5 Technology Observations: 13 August 2015

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. Here are five technology blogs, insights, updates, rumors, gossip and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015.

Actually, today's update involves 10 items to sip on.

10. Reality Check: Lenovo, one of the best-performing PC makers over the past decade, is cutting jobs amid "the toughest market environment in recent years," according to CEO Yang Yuanquing. More than 3,000 people -- about 5 percent of Lenovo's team -- will lose their jobs. It's sort of ironic: The Lenovo reality check comes only a few weeks after Microsoft launched Windows 10... reinforcing that operating system launches no longer drive massive PC refreshment cycles. But this isn't purely a PC story. Lenovo is also working to integrate its Motorola smartphone buyout while also promoting SMB servers acquired from IBM... All of those "also's" add up to a lot of challenges.

9. Brand Image: Amy Katz, my business partner, has spent the summer dabbling in graphic design. The pixels are looking great. Maybe we'll show you sometime...

8. Off the Wall: Microsoft has delayed its Surface Hub wall computer shipment until January 2016. Among those who will surely be depressed: Tech News Today Anchor Mike Elgan, who has evangelized massive wall devices for quite some time. Among those who will surely be relieved: Mike Elgan's bank account: Surface Hub will cost from $6,999 (55-inch model) to $19,999 (84-inch model). 

7. Media Money: Vox Media -- which owns SB Nation, Re/code, The Verge and much more -- has received a $200 million investment from NBCUniversal. Let me repeat: $200 million... I always get a little nervous when digital media companies raise tons of money. But maybe there's something to scaling fast in the media world. BuzzFeed, for instance, apparently has grown revenues from $20 million in 2012 to $100 million in 2014, with the goal of $250 million in 2015, according to leaked documents.

6. Deadly Prognosis: Half of digital health startups will fail within two years, according to Accenture. But instead of burying the failed startups, Accenture expects lots of M&A, as buyers scramble to acquire talent and technology in new or existing areas of expertise.

5. Live Video Streaming (For All?): You've already heard of Periscope and Meerkat. Now comes word that Facebook is preparing a "Live Broadcasting" platform for journalists and verified Facebook members. Called Facebook Live, the streaming video feature is currently only for celebrities -- a clear shot at Twitter. The takeaway: Much like blogging a decade ago, anybody can now launch their own video stream, video show, etc. But much like blogging a decade ago, the real challenge is attracting, retaining and growing a high-value audience...

4. The Ultimate Gift: Former Cisco CEO John Chambers exited his daily role on a high note, delivering extremely strong Q4 results -- giving new CEO Chuck Robbins a strong wind at his back as Robbins charts some new courses for the networking giant. Although Robbins reported the Q4 results, they technically occurred under Chambers' watch.

3. HP Diversity: When Hewlett-Packard Co. breaks into two companies later this year, each company board (at Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc.) will have four women and two blacks. 

2 Arriving Sooner?: We often write about product delays and canceled launches. But I know of at least one potential launch that may occur sooner than originally expected. Call it a kickoff before the opening kickoff. Stay tuned.

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