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Archives: December 2011

Jive Is Flying High, But Is It Really in the Cloud?

Posted by: Rachael King on December 14

By Ari Levy Jive Software's initial public offering this week sparked a debate over the meaning and merits of "cloud software." As a decade-old company that got started when business...

Apple's Holiday Shutdown Puts Rush on App Developers

Posted by: Rachael King on December 14

By Adam Satariano Apple has given developers a holiday deadline if they want the most recent versions of their games, photography, productivity or other applications available in the App Store...

AT&T, Other ISIS Partners Eye Mobile Payments Overseas

Posted by: Rachael King on December 14

By Olga Kharif A joint venture of AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless wants to bring its mobile-payment technology to markets outside the U.S., as companies try to grab...

Rocket Fuel Aims for 2012 IPO to Boost Online Ad Sales

Posted by: Rachael King on December 14

By Brian Womack Rocket Fuel Inc., an online advertising company, may join what's becoming a long parade of technology companies. If market conditions allow, Rocket Fuel is aiming for an...

Google's Home State Increases Investigations of Digital Crimes

Posted by: Aaron Ricadela on December 13

By Olga Kharif California Attorney General Kamala Harris today unveiled a new push to fight technology crimes and identity theft in a state that's home to companies such as Google...

Christmas-Tree Lots Push Square Past 1 Million Customer Mark

Posted by: Rachael King on December 13

By Danielle Kucera Christmas-tree farmers like Joe and Kay Gersch helped push Square Inc. past the one-million merchant customer mark in time for the yearend holidays. Square, the mobile-payments provider...

Tibco CEO's Soiree Draws HP's Whitman, Valley Revelers

Posted by: Rachael King on December 13

(This story was updated to include Ranadive's title in the headline). By Aaron Ricadela Meg Whitman, Chad Hurley, Tom Siebel and a passel of Golden State Warriors joined more than...

Before Zynga, Pincus Thrived as Investor

Posted by: Rachael King on December 12

By Douglas MacMillan As Mark Pincus enters the final days of Zynga's road show, he's aiming to sell investors on the prospects for the social-gaming startup, set to raise $1...

Board Turnover Falls Again at Tech Firms, Survey Says

Posted by: Rachael King on December 09

By Peter Burrows After Sarbanes-Oxley became the law of the land in 2002, there was hand-wringing over whether public companies would be able to keep great directors on their boards....

Amazon, Microsoft Shine in the Cloud, Others Don't

Posted by: Rachael King on December 09

By Ari Levy As we fasten our seatbelts and take off for the cloud, we must be mindful of who's flying the plane. That's the message from a study to...

Facebook Move May Mean $366 Million in Construction

Posted by: Rachael King on December 08

By Olga Kharif Facebook Inc.'s decision to relocate to Menlo Park, California, may result in $366 million in new temporary construction spending in the surrounding county, according to study commissioned...

Social Networkers Bet on Education as Next Frontier

Posted by: Rachael King on December 08

By Ari Levy Reid Hoffman and Matt Cohler, two of Silicon Valley's social-networking pioneers, are throwing their hats into the education ring. The entrepreneurs-turned-venture capitalists today led a $15 million...

Why So-Called Experts Make Lousy Decisions

Posted by: Rachael King on December 07

Data analytics, which is popular in business, is catching on in cities around the world. As I recently wrote, Memphis has reduced crimes such as robberies and rapes to their...

HP's Whitman Helps Tech VIPs Raise Funds for Romney

Posted by: Rachael King on December 07

By Aaron Ricadela Silicon Valley is putting on the ritz for Romney. Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is among the tech luminaries hosting a fundraising dinner for Republican presidential candidate Mitt...

Shazam Wants You to Hold the Phone Up to the TV

Posted by: Rachael King on December 06

By Adam Satariano Shazam Entertainment Inc., maker of that nifty tool that lets people identify songs they can't recognize, wants TV viewers to start using the service, too. The startup...

Price Check! Amazon App Takes Aim at Brick-and-Mortars

Posted by: Rachael King on December 06

By Danielle Kucera Inc. wants shoppers to do a price check the next time they're at the store. The world's largest online retailer is offering a 5 percent discount...


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