5 Technology Observations: 16 March, 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news insights, rumors, gossip, chatter and plenty more to start your day for Monday, March 16, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves nine items...

9. Regaining Its Touch?: BlackBerry, working closely with Samsung and IBM, has developed a highly secure tablet for corporate customers. The SecuTablet will cost -- wait for it -- $2,380 when it debuts this summer. Still, the high price tag and intense focus on security could allow BlackBerry to avoid commodity comparisons against traditional Apple and Samsung tablets...

8. Encryption Moves Forward: Yahoo demonstrated encrypted email during the SXSW show on Sunday. The US government and NSA have widely criticized consumer encryption services and related hardware -- warning that authorities won't be able to track hackers and potential terrorists that leverage encryption across iOS, Android and cloud services. But public pushback agains the NSA has grown stronger in the past year or so. Yahoo expects to deliver end-to-end email encryption by year's end.

7. Behind the Scenes at Gigaom: Re/code takes a behind the scenes look at Gigaom's implosion. I can sum up Re/Code's report in one sentence: Why does a tech media startup allegedly need to raise $40 million in equity and debt -- and why is that media company paying $400,000 per month in rent and interest payments? Great site; great content; great financing mystery -- assuming Re/code has the financial details correct.

6. Bubble Deja Vu: We've posted multiple warnings about a tech investor bubble for the past six months or so. The latest comes from Bill Gurley, a partner at Benchmark -- the San Francisco-based VC firm. "There is no fear in Silicon Valley right now, Gurley said at South by Southwest this weekend. "A complete absence of fear." And that leads to inflated startup valuations, he asserted, according to The New York Times. Generally speaking: After Nines Inc. agrees. 

5. Live Video Streaming: Meerkat, Twitter (which acquired Periscope) and other companies are promoting live streaming apps as the next big social media wave. Tech News Today Anchor Mike Elgan explains Meerkat in this article. And yes, After Nines Inc. is mulling some potential business use case scenarios...

4. RoboInvesting: Yes, I'm getting addicted to WealthFront -- a low-cost RoboAdvisor service. (Betterment is a well-known rival.) Charles Schwab joined the party last week with its new Intelligent Portfolios service. RoboAdvisor services charge extremely low fees to move you into Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) based on your risk tolerance. Invest enough money, and you gain additional services like Tax Loss Harvesting. My takeaway: Generation X (talkin' bout my generation) will be the last generation to pay full-service financial advisor fees. Many Millennials, from day one, essentially are going full RoboAdvisor or blended (RoboAdvisor plus some third-party guidance) to manage their investments at lower fees.

3. UK Privacy vs US Tech: A British parliamentary committee is pushing for more Internet privacy protections. Britain wants to ensure that the United States' NSA and other spying agencies can't track a user's web browsing history or physical location. But the UK privacy push is sure to upset Google, Microsoft and other US companies that deal in user data...

2. Foolish Advice: The Wall Street Journal says companies "need more tools to monitor attacks on critical infrastructure." That's nonsense. Many companies already have the right tools -- but the wrong people and processes in place. Anybody else recall that Target overlooked key IT alarms related to a hack attack that nearly destroyed the company? Target was leveraging FireEye's software, but essentially turned a blind eye to alarms that spotted the break in. 

Kaseya veterans Paul Wong, Lee Pearson, Mark Sutherland and Max Duncan reunite at Assuritive.

Kaseya veterans Paul Wong, Lee Pearson, Mark Sutherland and Max Duncan reunite at Assuritive.

1. Cleared for Launch: Several Kaseya veterans have launched Assuritive, a disaster recovery and replication specialist. Launch team members include Max Duncan and Lee Pearson. Plus, Kaseya founders Mark Sutherland and Paul Wong (no longer associated with that company) are on Assuritive's board. We'll share more details, soon. This startup is not to be confused with Pilixo -- launched by former Kaseya CEO Gerald Blackie.

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