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Amazon didn’t wow the street with its Q2 earnings news but the company will definitely keep investing in its cloud infrastructure. For its upcoming quarter, it plans to spend a strapping $800 million to $900 million capex money on technology, said CFO Tom Szkutak. Read more »

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The popular Google Talk app is down for most users on Thursday morning. This snafu, which cut many people off from their instant messaging/video chat app of choice, along with today’s WIndows Azure snafu in Europe, show the dark side of cloud computing. Read more »

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Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman

Backblaze, the 5-year-old company that backs up everything on your PC for $5 per month, has snagged $5 million in funding from TMT Investments, an investment house out of the U.K. It will use the money to beef up sales and marketing efforts. Read more »

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For years, tech vendors built complicated partner programs to sell, support and maintain their stuff and break into new markets. Now Google, Amazon are following suit with new-look partner programs. The goal is to bring new customer business into their respective clouds. Read more »

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VMware’s planned acquisition of Nicra for $1.25 billion represents the evolution of networking beyond the hardware-dominated point of view that has sustained the industry for decades. Here’s what that means for startups in the networking realm as well as for the industry giants. Read more »

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People who don’t like the idea of Google photographing their homes — and sniffing their wifi– will really hate this: The National Security Agency is compiling huge dockets of information on citizens including email and cell phone conversations, according to former NSA officials. Read more »


A Mountain View, Calif., storage startup called Tintri has raised $25 million for its virtualization-focused flash storage appliances. The appliances, called VMstore, mix hard-disk and solid-state drives and promise better storage performance than traditional systems for virtualized applications. We wrote about Tintri last summer as the […] Read more »


While it’s overstating the case to say that Box has renounced its fatwa on Windows Phones, it is worth pointing out that the cloud storage company now supports the current release of Windows Phone and will support the upcoming Windows 8 Phone as well. Read more »


Apigee, a company that helps manage and monitor APIs, snagged a $20 million round of funding led by new investor Focus Ventures, with participation from current investors Bay Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, SAP Ventures and Third Point Ventures. Read more »


These days, agility is all the rage, particularly in information technology circles, but our understanding of the word is shallow. Consequently, we have little idea how we might increase it systematically. A strategy developed by a fighter pilot can help us break through the mental logjam. Read more »


A recent internal VMware memo that has emerged via CRN says that our previously published report about VMware and EMC pooling assets such as Cloud Foundry and GreenPlum and spinning them off into a separate entity was “unfounded.” It sounds like a classic non-denial denial. Read more »


Big data, properly applied, can help save energy, cure diseases, better predict trends. But there’s also worry that abuse of big data will benefit big government and corporations to the detriment of citizens, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. Read more »

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Here’s a headline: For its fourth quarter ending June 30, Microsoft reported a loss of $492 million, compared to profit of $5.87 billion for the year ago quarter. The loss includes a previously announced $6.19 billion write down on its struggling online services division. Read more »


Heroku built an app that makes it easy for Mac users to download and get started using the PostreSQL database. Called, the product should be available in the App Store soon and includes a number of popular Postgres features and libraries. Read more »

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Doug Burgum helped launch Great Plains Software and grow it into a company Microsoft bought for $1.1 billion. As chairman of SuccessFactors, he helped bring that company into SAP for $4.3 billion. Now he’s helping Atlassian grow as well. Read more »


The mystery of the spam afflicting Dropbox users remains unsolved as of late Wednesday. Starting Monday, users of the popular file-sync-and-store service started complaining about spam sent to email addresses associated only with their Dropbox accounts. Read more »

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