google Drive?

Redbox Instant headed to iOS, Android, many other devices; costs $8 per month for streaming and discs

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Redbox Instant is almost here, and when it arrives sometime in early 2013, it'll cost around $8. Redbox announced pricing for its disc + streaming package this morning, pinning an $8 monthly charge to unlimited streaming, as well as access to four free one-night disc rentals at any Redbox...
Redbox Instant headed to iOS, Android, many other devices; costs $8 per month for streaming and discs

Gilded Googlers Dump Money Into Idiosyncratic Community Development

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What would Mr. Twain say? (Photo: Penguin) This cannot go unremarked upon: This week brings not one but two lengthy newspaper stories about the Gilded Age goings on among those enriched by Google. This week they’re not building enormous mansions or buying islands. Rather, they’re taking in a hand in the development...
Gilded Googlers Dump Money Into Idiosyncratic Community Development
Amazon updates Kindle app for Android with tablet tweaks

Urbanspoon seats 1 million diners, looks to feast on OpenTable

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Urbanspoon may be best known for helping folks find new dining experiences, from sushi restaurants in Seattle to steak houses in Kansas City. But a growing component of Urbanspoon’s business is helping diners make reservations, an area where OpenTable remains the 800-pound gorilla. Since OpenTable’s inception in 1998, the San...
Urbanspoon seats 1 million diners, looks to feast on OpenTable

Why hybrids are dying: Gas engines are good enough on mpg, plug-ins are sexier

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The sporty five-passenger SUV that I’m whipping around country roads gets 35 mpg on the highway. And it’s not a hybrid. It’s the Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv with a host of high-efficiency technologies that gives the CX-5 hybrid-like fuel economy without the $2,000-$4,000 bump in price that comes with many hybrid...
Why hybrids are dying: Gas engines are good enough on mpg, plug-ins are sexier

Why small screens won't cure Microsoft's Windows tablet blues

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My, how quickly the tables can turn in the fickle world of consumer technology. When Microsoft's designers and engineers took to the drawing board to dream up Windows 8, the 9.7-inch iPad was the 800-pound gorilla of the tablet market, gobbling an insane amount of market share and laughing...
Why small screens won't cure Microsoft's Windows tablet blues

Suddenly, This Founder Has Become A Key Soldier In An $80 Billion Computing Battle (INTC, DELL)

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There's a war on for control of a hugely important market, cloud computing--and an enterpreneur you've never heard of, Boris Renski, is smack in the middle of it. Renski's startup, Mirantis, gained some powerful allies today with a $10 million investment from Intel Capital, Dell Ventures, and West Summit Capital,...
Suddenly, This Founder Has Become A Key Soldier In An $80 Billion Computing Battle (INTC, DELL)

How tiny commuting app Transit is beating Google Maps in Canada

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now It’s amazing what being featured by Apple can do. This past week, Transit, which provides real-time bus and train schedules in just 37 global cities, went from slightly over a thousand downloads a day to 80,000 downloads in a...
How tiny commuting app Transit is beating Google Maps in Canada

Cloudera snares $65M more to boost international, enterprise growth

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Hadoop fan favorite Cloudera just snagged $65 million in new funding to build its overseas presence and keep up momentum in enterprise accounts. The company will use the funding to further entrench its Hadoop framework — which makes  batch processing reams of data from various sources — more manageable. The...
Cloudera snares $65M more to boost international, enterprise growth

Juniper CEO Johnson talks software, the company's recent challenges and key future directions

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Juniper Networks had a challenging 2012 as new product cycles were slow to take hold and global economic conditions took a toll on sales. The company also undertook a restructuring that saw 500 positions cut and the departure of four executive vice presidents. As the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company looks to...
Juniper CEO Johnson talks software, the company's recent challenges and key future directions

What to do when Amazon decides to jump into your business

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Amazon’s recently introduced Elastic Transcoder service makes it relatively easy to encode video at scale for web distribution. It’s a great addition to Amazon’s service portfolio. It’s also yet another example of AWS competing against the very customers that rely on its infrastructure to power their developer-targeted services. When Amazon introduced...
What to do when Amazon decides to jump into your business

Can Dropbox, other cloud providers survive Google Drive?

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The 800-pound gorilla has landed and is leveraging its existing relationship with hundreds of millions of users to port them to their cloud storage and file sharing service Google Drive. Can smaller cloud storage players survive this assault?...
Can Dropbox, other cloud providers survive Google Drive?

Amazon.com under attack for plan to own .book, .read and other domain name extensions

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Amazon.com is already the 800 pound gorilla in the book selling and publishing business. And now some author groups are hoping to curb its power when it comes to owning new domain name extensions. As you may recall, Amazon last year applied with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...
Amazon.com under attack for plan to own .book, .read and other domain name extensions

Hollywood Throwdown: Ticketfly Targets Ticketmaster with 400% User Growth in LA

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Once conceded to large incumbent platforms like Ticketmaster, the online ticketing space may more up for grabs than at any point in recent memory. Fresh off a stout $22 million Series C round in July, three year old startup Ticketfly is announcing some impressive growth in one of America’s...
Hollywood Throwdown: Ticketfly Targets Ticketmaster with 400% User Growth in LA

Apple to Require 'Made for iPhone' Program Accessory Manufacturers to Meet Supplier Responsibility Code

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As we noted several weeks ago, Apple scheduled a meeting with members of its Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad (MFi) program for November 7-8 in Shenzhen, China to brief them on the latest developments with the new Lightning connector standard. With Apple having moved rather slowly to bring accessory manufacturers up to...
Apple to Require 'Made for iPhone' Program Accessory Manufacturers to Meet Supplier Responsibility Code

Five things to watch for at Amazon cloud conference

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Pretty much anyone watching the cloud computing market will tell you that Amazon Web Services is its 800-pound gorilla. Which means that this is a big week for the company: On Wednesday in Las Vegas, Amazon kicks off its first user conference, called AWS re: Invent. Given the breadth...
Five things to watch for at Amazon cloud conference

Out Of Stealth, Toast Launches iPhone App For Social Wish Lists Linked To Gifts

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Despite the news that Facebook is going to implement Facebook Gifts which will literally allow you to send a real gift to a friend who’s address you don’t have, there’s a startup out there that is not afraid of the 800 pound gorilla in the room. And not to mention...
Out Of Stealth, Toast Launches iPhone App For Social Wish Lists Linked To Gifts

Online Storage Face-Off: Google Drive vs. Dropbox

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In this corner, weighing in at 50 million users, and five years' growth under its belt, the filer from Manila-er, the forest that counts all its trees, the synchronized, syncopated master of all it shares, Droooooopbox! And, in this corner, the Mountain Viewmaster, the original 800-pound gorilla, the only thing...
Online Storage Face-Off: Google Drive vs. Dropbox

Nevada Establishes Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

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California may be the 800-pound gorilla in the automotive legislation world, but their neighbor Nevada seems to be taking the initiative when it comes to self-driving cars. They’ve adopted a number of regulations into law, and are pushing the state as a legal testing-ground for companies preparing such vehicles. These...
Nevada Establishes Regulations For Self-Driving Cars

Payment Processing Giant Verifone Strikes Back Against Square (PAY)

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Tomorrow, Verifone will introduce a mobile credit card reader, the SAIL, that plugs into the iPhone and iPad to let very small businesses and sole proprietors take credit card payments. If that sounds familiar, it should. It's basically what Square has been doing for more than a year. But while...
Payment Processing Giant Verifone Strikes Back Against Square (PAY)
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