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The Evolution of the App Stores

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In many ways, Apple and Google are following similar paths. At their annual developer conferences, Google I/O, held last month, and Apple’s WWDC, last week they both announced updates to their development platforms.

UX For The Real World

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Did you also know that your Android apps will run on the Amazon Fire tablet and phone? You just need to submit the app you sent to the Google Play Store to the Amazon store. Also, Google launched Android Wear and took another crack at TV with the Nexus Player.

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A Look at Google’s New Network Security Tool

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As a response to the growing fears over internet security, Google released a new network security tool in November called nogotofail, the goal being a safer internet for everyone. Nogotofail has been designed with more than just a small selection of applications of platforms in mind.

How Connectifier Is Applying Search Technology To Recruiting, With John Jersin

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What if searching for people to recruit to your company was as easy as running a search in Google? The way we are doing that, is by building a search platform, which allows recruiters to find professionals where they are engaging online.

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The Amazing Power of Deflationary Economics for Startups

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Socially connected individuals and platforms that enable faster roll-outs of successful products. Payment ready consumers (Amazon, iTunes, PayPal) and businesses (Google AdWords, Square). think Amazon’s Storage costs). AmazonAmazon is the ultimate deflationary business.

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Framework Benchmarks Round 10

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We retired our in-house i7-2600K hardware environment for Round 10, and we changed our Amazon EC2 environment to c3.large instances. Round 10 of the Framework Benchmarks project is now available!

Interview with Robert Blatt, MomentFeed

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Our platform enables them to manage the digital representation of their locations, and engage with consumers in paid, social, and search, to improve that customer experience. Once you get past Facebook, Google, Apple, Amazon, and maybe Yelp and Bing, you've counted for 90 percent of all interaction. If you ask Siri for where to get skinny legs jeans, or ask Google Maps for where to get a vegan burrito, they try to give you the best recommendation.

Venture Outlook 2016

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On the one hand innovation is clearly at an all time high unleashed by smart phones, fast telecom networks, social networks that spread commerce and the fact that we are all one click away from buying things on Amazon, Apple, Google or PayPal. The platforms often get paid fees.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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Specifically, Amazon has changed our entire industry in profound ways often not attributed strongly enough to them. Platform cloud players like Salesforce.com provide compute resources so that third parties can build applications that integrate with its core product. Enter Amazon.

Social Search – What Entrepreneur Needs To Know

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As noted in this recent Wall Street Journal article, Google has begun requesting that merchants include rating and review data to ensure that the efficacy of their search results. This move is a not so subtle nod to Amazon, which incorporated user reviews on its site well over a decade ago.

Kaleio Integrates National and International Job Listings via Indeed.com | Founder Interview Jim Riley

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The partnership is expected to offer working-class professionals access to job listings directly posted within Kaleio’s Marketplace and additional job and internship listings from leading companies, including Amazon, Google, Starbucks, The New York Times , Yahoo!,

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

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Our chief architect, Ryan Lissack, wanted to store our data in Amazon’s new (at the time) storage product called S3 that enabled us to store all our data in their facility and we’d pay by the MBs uploaded / downloaded. Cloud Data Platform.

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REACH | Disruptive Technologies Impacting the Future of Gaming [Live]

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As President of Game Development and Operations at SGN, a leading cross platform game developer and distributor, Josh Yguado is responsible for development, marketing, and operations for all games.

Interview with Damir Davidovic, NEOGOV

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Damid Davidovic: What's really exciting is we've launched another concept this year, which is basically a fully blow human resources, software-as-a-service platform. For the last few years, we've been working on our full blown human resources platform, which is built on the latest technology.

Dude, Akanda Is Tying The Cloud Together Like A Rug

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Google) were initially based on open source elements, then refined to make it work reliably at huge scale, clearly demonstrating the relevance of open source for cloud computing. Cloud Architecture – Most cloud projects are now built on OpenStack an open source virtualization platform.

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Changes in the Venture Capital Funding Environment

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Prior to then the concept of “seed funds” barely existed and as I’ve argued before the seed fund phenomenon was largely driven by: Open source + horizontal computing + Amazon AWS.

What to do When a Tech Giant Decides to Eat Your Lunch

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This happens with Google, too. Every change in the algorithm wipes years of effort off of the traffic numbers of affected companies as anybody hurt by the Google Panda release will tell you. in turn killed Google when it came to search. Amazon / Zappos.

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More Drama on the Cloud Price Wars Front

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The latest volley in the cloud price wars can best be traced to a promotion launched by Google this past summer. Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest cloud provider in the world, responded not long afterwards with another large price cut on its Glacier storage feature.

Startup Optimization: Reduce Your Hardware Cost with Chromebooks

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This works if you base much of your work on online platforms or cloud software like Google Docs, Dropbox, etc. from Amazon , equipped with a large HD screen, and sporting an iCore 3, the Toshiba Chromebook 2 is suitable for an enormous range of tasks, and can fit nearly any office.

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The Perfect Pithy And Productive Investor Pitch

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Better than Amazon''s customer experience for any brand" and "LinkedIn on Steroids.". Google x Facebook x Amazon) + (Universal Reviews). Blends Facebook, Pinterest, Google & Twitter creating world’s 1st social shopping network" and "Think Flipboard and Hootsuite In One.".

Why The Growth Of The Internet Is Driving EdgeCast's Revenues

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Obviously, anyone except the largest five to ten content companies in the world, such as Google, Netflix, or Amazon, does not need to own their own CDN.

Interview: Thorsten von Eicken of RightScale

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All businesses need to have access to the scale, cost structure, and flexibility that the Amazons, Googles, and Facebooks of the world have built internally. By the way, back then it was just Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud [EC2] and both ‘Elastic’ and ‘Cloud’ were candidate key terms.

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A Few Key People Really Can Make a Huge Difference

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Who’s going to help you with improving your marketing / positioning to become a clear platform category leader like Twilio? Dave is ex-Amazon and is a tireless advocate for the Seattle community. This article originally ran on TechCrunch. I’m in Seattle this week.

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Let’s Get Weird, a SXSW Interactive Recap (2014)

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Well, thanks to a fantastic partnership with the good people at crowd fun ding platform, Indiegogo , we were able to do just that! Noor Siddiqui – Remedy On Glass , helping doctors collaborate using Google Glass. No Amazon listing, Apple stores only.

Entrepreneurs Should Go For The Quick Buck – Then Stop - Initial Business Models Can Be Enticing But Limiting In The Long Run

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In particular, the Google AdWord market matured, making it increasingly difficult for lead generation operators to profitably purchase keywords that would motivate qualified users to complete a lead form. Odysseus could not help himself.

5 things Silicon Valley gets wrong about Southern California

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Clash of the Titans: Google joins Apple, Microsoft in announcing new tablets (and more). Google Plus. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs was named one of Fortune’s 10 Brilliant Technology Visionaries for 2012 alongside the great and powerful Oz’s of Apple and Google.

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Zadara Wins Media Company

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Zadara's storage arrays look like traditional block and file storage, but taps into Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and other cloud providers for cloud storage capability. Irvine-based Zadara Storage , which provides enterprise storage-as-a-service to customers via a hardware product combined with cloud-based storage, has scored media company The Impress Group.

The Power of Torso TV (Why Media is Racing to the Middle)

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This changed with Amazon because you could stock books in warehouses and ship them when ordered greatly reducing the costs of housing books and thus you could stock a much greater variety. In the “long tail” you can become enormously valuable if you’re a platform. And this time the winners won’t just be the platforms – I see great opportunities for torso content producers. This article originally ran on TechCrunch.

Can You Really Build a Great Tech Firm Outside Silicon Valley?

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In Silicon Valley you have mega venture capital funds who have a history of giving $20 million to early-stage technology companies hoping to swing for the fences and become the next Google, Facebook or Twitter. This article originally appeared on TechCrunch.

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Interview: Kevin O’Connor of FindTheBest

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Messenger : Kevin O’Connor , Co-Founder of FindTheBest, former Co-Founder and CEO DoubleClick (sold to Google, $3.1B, seed investor ISS (sold to IBM, $1.3B), co-founder ICC (sold to DCA $25mm). Could we really build a generalize platform and assemble the data in a cost effective way?

Tech Giants’ Partnership To Explore Ethics, Societal Impacts of AI

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The Partnership on AI , formally unveiled Wednesday, includes Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Google and its 2014 acquisition DeepMind. Horvitz, is pictured above at left with founding members of the partnership, Francesca Rossi, IBM; Yann LeCun, Facebook; and Mustafa Suleyman, Google/DeepMind. Not pictured is Ralf Herbrich, Amazon.).

Interview: Kevin O’Connor of FindTheBest

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Messenger : Kevin O’Connor , Co-Founder of FindTheBest , former Co-Founder and CEO DoubleClick (sold to Google, $3.1B, seed investor ISS (sold to IBM, $1.3B), Co-Founder ICC (sold to DCA $25mm). Could we really build a generalize platform and assemble the data in a cost effective way?

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How to Develop Your Fund Raising Strategy

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They’re not buying a book on Amazon or shoes on Zappos. He knows the history of all of the payment gateways, mobile payment platforms, credit offerings, remittance companies, etc. Raising money is hard.