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  • Google's latest earnings report is a reminder of the company's dependence on ad revenues.

  • AWS was the earnings report's clear highlight, showing 90 percent growth in the last year.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The social networks and messaging apps, from Facebook to Twitter to Snapchat, are all pushing hard to drive users to video. Here's why.

  • Google's Project Zero puts a time limit on patching software flaws, which irks software vendors. But firm deadlines can improve security.

  • A panel of experts agree that big data has fantastic potential, but successes, at least at this point, are often hit or miss.

  • When an entrepreneur begins building a tech startup, the first thing he or she must do—after formulating the idea for the product or service to be offered—is put together a team to help build the company. One of the most critical yet difficult tasks is finding a development team that not only has the skills to construct a company's vision but that will nurture their relationships—built on trust—through constructive conversations instead of arguments. Personalities really matter here. They must bring their different gifts to the company while being open-minded enough to take constructive criticism in the right way. This can be particularly difficult for first-time entrepreneurs who do not have a technical background, especially at a time so much rides on making the right decisions in order to achieve a minimal viable product (MVP) with few hiccups. This slide show—put together with eWEEK editing and perspective from Jenna Fernandes, CEO of CareBooker.com—offers important tips for entrepreneurs.

  • The spin-off strategy could save $16 billion in taxes on the $40 billion stake.

  • Up to now, Twitter subscribers could aggregate public discussions into Tweetchats but had no way to do private chat sessions.

  • CA Technologies recently released a study titled "DevOps: The Worst-Kept Secret to Winning in the Application Economy," showing that having a DevOps strategy helps drive tangible business benefits to enterprises. The survey included input from 1,425 senior IT and business leaders worldwide and found that 88 percent of them already have or plan to adopt a DevOps strategy. According to the study, DevOps adopters have experienced anywhere from a 15 to 21 percent improvement in business in the form of increased numbers of customers, faster time to market, and improved quality and performance of applications. For instance, about 27 percent increased collaboration between departments. Plus, DevOps adopters saw a 26 percent reduction in time spent fixing and maintaining applications and a 24 to 25 percent increase in the number of customers as well as software and services that would otherwise not be possible. "DevOps is a powerful revenue driver," said Andi Mann, vice president of CA Technologies. "About 34 percent of respondents working at organizations with greater than average profit growth said they had already adopted DevOps, while only 17 percent of those with less than average profit growth had done so. The argument against DevOps is over. Global business and IT leaders need DevOps to transform their enterprises into application-led businesses, drive their competitiveness and create business growth." This eWEEK slide show takes a look at the CA study.

  • Cablevision announced on Jan. 26 that starting in February, it will offer a $29.95-per-month service, called Freewheel, which will allow customers to place calls, surf the Web and send text messages whenever their smartphone is connected to a WiFi network. The move showed that while cellular service providers aren't likely to lose their grip on the mobile space any time soon, other companies are finding ways to enter the market and try to steal some share. Cablevision is the first major cable provider to look at mobile and see an opportunity, but it might not be the last. With companies like T-Mobile—the self-proclaimed "un-carrier"—changing the way the mobile business operates, 2015 is shaping up to be another rough and tumble year of increasing competition among mobile service providers. This slide show will look at what Freewheel offers to customers looking for an alternative mobile service. Although few believe Freewheel will make a major impact on market share, it could become a proof-of-concept that ultimately shakes up the mobile industry.

  • The enhanced cloud analytics platform combines all enterprise data resources in one place, so it can all be analyzed by line-of-business staff.

  • After months of rumors and finally making an appearance at last week's Windows 10 press event, users can finally test Microsoft's digital assistant on the desktop.

  • A daylong seminar on the impact the IoT is having on individual and corporate privacy has attracted a number of high-level government and corporate representatives.

  • Acer continues to expand its Chromebooks for education line with newly unveiled 11.6-inch and 15.6-inch machines, both built to take tough punishment from students in school and home situations and to provide good value to school districts. The new Acer Chromebook C910, with a 15.6-inch display, and Acer Chromebook C740, with an 11.6-inch display, will be available starting in February in multiple configurations around the world, but all will include extra-sturdy construction to hold up under rough treatment of students who are getting their schoolwork completed at home or at school. In the United States, the Acer C910 will be sold with either a 16GB or 32GB solid-state drive (SSD) and 4GB of RAM starting at $299.99, while the Acer C740 will be available with a 16GB SSD and either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, starting at $259.99. Chromebooks and their desktop brethren Chromeboxes run Google's Chrome operating system and feature a wide range of preinstalled, cloud-based Google services and products, including Google Docs and Google Calendar.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The next version of Microsoft Office will deliver some new features when it's released in the second half of 2015, but details are still sketchy.

     

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