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The Fastest Online Payment Processor? It’s Google

The Fastest Online Payment Processor? It’s Google

If you are thinking about changing your online payment provider, you should take a moment to look at an interesting infographic from application performance management company New Relic. Turns out the most popular provider, PayPal, isn’t even close to being the fastest processor. That distinction goes to Google Checkout. PayPal has the…

The Most Sought-After Silicon Valley Startups for Engineers

The Most Sought-After Silicon Valley Startups for Engineers

On LinkedIn’s blog today is a post about the top 10 most sought-after engineering startups in Silicon Valley. And no, Facebook and Google didn’t make the cut because this was a list of companies with fewer than 500 employees. (Pinterest was number 6.) To compile the list, the company looked at nearly a quarter million engineer profiles on its…

How to Share Your Business Photos Online – Discreetly

How to Share Your Business Photos Online – Discreetly

You have just returned from a corporate retreat or some other business event that was well-documented with several amateur photographers. Now you want to share all of these pictures amongst your co-workers. The challenge is that you want to keep them private to the participants and not plaster them all over the Internets. What to do?
 

Taking Your Startup Back to the Business Basics

Taking Your Startup Back to the Business Basics

Mentoring startups has a lot of benefits: It gives something back to the community and helps other entrepreneurs avoid some of the mistakes that you’ve already made. And it’s also a lot of fun to meet entrepreneurs who are so passionate about their business. Sometimes, though, that passion can make it hard for startups to focus on the business…

BeyondTrust acquires eEye to Create Security Powerhouse

BeyondTrust acquires eEye to Create Security Powerhouse

Virtualization security vendor BeyondTrust is acquiring eEye Digital Security for undisclosed terms. The two companies have leading technology in somewhat different but complementary security market spaces. BeyondTrust plans to integrate eEye’s Retina CS Vulnerability Management and Analytics solutions with its PowerBroker family of…

6 Startup Lessons From the Complexity of Cell Phones

6 Startup Lessons From the Complexity of Cell Phones

 
Back when we first started using PCs, we all wished that they would become as easy to use as a telephone. Well, we got our wish, not because computers got easier to use but because phones are now so darn complicated. If we examine the process and story by which phones became so complex, we can uncover a variety of lessons that startups…

A Gaming Replacement for Those Annoying CAPTCHAs

A Gaming Replacement for Those Annoying CAPTCHAs

We all know about those authentication blocks of text called CAPTCHAs, perhaps too well. (Today’s fun trivia: The acronym stands for Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart.). A new idea from PlayThru is to embed a small Flash or HTML5-based game that a human plays with a mouse to prove he or she really is a…

Tech Industry Hall of Shame – the Dumbest Moments in Tech History

Tech Industry Hall of Shame – the Dumbest Moments in Tech History

We are surrounded by failure in the tech world, and some of those failures are big enough to sit in our memories for years. After the latest news from Google, we were reminded of many other shameful moments in tech. We put together our own RWW Hall of Shame to see if we could learn any lessons from these sordid tales of woe.

Hanging with the Kids at the First Robotics Global Championship

Hanging with the Kids at the First Robotics Global Championship

Last week, the smartest kids on the planet came to St. Louis to participate in the First Robotics Global Championship. The event drew more than 2,000 teams from schools around the world to build three different kinds of robots and compete for some serious prize money. It is a very fun but challenging event: Each robot has particular tasks to…

Collab.net Launches CloudForge for Cloud Development and Deployment

Collab.net Launches CloudForge for Cloud Development and Deployment

 
Collab.net began operations in 1999 providing various open-source desktop development tools. The company is most famous for Subversion, used by some 5 million developers for source version control. Beginning today, it combines some of the tools acquired since then (including Codesion and TeamForge) to create a fully integrated cloud…

How One Startup Managed Its Investment Cash Flow

How One Startup Managed Its Investment Cash Flow

Backblaze, a leader in cloud storage, just celebrated its fifth anniversary. While the company is now profitable and its seven founders are getting paid salaries, that wasn’t always the case. We got a chance to look deep into the company’s balance sheet and see exactly how it managed its cash flow over the past five years. The tale offers…

How Fast Is Your Cloud?

How Fast Is Your Cloud?

The French-based company Cedexis has come up with a Cloud Performance Index. It’s an interesting way to measure the performance of your content delivery network or cloud-based provider, and a useful way to determine which provider you should use – or even which part of the planet you should locate your apps. Every day on its website, Cedexis will…

5,000 Dangerous Android Apps Says Trend Micro Report

5,000 Dangerous Android Apps Says Trend Micro Report

Did you know there are 5,000 new Android apps that can harm your device or steal your data – including extreme cases, such as a Russian fake version of Google Play that would add charges to your mobile bill? Those nuggets are included in the latest quarterly security roundup from Trend Micro’s Labs. The report, released last week, breaks little…

Skytap Offers Better Remote Access to Its Cloud

Skytap Offers Better Remote Access to Its Cloud

Skytap, a cloud service provider that claims to have more than a million hosted VMs in its cloud, today announced three new improvements to its service that will ease testing and operating collections of new virtual machines (VMs). The three features include better remote access, customizable usage reports and a new burstable rate for heavy traffic…

How Much – and How Little – the Web Has Changed in 9 Years

How Much – and How Little – the Web Has Changed in 9 Years

For ReadWriteWeb’s ninth anniversary last week, our founder and Editor-in-Chief Richard MacManus took a loving look back at how the site has evolved over the years. But RWW isn’t the only thing that has stuck around even as it’s morphed over the past almost-decade. The Web has changed dramatically over those nine years, but a […]

How a 9-Year-Old Boy Became the Latest Internet Meme

How a 9-Year-Old Boy Became the Latest Internet Meme

If you’re looking for a warm, heart-rending story for today, look no further than how Caine Monroy became the latest YouTube viral sensation, with more than 2.4 million views and counting since it was posted last week.

Thanks to a loyal customer, Nirvan Mullick (pictured with Monroy), the schoolboy now has a $150,000 scholarship fund and fans all…

RingCentral Offers New Cloud-Based PBX

RingCentral Offers New Cloud-Based PBX

Everything is moving to the cloud, including phone systems. Today, RingCentral.com is launching new features for its completely cloud-based small-business phone system called Cloud Presence. The new system keeps track of where you are, even if you connect using multiple devices such as a mobile phone, tablet and laptop.

CircleUp Opens Today to Help Other Startup Investors

CircleUp Opens Today to Help Other Startup Investors

The JOBS act supposedly paves the way for additional crowdfunded investments. But starting today, a new crowdfunding operator is in business hoping to take out some of the risk for anyone who wants to invest.
Called CircleUp.com, the company is taking a different approach to get around the 270-day waiting period for investors and small…

4G Wireless Can Be Faster Than Wired Internet

4G Wireless Can Be Faster Than Wired Internet

If you have been using various forms of wired data connections, you might want to take a closer look at the various 4G wireless networks and their phones.

Based on informal tests here at ReadWriteWeb and more extensive tests elsewhere, going wireless now could be a way to speed up your Internet connection!

Track Your Online Photos with VenueSeen.com

Track Your Online Photos with VenueSeen.com

If you are looking to try to keep track of all the places from whence you post your mobile photos, a new site that launches today called VenueSeen.com might be the place you want to visit. The idea is that they geolocate and collect photos from a variety of sharing sites, including FoodSpotting, Foursquare, Instagram and Facebook. They don’t…