5 Technology Observations to Start Your Day, Nov 5

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news nuggets, insights, rumors, chatter and observations to start your day for Nov. 5, 2014.

Actually, today's update involves eight news nuggets.

8. Greetings From Connecticut: The After Nines Inc. executive team (all two of us) is locked up in a conference room most of today, reviewing next steps for the business and -- oh my -- what's that about Q1 2015? Stay tuned.

7. Tune In: In case you somehow missed the news, we've launched "Good Evening, I.T. Entrepreneurs," a podcast series featuring world-class tech CEOs and company co-founders sharing business strategy guidance with our growing community of I.T. entrepreneurs. New podcasts debut every Tuesday night at 9:01 p.m. ET. Check out the latest conversations, archived chatter and a preview of upcoming guests right here: http://www.AfterNines.com/CEO

6. More HealthCare.gov Bugs: We mentioned the small business site issues a few days ago. Now comes word that the main HealthCare.gov site could deliver a new round of headaches as open enrollment starts Nov. 15.

5. That Microsoft/Dropbox Relationship: We discussed it on Tech News Today for Nov. 5 (see below). My take: How will the deal potentially impact Box and other file, sync and sharing companies?

4. Apple's Latest Acquisition: Was it Union Bay Networks?

3. Amazon Partnerships Accelerate: We've heard from about two dozen companies that will tout partnerships with Amazon Web Services during next week's AWS re:invent 2014 conference in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for insights and trends... And hats off to LogicMonitor for their early alert on the AWS strategy.

2. Microsoft Pricing, Licensing Models: If you haven't been keeping up with the evolution, here's a good recap from The Wall Street Journal.

1. It Sounds (Really) True: A second source says that rumored M&A deal between two New England cloud companies (item 9 here) says the rumor is true. That's not a 100 percent confirmation... But we're listening for more leaks on this one.

I've gotta run. Breakfast with Amy Katz. Back later with more chatter.

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