5 Technology Observations: 13 May 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news insights, updates, observations and misquotes and plenty more to start your day for Wed., May 13, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves eight items.

8. Cisco Earnings: They're coming later today. Will CEO John Chambers leave the business in good order for his successor, Chuck Robbins, when the CEO transition occurs this summer? We'll get some clues today.

7. Website Renaissance: While more and more individuals rely on social media, it's never been easier for an individual or a small business to build their own website. Four leading options include Squarespace, Weebly, Wix and Jimdo. Today's Wall Street Journal takes a look at each of those four options, and their potential pros and cons.

6. Facebook Ate Content: The social media site's mobile app is now hosting "instant" news articles from nine publishers -- The New York Times, BuzzFeed, BBC News and more. Publishers can sell ads in all the articles and keep all of the revenue. Hmmm... Do you get the sense that once this system really gets rocking and rolling, the financial terms may shift to favor Facebook?

5. Hadoop Demand: Hortonworks, one of the best-known providers of Hadoop, says revenue nearly tripled to $22.8 million in its Q1 2015 vs. Q1 2014. The revenue figure easily beat earlier projections of $17.5 million to $18.5 million. Clearly, demand for Hadoop -- a popular software platform for big data projects -- is growing rapidly. But Hortonworks also lost $40.1 million in Q1 amid continued investments for growth. We'll likely take a closer look at the market during Hadoop Summit in June.

4. Samsung Internet of Things: Imagine this. You run a global company that has major market share or mind share in (1) smartphones, (2) tablets, (3) kitchen and home appliances, (4) smart watches and (5) chips and circuitry. Sounds like a perfect Internet of Things (IoT) opportunity. And that explains why Samsung has launched ARTIK -- an open platform for developing smart devices faster and easier.

3. Yes Please: My Christmas wish list so far includes a BB-8 droid from the next Star Wars flick, and now... a Lily "throw and shoot" camera -- which turned heads during yesterday's Tech News Today. Check it out:


2. Google Meets Apple Watch: A Google News and Weather app has surfaced on Apple Watch. I love scanning headlines... but plan to do that task using my smartphone for at least the next year...

1. Goodbye and Hello: A good friend resigned from his job yesterday. Sounds like he may surface next at an IT company that just emerged from stealth mode. More details in the next couple of weeks or so.

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