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Kleiner Perkins to Invest $200 Million in Enterprise Startups This Year. Courtesy Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Venture capitalist Matt Murphy says this year could be even bigger for corporate-software maker.

Kleiner Perkins to Invest $200 Million in Enterprise Startups This Year

Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will invest at least $200 million this year in mobile applications and cloud computing services for corporate users, investment partner Matt Murphy said. The Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm, which boosted its enterprise-technology investments in 2012, will also seek security-startup investments, Murphy said in an interview. Startups focused on corporate users are benefiting as employees adopt personal smartphones and tablets for work. That’s triggered increased investment by companies in new tools to manage mobile and cloud-based computing, Murphy said.

“The traction in our enterprise portfolio really surprised us,” Murphy said. Puppet Labs, a server-management software maker backed by Kleiner, said today that the startup has received a $30 million investment from VMware. Microsoft May Invest $1-$3 Billion in Dell Buyout. Ayasdi: A Big Data Start-Up With a Long History. Mark Leet PhotographyThe three founders of Ayasdi, from left, Gurjeet Singh, Gunnar Carlsson and Harlan Sexton.

Ayasdi: A Big Data Start-Up With a Long History

Ayasdi is a data analysis start-up built on the career of one man: Gunnar Carlsson, a professor of mathematics at Stanford. Government spending for science has helped a lot too. Dr. Carlsson was the principal investigator on research projects that were financed, from 2000 to 2008, with $10 million from the National Science Foundation and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa. In 2008, when Dr. Two years later, seed funding allowed Ayasdi, which is based in Palo Alto, Calif., to build prototype technology. But Silicon Valley is full of Big Data start-ups that promise to translate the ever-growing flood of digital data into practical insights in business and science.

Infusionsoft gets $54M venture investment from Goldman Sachs - Phoenix Business Journal. Infusionsoft, the Chandler-based small-business marketing software company, has received a $54 million venture capital investment from a group led by Goldman Sachs.

Infusionsoft gets $54M venture investment from Goldman Sachs - Phoenix Business Journal

The move comes after revenue growth and a brisk hiring pace by Infusionsoft last year as well as a move to a new headquarters building that will accommodate 1,000 employees or more. “We’re pleased to welcome new investors who share our belief that successful small businesses are the engine behind the economy,” says Infusionsoft co-founder and CEO Clate Mask. “No other company in the world serves small businesses an all-in-one sales and marketing software combined with services, strategy, education and passion like Infusionsoft does. Samsung confirm plans to move away from Android Platform this year. Samsung and Android was a Huge success to the mobile industry since the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy S.

Samsung confirm plans to move away from Android Platform this year

Sadly, a report from Bloomberg Businessweek confirms that Samsung will begins its plan on moving away from Android platform step by step , by adopting a New fresh OS, which called Tizen. Samsung confirms that it will be launching Tizen OS powered Smartphones during this year. The Main reason of this action that the Korean giant wants to take more control on its Mobile experience the company's delivering to its users. Having its own eco system will give Samsung a full control on updates, features and hardware specifications of all its products. This year in cloud: Amazon-almost-all-the-time and the other 5 top stories of 2012 — Cloud Computing News. New framework: 2013 and beyond - What will appear and disappear in our lives. As a futurist, the end of the year means it is once again time to release a structured look at the future.

As every year, at Future Exploration Network we are using a substantially different format from our most other annual frameworks, 12 Themes for 2012 and Zeitgeist 2011. This year we are focusing on what will appear and disappear in our everyday lives next year and beyond. We are once again collaborating with Richard Watson of, following the extensive work we’ve done together in the past, notably on the famous ‘London tube map’ 2007+ Trend Blend (the original trendsetter for all the other city underground trend maps over the last years), 2008+ Trend Blend, and our highly popular Extinction Timeline.

As always the framework is released on a Creative Commons license so please feel free to download and share. Click on the image for the full-size framework Here is the full list in text form (in no particular order): Google+ debuts new Communities feature to help users 'find their tribe' Today Google+ is announcing its first major new product, Communities, which lets users create groups, organize, and communicate around their interests.

Google+ debuts new Communities feature to help users 'find their tribe'

It's a clear effort to define Google+ against competitors like Facebook and Twitter. It's not about organizing around friends and family or following your interests in real time. j2 Global Acquires Ziff Davis, Inc. (NASDAQ:JCOM) Brings j2 Critical Mass in Web Media Space --(BUSINESS WIRE)-- (NasdaqGS: JCOM), the provider of business cloud services, today announced that it has acquired , a leading media company in the technology market.

j2 Global Acquires Ziff Davis, Inc. (NASDAQ:JCOM)

The acquisition provides j2 a series of world-class web properties, including, ComputerShopper, ExtremeTech, and The purchase price was approximately , net of certain post-closing adjustments, and was funded out of j2's cash on hand. The transaction is anticipated to be immediately accretive and to contribute approximately to 2013 revenues. How a $20 tablet from India could blindside PC makers, educate billions and transform computing as we know it. Suneet Tuli, the 44-year-old CEO of UK/Canadian/Indian startup Datawind, is having a taxing day.

How a $20 tablet from India could blindside PC makers, educate billions and transform computing as we know it

“I’m underwater,” he says as he struggles to find a cell signal outside a restaurant in Mumbai. The World Is Not Enough: Google and the Future of Augmented Reality - Alexis C. Madrigal. Wired editor Chris Anderson and Slate's David Plotz discuss “Makers" and the DIY movement. Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images In the title of his latest book, Wired Editor Chris Anderson is clear that he thinks the maker movement will change the world.

Wired editor Chris Anderson and Slate's David Plotz discuss “Makers" and the DIY movement.

Enabled by a swath of new technologies, the hacker culture known for tinkering with computer software is moving into the physical world, giving rise to new forms of art, manufacturing, and industrial design. And as Anderson explains in “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution,” this union of Web culture and the real world could change everything from American manufacturing to business creation to primary and secondary education. Anderson sat down with Slate editor David Plotz Thursday evening at a Future Tense happy hour at the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington, DC, to discuss the power of the maker movement and celebrate the release of his new book.

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: Windows 8 is ‘the end of Windows’ NEW YORK CITY — Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, always game for a little tech trash talk, said that Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system would be “the end of Windows” and that “Windows is irrelevant.”

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: Windows 8 is ‘the end of Windows’

Benioff, answering questions at a press conference at the Cloudforce show in Manhattan, mostly kept to the script of promoting Salesforce’s cloud services during the Q&A session with reporters and analysts. The main Cloudforce keynote mostly mimicked all the announcements at Dreamforce last month, except for the just-announced addition of 20 social analytics services to its Marketing Cloud. Armies of Expensive Lawyers, Replaced by Cheaper Software. Google reportedly set to blow open the tablet market later this year with $99 Nexus tablet. Google (GOOG) and its hardware partner ASUS are reportedly planning to launch a new $99 Nexus tablet this year that could open up the tablet market to a massive new group of consumers.

Google reportedly set to blow open the tablet market later this year with $99 Nexus tablet

The report comes from Digitimes on Thursday, and it cites unnamed industry sources in claiming two new Nexus tablets are currently in the works. The first will apparently be a thinner version of the current $199 Nexus 7 and the second will be a new $99 model. Both tablets will utilize display panels from HannStar Display, the report claims. $99 is often thought of as the magic price point that makes purchase decisions far less difficult for consumers, and if Google can hit that price with a decent piece of hardware, it could very well mount a solid defense against Apple’s (AAPL) rumored upcoming iPad mini, which will be unveiled next month at a price point of either $249 or $299 according to earlier reports. Ballmer: Win8 'certainly surpasses' Win95 in importance.

High performance access to file storage Acording to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, 2012 is "the most epic year in Microsoft history," and the launch of Windows 8 is a bigger deal to Redmond than the launch of Windows 95. "Windows 95 was certainly the biggest thing in the last 20 years until now," Ballmer told The Seattle Times. Kleiner to Invest More than $100 Million in Enterprise. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will more than double its investments in mobile applications for corporate users, as well as technology used to remotely manage software and hardware, investment partner Matt Murphy said. The venture capital firm has already invested about $100 million in the two areas in the last 18 months, and plans to more than double its investments in the next 12 to 18 months, Murphy said in a phone interview.

Mobile software startups are gaining traction as more corporate users adopt smartphones and Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iPads for work, and use these devices to access key applications. Apple’s smartphones and tablets represented the top four most-popular mobile devices among corporate users, according to a recent report from software provider Good Technology Inc.

MSFT, ORCL, CRM Big Winners In Piper Jaffray IT Spending Survey. By Teresa Rivas Microsoft (MSFT), Oracle (ORCL) and (CRM) are the big winners among cloud, data and database vendors, respectively, according to a new survey out today by Piper Jaffray. Mark Murphy and his team surveyed more than 100 CIOs of mid- and large-sized companies with annual IT spending above $60 billion. He concludes “IT spending plans are consistent to very modestly decelerating through mid-year, as CIOs keep one eye on the European financial crisis and the other eye on key Cloud and Cloud Infrastructure initiatives.” The future of marketing: your face. To a computer, your face is a set of points and measurements between features, but to advertisers, these data sets mean lucrative profits and a new way to connect with customers.

Facial detection technology is making it feasible to do real-time measurement and analysis of ads in the physical world and predict the products you will want to buy, based on who you are or what you look like. In a world full of cameras and ubiquitous gadgets, serious concerns exist over how far advertisers will take this. From the ads outside to the televisions in your home, this technology will be coming to a screen near you.

Next time you’re looking up at a billboard, there’s a chance it may be looking back down at you. Immersive Labs has developed software for digital billboards that can measure the age range, gender, and attention-level of a passerby and quantify the effectiveness of an outdoor marketing campaign. Google’s Self-Driving Car Passes 300,000 Miles, Employees To Start Commuting With It. The Next Internet? Inside PARC’s Vision of Content Centric Networking. Realtime Gets $100 Million To Build “Whole New Era Of The Internet,” AKA The Real-Time Web. Internet addiction even worries Silicon Valley. 500 Startups Employs Data and Analytics to Pick Tech Startups.

Closing the Loop. The Nest thermometer is by far my favorite gadget purchase of 2012. Silicon Beach emerges as a tech hotbed. Dell to Buy Quest Software for $2.4 Billion. NY Times Advertisement. Improving the known, exploring the unknown, and innovating to be well-known. Microsoft to buy Yammer for more than $1 billion: WSJ. Why Google and Apple Are Now Enemies.

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote Monday made it clear to the world that Apple is escalating its conflict with former ally Google. Bionic Brains and Beyond. Gartner: Top 10 emerging infrastructure trends. Cloud Clan Editor's Blog - Cloud Firms Bet Big on Social CRM. Mary Meeker 2012: Mobile’s Hypertrajectory and the Re-imagining of Everything. SAP to Expand Cloud Presence with Acquisition of Ariba. Connections, Channels, and Collaboration: New Imperatives for Today’s CIO. From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education : All Tech Considered.

Toothpaste, toilet paper, white matter, and jam: Clues for better decision making. Oakley Tests Technology That Would Rival Google’s Project Glass. The Digitization of Human Interactions: From Long Tail to Mass Disruption. Facebook to Buy Instagram for $1 Billion in Cash, Stock - Deal Journal. Google+ Hangouts Get Apps, Including SlideShare and Diagram Tools. Big Data is Creating The Future - It's A $50 Billion Market. IBM's Quantum Computers Could Change The World (Mostly In Very Good Ways) 2012: All about the 'fourth' screen? - Research. Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year's End. The “Unhyped” New Areas in Internet and Mobile.

Brian Vellmure - Google+ - What perhaps the greatest tech visionary of our era was… Top Ten Predictions for 2012. The 2012 top 10 emerging technologies. Business News & Financial News - The Wall Street Journal - 2012 brings a pause in the disruption. 2012 Temkin Experience Ratings of Tech Vendors. Web economy in G20 set to double by 2016, Google says. Envisioning the future of technology — by Michell Zappa. Brian Vellmure - Google+ - Not amazed that tablets and e-reader growth doubled -… The hot tech gig of 2022: Data scientist.

Following Digital Breadcrumbs To 'Big Data' Gold. UPDATE 2-Oracle to buy RightNow for around $1.5 bln. 15 years of, the original app store. Oracle Open World 2011 – Initial Thoughts. Apple Is Quietly Disintermediating Google In Mobile Search. The Era of mobile dominance is beginning - destroy/dstorey. The Web is Back. Flexible Galaxy Skin From Samsung: Future of Smartphone? [VIDEO, PHOTOS]

Exploring the future of computing: The Hybrid Model. Cloud_Survey_2011vpub. Jive Software Said to Hire Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs for IPO. Augmented Reality Kills The QR Code Star. 270808_IoT_in_2020_Workshop_Report_V1-1. Survey: Buyers want sub-$250 Amazon tablet. The Interconnected World of Tech Companies [INFOGRAPHIC] Future Tech Jobs: We Need Social Science Graduates - Rawn Shah - Connected Business. App Stores Will Be $4 Billion Business This Year.

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