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Microsoft drops $1.1B to grow its data center footprint in Iowa

Image Credit: Robert Scoble/Flickr How can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company?

Goodbye FuelBand: Nike reportedly fired dozens of its wearables experts

If reports are true, it looks like Nike just laid off 70 to 80 percent of its FuelBand team. The reason for such a move, CNET reports, is huge: Nike reportedly believes its future lies in software — not hardware, like the FuelBand fitness tracking device.

Preact raises $4.6M, launches ‘customer success’ service

Image Credit: rangizzz / Shutterstock Preact really wants you to be successful. The San Francisco cloud-based software startup raised $4.6 million today in an Series A round that Trinity Ventures led.

Software is eating the world, and venture capital is feasting on older software

Image Credit: ~Aphrodite Marc Andreesen once said that “software is eating the world,” and this past quarter of venture capital investment sure seems to back that statement up.

How negative comments can boost sales 40% — under the right conditions

Image Credit: Flickr User striatic It turns out that negative comments aren’t all bad: a new study finds that criticism of a product can actually boost sales significantly if the commenter is polite.

Funding Daily: The one about that $500M Airbnb investment

Above: A U.K. bed & breakfast listen on Airbnb. Image Credit: Airbnb Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox!

Amazon who? Apple’s & Google’s names tower over online retail giant in emerging markets

Above: Amazon's Jeff Bezos at a 2010 event. Image Credit: Jurvetson/Flickr How can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company?

RockYou buys three Playdom games from Disney to keep them running for players

Above: RockYou will take over three Playdom games. Image Credit: Disney Social game publisher RockYou has purchased three major Playdom games from Disney so that it can operate them and save them from being shut down.

Game Marketing Summit: The essential conference for interactive game marketers

SPONSORED POST This sponsored post is produced by Game Marketing Summit. The Game Marketing Summit (GMS) is the must-attend event for marketing professionals in the interactive game business.

Highlights from VentureBeat’s Mobile Summit 2014: From ad tech to social giants

Above: Mobile Summit 2014 Image Credit: Michael O'Donnell/VentureBeat Before we set our sights on VB’s next conference, DataBeat, we’re taking a moment to look back on Mobile Summit 2014.

Ahead of its TWC merger, Comcast may sell 5M subscribers to Charter

Image Credit: Screen shot Comcast and Time Warner Cable are in discussions with smaller cable provider Charter to sell up to $20 billion worth of assets, according to a Financial Times report.

Snowden says he asked Putin about Russian surveillance to ‘lift a taboo’

Above: Vladimir Putin, listening yesterday to the translation of Edward Snowden's questions Image Credit: Video from Russia Today on YouTube Is Edward Snowden a gullible pawn for Russia’s security state, or a savvy anti-surveillance activist?

Facebook upgrades Paper with birthdays, events, photo comments, & more

Image Credit: mkhmarketing Scroll. Swipe. Tap. Read. Facebook’s clever news app Paper turns 10 weeks old today.

Pandora might lose all music recorded before 1972 due to copyright infringement

Image Credit: Pandora/Instagram Major music companies are suing online radio service Pandora for what they claim is a major case of copyright infringement.

Airbnb reportedly takes $500M mega-round, enough to buy a small studio in Manhattan

Airbnb has reportedly closed a huge $500 million funding round ahead of a possible public offering later this year.

GamesBeat weekly roundup: Microsoft moves 5 millions Xbox Ones, Sony sells more PlayStation 4s, and FarmVille 2 hits mobile

Above: Fishing in FarmVille 2: Country Escape. Image Credit: Zynga The newest console war is really taking off now.

Why brand advertising is a huge opportunity in mobile — and how to seize it

GUEST POST Above: Onswipe's "glossy" brand ads Image Credit: Onswipe Jason Baptiste is the CMO and co-founder of Onswipe.

In the Internet revolution, we can’t afford to leave part of the country behind

GUEST POST Image Credit: spirit of america/Shutterstock Too many communities have been left behind as the Internet revolution marches on.

Future big data analysts will know everything you did today

GUEST POST Image Credit: Michelangelus/Shutterstock How can big data and smart analytics tools ignite growth for your company?

The DeanBeat: Why gamers should be grateful for Titanfall

Above: Respawn is putting out a few fires in Titanfall with its latest patch. Image Credit: Electronic Arts I am delighted that Titanfall has debuted so early in the cycle of the Xbox One video game console.