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Why Can’t Startups and Government Learn to Get Along?

Why Can’t Startups and Government Learn to Get Along?

Government and tech startups don’t have anything in common. By their very nature, government organizations are typically huge, slow-moving bureaucracies built to deliver continuity. Startups are disruptive risk takers that succeed by shaking up the status quo. Yet both sides need each other in both obvious and surprising ways.

Why Buddy Media Is So Important to Salesforce

Why Buddy Media Is So Important to Salesforce

Michael Lazerow, CEO, Buddy Media
Salesforce.com’s willingness to shell out $745 million for Buddy Media shows the confidence Salesforce has in the social advertising specialist’s ability to turn people’s love of conversation to an advertiser’s greatest tool.

Kayak Has Much More Than a Derailed IPO to Worry About

Kayak Has Much More Than a Derailed IPO to Worry About

The decision by online travel service Kayak Software to delay its initial public offering has been blamed on Facebook’s botched public offering a couple weeks ago. But while Facebook’s roughly 25% plunge in share price is a great reason for skepticism in the next Internet company IPO, that’s not Kayak’s only problem.

The Tech CEO Hall of Shame

The Tech CEO Hall of Shame

In the grand pantheon of disgraced technology company CEOs, the resume blunder of ousted Yahoo Chief Executive Scott Thompson seems almost trivial. Claiming an unearned degree pales in comparison to the true titans of tech transgressions – whose careers were toppled by everything from massive fraud and grand larceny to inappropriate dalliances with…

Facebook IPO: Who Are the Real Losers?

Facebook IPO: Who Are the Real Losers?

 PayPal co-founder and Facebook pre-IPO stockholder Peter Thiel
Facebook’s tainted public offering, which has attracted the attention of federal securities investigators, has grown a bit darker with the filing of a class-action lawsuit. Los Angeles-based law firm Glancy Binkow & Goldberg filed the suit Tuesday in state court in San…

How Social Video Could Kill YouTube

How Social Video Could Kill YouTube

Startups like SocialCam and Viddy, two of the fastest growing social networks for sharing video on smartphones, may be on a collision course with Google-owned YouTube. While initial indicators are far from conclusive, rumblings of a possible market tsunami are afoot.

The Hottest IPO You’ve Never Heard Of

The Hottest IPO You’ve Never Heard Of

With an expected valuation of close to $100 billion, it’s understandable that no one can stop talking about Facebook’s initial public offering this week. But while Facebook basks in the social media spotlight, companies tackling tough business problems are exciting investors, if not consumers. Workday, for example, is expected to be among the…

Yahoo Faces No-Holds-Barred Proxy Fight

Yahoo Faces No-Holds-Barred Proxy Fight

Activist investor and hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb has thrown the first punch to the head in what is shaping up to be a gloves-off proxy fight with struggling Internet company Yahoo. In disclosing misinformation on the resume of Chief Executive Scott Thompson on Thursday, Loeb made clear his intentions. “If misrepresentations were made, they…

Facebook IPO Power Play Reveals It’s Really a Media Company

Facebook IPO Power Play Reveals It’s Really a Media Company

Mark Zuckerberg, SXSW, 2008
When Facebook takes to the road next week to pitch its stock to investors, the soon-to-be public company will be hawking a dual-class stock structure that makes the self-proclaimed tech company act like a media company.
The stock structure has become the darling of Internet companies. Google adopted the structure in…

Cloud Storage Privacy – What’s Really At Stake

Cloud Storage Privacy – What’s Really At Stake

The launch of Google Drive this week brings to the forefront the issue of privacy and the use of cloud storage services.
It’s not that Google’s privacy policies are significantly better or worse than competing services, such as Microsoft SkyDrive, Apple iCloud, Dropbox, SugarSync and SpiderOak. It’s more that big-name vendors are making it…

Macs Spread Malware To PCs

Macs Spread Malware To PCs

 
Call it Steve Jobs’ revenge. Security vendor Sophos has discovered that one in five Mac computers surveyed carry malware that could infect Windows PCs. In a bit of delicious irony, only one in 36 Apple computers were found to be infected with Mac OS X malware. The results bring an odd sense of urgency to worries about Mac security.

$700 Ultrabooks Won’t Challenge the MacBook Air

$700 Ultrabooks Won’t Challenge the MacBook Air

Steve Jobs, the late Apple chief executive, famously claimed that his company did not know how to make a $500 mobile computer that was not a “piece of junk.” That was in 2008, when cheap, mini-laptops called netbooks were all the rage and Apple took heat for not having a competitor.
Today, Windows PC makers are trying to use price to grab market…

Intel’s New Ivy Bridge: More Power in Less Chip

Intel’s New Ivy Bridge: More Power in Less Chip

After months of industry anticipation, Intel today released the first of its next-generation Ivy Bridge desktop and laptop processors. So what does it mean for computer buyers? Faster performance, longer battery life and better, more affordable graphics in computers hitting the market in the coming months.

The Rise of the Niche Social Network

The Rise of the Niche Social Network

The latest crop of social networking startups strutting their stuff at the DEMO Spring 2012 conference today don’t dare confront Facebook head on. Instead, companies like Ticlr.com, Tradesparq.com, and Max My Play are looking to fill – or create – niches to complement the 800-million-member gorilla in the room.