5 Tech Observations to Start Your Day 121514

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. After a relaxing weekend, here are five technology news rumors, chatter, news bites, observations and more to start your day for Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

Actually, today's update in evolves 10 nuggets...

10. Millennials vs. Baby Boomers: Which generation is the fastest-growing segment of entrepreneurs? You might be surprised. More thoughts on this later today.

9. Gag Order: Sony has sent letters to the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets -- telling the organizations not to use documents leaked by hackers. Alas, After Nines Inc. didn't receive the gag order... which means we're not really on the media giant's radar just yet. Ethically, I'm not sure what I'd do with the hacked information -- since it essentially is stolen information...

8. Nerd Stampede: More than 250,000 data nerds now use New Relic to monitor and analyze application performance. CEO Lew Cirne shared that stat in a brief interview with The Wall Street Journal, following last week's IPO. As After Nines Inc. pointed out in Nov. 2014, New Relic is part of a new generation of IT management platforms that deserve your attention.

7. Hypothetically Speaking: If I heard anything about EMC World 2015 (May 4-7, Las Vegas), I would say the conference content sounds impressive. Again, Hypothetically speaking, of course. You can also track conference teasers at the event's Twitter handle: @EMCWorld.

6. Earnings Watch: Oracle (ORCL) quarterly earnings are expected to arrive Dec. 17; Red Hat (RHT) earnings are scheduled for Dec. 18. We'll be watching both to see how Oracle's Engineered Systems and cloud moves are playing out, plus to learn how Red Hat's push far beyond Linux is performing. I remain long on Red Hat but own no Oracle shares.

5. Big Data Further Explained: When FoundationDB launched its latest Key-Value Store, Nick Lavezzo posted a blog describing the Web's evolution, from 1.0 (when relational databases ruled) to 2.0 (distributed databases) and now 3.0 (likely the Internet of Things). Sure, the blog positions FoundationDB as an ideal choice to address Big Data performance needs. But if you put aside the vendor-centric info, Lavezzo's spin on the web's evolution shows I.T. entrepreneurs some key areas you need to track.

4. Game On: Microsoft has acquired HockeyApp, which allows developers to gather user feedback and app crash reports. In theory, HockeyApp will allow iOS, Windows and Android developers to write more reliable apps...

3. More Hadoop Money: Unifi apparently has raised about $4.5 million to help push Hadoop (the Big Data open source platform) into the enterprise. The move comes just as Hortonworks, another Hadoop company, completes its successful IPO. Just like Linux, Hadoop has multiple distributions from multiple software and tech companies. The trick is making sure you adopt one of the distributions that will be around for the long haul...

2. The Week Ahead: Amy Katz and I are sorting through our weekly podcast lineup for the rest of December through January 2015. Care to potentially get in on the act? All the details are here -- www.AfterNines.com/CEO. As a reminder, the podcasts feature CXOs and investors who have built, launched, funded and/or sold tech companies. The goal is to educate emerging I.T. entrepreneurs who are navigating a range of startup decisions.

1. Drone Prediction: BB-8, the rolling droid featured in the Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens teaser trailer, is not CGI. Instead, it's a real prop, according to Mark Hamill. It's safe to say remote controlled BB-8 toy droids will arrive just in time for the Christmas 2015 shopping season -- or right around the time Episode VII premieres. And yes, you can add BB-8 to my want list...

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