Yves Zieba:

That sounds cool !

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Getting everyone to use the same project management software is a challenge, but everyone seems to have a Dropbox account. Hoping to build on top of the consumer-friendly service’s popularity, a new startup called Sitedrop allows you quickly turn any Dropbox folder into a website where you can visually showcase your work and collaborate with others.

Sitedrop users are able to view, comment, favorite and even upload files to the online workspace just by dragging a file or link to a Dropbox folder.

The startup is currently being incubated by betaworks in New York, and has been slowly growing its user base since its private beta debut last fall. Today, the service, which has grown to some 3,000 beta users, is opening up more broadly.

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The idea for the company, built by betaworks Hacker-in-Residence Jessey White-Cinis and designed by his old business partner, Thomas Brodahl, grew out of frustrations they faced at the design agency they owned for ten years.

“We…

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Yves Zieba:

Another privacy debate around Street View

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Google(s goog) has paid a €1 million ($1.4 million) fine to Italy’s privacy regulator over its Street View program, though not for the usual reasons.

Unlike with other Street View-related fines in places like Germany and South Korea, this had nothing to do with the fiasco of 2010, in which it turned out that the company’s street-snapping cars were also scooping up fragments of information from people’s Wi-Fi routers. This time, it was all about the vehicles’ appearance – people complained that the Street View cars were not sufficiently identifiable, so they didn’t know when the photography was in action.

In a statement on Thursday, the Italian regulator said Google has not only paid the fine, but also adopted recommended measures in Italy, including: putting big signs or stickers on the Street View cars to identify them as such; putting a notice of which locations will be visited on…

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Yves Zieba:

Possible #mna in the chip business

Originally posted on Gigaom:

You really have to wonder what, exactly, IBM(s ibm) will look like in a year. Talk revived this week about the tech giant trying to sell off its chip business, with a new leading candidate, Globalfoundaries , emerging, according to the Wall Street Journal( registration required) and Reuters .

Globalfoundries is the product of a joint venture by AMD and the Advanced Technology Investment Company. It launched in 2009.

IBM has reportedly also talked to other companies, including Intel(s intc) and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp., about the chip business, but the WSJ reports that price is an issue because IBM wants $2 billion for the business. That may be too steep for prospective buyers.

The venerable tech vendor has been in a selling mood of late — ridding itself of lower-margin businesses to concentrate on cloud computing, software and services. In January it announced plans to sell its X86 server business to Lenovo

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Yves Zieba:

Great video about virtual reality

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

I had a little epiphany while shooting zombies in a demo that virtual-reality startup Survios  staged. I could point my guns in different directions, like a hero in a John Woo action movie, shooting enemies that were coming from all sides. That was something I could never do in a video game, where I would have to point my guns forward at the limited field of view in a TV screen. Virtual reality delivered an experience that I couldn’t get any other way. And that’s pretty cool.
The Survios virtual reality interface.

The Survios virtual reality interface.

Virtual reality startups have momentum in the wake of Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of virtual-reality headset maker Oculus VR. Now, VR isn’t a fantasy. It’s a real business with a growing ecosystem, even though Oculus VR hasn’t released its commercial product yet.

The world’s interest in virtual reality is waxing, and that’s good for startups like Survios, which is moving…

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Yves Zieba:

Interesting evolution in Uber’s pricing strategy

Originally posted on VentureBeat:

Uber today announced plans to raise the price of its mid-level  uberBLACK  car service in New York.

The price change, which goes into effect this monday, follows Uber’s move to significantly cut prices for its low-end offering, UberX, in 16 different markets. The company’s UberX service never received a price cut in New York, and now New York-users of the service will soon see the opposite effect.

Uber claims this change will result in an “elevated experience, riding with the highest rated drivers in newer model cars.”

Here’s a look at the original fare.

And now the new fare:

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Yves Zieba:

Market size and share report on the tablets market

Originally posted on Corinne Avelines:

TechCrunch: Gartner: 195M Tablets Sold In 2013, Android Grabs Top Spot From iPad With 62% Share http://t.co/EIcW6wQuv2

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Yves Zieba:

Wow, the rhythm of product launch and obsolescence is getting crazy, seems to me that it is way faster than market demands.

Originally posted on Quartz:

Today at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung unveiled three new wearables to replace their previous flop : The Galaxy Gear 2, the Gear 2 Neo, and the Gear Fit. The first two are smartwatches like the original (widely-panned) Galaxy Gear. The third marks the company’s first foray into fitness tracking.

With so many companies jumping on the fitness tracker bandwagon, it would take a lot for Samsung’s new product to make a splash. Unfortunately, we weren’t impressed, and here’s why:

1. The display makes no sense

On first glance, the Gear Fit has an awesome look. A sleek display nearly flush with the wrist is just what we want—as evidenced by the most pervasive speculation on the iWatch design. But that concept features a rotating display. When you realize that the Gear Fit stays horizontal, the design becomes problematic. To read it, you’re going to be craning your neck…

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Yves Zieba:

#mna in cyber security

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

In its first acquisition, security company Palo Alto Networks is acquiring stealthy cyber security startup Morta Security. Financial details were not disclosed about the transaction, but Morta raised over $1 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Data Collective, Greylock Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Data Collective, Larry Link, and Peter Wagner.

While the startup remained in stealth over the past year and didn’t reveal any details on its product, Morta was developing a new technology to counter advanced cyber threats. The startup is based on the premise that traditional layered network defense is broken and their offering will actually be able to fend off advanced attackers from complex hacks and more.

The Morta team brings an interesting set of skills and deep expertise to Palo Alto Networks, gained through experience at the NSA, the U.S. Air Force, and others. Palo Alto Networks says the acquisition will help its WildFire threat protection offerings…

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