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Jul 09, 16

Bend over and grab your ankles. The rats nest of Clinton operatives in Washington DC is far deeper than anyone ever imagined.

"FBI Director James Comey has a long history of involvement in Department of Justice actions that arguably ended up favorable to the Clintons.

In 2004, Comey, then serving as a deputy attorney general in the Justice Department, apparently limited the scope of the criminal investigation of Sandy Berger, which left out former Clinton administration officials who may have coordinated with Berger in his removal and destruction of classified records from the National Archives. The documents were relevant to accusations that the Clinton administration was negligent in the build-up to the 9/11 terrorist attack.

On Tuesday, Comey announced that despite evidence of “extreme negligence by Hillary Clinton and her top aides regarding the handling of classified information through a private email server, the FBI would not refer criminal charges to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the Justice Department.

Curiously, Berger, Lynch and Cheryl Mills all worked as partners in the Washington law firm Hogan & Hartson, which prepared tax returns for the Clintons and did patent work for a software firm that played a role in the private email server Hillary Clinton used when she was secretary of state.

Lynch and Comey both served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York. They crossed paths in the investigation of HSBC bank, which avoided criminal charges in a massive money-laundering scandal for which the bank paid a $1.9 billion fine.

After Attorney General John Aschroft recused himself in the Valerie Plame affair in 2004, Comey appointed as special counsel Patrick J. Fitzgerald, who ended up convicting “Scooter” Libby, a top aide to then Vice President Dick Cheney, of perjury and obstruction of justice. The charge affirmed the accusations of Plame and her former ambassador husband, Joe Wilson – both partisan supporters of Bill and Hillary Clinton – that Libby outed her as a CIA agent.

New York Times reporter Judith Miller’s 2015 memoir strongly suggests Fitzgerald improperly manipulated testimony and withheld crucial evidence in obtaining a conviction against Libby in his 2007 trial.

Prosecutor in Berger case

As deputy attorney general, Comey was involved in the investigation of Berger, as Fox News reported in 2004

Berger at that time was under criminal investigation by the Justice Department for removing from the National Archives various classified documents that should have been turned over to the independent commission investigating the 9/11 terror attacks and for removing handwritten notes he made while reviewing the documents.

The New York Times reported in 2005 that Republican leaders speculated Berger removed the documents from the National Archives because he was trying to conceal material that could be damaging to the Clinton administration.

There is no evidence Comey’s investigation for the Justice Department made any attempt to determine if anyone affiliated with the Clinton White House prompted Berger or coordinated with him in the decision to remove the classified documents.

Various statements Comey made about Berger’s mishandling of classified documents bear comparison to his comments regarding Hillary Clinton’s email server.

In 2004, Fox News noted Comey told reporters he could not comment on the Berger investigation but did address the general issue of mishandling classified documents.

“As a general matter, we take issues of classified information very seriously,” Comey said in response to a reporter’s question.

He added that the department had prosecuted and sought administrative sanctions against people for mishandling classified information.

“It’s our lifeblood, those secrets,” Comey continued. “It’s against the law for anyone to intentionally mishandle classified documents either by taking it to give to somebody else or by mishandling it in a way that is outside the government regulations.”

On April 1, 2005, Berger pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of intentionally removing documents from the National Archives and destroying some of them. He was fined $50,000, sentenced to 100 hours of community service and two years probation. Also, his national security license was stripped for two years." .........................................

  • Messages found stored on Clinton’s private email server show that Berger – a convicted thief of classified documents – had been advising Clinton while she served as secretary of state and had access to emails containing classified information.

     

    For example, in an email dated Sept. 22, 2009, Berger advised Clinton advised how she could leverage information to make Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu more cooperative in discussions with the Obama administration over a settlement freeze.

  • Law firm ties Berger, Lynch, Mills

     

    Berger worked as a partner in the Washington law firm Hogan & Hartson from 1973 to 1977, before taking a position as the deputy director of policy planning at the State Department in the Carter administration.

     

    When Carter lost his re-election bid, Berger returned to Hogan & Hartson, where he worked until he took leave in 1988 to act as foreign policy adviser in Gov. Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign.

     

    When Dukakis was defeated, Berger returned to Hogan & Hartson until he became foreign policy adviser for Bill Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992.

     

    On March 28, WND reported Lynch was a litigation partner for eight years at Hogan & Hartson, from March 2002 through April 2010.

     

    Mills also worked at Hogan & Hartson, for two years, starting in 1990, before she joined then President-elect Bill Clinton’s transition team, on her way to securing a position as White House deputy counsel in the Clinton administration.

     

    According to documents Hillary Clinton’s first presidential campaign made public in 2008, Hogan & Hartson’s New York-based partner Howard Topaz was the tax lawyer who filed income tax returns for Bill and Hillary Clinton beginning in 2004.

     

    In addition, Hogan & Hartson in Virginia filed a patent trademark request on May 19, 2004, for Denver-based MX Logic Inc., the computer software firm that developed the email encryption system used to manage Clinton’s private email server beginning in July 2013. A tech expert has observed that employees of MX Logic could have had access to all the emails that went through her account.

  • In 1999, President Bill Clinton nominated Lynch for the first of her two terms as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position she held until she joined Hogan & Hartson in March 2002 to become a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

     

    She left Hogan & Hartson in 2010, after being nominated by President Obama for her second term as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, a position she held until Obama nominated her to serve in her current position as attorney general.

     

    A report published April 8, 2008, by The American Lawyer noted Hogan & Hartson was among Hillary Clinton’s biggest financial supporters in the legal industry during her first presidential campaign.

     

    “Firm lawyers and staff have donated nearly $123,400 to her campaign so far, according to campaign contribution data from the Center for Responsive Politics,” Nate Raymond observed in The American Lawyer article. “Christine Varney, a partner in Hogan’s Washington, D.C., office, served as chief counsel to the Clinton-Gore Campaign in 1992.”

     

    While there is no evidence that Lynch played a direct role either in the tax work done by the firm for the Clintons or in linking Hillary’s private email server to MX Logic, the ethics of the legal profession hold all partners jointly liable for the actions of other partners in a business.

     

    “If Hogan and Hartson previously represented the Clintons on tax matters, it is incumbent upon U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to [disclose] what, if any, role she had in such tax matters,” said Tom Fitton, president of Washington-based Judicial Watch.

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Jul 08, 16

"The Clinton Foundation is a “massive spider web of connections and money laundering implicating hundreds of high-level people,” according to an anonymous insider who revealed why the FBI stopped short of indicting Hillary Clinton.
Before FBI Director James Comey announced the FBI wouldn’t recommend pressing charges against Clinton, an insider with “intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the Clinton case” hosted an little-publicized AMA session on 4Chan, and the statements he made on July 2 corroborate with later developments of the scandal.
“There is enough for her and the entire government to be brought down,” he revealed. “People do not realize how enormous this whole situation actually is.”
“Whether she will be [indicted] or not depends on how much info others involved gets out, and there are a lot of people involved.”
Since then, both the FBI and the DOJ declined to press charges against Clinton, and other sources revealed the Clinton Foundation is now under scrutiny.
“The problem is with the Clinton Foundation as I mentioned, which you should just imagine as a massive spider web of connections and money laundering implicating hundreds of high-level people,” the source said. “Though I do not have a high opinion of Hillary, she is just a piece – albeit a big piece – of this massive sh*tstorm.”
Those implicated extends to the Justice Dept.
“The DOJ is most likely looking to save itself,” he continued. “Find everyone involved in the Clinton Foundation, from its donors to its Board of Directors, and imagine they are all implicated.”
This would explain why Bill Clinton forced himself on Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s plane at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport last week; Clinton insider Larry Nichols said blackmail was likely involved.
“Bill Clinton met with Lynch, and he was there to assure her that when Hillary gets to be president she’ll be able to keep her job,” said Nichols on the Alex Jones Show Friday. “I would imagine he gave Lynch a slip of paper that had on it a couple of things about the career prosecutors that are working the case. What was on that? The things they have on them. The drugs, women, men, whatever.”
The source indicated the Clinton Foundation is likely a nexus of blackmail material keeping everyone in D.C. in line behind the Clintons – even those with tremendous influence.
“The real point of interest is the Clinton Foundation, not the email server,” he said. “We received the server from Benghazi, then from the server we found data on the Clinton Foundation.”
“Then we realized the situation is much worse than previously thought.”
The server was in Benghazi? Was that one of the reasons why the embassy was attacked, to destroy evidence on the Clinton Foundation?
Additionally, the source said the investigation took so long because FBI Director James Comey didn’t want to face the “Clinton Machine” and the “rest of Washington D.C.”
“…This case would explode into a million other cases if fully brought to light, and then we would be one agency competing against the entire government and a hoard of other interests,” he continued. “It is a very tense and uncomfortable position.”
Interestingly, the insider spoke more about Clinton’s relationship with President Obama, which seems frosty at times despite Obama currently campaigning for his former Secretary of State.
“Obama and Hillary do hate each other,” he said. “Hillary hates black people and Obama dislikes recklessness.”
On Thursday, Breitbart reported the FBI is “is still investigating Hillary Clinton in connection with possible corruption related to the Clinton Foundation.”"

Jul 03, 16

"Terrorism: A Matrix of Lies and Deceit - Good catch of a very interesting article from Marbux!

Christopher Black (NEO) : So how is your war on “terrorism” going? I’m not doing too well at it since I have no idea who the enemy is. Like the American black comedian, Dick Gregory, who, on hearing that President Johnson had declared a war on poverty, ran out onto the street with a hand grenade to throw it at some poor people, I have no idea who the real enemy is, who to throw a grenade at. That makes me think.

We are told, the world over, by every government, that we are in a “war against terrorism.” But terrorism is an action, a tactic, a strategy. It’s a method not person, a group, a country. How can there be a war against a method of war. But they want us to fight a method and never ask the why or the who. That doesn’t seem to matter anymore. They tell us not to be concerned with why something happens, only how it happens.

Let’s face it, the Americans, with all the creative skills of Madison Avenue, have got us all to use a phrase that George Bush first used in 2001after the strange event in New York that has all the indicia of a state attack on its own people to justify the invasions of Afghanistan and then Iraq. It has become a euphemism and a justification for all the wars they have waged since. The people don’t need to know why “terrorists” exist, or who they are and what motivates them, or even whether they really exist, for they are just “terrorists.”

Sometimes the war is against a “regime” that is “terrorising” its own people according to the “responsibility to protect” mafia that act as the chorus to the principal players in this theatre, as was done to Yugoslavia and Libya; or a regime that “terrorises the world”, as we saw with Iraq. Sometimes the war is a phony war against ‘terrorists” who are really mercenary forces fighting for the USA and its allies. We see this in Syria. We have seen it used against Russia. The result is the same.

When the Americans say they are fighting “terrorists” in Iraq, they really mean they are fighting the resistance to their invasion and occupation. When they same the same thing in Afghanistan, the same holds true, they are fighting a national resistance. The Russians, when they say they are fighting “terrorism” in Syria, know that in fact they are fighting the United States and its allies and proxy forces.

The bombings and shootings in Europe, Asia, the US, and Russia are all connected to the real war that is being conducted by the United States against the world it wants to control, and, in fact, can better be described as a war of terror being waged against the rest of us by the United States and its vassal states."

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    Christopher Black is an international criminal lawyer based in Toronto, he is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and he is known for a number of high-profile cases involving human rights and war crimes, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

Jun 30, 16

"Here’s something funny. While most complain that WebRTC isn’t suitable for the enterprise, it is probably the next best thing happening to enterprises. And it is all because we’re in the midst of a digital transformation.

WebRTC is a five-year-old technology, so it is rather new to the scene. At its core, WebRTC enables adding real-time voice and video communications to any website without the need to download a thing. Need to get a customer on a quick support call? Just send him a URL.

The naysayers dismiss WebRTC because it still isn’t available on Safari or Internet Explorer. While that is true, it is changing. Support already exist in the new Microsoft Edge browser with reassuring rumors about Apple and Safari’s plans towards WebRTC. Ubiquitous WebRTC support everywhere is on the horizon.

Which brings me to enterprises.

Enterprises today are going through a digital transformation. In each and every vertical, businesses are being redefined by having the information that runs through the enterprise turned into digital assets that are then used to drive business processes and analytics.

This takes shape in many different ways: enabling customers to use self-service channels instead of using human operated contact centers, using big data and data lake projects to deduce insights and personalize services, streamlining sales processes through marketing automation, etc."

  • Up until today, communications took place in a separate logical and often times even physical network. Be it cellular, wireline or VoIP service, these get built in its own private network or virtual LAN within the enterprise. And the interfaces built into these products in one of two ways: communication-based, which is hard to handle (think SIP or Megaco as an API layer for IT developers); or on some proprietary API that is hard to interface and integrate with.

     
     
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    WebRTC changes all that. It not only makes VoIP more accessible as a technology, but it almost forces developers to think with standard web protocols on how to use and deploy it. As an example, it gets your CRM vendor build his own contact center, many times with players such as Twilio who offer their own WebRTC SDK.

     
     
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Jun 30, 16

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  • The system of record is increasingly found instead in social channels, like chat histories, or is determined in real-time on a case-by-case, department-by-department, project-by-project basis. This is also influenced by increased agility and autonomy in faster-moving and innovative companies, where how work is done, how services are provided, and how products are made are changing very rapidly.
  • Increasingly, the marginalia surrounding a doc — comments made internal to the doc, messages and tasks related to a doc, and so on — are as important to the system of record as the doc contents are. The context holds as much or more information as the ‘content’.
  • Files, not Documents

    In the past 5 years, products like Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, and Google Drive have exploded. We really need to think of file sync-and-share apps as fixing a flaw in our operating systems, notably Mac OS X and Windows. They are still configured as if there is no Internet, and as if we don’t have multiple computing devices. We are using these applications not really as a file sharing tool, but as an a distributed file system, with capabilities like syncing, file sharing, and marginalia (comments, activity streams, etc.) providing what the OS’s should do natively, but don’t.

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  • This is a foundational shift, and is leading to a corresponding decrease in asynchronous communications as a proportion of total communications. Note that overall communication is increasing, so many workers will receive even more email, or be passed links to more documents, but the proportions are moving from the asynch toward the synchronous end of the scale.
  • Docs, not Documents

    There is a shift — showing up in small and mid.sized businesses first, but soon everywhere — away from creating, sharing, and managing ‘heavy documents’, like Word documents. Alternatives — notably, Google Docs and Dropbox Paper, but also Slack posts, Evernote, and others — provide a smaller set of functions, but operate in the context of those other platforms’ architectural and social models.

  • Today, business is transitioning away from documents as the ‘system of record’ for work. Even if we aren’t aware of it yet.
Jun 29, 16

"I’ve been exploring a growing list of web-based tools for the creation and management of what most would call ‘documents’ — assemblages of text, images, lists, embedded video, audio and other media — but which, are in fact, something quite different than the precursors, like Microsoft Word and Apple Pages documents.

The big shift underlying these new tools is that they are not oriented around printing onto paper, or digital analogues of paper, like PDF. Instead, they take as a given that the creation, management, and sharing of these assemblages of information will take place nearly all the time online, and will be social at the core: coediting, commenting, and sharing are not afterthoughts grafted onto a ‘work processing’ architecture. As a result, I am referring to these tools — like the pioneering Google Docs, and newer entrants Dropbox Paper, Quip, Draft, and Notion — as ‘work processing’ tools. This gets across the idea that we aren’t just pushing words onto paper through agency of word processing apps, we’re capturing and sharing information that’s critical to our increasingly digital businesses, to be accessed and leveraged in digital-first use cases.

In a recent piece on Medium, Documents are the new Email, I made the case that old style ‘documents’ are declining as a percentage of overall work communications, with larger percentages shifting to chat, texting, and work media (enterprise social networks). And, like email, documents are increasingly disliked as a means to communicate. And I suggested that, over time, these older word processing documents — and the use cases that have built up around them — will decline.

At the same time, I believe there is a great deal of promise in ‘work processing‘ tools, which are based around web publishing, web notions of sharing and co-creation, and the allure of content-centric work management."

  • Chat-centric work management, as typified by Slack-style work chat, is getting a tremendous surge in attention recently, and is the now dominant form of message-centric work technology, edging out follow-centric work media solutions (like Yammer, Jive, and IBM Connections).
  • Workforce communications — relying on a more top-down messaging approach for the mobile workforce — is enjoying a great surge in adoption, but is principally oriented toward the ‘hardwork’ done by workers in retail, manufacturing, transport, security, and construction, and away from the ‘softwork’ done by office workers. This class of tool is all about mobile messaging. (Note: we are planning a market narrative about this hot area.)
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    Today, I saw that David Byttow’s Bold — a new work processing app — has entered a private beta, with features that line it up in direct competition with Google Docs and the others mentioned above. Bold raised a round of $1 million from Index Ventures in January 2016.

     
     
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Jun 28, 16

"(Breitbart) – On Friday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump’s campaign released the “Top 50 Facts about Hillary Clinton” that Trump detailed in his speech last Wednesday. Each assertion the Trump campaign lists is presented with government reports and/or media reports.

After Breitbart’s review, the 49 allegations, as number 11 was omitted in press release, listed by the Trump campaign mostly relate to Clinton’s involvement in “disastrous” trade deals for the United States as well as questionable decisions and interactions with foreign affairs — especially criticizing her decisions and involvement with interventions in the Middle East.

Below is the list of 49 facts presented by the Trump campaign and a brief summary of the details reviewed by Breitbart News, which were noted in the 35-page press release that can be read in more detail here:"

Jun 15, 16

"A service called CloudReady gives old computers new life with Google's Chrome operating system -- but there are a few things you should know before taking the plunge."

May 26, 16

"Pilarinos is one of dozens of startup founders who have graduated from a two-year-old boot camp run by First Round, a venture-capital firm that focuses on early-stage tech startups.

The two- to six-week program drills its cadets in important lessons that are part Sales 101, part human psychology seminar, and part tutorials on practical tasks like creating slide decks. The goal is to help startup founders, who may have spent months or years engrossed in arcane product details, sell their vision to the people with the money.

And in a funding environment in which the easy money has dried up, the CEO boot camp, known as Pitch Assist, could become increasingly critical as startups fight to secure more financing.

Going straight for the jugular
The coaches at the boot camp, who are basically First Round partners, don't pull any punches.

On the first day, CEOs are put on the spot and made to answer the burning questions investors will have — especially the tough questions for which the CEOs might not yet have answers.

"Some of the questions are the sort of holes in the business," First Round partner Bill Trenchard said. "No company is perfect. There's always a weak point in the architecture."


First Round
First Round normally does only seed rounds of fund-raising. Pitch Assist helps those companies go on to raise their next round.

Young CEOs aren't used to talking about those holes. No one starts a sales call by going over their weaknesses. When pitching investors, however, those weak points have to be addressed head-on in the presentation.

"If you try to play games or try to hide things, any reasonable investor will notice," Brett Berson, First Round's vice president of platform, said. "And once you've lost that credibility, there's no coming back from that."

Berson estimates that it takes about two hours of work to go through each question, but after that startup founders can step back and see the overall picture. The questions become the plot points — the market potential, the technology advantage, the sales prowess — and the story of the startup starts to take shape.

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  • The questions become the plot points — the market potential, the technology advantage, the sales prowess — and the story of the startup starts to take shape.
May 18, 16

"When Google scored a $400 million to $600 million deal to supply cloud services to Apple Inc. last week, according to multiple reports, it was widely viewed as a coup for the search giant’s cloud business.
And why not? Apple, which has been relying mainly on Amazon Web Services as well as Microsoft Corp.’s Azure to run part of its iCloud and other services, is a marquee reference customer. It will get Google in the door of just about every big company–and, not incidentally, throw a little shade on its rivals.
But the big win obscures a stark reality for Google’s Cloud Platform: At just $500 million in revenues according to Morgan Stanley estimates, it trails far behind AWS’s $7.9 billion reported revenues in 2015, and it’s even a distant third behind Azure’s $1.1 billion in estimated sales.
This week, Google will attempt to show how it aims to scramble into cloud contention at its first global cloud users conference, NEXT, starting Wednesday in San Francisco. At the show, Google will trot out Diane Greene, the onetime co-founder and CEO of cloud pioneer VMware who now heads all of Google’s cloud and enterprise applications businesses. This will be Greene’s first significant public appearance since Google bought her company, Bebop, for $380 million last November. Customers and investors alike will be watching closely to see what strategy she lays out for the coming year and beyond.
Searching for a cloud coup

Google plans to introduce both a raft of new cloud features and updates as well as some significant new customers, according to various sources in the company. On the product front, there will be news about Google’s container technologies, which allow applications to run more efficiently across cloud servers using the same operating system without interfering with each other, David Aronchick, senior product manager for Google’s Container Engine, said Tuesday at a press briefing. “NEXT will be an opportunity to highlight all the traction we’ve gotten,” he said.
Also on the agenda are big-name customers such as The Home Depot and Coca-Cola Co., as well as recent new customers such as Spotify Ltd. There also will be a speaker from Netflix Inc., which uses Google Cloud only for backup storage, not its massive streaming video–which has some observers such as Morgan Stanley’s Brian Nowak wondering if that could be the next big cloud coup for Google. “One of our goals for 2016 is to show the enterprise we’re ready for them,” said Greg DeMichillie, a Google Cloud Platform director of product management. “Tomorrow we’ll be talking more about that.”"

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    But in the past year, it has migrated much of its cloud-based services to Google, for a number of reasons, said Isaac Mosquera, the company’s vice president of data, engineering and insights. In particular, ShareThis is using Google’s cloud storage and its BigQuery data analytics because  Google provides an additional layer of abstraction through its Kubernetes software for managing cloud applications. That means ShareThis needs fewer engineers to manage the system, saving up to 60 percent of operational costs over AWS. Although the company still uses AWS, said Mosquera, “we’re slowly transitioning everything over to Google.”

     

    Despite the enthusiasm of some customers, Google has a big to-do list that won’t get entirely checked off anytime soon. For one, said Lydia Leong, a vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, the company needs a broader range of cloud services, especially popular business apps such as SAP and those of cloud rivals Oracle and Microsoft. To that end, Google was reported recently by Recode to have compiled of potential acquisitions of app companies, including public e-commerce company Shopify, payroll provider Namely, and sales tracker Xactly.

  • Google also would benefit from focusing on areas where it currently is stronger than competitors, such as big data analytics, said Gracely. “They have huge data sets that they could expose to customers,” Gracely said. “This should be the market segment that Google is primarily focused on.”

     

    Google’s Hölzle said late last year that he expected the company’s cloud revenues to top its ad revenues by 2020. But given how far Google trails behind AWS and Azure, observers remain skeptical that Google can gain much anytime soon on AWS and Azure. “It will take years for Google to build a material enterprise sales/support presence and a suite of Cloud Platform services that will be competitive with Azure,” Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead wrote in a note to clients late last year.

     
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    For now, the race for market share may well matter less for the next few years than the fact that the market itself is booming. No matter how small Google’s boat may be right now, it could rise rapidly on that tide.

     

    Adapted from my SiliconANGLE story.

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    Google also may unveil new partners, such as consultants and resellers that would supplement direct sales to reach more small and midsized businesses. And it could even announce a new round of price cuts, the last of which was nearly a year ago. Google has been hammering on its claimed price advantage, which so far has helped it capture business from thrifty companies.

     

    Still, to win over the skeptics, Greene will have to answer several more big questions about its cloud business–most of all whether it’s really serious this time about enterprise computing. Although Greene’s hiring last November was seen as a sign that Google is finally getting serious about the cloud, many customers are not yet convinced of its resolve to move beyond consumer services in a big way.

     

    In recent years, the company has appeared to change strategies often, and it releases many services in beta test mode without deadlines for finished releases. That gives pause to enterprises that can’t afford to bet their businesses on a cloud computing provider without a guarantee of a reliable foundation of services. “Companies aren’t always sure if a [Google cloud] service will move from beta to general availability, or beta to cancelled,” said Wikibon analyst Brian Gracely.

     

    That’s the big reason why, analysts say, Google has not yet persuaded its large enterprise customers to commit to big spending on its cloud services. Even Apple’s reported $400 million to $600 million deal for Google cloud services, for instance, is a small portion of Apple’s overall cloud and data center spending. A source close to the situation noted that Apple already has been using Google cloud storage for some time and that the deal likely doesn’t include a broad range of cloud services.

  • Google’s overall business isn’t yet hurting for lack of a leading cloud business. Indeed, it has leveraged its massive, sophisticated computer and networking infrastructure to lucrative effect to run its own search and YouTube, as well as its massive advertising business. It also is accelerating the building of data centers for its cloud platform, including two new ones announced today in Oregon and Japan, with plans for 10 more around the world by the end of 2017.

     

    But failing up to now to make a big play to offer up parts of that infrastructure for other companies to use means Google has foregone billions of dollars in revenues. The lack of a pole position in cloud services also potentially leaves the company vulnerable to key rivals such as Amazon, Microsoft, IBM, and even new customer Apple, each of which is expanding into various key technology markets from advertising to apps to video. Not least, Google risks being seen as an also-ran in tech’s next big wave.

  • Some customers are convinced Google is getting on the right track. ShareThis is best known for its social sharing widget on thousands of websites, but it also makes coin from using the two terabytes of data gathered from all that sharing to help advertisers target customers and analyze ad campaigns. To handle all that, it used Amazon’s cloud services to store and analyze the data.
May 18, 16

"When Google scored a $400 million to $600 million deal to supply cloud services to Apple last week, according to multiple reports, it was widely viewed as a coup for the search giant’s cloud business.

And why not? Apple, which has been relying mainly on Amazon Web Services as well as Microsoft’s Azure to run part of its iCloud and other services, is a marquee reference customer. It will get Google in the door of just about every big company–and, not incidentally, throw a little shade on its rivals.

But the big win obscures a stark reality for Google’s Cloud Platform: At just $500 million in revenues according to Morgan Stanley estimates, it trails far behind AWS’s $7.9 billion reported revenues in 2015, and it’s even a distant third behind Azure’s $1.1 billion in estimated sales.

Starting today, Mar. 23, Google will attempt to show how it aims to scramble into cloud contention at its first global cloud users conference, NEXT, in San Francisco. At the show, Google will trot out Diane Greene, the onetime co-founder and CEO of cloud pioneer VMware who now heads all of Google’s cloud and enterprise applications businesses. This will be Greene’s first significant public appearance since Google bought her company, Bebop, for $380 million last November. Customers and investors alike will be watching closely to see what strategy she lays out for the coming year and beyond.

Google plans to introduce both a raft of new cloud features and updates as well as some significant new customers, according to various sources in the company. On the product front, there will be news about Google’s container technologies, which allow applications to run more efficiently across cloud servers using the same operating system without interfering with each other, David Aronchick, senior product manager for Google’s Container Engine, said Tuesday at a press briefing. “NEXT will be an opportunity to highlight all the traction we’ve gotten,” he said."

  • When Google scored a $400 million to $600 million deal to supply cloud services to Apple last week, according to multiple reports, it was widely viewed as a coup for the search giant’s cloud business.

     

    And why not? Apple, which has been relying mainly on Amazon Web Services as well as Microsoft’s Azure to run part of its iCloud and other services, is a marquee reference customer. It will get Google in the door of just about every big company–and, not incidentally, throw a little shade on its rivals.

     

    But the big win obscures a stark reality for Google’s Cloud Platform: At just $500 million in revenues according to Morgan Stanley estimates, it trails far behind AWS’s $7.9 billion reported revenues in 2015, and it’s even a distant third behind Azure’s $1.1 billion in estimated sales.

     
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    Starting today, Mar. 23, Google will attempt to show how it aims to scramble into cloud contention at its first global cloud users conference, NEXT, in San Francisco. At the show, Google will trot out Diane Greene, the onetime co-founder and CEO of cloud pioneer VMware who now heads all of Google’s cloud and enterprise applications businesses. This will be Greene’s first significant public appearance since Google bought her company, Bebop, for $380 million last November. Customers and investors alike will be watching closely to see what strategy she lays out for the coming year and beyond.

     

    Google plans to introduce both a raft of new cloud features and updates as well as some significant new customers, according to various sources in the company. On the product front, there will be news about Google’s container technologies, which allow applications to run more efficiently across cloud servers using the same operating system without interfering with each other, David Aronchick, senior product manager for Google’s Container Engine, said Tuesday at a press briefing. “NEXT will be an opportunity to highlight all the traction we’ve gotten,” he said.

  • Also on the agenda are big-name customers such as Home Depot and Coca-Cola, as well as recent new customers such as Spotify. There also will be a speaker from Netflix, which uses Google Cloud only for backup storage, not its massive streaming video–which has some observers such as Morgan Stanley’s Brian Nowak wondering if that could be the next big cloud coup for Google. “One of our goals for 2016 is to show the enterprise we’re ready for them,” said Greg DeMichillie, a Google Cloud Platform director of product management. “Tomorrow we’ll be talking more about that.”

     

    More clues to Google’s plans will come from other leading lights scheduled to talk, such as Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of technical infrastructure, and Google Fellow Jeff Dean, who helped spearhead key cloud technologies such as the Big Data programming model MapReduce and the data storage system Bigtable as well as Google’s recent artificial intelligence breakthroughs. The latter is a key focus of its cloud offerings, given the huge role artificial intelligence has played in Google search, speech recognition, language translation, image recognition, and other products. In particular, Dean is expected to talk about the recently introduced Vision Application Programming Interface for other applications to tap.

May 18, 16

"SAN FRANCISCO — The number of worldwide email users will reach 2.9 billion by the end of 2019, according to predictions from The Radicati Group. But has anyone really learned to use it effectively and efficiently in the workplace?

Two-year-old San Francisco startup Emmerge claims it has: It's marketing an inbox with collaboration features, which is designed to streamline team projects.

Project Management and Collaboration
The project management and collaboration platform in one allows users to assign action items in the body of emails and build on ongoing tasks and projects. Emmerge organizes information by hashtags and also offers a way for employees to track billable hours if they need to do that, too.

Emmerge CEO and founder Marc Blinder said his company isn't trying to replace email. Rather, it is trying to enhance it with a little "social DNA" and other features. “We know everyone in the business world is going check emails," he said. Emmerge offers a new way to look at it, he continued.

Blinder said the Emmerge solution is more collaborative than the way Google looks at email, with a "consumer-first lens … We do it on a team basis. The fundamental philosophical difference is that team aspect that gets better and better as more people use it.”"

May 17, 16

"Venture capital (VC) firms will go to great lengths to convince the most promising tech founders to accept their deals so they can get their hands on that all-important slice of equity.

Some of them will offer introductions to important people in their network, while others will offer hardcore engineering support and a cool place to work. The very best advice, swanky dinners, and even the odd CEO retreat are also up for grabs if you sign a term sheet with us, they might say.

But Vineet Jain, CEO and cofounder of cloud storage firm Egnyte, which has raised $62 million (£43 million), believes many VCs overpromise.

Speaking to Business Insider by phone on Tuesday, Jain said: "Most VC firms say we give you more than money. That’s complete hogwash."

Egnyte, which competes with Box and Dropbox, has been backed by Google Ventures, the venture capital arm of Google, and Kleiner Perkins, a well-known Silicon Valley investor with billions at its disposal.

Jain, whose company is based over the road from Google in Mountain View, was quick to say that Google Ventures is unlike many other venture capital companies. "They were instrumental to us," he said, adding that the firm helped Egnyte to improve its web user interface and assisted with the company's marketing efforts.

Egnyte has also integrated its cloud storage platform — used by 15,000 companies — with Google's own cloud platform, Google Drive.

Unlike Box and Dropbox, who have raised $558 million (£385 million) and $1.1 billion (£760 million) respectively, Egnyte is on target to be cash flow positive by the third quarter of this year.

"I refused to have a free version of Egnyte," said Jain. "Look at where I am today.""

  • The company chose Google for the WinField Data Silo in part because of its deep Maps API integration, which will overlay data from the application onto a map to make it easier for users to digest the information. For this application, WinField looked at Google, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Box, before deciding to go with GCP.

    If Google's solution ever becomes unsuitable for Land O'Lakes's purposes, the company has built the WinField Data Silo to be capable of moving to competing cloud platforms, along with its other applications, Bekele said.

  • The game has changed.

     

    In April, venture capitalist Bill Gurley wrote an essay crystallizing what many VCs had been talking about for months.

     

    Essentially, too many companies have taken too much money at unsupportable valuations. A lot of the money they raised came with huge caveats that would protect late-stage investors.

  • A lot of these businesses now have limited options, Gurley wrote. They can't raise more money from the private markets because their last rounds came with such strict conditions. They can't go public because their numbers aren't good enough.
May 13, 16

"GAME 1       Monday, May 16              6:00 p.m.           Oracle Arena                        TNT         KNBR 680 / ESPN Radio

GAME 2       Wednesday, May 18        6:00 p.m.           Oracle Arena                        TNT         KGO 810 / KTCT 1050 / ESPN Radio

GAME 3        Sunday, May 22                5:00 p.m.           Chesapeake Energy Arena  TNT          KGO 810 / KTCT 1050 / ESPN Radio

GAME 4        Tuesday, May 24              6:00 p.m.           Chesapeake Energy Arena  TNT          KGO 810 / KTCT 1050 / ESPN Radio

GAME 5*     Thursday, May 26           6:00 p.m.           Oracle Arena                        TNT         KNBR 680 / ESPN Radio

GAME 6*      Saturday, May 28             6:00 p.m.           Chesapeake Energy Arena  TNT          KNBR 680 / ESPN Radio

GAME 7*     Monday, May 30              6:00 p.m.           Oracle Arena                        TNT         KNBR 680 / ESPN Radio"

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