Long before the iTunes Store was a glimmer in Steve Jobs' eye, Download.com launched in 1996 as the most comprehensive, safest place to get all your software, from the latest drivers and codecs to professional-grade programs. It was, and still is, notable for scanning and testing its software catalog to ensure that none would infect your computer. We take a look at the history of the software world before Download.com, the rise of modern software, and where software stands now.
Venture investing for the third quarter of 2011 reached new heights yet again with a record $7.9 billion in funding for 790 companies according to a new report from private company research firm CB Insights.
The report released today shows that, despite market turmoil and economic uncertainty, VCs opened their wallets at a record level in the third quarter. And if this pace continues, we're on track for 2011 to see the highest levels of financing in more than a decade, potentially at $30 billion for the full year.
I discussed the new report with CB Insights CEO … Read more
Virtualization's benefits--server consolidation, improved resource utilization, faster application deployment, and overall flexibility--have made it one of IT's most important tools.
Earlier this year, a Gartner survey of more than 2,000 CIOs indicated that virtualization was one of their highest priorities in 2011 (eclipsed only by cloud computing).
But given the benefits and the rapid adoption of virtualized environments, can we expect virtualization will be extended to 100 percent of applications? If not, what are the barriers to increased virtualization footprints with the enterprise?
The majority of the world's top marketing executives recognize the shift in marketing norms but are not well-prepared to deal with it, a new study reveals.
Even among the most successful enterprises, half of all CMOs feel insufficiently prepared to provide hard numbers in regards to return on marketing investment, according to IBM's study, which surveyed more than 1,700 chief marketing officers from 64 countries and 19 industries.
Despite a wealth of tools available to track social media and public relations, the IBM study found that only 26 percent of CMOs are tracking blogs, 42 percent are … Read more
According to Flite CEO Will Price, advertisers can use FliteHub to "program" their ads via application programming interfaces (APIs) that enable deeper integration and dynamic updates based on metrics, location, or other criteria. For example, if a movie studio wants to push an ad that includes showtimes, theater information, and ticket purchasing, it can easily adjust it to better target customers in real time.
Display advertising remains one of most profitable Internet businesses, with … Read more
We love smartphone and tablet statistics just as much as the next guy, and we got an earful of them at today's Mobilize conference this morning, thanks to Nielsen general manager of digital, Jonathan Carson.
Unfortunately, we couldn't get our hands on all the great pie charts and graphs--at least not yet, anyway--but we did walk away with some interesting numbers floating through our brain. Some we've already known for some time, and some are new to us. Seeing them in context creates a bigger picture of how tablets and smartphones are being used in America--or at … Read more
I was pleasantly surprised today to hear of Jesse Anderson's success in getting randomly typing virtual monkeys to recreate a Shakespeare poem.
Alas and alack, though, I found this tale of computational prowess conquering statistical improbability too good to be true.
Anderson said his virtual monkeys successfully recreated A Lover's Complaint, an astounding accomplishment given that it has, by my count, 13,940 characters in 2,587 words. Anderson, a programmer in Reno, Nev., said on Friday:
Today (2011-09-23) at 2:30 PST the monkeys successfully randomly recreated "A Lover's Complaint." This is the first … Read more
Hot on the heels of Google's acquisition of German bargain site DailyDeal this week, a new report from private company research firm CB Insights reveals that the multitude of daily-deal sites will continue to contract via mergers and acquisitions but the valuations of the sites will decline very quickly.
According to the report, since their peak hit just two quarters ago in Q1 2011, the Price per Subscriber and Price per Voucher Sold multiples paid in private company M&A transactions have declined 36 percent and 40 percent respectively in Q3 2011.
The decline appears to be being … Read more
Despite the threat of another recessionary period, Wells Fargo Securities senior analyst Jason Maynard believes that IT budgets will hold up through 2011 and that the summer spending spottiness hasn't translated into meaningful expense cutting.
In today's e-mail newsletter, Maynard and team make the case for a positive call on IT spending despite the global macroeconomic fear permeating the market. This is based on first-hand qualitative feedback the team aggregated from CIOs and the 100 largest enterprise hardware and software vendors.
Obviously there is still a scenario where we have a repeat of the dramatic spending cutback of … Read more
It's easy to believe that we are surrounded by smut.
Whenever people talk of the Web, they seem to be sure that it's merely a repository of naughty content for little boys who sit staring into their screens for 16 hours a day.
This may all be true. It also may be, though, that the little boys' activity is somehow balanced out by the righteous behavior of society's remainder.