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Microsoft cloud grows, but still dwarfed by old stuff — As the old model of having clients pay for software tied to individual machines shifts to the cloud, Microsoft is investing to spread adoption of its Office 365 Web-based tools and its Azure infrastructure, which competes with Amazon Web Services (AWS). Earlier this week, Microsoft announced a partnership with Dell to bundle Azure on the hardware company's servers.

Why this VC sees an inflating (not bursting) bubble — Tom Fewster | Getty Images In early August, start-up investor George Zachary gave a presentation to his partners at Charles River Ventures, with data pointing to one conclusion: We're in a bubble. Only his data had nothing to do with inflated valuations among venture-backed companies, the number of 20-year-old college dropouts raising millions of dollars or sky-high real estate prices in Silicon Valley.

Political Ads Flood Pandora Before Midterms — If you live in Florida and spend much time on Pandora's streaming service, chances are you're hearing a lot of "Rick Scott for governor" commercials. How often depends on how much you like country music. Meanwhile, with the 2014 midterm elections just two weeks away, Pandora fans in Arkansas and North Carolina are hearing plenty about their states' U.S.

Microsoft Is Rebranding Nokia Lumia Phones — Microsoft is indeed planning to phase out the Nokia brand in its smartphone business. That it is doing so, though, shouldn't come as any sort of surprise. First, Microsoft is trying to position itself and Windows as a player in mobile, not preserve the Finnish phone brand.

Got A New Follower? Twitter Now Makes It Easier To Follow Back — Twitter wants its users to follow people back. The company made an adjustment to its notification stream that includes a follow button next to the handle of the person who just followed you. It's a subtle change, but one that Twitter hopes will encourage users to follow more people.

HP Will Unveil New Computing Product Called Sprout Next Week — When Hewlett-Packard announced it would split in two - one company devoted to PCs and printing; the other to enterprise IT - CEO Meg Whitman said one area the PC side would explore is, "new computing experiences." Sources familiar with the matter tell Re/code that HP will demonstrate one of them at an event in New York on Oct.

Political ads flood Pandora before mid-terms — Victor J. Blue | Bloomberg | Getty Images If you live in Florida and spend much time on Pandora's streaming service, chances are you're hearing a lot of " Rick Scott for Governor" commercials. How often depends on how much you like country music.

Neil Young gets techie in his golden years — There's no shortage of excitement. In April, Young closed out a Kickstarter campaign for Pono that raised $6.2 million, almost eight times his stated goal. The $399 PonoPlayer is currently available for pre-order and is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2015.

Apple's stock is as popular as its iPhones — Apple makes the most popular music player, smartphone and tablet in the U.S. It also has the most-loved stock. In 45 of the 50 U.S. states, Apple is the most widely-held stock, according to data released on Thursday from online investment start-up FutureAdvisor. No other stock is deemed the most popular in more than a single state.

Salesforce, Uber have message for vets: 'I Want You' — But according to the companies, that's not why they're making an overt effort to do good. Nor is this about charity, even though Salesforce founder Marc Benioff is a well-known philanthropist and proponent of volunteerism among his employees. Rather, they argue, going after vets is just smart business.
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Oct 23, 2014

@CBinsights it's just a funny way to think about the current status of LivingSocial. Well, they're alive.

Oct 23, 2014

@fxshaw which part -- the 128% yoy increase in cloud revenue, or 10% decline in devices and consumer licensing?

Oct 23, 2014

When we talk about $AMZN's crazy P/E ratio - important to remember that there's basically no E.

Oct 22, 2014

i know I'm old-fashioned, but I still find paying with plastic pretty convenient.

Oct 22, 2014

'Bubble watch' cameo from @georgezachary -- VC warns of an inflating (not bursting) bubble

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