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    1. Dell wants to bring virtual reality to the enterprise

      VR is expected to impact almost every industry and will have professional applications in engineering, science, energy, and entertainment verticals. A foreseeable impact is in the enterprise workstation business, as companies will have to upgrade their visualization machines to be VR-ready. Dell is unveiling three new workstation tower computers that can handle the demanding visuals of VR, which must run at least 90 frames per second in each eye

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    2. Robot CEO: Your next boss could run on code

      Millions of jobs will be lost to robots in the next few years. Very soon, robots will be replacing humans in top management positions, even up to the CEO level. Today, every day, millions of people already follow schedules or instructions created by software. We may not call these instructions “orders” just yet, but that time will come as the realm of big data and analytics-driven decision moves up in the corporate hierarchy. 

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    3. How to create a billion-dollar SaaS company: Build a ‘system of record’

      We’re seeing a lot of gloom and doom in the SaaS space and the techworld in general as valuation multiples have compressed and late-stage funding has become more challenging. However, there still exists tremendous opportunity to build large, valuable companies in the SaaS space by building a “system of record.”A system of record (SOR) is software that serves as the backbone for a particular business process.

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    4. This week’s 5G buzz indicates IoT is finally kick-starting

      The confluence of corporate collaboration in creating a new network that can actually facilitate IoT’s tremendous potential is the real source of all the 5G hoopla at Mobile World Congress. With 5G, extremely remote devices and extremely low-power applications could finally be feasibly and constantly connected: exponentially expanding the applicability of IoT models. 

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    5. When the downturn starts killing off your company’s SaaS providers

      Over the last 10 years, we’ve seen a major shift as enterprises embrace cloud-based SaaS. It’s now customary for large enterprises to rely daily on dozens of outside services to function. While some of these services are provided by large behemoths like Salesforce and Oracle that can survive a popping bubble, others are from smaller companies, many of which are highly leveraged and/or still figuring out their long-term business model.

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    6. Apple will not build a backdoor to the iPhone, says Tim Cook in response to FBI court order

      Apple CEO Tim Cook has responded to the court order that stipulated Apple must help the FBI break into a phone that belonged to one of the San Bernardino killers. “The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers,” said Cook. “We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand.”

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    7. Intelligent assistant landscape shows slow growth but huge potential

      Ever since Apple’s Siri heralded the age of intelligent assistants (IAs) four years ago — followed by Microsoft, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook — pundits have complained that intelligent assistant technology isn’t living up to its promise. The truth is that innovation in this domain, as in all technological domains, follows a predictable cycle and goes far beyond the big incumbents to include niche players (such as Nokia’s Here, the intelligent mapping and navigation specialist that BMW, Audi, and Daimler bought for $ 3.1 billion several months ago).

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    8. A new breed of ‘data-first’ tools could soon dominate the enterprise

      We are about to witness an upheaval in the enterprise software market that will put billions of dollars of IT spending up for grabs. In the old world, enterprise applications were primarily about increasing a business’ efficiency through better workflow — data and analytics were add-ons. In the emerging world, applications will be “data first,” putting data and algorithms at the center, and using them to drive other applications.

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    9. Flipkart and Udacity want a world without job interviews

      A world without job interviews sounds like a mighty fine place to live, so long as there are alternative ways to land a job. And this is a world that Flipkart and Udacity are both looking to embrace. Indian ecommerce giant Flipkart has hired three graduates from Udacity’s Android Developer Nanodegree program without interviewing any of them. According to Flipkart, decisions were based purely on the candidates’ Nanodegree projects and corresponding Udacity profile.

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    10. User acquisition costs hit all-time highs in December

      The costs of acquiring new users for mobile apps reached an all-time high in December as well-heeled companies scrambled for mobile market share over the holidays, according to a report by mobile marketing firm Fiksu. The Fiksu Index published today shows that the cost to acquire a loyal user (one who opens an app three times or more) was $4.23 in December, up 19 percent from November and up 101 percent from December 2014. The all-time record beat out the previous record of $4.14 in September.

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    11. The 10 best technologies of the Consumer Electronics Show

      This year, I didn’t see much that was going to save the world economy and overcome the skepticism of natural-born cynics. You could certainly find partisans who will say that virtual reality or the Internet of Things will do that, as both movements have spread well beyond just one or two companies. But it’s a reach to say that these categories have already given us their killer apps. Sill, I had a lot of fun finding things that I liked, and there was no shortage of these. Without further ado, here’s my favorite technology from CES 2016. 

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    12. 2016 tech forecast shows that when China sneezes, the world catches a cold

      Worldwide growth of tech goods is slowing in 2016, thanks in no small part to a slowdown in China. That’s the forecast from a key research analyst in advance of the 2016 International CES. In 2016, global tech spending is expected to be at $950 billion, down 2 percent from a year ago, owing to weakness in China and other regions, as well as a strong dollar. Unfortunately, China is expected to grow only 6.5 percent in 2016, down considerably from years past, and down from its 7 percent growth in 2015. 

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    13. New research shows email service providers are in serious trouble

      We can’t say it enough. Email marketing remains the leading channel for marketer ROI and is the preferred channel for customers to hear from their favorite brands. According to recent VB Insight research, personalized messaging is the leading indicator as to why email is so successful. And that’s exactly why some of the biggest email service providers (ESPs) could be in big trouble.

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    14. Beyond the hype: When data collaboration really matters

      The rate of data creation today is already simply mind-boggling. And it’s speeding up more every day. IDC’s latest Digital Universe study predicts about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet by 2020. Consumers create the vast majority of new data in the world today — through social channels, retail POS purchases, online behavior and preference tracking, digital output, cell-phone locations, and the like. Yet, IDC found that only 0.5 percent of that data’s ever analyzed.

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    15. Why security tech will gobble up more of your tech budget in 2016

      According to a study released last month, the cost of cybercrime rose 19 percent in the past year, and the average company is now spending 82 percent more defending itself than it did in 2009. And yet that’s still not enough. State-sponsored actors have increased their attacks on corporate targets, and the sophistication of financially-driven cybercriminals has increased exponentially in the past few years.

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    16. It’s actually open source software that’s eating the world

      At Lightspeed we’ve been investing aggressively in open source software (OSS) businesses for the past 10 years. Recently, we’ve seen a significant increase in entrepreneurs pitching open source startups, and we’ve also seen greater competition for these deals. We pulled together some numbers in an attempt to measure the acceleration in interest in and funding for OSS businesses in the last few years. The results were staggering even to us.

       

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    17. The 4 things Google believes are key to the future of search

      Before talking about the future of search, one of Google’s top researchers wants you to understand just how dramatically search has changed in the past two years. Speaking at the Futurapolis conference in Toulouse, Behshad Behzadi, director of search innovation at Google’s Zurich lab, pointed out that the majority of searches now happen on mobile devices. And with Google’s cloud auto-tagging photos, searching images has become more effective. In addition, Google’s search will now even look into other apps on your smartphone for answers, he said, and open those apps that have the best info.

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