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With Pitches for HQ2 Made, Cities Wait on Amazon’s 2018 Decision


with more than 1 million people has made its case to Amazon to locate the company’s second headquarters there. Amazon sent North America into a frenzy after announcing plans to build a second headquarters (which it calls HQ2) outside of Seattle, bringing with it tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic development benefits. From Portland to Pittsburgh, it’s likely that every city in the U.S.

Think about Performance Before Building a Web Application


” In our performance consulting work, we often hear variations of the following: “Our web application was running fine with a few hundred users. Web application performance is a broad discipline. However, most web applications are not blogs or news sites.

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Ten Startup Tips From Amazon Founder, Jeff Bezos


From the start, Amazon had an audacious goal – to sell virtually every book online. Before launching Amazon, Jeff consulted with several publishing experts, none of whom appreciated the Internet’s eventual ubiquity. The very creation of Amazon was the result of a leap of faith.

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What to Make of Amazon’s Work Practices?

Both Sides of the Table

There is much discussion about this weekend’s article in the NY Times regarding Amazon’s work practices. For anybody who has never worked in a hard-charging environment I can see how this article portrays a unidimensional view of Amazon but it isn’t one I believe tells the complete story. The basic premise of the article is that Amazon breeds a culture where it’s work hard, sacrifice personal life, succeed and climb ahead or be tossed aside.

Smart Voice Assistants Will Spread From Talking Devices To Apps in 2017


Signs are that the Amazon Echo and Google Home—both equipped with smart voice assistants—will turn out to be blockbuster sellers of the holiday gift season of 2016. Let’s say an Amazon Echo owner wants to order take-out coffee for pick-up on the.

To Win Amazon’s HQ2, Incentives Are Nice, But Talent Is Required


Amazon lists one requirement in the stunning request for proposals it issued Thursday, which invites cities across North America to compete to host a second corporate headquarters for the tech and commerce giant. Amazon, in its list of “key preferences” for selecting its second home says suitable buildings and sites are of “paramount importance.”

The Five Major Tech Trends of 2016


Early this year, IDC predicted that worldwide spending on public cloud services will be $141 billion in 2019, while last year Amazon Web Services achieved net sales of $7.88

ShareSquare Links With Amazon, Shopkick APIs


ShareSquare said that the new link allows marketers creating QR codes using its service to link directly to a "Buy" module for Amazon, which allows those marketers to directly link to purchases on the popular e-commerce site. ShareSquare's QR code generation service makes it easy for marketers to create QR codes, linking them to online, HTML5 web apps. sharesquare code amazon shopkick ecommerce mobihle

Arterys, GE Healthcare to Roll Out Next-Gen MRI Scans of Heart


Arterys feeds the gigabytes of MRI information into its Web-based software application, which takes advantage of the outside computing power now broadly available from the network of servers-for-hire we call “the cloud.” Arterys uses Amazon’s Web servers to analyze data from the scans. “A

Eucalyptus Inks Deal With Amazon


Amazon is tapping Eucalyptus to make it easier for enterprise customers to migrate their web applications between Amazon and their own IT environments. eucalyptus hybrid cloud computing amazonSanta Barbara-based Eucalpytus Systems , the developer of cloud software deployment tools, has inked a major deal today, with

Industry Needs Common Security Standards to Thwart IoT Attacks


A silver lining has emerged in the wake of the massive and well-publicized denial-of-service attack launched less than two months ago by hackers using millions of IoT devices to cripple the websites of major companies like Amazon, Netflix and Twitter.

GumGum Snags Amazon Vet For Sales Efforts


GumGum , the developer of in-image advertising technology headed by Ophir Tanz, is bolstering its sales efforts, and has hired an Amazon veteran to head up western sales. Director National Sales & Strategy for Amazon Media Group, working on the entertainment vertical for such properties as Amazon Mobile, IMDb, IMDb Mobile and Kindle/Kindle Fire. gumgum amazon sales executive image advertising

A.I. Chip Race Redraws Competitive Map Among Tech Firms, Chipmakers


It’s been a long time since tech’s biggest companies could be sorted into discrete buckets according to the products they pioneered—-Google, the search software giant; Apple, the computer and mobile device innovator; e-commerce leader Amazon; business software stalwart Microsoft; and social media engine Facebook.

Morphlabs Takes On Amazon AWS With OpenStack Platform


The firm said the new software allows service providers to implement their own, public cloud software--and claims that it out-performs the giant in the market, Amazon Web Services. Morphlabs said its software is aimed at helping service providers compete head-to-head with Amazon Web Services. OpenStack is taking aim at Amazon Web Service, looking to provide a more open, portable option to Amazon's web offerings.

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MP3Tunes Gets New Competition From Amazon

socalTECH said last night that it has launched its own, cloud music and storage service called Amazon Cloud Drive , along with corresponding web and Android music players. said it will offer up 5 GB of cloud storage for music and other files for free, with upgrade to 20GB for users who purchase MP3 albums from Amazon. robertson michael saas online storage streaming music drive cloud amazon mp3tunes

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Amazon Studios Options Another Comedy Series


Amazon Studios , the content production arm of, said Monday that it has optioned another comedy series. Amazon said that it has optioned "Those Who Can't", a comedy show written by Andrew Orvedahl, Adam Cayton-Holland, and Benjamin Roy, the writers behind the web series The Grawlix. Amazon has been in the process of optioning different content projects, which it intends to turn into original content for its streaming video service. Raises $24M for “Pharma Markets” that Outsource R&D


San Diego’s set out in 2006 to disrupt part of the pharmaceutical business by providing an Amazon-like approach to the business of hiring contract research organizations (CROs).

CapLinked Hit By Amazon Downtime


Manhattan Beach-based CapLinked , which operates a software service to help companies communicate with investors, is one of the firms caught by the widespread Amazon EC2 downtime today. CapLinked said in its blog that its site is temporarily unavailable due to Amazon's hosting service issues. Amazon started seeing errors at its Virginia website at 1:41 AM PDT this morning, taking down such sites as Reddit, Quora, Foursquare, and scores of others.

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NetDNA Chops Pricing, Takes On Amazon CloudFront


Los Angeles-based content delivery network (CDN) provider NetDNA said today that it has chopped its pricing and is restructuring its business model, aiming at taking on competing services as Amazon CloudFront. As a result of the changes, NetDNA said it has been winning customers away from Amazon CloudFront, the CDN service provided as a web service by netdna content delivery network amazon cloudfront

Amazon Web Services (AWS)


I went to an event by Amazon on their Amazon Web Services in Santa Monica today. I'm assuming that Amazon will get the DNS/load distribution issue figured out and then this would seem to be a pretty compelling offering. A lot of the examples that Amazon used were media related. The focus was S3 - storage service, EC2 - their compute cloud, their queuing system, and their flexible payment system.

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LogicMonitor Ties Into Amazon Web Services


Santa Barbara-based LogicMonitor , which develops IT infrastructure monitoring software, said today that it has connected its tools to Amazon Web Services. The company said its platform now has the ability to monitor Amazon Web Services instances and services. The company said the new monitoring capabilities include monitoring of SQS, DynamoDB, S3, and monitoring Amazon billing data. logicmonitor amazon services infrastructure monitoring

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GameSalad Ties With Amazon On Kindle Fire Games


GameSalad , a developer of mobile game development tools, said this week that it has teamed up with, and will be providing development options specifically for Amazon''sa GameSalad , a developer of mobile game development tools, said this week that it has teamed up with, and will be providing development options specifically for Amazon''s Kindle Fire platform. The company''s platform supports iOS, Android, web, and other platforms.

Airlines Must Improve IT Infrastructure Now or Pay Later  


Customs and Border Protection United Airlines UpGuard WebAt the tail end of this past holiday season—on one of the busiest travel days of the year—thousands of arriving international passengers found themselves stuck for hours in the line at customs, waiting to be processed.

Qualcomm Backs Ravello For Virtualization Software


Ravello is developing software which allows VMware virtual machines to run under Amazon Web Services (AWS). software saas cloud amazon disk vmdk vmware investment capital venture qualcomm systems ravello San Diego-based Qualcomm has made an investment in virtualization software developer Ravello Systems , Ravello said this morning, as part of a $28M funding round.

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Hulu Selects Amazon's AWS For Live TV Streaming


Los Angeles-based streaming television service Hulu has selected Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its cloud provider, for its new over-the-top (OTT) live TV service it launched in May. Amazon's AWS also supports Amazon's own Amazon Video service, as well as others like Netflix, BBC, Discovery Communications, and many, many others. hulu amazon live streaming television content hollywood

Zadara Hires EMC, Amazon Web Services Vets


Carl was previously at Amazon Web Services (AWS), and also had served at Gluster, 4Base Technology, Kovarus and Irvine-based storage products maker Zadara Storage said this morning that it has hired two storage industry veterans as VPs. According to Zadara, it has named Dani Naor as Vice President of International Sales, and appointed Craic Carl as Vice President of PRoduct Management.

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Major Amazon S3 Outage Hits Internet


An outage at Amazon Web Services is causing major downtime across the cloud this morning, as sites which rely on the cloud storage service have been unable to reliably connect all morning. Securities And Exchange Commission , Slack , Quora , and many others, have been unavailable since Amazon reported "increased error rates" out of its US-EAST-1 zone. amazon outage cloud services internet

Thinkbox Software Acquired By Amazon AWS


Thinkbox Software , a developer of software used to manage video rendering tools used in film production, and which has an office in Los Angeles, has been acquired by Amazon Web Services. thinkbox software amazon services rendering content hollywoodFinancial terms of the buy were not disclosed. Thinkbox was based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon are striving to be the super-mega technology company that owns every layer of the value chain. To understand that assertion, let’s observe how and when Google encroached on each layer of the technology value chain required to access any web service.

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AmazonLocal Launches In Los Angeles


According to AmazonLocal's web site, it now is offering deals in Long Beach, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, and on the Westside/South Bay. advertising coupon deal deals daily amazonlocal amazon

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Each team on a project thinks and wants their part of the project to be the most important, however the web is not and never will be best case scenario for any team on a project. Did you also know that your Android apps will run on the Amazon Fire tablet and phone?

The Evolution of the App Stores


Apple’s service revenue is growing, and they’re making investments to compete more directly in producing original content (against the likes of Netflix, Amazon, etc.). In many ways, Apple and Google are following similar paths. Pricing Comparison Service Targets Amazon


According to, its new search engine will instantly compare Amazon product prices to prices from around the web. The company claims its service can find a better price than Amazon on items more than 50 percent of the time. says it created the service to specifically dispel the myth that Amazon always offers the best deals on products. savingscom savings coupon pricing comparison shopping engine search amazon deals shop ecommerce