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Google Acquires Cloud Database Company Firebase

  • Google announced today that it is acquiring cloud hosted database company Firebase. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Google will continue to offer Firebase’s services as part of its Google Cloud Platform line.

    “If you’re a developer who has built an app on top of Firebase, nothing will change for you and you can continue to use Firebase as you normally would,” Firebase co-founder and CEO James Tamplin wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition.

Telephony vendor Mitel goes public with $540M bid for ShoreTel

  • Canadian business communications vendor Mitel is offering $540 million for ShoreTel, a U.S.-based competitor, going public with the bid after saying it was snubbed earlier this month.

    Mitel and ShoreTel sell enterprise phone systems and unified communications software and services. Mitel says the industry is consolidating and it wants to be a consolidator. In January, Mitel completed its acquisition of Aastra, another Canadian communications company.

Google outlines strategy for investing $100m a year in European tech startups

  • Google Ventures, the internet giant’s investment arm, has revealed how it plans to spend a new fund worth $100 million a year on European tech startups. The fund, announced in July after weeks of speculation, is the first to be launched after the US version of Google Ventures, which was established five years ago and now invests $300 million a year. Google’s European venture capital operation is being headed up by a team of six with varying  experience in creating and investing in tech companies.

Google misses forecasts, while cost per click also dips

  • Challenges in the mobile market continue to be a factor. Google missed analyst forecasts for both earnings and income in the third quarter, while the amount it makes when users click on ads also dipped.

    Total revenue for the quarter ended Sept. 30 2014 was US$16.52 billion, Google said Thursday, coming in below analyst estimates of $16.57 billion, as polled by Thomson Reuters.

VMware lets users run virtualized desktops locally with Flex

  • VMware is offering a new product, Horizon Flex, that lets IT departments run containerized and secured virtual desktops locally on PC or Mac laptops and desktops. Users get a desktop that works when they are traveling or in places without Internet connectivity, Kit Colbert, CTO for end-user computing at VMware, said in a blog post Tuesday, introducing Horizon Flex.

VMware extends virtual workspaces to mobile devices

  • VMware has assembled a package that combines its desktop virtualization software with its tools for managing mobile devices, giving administrators a unified suite to manage all of their end-users' application requirements. The company launched the VMware Workspace Suite at VMworld, being held this week in San Francisco.

BroadSoft Introduces BroadSoft Labs, New UC Features

France: les TPE freinent sur leurs dépenses logicielles

  • La dernière édition du baromètre semestriel de l’AFDEL sur le marché du logiciel en France reflète une importante baisse de la demande dans les petites entreprises. L’AFDEL vient de réactualiser son baromètre semestriel « Cockpit-Software Business at a Glance » avec les données obtenues en septembre 2014 auprès de ses adhérents éditeurs de logiciels et de solutions Internet.

Budget IT : chasse aux licences logicielles inutilisées

  • Selon IDC, 96 % des entreprises n’exploitent pas toutes les licences logicielles qu’elles ont acquises. Une piste prioritaire pour réduire les coûts. En période de disette budgétaire, l’heure est à la rationalisation du parc de licences logicielles : 63 % des 430 entreprises sondées dans le monde par IDC estiment que leur budget en la matière va stagner ou régresser au cours des deux prochaines années.

Acer expands into telephony networking equipment

  • For a company once devoted to consumer PCs, the product is a bit out of left field, but Acer announced an upcoming telephony and chatting system meant for enterprises, at a time when the company is diversifying its business.

New rules aim to prevent IoT devices from taking down mobile networks

  • The dream of an Internet of things could turn into a nightmare for mobile operators, if sloppily written apps or chatty smartmeters were to overload their networks with signaling traffic. To avert such a scenario, a number of operators are backing a new set of network usage guidelines for device manufacturers and app developers.

GSMA specification for M2M and Internet of Things will 'accelerate' market says Beecham Research

  • The recently launched GSMA eUICC Embedded SIM Specification will "accelerate and help transform" the M2M and Internet of Things (IoT) markets, according to a report from analyst Beecham Research.

    The report was launched in association with the GSMA to coincide with an announcement that leading mobile operators, along with SIM and module manufacturers, have all launched solutions compliant with the new specification.

Europe to get €2.5 billion big data boost from Commission

Salesforce unveils Wave, its play in cloud analytics

  • The knock against Salesforce.com has long been for its lack of robust analytics, but the company is hoping to change that perception and challenge the competition with Wave, its sixth discrete cloud service.

    "The legacy analytic tools out there are not made for today's data," claimed Stephanie Buscemi, senior vice president, Salesforce.com Analytics Cloud, in an interview prior to the company's Dreamforce conference, which kicks off Monday.

Startup Crunches 100 Terabytes of Data in a Record 23 Minutes

  • There’s a new record holder in the world of “big data. Databricks—a startup spun out of the University California, Berkeley—announced that it has sorted 100 terabytes of data in a record 23 minutes using a number-crunching tool called Spark, eclipsing the previous record held by Yahoo and the popular big-data tool Hadoop.

Gartner: Top 10 Technology Trends for 2015 IT can’t ignore

  • Gartner defines its Strategic Technology Trends as those technologies that have the most potential to drive great change in the enterprise IT arena in the next three years.

    Indeed this year’s crop has that potential as trends like software-defined networks and 3D printing take center stage in Gartner’s list.

Box buys medical image viewing vendor to boost vertical industry push

  • Box has acquired a medical image viewing startup as part of its strategy to beef up its cloud storage and document management capabilities for health-care companies.

    MedXT specializes in "medical image viewing, sharing and collaboration," so its technology is aligned with Box's intention to help make health-care data more easily accessible to doctors and patients, according to Box CEO Aaron Levie.

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airbackup, la solution de sauvegarde en ligne de TeamViewer.

  • Connu pour ses logiciels de contrôle à distance et de réunions en ligne, TeamViewer a récemment complété son portefeuille avec une solution de sauvegarde dans le cloud baptisée airbackup. L’éditeur allemand lance en France son offre airbackup, qui gère la sauvegarde d’un nombre illimité de serveurs et postes de travail.

Microsoft looks to poach Salesforce.com customers with aggressive pricing

Zoho aims for improved information sharing with integrated suite

  • Zoho is integrating its suite of products in hopes of delivering a service for salespeople that matches and in some cases beats market leader Salesforce.com.

    "We have about eight different products. We thought, 'Why not bring them together, integrate them together tightly so information seamlessly flows between systems," Raju Vegesna, an evangelist at Zoho, said.

Enterprise mobile messaging market gets more crowded with launch of Avaamo

  • Another startup wants to offer mobile messaging to enterprises, even though it's questionable whether such a narrow service can sustain a company and even though it's likely that larger enterprise collaboration vendors will jump into this market.

    This time it's a company called Avaamo, which is led by two former Tibco executives and which announced on Wednesday that it has secured US$6.3 million in seed funding.

OVH: numéro 3 au niveau mondial.

  • Hébergement, services cloud, location de serveurs…OVH poursuit son développement à l’international. La société dirigée par Octave Klaba est en mesure de titiller des Géants comme Amazon dans le cloud.

    Pour ses quinze ans, OVH s’offre une renaissance. Ou plutôt des renaissances avec un nouveau logo, un nouveau slogan (« Innovation is freedom ») et des nouvelles solutions et produits (hébergements, serveurs, réseaux, téléphonie…).

Orange 7ème dans le classement mondial des opérateurs mobiles.

  • Les Américains, les Chinois et les Européens continuent de dominer le marché mondial des opérateurs mobiles, selon le classement de GSMA Intelligence. Orange n’arrive cependant qu’à la 7ème place, derrière China Mobile, Vodafone ou China Unicom.

Gartner: Top 10 strategic predictions for businesses to watch out for

Google Dart crashes into top 20 programming languages

  • Billed as a JavaScript rival, Dart has faced an uphill climb in its bid to attract developers. But this month's Tiobe Index of language popularity has Dart finally cracking its top 20 list, ranking 17th with a rating of 1.119 percent, slightly behind Ruby but ahead of Microsoft's F# language and Apple's new Swift language. The index gauges language popularity through a formula that assesses searches on sites like Google, Yahoo, and YouTube.

Microsoft follows Google to education sector with Office 365 app for teachers

  • Microsoft has created a classroom assistance application for OneNote and SharePoint Online in Office 365, soon after Google released a similar one for its Apps email and collaboration suite.

    With OneNote Class Notebook Creator, teachers can set up individual notebooks for each student, a common library for class documents and materials, and a group collaboration space for collective activities, hosted in SharePoint Online and using OneNote as the front-end interface.

AllSeen Alliance's IoT crusade takes aim at smart lighting

  • The "Internet of things" encompasses a dizzying range of connected devices, some real and some still imaginary, but setting standards for all those things to work together will require getting down to specifics. The AllSeen Alliance did just that on Tuesday, forming a working group just for networked lightbulbs.

Facebook is extending the reach of its ad-targeting talents

  • On Tuesday, the social networking giant invited all mobile app developers and publishers onto the Facebook Audience Network, a mobile advertising network that extends beyond Facebook itself and onto third-party mobile apps. Facebook began testing the network in January, and now, according to Facebook product manager Sriram Krishnan, who oversees the company’s mobile advertising efforts, the network is “broadly available.” That means any developer or publisher can sign up to display the

Extreme Networks gets Lync qualified

  • Extreme Networks announced the availability of an integrated solution for Microsoft’s Unified Communications platform, Lync. The announcement is well timed, as there is no hotter UC platform today than Lync. Over the past few years, Microsoft has been aggressively getting Lync into its customers’ hands. However, the majority of customers have been using Lync for its desktop features, such as chat, presence, and web conferencing. Over the past year or so, Microsoft has been much more aggressive in getting its customers to adopt Lync voice and video.