5 Technology Observations: May 19, 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology news insights, updates, gossip, celebrity chatter and milestones to start your day for Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves 11 items.

11. No Reception: Apple more than a year ago killed plans to launch a TV -- though the tech giant is still researching an online TV service and resigning the Apple TV box, according to The Wall Street Journal. The problem with all this? TV as we know it is dead. The world has moved on to on-demand content delivered over broadband to a high-definition screen. Is that really "TV" as we knew it?

10. Social Media Balancing Act: Facebook has overtaken Twitter and LinkedIn as the preferred social media platform for business chatter and marketing communications, according to a few pundits I know. But just when I started to accept that line of thinking, along comes a report that the world's top CEOs are Tweeting more and Facebooking less. The bottom line? I guess Facebook and Twitter both remain necessary channels for your social efforts...

9. Close the Back Door: The government wants police to enjoy back-door access to encrypted applications -- particularly when it comes to phone data. Silicon Valley leaders insist that's a bad idea. Which way will the Obama Administration lean on this one? 

8. How to Choose the Right VC?: Chances are, the best venture capitalist for your business does not involve the best term sheet or the best valuation. Instead, it's all about choosing a VC that absolutely loves your business -- your mission, your focus, your story, according to IT entrepreneur and Vidyard CEO Michael Litt. I like that line of thinking.

7. Was TechNet a Botnet Hideout?: Sure sounds like it. A FireEye report explains how China-based hackers used Microsoft's TechNet port to manage a variant of malware called BLACKCOFFEE... Side note: When was the last night FireEye was not widely quoted about a major IT security or cybersecurity issue?

6. Got Hadoop?: If you play a role anywhere within the Hadoop industry give me a shout. I've got a few questions... Joe@AfterNines.com. Thanks in advance to the pundits who've already reached out to me.

5. Small Business Security: One-third of small business owners don't worry about BYOD security on mobile devices, according to a Kaspersky Lab survey. Nearly 60 percent of those folks say theft or loss of a device could damage the company. But 80 percent of respondents say they are not interested in information about mobile IT security. My spin?: Small business owners are tired of endless sales pitches. Instead, they want IT experts to spend more time learning about their needs...

4. AT&T Virtualizing Security: You've heard about the software defined data center -- servers, storage and networking all virtualized on commodity hardware. AT&T is on that journey -- believing that virtualized infrastructure will help the company to deal with traffic spikes. Along the way, the company will secure individual applications or databases using a virtualized data center approach rather than obsessing over "perimeter" security, The Journal reported. 

3. Fresh Funding: Technology startups raising money to accelerate growth include...

  • Acast (Stockholm and London, U.K.), which develops a podcast app and related service, raised at least $5 million in a Series A round led by Bonnier Growth Media and Moor. Acast will use the funding to accelerate UK and US growth.
  • Exablox (Sunnyvale, Calif.), a storage startup, raised $23 million in Series C funding. Financial backers include Toshiba and Dell Ventures. Exablox is a scale-out, cloud-managed solution that helps to manage unstructured data.
  • Ripple Labs (San Francisco, Calif.), focused on distributed payments technology, raised $28 million in Series A funding led by several groups.

2. Join Me Today: Tune in at 1pm ET/10am PT for Tech News Today, where Mike Elgan and I discuss the top tech stories of the day with leading IT journalists from across the globe.

1. And Again Tonight: Listen in at 9:01pm ET/6:01pm PT for our latest podcast -- Episode 36, featuring MaintenanceNet's Justin Crotty explaining how hardware and software companies can eliminate service revenue leakage.

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