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Google's search for sales, profit falls short

For the past few quarters, Google's finances have been the story of same-old, same-old: Desktop search -- its biggest business -- is getting stale, but it still makes billions.

The story stayed true on Thursday when Google reported lagging revenue, as more people find what they want from their smartphones and tablets. And as competitors, including Facebook, draw more of the mobile users that advertisers are trying to court.

Amazon Says One Million Customers Actively Use Its Cloud Services

Amazon says its pioneering cloud computing services are actively used by over one million customers.
The tech giant revealed the number day, during its fourth quarter earnings announcement. Each of those one million customers have used its cloud services during a recent one month period, the company said, and usage grew close to 90 percent in the fourth quarter compared to the same quarter the year before.

Phablets to flood smartphone market in coming years -- report

Apple's iPhone 6 Plus helped the company score record earnings last quarter. Bigger is better, according to a new Juniper Research report that says phablets are destined to become even more popular over the next several years.

More than 400 million phablets will ship in 2019, five times the the estimated 138 million to be shipped this year, the report said. As such, phablets will account for more than 20 percent of mobile devices shipped in the next four years.

FTC's unrealistic Internet of Things report calls for smaller data

The FTC issued a report on Internet of Things privacy and security that only highlights how unresolved the issue still is. Download FTC Report.

Facebook is trying to change the way advertisers look at social

Facebook is hoping its data will convince advertisers to shift more spending in its direction. Facebook is expanding its latest effort to attract advertisers: A better way to track how an ad on the site influences a customer's purchase in the real world.

Oracle is quietly becoming a cloud giant

Oracle cloud business is now half the size of Salesforce, and the gap is closing quickly.

Huawei shifts sights to high-end smartphones

Huawei no longer sees a profitable future in cheap phones. Huawei plans to start focusing on high-end smartphones as competition from local rivals such as Xiaomi increases. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer is no longer convinced it can turn a decent profit with low-end smartphones.

France, Big Data: moins de 2 entreprises sur 10 sont prêtes.

Plus de 8 entreprises françaises sur 10 ne sont pas encore prêtes à se lancer dans l’aventure du big data, selon une étude menée par Ernst & Young.

Microsoft Office 365 Adoption Takes Off, War With Google Apps Rages On

Microsoft's cloud-based Office 365 is the company's fastest growing commercial product ever, and adoption shows no sign of stalling. The company's cloud revenue (which included Azure and Dynamics CRM as well as Office 365) grew 128 percent in the most recent quarter compared to the same period last year, and the number of Office 365 commercial seats in use nearly doubled.

Dropbox boosts mobile talent with CloudOn

Dropbox on Tuesday added yet another young startup to its brain trust with the acquisition of Israeli mobile-productivity app maker CloudOn.

The move also broadens Dropbox's presence outside the United States, where some 70 percent of its 300 million users are located, the company said. CloudOn's engineers will form Dropbox's first Israel office, which joins locations in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and Dublin.

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