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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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Bump, the app that used sensors a location to mimic the function of a NFC chip inside a phone to share information between two phones, was ahead of its time when it comes to user interface and implementation. Om loved it, and millions of people downloaded it, but it’s still hard to find actual users. So I was glad to see that the Bump team is joining Google, after being bought for between $30 million and $60 million.

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Ray Dolby, who founded Dolby Laboratories and pioneered the Dolby noise reduction technique, passed away Thursday at the age of 80 in his San Francisco home. His work in audio engineering includes noise reduction techniques, the creation of a videotape recording system as well as surround sound.

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Oh internet of things, is there anything you can’t do? Thanks to estimates about productivity gains from Cisco, AT&T and GE, the Progressive Policy Institute, a Washington D.C. think tank, is asking if the internet of everything (the PPI claims that phrase is more accurate, reflecting it’s acceptance of the Cisco spin) can jumpstart growth and reduce the political gridlock. I suppose that is more important than my connected fridge.

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The Verge went to the factory in Texas where the Moto X phones are made, and the photo of the workers at their stations stunned me. I’ve visited the factory floors where computers, servers, electronic toys and even semiconductors are made, and this one had the most people doing jobs by hand that I have ever seen. I had no idea assembling a phone was so people-intensive.

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Well this is a marketing coup. The biggest chip maker gets the biggest cloud provider to use its silicon and display its brand. Intel at its developer event Tuesday said Amazon Web Services instances that exclusively use Intel Xeon processors now display the “Intel Inside” brand. AWS is also adding the latest Xeon processor family to its data centers. I guess for someone, commodity x86 servers aren’t a commodity.

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Some of the hottest names in technology startups can attribute some of their success to Benchmarks’ Peter Fenton, who has backed Twitter, New Relic (see New Relic’s CEO Lew Cirne at Structure:Europe next week), and Zuora. With Twitter and New Relic expected to go public soon Benchmark is about to reap what Fenton has sown, according to this Bloomberg profile of the man.

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