Author Archives: Ajit Deshpande

The Industrial Internet Consortium

The Internet of Things has been a hot discussion topic (as well as an emerging trend) over the past few years. As a term, it encompasses a broad range of sectors, including M2M, smart consumer end-points, wearable devices, sensor networks, machine learning, factory-automation, and so on. As devices and data continue to proliferate, interoperability across […]

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Insights, from New Relic

Last week, application performance management (APM) startup New Relic announced the launch of New Relic Insights, a real-time analytics platform for web applications. Formerly code-named Rubicon, New Relic Insights consists of two parts: a set of analytics extensions/agents added to the enterprise application, and a cloud based service that ingests the data from the applications […]

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Embedded images, from Getty

Last week, image licensing giant Getty Images announced that it was opening up more than 35 million of its images to be embedded into online content platforms such as WordPress, Twitter and Tumblr. The embedded images on their part would attribute to Getty Images as the owner of the content, as well as link to […]

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Atlassian builds its marketplace

For more than a decade now, Sydney, Australia based company Atlassian has been offering tools that are widely used by software developers and project managers. The company offers products such as issue tracking application Jira, hosted code collaboration solution Bitbucket, and Git repository management platform Stash among others, which have together helped the company get […]

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Have small cells finally arrived?

Last week saw a couple announcements about carrier giants AT&T and Verizon rolling out small cells in a few locations in the United States. AT&T announced that it had completed rollouts of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS), small cells and repeaters across multiple theme parks for Disney. As for Verizon, supplier Alcatel Lucent announced that its […]

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Flickr Turns 10!

Photo-sharing site Flickr last week celebrated its 10th anniversary. Acquired by Yahoo in 2005 for 35 million, Flickr currently has 92 million users across 63 countries that between them share a million photos per day. More than 6 billion photos had been uploaded to Flickr by mid-2011, indicating that likely approximately 7 billion photos have […]

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Isis and the banks!

Contactless mobile payment technology has been around for almost a decade now, but has not yet become main-stream in the United States. Isis, the joint mobile wallet initiative undertaken by AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, has been touted as a key player in driving technology and consumer adoption in this space. Last week, the company announced […]

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OpenStreetMap gets a fillip

Last week, mobile GPS-based mapping player Telenav announced that it had purchased OpenStreetMap (OSM) based mapping app developer Skobbler for approximately $24 million. Based in Germany, Skobbler is the top-rated OSM-based navigation app at this time. This move by Telenav unites Skobbler’s strong team with OSM founder Steve Coast who joined Telenav from Microsoft in […]

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Another billion dollar acquisition for VMware

Mobile device management (MDM) had its first billion dollar exit last week, when one of the leading startups in the space, Airwatch, was acquired by VMware for more than $1.5 billion. An eleven year old Atlanta-based company, Airwatch has more than 10,000 customers and between $125 and $150 million in revenues. From a technology trends […]

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The Nest Acquisition

Last week saw one of the largest venture-backed private company acquisitions in recent memory, when Google purchased smart thermostat and smoke detector maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion. As has been widely reported, Nest boasts a rockstar team of more than 300 employees, led by former iPod guru Tony Fadell. The company is estimated to […]

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The O in Opus is for operations. Opus has been instrumental from the start in helping to shape Payfone from an idea to a company.

– Rodger Desai CEO Payfone