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  • VMware Vets Get $4.5M In Series A To Launch Private Cloud Management Platform

    VMware Vets Get $4.5M In Series A To Launch Private Cloud Management Platform

    Back in 2009 I saw a talk by then VMware CTO Steve Herrod, now a partner at General Catalyst Partners, who described a private Amazon Web Services-like environment where users could provision services with the same ease they do in the public cloud. It was the first time I heard the term “private cloud.” A group of ex-VMware veterans have gotten together to finally fulfill… Read More

  • One Diary Wants To Make Your Calendar Smarter

    One Diary Wants To Make Your Calendar Smarter

    One Diary is (another) attempt to make your calendar smarter. But, unlike something like Sunrise, which just landed a hefty funding round led by Balderton Capital, the UK startup isn’t trying to be a calendar app to replace your existing one, but is focusing instead on being the middleware between you and your calendar of choice. Read More

  • Gradberry Aims To Bridge The College Grad Skills Gap

    Gradberry Aims To Bridge The College Grad Skills Gap

    Last year as I was visiting colleges with my son, I noticed schools often had facilities to train students with a distinctly 20th century bent, but lacked the modern skills training students will need in today’s highly competitive and shifting job market. Early-stage startup, Gradberry, which comes out of beta this week, wants to fix that by teaming with employers and graduates and… Read More

  • YC-Backed Impraise Makes Workplace Performance Reviews Less Painful

    YC-Backed Impraise Makes Workplace Performance Reviews Less Painful

    Performance reviews are a hassle for everyone involved. Supervisors have to deal with an onslaught of paperwork and meetings, but employees who only get assessments once or twice a year can often feel as if they are working in a vacuum. A startup called Impraise wants to change the way workplaces approach performance reviews. Read More

  • If You Think Big Data’s Big Now, Just Wait

    If You Think Big Data’s Big Now, Just Wait

    We’ve been hearing a great deal about the power of Big Data over the last couple of years. The hype says that as we gather more data, we will be able to get better answers to business problems, but the data levels we have seen so far could pale in comparison to what happens when we start adding sensors to the world. When everything from jet engines to soft drink vending machines to… Read More

  • Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

    Saying Goodbye To Windows 8

    Considering the most recent leaks involving the Charms Bar, desktop improvements and the like, it’s becoming plain that some of what Windows 8 emphasized will be scaled back in Microsoft’s next Windows build. If Windows 8 was a dramatic lurch towards mobile computing, especially on tablets, Windows 9 appears to be heading for a more equitable balance between desktop muscle, and… Read More

  • Guesswork Wants To Focus Machine Learning On Customer Information

    Guesswork Wants To Focus Machine Learning On Customer Information

    Guesswork, a new machine learning tool built on top of the Google Prediction API, launched a new service today with a twist. Instead of trying to be all things to all businesses, it’s focusing on customer information. CEO and company co-founder Mani Doraisamy says Guesswork uses a template-driven approach so customers can do things like customize a newsletter or figure out which… Read More

  • Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

    Facebook Buys Secure Server Technology Provider PrivateCore

    Facebook announced this morning it has acquired PrivateCore, a Palo Alto-based secure server technology company. The deal does not appear to be solely an acqui-hire, as Facebook says that it plans to deploy PrivateCore’s technology into Facebook’s server stack in order to better protect its own servers and customers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but PrivateCore was backed… Read More

  • Adatao Emerges With $13M In Funding And Visions Of Changing Big Data

    Adatao Emerges With $13M In Funding And Visions Of Changing Big Data

    Big data has emerged as a big trend over the last several years, but as an area it has remained ill-defined and focused for the most part on data scientists, while ignoring business users. Adatao wants to change that by offering a solution that has something for both parties and a collaboration environment that lets them work together in one tool -and they got $13M in Series A funding led… Read More

  • China Apparently Takes Apple Off Procurement Lists In Bid To Limit Overseas Influence

    China Apparently Takes Apple Off Procurement Lists In Bid To Limit Overseas Influence

    China has removed iPads and MacBooks from its procurement lists for government agencies and officials, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and other products, totalling ten altogether ,were left off a new procurement list distributed to government organizations in July, after initially appearing in a draft version in June, per the report. Read More

  • InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision Design Tool Raises $21 Million Series B

    InVision, the design-focused prototyping tool, has today closed a $21 million Series B round, with participation from existing investors including Tiger Global Management (who led the round), as well as FirstMark Capital. That brings InVision’s total funding to $34.1 million, according to CrunchBase. InVision is a service built for designers, that lets these creatives not only draw out… Read More

  • Microsoft Announces August Update To Windows 8.1, But Don’t Call It Update 2

    Microsoft Announces August Update To Windows 8.1, But Don’t Call It Update 2

    Microsoft has a number of upgrades coming for Windows 8.1 on the 12th, but the company today announced in a blog post that the new features and tweaks don’t constitute an ‘Update 2′ to the operating system. Update 1 to Windows 8.1 was a large release, improving the boot preferences of the operating system, expanding device support, and also adding new user interface elements… Read More

  • The Dark Age Of Enterprise Software Is Ending

    The Dark Age Of Enterprise Software Is Ending

    Enterprise software has been a critical tool to help companies organize data and automate painfully manual processes. And unfortunately little else. To call enterprise software “dumb” might be slightly unfair, but as “smart” devices begin to proliferate it’s time we all accept that today’s software that we use to run our businesses is painfully ill-equipped… Read More

  • BlackBerry Ends Its Three-Year Workforce Reduction And Looks To Begin Modest Growth

    BlackBerry Ends Its Three-Year Workforce Reduction And Looks To Begin Modest Growth

    BlackBerry has closed the book on its three-year extensive workforce reduction process, according to an internal memo to employees obtained by Reuters. The note from BlackBerry CEO John Chen says that all notifications which were sent out to employees being let go as part of the restructuring have now gone out, and in fact, the company will begin hiring in key areas including product… Read More

  • Docker Sells dotCloud to cloudControl To Focus On Core Container Business

    Docker Sells dotCloud to cloudControl To Focus On Core Container Business

    Docker, Inc., the commercial company behind the open source Docker project, announced today it had sold its dotCloud Platform as a Service business to Berlin-based cloudControl. The deal allows Docker to focus on its core software containerization business. Docker CEO Ben Golub told TechCrunch the company wanted to concentrate on the Docker part of the business. “At a high level, what… Read More

  • Crittercism App Monitoring Tool Surfaces Most Important Business Issues First

    Crittercism App Monitoring Tool Surfaces Most Important Business Issues First

    Crittercism, a mobile app monitoring company, announced a new tool today called Transactions that lets customers monitor mobile apps and surface issues most critical to the business first. Crittercism CEO Andrew Levy says up until now, the tool could tell you that there was a problem and how many people it was affecting, but he says that doesn’t always tell the whole story. Numbers alone… Read More

  • FortyCloud Teams With Rackspace To Manage Cloud Security

    FortyCloud Teams With Rackspace To Manage Cloud Security

    FortyCloud, an Israeli cloud security service, announced today it was joining the Rackspace Marketplace to provide Rackspace customers with cloud security services and the ability to safely connect between different cloud products. Like any good partnership if it offers something to both parties giving FortyCloud access to Rackspace customers, who then get access to FortyCloud’s… Read More

  • LinkedIn Beats The Street In Q2 On Sales Of $534M, EPS Of $0.51

    LinkedIn Beats The Street In Q2 On Sales Of $534M, EPS Of $0.51

    With social networks Facebook and Twitter handily beating analyst estimates for Q2 earnings, LinkedIn today reported its Q2 results and showed that rising tides are lifting its boat, too. Revenue for the second quarter was $534 million and its EPS (non-GAAP diluted) was $0.51 as the company also raised its guidance for Q3 and the full year. The company’s stock is up by around 8% in… Read More

  • Timely Turns Your Calendar Into A Time Tracker

    Timely Turns Your Calendar Into A Time Tracker

    One of the most important things a small business manager can do is make sure that everyone is taking on a fair share of the workload. If some are taking on a bigger share of the work than others, it can lead to hurt feelings and inefficiency. Timely is an app that hopes to make that task easier to manage by thinking about how much time everyone is spent on work in total. Read More

  • ScienceLogic Launches App Store To Share Customized Monitoring Apps

    ScienceLogic Launches App Store To Share Customized Monitoring Apps

    ScienceLogic announced a new App Store today that enables customers and third parties to create  and share customized apps for the ScienceLogic platform. ScienceLogic is a cloud service that lets IT pros monitor every aspect of their IT infrastructure whether it’s in the cloud or on premises, getting right down to the data center infrastructure management layer if… Read More