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This week in cloud: Office 365 goes down and Microsoft stocks up Azure store

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There was quite a bit of action in several cloud-based servcies this week. The good news: Microsoft launched Office 365 Home Premium edition on Tuesday. The bad news is that Office 365 went down Friday for many users. And, Twitter, which many (guilty here) view as a valuable productivity and communications tool, also had a tough week,

Cloud Latency Issues? Dedicated Network Connections Will Help

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Editor’s note: Jelle Frank van der Zwet is Segment Marketing Manager, Cloud, for Interxion, and David Strom is a freelance writer.  Do you ever encounter delays in loading web-based applications and get impatient? Resulting from poor network latency, or how fast data is transferred from one location to another, these delays are frustrating to

Where Kim Dotcom and Mega have the edge on Dropbox and Box.net

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As a world (in)famous technologist with the literal last name “Dotcom,” Kim Dotcom is a man whose swag is matched only by the damages sought against him by the U.S. government. His filesharing site Megaupload was long the ire of record companies and movie studios, who say it was a massive and sprawling repository of pirated

Bits Blog: The Origins of ‘Big Data’: An Etymological Detective Story

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Tracing the origins of the term “Big Data” shows how digital technology is changing the way words and ideas develop and spread, and how they are studied.

How to biz dev your way to startup funding

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The pursuit of funding can start to feel like the startup journey itself — an endless cycle of pitching, relationship building, research, analysis, and proving your business model. If you take a smart approach to the process, however, the exhausting process can be a lot more fruitful. The key is to frame the funding process as an

IBM buys Star Analytics for software portfolio

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Star Analytics' portfolio will be lumped into IBM's Financial Performance Management unit, a part of the company's analytics group.

Funding Daily: Go Niners!

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I am not known for being a football fan. To put it mildly. Chances are I will be watching the Puppy Bowl instead of the Superbowl and when a big data company sent VentureBeat a football in the mail today, I tried to hide it under the table. That said, I love San Francisco and want to

The increasingly blurry line between Big Data and Big Brother

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The potential benefits of “big data” have been well described, both by us and others: the ability to spot flu trends earlier and potentially save lives, for example, or to make it easier for companies to provide services in a more personalized way. But these same tools could also be used for more disturbing purposes that smack

Dell expected to go private as soon as Monday

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Dell is inching closer to a $24 billion deal that would take the company private. Citing “people familiar with the matter,” Reuters reported that the PC maker will sell itself to a buyout consortium led by CEO and cofounder Michael Dell, who is expected to take a majority ownership. Dell will use $15 billion in debt financing to reclaim the

The SaaS churn challenge: How to hold onto your customers

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This is a guest post by Viralheat CTO Vishal Sankhla The rise of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) businesses has created a land grab for users. This is forcing many companies to focus heavily on user acquisition, often at the expense of customer support. Marketing and sales departments (tasked with lead generation) have multiplied, while existing customers fumble around on
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