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Twitter Joining the Linux Foundation

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The overwhelming majority of web-based services today rely on Linux. More and more of these companies are joining the Linux Foundation, the “nonprofit consortium dedicated to fostering the growth of Linux.” The Linux Foundation provides a neutral ground for companies and users to discuss and collaborate on Linux’s development, so...
Twitter Joining the Linux Foundation

Sony announces massive 84" 4K flat panel TV set to ship this year

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Sony announced on Wednesday that it has developed an 84" 4K resolution TV that will ship later this year. The unfortunately named XBR-84X900 features a "quad full high definition" (QFHD) resolution of 3840x2160 pixels, and comes complete with a detachable 10-driver "virtual 5.1 surround sound" speaker system designed to offer...
Sony announces massive 84" 4K flat panel TV set to ship this year

Today in Tech: How Nokia blew it

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AT&T's new shared data plans just won't work; why the DOJ should drop its e-books suit against Apple.  JC Penney CEO: It may get worse before it gets better [FORTUNE] Johnson also highlighted some of the improvements he is making in the stores. He announced that JC Penney had scrapped...
Today in Tech: How Nokia blew it

How This Never-Been-Kissed MIT Nerd Built A $10 Million 'Sugar Baby' Dating Empire

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Brandon Wade has built a controversial online dating empire based around the concept that it's perfectly OK for people -- men, mostly -- to pay women for dates and relationships. He's also a master of PR and word-of-mouth marketing. Just look at his media clips: From The New York Times...
How This Never-Been-Kissed MIT Nerd Built A $10 Million 'Sugar Baby' Dating Empire

San Francisco Names New CIO, Who'll Be in Charge of New Open Data Policy

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee named Marc Touitou to be the new chief information officer of the city late last week. Under Lee, the city at the center of the tech industry has been very amenable to tech companies, attempting to get them to stay in San Francisco, moves...
San Francisco Names New CIO, Who'll Be in Charge of New Open Data Policy

Why Obama Should Open Source His Campaign Code Now, Not Later

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President Obama's technical team wants to open source the technology that is credited with helping him win the 2012 election. The Democratic Party, however, has other plans, apparently intending to keep Project Narwhal and the rest of the software secret so as to give it an advantage over cash-rich but...
Why Obama Should Open Source His Campaign Code Now, Not Later

"Hands-Off": The Impossible Promise

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Ah, the “hands-off” promise. When a highly publicized acquisition weds an insular startup to a giant media company, the giant media company’s vow to leave the insular startup untouched is inevitable. The “hands-off” promise is both necessary to make and impossible to keep. I remember hearing the promise from Jim...
"Hands-Off": The Impossible Promise

Why Credit Card Companies Need Some Madison Avenue Style

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Image copyright Gregory James Van RaalteIn 2012, companies like PayPal, Google and Apple made major announcements in the mobile wallets and offers space. Credit card companies were not nearly as noisy, but 2013 could be the year that all changes. Financial institutions are embracing digital offers out of necessity because...
Why Credit Card Companies Need Some Madison Avenue Style

LinkedIn Beats The Street, Q4 Revenue Up 105 Percent To $167.7M

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Professional social network LinkedIn just reported stronger than expected fourth quarter 2011 earnings today. Earnings came in at $0.12 per share. Revenue for the fourth quarter was $167.7 million, an increase of 105% compared to $81.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Net income for the fourth quarter was...
LinkedIn Beats The Street, Q4 Revenue Up 105 Percent To $167.7M

Platforms: Cambrian explosion or Devonian extinction?

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As our use of computers becomes ubiquitous — pervading our lives from our phones to our TVs to our cars — software is becoming the primary means for interaction. And apps are undergoing a “Cambrian explosion” of availability and diversification. The new “place” of business is on the buyer’s device,...
Platforms: Cambrian explosion or Devonian extinction?

Ignition leads $19.5 million investment in Seattle’s Opscode

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Jesse Robbins, left, handed the CEO reins to tech veteran Mitch Hill, last summer Opscode has raised $19.5 million in venture capital financing, the second large funding round in a Seattle area business-to-business software company this month. The deal, which was led by Bellevue-based Ignition Partners and included participation from Battery...
Ignition leads $19.5 million investment in Seattle’s Opscode

Revving the innovation engine: Trends to watch for at Structure

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GigaOM’s Structure event this week reminds me of the well-documented relationship between economic crises and technological innovation: Hard times bring out the best in entrepreneurs, precipitating a creative destruction that resets the technology infrastructure and transforms business. From my vantage point here in the Silicon Valley, I have seen many...
Revving the innovation engine: Trends to watch for at Structure

Douglas Coupland's V-Pole unifies wireless connectivity and EV charging in an LED streetlight

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It's still very much a concept, and not something being described as a business venture, but author / designer Douglas Coupland is hoping that his new "V-Pole" design will serve as something of a model for cities looking to build out their technology infrastructure. As you can see, it's...
Douglas Coupland's V-Pole unifies wireless connectivity and EV charging in an LED streetlight

Penguin buys self-publishing service Author Solutions for $116m

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Book publisher Penguin is embracing self-publishing with its acquisition of Author Solutions. This morning, it announced that it has purchased the company from Bertram Capital for $116 million. Penguin already offers some self-publishing services through Book Country, its community writing platform, but the acquisition of Author Solutions reflects a new...
Penguin buys self-publishing service Author Solutions for $116m

What do PayPal, Shazam, Trulia, Poshmark and Fjord have in common?

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Few companies truly understand how the consumer thinks, and even fewer are able to successfully translate this understanding into an integrated mobile experience. But some do, and they’ve agreed to share their experience, opinions, and even some exclusive announcements, in person at our upcoming MobileBeat 2013 event on July...
What do PayPal, Shazam, Trulia, Poshmark and Fjord have in common?

Pitney Bowes: Business Giant Taps The Cloud in Shift From Software

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The value of cloud computing is reaching another giant of the business world with some help from WeoGeo, an emerging geodata service provider. Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI) is developing a "Data as a Service" (DaaS) platform that it is calling "Project Miami". The company will use the WeoGeo platform...
Pitney Bowes: Business Giant Taps The Cloud in Shift From Software

China's online retailer LightInTheBox sets IPO terms, could raise up to $87 million

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Beijing-based online retailer LightInTheBox has set its IPO terms in a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday, as it moves closer to becoming the first Chinese company to list in the U.S. this year. The firm will offer 8.3 million American Depositary Shares in the IPO,...
China's online retailer LightInTheBox sets IPO terms, could raise up to $87 million

Online financial network tastytrade acquires two Chicago design firms

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Online financial network operator tastytrade has acquired not one but two fellow Chicago-based companies to boost its media production and technology infrastructure, the company announced this morning. The first is video production and design studio ki edit + design, which creates editorial, design and digital content for agencies and companies...
Online financial network tastytrade acquires two Chicago design firms
Sales and marketing intelligence startup Radius lands $12.4 million led by American Express

Facebook career postings: engineering, communications, data centers, more

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Facebook posted a few positions for engineers, developer advocates, client partners, account managers, communications staff and more this week, according to its Careers page. On LinkedIn the company posted several data center openings. Posts added this week on Facebook’s Careers Page: Hardware Engineer 120501 Data Engineer, Product Data Center Technician (Ashburn) Manager, Site Services...
Facebook career postings: engineering, communications, data centers, more

We Had A Fancy Pants Gartner Analyst Come Up With An Estimate Of Santa's Annual IT Budget For Your Holiday Pleasure

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Santa requires a huge technology operation to track his supply chain for toy manufacturing, optimize his delivery schedule, and maintain his naughty/nice list. However there is little research on the Internet on Mr. Claus' data centers. Perhaps this is because Santa is impossible to get in touch with on the...
We Had A Fancy Pants Gartner Analyst Come Up With An Estimate Of Santa's Annual IT Budget For Your Holiday Pleasure

Insider: Variety acquisition cost will far exceed a $40M price tag

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As the field of buyers for Variety narrows, we’re getting a clearer picture as to what it will take to make a deal — and to remake Hollywood’s signature trade publication. Forget any notion of a $1 fire sale. Several individuals who have checked out Variety‘s sales book recently told...
Insider: Variety acquisition cost will far exceed a $40M price tag

People And Patterns: Getting Cloud TCO Right

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Editor’s note: This is a guest post by Jinesh Varia, Technology Evangelist, Amazon Web Services. He has been helping developers and businesses unleash the real power of the cloud since 2006. He tweets at @jinman and blogs at http://aws.typepad.com/. As a technology evangelist, I’m constantly on the road talking to businesses...
People And Patterns: Getting Cloud TCO Right

Amazon Web Services Hits $3.8 Billion Revenue - But Can It Capture The Enterprise?

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It took Amazon Web Services (AWS) eight years to hit $650 million in revenue, according to Citigroup in 2010.  Just three years later, Macquarie Capital analyst Ben Schachter estimates that AWS will top $3.8 billion in 2013 revenue, up from $2.1 billion in 2012 (estimated), valuing the AWS business at $19...
Amazon Web Services Hits $3.8 Billion Revenue - But Can It Capture The Enterprise?

Amazon: Almost 2,000 public sector organizations now use Amazon Web Services

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At the AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC, today Amazon announced significant growth in the public sector uptake of its cloud-based storage service. According to the Internet giant, more than 300 government agencies and 1,500 education institutions have migrated to its giant hard-drive in the sky, Amazon Web Services...
Amazon: Almost 2,000 public sector organizations now use Amazon Web Services

"It's a romance novel name."

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"It's a romance novel name.": Great profile of Reed Hastings by Ashlee Vance for Bloomberg Businessweek. Three standouts: The master copies of all the shows and movies available to Netflix take up 3.14 petabytes of storage space. (In comparison, Facebook uses about 1.5 petabytes to store about 10 billion photos.)...
"It's a romance novel name."

It's Time for an Internal Memo: Dibble Takes Over All Tech at Yahoo

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Even though he is interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn just made a significant change in Yahoo’s tech organization, putting David Dibble in charge of both central technology and core platforms. Previously, Dibble had been running technology and operations. The move puts everything from Yahoo’s vast databases to its infrastructure that...
It's Time for an Internal Memo: Dibble Takes Over All Tech at Yahoo

How VMforce Connects Social Web, Cloud and Enterprise

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There were tweets a plenty today about Mark Benioff and his latest term: "Cloud 2," referring to the apps that will come from VMforce, the new Java-platform as a service that Saleforce.com and VMware are launching. Dennis Howlett added to the discussion by picking up on the meme that Salesforce.com...
How VMforce Connects Social Web, Cloud and Enterprise

Infrastructure startups get a brand-new $40M seed fund in Amplify Partners

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A former Battery Ventures general partner has left the venerable Boston firm to create the $40-million Amplify Partners  fund aimed at investing in seed and early stage infrastructure startups. Sunil Dhaliwal, who is the sole managing partner at Cambridge, Mass.-based Amplify, has so far raised $16 million of the fund’s...
Infrastructure startups get a brand-new $40M seed fund in Amplify Partners
Enterprise gamification goes big as Badgeville teams up with Capgemini
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