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Opscode touts Facebook’s help in scaling up Chef configuration automation tool

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If you want to claim that your configuration automation tool can scale up for the biggest possible scenarios, it helps to be able to claim Facebook as a customer. And that’s what Opscode is doing with the release of the latest version of Chef. Very few companies — Google, Amazon and a few others — can claim

Podcast: Kabam founder on scaling globally and designing for different platforms

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Online game company Kabam may have scaled globally too quickly, admits the company’s founder, Kevin Chou, in this podcast interview. But startups looking to take on the world could learn a lot from this chat with Chou who explains what companies need know (hint: don’t just lump everyone outside the U.S. together). Chou also talks about

Why Facebook’s Graph Search Really Does Matter: Big Data + NLP

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Ever since Facebook unveiled its Graph Search last month, pundits have opined that it’s everything from a “killer app” that will crush companies ranging from Google to Yelp to a powerful new ad targeting technology to nothing more than a glorified extension of the “like.”  In reality, it is none of these things.

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
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