Facebook Deals official last day was Sunday, but sources say the company’s withdrawal is not a bad omen for the industry. Back in August, Facebook said it was going to discontinue its deals product, which offered coupons for local businesses in people’s main news feed.
The glass-and-metal building that Solyndra LLC began erecting alongside Interstate 880 in Fremont, California, in September 2009 was something the Silicon Valley area hadn’t seen in years: a new factory.
The impact of the economic downturn that began in Q2 2011 is already being felt across the energy markets, including the renewable sector. While the sustainable industries saw an uptick in private equity and M&A deal activity in Q1 2011, with cleantech investments totaling $2.27 billion for the quarter, this surge was fueled in-part by spillover from deals that didn't close during Q4 2010.
Medify CEO Derek Streat is trying to resolve the combination of data overload and knowledge underload that patients and families often suffer from when they have to deal with a chronic medical issue, like cancer, diabetes, or autism."There's no Kayak in this space," Streat says. "It's very 1999. There's WebMD, and thousands of Google results." He calls it the "missing middle" problem.
Visitors to the 28 branches of the Seattle Public Library will now have the ability to pick up some new language skills, thanks to a partnership between the library and Seattle startup Livemocha. The company has similar programs going at about 68 library branches, with plans to expand across the country if it meets with success.
In recent articles on the Coming Crisis of IT Management, I’ve pointed out that IT is often managed as a guild system. There is someone in charge of databases, networking, applications, servers, storage, and each of these experts manages the complexity and risk in their own domain.
Not all disasters are natural. According to Doyenz, most are caused by everyday events. The Bellevue-based company developed a cloud-based platform geared toward small- and medium-sized businesses to quickly get back to work in the event of a disaster.
The need for change is in the air; it comes up in every conversation. Marc Benioff, Salesforce’s Chairman and CEO passionately espoused change at Dreamforce.
In this era of waning wired client connectivity, there are lots of used and vacant UTP runs scattered about. At the same time, many wireless access points are poor candidates for taking advantage of the typical knee-high data jacks that pervade most modern buildings. And then there’s the slick little Snap-On Wi-Fi access point from Extreme Networks, which brings an innovative form factor and decent feature set to market.
There’s no shortage of services that allow consumers to access files in the cloud, from Dropbox to Box.net to SugarSync to Google Docs. But even with all of the competition and clutter in the market, Seattle’s TappIn believes it can carve a niche.