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Intel joins other major companies such as GE and Qualcomm in promoting a platform for the internet of things. The chip giant says that it will offer a Wind River-based IoT platform and detailed several ways that its own use of sensors and data analytics have saved it money on the manufacturing floor. It plans on pushing both Atom and Quark processors for this platform and offered details on the upcoming Quark family of processors as well as a new Atom SoC. The first Quark processor core is a 32-bit, single core, single-thread, Pentium-compatible CPU operating at speeds up to 400MHz.

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With the looming threat of not-one, but two, gigabit networks planned for Austin, Texas, Time Warner Cable has announced that it has blanketed the city in Wi-Fi with 900 hot spots. The plan is to grow that number to 1,350 hotspots and offer the network free to subscribers. This could be savvy marketing because it’s likely that Google and AT&T will deploy their networks in limited areas, which means that those without a gigabit option choose Time Warner over the existing AT&T service. Of course, it’s possible that Google or At&T could sweeten the pot with Wi-Fi access too.

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Revolution, the investment firm behind the $450 million Revolution Growth Fund which has made investments in LivingSocial and Revolution Money, now has raised $200 million for an early stage venture fund. Revolution Ventures will be headquartered in Washington DC and the press release makes a huge deal about it investing outside Silicon Valley. However, its only other office is in San Francisco. Revolution’s previous early stage investments, RunKeeper, BenchPrep, HomeSnap and Booker Software will be rolled into this fund.

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Srinivas Krishnamurti, the former head of VMware’s mobile effort, including its Horizon suite of products that were designed to make mobile file sharing and collaboration easier, has left VMware to try his hand at a yet-to-be-disclosed enterprise mobile startup. Sure, he’s just one of many leaving VMware as it flounders, but I can’t wait to see what Krishnamurti is cooking up.

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Perhaps sick of the people who look askance at gigabit connections and ask, “Why does anyone need a gig?” the US Ignite broadband effort and Google Fiber are launching a competition for people who think they have the next gigabit application. This is your chance to invent the equivalent of email for the 21st century, y’all! You’ve got until next Monday to submit your idea as an individual or as part of a team. Make me proud.

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Randall Munroe, the man who writes web comic xkcd, also runs a series called What If in which he offers the answer to questions using data gleaned from the web and physics. On Tuesday the he tackled the question “If all digital data were stored on punch cards, how big would Google’s data warehouse be?” The result is a speculative blog post that estimates Google’s server count (between 1.8 million and 2.4 million) total storage (10 exabytes) and tells you how to find the search giant’s secret data center locales (go read it to find out.)

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Microsoft has signed a deal with AT&T to let corporate cloud customers connect to the Azure cloud using AT&T’s private network. With the idea that concerns about security have kept enterprises out of the public cloud, this deal emphasizes how none of the corporate assets will touch the public internet. The partnership lets people use AT&T’s virtual private network service to connect their data centers to Azure and presumably gives Azure a leg up in advertising itself as an enterprise-focused cloud.

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Marc Hedlund, the former SVP Product Development & Engineering at Etsy, is joining Stripe as VP of engineering. Hedlund, or his engineering staff are a fixture at scaling and devops conferences explaining how they build things at Etsy. Hedlund is also behind Etsy’s successful push to bring in more female engineers at the company and a passionate advocate for getting more people to code. As a fixture in the developer community Hedlund is well placed, given Stripe’s focus on the developer market.

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