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BlackBerry Is Gonna Get Weird With Smartphone Design At Least Once A Year

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blackberry-whatever BlackBerry could be about to become the most interesting company in the smartphone business: The Canadian telecommunications firm will deliver a minimum of one “unconventional device” per year, according to a new report from Reuters, following the launch of the square-screened Passport last week.
The Passport is definitely an outlier gadget, with its wide-bodied construction…

Free Windows 9 For Some Isn’t Too Crazy

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windows, empty room At some point, speculating about what will become quickly obvious is difficult. Still, on the cusp as we are of the release of the first preview of what may be called Windows 9, it’s reasonable to take a few notes of the latest rumor cycle: Will Windows 9 be free?

Enterprise App Marketplaces Respond To Pain Points In Corporate IT

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enterprise-app-market1 Enterprise application marketplaces have grown significantly in number and stature in recent years. This trend has emerged as a response to developers in corporate IT departments who are stifled by lengthy procurement processes, locked into long contracts and highly restricted when it comes to deploying exciting products offered by startup vendors.

Social Platform Hootsuite Adds $60M To Its Coffers, Buys Zeetl To Integrate Voice

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hootsuite2 Hootsuite, a platform that lets businesses and individuals monitor and manage social media interactions across some 35 different social networks, is stepping up its game with yet more funding and another acquisition.

When It Comes To Facebook Scale, You Can Throw Out The Rulebook

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Facebook Disk Array There are certain ways of doing things in hardware engineering, and engineers simply follow these rules because there’s no use fighting them even if they wanted to.

With Karrot, Kabbage Digs Into Lending Club’s And Prosper’s Consumer Loans Business

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5864606684_593f2f9d8f_b Kabbage, the Atlanta-based startup that has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to build and run a money lending platform for small, online businesses, is turning over a new leaf, so to speak: today it is launching a new lending service called Karrot — its first product for consumers, is initially launching in the U.S. only.

Why Is Box Taking So Long To Pull The IPO Trigger?

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Aaron Levie, CEO, Box On March 24th, Box filed for its long-awaited IPO and went into the dreaded quiet period. It’s been over six months now since Box filed its S-1 form, signaling it would look for $250 million in its public offering.

Microsoft Backtracks After Senior Employee Says “Windows 9”

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screen-shot-2014-05-27-at-5-55-31-pm Worried that Microsoft was going to keep the “Threshold” codename on the next version of Windows? Fret not, it probably won’t: In a speech to employees, Alain Crozier, president of Microsoft France, called the new operating system “Windows 9″ quite recently, and there is tape of it.

Business Goals Platform BetterWorks Leaves Stealth With $15.5M Led By KPCB

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BetterWorks_devices BetterWorks, a new, cloud-based platform designed to help employees set and reach business goals — and the newest project from gamification pioneer Kris Duggan of Badgeville — is coming out of stealth today, as the startup of the same name announces that it has reached some goals of its own.
It has raised $15.5 million from a group of top investors; and it has picked up 25…

After $25B IPO, US Cloud Infrastructure Players Best Pay Attention to Alibaba

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Big pile of US money Amazon Web Services better watch its back. And while we’re at it, let’s issue a warning to Microsoft and Google and just about any cloud service you can think of, because there is a new player in town and they have a lot going for them including being based in China and oh, getting a record-setting IPO last Friday that resulted in raising a whopping $25B.

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