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  • New Intel Chip Won’t Support Linux

    New Intel Chip Won’t Support Linux

    Intel will not support Linux in its upcoming chip for laptops and tablets. That leaves Windows 8 as the only operating system that will run on the Clover Trail Atom chip. To be clear, Linux can run on Clover Trail because it is an x86 chip. But it’s unlikely any device maker will want to go to the trouble to do it. Read More

  • Amazon Web Services Expands in Japan

    Amazon Web Services Expands in Japan

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) is expanding in Japan through the opening of a new availability zone. The move means that AWS will most likely be adding more data centers to keep up with the steady demand it has had since it first began offering its service in Tokyo 18 months ago. AWS breaks its regions into availability zones. Each availability zone can encompass multiple data centers. For example… Read More

  • How Start-Up Chile Is Attracting Startups From Singapore, London, and San Francisco

    How Start-Up Chile Is Attracting Startups From Singapore, London, and San Francisco

    Socialance is a startup out of London that has moved to Santiago, Chile, for six months. The reason for the move is pretty straightforward: Start-Up Chile is giving the company $40,000 without taking any equity stake. And the rent is relatively cheap. Start-Up Chile, which was here at Disrupt San Francisco, has attracted about 500 companies to its startup program since 2010. The program ends… Read More

  • Pick1 Raises $1 Million For Opinions Database

    Pick1 Raises $1 Million For Opinions Database

    Pick1 has raised $1 million from private investors for its opinions database and automated market research platform that serves as an open graph for opinions. The investment is what the founders say represents a bridge round for future funding. It includes a $535,000 investment led by ChileGlobal Angels that brings the aggregated investment raised to date to $1 million. Among the investors… Read More

  • Sequoia’s Jim Goetz: Shocking More Startups Are Not Building For The Enterprise

    Sequoia’s Jim Goetz: Shocking More Startups Are Not Building For The Enterprise

    In a discussion on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco today, Sequoia Capital’s Jim Goetz said it is shocking that more startups are not focused on the enterprise. It’s the notion of reinventing the IT stack that holds such opportunity, Goetz said. And it’s an opportunity for everyone in the Disrupt audience. Companies like Salesforce.com have helped pave the way… Read More

  • Ev Williams: I Was Not A Good Ski Bum

    Ev Williams: I Was Not A Good Ski Bum

    Ev Williams went through a phase after he left Twitter. He became a ski bum. It turned out he was not very good at it. Williams and Biz Stone appeared on stage today at Disrupt San Francisco 2012 to talk about their new venture – The Obvious Corp. Williams said he and his wife decided that it would be great just to be outdoors. He grew a beard. Read More

  • Oblong Industries: Myopia Is A Real Problem With Startups

    Oblong Industries: Myopia Is A Real Problem With Startups

    The founders of Oblong Industries said myopia is a real problem in the world of startups today at Disrupt San Francisco 2012. TechCrunch writer and moderator Josh Constine set up the discussion when he asked Oblong founders Kwindla Kramer and John Underkoffer about how startups seem to be increasingly doing the bare minimum to get their startup up and running. A trend is emerging for startups… Read More

  • Prior Knowledge: A Predictive Database For Developers

    Prior Knowledge: A Predictive Database For Developers

    Prior Knowledge debuted its predictive database for application developers today at Disrupt San Francisco 2012. Based upon work first done at MIT, the service is offered through the company’s Veritable API, which the company says is designed to make applications smarter. The technology uses state of the art machine learning behind the scenes to handle the complexity for real world data. Read More

  • Alicanto Brings The Automated Marketing Assistant To The Small Business World

    Alicanto Brings The Automated Marketing Assistant To The Small Business World

    Alicanto, launching today at Disrupt San Francisco 2012, is bringing machine learning, data analytics and the concept of forming neighborhood business alliances to the small business market. Alicanto is entering one of the most difficult markets to tackle. The small business market is local, businesses are run by people who have little time for marketing. They are not particularly tech savvy. Read More

  • Marc Benioff: Yammer Should Not Have Sold The Company To Microsoft

    Marc Benioff: Yammer Should Not Have Sold The Company To Microsoft

    Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff said on stage today at Disrupt San Francisco 2012 that Yammer should not have sold to Microsoft and that he passed on buying them due to the conflicts with Chatter — its own activity stream product. “You can do so much more when you are independent,” Benioff said. “They still have a lot of work to do on their platform.” Read More

  • Cloudera’s Kirk Dunn: The Data Center Is Sexy, Not Mobile

    Cloudera’s Kirk Dunn: The Data Center Is Sexy, Not Mobile

    The data center is what’s sexy, not the mobile device. That’s what Kirk Dunn of Cloudera had to say on stage this morning at Disrupt 2012. That is such an enterprise perspective but it is true in many respects. And it served as a major theme for a panel discussion on “How Enterprise Got Sexy,” with Dunn, Aaron Levie of Box; Todd McKinnon of Okta and Justin Rosenstein. Read More

  • Inktank Raises $1 Million To Further Services Play For Ceph  — A New Storage Technology

    Inktank Raises $1 Million To Further Services Play For Ceph — A New Storage Technology

    Inktank has raised $1 million in the form of a convertible note from Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth to further services play for Ceph — an open source, next-generation, distributed storage technology. Inktank is led by DreamHost Co-Founder Sage Weil, who formed the company after developing Ceph over the past several years, starting with his work at the University of Caliornia… Read More

  • FoundationDB — Not Your Standard NoSQL Database

    FoundationDB — Not Your Standard NoSQL Database

    FoundationDB, here at Disrupt San Francisco 2012, is a modern database with features that have been the foundation for databases since the 1970s. The result, they say, is an infinitely scalable database that goes beyond what most NoSQL databases offer. By adopting the inherent strengths of NoSQL and integrating what they call “YesACID,” FoundationDB executives believe they have… Read More

  • Dispatch: A Messaging Service That Connects Dropbox And Other Cloud Apps

    Dispatch: A Messaging Service That Connects Dropbox And Other Cloud Apps

    Dispatch reached a milestone today. More than a year ago it became one of the winning hacks at the TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2011 Hackathon. Today at Disrupt San Francisco 2012 the company showed what that hack has become with an online workspace that connects Dropbox, Google Docs, and Google Contacts for people to manage and collaborate on work projects. With the service, people create… Read More

  • Reid Hoffman: Next Wave Of Tech IPOs Will Be Enterprise With Consumer Flare — Arrington Yawns

    Reid Hoffman: Next Wave Of Tech IPOs Will Be Enterprise With Consumer Flare — Arrington Yawns

    On stage today at Disrupt San Francisco 2012 TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington asked LinkedIn Founder Reid Hoffman about the enterprise. Then Arrington yawned. He later said this: “”I like Ferrari’s, not mufflers.” Enterprise – it’s boring. It gets that rap all the time. And frankly, for the most part, the stereotype is true. But Hoffman put it in the… Read More

  • Alcatel-Lucent apiGrove — A New, Open-Sourced API Management Service

    Alcatel-Lucent apiGrove — A New, Open-Sourced API Management Service

    Alcatel-Lucent is open-sourcing a new API software engine and management platform called apiGrove that is meant to serve as a services layer for enterprises and large service providers. Alcatel-Lucent’s goal is to make apiGrove a core layer in a cloud infrastructure so customers may either use it to connect to apps or infrastructure environments. The apiGrove installation package… Read More

  • Okta Partners With IPO Bound Workday To Provide Cloud Based Identity Services

    Okta Partners With IPO Bound Workday To Provide Cloud Based Identity Services

    Identity is one of the most difficult of tasks when you want to control it. It’s therefore not an issue for Twitter or Facebook.  Those services leave it up to you to manage your identity. That’s not the case for most any corporation. They want to own the identity. It’s just the way of business. Workday has become a powerhouse in the way to manage the people of the business. Read More

  • How Machines Will Use Social Networks To Gain Identity, Develop Relationships And Make Friends

    How Machines Will Use Social Networks To Gain Identity, Develop Relationships And Make Friends

    Activity streams and social networks now represent a fundamental aspect of the modern application. We use activity streams on Twitter to converse in 140 characters or less. We use the “like” gesture on Facebook to show approval for an update to a friend’s activity stream. In the enterprise, Salesforce.com Chatter uses activity streams to show application updates. Read More

  • Amazon Web Services Adds Long Requested Web Browser Specification

    Amazon Web Services Adds Long Requested Web Browser Specification

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) added support today for a browser specification that defines ways for  apps to allow resources to be accessed by web pages from different domains. The practice is called Cross Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) and has been requested by AWS users for the past few years. The new service represents another way that AWS automates tasks that developers once had to… Read More

  • Hey Vendors — It’s Too Early For An API Death Match

    Hey Vendors — It’s Too Early For An API Death Match

    I am not one to argue with abundance. I am a big believer in the way we can create so much, all the time. But I can’t stand an abundance of vendor one-upmanship and that’s just what I heard this morning at CloudOpen in a panel discussion about Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) v. Platform as a Service (PaaS). Read More