Amazon makes empty boasts about another holiday season

Amazon is making it seem like consumers signing up for its Prime service just in time to take advantage of free two-day shipping on last-minute gifts is a victory. But, much like its celebration of a record-breaking holiday shopping weekend in November, the company hasn’t offered many details about its boastful posturing. The disingenuousness begins… Continue reading Amazon makes empty boasts about another holiday season

Oracle asked to help low-income residents evicted for its new cloud campus

Earlier this week Oracle announced that it’s planning to build a brand-new cloud-computing campus in Austin, Texas, but since then a darker backstory has come to light. Roughly 100 low-income families were hastily evicted this summer from an apartment complex on the land in order to make it available for the sale to Oracle, according… Continue reading Oracle asked to help low-income residents evicted for its new cloud campus

Salesforce.com buys developer of quoting and billing apps for SMEs

If you can’t beat them, buy them: Salesforce.com is snapping up SteelBrick, a startup that builds quoting and billing functions for SMEs on the Salesforce cloud platform. Apps built natively on the platform allow Salesforce.com customers to add functionality to their CRM systems with fewer integration hassles than they might face with software hosted elsewhere.… Continue reading Salesforce.com buys developer of quoting and billing apps for SMEs

Facebook’s Internet.org stumbles in India

Facebook’s attempt to provide free access to some Internet services has hit a roadblock: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has told the company’s wireless partner, Reliance Communications, to halt its support of the program. At issue is the idea that providing free access to some services but not others violates the principles of net neutrality,… Continue reading Facebook’s Internet.org stumbles in India

Google’s working on a chatbot-filled messaging service

Google isn’t content to let Facebook dominate the messaging market in the West. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is working on a platform that will allow consumers to message assistive “chatbots” as well as real-live humans. Details about the service are scarce. A name wasn’t revealed, for instance, nor was a timeframe for… Continue reading Google’s working on a chatbot-filled messaging service

Review: Google Cloud flexes flexibility

If one company among all companies is synonymous with cloud-centered computing, it would be Google. From the very beginning, Google built a business located somewhere in the murky depths of the Internet, and its search engine continues to be one of the most formidable engineering marvels of the modern world. When was the last time… Continue reading Review: Google Cloud flexes flexibility

Review: Google Cloud flexes flexibility

If one company among all companies is synonymous with cloud-centered computing, it would be Google. From the very beginning, Google built a business located somewhere in the murky depths of the Internet, and its search engine continues to be one of the most formidable engineering marvels of the modern world. When was the last time… Continue reading Review: Google Cloud flexes flexibility

3 wishes for Office 365 in 2016

The pace of innovation for Office 365 is brisk, and barely a day goes by without notification of a new feature or enhancement. It’s clear Microsoft is putting a lot of development muscle behind its SaaS solution.  You can see what has launched, what’s rolling out, and what’s in development through Microsoft’s Office 365 road… Continue reading 3 wishes for Office 365 in 2016

Ello, the startup formerly known as the anti-Facebook, grows up

Remember Ello, the social network that was first portrayed as the anti-Facebook well over a year ago? Well, it’s still around, but the anti-Facebook framing is something it never should have been billed as, according to the founders. Sure, there are some aspects of the service that make it seem like a response to the world’s largest… Continue reading Ello, the startup formerly known as the anti-Facebook, grows up

3 reasons why Oracle bought StackEngine

When word broke late last week of Oraclye buying a tiny, container-oriented startup named StackEngine, much headscratching ensued. What would a company of Oracle’s scale, size, and clout want with a six-person startup that’s barely a year old?  Here are three reasons why Oracle would want to grab them up, and what benefits it might… Continue reading 3 reasons why Oracle bought StackEngine