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The Lessons Google Ventures Learned From Secret

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Will Microsoft tower over San Francisco’s tech startups?

Microsoft is evaluating a bid for Salesforce, reports Bloomberg, as a response to an acquisition offer from an unnamed company. Foremski’s Take: Salesforce has a market valuation of about $49 billion so it will be an integration challenge and a detachable jaw might be required to digest it. There’s only a few possible suitors. I’m hoping Salesforce stays independent because… Read more →

Uber avoids São Paulo ban

The São Paulo state court has lifted an injunction from the local taxi drivers’ union calling for the interruption of car hailing service Uber. Last week, a judge determined the suspension on the grounds that the app flouts competition rules and that the company does not carry out enough safety checks on drivers and vehicles. Yesterday (4) another judge struck… Read more →

Zendesk, Jive Software beat first quarter expectations despite losses

While tech shares jostled a bit before the closing bell (see: continued rumors about a Microsoft bid for Salesforce.com), a few smaller players published first quarter financial results on Tuesday. Despite some (albeit expected) losses, Zendesk beat expectations, further boasting international growth as that segment accounted for 46 percent of all revenue last quarter. The customer service platform reported a… Read more →

Police no longer need a warrant for cell phone records, court rules

(Image: CNET/CBS Interactive) Police do not need a warrant to grab cell phone records from carriers, an appeals court has ruled. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed its decision Tuesday, ruling that citizens have “no expectation of privacy” when a third-party company holds their records. This is the latest case to test the scope and… Read more →

EMC open sources ViPR Controller, eyes broader software defined storage footprint

EMC on Tuesday said it would open source the code behind is ViPR Controller in a move that indicates that the storage giant will be bringing more software to the broader developer community. The announcement, made at EMC World in Las Vegas, is notable on a few fronts. First, EMC has rarely played in the open source community. EMC contributes… Read more →

Dropbox bulks up mobile productivity on iOS app

Dropbox is bulking up on productivity features for its iOS app, making the cloud storage platform more of an on-the-go workspace. Designed for both iPhone and iPad, Dropbox developers touted the upgrades as applicable for everything from the office to apartment hunting and vacation planning. The most obvious refresh is on the home landing page, which now by default displays… Read more →

Opera sees mobile ad revenue from Android top iOS for the first time

Android accounted for more revenue across Opera’s mobile ad platform for the first time ever, the company reported on Tuesday. Apple’s iOS users still offer more monetization potential however, with a far higher ratio of revenue to impressions. Apple’s iPad, for example, generates ad revenues more than four times its traffic volume; the most of any device Opera tracks. This… Read more →

Sapphire Now: SAP promises users a ‘Roadmap to simple’

SAP CEO Bill McDermott ORLANDO — The run up to this year’s SAP user conference was suspiciously familiar. During last year’s Sapphire Now event, SAP CEO Bill McDermott made a pledge: “SAP is simple from now on.” As promising as that pledge appeared, there’s been little progress made over the last year to make simplicity more attainable for core SAP… Read more →

The best bluetooth speakers in 2015 for under $100

Summary: I reviewed four Bluetooth portable speakers you can buy for less than $100. I found some top quality design, tech and sound features in my selection. By Eileen Brown for Social Business | May 5, 2015 — 14:00 GMT (07:00 PDT) Follow @eileenb Source Article from http://zdnet.com.feedsportal.com/c/35462/f/675633/s/4605edbf/sc/28/l/0L0Szdnet0N0Cpictures0Cthe0Ebest0Ebluetooth0Espeakers0Eto0Ebuy0Ein0E20A150Efor0Eunder0E10A0A0C0Tftag0FRSSbaffb68/story01.htmThe best bluetooth speakers in 2015 for under $100http://zdnet.com.feedsportal.com/c/35462/f/675633/s/4605edbf/sc/28/l/0L0Szdnet0N0Cpictures0Cthe0Ebest0Ebluetooth0Espeakers0Eto0Ebuy0Ein0E20A150Efor0Eunder0E10A0A0C0Tftag0FRSSbaffb68/story01.htmhttp://www.zdnet.com/blog/rss.xmlLatest blogs for ZDNetLatest blogs… Read more →

Google Pushes Advertisers to Smaller Screens

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