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:
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:
Tags: business model, DOCC, Education, modèle économique, MOOC, SPOC
Retrouvez mon article dans le blog des MOOCs francophones, tout commentaire est le bienvenu.
In Its First Acquisition, Palo Alto Networks Buys Cyber Security Startup Founded By Former NSA Engineers, MortaPosted: January 6, 2014 in Cyber security, Mergers and Acquisitions
Tags: cyber security, ethical hacking, NSA
#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, including the development of new toolsets that will accelerate the detection of sophisticated cyber threats and enable advanced protection capabilities for Palo Alto Networks enterprise security platform customers.
Tags: ad, business model, in app, mobile, revenue
In-app ads seems to be making its way to the top in terms of mobile business model.
Originally posted on VentureBeat:
Someday we may live in a world where ads aren’t pesky, interruptive distractions.
Spending on in-app advertising is expected to reach $17 billion by 2018, according to a report by Juniper Research. This amount is up dramatically from the $3.5 billion spent in 2013, and makes in-app advertising the fastest growing sector of the mobile advertising market.
Mobile advertising, to put it simply, is where the money is.
Tags: as a Service, content, data, Dropbox, Pinterest, Yahoo
#mna Pinterest acquires Visual Graph.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
If you’re keeping count, Pinterest’s acquisition of Visual Graph on Monday is at least the seventh of its kind by popular web companies in the last 15 or so months. The “kind” I’m referring to are machine learning startups, specifically those focused on analyzing the content of images and text. Yahoo, Dropbox, Facebook and Google have previously made moves of their own, because the next wave in big data for web properties is the content their users are producing.
A few acquisitions stand out off the of my head, although I’m sure there are more that have flown underneath the radar:
- Google acquired DNNresearch in March 2013. The creation of University of Toronto professor Geoff Hinton and his lab, the company focused on deep learning (the “DNN” stands for deep neural networks) to improve the state of the art in image recognition in photos.
- Dropbox acquired Anchovi Labs in September 2012. The company was a very young startup at time, focused on software that let users easily train it on types of objects so it could recognize them as it analyzed new images.
- Yahoo acquired, IQ Engines, LookFlow and SkyPhrase between August and December in 2013. IQ Engines and LookFlow were focused on image recognition — primarily, it seems, helping user sort through their smartphone photos and online albums — while SkyPhrase focused on letting people search for data using natural language.
- Facebook hired deep learning expert Yann Lecun from New York University to head up the company’s new artificial intelligence lab. Lecun and his NYU group (which includes Rob Fergus, who’s also headed to Facebook), specialized in deep learning for computer vision and image recognition.
And then, on Monday, Pinterest announced it has acquired Visual Graph, the purpose of which appeared to be building a network graph of images based on an understanding of the elements they contain. Visual Graph co-founders Kevin Jing and David Liu (both former Google computer vision engineers) wrote on the company’s website about the acquisition, “We are excited for the opportunity to combine machine vision with human vision and curation, and to build a visual discovery experience that is both aesthetically appealing and immensely useful for people everywhere.”
Tags: Android, hybrid, innovation, intel, OS, technology, Windows
Promising if we can get the best of INTEL / ANDROID and WINDOWS.
Originally posted on 9to5Google:
Intel is about to introduce new “Dual OS” devices in partnership with PC manufacturers that will boot both Android and Windows during its appearance at CES next week, according to a new report from TheVerge. Android will apparently run in virtualization software within Windows, allowing users to use apps from both operating systems side by side:
Tags: banking, Bitcoin, Digitally native, disruption, finance, revolution
Bitcoin revolution in digitally native finance & banking!
Originally posted on PandoDaily:
This week, the FBI issued a warning about an unusual form of credit card fraud. Credit card processing networks at gas stations and other retailers in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia, are being knocked out by a piece of aluminum foil. Thieves wrap it around the satellite antenna used to communicate with credit card companies. While unable to authorize sales, many merchants process them anyway, assuming the network is temporarily down and that transactions will clear when the connection resumes.
Thieves have been making away with tens of thousands of dollars worth of electronics, cigarettes, and other stuff, all paid for with stolen (and often cancelled) credit cards. In many ways the merchants are accepting a personal check and trusting that the account holder has sufficient funds to cover it.
Tags: cyber, forensic, NSA, Privacy, security
Cyberforensics economic war continues.
Originally posted on Quartz:
The barrage of recent hacking attempts against businesses and institutions has given birth to a new US growth industry: cyber-forensics. But with the US government’s own espionage activities now fueling a new climate of international cyber-paranoia, exporting this lucrative corner of the American tech scene might not be so easy.
FireEye, a network security company based in Silicon Valley, yesterday struck a deal to buy its Virginia-based counterpart Mandiant for about $1 billion. It’s a lofty price, representing about 10 times Mandiant’s annual revenue, but investors don’t seem to mind: FireEye’s shares surged by about 24% this morning.
Part of the rationale for the tie-up between the two companies is to “increase global scale” and create an international market leader in the industry. Mandiant is very much a US-focused business: less than 5% of its sales are from offshore markets, and a third of the Fortune 100 are already customers. In contrast, FireEye already has a presence in more than 40 countries, and its international revenue, which accounts for about 15% of its top line, is growing at nearly three times the pace of its US business.