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Behind Google profits, massive spending on computing gear

Google's spending on infrastructure is big and getting bigger -- more than doubling to $2.23 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013.<p>You think it's easy printing money at Google? Think again.<p>The company on Thursday reported enviable financial results for the fourth quarter of 2013, with revenue of …

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4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

Warburg Pincus Just Committed Up To $100M For Cloud-Based Janitorial Management Software

Groundskeeeper Willy’s job just got a bit of a boost with Warburg Pincus‘ $100 million commitment to Dude Solutions Inc. a software company for maintenance management at schools, hospitals, and government offices.<p>The $100 million commitment is at the low end of Warburg’s investment range – the firm …

Can India Create A $100B Software Products Industry?

So far, India’s over $100 billion IT industry has been built mostly on software services and back office projects delivered by TCS, Infosys and Wipro for the likes of Citibank and GE, who have been outsourcing non-core work to save costs over the last two decades.<p>Now, the newly formed software …

AllCast works with Chromecast again, streams local media from Android to TV

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Google<p>With Google releasing the official Chromecast SDK to developers on Monday, we can expect an influx of Chromecast …

10 Things to Know About Satya Nadella, Microsoft's New CEO

So it’s official: More than five months after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his intention to retire, he has a successor. Satya Nadella, the …

YouTube Experimenting With New User Interface Design

YouTube is in the process of testing out a new user interface, but while the company has made it available to a select few, there’s no word on when it will be rolled out to the public. As reported by Tech2Notify, the look and feel of YouTube appears to have been simplified and now is more on par …

Chrome 32 fights back against tab noise

Which of my two dozen browser tabs is that obnoxious sound coming from? The latest Chrome stable will tell you, while offering a lengthy list of other fixes.<p>Think of it as Google's annoying horsefly detector, where the irritating insect is one of your dozens of tabs streaming audio.<p>A new feature in …

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CyanogenMod's new gallery software now available as a beta download

Think CyanogenMod's image gallery is lacking? As it turns out, the CyanogenMod team itself thinks so too. In a recent Google+ post, the custom ROM maker not only admitted the current gallery's shortcomings, but also also announced its replacement -- an app it calls GalleryNext. In addition to …

Google Drive introduces activity streams to help you monitor your files

The Google Drive team said today that it is rolling out an activity stream to help you monitor changes to your files and folders. A new ⓘ button that appears at the top right corner of the screen gives you access to the stream, which notes actions taken on files and folders in your Drive, and who …

Cracker Barrel Rejects Biglari's Latest Bid

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBRL) once again on Monday turned down a potential takeover bid by top shareholder Sardar Biglari.<p>The Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant chain said it was disappointed with Biglari, whose Biglari Holdings (BH) in a letter last week demanded Cracker Barrel to commence …

Google in 2014: Expect new hardware, more retail, and a Google+ explosion

In one of the company’s fastest-paced years to date, Google churned products and moved with puma-like speed and agility to keep up with a legion of starving startups.<p>A Glass revolution<p>In March, Google started rolling out its Explorer edition Glass units. After months of anticipation, we finally got …

13 states raising pay for minimum-wage workers

State minimum wages will exceed the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour in 21 states on Jan. 1.<p>The retail-worker strikes that swept the nation in 2013 did not move Congress to raise the minimum wage, but a growing number of states are taking action.<p>The minimum wage will rise in 13 states this week, …

More "quality" jobs seen as sign of improving economy

Recent job gains and record highs in the stock market are signs that the U.S. economy is strengthening, leading many economists to believe job growth will continue into 2014.<p>"If we could maintain a 3 percent–plus pace next year … I'm thinking so far we have in the second half of this year ... then …

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Don't Fall In To These Leadership Traps In 2014

I have been a proponent of the importance of leaders developing strengths as a means to improve toward excellence. After all, the best leaders are characterized by the presence of strengths, not the absence of weakness. That concept is illustrated in the article I coauthored for Harvard Business …

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20 of the Best Productivity Apps of 2013

2013 was a great year for productivity. The email problem hasn’t been completely solved, but apps like Mailbox and Dispatch have taken away much of the pain of the task. Meanwhile, we have plenty of choices for calendar and to-do apps that are well-designed, useful and fast.<p>Here are 20 of our …

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FORTUNE — Apple (AAPL) as an investment looks very different, depending on your time frame.<p>This could explain why long-term investors tend to be happy campers. More recent arrivals, not so much.<p>People who tried to beat high-frequency trading algorithms in the Apple options markets may never come …

New additions to Netflix streaming include 'Spaceballs' and 'Big Trouble in Little China'

Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away: after earlier revelations that a significant number of high-quality films would be disappearing from the movie service today due to expiring licenses — as they do from time to time — it turns out that another set of movies will be coming in to take their …

December's Best Android Apps

With December 2013 now consigned to the history books, we thought we’d take a retrospective look at some of the more notable apps to hit our radar over the past month. So without further ado, here’s a quick snapshot of some of the best Android apps to hit Google Play in recent weeks.<p>VSCO<p>VSCO Cam is …

Why don’t economists like Bitcoin?

Paul Krugman and others can't get behind the virtual currency<p>Nobel prize-winning economist and <i>New York Times</i> columnist Paul Krugman wrote a blog post this weekend with a tantalizing title, "Bitcoin Is Evil," that has provoked the expected backlash from proponents of the virtual currency.<p>The …

Here Are All The Movies Netflix Is Adding On Jan. 1

New year, new ways to kill time on your couch.<p>Last week, Reddit's r/NetflixBestOf posted a list of the 89 films Netflix is purging from its instant streaming service at the start of the new year. While it's true that a lot of classics (as well as some awesomely bad films) will be expiring at …

Leak hints Google may shut down its Schemer goal sharing service

We can't blame you if you haven't heard of Google's Schemer; the goal sharing service launched at the end of 2011, but it hasn't received much publicity (or traffic) since. Accordingly, the crew in Mountain View may be close to shutting Schemer down. <i>Google Operating System</i> has leaked an internal …