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How Sequestration Will Pinch IT

Posted In Silicon Valley
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Although the defense sector has been the focus of discussion on how sequestration will impact technology, the overall industry is sure to feel the pain as well. For those of you who haven’t looked at the news for the last six months or so, sequestration is the name given to the automatic spending cuts that began to slice into both domestic and defense programs on March 1. In California alone, a minimum of 5,000 tech jobs, excluding those in aerospace… continue…

Is Microsoft Screwing Up the Yammer Acquisition?

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Microsoft’s $1.2 billion purchase of Yammer last year generated a lot of excitement about integration of the company’s enterprise social networking integration with SharePoint, which is expected to happen later this year. Now, controversy’s brewing about how Microsoft is handling the acquisition. Many among Redmond’s enterprise clients, investors, shareholders and end-users were encouraged by the purchase. Social-media functionality has been a major gap in SharePoint, Microsoft’s dominant enterprise collaboration and portal platform. The move seemed to affirm the company’s stated intention to continue… continue…

Tech Venture Funding Rises 10 Percent

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The trends in venture funding last year were much like those in the job market: While overall numbers were down, those in tech were up. Overall venture funding in the U.S. fell 10 percent during 2012, to $26.5 billion. That’s the first decline in three years. On the other hand, the software industry — historically the largest investment segment for venture capital — posted a 10 percent increase over 2011 to $8.3 billion. A total of 1,266 software deals were… continue…

If HP Sells Units, These Jobs Could Be at Risk

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Hewlett-Packard’s statement that it is considering the sale of some unnamed units has undoubtedly made employees queasy. You could chock up the notion of divestiture to the rumor mill if it wasn’t for the fact that HP’s statement appeared in a December filing with the SEC. Before filing its 10-K on December 27, HP insisted it spin-offs weren’t on the table. In early December, a spokesman assured Bloomberg that it was “committed to keeping our businesses and assets together.” But… continue…

Good News, Bad News About Tim Cook’s Apple

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has led the company along the path to both Steve Jobs-worthy products and a $488 billion valuation, more than Google’s and Microsoft’s combined. He got enough notice to nearly beat out Barack Obama to be Time’s person of the year. Despite all that, life in Cupertino’s executive offices may not be as sunny as you’d think. “Cook’s record hasn’t been flawless,” observed Time’s Lev Grossman, “but he has presided in a masterly way over both a… continue…

Big Data Business Models Depend on Differentiation, Delivery: Analyst

Analyst R. “Ray” Wang believes there are three good approaches to a Big Data business model. continue…

Why a Google-DISH Partnership Makes Sense

Posted In Living in Tech
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All the rumors about Google and DISH Network starting a wireless service together got me thinking about the impact that kind of deal would have. Google likes to invest heavily in its future. When it has a goal, it usually can’t be deterred from achieving it. Just one example: Google+ was launched when Facebook and Twitter already had hundreds of millions of accounts. Analysts are skeptical and the social network has only a reported 170 million users, not near Facebook’s… continue…

Next CEO Has to Keep Intel Relevent

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Intel CEO Paul Otellini informed the company’s board that he plans to retire in May at the company’s annual shareholder meeting. Apparently, the news caught the board off guard. While he formally informed the board last Wednesday, any attempts to get him to stay didn’t pan out. Finally, Intel made the news public yesterday. This puts plans for an orderly transition onto a hyper-fast track. With the shareholders meeting scheduled for May 16, that leaves six months to name a successor.… continue…

SAP Issues Windows 8 Business Apps, But Will Others Follow?

SAP has issued a set of business apps for Windows 8. Will other companies follow suit? continue…

Data Scientists Need Business Experience: Dresner

Data scientists need business experience in order to see how their work will affect a company’s future, says analyst Howard Dresner. continue…