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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.

Microsoft to Invest in Android Startup Cyanogen

  • According to The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is investing $70 million in Cyanogen, the startup behind Cyanogen Mod, an increasingly popular—and very open—incarnation of Google’s mobile operating system. The investment would make Microsoft a minority investor in a round of funding that puts Cyanogen’s value in the high hundreds of millions, the WSJ says.

Collaboratif dans le cloud : Esker acquiert TermSync aux Etats-Unis

  • Sur le marché américain qui est stratégique pour Esker, l’éditeur français de solutions de dématérialisation de documents acquiert le portail collaboratif de TermSync. Le spécialiste lyonnais des solutions de dématérialisation des documents perçoit un potentiel avec cette société IT américaine basée dans l’Etat du Wisconsin.

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.

Amazon takes on Microsoft, Google with corporate email service

  • Amazon will launch a corporate email and digital calendar service to rival Outlook and Gmail, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

    The new service, called WorkMail, is powered by Amazon's cloud-based computing unit, Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company plans to price WorkMail competitively with Microsoft's Office 365 and Google's business-oriented services, which also include programs like word processing and spreadsheets.

Slack’s New Acquisition Adds Voice Chat to Its Collaboration Tools

  • Soon, it will be a lot easier to do voice and video calls within the Slack online collaboration service, aka the “Trojan horse for bigger ideas.”
    That’s because Slack, with just under 100 employees, is acquiring Screenhero—a much smaller desktop collaboration company that graduated from the Y Combinator startup incubator just two years ago.

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.

Cisco brings Meraki to the enterprise

  • In November 2012, Cisco acquired Meraki for a whopping $1.2 billion. At the time, most people thought that was a huge overpayment for a 330-person startup that made its living selling cloud-managed Wi-Fi to small- and mid-sized businesses. Prior to the Meraki acquisition, Cisco didn't have a down-market Wi-Fi product, so Meraki filled a hole in the company's portfolio. Dropping Meraki into Cisco's channel has made it wildly successful, as it has been one of the consistently strong performers at the company over the past few years.

Facebook goes ‘deep’ in getting to know you

  • The social networking giant’s Artificial Intelligence initiative is aimed at protecting user privacy – sometimes from those users themselves. But some experts warn that this type of “deep learning” could get a lot deeper than they like.

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

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.

Numericable-SFR oriente la fibre vers les petites entreprises

  • Sous la marque SFR, Numericable ouvre aux petites structures des services très haut débit jusqu’alors réservés aux PME et grands comptes. Un mois après avoir présenté ses offres en direction du grand public, Numericable-SFR abat ses cartes sur le marché des entreprises.

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.

Oracle is quietly becoming a cloud giant

Polycom Enhances Collaboration Portfolio

  • Polycom has enhanced its collaboration portfolio with several new features including facial recognition, noise suppression technology, and mobile device upgrades that improve picture quality. The features are integrated with the Polycom RealPresence Group Series and Polycom RealPresence® Resource Manager software.

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

Microsoft will acquire Revolution Analytics, reflecting the company’s wider interest in data science and R language.

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.

AT&T opens doors between UC platforms and gives enterprises the ke

  • Enterprises want open communication with the people they do business with—but not too open.

    AT&T’s UC Federation service, introduced on Thursday, is designed to break down walls between unified communications platforms but let users keep organizational boundaries in place. That should serve two key requirements for large enterprises that find themselves working ever more closely with partners, customers and acquired subsidiaries.

LinkedIn Makes Enterprise Inroads With New Communication Tools

  • LinkedIn, the social network for professionals, now wants to help you share ideas and increase productivity within your company, in addition to finding outside opportunities. You will soon get LinkedIn tools that make it easier to connect with colleagues and share content within specific divisions of a company.

    The company's plans, also include a new app that will make it easier for colleagues to engage and stay connected.

Microsoft introduces the Surface Hub for business meeting

  • Microsoft is hoping it can make droning business meetings a little more productive.

    The company on Wednesday introduced the new Surface Hub, an 84-inch touchscreen 4K display equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and built-in microphones and cameras.

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.

Europe: le "Cloud Public" en progression.

  • Techconsult estime que les entreprises en Europe commencent à se familiariser au cloud public, sans pour autant s’en approprier tous les enjeux. A mesure qu’elles en cernent le potentiel, les entreprises européennes franchissent le pas vers le cloud public.

Facebook open-sources image recognition, language modeling and machine learning software

Les tendances du "Panorama Cyber-Sécurité" en 2014

  • A travers son Panorama, le CLUSIF aborde les grandes tendances de la cyber-criminalité. Un exercice dense en raison de la profusion des alertes de sécurité. Quelle sont les tendances du Panorama Cyber-Sécurité retraçant l’année 2014 établi par le CLUSIF ?

Altran: accélérateur de start-up dédié aux objets connectés dans le milieu industriel.

Startup funding hit $47B in 2014, surpassing dot-com bubble levels.

  • Large rounds of funding for mobile apps like Uber propelled 2014 spending to heights not seen since the era. Startups are partying like its 2001. At least, that's how venture capitalist are spending their money. The investment industry shelled out $47.3 billion on startups in 2014, reaching levels approaching the height of the bubble, according to a report venture capital database CB Insights published Thursday.

Mozilla plans Firefox OS for wearables, targets Apple, Google

VideoDesk a levé 4,8 M$ pour son développement international.

  • Editeur d’une solution de tchat texte, audio et vidéo pour les sites d’e-commerce, le Français VideoDesk a levé 4,8 millions de dollars pour multiplier sa force de frappe à l’international. Une enveloppe apportée par plusieurs business angels (Jérome Camblain, Bertrand Meunier, Bertrand Mabille, Didier Chambard), le fonds régional de co- investissement de la région Ile-de-France (FRCI) géré par CapDécisif et la BPI.

8 Enterprise Software Predictions for 2015

  • If only senior IT executives had a crystal ball. Then they would be able to see what software they would need, or want, to license – and could plan and budget accordingly.

    Instead, senior IT decision-makers must rely on vendors, marketers and analysts (and technology reporters) to show them what the future may have in store for them. And while no one truly knows what trends will dominate the enterprise software space in 2015, experts in BI, CRM, ERP and enterprise software believe these eight are worth paying attention to.