5 Technology Observations: 11 May 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, easy listening and classic love songs to start your day for Monday, May 11, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves 12 items.

12. Is Amazon Getting Amazoned?: An ecommerce startup called Jet.com will have lower prices than Amazon 94 percent of the time, according to research from Boomerang Commerce. Of course there are two caveats. First, Jet hasn't even opened to the public yet. And second: Where are the profit margins?

11.  Powerful Or Empty Pledge?: Russia and China have pledged not to hack each other...

10. Losing Interest: I took my sons to see Avengers: Age of Ultron over the weekend. I have a two-word review: CGI Overkill. 

9. Salesforce Buyout Rumors: After days of speculation, sources now say Microsoft has no plans to bid for Salesforce.com. The big stumbling block:  Salesforce's market capitalization is about $49 billion. SAP declined any interest in a Salesforce buyout earlier this month. And Oracle has said a third-party buying Salesforce would cause market disruptions that actually help Oracle -- though the database giant did not indicate whether it would bid for the cloud CRM company. Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff has allegedly spoken with multiple CEOs in recent months about a potential company sale...

8. Speaking of Salesforce.com: The company's venture capital arm has quietly invested in Govini -- a big data and analytics startup focused on the government vertical. Here's a look at that investment and 12 other tech startups that just raised money.

7. Big Question: Just how much time, focus and energy should After Nines Inc. devote to Hadoop? We'll seek to answer that riddle in the next few weeks. 

6.  Join Me Tuesday: I return to my Tech News Today co-anchor seat on Tuesday (May 12). Join lead anchor Mike Elgan, me and some surprise guests at 1pm ET/10am PT every Tuesday. And track Mike every business day at that time.

5. Content Protection: Pantheon, which offers managed hosting platforms for Drupal and WordPress, has acquired NodeSquirrel -- a backup service for Drupal now used by more than 300,000 sites. Hmmm... After Nines Inc. currently runs on SquareSpace. But if we were ever considering a Drupal or WordPress deployment, we'd avoid the temptation to host the system with a general purpose cloud provider and instead run on a highly targeted hosting firm that has Drupal or WordPress expertise. Just saying.

4. Cloud Revenues: Rackspace is set to announce quarterly results after markets close today. I own a few RAX shares, and will be listening closely for cloud revenue details. Now that Amazon has finally disclosed its own cloud revenues info, it's finally possible to track Rackspace's potential progress against Jeff Bezos and company. Although well-known as a hosting provider, Rackspace only controls about 3 percent of the cloud infrastructure market, according to Q4 2014 data from Synergy Research Group.

3. Lucky 13: Our R&D platform now has 13 pieces of customized code in place. Six pieces of code are activated and seven are still dormant. I suspect it will grow to about 30 pieces of customized code before we decide whether or how to potentially use the platform...

2. That Next Podcast: New OwnBackup CEO Sam Gutmann has had a heavy travel schedule in recent weeks. Where has he been heading, and what does the near future hold for cloud-to-cloud data backup and information protection? Gutmann provides the answers in our next podcast -- which should debut within 24 hours...

1. Happy Belated Mother's Day: After Nines Inc. hopes it was a great one to all of our readers who are moms.

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